The Biden Administration is Far More Dangerous than Zawahiri Was: They all want the same thing, the destruction of America and the end of capitalism

Notice how fast the killing of Zawahiri went away as a news story. The media, complicit with the illegitimate Biden criminal administration, thought that if they ordered in a drone strike like some people order a pizza, that their poll numbers would improve. They might stop the terrible news that continues to come out of the White House regarding inflation, war with Russia, a weak president constantly sick with Covid, and being a laughingstock around the world. They killed the old man Zawahiri, the long-known terrorist and former right-hand man to Osama bin Laden and expected it to be a rallying cry for the rest of the country to get behind the Democrats ahead of the midterms. And they did it right on script, the end of summer in 2022, they really thought, based on the playbook of the past, that it would wash over Americans with patriotism and Biden’s poll numbers would instantly improve, and all would be good going into the next election cycle. However, these are not the naïve times of two years ago. We are a much wiser nation now than we were in 2019. After what we have seen the government do regarding Covid, election fraud, and the harassment of J6 prisoners and anybody associated with the MAGA movement, Zawahiri may have been a terrorist who helped plan the killing of many lives over 21 years ago. But the Biden administration is far more dangerous and far worse in their malicious intent and is the real concern. And people understand that now much better than they did previously, making that old liberal playbook of public manipulation worthless in the coming times. And they are lost as to what to do next. 

We are talking about a Biden administration that has sold out America to its greatest enemy, China. A country that produced a bioweapon in partnership with radical elements of the administrative state and its connection to the United Nations and unleashed it to throw the world into the Great Reset, a Klaus Schwab plan to topple all global economies at the same time and bring them under the control of a global administrative state ran essentially by the United Nations. Many people were killed in this action and permanently ruined in many other ways, especially financially. When Zawahiri and his bearded buddy Osama planned the actions of 9/11, they thought it would be a symbolic attack against American capitalism and strike a blow against the imperialism of the United States that was fueled by the great wealth produced in those buildings. It could be said that the terrorists from Saudi Arabia were inspired by the American movie Fight Club and thought America would be destroyed if its symbols of capitalism were removed from their big skylines. When they hijacked commercial airliners and flew them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, they ruthlessly killed many people and caused billions of dollars of destruction. However, in the aftermath of the terrible event, the administrative state was ready to go with all kinds of new laws and regulations and a massive government expansion to take over Americans’ independence and give more power to the efforts of globalism in the aftermath. Since then, these terrorists have been hiding in the desert for the last 20 years. We were told that Osama bin Laden was killed and that his body was dumped in the ocean before cameras could even verify the action, and we were supposed to take the authority’s word for it. Then it took these same losers with all the modern technology available to them to spend the next 21 years looking for Zawahiri, only to kill him the night before significant elections in the United States while Biden was hiding in the White House behind a mask of Covid sickness, to stay out of the public eye. 

But more than anything that the Al Qaeda terrorist wanted to do to strike at the wealth of America, the Biden administration has actually taken steps to dismantle that wealth and throw in jail anybody who questions them on it. After what we’ve seen about the Hunter Biden laptop and the openly committed crimes there that the FBI has helped cover up—we have the son of the president of the United States using illegal drugs on video and having sex with prostitutes, which is also illegal, and nothing was done about it. Instead, the people who wanted to investigate it were attacked and harassed as far as the law would allow. Then we’ve watched this administration and the party of the Democrats, in general, go to work to brick by brick dismantle the capitalist American economy with the same vigor as bin-Laden, and his friend Zawahiri planned the 9/11 attacks and for the same reasons. Only many more people have been killed by the Biden administration, not just in the destruction of economic value. Still, the purposeful allowance of George Soros and other monied financiers to take over district attorney offices all over America to weaken our justice system and kill many people on the streets with upticks in violence, but with vaccine mandates with experimental drugs that are having terminal effects on people. The government has been covering it up in an alliance with drug companies. The Biden administration has made the attack on the twin towers of New York look like a kid’s game in comparison.

But worse of all is the border crisis, where the Biden administration has gone out of its way to allow for an open border with Mexico allowing drug cartels to thrive, allow them to poison the youth of our country, and bring in millions and millions of undocumented people into America with no restrictions to Covid at all. On the one hand, if you want to travel into Canada or some overseas flight, you have to show you have been vaxed because government created Covid and unleashed it around the world. Now we are supposed to take their vaccine to travel freely because the virus could be deadly to some people sometimes. Yet, anybody and their monkey’s uncle can cross over into America from the southern border with Mexico no matter what is wrong with those people. They could be the next terrorist cell; they could be sick with some deadly disease. They might come for a hit to kill people rivaling their drug trade. According to the Biden administration, it’s all OK with their open border policy.

Consequently, more people had died because of Biden than ever were killed when Zawahiri and Osama planned the attack on the World Trade Center. We have a presidential administration in the current White House who cheated an election to get there, unleashed a virus to allow them to do it, and now in power has been willing to destroy anybody who gets in their way of achieving all the goals that the terrorists around the world have been trying to do to America for many decades. But instead of running planes into our skyscrapers, they are now in the White House operating right out in the open with the help of our FBI, CIA, and other hostile administrative state agents. And they thought we were so stupid that we wouldn’t see that it was they who were far more dangerous than some brittle old man who did something terrible 21 years ago and has been hiding out in public all this time without punishment. That is until the Biden administration needed a cover story. And on the eve of a big election in August of 2022, Biden finally ordered the strike with the same bravado that we might order pizza before a big football game on television. It took the same kind of courage. And they actually thought we were so stupid that we’d fall for it. No, this time, the story died in just a few hours because it’s quite clear that the Biden administration was far more dangerous than terrorist cells around the world. And getting rid of them will be a lot harder than just ordering a pizza by phone. 

Rich Hoffman

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Defending Alex Jones: The stageplay that hides the many crimes of the Administrative State

No matter what someone might think of Alex Jones and his Infowars broadcasts, he continues to be the example that the administrative state uses to enforce their vision for policy control. We saw it clearly when he was banned from YouTube a number of years ago. What followed after that was shocking to many, but Alex Jones saw the strategy first. And of course, in this crazy trial where supposedly Sandy Hook victims from that terrible school shooting are allowed to seek financial compensation for how they feel about what Alex Jones said about the case, which was essentially that it was a school shooting scripted by government characters designed to advance changes in social sentiment toward guns. For that belief and his broadcast of it to others, we are supposed to clap and cheer that the court and jury are awarding to those victims millions and millions of dollars of confiscated wealth from Jones as punishment for not believing in the official narrative issued by the government about the tragedy of the story. It’s a clear violation of 1st Amendment protections, but the calculation is that nobody in their right mind would defend Alex Jones for his preposterously inflated statements. Everyone, including Jones, can agree that Sandy Hook was a tragic school shooting. But the beliefs of what should happen as a result of that school shooting have been wide-ranging, and obviously, the characters who are behind the school shooting with direct complicity needed a certain kind of narrative to hit the public so that control of that public can be maintained, unimpeded by people like Jones.

Like many people who find themselves in these crooked courts these days, I like Alex Jones. I think his show is valuable in asking questions that should be asked in a free society. But obviously, from the administrative state perspective, and this is undoubtedly the case with Warroom with Steve Bannon as well, questioning authority was never in the plan of these new globalist insurgents. I say new because Americans aren’t very familiar with them. Up until Covid came along, Americans only knew about these types of people from Alex Jones broadcasts, and I would say without insulting him that Jones is just an ordinary guy uniquely looking at the world and asking questions the way a typical person who attends demolition derbies, and flea markets might. Alex Jones represents how many people think about things, which is the key to his success over the years. That is also why he’s a target because the administrative state wants to show that Alex Jones can be taken down, and so can anybody else.   The whole point of the trial, which is the front page news of every outlet in the world presently, is to demonstrate that a rigged court could destroy Jones and his Infowars, and there was nothing that could be done about it. Yet when Jones talks about the court being rigged, the deck is so stacked against him that much of what he says comes out sounding like a lunatic. Because nobody can coordinate the way he suggests, people just aren’t that smart. Jones always misses the root cause of the conspiracies because he often gets soaked up in what happens in the world, not so much in why. But because of this case, I think it’s probably time to get into the details of who these administrative state people really are and why they are so dangerous. And how America was formed to eliminate them from the world stage. 

Alex Jones often touches on many of these demonic and cryptic characters, and his analysis can be funny, entertaining, and boisterously over the top. I enjoy his broadcasts, but they often do not get to the details I like to deal with. But if he were like that, the show’s entertainment value would disappear, and he would not be as popular to the masses as he is. I often think of things as a stage play, and the media, our courts, and our political order are presented to us in a way that we might attend a play. What happened on that stage, which was clearly the narrative of the court case against Alex Jones, was the crucifixion and complete destruction of a leading figure who used the First Amendment to resist the power of the global administrative state. But what makes that play work are the ticket takers, the ushers, the stagehands behind the curtain, and the costume makers; they all play a part behind the scenes to make that show on stage happen. And we are only supposed to be watching the stage, the things they want us to look at. But if you really want to understand the play you are watching and to determine its quality, then you have to look at everything, including what’s behind the stage, to the real essence of the show. Alex Jones has made his living talking about the things that are backstage while people are watching him on stage. Hearing him talk about it is one thing, but seeing it and understanding it is much harder because what he’s talking about is concealed from the public’s view. The media is the curtain, and the real elements that keep the play alive are concealed there.

The court proceeding’s primary goal in the Alex Jones case was essential to ignore the American concept of free speech, to make a person liable for other people’s feelings. They were to confiscate the wealth from Jones in much the same way that the inquisition in Europe used to against enemies of the court for precisely the same reasons. It’s a show of power that the court doesn’t deserve to have, and America was formed to destroy in the world. And here it is in our courts, hiding behind victims of a terrible school shooting for the purpose that the school shooting occurred. The question about what motives created the shooting is not discussed, and for having a theory about what those might be and how insensitive they were to the victims is the point of the massacre, to establish case law that can then be applied to many more cases in the future. If Jones can go down for the opinions of others, then the door is opened for many other issues over much more minor infractions. And because Jones is such a wild figure, most of the people in the best positions to defend him are silent because they don’t want to be tagged with a “conspiracy” title next to their names. So they remain hidden from the conflict without opinion so to avoid the disaster of affiliation. And in that way, the courts are just as Alex said they were; it was a coordinated attack. Only the participants aren’t exactly conscious of it. Instead, they know their job in putting on the play; they learned how to play their parts in the show during their many years of public schooling and college. So they often do those jobs without being told and, in that way, are complicit. The evil isn’t conducted in the way we are trained to see it in movies and books; the narrative is not on the stage; it’s off behind the curtain. Alex stands on the stage like a maniac and talks about how evil it is just outside of everyone’s vision. But, unfortunately, people only see Jones, under the lights and with the microphone talking about it. And thus, that is how the show goes on and why Alex Jones is being isolated and destroyed by those invisible hands who have always run the administrative state. 

I think Alex Jones will be fine. He could do his show in the back of a car if he wanted. He could run Infowars as a guerrilla operation with a limited staff, so his show will go on. But what we have learned from his trial is another matter. That administrative state has shown itself in ways that have people curious about what’s happening behind the scenes, and they may be ready to hear it. And for that, I think I can help show them around, and will. 

Rich Hoffman

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The Root Cause Analysis of All Political Problems: Mankind was meant to have dominion over nature–nature by itself is pretty dumb

The root cause analysis of all political problems is a very ancient one. I would say that it goes all the way back to the start of our present recorded history and likely goes back much further than that. What was invented in America was very special and has been part of an evolution that well exceeds the last 10,000 years, but is best expressed in the opening books of Genesis in the Bible, particularly Genesis: 28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be Fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” I would say until that passage was written in the Bible, put together by the Romans to unite their empire, mankind had been stuck on the Vico Cycle rut that always created a society of perpetual beginnings, moving through the standard cycles of theocracy, aristocracy, democracy, then anarchy. Over many thousands of years of civilization, the Egyptians never figured it out, and they look to have built most of their society on a previously unknown ancient civilization, and what they gained from them was only a fraction of what was. Greek and Roman societies studied the Egyptians, who were essentially oriental in their approach to the everlasting, and saw themselves as perishable, except when it came to the embodiment of reincarnated Egyptian gods born again as Pharaohs. The Romans put together selected parts of the Bible but left out many others to control mass populations in Europe as they pushed their competing religions East into the orient. There has been a lot that went on, but everyone got it a little bit wrong until at least mankind began to think in the way of that which was put in the first pages of the Bible in the Book of Genesis, where God gave mankind dominion over nature. Not the other way around. 

Suppose you dive down with a root cause analysis of all the major political and religious movements of our current time and ask why so many people hate each other. In that case, the problem starts with mankind’s relationship to eternity and the misplaced idea that materialism is bad and that dying into a spirit is good, without question that is the core problem with the current climate change activists. Suppose you speak to them with the cameras off where they are comfortable and unguarded, perhaps with a few glasses of wine down their throats. In that case, they will admit to some variation of the four major religions presented to us by the standard bearers of humanity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. Of those four, all of them view the modern world’s materialism as evil and the ascendency into the world of the dead as good, to leave the material world behind and embrace our spiritual natures. But, and I would cite the great work of the great Peruvian shaman Pablo Amaringo, a hero of the climate change religious fanatics of the world, that the greatest thing in the entire universe that includes quasars, black holes, concepts of a multiverse, anything and everything is the consciousness and imagination of the human being. I don’t say that just because we are all human and we can’t think of anything better due to our own human limits of perception. But in the observations of the universe and the rules that govern it. The creative force of the mind captured in a human form takes the tools of nature and puts them to the best use. The concept of America, while it might have been formed in rebellion against the tyranny of the Catholic Church, guided by what was left over from the Roman empire, what was created, as I often state in my own book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business is a unique new kind of human with a different kind of religion in America, where materialism reflects the boundless energy of nature captured and put to practical use by human beings and their wondrous imaginations. And the importance of this is that it has broken a destructive cycle of continued rebirth that has been limiting human development for many thousands of years. As intelligent as the Egyptians appeared to be, with lots of lost technology that we are still trying to figure out, it’s evident that their civilization wasn’t the first to rise and fall. We see those forces at work now in the modern age, violently and with great panic.

The current political order, especially Democrats and progressives, is trying to fit the world to that old religious model of sacrifice to the gods and yielding to the forces of nature. But our human intellect, captured whether on purpose or by accident in the creation of the Bible and passages like those in the Book of Genesis giving mankind dominion over nature, to use the tools of nature to create and perpetuate thought, which looks to be the greatest power in the universe, or the multiverse, then now we see what all the fuss has been about. The world’s religions, as the limits of mankind’s translations, presented them, have not been big enough to consider the true implications of what it meant to be human. To begin with, what role did humans play in the cosmos, and why did they have such vast imaginations? Even though the human being may be very small in relation to the rest of all matter in the universe, which may just be but one little cell in the grand body of God, the conscious reality of that small contribution looks to be the key to everything. Imagine if the cells of our own body decided to allow disease to manifest within us and did not fight them. We’d become sick. And so it is with the schemes of the universe. Our role in the whole thing is not to sacrifice ourselves to the body of nature but to act with our minds to correct nature with our imaginations and ability to think. 

I often point out what a mess nature is if allowed to grow independently. What the human mind brings is conceptual understanding and an ability to organize. Nature by itself can only do so much. It needs the human mind to make it better, and when the Book of Genesis was created as a conceptual faculty of thought, and America was the first time in history it was allowed to be put to use, then great things started happening, and the greatest country in the history of the world formed, and everyone wants to come to it to enjoy what can be done with a free mind and the toolbox of nature to perform great things. Yet, the rest of the world, the nations, and the religions that control them have not yet accepted this new way of thinking, this morality of materialism that runs contrary to all the things they understand about how the world works. I would say that all of them, millions and millions of people over many tens of thousands of years, have been wrong. They missed the point. Nature says that in its chaos of calamity, we can have a Younger Dryas period that has a comet hit Saginaw Bay in Michigan and created a life-ending cataclysm that likely destroyed a civilization that was much more advanced than the Egyptians were, that everything the Egyptians knew was part of the Vico Cycle where much was lost in the translation. But dominion over nature says we destroy the comet before it destroys the earth, and humanity continues to think about big things rather than wasting all their time sacrificing to the gods and trying to catch enough food to live another day. Nature is dumb; it’s not in charge. God, whatever version of God or religion that gives a relationship to such conceptual needs, is a thinking human being that can act with imagination and make nature better. And until the rest of the world figures out what Americans already know and defend it with their guns, they will continue to struggle as civilizations always have. 

Rich Hoffman

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Kari Lake Wins in Arizona: McConnell is wrong–America is not a 50/50 country

It was a bit of a cliffhanger during the election night, August 2nd, 2022, and I was up and stayed with the story when Kari Lake finally pulled ahead of Karrin Taylor Robson, her closest rival for the Republican primary, to face off against Katie Hobbs in November. Before Kari could take on that challenge, she had to get through a multitude of RINO money poured into the Arizona primary to attempt to derail her Trump-like campaign for the MAGA movement. Everyone knew that it would be a fist fight election. But this time, people were ready for the evidence of election fraud; the fraud from 2020 is now well known, so people voting for Kari knew what to look for, and it wasn’t easy for the cheaters to push Robson over Kari. Early in the night, it looked like Kari Lake wouldn’t win the election, but as the evening progressed and the same day voting totals came in, the MAGA challenger pulled ahead and was poised to be the winner. The same disgusting cheating that had stolen the election from Trump just two years before was much harder to perform this time. Even though it took days to count all the ballots, the counters were desperately looking for ways to steal the election. The math just didn’t work in their favor, and no matter what happens in the future, everyone knows that Kari Lake won the election. Her lead a few days later was two percentage points above her rivals, with 82% of the vote counted; there just isn’t any way, except for cheating and counting a bunch of made-up mail-in ballots, that anybody will overtake Kari Lake. I thought it was remarkable; I stayed up and watched the whole thing pacing around my living room just as anxious as everyone else was. Because we all knew that Arizona had a cheat machine built into it that the RINOs were trying to keep alive so they could control elections, and it would take a lot of momentum to defeat it. Because of same-day voting in Arizona it did not allow for many opportunities to steal the election this time. They certainly tried, but the momentum of the MAGA movement didn’t allow it.

It’s quite clear, based on what we observed in 2020 and then a year and a half later in 2022, is a pattern of behavior where elections have been routinely manipulated. Not everywhere, but states like Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona obviously have election cheating built into their voting counting ability. I recently spoke to our Secretary of State in Ohio, Frank LaRose, about how he went about providing election security. I believed him when he said he thought they were very secure. I think LaRose is a good guy, and I think he knows what he’s talking about. But not every state has a great Secretary of State, and even in Ohio, not all administrations are as ethical as previous ones or future ones. As I was voting, I paid careful attention to our voting machines, and the kind we use has a digital interface. But ultimately, it has a paper ballot that you can verify your vote with a receipt, and it’s that which gets counted. So, I don’t think every state always has election fraud by party politics. But I do think, based on what we’ve observed, that every election has fraud in it. Some states are worse than others. Ohio is pretty good right now because Frank runs a good ship. But in places like Georgia, where Kemp was able to fend off Trump challengers, it’s evident that voter behavior was not consistent as it was elsewhere in the country and that cheating was still very much a problem. And going into Arizona, with all the controversy of election fraud that we knew happened there, the big question was whether or not Kari Lake would have a real chance. We knew people and polling favored her, but when it came to who counted the votes, everyone was very wide-eyed for election shenanigans. I wasn’t pacing around my living room at 3 AM in the morning because I trusted the officials counting the votes. 

It’s clear that the establishment types who have control of enough election systems that they can manipulate elections to their favor have been assigning Mike Pence to states that look to deep dive into the election fraud from 2020 with actual decertifications. Mike Pence by himself has no chance to overtake a Trump endorsement. But with Fox News obviously very invested in portraying the illusion that America is a 50/50 country and that they prefer RINOs over Trump conservatives, you can begin to see a pattern emerge where election fraud is most obvious where they are putting Pence to challenge Trump endorsements. I don’t think Pence is savvy enough to play an essential role in the fraud. He is a nice guy who does what the boss tells him to, whether that boss is Trump or the people who want to take over, leading the Republican Party back to the controlled opposition. These election fixes have been going on for a long time; it wasn’t just the 2020 election. But because of the ground game in Arizona from MAGA supporters, they just couldn’t pull it off. Then when Kari Lake proclaimed victory, it took all the air out of the media story. That’s the game we are playing, folks. 

I was watching a Fox News segment the day after the election when Brett Baier had on Mitch McConnell during his 6 PM show to talk about the state of politics and the future of the Republican Party. There was a subtext to the story, which obviously Fox News, guided by Rupert Murdock, was trying to plant “the narrative,” but it wasn’t sticking. When Mitch McConnell told Baier, “we are a 50/50 country,” he was trying to fit the story to the Fox News position. Murdock and his sons and their wives want to think that they are the kingmakers of the Republican Party, and they have made it their mission to get rid of Trump from the public stage. Only what Rupert didn’t understand, it was Trump that helped make Fox News what it was. And it was people like Roger Ailes, and Bill O’Reilly who understood the people better than the Murdocks outside the New York and Washington D.C. markets. Sure, they still have Jesse Watters, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham on their primetime coverage, which is all very good. But all other hours of the day, Fox News has become much more like CNN, unwatchable to the people who really care about their country. And Fox News has only hurt themselves with the activism against Trump. Trump and Kari Lake are the future; they just can’t accept that reality. Election fraud to them is a necessary evil to keep the illusion that America is really, like McConnell stated, a 50/50 country. In truth, it isn’t, not even close. And when elections are held where the controlled opposition can’t cheat, we see that people like Kari Lake will win every time. Even when the deck is stacked against good people, they will win if election fraud is taken away as an option. 

Rich Hoffman

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Thomas Hall Wins the 46th Ohio Representative Seat: Sheriff Jones has no clothes

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a political candidate who deserved election or re-election more than Thomas Hall did in a very tough year where districts were redrawn at the last minute. There was more internal party opposition against an opponent than what he not only survived in an August 2022 primary but excelled. In the end, Thomas Hall beat his rival, Matt King, by almost 12%, although with the addition of Liberty Township to the new 46th district, it looked like the race might tighten up. By the time the smoke cleared, it was an easy win for Thomas Hall despite the opposition. Part of that was that he has had an excellent record during his first term. But the rest of it was that he just worked so hard to win, personally knocking on over 6000 doors and meeting voters face to face. And many members of the Butler County Republican Party, led by Sheriff Jones, threw everything they had at him, including the kitchen sink and all the plumbing, to defeat him. But it didn’t make a dent in Thomas, which didn’t surprise me in the least. I had called the race over eight months ago and given my personal endorsement. And as history shows, when I endorse someone, they tend to win. Not so much for anything I do, but for the quality of people, the candidates tend to be and for knowing the trends in politics. Nobody was going to outwork Thomas Hall, and as I have come to know him, he’s a good, sincere person to his very core. Nobody would beat Thomas Hall as long as he let voters know who he was, which he did, walking neighborhoods for many weeks now, shaking hands and talking to people instead of just sending out mailers, robocalls, and hit pieces on Facebook. Thomas was well funded and did all the usual political stuff, which I mentioned. But in addition to that, his campaign put in many thousands of hours of labor into direct communication with real people cutting out all the traditional media from hijacking the process. And for voters, they have come to realize they are lucky to have someone like Thomas to vote for. 

The sad part of this story, as positive as it has been, was the tragic fall of Sheriff Jones, who made it his personal vendetta to destroy Thomas Hall in every way, shape, and form. For several months now, I have felt sorry for Sheriff Jones. I see what he is going through now in many of the competitive shooting events that I do throughout the year. It’s tough to be the best at something, then suddenly, some young kid who can do it better, faster, and more often than you comes along, and it hurts. I’ve seen that kind of jealousy destroy many people, and many never recover from it. Thomas Hall wasn’t willing to kiss the ring of one of Butler County’s kingmakers in the Republican Party. Jones obviously took it personally and decided to primary Hall for a second term in the Ohio legislature as a Representative. I watched over much of the fall of 2021 as many fellow Republicans were unified and would attend events together in great camaraderie, to suddenly being enemies with one another. That’s about when Sheriff Jones went on WLW radio and went out of his way to embarrass Thomas Hall because the Sheriff didn’t like his voting record. So, he wanted to show himself as the kingmaker in Butler County and put his aggressive efforts behind Matt King to primary out of office Thomas Hall. Suddenly, many of those same Republicans weren’t getting together anymore, and by the spring of 2022, the sides were split. Most Republicans who wanted to maintain a relationship with Sheriff Jones had turned against Thomas, betting that his political career was over because Sheriff Jones had decided it was. 

I’ve known Sheriff Jones for a long time. I have liked him most in the early days of the Tea Party movement, then again during the first Trump term. To his credit, he was one of the first area Republicans to join behind Trump in 2016. But I remind people often that Trump used to be a Democrat. So did Kari Lake, for that matter. Sheriff Jones, to me, has shown himself to be a big government Democrat who dresses as a 50s-style cowboy sheriff. I like the look. But his actions are much more Democrat than conservative. We had a mutual friend in David Kern, so we have tolerated each other the way relatives do at Thanksgiving Dinner. Sometimes we got along, sometimes not so much. I’ve always liked what he brought to the “Republican” brand as an image. But have been embarrassed by him often as a public official. I understand that he’s never done anything but public life. So it’s been a relationship I’ve been willing to take the good with the bad. That holds until I see him start abusing his power as he clearly did with Thomas Hall. Then anything good Sheriff Jones had done all these years suddenly gets tossed out the window as he does the very Democrat thing, abusing his authority to exert power over others. He went way out of his way to make an example out of Thomas Hall, and many other Republicans followed after him. 

In the end, the good guys won. Thomas won due to his great reputation and his very hard work. He didn’t need a party endorsement, even though he should have had it as a good incumbent. Nobody wanted to cross Sheriff Jones and feared what their own political futures might become if they did. So, things got very ugly during the campaign. Nobody would have thought poorly of Thomas Hall if he had caved under pressure. I always thought he was the clear winner, and I would tell him that. I knew if people could get to know Thomas the way I had, that they’d easily vote for him no matter what Sheriff Jones said. I also knew that Sheriff Jones didn’t have the political capital that he thought he had. Outside of some Lakota school board members, some reporters at Fox 19, and some thankful tax increase moms in the neighborhoods around his house in Liberty Township, a lot of people don’t like Sheriff Jones because they have come to know him as a bully. And so long as Jones has stayed in that bubble, he hasn’t had to face the truth about how people really feel about him when his back was turned. I have often thought some of those feelings were unfair. I always thought Sheriff Jones meant well, looking at him through the eyes of someone like the late Liberty Township trustee, David Kern. But after what Jones did to Thomas Hall during this election cycle and other Republicans who dared to support him, I could see why so many people would not like the Sheriff. So, I knew when it came time to vote; people would pick Thomas Hall. And, of course, they did. After all the money that was spent against Hall by the Sheriff Jones-led Matt King challenge, it’s evident that many of those characters were stuck in the past and had not learned the lessons of recent political trends. You couldn’t buy elections anymore with ads in the paper, simple yard signs, or robocalls with the Sheriff talking endorsements. I had many tens of thousands of hits on this site over the last several months from people looking for more information on Thomas. And what they found was the truth, the truth better than paid ads and sheriff endorsements can give. People were able to see Thomas Hall for the excellent person that he was. And that’s why he won and will continue to well into the future. 

Rich Hoffman

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What ‘Bob’s Burgers’ says about American Society: What people will do to have a good family

At face value, it would be one of those strange mysteries. But when you dig into the issue a bit, it makes a lot of sense and says a lot about what kind of society we really are as Americans. I’ll admit, I was perplexed as to why any studio would produce a Bob’s Burgers theatrical release. With so many streaming services that are out there these days, why would anybody make a movie of the somewhat popular cartoon on Fox called Bob’s Burgers, which is a version of the typical animated formula that they have made so popular over the years with other offerings like The Simpsons, and Family Guy? I’m not too fond of Bob on Bob’s Burgers; I think of him as a loser. He’s not very ambitious; as a dad, he’s perpetually broke. He runs a little New England burger place in a resort town, and he can barely rub two pennies together.

Most of the episodes are about the problems they have as a family because they never have enough money to do things. And of course, my famous saying to people complaining about not having enough money is just to work and make more. Especially in America, if you want money, you can have it. You may not make all the money you want in 8 hours of work. Forty hours a week may not be enough; you might have to work 80. When I was raising a family, I have told the stories of only having one car, and I rode a bicycle 25 miles a day, so my wife could have the car for the kids and worked two full-time jobs to make the money we needed as a family. So, I can’t relate to Bob in Bob’s Burgers, and I find it odd that young people like the show so much. But, apparently, they do. Enough so that they made a theatrical movie release this year as something they thought was justifiable. 

I also had a unique experience while attending various comic cons with my daughter, an outstanding illustrator who does exhibitions of her work at those types of events. As I have said, it’s interesting to watch people cosplay at comic cons, the kind of outfits they want to dress up in, and invest so much of their time to bring characters they enjoy to life in some way. I can understand the various Star Wars characters and those from the Marvel movies. Those are action movies that make you feel good when leaving the movie theater in some way, so it makes sense that people would want to dress up as those characters during Halloween and at comic cons. Bringing fantasy to life is a specific function of the human imagination, a conceptual vehicle that expresses inner values that manifest in mythological impressions during social exchanges. Dressing up as a favorite character is a way to vote for the kind of values that you see in pop culture. Imitation is the ultimate compliment. But while I was at these events, I was just a little shocked to see young people dressing up as characters from Bob’s Burgers, which is hard because they are all cartoons. It’s not easy to bring a cartoon character to life, yet people did, and some were really good costumes. Why? I’ve watched many episodes of Bob’s Burgers, and I just don’t enjoy the show that much. For me, it’s often filler in the background while I’m doing five or six other things. I occasionally watch it because I like the colors of cartoons. But I can’t relate to the characters much at all. 

Oddly enough, my wife likes Bob’s Burgers a lot. I’d say it’s her favorite show, so this problem has been something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Yet, in working to understand the current political sentiment of our mass society, I felt something was going on with Bob’s Burgers that was worth noticing, significantly if film executives believed that a theatrical release of a subpar cartoon series on Fox justified its own movie. So the one thing that really jumps out about Bob’s Burgers that is likable is that all the family members like each other. Bob, his wife, and his three children all live in a little dump of an apartment, yet they don’t act like a bunch of losers who are waiting in line with a bottle of booze to buy lottery tickets. They work hard for the money they make and love each other as a family while running the family burger business. Bob is always a few cents short of whatever the family needs, but his wife never talks about leaving him for a better life with a more ambitious lover. The kids are just happy to have mom and dad together in the house. The brothers and sisters aren’t out to kill each other; they go on many neighborhood adventures and solve problems like rational people. They are a very “traditional” family. 

And that’s what it is with Bob’s Burgers; like many of the other Fox primetime cartoons, they all have in common a mom and a dad in the home who love each other. That is certainly the case with Family Guy, a very progressive show that features a family that stays together. There aren’t step-parents and step-children in these cartoons. They are all very traditional. Other animated shows have tried to make it with more progressive storylines, but they always fail. The ones that stick around over the years are the cartoons that feature traditional family settings. The Simpsons have been on for decades now, a very long time. And yet, with many hundreds of storylines, Homer and his wife Marge still love each other and work through marital problems together in a way that never ends in divorce or a family breakup.   And that was the key to this Bob’s Burgers mystery. Here was a family on an animated show with many problems, and they seemed limited in their ability to solve those problems. But, they enjoy each other as a family. You don’t see Bob running around on the town to cheat on his wife. Or running away from the attention that the kids obviously want from him. He’s a good dad, even if he’s unambitious socially. And his family loves him for it. Obviously, the audiences who can’t say the same about their own families have found a reliable father figure in Bob’s Burgers. In Bob’s Burgers, they see the family they always wanted and never had in the fictional settings. And it has such an impact on them that they even dress up as the characters in cosplay. It says a lot about the true state of our society when those types of fictional stories indicate what people really feel inside. Their vote for the type of entertainment they wish to enjoy says what all people really crave outside of political theater. Most people would give up a lot to have a family like Bob’s Burgers, where at least mom and dad loved each other, and their siblings worked together to help make the family a family. In a world full of disappointments, at least Bob and his animated television family were willing to fight through disappointments for the key ingredient to all happy societies, a good family that might not have a lot of money, but at least they had what all humans crave, a genuine love for each other. And that is worth noting and something that should give us all hope for the future. 

Rich Hoffman

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Fast Draw at the Annie Oakley Event: What the world looks like out in God’s country

For me, the western arts is a religion of sorts, it’s something I think about every day, and I work with some aspect of it several times a day in just about everything I do. And for context, the white hat I wear so much came from my favorite hat shop in Jackson, Wyoming, on an extraordinary pilgrimage I made there with my entire family. I’ve traveled worldwide and seen many of the world’s best things up close and personal. And I’ve been to rodeos they have out West, specifically the one at Cody, Wyoming, which is fantastic and about as good as it gets. A rodeo experience out to Cody, Wyoming, is in itself worth a vacation just to do that. But I will say that the Annie Oakley Festival they have every year in Darke County, Ohio, in the town of Greenville, is one of the best displays of Americana on planet earth, and I never get tired of attending. I look forward to it every time they have it, and when they do, I usually am involved in some aspect or another in the shows they put on. This year I was in the bullwhip competitions, as I usually am. But additionally, I was able to be in the Ohio Fast Draw Association’s competition, a two-day event that I have always thought brought the Annie Oakley Festival into the realm of uniqueness that establishes it as a vacation destination all its own. For people looking to get in touch with America again, I would recommend everyone to mark the last weekend of July on their calendars and make the trip to the Annie Oakley Festival when it’s happening in Greenville and to put the noise of life aside for a few days and experience the festival in all its glory.

I’ve been participating in the Annie Oakley Festival for a few decades. During that entire time, I worked with my friend Gery Deer at the Western Showcase to put on Saturday bullwhip competitions that are always crowd pleasers. I started working with whips on my grandparents’ farms when I was very young, so they have always been a part of my life. When I learned that my great grandfather could crack a fly off the wall with a bullwhip, I decided that was something I was going to do, and over the years, it has become my own version of a martial art. In my recent book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, I take many of the concepts I have been thinking about over the years from the Annie Oakley Festival and apply them to the ways of the world that have influences from everywhere. I have thought of the Annie Oakley Festival as a kind of unique American philosophy that shows what all people, no matter where they come from, gravitate to when they have the freedom to be away from government and go to God’s country without a lot of United Nations influence. And from the showman side, I have watched the audiences and come to some very definitive understandings that are unique to the Annie Oakley Festival. The Buffalo Bill Wild West show has always been a definitive presentation of what America uniquely is. Without Annie Oakley, it would never have become the global phenomenon it was. And I find that Greenville festival every year to be the embodiment of that definition, more so than in places like Cody, Wyoming, which is the authentic real deal cowboy life, right in the middle of a desert in the traditional way people think; of the “West.” But it’s the swagger that came from the Buffalo Bill show that Annie Oakley specifically brought to the whole exhibition that I have always loved so much. It’s why that event is a yearly reset period for me, where I clear my thoughts and push the noise aside for a few days and just soak up the American flags and the smell of gunsmoke.

After the bullwhip competitions, I always used to go over and watch the fast draw guys. But I couldn’t make fast draw part of my life for a long time. Getting the equipment to participate was a bit expensive, but more than anything was the time. Many of the shoots last entire weekends and are all over the place. You can’t just show up at Annie Oakley once a year to commit to the sport and compete. It has only been over the last few years that I finally have had the time to commit to it, so it’s something pretty new for me. But it was always their shoot at the Annie Oakley Festival that I looked forward to watching. So, it was really enjoyable to be able to attend as a competitor, and I made the most of it. This was the first year I did both events, the Ohio Fast Draw Association shoot and the Western Arts Showcase, so it was a very busy weekend for me. So busy that I didn’t even have time to look at my phone and answer the many text messages that were adding up due to the news of the world. I was able to get caught up after the festival, but the time off was well worth it. I have provided several pictures and videos of the event to capture a bit of the atmosphere, which I never get tired of.

That’s what makes my Gunfighter’s Guide to Business such a unique book on business and life in America in general. The Annie Oakley Festival has always given me a unique opportunity to see America for what it is and get to know people as spectators wanting to get a piece of that old Buffalo Bill Wild West show that so clearly defined our young country to a world perplexed by it. That challenge is still very true and even hostile at times. But when you are there, you can clearly see what people want and how much of that noisy world they are willing to take. Practicing the combat arts, the fast draw, the bullwhips, and the cowboy-mounted shooting are all exhibitions of the kind of skills that make America, America. And there is no need for apologies regarding the Second Amendment there. No hint to it. People generally agree on how the world is, understand right and wrong, and treat each other well and respectfully. The world does not look so screwed up when you escape the coastal media influences of Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. It’s always good to see people for what they are. Many from the liberal coasts would be horrified by the stoic tenacity of the people from the flyover states, especially those who attend by the thousands the Annie Oakley Festival. But what’s clear when you attend something like that festival in Greenville, Ohio, is that there are a lot more of those people than there are from liberal politics. You just don’t hear from them on the nightly news. They are out working in the fields, and living life as the coastal types fly over, high above in comfortable jets going from one big city to another, maintaining their bubbles that allow liberalism to grow as a concept. That is until they stop by some place like Cody, Wyoming, and see what people really think of them. Or, they drive into the heart of Ohio, way out in God’s country, and see the many yard signs dedicated to Trump, and get a sense that Annie Oakley never really died, and neither did the Buffalo Bill Wild West show. It lives on in Darke County, Ohio, and recharges me yearly. I spend my days between Annie Oakley events thinking about it. It’s never far from my mind. And given the way the world is now, they would do well to learn their own lessons from the Annie Oakley Festival. It’s a vacation destination all its own and well worth the time to do so. 

Rich Hoffman

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The Midterms Aren’t Enough: This problem goes back thousands of years

As we talk about the midterms and the massive increases of House and Senate seats that are projected for the GOP and watch with mystery the obvious ruse of Nancy Pelosi poking the stick at China, seemingly going against the Biden administration’s pro-China policies, we need to understand just how desperate Democrats are and to what extent globalists around the world will fight to keep power. And we also hear that Joe Biden has Covid yet again; the Democrats saw that Joe polled better when he hid in the White House residence, just as he did when he ran for President by hiding in his basement; they intend to exploit every advantage they can get their hands on fully. The Never Trumper movement will do anything to keep Trump out of office, including running a third-party candidate to help Gavin Newsom get pushed over the top as Bill Clinton did. Never-Trumpers don’t mind dealing with the Democrats in office. And, of course, Democrats will do anything to obtain power. They aren’t just going to accept a red wave vote and disappear into the night. They will fight until the very death of themselves and their party. They aren’t going to respect the will of the voters. So be cautious of every trick and expect them all to be played. It might be too late for them to correct course by the midterms. Just like the recession forecasts that have been talked about all of 2022 only to come true ultimately, the midterms will also. But Democrats will spin it with their eye toward the next goal, much as they did with the economy. They are what any definition would call the very foundations of evil. Not because they think differently, but because of their intentions toward mass society, and they are getting ready to make their final stand. Once the midterms are won, the fight will just be getting started. It’s not very long until 2024, yet it’s a very long way away as well, and a lot can and will happen. 

For Democrats and global progressives, the political fight in America is not just about ideas on how to manage society. It’s a religion to them. That is why they are willing to work with Never-Trumpers, and there is essentially a “uniparty” in Washington D.C.  Most politicians in political theater, whether it’s Fox News or CNN broadcasts are essentially the same. Everything they have ever been was shaped by two opposing forces. Yet the MAGA movement is the natural evolution of a third political force that has tried for many years to manifest into reality but has always been lost by one of the two basic religious philosophies. President Trump represents a threat to that entire world order which is older than history itself.

On the one hand, members of the dualist religions believe that all life on earth is evil, driven by materialism and that the goal of all humanity is to escape from the limits of the body and be resurrected as a spirit for eternal life. Then there are those religions, such as the Roman Catholic Church, which intended to be the government on earth over every micromanaged aspect of people’s lives. They intend themselves to be the gates to God, putting themselves between everlasting life and the material needs of existence. No matter what time humanity has found itself, one of those two forces has shaped all political theater suppressing any other ideas that might have emerged. So what the administrative state, as we call it, is fighting for is nothing less than a preservation of the old order and preventing any new ideas from emerging. 

There is a reason no other ideas emerged beyond those two forces, the dualist religions and the kinghood of the other dominating entire regions to the embodiment of a ruler on earth. Most of the secret societies we always hear about have operated in the background to preserve these orders, and they are hard at work right now to keep this threat of President Trump from emerging again. Donald Trump is an exciting creation of the American lifestyle. This materialist literally lived in a golden palace high atop America’s most capitalist city of New York with his beautiful supermodel wife. He had top-rated television shows, wrote books, and was the face of American capitalism in ways that significantly threatened the order of anti-materialists who have always maintained the religions of dualism, earth bad, eternity good. Trump showed that a person could be a materialist and could be smart about eternal life. He is an eternal optimist, never crying in public and not even slowing down for the death of people close to him. Trump is very much a creation of the Power of Positive Thinking, which is uniquely American and is terror to the old religions of the world who use the fear of fire and brimstone to control people from birth until their graves and claim to have influence even into eternity. That lack of fear and respect for the duelist religions and the king state concepts of the modern pope or some monarchy are reprehensible to the political left. And they will not disappear into the night with a golly-gee, shucks mentality. They will be out for blood and must be dealt with knowing that.

Expect every trick in the book. Splitting the vote with a three-candidate field is the most obvious, but I would caution everyone not to fall for it. This new Republican Party under Trump is something very different from what it has been in the past. Immigration running from terrible conditions worldwide is looking toward the Republican Party. They don’t want America to become the kind of places they ran from. Democrats planned that those immigrants, illegal and otherwise, would vote for big government because of the giveaways. But most people coming to America, no matter where they came from, want the preservation of family, want the freedom to make money, and try for the American dream. They reject globalism because they have seen what it does to communities where it has sunk roots. And none of that is part of the Democrat plan. It’s not part of the Never-Trump plan either. For the first time in human history, something is emerging in America that is different from the other stagnant religions of the world, the duelists and the king-state. What Trump has represented is a uniquely American idea of religion that is not controlled by the previous embodiments of social organization. It honestly terrifies those who currently want to be in charge. These new rules are what the next elections are all about. Yes, there was election fraud in the last election, at least. There has likely been election fraud in the previous decades as well, knowing what we do now about how political parties run elections while they are in charge and just how little they think of people in general. And they will try again. But what’s different now and likely for the first time is that people are aware of the problem and act honestly in their own self-interest. That self-interest was defined by one of those two previous religious ideologies. But now, there is an American stamp on it that transcends all the aforementioned controls and the administrative state in the halls of institutionalism that had run the terror. They don’t know what to do to hold on to power when so many people continue to turn to Trump for a change, a change away from them and their rules. And to maintain their illusions, don’t underestimate them at all. Because they will do anything to keep power. Cheating in elections is just the tip of the iceberg. 

Rich Hoffman

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Want to be Free: Learn to wear a hat

The problem is that people talk about fighting for freedom, but often by the time they are voting age adults, they are so beat down with compromise that they no longer know what freedom is or why they should be fighting for it. We talk about it all the time, fighting for freedom. Yet very few people are remotely free in their lives; they have bosses at their jobs, spouses often working at odds with them, and peer pressures in their neighborhoods. Medical professionals always tell us what to do, which was common before Covid became a government policy disaster. Then there are the various governments in our lives, the local zoning board as to whether or not a water garden can be built on our private property, whether a state governor can ruin our lives with lockdowns and other fears of economy, or an executive branch at the federal level who will sign a piece of paper that could actually destroy our physical bodies with a vaccine mandate. Most people are so burdened with obedience to many other people in their lives that they have no idea what freedom is or what they should be doing with it. So it’s hard for them to know why they should be fighting for it or even why they should value it at all. Oddly enough, as I was thinking about all these things, I have grandchildren who are at that magical age of deciding who they will be for the rest of their lives. They were asking about these matters, for which I gave them their first hats and told them why I have always worn a hat of some kind and what benefits it can provide them in the quest for personal freedom and benefit their lives in magnificent ways. 

One of my favorite hat stores in America, at Jackson Hole, Wyoming

It was a pretty good moment to explain why I have always worn a variation of a cowboy hat all my life to my grandchildren because they wanted to know. But the message has value well beyond family advice on how to live a better life, which is worth sharing. I learned early in my life that being unique was a freedom that had value in it, and to protect that freedom when you are too young to fight it off physically and mentally, is to shake off your attackers with audacity. So, I wore hats to declare my own unique look. Being young or old and having hair or not are conditions of nature, but wearing a hat was a proclamation of controlling your own appearance by choice, by invention. Even in the third and fourth grade, I started this process, and I wore my hats even to bed at night, and I found that within that simple measure, I was teaching myself to love personal freedom and making decisions that showed I had control over my appearance and was not a victim to public opinion. Of course, whenever you make such a declaration, people will make fun of you for it. And sometimes, those opinions can be brutal. It is amazing how threatening to people a kid wearing a hat can be, but I heard some of the worst and most violent talk when I was age 10 through 15 that you can imagine, just because I showed up in public places always wearing a hat. But those were some very valuable years because I learned not to care. And as I learned not to be shaped by the opinions of others, I learned to have real independence in my life, which has dramatically frustrated a significant number of people. 

We all wear hats in my family, always have

We were indeed a better society during periods where people wore hats, even though the social stigma favored them, such as during the Revolutionary period with the tri-cornered hats that were common to the day. Or the cowboy hats of western expansion. Then there were the fedoras of the roaring twenties up until the socialist incursions of the 60s. Hats were a statement of independence and control over nature. If it started raining, you could use your hat to shield your head from the elements of chaos coming in the form of weather. If you were balding, you could fashion your own style of cosmetic appearance with a good hat. Hats showed individual taste, they could be whatever color you wanted, and they projected your values to the world. But to those who wanted to reject those values, hats were dangerous because they showed individual expression, which was a real threat to the collectivist intentions of Marxism. Some of the cruelest comments that came in my direction about my hats as a kid came from the drug user class of long-haired hippies and dope smokers. When I wore a hat, it threatened them and their desires for social conformity. That safe place where a stoned mind and social camouflage could insulate them from the opinions of others. They certainly didn’t want to stand out in a crowd; they wanted to blend in. And when they saw someone who didn’t feel those social fears, it truly scared them. 

At that Jackson Hole hat shop, getting my latest one steamed to shape

I told my grandchildren that people would ridicule them for wearing their hats in public. Anything they show to the world that they valued would be ridiculed to no end, and if people could steal their hats and destroy them, they would do it to punish them for even wearing them in public. I explained that people are cruel because they don’t want to live up to the expectations of personal independence and crave to hide in the shadows where it’s safe. Wearing a hat publicly was a declaration of independence and a real threat to their existence. So be ready for anything and everything. But the benefit would be that by the time you are an adult, which will be most of your life, you will have been well practiced in being your own person. Nobody really cares what you look like after age 30, so don’t waste your lives trying to look like a teenager.

Enjoy your life no matter how old you are. Wear a hat that reflects who you are and how much you like it. Don’t let them make you feel bad for self-expression. And by the time you are 40, 50, and 60 years old, nobody will care if you wear a hat in public. They’ll avoid you most of the time, but making fun of you will stop. So the task of being young and out of control of your social circumstances because so many other factors are still governing your lives is to learn not to care what the opinions of others are. And when you do that, you will gain valuable freedom that will spill over into other parts of your life and enrich yourself. To have real freedom in life is to be free of the opinions of others. Once you do that, you can understand freedom’s basic premise and why it’s worth fighting for. A society of people who have worn hats to express that freedom had a better ability to maintain that freedom. But a society of people who care too much about what other people think are not going to understand why freedom is worth fighting for. Because essentially, they aren’t free anywhere in their lives if they constantly fear what the opinions of others are. So as I told my grandchildren, wear your hats. Don’t listen to what people say to you, and learn to love the controversy. Because when people’s opinions no longer control your actions, you can start to see yourself as a free person.

Rich Hoffman

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Bad, Mad Moms Can’t Rule Anything, Especially in Politics: What the real anger towards Darbi Boddy at Lakota indicates

I usually wouldn’t care, but as I’ve said many times, I support Darbi Boddy, who is a Lakota school board member, and there are a lot of mad moms and some strangely testosterone-free dads who just absolutely hate her and are petitioning to remove her from the board with a signature drive. So I’ve been reading some of the comments and listening to their complaints about Darbi more than I otherwise would to see if there is anything to their anger. Of course, there isn’t. Much of what they don’t like Darbi over is the result of their own terrible parenting, which requires some point of reference to consider. First of all, the attempt to remove a school board member with a petition drive is a steep hill. No matter how many signatures they gather, there were still 8 thousand people who had just put her in office, and a judge would ultimately have to rule on the action. So, just because there are a lot of mad moms signing a petition, that doesn’t mean they have any power to remove Darbi from her position, no matter how many of them sign a piece of paper. But let’s forget about that for this article and consider what they are so mad at, why they are angry with her, then consider what impact such people have on government in general. This situation with Darbi Boddy is just one local example of a much bigger problem that creates a lot of noise in all government interaction, the mad mom activist and the reasons they lobby government to compensate their children for the things that they, as parents, should be giving them. When you listen carefully to their complaints about Darbi Boddy, psychologically, what we really hear from them is nothing that Darbi has done but that they are planting a seed of discontent that will put the blame for their own bad parenting on a politician or a school. They crave more centralized authority to mask their own parental inadequacies.

I personally think motherhood is the most important job on planet earth. There is nothing else that comes close to the importance of motherhood. There is no CEO job or President of the United States that has a more important job than a mom in a family. She gives children everything they will ever be; if she does a bad job, the kids will be screwed up for life. It’s a big responsibility, and I think we should support moms much more than we do as a society. But, saying all that, often, moms are just kids themselves. As 20-somethings and 30-somethings, about to the age of 40, people just don’t have enough emotional development to have all the wisdom that children require. Motherhood is tricky business; in the beginning of a child’s life, it’s easy to know whether or not a mom is doing a good job.   Kids need everything when they are born. So if a mom keeps a child from crying, then they could be said to have success in their task. If they are there to help teach the child to walk, dress themselves, and can keep them from crying, because that’s all kids know to do when they are born, then a mom can say to herself that she is a good mom. But, at about age five, that entire relationship changes, and most parents don’t adapt. This second part of the job of raising a child is much more difficult, and most parents, especially in the kind of society we have these days, are not prepared for the task. 

From ages 5 to 15, children need wisdom from their parents, especially their moms. They need to learn to start managing risk and to advance their intellect through many minor bumps and bruises, which will then instruct them how to solve problems when they are adults. But too often, moms are still trying to keep their children from crying instead of teaching them not to cry and to solve their problems, no matter what they are. Kids need wise advice more than a padded room during this period of time, and it is monstrously difficult for moms to make that transition. I call this the “fat ass” phase, where anxious moms overeat because their own childhood neurosis explodes against the perpetual disappointments of the intellectual needs of their children, and it shows in the parents with expanded waistlines and upsized jean sizes. It’s no longer easy to just stop them from crying; what kids need in those formative years is much more difficult than simple pacification, and most mothers fail at it miserably. So they eat too many bags of chips, they divert their attention to too much ridiculous trivia, and when the children need that wise advice, the mother simply doesn’t have it in them. Too often, moms led embarrassing lives up until the time they were married or decided to have a baby, and all the guilt from that previous life comes back at them now that they are in charge of another life, and they just lack the confidence to give wise advice to anybody. 

Those mad moms turn to the government to help raise their children. This momma-age voting bracket is filled with big government disasters of people who were ill-equipped to have children or even be married to a spouse. So they vote for big government to hide their many faults behind government action. So the anger you often hear leveled at a school board member like Darbi Boddy at Lakota is because the parents feel inadequate. They want government to give them cover for their bad parenting skills, and a person like Darbi is encouraging more responsibility. When she takes pictures of kids dressed like prostitutes in the halls of Lakota, violating dress codes, it makes the parents feel bad because their bad parenting has been exposed. I can certainly understand why it would hurt their feelings, but perhaps it should. Rather than getting angry at Darbi, perhaps the right thing to do would be to change how they are parenting for the child’s sake. Trying to be the cool mom to a child that clearly has issues based on the way they appear in public isn’t going to give that child the skills they need once they become adults. What will end up happening is they will just repeat the process when they have their own children. And we’ll have more societal disasters in government as a result. Those people will become voters who seek to hide their bad behavior, their wasted lives behind more big government programs, which then gives us the kind of trouble we see today in politics. 

The worst public excuse that you can hear from a mother when they make demands on political sentiment when they are trying to express validation for their cause is to say, “I’m a mom,” as if that should say it all. Because she’s a mom, she has the right to ask for anything, and society should do whatever it takes to help her kid become successful. But she should have thought about that when she wasted her own youth sexually reckless, doing the floss at every wedding reception in a drunken stupor to the big butt song, and taking too many drugs from ages 15 to 25 when they realize that their flowers are wilting and they better do something to start a family by around age 30 before all their petals fall off and nobody wants to buy a house with them. Those are not the kind of conditions that produce a healthy family and make well-balanced kids who grow up into success. Those are crippling conditions that destroy lives, not just of the mother but of all her offspring. And Lakota schools, any government school, or any government agency cannot help such a person hide all the mistakes they have made in life with more policy, more rules, all driven from neurotic nonsense. Kids need a mom and a good person who can give them good advice. And when parents don’t feel confident in their ability to provide sound advice, they become these train-wrecks of people you see at school board meetings speaking about what they need Lakota to do to make their kid better. Or they complain about Darbi Boddy and put a lot of attention into getting rid of her with a petition drive. Rather than spend that time listening to their kids and advising them on how to be good people, they instead spend all their efforts getting rid of a school board member so that when their children are disasters of people twenty years from now, they can point to the school and blame them for all the mistakes. But the truth is, the problems begin and end with the moms who never made the successful transition with their kids from preventing them from crying to the wise advisor that children ultimately need. The great crisis of our time is that when kids reach that critical age, there just aren’t enough parents who can fill that role, and kids are greatly hampered in life because of it.

Rich Hoffman

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