Lori’s Roadhouse in West Chester: Mark Welch, the Superstar of Politics

Government is Best when it Gets out of the Way

As I listened to Mark Welch speak at a special fundraiser preview event at the new honky-tonk in West Chester called Lori’s Roadhouse, I couldn’t help but think that government is good, at least in West Chester.  When I say honky-tonk, I’m not talking about the old days of Gilley’s in Pasadena, Texas, where Urban Cowboy took place.  This place in West Chester is more like the modern Gilley’s in Las Vegas, very nicely put together luxuriously.  There is nothing cheap about it; it’s an ample space to host very large national talent for concerts. It’s something special for the Cincinnati area, and it’s great to see it located in West Chester, Ohio.  It’s not by accident.  The endeavor is a combination of great government that pushed out of the way as much nonsense as possible so that the dream of Greg and Lori Fisher could put all their great efforts into creating such a wonderful venue. I’ve been to places like Lori’s Roadhouse in parts of the country far away from Cincinnati.  But the moment I stepped into Mark’s fundraiser and saw what the owners were up to, I was enchanted.  There wasn’t a better way to show why Mark Welch should be re-elected as trustee of West Chester.  It’s not so much what an elected official can do for a project like Lori’s Roadhouse, but what kind of nonsense Mark can remove from the Fishers to let their creative input do the great work of creating such a wonderful place. 

Mark Welch and one of the owners, Lori Fisher herself

I view business as a creative enterprise, and I deeply respect people who go out on a limb and build new things that contribute to an economy.  Something like Lori’s Roadhouse is one of those things that adds to the many other things there are to do in West Chester.  There are so many options, and a lot of the reason is that the government has been small enough not to crush the hopes and dreams of entrepreneurs along the way.  It is hard enough to come up with an idea and then fund it with seed money.  It’s quite another to deal with politicians and other bureaucrats who embed themselves into the system to make a molehill of regulation into mountains for their benefit.  Usually, projects like Lori’s Roadhouse would be crushed before a business plan could ever be conducted because of politics.  I can think of hundreds, if not thousands of places around the country where a place like Lori’s Roadhouse would do well.  But, the politics of those areas would prohibit the dream from becoming a reality. 

Mark Welch and his wife Karen
Mark Welch doing what he does, being a celebrity politician

I had a chance to talk to Lori and her husband Greg Fisher quite a lot which was nice.  It was busy at the fundraiser, and I wasn’t sure if I’d get the chance.  As it turned out, Lori is the perfect front lady for such a place. She’s very friendly and optimistic, a fun personality which a place like that needs.  She told me she usually likes to work behind the scenes, but I can see why her name is on the place.  It deserves to have her name on the place.  Then there is her husband Greg, who had just spent months and months working out every little detail of this spectacular venue.  The food was great.  The bar was full.  The bathrooms are designed to still look good after lots and lots of drinking.  There is plenty of space for the men and women to have their dignity and get back to the action of live country music, a sports bar setting in much of the place, but a vast stage and dance hall area complete with VIP booths.  It was all top class, and the acoustics were fabulous as personally supervised by Greg.  As he ran down the list of all the elements of the place, it was apparent, he had a genuine love for the work, and I was happy to see it. That’s where someone like Mark Welch comes into these kinds of things.  Mark had worked in the background ever so subtly to help take away the burden of government from the Fishers so they could focus on the important stuff. Like securing the millions of dollars a place like that would cost and building a reputation that would bring in the big acts from all over the country.  A modern Gilley’s, but I would say better and with more class.  Something specific to West Chester. 

Lori and her Husband Greg Fisher, a dream come true in West Chester

TC Rogers was there; he is one of the commissioners of Butler County, where some of the legacy zoning issues made the project hard to get moving.  But at least West Chester didn’t do as other places do and compound the problem.  There were a lot of big-name politicians at Mark’s event, which was a good way to open a good American testament to goodness that Lori’s Roadhouse was offering.  It was undoubtedly a place anybody could enjoy, but country music, big leather boots, and cowboy hats draw a certain kind of political flavor, and it was on full display.  I had just returned from Jackson, Wyoming, where they have a similar high-class flair to their country background.  They have some very classy honky-tonk types of places there, but Lori’s Roadhouse was far better.  It looked and felt like something right out of Music City, Nashville.  It was unapologetically American for sure.  It had the kind of swagger that I had just been bragging about that I saw at a Cody, Wyoming rodeo.  They were similar in their boot-kicking display of Americana and a tip of the cowboy hat to great family tradition. 

Lori’s Roadhouse in West Chester, a super cool place of Americana and family friendly entertainment
Mark Welch Gets It! No Income Tax!!!!!

The community will have an option not just for the concerts but for a place to stop by after work, have a few drinks, and talk to people in the community; Lori’s Roadhouse will be a real treasure.  It’s not fair to give Mark so much credit because the Fishers did all the work along with their crews.  But I have to give Mark and the trustees credit for not getting in the way, and Mark specifically for helping where he could make the process of dealing with the government not such a challenging endeavor.  I had to smile a bit to myself as I listened to Greg and Lori talk about their new place because I have heard so many hundreds of stories over the years from people who never get things like this launched into reality.  And they had managed to do it. Usually, what ends up happening is the life gets sucked out of a project like this by all the rules and regulations of government.  It’s not often where a dream comes close to the original vision, and in the case of Lori’s Roadhouse, it’s easy to see the dream of the owners as they intended it to be, and that is the result of good government that knows when to help and when to get out of the way.  Often the skill of politicians is in knowing when not to be part of the problem, but in being part of the solution.  And when they figure that much out, great things like Lori’s Roadhouse happens.  And I am very excited about the results. 

TC Rogers, Commissioner of Butler County with the Owners of Lori’s Roadhouse

Rich Hoffman

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LEA Endorses Current School Board: More reasons to vote for Darbi Boddy and Issac Adi

The LEA is wanting to Pick their Own Boss

News flash, the LEA, the Lakota Education Association have endorsed their three picks for the school board.  They endorse Kelley Casper and Michael Pearl, incumbents, and support the Brad Lovell replacement, Doug Horton.  No surprise there, as I’ve always said, those are all the liberals on the school board and why it has never functioned correctly.  The labor union puts its own kind of people on the board, so it’s no wonder that union contracts get approved without a whimper, transexual bathrooms are something to even talk about, and Critical Race Theory is infesting the hallways of all the schools.  When you let the teacher’s union pick their bosses, you naturally get a disaster, which is precisely why public education all across the country right now is in a crisis.  But I think it’s good to see these endorsements because now the union is saying the quiet part out loud.  For so many years, they have hidden their intentions beyond a bipartisan mask that they used to hide the politics of these candidates. This year, because of the pressure, the LEA had to show their cards, and once they did, every voter is now armed with a truth that wasn’t there for them before.  I’ve always said it, but now people can see for themselves.

Two Republican endorsed candidates created the pressure I support emphatically, Darbi Boddy and Issac Adi.  There are other challengers as well, but it was the Republican endorsement that made the faces of the LEA melt and decry how unfair it was for them.  They expected everyone to keep playing by the rules of impartiality. At the same time, they put their people in the office in the background and destroyed the Lakota budget with union nonsense and progressive politics.  If there is ever a hope of fixing government schools, the priority is to get the politics out of them.  And there is nothing about labor unions that isn’t about politics, especially the teacher’s union.  As in the case of Lakota, the LEA is a subsidiary of the OEA, the Ohio Education Association.  Then, of course, the OEA is a subsidiary of the NEA, the National Education Association.  You end up with a massive political action group of members who are soldiers for progressive politics, and the money we pay them off property taxes is taken and used to fuel the Democrat Party.  These unions do not give money to Republicans.  They are purely a radical political arm of the Democrat Party.  And in Butler County, Ohio, where Lakota is located, many people would be surprised to learn that. 

I always thought it was common knowledge of the connection between labor unions and the Democrat party.  A decade or so ago, I dealt with this issue often, but to me, that felt like just yesterday.  There is a whole new generation of parents now who were little kids themselves back then, and they don’t know about these kinds of things.  They want their kids to have a shot at a decent life, and they think by dropping those kids off at a government school, that somehow their kids will get the support and education they need for life.   They’d love it if politics were not such a dividing line, and they glaze over when these kinds of topics come up.  But the truth of the matter is, even if Republicans just sat in a faraway office and did not play the game, the kids in all public schools would continue to be harassed into converts of progressive causes, the kinds of things that Democrats care about.  Just as the gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said in Virginia recently, he didn’t believe parents should be telling schools what to teach. You see the same attitude among the teacher unions across the country.  They think they own your children and that they are a shared resource among us all for consumption as the collective sees fit. 

The game works like this; labor unions need an army to advocate for their future progressive causes.  And teachers specifically use the chaos of liberalism to drive change, making school boards throw endless amounts of money at them, spiking their payrolls to extraordinary levels.  When you hear the stories that teachers don’t make very much money, you hear union nonsense.  Many teachers at Lakota make six figures.  They aren’t going to go hungry in this century or the next.  And of course, their union contracts always get approved because, as you can see in Lakota, they advocate for their people to be on the board, union stooges who will lay down and give them anything they want.  Just as the incumbents at Lakota have over this past year, all three of the names the LEA has endorsed have worked essentially on behalf of the LEA union and not the community in general.  When we elect a school board, we are supposed to be putting in place a management team that will work with all the elements to make a successful school.   As things have been for decades, everything has been tilted away from the families and their children and leveraged toward the power of the labor unions and building up the Democrats as a national party. 

Well, at Lakota, we wanted to change that, and there are several good picks to choose from to replace Kelley Casper, Michael Pearl and keep Doug Horton from becoming a problem in the future.  The Republican endorsed candidates Darbi Boddy, and Issac Adi could work well with the current Republican board member Lynda O’Conner to gain a three-vote majority, and that by itself would dramatically help the situation at Lakota.  But people would have to show up and vote.  There are far more Republicans in Butler County than Democrats.  But on off-year elections with these kinds of races, most of the Republicans stay home.  Usually, there aren’t such good people to pick from, but this year there is.  We know that the union picks will show up to vote; they have their steady stream of supporters who always drink the Kool-Aid.  They will get a lot of votes, as they always do, from pro-union radicalism.  That would mean that many Republicans would have to show up on election night and vote for the school board, who usually would sit home that night.  The LEA is worried about it, and for a good reason.  We want them to worry about it.  They shouldn’t control our school board, and they want to keep it that way.  But for the first time that I can think of, voters finally have a choice. 

We don’t have to accept this premise of the labor unions running our schools and taking endless amounts of money from our tax base to stuff their faces and greedy hearts.  And in a not so indirect way, fueling a Democrat party seeking to destroy our country, starting with our children.  If nothing else got voters to go out into the night and cast a vote for Darbi Boddy and Issac Adi, it would be the chance to right wrongs we can all see.  But for once in our community, to do something about it.  We don’t have to sit around and take it anymore.  For a change, we can change that corrupt system for the better with a simple vote and set an example that the rest of the nation can follow.  We can lead in Butler County, Ohio and take back our schools and our kids, and beat back the power these labor unions have over our lives.  Once and for all.

Rich Hoffman

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Vote Todd Minniear for Liberty Township Trustee: Getting to know the candidates in Liberty and West Chester Townships.

Vote for Todd Minniear for Liberty Township Trustee

Like I did for the school board candidates at Lakota for the 2021 election, I have clips of the various candidates to help make decisions.  Like the school board candidates, I support some and recommend changing some of the incumbents in Liberty Township.  These clips deal with trustee candidates in Liberty Township and West Chester, two of the most affluent and great places to live in the United States.  And they are examples of just how great a small government is when you have just three trustees managing things.  So, of course, for this next election, the goal is to keep the government small, effective, and accountable.  I say all that because we do have some significant government types who are running.  Trent Emeneker calls himself a fiscal conservative but had a “meet and greet” at Liberty Center with a known Democrat.  You can see by the video clips that he’s not worth a vote so that I won’t waste much time on him.  In West Chester, the choice is clear.  Mark Welch is a personal friend of mine not because he’s a politician, but because over time, and common ways of looking at things, it just evolved that way. He’s many reasons West Chester has been so successful, and we certainly want to keep things that way.  There are two seats open, so the second should be Lee Wong.  Lee and I have not gotten along over the years, but in this case, he’s working well with Mark and Ann Becker as a trustee, and we want to keep that going.  So the trustee race in West Chester is easy.

However, Liberty Township is more complex; it’s far more complicated.  I live in Liberty Township.  I have lived in Liberty Township for about 45 years of my life.  I spent nearly a decade living in other places worldwide, but my wife and I returned to Liberty Township after the 1990s and loved it very much.  Yet, I have paid a lot more attention to West Chester than Liberty for a good reason.  In West Chester, I was involved in the Tea Party there; Ann Becker was the president of the Cincinnati Tea Party, a pretty big position.  George Lang, a senator now, was a trustee who was getting voted against during every meeting.  We worked hard to put Mark Welch in the second spot to help George get the votes he needed, and it worked very well.  And we went to work to fill the West Chester trustees with all those Tea Party types of candidates.  History will show how smart that was.

Tea Party people are not crazy radicals.  They are fiscal conservatives, small government-minded, and rooted in American traditions.  So I enjoyed the experiment in a small government that was going on in West Chester that has produced magnificent results.  Because of the population density of West Chester, there have been lots of Democrats who have tried to push for a city designation.  The latest is Trent Emeneker.  They want to be a city because it creates more jobs for the government, which drives up costs, bureaucracy, and the overall feel of the community.  Between those three names, George Lang, Mark Welch, and Ann Becker, West Chester has managed to stay lean and sharp, making for a wonderful place to live and work.  Better than just about any other place in the country. 

In Liberty Township, there have always been these Agenda 21 Comprehensive Plans that liberals write and conservative trustees have then followed which has been highly unsatisfying for a guy like me, a long term resident who knows what Liberty Township was like before all the tag-alongs moved in from other places and brought all their big government ideas with them.  And now there is the Agenda 2030 plan that the United Nations has put out, and if you read it and also read the 2020 Comprehensive Plan for Liberty Township, you’ll see that the same person might have as well written them.  Of course, they weren’t, but the ideas are the same.  This is what you get when you hire many kids trained in good, liberal colleges who have been taught that the United Nations would rule the world and that any interpretation of sustainable development must come from those socialists and communists on the world stage.  When any trustees commission a plan like the Comprehensive Plan for 2020 or any previous revisions, you essentially get a bunch of liberals who decide what your community will look like.  I can say that George Lang had quite a challenge when he pushed back against this trend in West Chester.  I know some of the personal stories, and thank goodness George did push back in constructive ways.  But in Liberty Township, even though the trustees are usually what everyone considers “rock-ribbed Republicans,” they get pulled into the Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 game of serving the United Nations instead of the real history of Liberty Township and the reasons people moved to the area, to begin with.

Every time I have to navigate one of the many dumb roundabouts in Liberty Township, it reminds me what suckers our local government has been toward this United Nations strategy.  I know all of them and have over the years.  They consider themselves conservatives and don’t think of the United Nations game.  Only people who do some research into the matter would know the strategy of how the United Nations embedded itself into all local zoning to lay the groundwork for a future of sidewalks, roundabouts, electric energy, and an eventual carless society.  It was a plan from the United Nations that sought to turn capitalism on its head to implement its objectives. They got away with it because people generally don’t look for the United Nations fingerprints on these kinds of Comprehensive Plans that the trustees follow in their decision-making processes.  Because of this adherence to a United Nations comprehensive plan, I have not been interested in Liberty Township politics at the same level as West Chester.  The frustration with them is just too much a pain in the ass.  They are good people; I like my trustees, two running for November, Tom Ferrall and Buck Rumpke.  But they are big government guys who have philosophies that lean towards development and not personal freedom.  For instance, many local developers want to know that someone is following some comprehensive plan to understand what property to buy and how to invest in the future.  But, to make a good community, there are many more factors to consider, and in Liberty Township, they often don’t come to light. 

To make matters worse, one outstanding trustee that Liberty Township had was David Kern, who recently died.  He was a Tea Party guy, and an influential Republican before the world fell into a tailspin.  But he was old when I was a little kid in Liberty Township, and my brother used to play with their kid at their nursery off Millikan Road.  Once David Kern was no longer a trustee, the government of Liberty Township moved much more toward the United Nations than the personal liberty and sovereignty of the United States.  David used to like to poke sticks in these kinds of comprehensive plans.  He might eventually vote on them, but he at least would argue the matter to see how strong they were.  It was a good balance to have someone like David Kern on the Liberty Township Trustees for many years.  Yet since his death, a guy like him has been missed. 

So when it comes to this election, I was pretty bored with it until I met Todd Minniear at the West Chester Tea Party forum recorded in these videos.  I like Buck Rumpke as a candidate and Republican, but he’s coming over from zoning. As I said, most zoning people have been saturated over the years through their educations with this massive United Nations plot to “Make Europe Great Again.” I have written voluminously that one of the great insecurities of America is the lack of history and culture that we have as a young country, compared to Europe.  So we assume that Europe, the mother country, is the way to emulate, and many of the Liberty Township residents have evolved into thinking the same way.  A wine purchased from Europe has a much higher value than a wine purchased from a vineyard by the Rumpke landfill.  They may be just as good, but it’s the stigma that people care about.  When I hear Buck talk, it’s evident that he’s been saturated with this global way of thinking. He’s a small-town guy who worked hard all his life at the family garbage business, and he wants to show how cultured he is by adopting all these woke, globalists’ points of view. He’s a super nice guy, but he thinks wrong about the big things.  And I would put Tom Ferrall into that same category.  Big government guy who wants to show how cultured he is by supporting all these dumb roundabouts and other European features. I’ll end up voting for one or the other, but my first pick will undoubtedly be Todd Minniear in a two-seat race. 

So Todd and I have met each other on several occasions.  I didn’t know it at the time, but Todd was on the front line protesting against what DeWine was doing during the Covid lockdowns. He’s smart, and he gets it. He’s a Tea Party type which excites me because of the success that we have seen in West Chester.  To have a guy like Todd in Liberty Township might help take things in a more successful direction.  Todd Minniear challenged the DeWine administration in court and won over the Covid lockdowns, and he is extremely intelligent.  Talking to him reminded me of David Kern.  What an excellent opportunity to get a great trustee onto the Liberty board.  People like Todd Minniear do not come along often.  Clearly, by watching the videos included here, you can see my two picks by how well they spoke.   Todd was by far the most articulate of the evening, and he’s willing to do that extra work that is often necessary.  When we talk about “liberty” in Liberty Township, we are not talking about blind compliance to some United Nations Comprehensive Plan or other dumb rules that hold us back.  Sometimes we need people we put into such positions to push back against the rules because the people making the rules may not have our best interests in mind.  That is the case with the United Nations.  They want Liberty Township to look like Europe, not America, and if you follow their ideas, that’s exactly what we’ll get.  Todd has a history of challenging the rules, which is precisely what we need in Liberty Township.

After the forum, I spoke to Todd a bit, along with other very smart people in the room, and had questions for the bright young mind.  I noticed that Todd had the great book that I value quite a lot, The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates.  That is a book that describes the moral obligation of leadership lower in the pecking order of life to push back against authoritarian rule.  The book proposes several instances where it is the moral obligation to lash back at a higher authority for corrupt regulations and edicts.  For example, in this case, we should have had more trustees, state reps, and senators who openly fought the unconstitutional vaccine mandate.  For Joe Biden to issue an executive order demanding that all federal employees take medicine or lose their jobs, we needed more local officials to reject the premise.  Instead, most everyone has caved from lawyers to human resource departments for fear of drawing attention to themselves.  When Governor DeWine issued the mask mandates of last year, Butler County’s Sheriff Jones was one of the first in the country to say no, we’re not going to do that.  We need many more politicians in prominent positions who will behave this way when pressed, and Buck Rumpke and Tom Farrell are certainly not those guys.  They will be the first to put on the mask and follow the rules, like good Republicans who care more about adherence to the law than whether the laws are correct and just.  Todd Minniear cares about what’s truly right or wrong, and for me that sets him into a stratosphere all his own. He’s a lot better than the other two guys, and I will be voting for him. 

Like most of them, this election season proposes good things for those with the guts to say yes to them.  It takes courage to try something different, but sometimes it takes courage to stick to what’s working.  In West Chester, it takes guts to keep things solid as they have been.   To resist the tide of corruption that wants to open the door to a bigger government, to loot off the efforts of what made West Chester great, to begin with.  Yet, in Liberty Township, it would take guts to vote for Todd Minniear and take a great community and make it noticeably better.  Liberty Township has enjoyed a cascade effect from West Chester for years.  But now, there is an opportunity to make Liberty Township its unique kind of good truly.  That won’t happen with Buck Rumpke or Tom Farrell by themselves.  It would take a truly smart intellect and a person willing to do the extra work in Todd Minniear to pull it off, which is a fascinating prospect. 

Rich Hoffman

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Jennifer Edwards Baker Attacks Butler County Republicans: The keyboard assassins of Fox 19 in Cincinnati

How Media Tampers with Elections

Of course all 7 Butler County judges recused themselves from the bologna case in Ohio against the great auditor Roger Reynolds and two other elected officials in the heat of the political season. One thing that I can’t stand is a bully, especially when it comes to media.  It’s pretty clear now why so many in the media hate that many people elected Donald Trump for president.  They get it.  We see it in Joe Biden; a puppet administration ran essentially by media types who project their radical progressive agenda onto a caricature in the White House.  They have been doing it for years, but if we had not elected Trump to disrupt that process, we might never have seen it as clear as we do now.  That much was evident in Stephanie Grisham’s new book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now, just released.  Even though that book was intended to be a hit piece against the Trump family, as a whole, and to show how reckless and dangerous President Trump was, what it revealed was just how much the media wants to be in power and to run politics as unelected radicals who use the power of persuasion from the comfort of a nice, comfy desk to rule the world.  I hate it so much that is the primary reason I run this blog, The Gunfighter’s Guide, and have done so for over ten years and to millions of readers.  I do it to counter all the activism that occurs in the media world. A fine example of just what I’m talking about happened to several politicians in my home township of Liberty in Butler County, Ohio, which involves a lawsuit against Roger Reynolds, and two trustee candidates, Buck Rumpke and incumbent Tom Ferrell. 

Essentially, the lawsuit recently filed by a property owner over a proposed senior type center development project wants more money for their land.  They allege that Roger Reynolds was using politics to hold down the property’s price and keep other buyers away from the purchase process.  All the members of the lawsuit are alleged to be involved in some way or another.  Now on the surface, that sounds pretty nefarious.  But as you dig into the story a bit, you find out that most of the participants know each other from childhood. It affects families, elderly people, and cancer diagnosis with lots of emotion attached.  By the time the smoke clears, there will be hard feelings, there will be resolutions, and there will be a path forward that adults should be able to resolve on their own.  But then comes the media where Jennifer Edwards Baker from Fox 19 in Cincinnati inserted herself into the story as a political activist to take what is a pretty standard property dispute and turned it into a corruption scandal with the headline titled “Corruption-related allegations in lawsuit Against Butler County auditor, Liberty trustee. 

I’ve known Roger Reynolds for a long time, many, many years, and he’s always been a good guy.  Does he have some little bit of tyrant in him who would use zoning laws to squeeze a property owner to sell the property to only him and for half the price of its worth?  I would never think so based on what I know of Roger.  But then again, these people have known each other all their lives.  Can you know everything about somebody in every circumstance?  Of course not, so anything is possible.  The problem with the Channel 19 hit piece is the timing.  With the lawsuit filed at the end of September 2021 and Jennifer Edwards Baker putting quite a lot of effort into her article on it plastering the pictures of Roger and Ferrell on the cover rather dramatically, it doesn’t take much deduction to see that the effort is political and not some casual reporting of a legal situation.  Roger, Ferrell, and Buck Rumpke are all big names in the Butler County GOP, and I happen to know that Jennifer is not fond of Republicans. I’ve had to get after her and reporters at Channel 5 before using their media outlets to incite riotous conditions during 2020 as they were trying to lure Black Lives Matters rioters into West Chester to antagonize suburbanites into the fear of big city manipulations.

If Jennifer wanted to do a fair story on corruption, I could point her to dozens and dozens of similar stories all over Cincinnati.  The allegations over this Butler County land deal are common in properties where millions of dollars are involved, and generations of families are a part of the story.  There are many Democrats that are involved in these kinds of scandals.  Heck, we’ve seen a lot of scandals on the national stage, such as the DOJ being weaponized by the Biden administration to go after parents questioning their school boards over critical race theory.  There are such stories right now going on in Lakota. But we have to ask, “where’s Jennifer on those stories? Paging Jennifer Edwards Baker. Paging the Fox 19 News hyphenated activist looking for bottom feeder stories.” There are plenty of stories about corruption that Jennifer could have picked.  But this one targets Republicans right before a big election and pastes the good name that took a lifetime to build by Roger Reynolds all over the cover.  Of course, typically, what happens when a lawsuit is named forces the defenders to lay low and limit their speech to not corrupt their case.  By the time that all the dust settles and the case is over with everyone shaking hands in the end, the damage will already have been done.  When these Republicans should be out campaigning for their official positions, they have to answer corruption questions based on allocations.  Allegations can be made about anything.  Proving them is much harder to do and often falls short in the end. 

People asked me what I thought of the article by Jennifer Edwards Baker, and my reply was that it was typical Channel 19 activism.  A lazy reporter was looking to stir up gossip and trouble for Republicans.  If she cared about corruption, she’d have plenty of stories around Cincinnati to do them on, but she picked on prominent Republicans in Butler County for other reasons.  Allegations are not fact, and trying to play on the emotions of an 87-year-old man who wants to sell his land is not a story.  It’s bait to impede the election process of known and solid Republicans. I’m sure everyone involved in the lawsuit will declare that the timing was not a factor.  But there are a lot of months in a year.  Why now?  And Jennifer should have known better.  She stuck herself and Channel 19 into the story as political activism and nothing more. It’s a way to attempt to tarnish the reputation of Butler County as a whole by going after one of its best politicians and most respected.  It reminds me of the FBI case in going after the Speaker of the House over the FirstEnergy deal in Columbus.  Radical progressives went after an entire energy industry to force FirstEnergy to seek protection.  The FBI calls it bribery. I’d call it the survival of a company trying not to be shut down from political activism by the Obama administration’s energy policies.  The goal of the FBI investigation was to harm the Republican stronghold in the Ohio House.  It’s just another form of election tampering by Democrats, and Jennifer Edwards Baker is essentially doing the same thing in Butler County, Ohio.  During an election season, whenever a reporter puts “corruption” in their lead, they try to steer opinions negatively.  If it’s a conviction, that’s another matter, but when it’s just allegations, its activism, which most mainstream media has become.  They want to rule the world, not as officeholders, but as keyboard terrorists and assassins who operate in the shadows.

Rich Hoffman

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Vote No by Saying Yes: How Great Issac Adi and Darbi Boddy are for Lakota

Issac Adi and Darbi Boddy for Lakota School Board

I could tell you many stories about politics that are dire and would make you want to climb under a rock and never get involved again.  But sometimes, some stories are fantastic, and that is the case with the two endorsed Lakota school board candidates, Issac Adi and Darbi Boddy, who are running to replace incumbent Democrats in November of 2021.  Every event I have been to with these two has been good; a few examples are shown below.  The video might be a little rough, but it’s what they say that matters.  Darbi and Issac work well together and are as unselfish as I’ve ever seen in politics, in any position. I’ve said from the beginning that I supported four candidates for the school board, but in this race this year, the Republican endorsement is what matters.  In the past, liberals have infected the school board, so critical race theory and transexual policies became part of the dominant conversation. They have managed to hide their intentions by calling the school board “nonpartisan.” Well, we know that nothing in politics is “nonpartisan,” especially the Lakota school board.  But when this idea of supporting school board members for Lakota came up, I never thought that two of them who would win the endorsement would like each other so well. That’s when the “can you imagines” started coming to my mind, where the school board represented the conservatives of Butler County, Ohio truly, and that they worked well together.  It’s one thing to have conservative votes on the board to manage things the way voters expect, but that they would perform functional management is a bonus that didn’t seem possible. 

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For instance, Issac Adi went door to door in my precinct, letting people know who he was and when to vote for him.  My wife noticed him in our neighborhood, and they struck up a conversation at the end of my driveway.  Issac recognized her immediately, which I thought was remarkable considering the number of people he has met over several months, including big names like Jim Jordan.  I would imagine his head is spinning with all the people he’s had to shake hands with, so it did impress me that he remembered my wife.  That is one thing about Issac Adi; he is one of the most sincere people I’ve ever met in politics.  He truly cares and is a good person.  So he remembers people and cares about them long after the handshake.  Of course, he wanted to know where I was which my wife told him I was babysitting my grandkids inside the house.  So he came up to see me and talk for a bit. 

After talking and catching up, I noticed that Issac wore Darbi’s campaign sticker on his shirt.  He was doing the hard work of going door to door on a pretty hot day, full of enthusiasm after talking to many hundreds of people personally, and he was promoting Darbi along the way.  Now I know that they are both endorsed and are part of the same team.  But the way the vote occurs, they very much have to run individually.   The top vote-getters are the ones who win in these kinds of elections, and it’s always hard to beat an incumbent.  The union vote and latte-sipping liberals always show up on election night, making it hard for conservatives to get a lot of votes.  But here was Issac promoting Darbi just as much as he was promoting himself.  And as I understand it, Darbi has been doing the same.  She was out promoting her and Issac as a team, not just individual candidates.  For any election, that is a pretty unique concept that doesn’t have a lot of historical precedents. 

Adding their votes to that of the current Lynda O’Conner would be a game-changer at Lakota.  I have been to other events where I have seen the three of them talking, and the chemistry is just there.  You can see it from a long way off. I’ve been dealing with school board issues in many districts around Ohio for twenty years, and I have never seen such a good combo.  Seeing Issac that day took some of my natural cynicism toward politics into a place it had never been before.  It seemed possible that at Lakota, something good had a chance to happen.  They are both so much better than the other alternatives, and if people had an opportunity to see that for themselves, these two could get elected.   There are still very significant obstacles, but as hard as they have worked throughout September and into October, it seemed like more than a fantasy and more of an eventual reality.  Usually, when I think of the Lakota school board, I typically think of severe dysfunction and people who do not know what they are doing with the money.  But here were genuinely competent and hard-working people who actually liked each other, at least as much as I’ve ever seen in politics, and there was a chance for great things to happen at Lakota for the first time in forever. 

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Issac had to eventually leave and return to the campaign trail from my house, but it took a while.  I enjoyed his company so much that it took us a long time to say goodbye that day.  I can say that I have been talking actively with many of the old No Lakota Levy people preparing ourselves for levy fights in the years to come.  The current school board has been trying to find the time to put one up for a vote to satisfy the out-of-control spending the teacher’s union expects.  This was an election year. Otherwise, the current board would have proposed a tax increase this year.  Likely, they’ll wait until next year now that they’ve agreed to give all those teachers sitting home on Covid excuses a raise that they’ll have to pay for next year.  But a levy fight is so damaging.  It’s much better to support a new school board that would manage the money that we already give them, which is a massive 200 million-plus budget.  If you can’t teach 17,000 kids on that, you have problems.  But the school board has never listened. Instead, they have attacked businesses for more money, like trolls always looking for a shakedown of tax revenue to pay for their reckless and infinite spending ultimately. Lakota’s school board has been deficit spending for their entire existence; no matter how much money we’ve given them, they never find a way not to spend more than they take in.  When they did have a surplus for a bit because of declining enrollment, they couldn’t wait to waste it on something new.  With this prospect of an actual conservative school board to replace the majority of liberals, great things can happen.  Issac and Darbi have done the work to get people to know who they are.  Now it will be up to the voters.  For the first time in many of their lifetimes, they have a great choice as the Lakota school district residents.  They can vote for the same old tax and spend liberals that have screwed up so much at Lakota.  Or, they can vote for Issac Adi and Darbi Boddy, who enjoy each other, work hard, and care to give the board a conservative majority for the first time.  If voters don’t vote for them, then when the tax increases come, people won’t be able to complain about it because they had a chance to say no to those tax increases by saying yes to Darbi Boddy and Issac Adi. 

Rich Hoffman

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Covid was Always a Plan for the Great Reset: Who knew what and when, the timeline of the crime against America

The Covid Timeline toward the Great Reset

Like most magic tricks, the actual gag is pulled off away from the eyes and ears of the audience.  And the Pandemic with Covid as the star is no different.  We have been debating the death counts, which have no connection to reality as deaths are usually measured.  The government wants for some mysterious reason to use those death counts to drive panic.  Why?  The talk has been about vaccine mandates.  The talk has been in masks, social distancing, and control over the economy.  Control over the vote.  But when real medical options are presented, they have been slapped away as conspiracy and even dangerous.  As the year and a half monstrosity of authoritarianism has progressed, we now know that Dr. Fauci’s NHI had directed funds to “gain of function” research at the Wuhan lab that produced Covid-19.  Even more, we now know that Covid was made in a lab, deliberately tampered with to make it more transmissible among humans.  Why?  We can only speculate based on our experience, but something has always been very wrong with Covid and the government’s strange obsession with it.  I would call it terrorism by the government, just as bad as 9/11 or any hostile act we have ever seen as an attack on our country.  I would call it a declaration of war by China on American capitalism.  But you don’t have to take my word for it.  Just follow the facts, and they will tell you all you need to know about Covid and the world’s governments using it to grab power for themselves and hide crimes they had been committing to enriching themselves, which were always meant to shield them from justice.

As I said in the video above, I called the Covid pandemic an act of terrorism from the outset.  I follow politics closely, the way many people follow Fantasy Football picks, so I remember how it was in December going into 2020 from 2019.  My wife and I were in a highly crowded Orlando airport waiting out a flight delay.  There were people from all over the globe practically sitting on top of each other, waiting for their flights to catch up due to bad weather.  I was desperately trying to find a quiet place to make an overseas call with some clients.  It was frustrating, and tempers were flaring.  As I was on the call, I watched the television hanging from the ceiling covering world news reports.  Socialists and communists worldwide were worried about the election year coming up in America and what could be done to remove Trump from office.  At that time, Nancy Pelosi was trying to make the second impeachment of Trump stick, but it wasn’t going anywhere with the call with Ukraine.  Trump didn’t do anything wrong, but they were trying to harm him so that voters would remove him from office.  But it wasn’t working.  There were zero talks about Covid 19, and I was in a highly high-risk zone in an airport.  There were direct flights from China and lots of Chinese people visiting Disney World.  But there were no masks, no social distancing, and no government interference.  Everyone eventually found their flights and lived happily ever after, and lived

A month later on Netflix, I noticed a strange docuseries called Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak, which would tell the same story of what Covid-19 would become.  The series came out on January 22nd.  News reporters started talking about Covid-19 cases about that precise time, and Trump’s quick reaction to it was to ban flights from China to stop the spread.  I laughed when I saw it and told my wife that the report was likely just as Orson Wells had done with War of the Worlds radio when he had scared everyone into thinking that an alien invasion was happening.  I said that the media was trying to draw attention to the Netflix series, and that’s all it was.  I watched the series, and it even covered the vaccine debate, whether or not governments should force people to get vaccines for disease control.  All the panic was driven by people like Bill Gates and their sponsored Event 201, which had just simulated a coronavirus outbreak that had taken place in October of 2019, just before my wife and I had taken our vacation to Orlando.  By the time we had the Super Bowl in the United States and moved into February. The Senate did not remove Trump from office after that second impeachment; the world went into overdrive with coronavirus using daily stories and death counts to essentially simulate everything that had been talked about in the Netflix show.  It was almost as if they were following a script.  It was no longer War of the Worlds on the radio where Orson Wells had to calm a public he had driven to panic.  This was a Plan B if the House failed to impeach President Trump to use coronavirus to cheat the 2020 election and get rid of him.  That way, as the following weeks would show, the lockdowns and CDC measures were all about changing our society in preparation for the Great Reset, as intended by The World Economic Forum, which then points back to the origins of Covid-19, who knew what, and when. 

As Ohio went into lockdown mode by the middle of March and I talked to several House and Senate members knocked on their heels by what Governor Mike DeWine was doing, I learned that DeWine had been asking for special dictatorial powers the previous year for just such an emergency as Covid.  Well, that was interesting.  What conferences was he in which would let him know that something like Covid was coming? We’ve all lived a long time and never saw anything like Covid before, so why would DeWine be asking to be emperor of Ohio under pandemic emergencies essentially.  The legislature, of course, denied him of that effort. Still, under the new CDC guidelines, DeWine was one of the first governors to go, full dictator, paving the way for the mess the blue state governors would place on people the rest of the year, dragging out the Covid narrative until after the election.  Then once Joe hiding in his basement Biden was president, Covid could magically go away, and the Democrats would get the credit for managing the made-up pandemic and steer America into the Great Reset making all the socialists and communists of the world happy. 

But things didn’t quite work out; the Biden administration found that people were not accepting his presidency. The more they tried to implement Great Reset politics, the more Americans hated him. The jobs reports were disasters, and inflation was creeping up, driving up costs for everything.  Just a few months in the Biden administration, people thought they would have an easy time of it, collapsing America and “Building Back Better.” But a series of disasters like Afghanistan, the Open Border problems, the continued stories of money from China going to Biden shown on the famous laptop wouldn’t go away.  More evidence that Dr. Fauci was involved with China creating Covid-19 as a bioweapon to destroy the American economy wouldn’t disappear.  So the Biden people pulled Covid-19 off the shelf and tried to play the game again to hide all their missteps, which is where we are today.  They want us to look at everything except what’s going on, which is obvious now.  But what’s not so obvious is who knew what and when did they know it.  We understand that the Pandemic was planned, Netflix made a show about it to sell the idea of government control to the public essentially.  We know Event 201 was on lots of people’s minds and that members of the media were being coached on it so that when it was decided to pick a virus and use it as the Great Reset, everyone would know the script.  But how did Mike DeWine know that he needed to ask for absolute power the year before, even before the Netflix show?  How many people like him were told what was coming and why they kept it a secret? 

Well, what we do know was that Covid-19 was not an accident.  It was purposeful terrorism meant to change our way of life and control a new authority class.  The perpetrators planned to scare innocent people into giving away their freedoms in exchange for safety. It was an act of terror that far surpasses anything ever attempted on planet earth.  And all those who were involved, even the planners of the Netflix series, need to be brought to justice for their role in the mess.  We are not talking about people with good, health-saving intentions as they have attempted to disguise themselves.  We are talking about malicious terrorists who would do anything and everything to gain more power and hide much more severe crimes from the eyes of the curious.  And what we do know now is that there was intent to commit these vast crimes, which is where a corruption investigation would begin.  That intent was forecasted well in advance.  The world, the people who wanted to launch the “Great Reset,” wanted Trump out of the way, and they tried to stuff all of us in our homes so that they could cheat the election and make it happen.  They didn’t care about American law since they were foreign actors seeking to overthrow our nation, so committing election fraud was no big deal to them.  They had paid off enough politicians like Mike McConnell to get away with it, so they didn’t care.  And they hid their crimes and intent to commit those crimes behind Covid-19.  They created a panic to give them cover for the removal of a president.  And they built the bioweapon to cooperate with China, who would be the fall guy if anybody ever found out about it.  But the funding for the project came from Dr. Fauci himself, a plant in the White House who laughed at Trump behind his back because he knew what the gig was and what role he played in it.  And from there, the rest is up to us.  We know what happened, but what are we going to do about it tomorrow?  Remember, the terrorists of the world wanted Trump out of the way so they could get away with the Great Reset.  It was always about that, and they used Covid to mask their actions.

Rich Hoffman

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China is at War with America: Through their guilt, we see their footprints in the wet paint

The Way China Fights War

The first thing people must understand about war is that for most people, they barely notice.  For instance, during the American Revolution, it was just a few miles to the north of Philadelphia. Americans and British offers commingled at parties and other social events just as Washington’s troops froze at their encampment in Valley Forge.  The residence of Philadelphia primarily played both sides so they could survive whoever eventually won the war.  Just as we see now with the American war with China, it’s an undeclared war, and that’s the way China wants it.  There is a lot of commingling because ordinary people know they need to survive and find a way to appease whoever wins.  And currently, most people, as they did with England during the Revolution, are planning for China to succeed.  So they play along to get along.  There is still open trade between the countries; there are still ownerships that extend between the nations.  The war that China wants to have with America is not one with troops and tanks but in culture.  Their strategy is to replace our culture with their own, so they plan to convince those average people to embrace their culture gradually and through that means to undo America and replace it with Chinese communism. China’s premier book on strategy, The Art of War, lays it all out for everyone to see.  They don’t mean to be friends with us or anyone in the West.  They intend to conquer us and rule over us, implementing their culture at all costs. 

Warfare changed in the world the moment that the radio was invented.  World War II and the various conflicts in the east and Mideast involving communism were carryovers, but war changed.  Before mass communication around the world, which we have today, the goal was to use sheer force to force an opponent into capitulation.  Now, such a surrender of culture can occur through the media, which is why China has invested so heavily into buying up American media and using it to shape our opinions against American capitalism and toward Chinese communism.  Since most of us think of war as planes, tanks, missiles, and troops, we never declared war formally because the war with China has always been about other kinds of means to instigate a capitulation.  Remember the power of Voice of America during the Cold War.  By sending in media to the U.S.S.R from the United States, considerably eroded everyday citizens belief in communism and caused a massive erosion in support for the mother government.  Combined with the outrageous spending Russia involved themselves in to keep up with Reagan’s military buildup, it crushed the nation and communism from that part of the world. 

China and many others worldwide have studied that playbook and are attempting to use it against America.  They have loaned us money to control our debt obligations.  They have purchased property in America to have a vested interest in what goes on in our country.  They have a massive spy network of honeypots raised from unwanted little girls in their culture to subvert the politics of our republic.  They have been hard at work for decades, infiltrating our institutions and bending them toward communism at every turn.  I often tell the story of the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, where one of their most significant exhibits is essentially a brochure for China and their eventual domination of the world’s markets.  The exhibit essentially states, “China will be the next world superpower; better get on board.” People have gradually accepted this to be accurate, making the conquest that much easier. 

The primary strategy they wish to provoke against us is frustration in our republic form of government.  We have designed our way of government in America to work slow, not get in the way of business and commerce too much.  That is one of the keys to our fantastic GDP.  Government works too slow to get into the form of our economic engine.  But communists want to show how efficient a central party rule can be if they go total authoritarian.  Where decisions are made by a few people and are imposed on everyone else without debate.  China wants to tie up our courts; they want to see Republicans fighting Democrats.  They want to see our media in chaos because they want to see our internal strife bringing down capitalism from these forces they have infected with their ideas so that the collapse comes from within, giving them plausible deniability. 

But things have not been good on the China front; they have been caught tampering with our elections in America because they went too far with their tampering.  They don’t care to break American laws.  But in their haste, China has left behind their footprints in the paint they have surrounded themselves with into a corner.  And of course, they have been caught on Covid-19, a manufactured virus they produced in the now-famous Wuhan lab with Dr. Fauci.  They have tried to contain the story with their global media partners of Google and Facebook, but the story has gotten out, just as the information did back in the days of Voice of America. News still gets out, and China has its hands on all kinds of duplicitous activity.  America can’t afford to call them out on it because of our debts, because China has the goods on so many of our politicians and their relationships to the spy network.  There has been a lot of commingling.  I pointed out that during the Revolution, Benedict Arnold was one of Washington’s favorite generals.  But during all that commingling with the British officers, Arnold met a nice girl very sympathetic to England.  So out of love or lust, or both, he betrayed Washington and fought on the side of the English.  It happens all the time.  The only thing that has changed is the way we fight.  Not the intent of the fight.  Many in our present congress have had such relationships, and they are compromised to China, and they can’t fight back, not anymore.  Their hearts are not clean. 

Yet never confuse the matter, the Chinese want to show how slow our republic form of government is and how fast their communist government can act because the flaw in their belief is that government can produce.  That is the failure of all Marxist ideologies.  Marx never figured out that centralized authority could not force fairness on people while still producing on a mass scale.  Marxism never accounted for the personal autonomy of individual free will.  America discovered that and developed it in its own unique way, and the communist government of China knows it cannot win face to face.  They have had to resort to all this double-dealing and internal insurrection as their only means to accomplish their objective.  One of the reasons their mistakes have increased, and they have been exposed is because the Trump economy was threatening to get too far in front of them, destroying their goals of becoming the world’s most dominant economy.  So, they had to take out Trump and did anything they could to do so, starting with the manufactured Covid virus and the election fraud that we are now seeing on the various electronic voting machines around America during the last election.  Ultimately, they plan to capitalize on people’s hatred of Joe Biden, a president they put in place, and to shove Americans toward communism for a solution to all the dysfunction they hear about in the news, much of which is now owned by corporate media loyal to the Chinese change state.  And that is where we are, at war with China and their intent to rule the world with communism.  And nothing else. 

Rich Hoffman

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Covid Assassinations: It’s never been easier to get rid of political rivals

Covid Assassinations Are More Common Than You Think

It doesn’t impress me one bit to see so many articles written about conservatives who have died of Covid related conditions.  Specifically, the latest is the talk radio host and pastor Bob Enyart who died recently from complications of the virus after speaking out against vaccines and Covid-19 restrictions.  I can understand a few here and there dying of the virus, but each time a conservative who speaks out against Covid dies, and there has been quite a long list, the media makes a big deal about it as if to say, “see, he was a denier, and he died.  It could happen to you too!” In the video above, I discuss my past and my belief that some of these Covid deaths are assassin hits in disguise.  Based on my personal experience, it is easier to kill people now than at any point in the past.  Who needs a gun when someone gets Covid and is in the hospital.  The patient is vulnerable and under light security.  Visitors can come and go all the time, and they have to wear masks so no security camera can identify who visitors are.  Once someone checks into a hospital and opens themselves to drug treatment, a killer could have an easy time knocking off their mark without leaving behind a lot of evidence.  If someone dies with Covid, the death report is that they died “of” Covid.  Not from some drug injected into the body to make the heart stop.  And there you have it, a nice, bloodless killing that I know is something the government has done before and would certainly do again to protect itself from a skeptical public. 

I’m happy to have had the experiences that I have in my past.  At the time, many people questioned whether the things I learned during my early adult years were worth knowing or if I would grow up to be just another reckless soul.  But I will say, what I had by way of education allows me to see all these kinds of things.  People without those experiences might otherwise be lost to the motivations of bad people who use our government for their gain.  I knew several assassins personally, and I understand why they were hired and for how much and by whom.  Back then, things were much messier; people were killed for debts, insurance fraud, political malcontents, those kinds of things.  And sure, the killers felt bad about it in their way and needed someone to talk to.  You might ask, well, why didn’t I tell anyone?  Well, who was I going to tell?  I was also friends with some top judges in the city, and they all knew what was going on.  When the legal system gets involved in those kinds of killings, who is going to perform justice?  I wrote about my experiences with these types of things in one of my books, The Symposium of Justice.  The truth is, nobody cared about killing off political rivals because it was well understood on the inside as something as common as sunshine on a beach.  Like election fraud is common, but people don’t like to talk about it because it wants you to believe in that system with trust. 

I’ve said before when President Trump came down with Covid in October of 2020, right before the election, that it was a Democrat hit.  Many in the White House came down with Covid after a special ceremony for Amy Comey Barrett nominated to the Supreme Court.  Based on my experiences, I immediately thought that someone who had set up the chairs at the White House for that event would have spread coronavirus all over the seating area so that it would become a mass spreader.  Then the media could use the crises to drive a narrative of danger because Trump had a social gathering without socially distancing and wearing masks.  It would have been easy for a professional hit person to get on the ground crew team as a newer employee than to bring coronavirus into the event with a “sanitation” bottle and spray the virus everywhere that the President and other members of the White House would be that day.  Nobody in security would check to see what was in the bottle’s contents as the Covid protocols demanded such measures making such a hit all too easy.  As I said in the video, I doubt every death is a hit job.  Such as Herman Cain, who died early in the Covid process.  President Trump often talks about a friend of his, a big guy full of life who came down with Covid but died quickly while in an ICU in the hospital.  Not everything is a conspiracy, sometimes people die from stress to their bodies, and things wear out.  But if you are trying to convince a President to take Covid seriously, wouldn’t killing off someone he knows be a good way to get his attention?  People would be surprised how much the killing of people actually happens and how much the government knows about it.  After all, who’s going to bust them for it?  The FBI?  We all know what a joke that is.  The FBI might prosecute some garage mechanic for trying to build a new car with parts imported from some other country that didn’t fill out all the paperwork correctly.  But, if you want to kill off a political rival who has come down with Covid and has checked into a hospital to set up the killing, they could care less.  They won’t investigate. “How’s that Durham Report coming?  Where are Hillary’s emails?  When is Lois Lerner going to jail or James Comey?

And how do you think such people get Covid?  Perhaps it’s an Amazon driver pretending to deliver a package who rubs Covid on the doorknob of the target’s house.  The target comes down with a severe case of Covid then checks in to a hospital which is then put on an IV.  Hospitals are filled with nurses who can’t wait to return to their workstations to play on their phones.  They aren’t paying attention much to all the coming and going, especially now that everyone has to wear masks.  It would take nothing to walk into a Covid patient’s room and inject them with something deadly to tip them over the top, and within a few days, the target is dead.  Of course, that’s more fact than fiction.  Covid has made it easier than ever to kill off people who are problematic to an out-of-control government, so don’t kid yourself into believing that it’s not happening.   When the media comes out beating its chest every time a conservative dies of Covid, remember, it probably wasn’t an accident.  It was perhaps provoked by a hit person who is having an easy time getting rid of undesirables because Covid rules and quarantine mandates make an effort so easy now.  In the past, with guns and other methods, killing was a messy business, but now, it’s easy in the time of Covid.  Easier than ever.  The killings are meant to take out political rivals and give the media ink to drive a narrative.  Probably not in every case, but when the media is so quick to jump on every death of a skeptic, there is more to the story than just natural causes.  It would be nice if we could take things at face value.  But based on my experience, if you do, you’re stupid.

Rich Hoffman

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The Freedom of Not Being Afraid: In order to solve problems, you first have to function from a lack of fear

Living a Life Free of Fear

To me, it’s easy if you look at problems clearly.  The trouble is, for most people, 99.9999999% of all people, it’s hard for them to see the issues clearly because there is so much scary stuff that it distorts everything.  But when it’s asked, which has come my way lately, where is our country and how can you be so calm as the world is burning around us, my reply is that our country is right here.  It’s not as bad as they want you to think it is.  The problems are solvable.  Yet to see those solutions takes a level of fearlessness that I’d like to see everyone have.  Because that’s the only way to truly solve a lot of the problems we need to be unraveling is with a traditional American attitude of fearlessness.  The kind of fearlessness that founded the country in the first place.  We have all become so coddled, spoiled by the richness of the past, but now that it’s our turn to be bold and fearless, we have fallen short.  So much so that the kind of fearlessness that I’m talking about seems crazy and unachievable.  But there was a time in America where such boldness was typical and even expected.  I am a product of that kind of America; I have always strived to achieve it.  Maybe it’s because I had two really good sets of grandparents from that age where being scared of every little thing was looked down upon in society.  Then in my life, I took that fearless pursuit to extremes, and I have lived to talk about it.  Whatever it is, I do dedicate a significant portion of my life to helping people achieve it, especially influence leaders.  Ultimately if we want to solve some of these problems, we must approach them without fear to focus our attention on solutions, as I talk about in the video above.

I would offer to save a lot of time and blood, not fighting every evil creature in some noble blood sport. Instead, I would recommend getting your CCW and start carrying a gun around with you everywhere.  It will make you feel a lot better about things.  Carrying a gun is the best way to protect the Constitution and to stand with law and order.  I don’t say such a thing to encourage you to shoot your way out of a parking lot trying to get groceries for your family.  When I put my gun on every day and take it off at night, I never think of shooting another person.  It is just good to know that it’s there for those just in case moments.  It helps take away the fear of the unknown and allows your mind to think about solving problems because you have the luxury of surviving every day and gaining the ability to think and solve problems.  As simple as that might sound, it’s rare to have people not in a panic over every little trouble.  The recent Covid scare from our government could encourage us to panic into giving away our freedoms.  Or it could be that our best friend is refusing to invite someone to a shared dinner party because there is a disagreement over the color of paint on a new car.  Fear is usually the driver of chaos, and when other people want to control you, they use some fear to inspire your decision-making process.  So, when I talk about being fearless, I mean to remove those emotions from your mind so that you can think your way out of the troubles of the day.

The foundation argument of gun control, for instance, is that we don’t need Constitutional limits on the powers of government and that we can trust a centralized authority to keep us safe and secure.  Well, the argument went on like that for years until we saw the unequivocal truth in 2020 up to the present.  People are scared because it’s grossly apparent that we can’t trust our government with much of anything.  The government needs to be kept on its toes, and an armed public is a great way to do that.  It lets them know that their powers are granted, not taken, and to remain honest, they need that threat present.  Hopefully, nobody ever must use force against their government to maintain their safety in the world, but the government requires that pressure to act following the rules of our nation; otherwise, they drift into the kind of chaos they are in now.  The simple solution to the problem is to remind them they are not in charge but only represent us on our behalf.  And we will take that power away from them if they show they can’t handle the responsibility.  The fear we have now is that we can see we must do something about these problems in the world, so now we wonder if we dare to do it.  In defense of itself, the government is throwing trouble at us, hoping to derail our sense of justice, and it’s been working.  Yet, in essence, it’s straightforward.  They need to be reminded who is in charge, and it’s not them.  And without guns or a gun culture, they have nothing to fear from the people of our republic, so they misbehave. 

I used to go around willing to fight hand to hand with anybody, and there are many stories to tell over time.  But once I made more money and could afford them, I just started carrying guns with me everywhere.  Who wants to get all bloody in a fight when you can defend yourself with a gun?  Once I started carrying around a gun everywhere, and big guns at that, I found my mind to be much calmer about things than it used to be.  You no longer had to waste time thinking about fighting other people; you could shoot an attacker and get on with your life.  Now the government people would say that we should not have a society where fighting is necessary.  They suggest in liberal circles that we can manage conflict out of our lives.  But these are the same people who will fight a dog groomer over the haircut of their little white poodles and make a big deal about it and getting so mad that they refuse to give the dog groomer a second chance.  Or they get angry at the attractive woman at a dinner party that their husband looks at a little too long.  So, they seek to ruin her socially, economically, and in any other way, they can get to her.  When they suggest some utopia where humans won’t engage in conflict, they have never seriously moved to solve the source of conflict.  And I would propose they never will.

The true answer to dealing with people and conflict is not to allow fear to enter the relationship by making it so that they cannot move against you because you are carrying a gun.   Just knowing that will often resolve a lot of conflicts before it ever gets started.  And in the case of taking back our government, it is the first step in defending our Constitution, which is meant to limit government power.  Not to give it more.  The gun and you carrying it is a proclamation that you are in charge and that the government works for you.  Not the other way around.  Once you start with that angle, you will find that things in the world get much more straightforward.

Rich Hoffman

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We Have to Stand Up to our Bullies: Mean Tweets were what kept peace in the world

We Have to Stand Up to Bullies

I know it from years of professionalism, and most people with common sense understand it, too; you don’t sacrifice effectiveness for niceness.  Now in a leadership role, I think the most effective communication is with honey rather than vinegar.  People are more willing to do things in their life of their own free will if given a chance.  However, they often need leadership to help them figure out what that is.  And they often need a kick in the pants to reside beyond their sense of laziness to aim for higher things in life.  It is up to leadership to define the goals of an organization.  How people get on board with that strategy is up to them.  But complacency and drag assing are not options.  Often there will be resistance to the goals established by a leader, and sometimes, they will have to employ methods of motivation that might be boisterous or otherwise.  This is not the same as being a bully.  Our culture understands this subtle nature well; we’ve seen it in movies like Back to the Future.  We all have our Biffs in life and could cheer on George McFly when he punched the bully in the face at the end of the movie to win his future wife and start a good life for himself.  We see it every year in The Christmas Story where Ralphie gets tired of getting picked on by a group of bullies coming home from school, and he beats the crap out of one of them, which solved that problem forever.  In my own life, I poked a big-time bully in the eye with a pair of scissors when I was in the first grade.  I had to, and yes, I got into a lot of trouble.  But you can bet that it was worth it; it changed many things for me for the better.  There are many bullies in the world, and the focus of our academia has been to avoid conflict, which has only empowered them.  And it was the wrong approach.  From his years of experience, Trump understood what leadership was supposed to look like, and we saw it daily in what was called “mean Tweets.” But look what happened in the world when he could no longer provide those mean Tweets; when Twitter took down his account and through election fraud, he was removed from office.  How is the world doing now?

Even George McFly Learned His Lesson

We all had our stories of bullies when we were young, and we either dealt with it or looked for some protection in group behavior to hide from them.  And yes, it’s that simple in the world.  Those who never learned to fight back against their bullies joined groups such as political parties to do their dirty work for them.  It is clear to all that the Democrat Party has offered a chance to be a bully on their behalf with collective salvation.  We see it in our businesses when consensus-building exercises stifle any attempts to impose work standards by a strong leader.  People who want to hide their timidity usually do so by hiding in groups, and from there, much evil is launched.  Humans trying to avoid this reality have built every part of their civilization around the idea of a democracy for just this very reason, to hide their lack of courage, leadership, and zeal for day-to-day life.  With a democracy, pack hunting, they believe they can hide their soft souls from the world and do OK, just as long as they are not exposed as phonies.  They go to school to get pieces of paper that tell the world that they have proven their worth academically.  They join clubs so that others will say they are notable within the context of the group.  They do anything and everything to hide the fact that when they had a chance to punch their version of a bully in the face, they didn’t, and they grow up bowing to every kind of corruption that there is because they essentially are terrified of conflict.

But most people understand the value of leadership, so we put President Trump in office because he had a reputation of standing up to bullies and fighting back.  We saw it on television and read about it in the media for several decades, so we gave him a chance, and it worked out great.   America First was a plan people could rally behind.  The world was not acting aggressively toward the United States in any way.  Trump had brought peace to the world one mean Tweet at a time and survived what aggressions were thrown his way by an endless stream of media and activist groups.  It didn’t matter, Trump was successful every day he was in office, and the world was better off for it.  Many who didn’t like him felt the way they did because they were averse to conflict, not that Trump did anything wrong.  People felt that Trump should have been more “presidential,” which is just short of saying, “we want to steal your lunch money, so let us do it.” It said more about the state of other people’s minds than it did of Trump.  People showed by electing him twice that they wanted leadership in the world, not the collective shield of group-oriented behavior.  People in America wanted to win at life, and to do that, leadership needs to be present to set the objectives.  And once those objectives were set, people also needed to be pushed to achieve those goals.  We had that type of President over the last four years, and America was winning.  Look what happened in just seven months after it was taken away.  The world is literally on fire from every quarter of it. 

Ralphie Gets Its!

We could talk all day about the malcontents around the world who want a weak American president.  Without leadership, the bullies from every quarter of existence emerged to push people around, and a kind of tribalism that is entirely destructive occurs.  It is the most understudied aspect of liberalism that there has ever been, the need for individuals to stand up to bullies not to join groups to seek protection from them points to the ultimate failure of their plight.  The world and everything in it needs leadership that pushes individuals toward greatness.  Not where groups provide refuge only to become bullies themselves spreading evil upon the earth.  There is nothing good or just about a Democrat Party who protects the weak and meek by allowing them to join the masses to become the bullies themselves.  And there is nothing good about a Republican Party who lets them do it the way George McFly did in Back to the Future.   Allowing evil to grow is just as bad as perpetrating it yourself.  With that said, I do not doubt that we are learning our lesson right now.  Even if they weren’t Trump supporters before, many people are craving the mean Tweets of the Trump administration.  It was better to win in the world than cower in the corner and hope that something terrible didn’t happen.  We have to stand up to the bullies of the world, and we can’t become bullies ourselves along the way.  Being a leader is not the same as being a bully.  Our academic system needs to learn that for future prosperity.  But in the meantime, mean Tweets or whatever their replacement becomes will do just fine.

Rich Hoffman

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