Herbie was a Communist: Learning how our corporations in America were taken over by the United Nations

Herbie was a Communist

I had to write the book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business because I had read hundreds of self-help books and books on business strategy, administration, and process improvement, and they were all wrong in some little way.  Wrong is, of course, a point of view, but when we wonder why our companies have become so “woke,” we must understand why.  We must understand why the Chamber of Commerce types are so bent toward the United Nations and not the United States, and we must know how we arrived where we are, how to get out of it, and toward more of an America First policy.  One of the most important books that are most popular among process improvement consultants in business is called The Goal.  If you go into the office of most business consultants, you will find it in their libraries. It’s been out since the 1980s and has paralleled the Lean Manufacturing methods that have migrated out of Toyota Management Processes and TQCs and all kinds of Eastern business philosophy acronyms.  Through a combination of The Goal, and books like The Machine that Changed the World, which evolved out of Deming consulting in Japan, Americans have been tricked into going against their nature of innovation and aggression as a capitalist enterprise.  Out of a United Nations desire for accepting global commerce, global supply chains, and global thinking, these methods have been introduced to American business for all kinds of strictly political reasons.  Because of that trend, I felt there needed to be an American answer.  I have been teaching the methods talked about in all these books for over three decades, and given where the world is today, its time to point out the flaws in the thinking and assert ourselves in western civilization toward the objectives of retaking the leadership role in the world, from an America First perspective.

I enjoy The Goal; it is an excellent thought experiment for managers looking to improve their processes.  It can work fine if the only other alternative is chaos.  From my perspective, and this has always been my opinion of the work, it was a soft sell of communism to the corporate world from the author selling capitalism but functioning as a Marx-driven radical.  So, it’s no surprise that executives who read the book and study it in detail think they are performing as profit-driven capitalists. They are drooling communists tricked into a global conspiracy based on their lack of knowledge of history and global intentions.  The Goal is all about solving plant-wide manufacturing problems, but in essence, it’s about Constraint Theory, knowing your constraints, and working within those limits toward ultimate efficiency.  I have a radically different view of Constraint Theory than most everyone else in the world, especially people who practice consulting primarily because they don’t understand the essence of what a “constraint” is or what the history of acquiring it was. 

In The Goal, we are told a story about a bunch of Boy Scouts hiking a 10-mile trail, and among them is an overweight kid struggling to keep up with the others by the name of Herbie.  The story’s theme is that all the other hikers need to realize that Herbie is their constraint and that they should have been measuring what they can do as a group based on what Herbie could do. Otherwise, they were supposed to bend their processes to the limits of their weakest link.  So it is said in business, figure out who your “Herbie” is, and you’ll understand your actual capacity.  Well, this has always bothered me.  My way of dealing with the “Herbies” of life is to tell him to lose weight or find someone faster and more robust than he is to do the job.  But you see, what is taught in corporate politics is that Herbie isn’t to be discriminated against.  There are all kinds of woke rules to protect people like Herbie from being pushed out of their comfort zone.  Labor unions particularly seek out to employ people like Herbie, natural constraints that slow down a process.  Never is the emphasis on speeding something up.  So, by default, when corporate leaders read books like The Goal and The Machine that Changed the World, they believe that they are in the business of managing their constraints in diminishing increments.  Not to seek to improve those constraints.  But to live with them.

In a roundabout way, the government has brought communism into our corporate cultures in this way then used that compliance culture to attack our Constitutional parameters for which a society functions.  All “at will” employment thus falls under some form of communist control that we all accept in increments because most of us must work somewhere, and as we do, we lower our guard to these subtle attacks on our way of government on the front end.  Then in corporate culture, instead of hiring managers to improve the Herbies of the world, we hire managers and CEOs to mitigate against the compliance mandates that government imposes on us through excessive rules and regulations.  Now you can see why the Chamber of Commerce organizations across America were against any vaccine freedoms for individuals.  They wish to protect an organization’s ability to defend themselves from more government compliance by backdooring the American Constitution through a company’s HR department.  What makes my book different from all other books on this subject matter is that I specifically deal with these kinds of challenges because nobody I have read has ever gone to these levels of thinking on the issue.  It’s one thing to identify your constraints and, in using Lean Manufacturing, getting everyone in an organization to understand what reality is.  But in The Goal, determining reality is accepting that Herbie is an overweight kid who has a hard time walking 10 miles on a hike.  But my attitude is that Herbie needs to lose the weight to keep up with the other kids on that hike.  The faster kids who can walk the 10 miles should not be penalized.  That is why The Goal is communist propaganda, whether it was intended to be or not. 

Nobody, especially most Chambers of Commerce, wants to think of themselves as communists.  They think of communists as authoritarian overlords in a military uniform in some broke Central American countries or failed Russia.  But the way the work of Karl Marx drove communism survived into this new age remix was to appear as a capitalist boon but to use the mask of global trade and global partnerships to spread communism around the world, as they had always planned.  Just change the name of communism to capitalism and make it appear that the effort was to increase profits, not to hinder productivity by giving the means of production over to the government to control. You have your modern scam unfolded before you.  And I intend to show people how to get out of that mess.  It’s not easy to change the culture of something so embedded in our thoughts and actions.  But that’s what The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business does.  The Herbie story is just the tip of the iceberg.   It goes much deeper than what we’ve talked about here.  But it’s a start.

Rich Hoffman

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China Limits Kids to 3 Hours of Video Game Play Per Week: A preview of what they want to do with everything

China’s Controls are just the Start

The deeper we get into the idiocy of the Biden presidency, we find that we’re not just talking about simple disagreements on philosophy and social endurance, but in subversion by a smiling enemy that intends to kill us completely and rob the wealth of our country under the weight of our own assumed guilt.  We should have never let China have the leverage they have over us today, to have the power they presume to use in destroying us from the inside out by turning many of our people against the ideas of America to blow on the fires to make it happen.  They say they want peace, and we are to assume that all the United Nations relationships established after the two World Wars were meant to entangle us all diplomatically.  But all it entailed was to tie up America with red tape while the jealous world of yesteryear and the communists of China could attack us without defense, which is what they have been doing.  Now we are so entangled with each other that it’s nearly impossible to have an outright war.  So that has left us with a worse Cold War mentality where deception and chaos have replaced the cold shoulders.  Now, we see a different strategy, and you can see it not by what China says but by what they do. 

You might have heard that China has cut down their under 18 kids to only 3 hours of video games per week, 1 hour on Friday, 1 hour on Saturday, and 1 hour on Sunday.  If they are good boys and girls, kids might play video games on national holidays, for a little bit.  Instead of playing video games, the kids are supposed to train their minds to be soldiers of the state and educate themselves for sacrifice to China and live and die for the party in power.  And that party wants to rule the world.  They have their fingers all over the Biden administration and several American politicians that have paved the way for the kind of censorship that China is used to, which Google helped them build.  Suppose they don’t like what you do in the world. In that case, they will turn you off from social interaction because the tech companies doing China’s bidding have steered our society to a completely online society.  By doing this, they control what you do and when you do it.  This is how they plan to keep kids from playing video games by monitoring their time spent on the games, and when they hit that hour, they can switch the kids off. 

We’ve seen it in the United States, especially with Twitter and Facebook.  That infrastructure is already in place, and they would like to push Americans into the same kind of centrally managed society.  How about that, kids? Do you still want to be communists, like your government school teachers have taught you?  Forget about playing Call of Duty for 20 straight hours on a Thursday night.  How about all the video game companies who have sold America out with wokeness to tap into the 1.4 billion people who reside in China.  And the movie companies like Disney have thrown out Uncle Walt’s values which built the company to give up on the American Dream and steer everything to that new Chinese demographic.  Of course, the Chinese told you, dumbasses, that they’d be fair and would work with you.  They wanted to lure your big dollars and company values to their trap.  The NBA has already fallen into it.  So has Nike.  Many have; most big companies have been headed there for years.  I warned everyone decades ago.  But nobody listened, and now you see the cost.  And you can see to what level of social control they intend for us all.  Covid was meant to train us for this new communist thought, just as they are doing with the video game industry.  3 hours per week. 

One of my daughters used to be a Gamestop manager, and we had long discussions about this trend a decade ago to move toward complete online gaming.  My wife and I had the same discussions when she wanted to take my years of National Geographic books and magazines and get rid of them going to online versions instead.  I reminded her and everyone else along the way what I said then that games, entertainment, and hard copies of books would always be valuable.  When you read a book or watch a DVD movie, or listen to a CD copy of music, you are detached from the controls of a centralized authority.  They can’t see what you are reading or for how long.  They don’t count your keyboard punches to feed an A.I. watching your every move and analyzing what you plan to do next.  You are private and disconnected from “them.” When video games moved from hard copies and complete online support, they lost control of their content.  Now governments could intrude.  They have let us play and get used to this new way of doing things.  But now, they think they can get away with making their power move, which they are currently doing in China.  It’s not the people of China who are the suckers; it’s the tech people who played nice, adopted the wokeness in exchange for market share, then had the rug pulled out from under them with the simple wiping of a hand giving a dictate from the communist party. 

There is a catch to all the digital streaming services, to the Apple music hosting that has gotten rid of all hard copies of music you might own.  Now you must rent your music from them for a monthly fee.  And if you are a bad little boy or girl, they could cut your account off in a second, and you won’t have any iTunes in your car to listen to.  The kind of world that American Democrats want is what they have in China, where they decide what you do when you do it and for how long.  And if they don’t like you, if you are part of an opposition party, they can cut you off of everything because they have managed to put everything online where a centralized government can regulate it.  My wife and I had that same recurring conversation just the other day at Costco, where I was buying up a bunch of new books that they had just brought out.  I told her that books would always have value.  I can read those books I was buying anywhere in the world.  I didn’t need electricity to use them, and they weren’t connected to any government for control.  And I see that as ultimate freedom.

The way to beat these oppressive governments in China and those licking their heels like the Democrats are in America is to get off their grid.  Get out of their schools.  Get away from their entertainment.  Get away from their medical industry, for which Covid has given everyone all the proof they need.  Disconnect from their control and make them blind. Don’t allow them to turn you off playing a video game after 1 hour of play, or what day of the week you play it.  Turn away from their controls and get back to the basics for which they have no control.  And then, and only then, can you have any hope of truly being free. 

Rich Hoffman

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They Banned Me on LinkedIn: Another case of a private tech company doing government work as an arm of censorship

LinkedIn Banned Me over Election Fraud Discussion

I’ve never been a fan of social media.  Sure, to promote the blog and some of my work to people interested in it, I have used Twitter in the past and YouTube. I’ve never done Facebook. I’ve always viewed it as garbage for a lot of reasons.  When everyone in the world was using it, and I wasn’t, people thought it was odd.  But as is usually the case with most things, I turned out to be correct.  Facebook is a creepy attachment of the government, which took over a private company to do its public bidding.  Eventually, the courts will work it out, but I’m not giving away free stuff to the government through Facebook data collection until then.  But I have a book out and on my professional profile on LinkedIn, which I’ve had forever since it started as a site; I was banned because I accepted election fraud on my feed as I was talking about my book The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business.  They saw my responses and found them detrimental to good conversation, and they banned me, which pissed me off.  The thought of some weak-kneed progressive pieces of crap having some influence over my life was more than enough to set me on fire, which I’m sure they’d enjoy knowing.  But that’s what I get for participating in their stupid free social media platform.  It’s their playground, and we all chose to play in it on their terms.  Yet, I won’t be going back to LinkedIn.  They are no different from Facebook or Twitter, and all the rest of those government traps put on the internet freeway to manage society from a new kind of compliance standpoint.  Accept that 2+2 is 10, or you will be banned from the platform and not allowed to play in any reindeer games.  They can pound sand.

Oh, of course, they try to kill you with niceness.  LinkedIn keeps sending me emails telling me how many hits my site is getting, trying to contact them to turn the site back on.  They want me to produce a government I.D. of some kind, either a driver’s license or a passport with a photo of the front and back, and send it to LinkedIn to review whether or not my site has been banned by accident.  What bothers me is that they should know my personal information.  By forcing the government I.D., it has a creepy orthodoxy that is all too related to what’s going on with the attempted vaccine mandates.  My message to all those skinny jeans losers running LinkedIn who are dumb as a rock; it’s a free site.  It can come and go, and I could care less.  They were better off with me being a content provider. They’ll miss me more than I’ll miss them.  I am not accepting a partnership between a professional social networking tool and government intrusion.   They are acting as agents of the government, and that’s where I draw the line. I’d rather spend my social media time on platforms like Gettr, Gab, and Mike Lindell’s Frank Speech. 

Yet think of the audacity of these social media platforms inspired by communist China.  They view themselves as members of the government, censoring the public.  For LinkedIn to become an arbitrator of truth over election fraud, for instance, is way over their mandate.  As a professional, if I want to talk about election fraud, it is part of the public debate.  It might harm me professionally, or it might help.  That is up to the marketplace to decide, and I, as an individual, determine how I want to play it.  But LinkedIn took it further; they were editing speech and claiming it’s for civility causes that they made up independently.  Essentially the goal of LinkedIn is to create and enforce wokeness in corporate culture, not just to connect people for job placement or professional engagement.  Their goal is to lure in professionals with the nectar of professional communication but to embed in them wokeness as established by the global rules of government into thinking what they tell you to, and keep an excellent lucrative job, for you to follow those rules without question.

I had put on my feed on LinkedIn a good video by Anna Perez from Real America’s Voice about Larry Elder and the election in California.  I commented that Democrats wouldn’t have a chance if they couldn’t cheat, and for that, LinkedIn freaked out, pulled down my page, and started the process I reported on the government I.D. issue. It’s the same argument about a private versus public company.  If LinkedIn or Facebook, Twitter, or any of the rest of them want to be employees of the government, then they need to announce that.  It’s not their job to shape the argument of election fraud, which is a problem.  They don’t get to hide behind a private façade to avoid litigation for a government conspirator doing public work.  Yet that’s what they did; they participated in the election narrative by limiting one side from presenting the evidence to facilitate the false report that there wasn’t election fraud.  Well, professionally, if a company or CEO is trying to operate a business in California, isn’t it something they would be concerned about to know if Larry Elder was going to be the governor and Newsom was going to be recalled?  I would think so.  And if LinkedIn were concerned about the “business community,” they’d want to see such speech conducted for the betterment of society in general. 

However, like the rest of those older social media platforms, LinkedIn was created to do what they are attempting to do in 2020 and 2021, tell people what to think about things and be soft arms of government agency and compliance.  Ultimately, they are how wokeness has been spread into American culture, and we should be pretty angry about it.  I am more infuriated that I gave them a chance than anything.  It was disappointing to be so right about them; I was hoping for a bit that maybe they were different.  But no, they are just as bad as the rest of the communist scumbags.  And I am done with them forever.  Rather than send them my government I.D. so I can play in their sandbox, I would instead put 100 times more energy into seeing their demise.  Fighting for election integrity, change the governor of California and ultimately the tech companies that reside there, and putting Trump back into office to fix all these massive screw-ups that we have seen at a record pace since Biden was put into power.  All those woke companies who have been seeking to erode the American Constitution with social media bylaws created by tech geeks and their Starbuck’s-stained fingers have attempted a coup.  They deserve punishment, which will come their way very soon.  They never had a right to operate as government censors.  They can do what they want as a private company, but when they involve themselves in public work, well, that’s a different story.  And that day of reckoning will come quick.  For my part, I won’t miss them, and when the opportunity comes to sink them, I won’t hesitate.  They crossed the line, and there is a cost for that.

Rich Hoffman

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Democrats Only Have Two Choices: The crush between a rock and a hard place

Democrats are Between a Rock and a Hard Place

I’ve spoken to many people over the last 48 hours who are genuinely terrified about the depth and evil of what they see in the opening days of the Biden administration.  Now we’ve talked about it a lot here at this site and the Rumble account that hosts the videos I put on here, and I have to say that I’m not surprised by any of it. We’ve always been at war.  It is sad that people are being killed, whether in Afghanistan or other ways politically driven.  But in many ways, we are better off knowing what’s going on and seeing the results rather than allowing them to loom concealed in the background of everything corrupting our very essence of American ideals and the spawns of capitalism which free the world from tyranny.  With all that said, I am not the nightly news, and this site does not thrive off the misery to keep people coming back.  Usually, when I write something, it isn’t to scare my readers and watchers but to give them hope and a solution to the problems.  So, within that scope, I see a great deal of good coming out of the present circumstances, so to relieve your minds, I’m happy to share. Knowing these things, it’s by no means an opportunity to sit back on your heels and let everyone else fight these battles.  But if we fight the battles that need to be fought, I can assure you that one of these two paths of resolution will mature into a solution for our country shortly. 

Many people don’t know that Marjorie Taylor Greene filed three articles of impeachment against Joe Biden.  One is over issues involving the CDC; one is over the national security crises at the southern border.  And the last is over the mishandling of Afghanistan.  Most of the media looked at the move by Greene as a publicity stunt; however, these articles of impeachment are much less of a stunt than the actual actions by a Nancy Pelosi Congress in attacking President Trump.  Nobody in the media or congress will take them seriously today, but tomorrow……well, let’s say there’s some meat there to consider.  I was at an event with my congressman, Warren Davidson, such a good guy, and he sees the situation just as clearly as Marjorie Taylor Greene.  He has a much cooler head for a reputation, which isn’t necessarily a fact, just a reputation. Something to consider.

Congress looks very poised to flip back to Republicans in 2022, so Democrats will lose their majority, and Republicans will then be able to consider these articles of impeachment at that time.  And the Senate is very much at play unlike the attempted Trump impeachments.  This time the Senate may have the votes, and even some Democrats may vote for impeachment.  Why?  Well, I’ll explain that in a moment.  Now, know that impeachment is very much on the table as we go from 2022 into 2023.  I know many will say we can’t wait that long.  The country will be destroyed by then. That may be true and is, I think, part of the progressive plan to destroy America before America can fight back.  But I think the resolution of the American people has surprised the progressive attackers, those billionaire class of people from Davos, the Chinese communists, the Agenda 21 types in the United Nations, the members of Socialist International who are now hiding their names under dozens and dozens of philanthropic non-profit foundations.  I don’t think they expected the MAGA movement to still be so strong well into 2021, and there is panic presently in their ranks.  America will still be America by the election of 2022. 

Then there is the other problem, Dr. Frank and Mike Lindell’s work on election fraud.  The incredible rise of new news networks such as Real America’s Voice, which hosts the Steve Bannon Warroom, and the Water Cooler has replaced what Fox News and the O’Reilly Factor gave to Republicans.  If corporate Wokeness so well described in Vivek Ramaswami’s new bestselling book Woke, Inc. thought it could control the flow of information through censorship with Twitter, Google, Disney, Linkedin, Facebook; they were sadly mistaken.  Replacements of information flow quickly rose such as Gab and Gettr and Newsmax, One America News, and other sources have grown as fast as the deceptions against us by those corporate hosts have done their malice.  The election fraud story is getting out from the 2020 election.  Most people believe there was a fraud, and the evidence is not contained within the corporate media structure, which is a real problem for Democrats.  Again, they planned to have all this trouble put to bed by the middle of 2021, and it’s only picking up steam; it’s not going away. 

The election fraud problem is a real challenge for Democrats because they can’t prove there wasn’t fraud, even though people believe there was. Now that Afghanistan is such a disaster for the Biden administration, many Democrats are already thinking of cleaning their name of him. Because they think he’s going down anyway. Kamala Harris is not ready to be a President.  So, the cracks are more than a problem in this dam of information. It’s all about to break for them, and they are looking for an excuse to free themselves.  That leaves them two ways to clear their name from the failed politics of this internationally driven Biden administration; they can throw Biden under the bus on the election fraud and begin to support these state audits.  That information would clear them from the continued support of the failed administration.  Or they could vote to impeach because they are outraged by what has been happening in Afghanistan, where incomprehensible neglect and stupidity led to many people being killed. America was shamed around the world with a military loss that will never be forgiven.  In that way, Democrats will have to pick their poison.  Their decision will be which one they could hope to survive from.

And ultimately, that is how you win this game.  We don’t need to storm the capital with guns or fight this corrupt government in the streets.  We already have a checkmate on this chessboard.  They hope that you’ll go to the bathroom and take your eyes off the board so they can cheat their way out of it.  But I am saying that it’s too late.  They have already lost by one of these two paths.  The urgency of those paths will be because Democrats will have to distance themselves from Biden over Afghanistan.  People are still upset about the Democrat debacle over Benghazi.  But this Afghanistan situation is much worse, and it’s happening every day.  The Biden administration can’t survive this, but only through their international sponsorship, which is very happy that America looks like fools over the issue.  But for Democrats not getting money from international sources must go back to their districts and raise money. Nobody wants to give money to losers who caused the embarrassment of Afghanistan.  So, there you have it, that’s where we are all going, and it looks like tomorrow will be a better day because of it.  Still, we must do the leg work.  We can’t sit on our laurels.  We must fight.  Yet, we can at least see the objective and the result.  It’s within range for us to take our country back.  It’s certainly not hopeless.

Rich Hoffman

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Lakota Votes for Mask Mandates: The squeaky wheel gets the grease

The Lakota School Board trying to vote on Mask Mandates

As it is everywhere, the health directors, national and local, want their power back. Still, the governors in many states don’t want to return to the kind of authoritarian rule that gave health departments so much power during the first year of Covid.  In Butler County, Ohio, where I live, the health director and bureaucratic officials have been working wherever they can to intimidate businesses and government establishments into CDC compliance for the sheer desire of wanting to boss someone around.  So, of course, they are putting pressure on several local school boards in Butler County to implement mask mandates.  In the satire above, which isn’t far from the truth, the Lakota school board is trying to figure out how to deal with the health director ahead of the meeting on August 23rd, 2021.  The Lakota school system is being pressured by outrageous compliance to CDC guidelines or self-imposed mask mandates. It’s a rock and a hard place for Lakota. They either deal with the wrath of the Butler County Health officials, or they deal with the anger of the furious parents.  And for this school board, at Lakota, it is way beyond their ability to deal with leaving them to pander to the squeaky wheel.  So if you as a parent don’t want masks on your kids while in school, you better get to that meeting and be that squeaky wheel.  Otherwise, the underhanded tactics of the health department are going to play their games of tyranny to establish authoritarian rule. 

Of course, no matter what you think about Covid, there is zero to less proof that masks do anything but make the situation worse.  That stupidity is for adults to sort out, but children should never be victimized to wear masks based on such flimsy science.  If people want to wear them, have at it.  Just as a casual observation, I’ve seen cultures wearing masks in Asian countries for years, and it’s always more about compliance than health.  This attempt to mask the American population is just more of that imposition of eastern cultures on western cultures, just as the Beatles have been trying to do for years and many thousands of other sources attempting to tell us in the west that yielding to authority is the way to solve problems.  No, it’s not.  I had my family at the zoo recently, and they were trying to push the latest from the CDC, encouraging people to wear masks.  Only a few dumb fools were doing so.  My wife and I went to Costco to get a hot dog and a drink for our date night, and they were encouraging people to wear masks, forcing their employees to do so to put that peer pressure on people.  But guess what, most people were not wearing the stupid masks, and I felt sorry for the dumb fools who fell for it.  Yet all the trouble starts with these crazy lunatics in the local health departments who are hungry for their mall cop powers to be restored to them by governors who have lost their ability.

Andy Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, has been a disaster.  He wants to force children to wear masks in school, but the supreme court now challenges him after William Bertelsman granted a restraining order on Beshear.  These kinds of fights are happening all over the country, especially in Florida.  The trend is against the tyrants, the health officials.  Now that people have seen the game, there is no public appetite for the mask mandates.  The federal government has not made its case for why masks should be used.  They are hot, they smell bad and are gross, and they display a kind of anti-science that some backwater countries would implement as a means to solving problems.  And people are sick of them.  Even people who might be liberal are not wearing the masks if they can get away with it.  But all those places mentioned, Costco, the zoo, amusement parks, and the like, are feeling pressure from the compliance cultures to implement that stupidity, which is how the schools feel pressure to comply.  But the attack against our children is reprehensible, and it deserves to be fought with everything we have to fight with.  These school boards will cave if the parents don’t get involved.  Edgewood schools in Butler County have struggled with this issue for weeks, and the parents have spoken up.  Monroe is also going through tribulations.  If Lakota falls, the rest of them will follow.  And that’s the game the health directors want.  They want to rule in silence, from their offices using a phantom menace to scare everyone into some ridiculous authority rule.  So the voices have to be heard at the school board meetings. Otherwise, the school boards will yield to the pressure. 

Watching people wear these masks the second time around, who are in the extreme minority in public, you can almost see the deadness in their eyes.  That desire to comply with authority because they are too lazy to think is a public health crisis.  They are more dangerous to society than any virus because their willingness to comply encourages these bureaucratic tyrants to grab power as they are now.  Covid did not come out and kill everyone like it was told to us.  There are some heartbreaking stories here and there, but fewer people are dying of Covid than are getting killed in car accidents, and people don’t stop driving cars over every crash.  For most Americans, Covid is an acceptable risk.  They might stay home from work for a few days and get over it if they get it.  They want alternatives like a Regeneron Covid Cocktail or a dose of Hydroxychloroquine.  They may use ultraviolet light to kill the virus, a legitimate method of managing viruses, especially UVC light.  Science is great, and there are methods we all know about now.  But this dumb method of wearing a mask is as unscientific and barbaric as anything government sciences have ever come up with.  If public schools are ineffective, why would anybody expect Dr. Fauci and government science to get it right with Covid?  They are either treacherous lunatic terrorists for a new global order, or they are dumb as hell.  Or perhaps, a mixture of both.  But putting masks on kids and ruining their lives with the bad decisions of power-hungry health officials would make bad parents out of all of us.  Kids don’t deserve this stupidity.  It’s up to all of us as adults to at least protect kids from government absurdity, starting in our schools.  And for Lakota, while you still can, you better let the school board know how you feel.  Because if left to their own devices, they will yield to the Butler County health officials and their power grabs from the CDC to put the government in charge of our health, which they have proven entirely incompetent to handle.  They weren’t effective the first time around, and now that we’ve had time to reflect on the mistakes of 2020, why would anybody fall for it a second time?  What we are up against is sheer stupidity and nothing less.

Rich Hoffman

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There is Nothing Worse than Saying Something Cannot be Done: Managing unknowns for victory

Sometimes the Answers are Where Nobody Looks

For perspective, I feel like I say it 1000 times in a week; limits are meant to be overcome, not yielded to.  When I hear someone say, I can’t do this because of this, or I can’t do that, I immediately hear laziness in the terminology. It’s a lazy approach to life because skills are often needed to be developed to achieve a task.  And when people tell you that something can’t be done, it’s because they are too lazy to do it, plain and simple.  I understand limits, but as I talk about constantly in my new book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, perceptions of what is achievable today will be shattered tomorrow with lots of practice.  That is certainly the case with various fast draw competitions that go on all over the country that are less known to most of the world because they exist in pockets of Americana.  We seem to understand these kinds of things in sports, where rookies improve with experience, and that few people expect a newly drafted football player to go straight to the NFL and be a superstar.   It takes time and development to become great.  And that is true too in how we make all our livings.  When I hear someone tell me that it takes this much time to do this kind of thing, that is never a fixed value.  But is only a point of reference that should always be pushed for and achieved.  That is why I suggest that all business people stop thinking in controlled statistical ways and always look for innovation opportunities to explore what can be done, not what lazy people tell you can be.

Bullwhip Speed and Accuracy

Every year that I do the Annie Oakley Wild West Show in Darke County during the last weekend of July each year, I go through this process.  It’s always one of the fun weekends that I give myself to keep the world in focus.  I love Darke County, Ohio.  It reminds me of many towns out west and brings the heart of America close, so it’s easy to see.  And this year was no different.  We have the bullwhip competitions that I always participate in, where many of these ideas about business have matured over the years and eventually evolved into the themes of this book.  Now that I am one of the elderly participants, the competitions have become a period of self-reflection for me rather than a nervous do-or-die thing with legacy performers from years past.  As I also talk about in The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, young people need more than anything a reputation to launch them into life.  Well, I have my reputation well intact, and nobody can ever take that from me, even if the thing we are doing is relatively tiny in the scheme of things.  The bullwhip competitions of Annie Oakley for me were always a big deal because the people who do them are unique.  The activity is out of the box, and you develop a genuine respect for the people who share that space with you.  And the competition pushes you always to get better.  And once you push yourself to get better and have success, you realize that the same holds with just about everything in life, including decisions that cost millions of dollars either way if success or failure is utilized.  That may be the life I’m in now, but over the years, my grounding in these cowboy arts always kept things authentic to me and gave me perspectives that nobody else was considering, even though they probably should have. 

The two videos I’ve included in this article are from two bullwhip competitions from this latest 2021 Annie Oakley show.  I always do pretty well in those, but the value in winning has diminished a lot over time.  What matters most to me, what has become an obsession of sorts, is managing all the competition variables in these kinds of things.   In both competitions, the goal is to cut as many cups off the target stands at the fastest rate that you can.  One competition, the Speed Switch, requires you to do so with both hands.  The other, Speed and Accuracy, is all one hand and in sequence.  If you miss a cup, it’s a 5-second penalty.  You get two attempts at each cup.  You have to stand six feet from the target and not cross the line with your feet.  The time starts on your first crack.  Those are the rules.  That is the way participants interact with the competition.  Like in all things in life, that is how we plan to achieve success, cutting as many targets as possible in the fastest time you can.  What fascinates me is all the variables that come up in pressured events that can wreck those plans.  The people who usually win at these things, whether they are in bullwhip competitions or big business deals, can manage those variables. 

Bullwhip Speed Switch

Many talented people are good at the exhibitions in the bullwhip world, but not so good at the competitions.  Without the pressure of time, where they can show off the skills that they’ve practiced for hundreds of hours, they are magnificent world record holders, and it looks great for an audience.  But when they apply the same methods to a timed competition, things go bad and don’t look so good.  It has always fascinated me how the difference between the two is so applicable to life in general.  People who study and practice a lot in life can put on a great show.  But when the pressure is on, they usually choke.  That choke is what people tell me thousands of times a week and expect me to accept because that has become fashionable in the world, to accept failure. Instead, my thing is to get comfortable with pressure and danger and learn to manage the variables.  Not to yield to them.

I have done those contests for many decades now every year at the Annie Oakley event, and not a single one has ever been the same.  Sometimes the popper blasts off the end of my whip.  Sometimes the whip gets caught on the target stand, as happened this year.  Sometimes we perform on grass, sometimes on smoothed concrete where the whip slowly slides all over the place. Sometimes the wind kicks up and throws off your aim.  Sometimes, a speedy guy will have luck catching most of the targets on their first run, forcing you to go faster than you are comfortable with.  All those variables are what make the good from the bad.  It’s not the skill; everyone who competes has talent.  But it’s in how you manage the variables that matter most.  

Its all in fun, but is it……………………..?

Ultimately, that is one of the big takeaways from The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business. I’ve been a professional in the industry for more than three decades, and I work with people who also have a lot of experience.  Everyone has lots of experience; they go to college, get trained and try to do the best they can.  My point is that little things like these extra little competitions I do, such as bullwhip competitions force you to adapt to all the things they don’t teach you in an orthodox society.  How can you use your skills to accommodate all the things that happen that you don’t control?  Can you still win then?  Well, of course, you can.  But what makes me madder than a hornet that some kid has stuck a stick into its nest is when someone tells me something can’t be done because they have not learned themselves how to manage variables in their life.  That they accept that anything outside of their skill level is a mystery that they automatically yield to.  To me, that is just the kind of thing they should all be training for, in having the skill to do the job, but in honing those skills so that they can adapt to the variables that come up along the way.  That they can successfully manage the situation when it’s never optimal and still succeed. 

Rich Hoffman

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How The Left Traps You: The story of Covid and what we can learn from it

The Way the Left Plays the Game

Just as an example, the way the left plays the game is like the classic argument with a woman when she suddenly asks out of nowhere, “are you cheating on me.” Of course, you’re not, but the accusation puts you on your heels instantly, and the entire conversation is all about you proving that you didn’t do something instead of the merits of what you did do.  Like perhaps holding the door open for a woman which observed was easily misconstrued. That’s what happened to the Trump administration and his supporters in the media and within the cabinet.  Trump was accused of killing millions of people due to his early response to Covid-19 by Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci, so it forced him to prove that he would take the virus seriously and follow CDC protocols.  These protocols were already baked into the narrative to destroy the American economy in 2020.  There wasn’t time for Trump to be rational because the pressure from the left was meant to knock him off his game.  So to avoid the accusation during an election year, Trump and Sean Hannity, and many others listened to the Marxist scientists and put their advice into policy so that nobody could claim later that Trump didn’t care about human life.  But in truth, and it’s easy to see in hindsight, it was all a ruse from day one and had been carefully planned out to consider all the personalities.  It wasn’t a vast conspiracy; just a plan hatched from the billionaire class as a way to remove Trump.  Their goal was the global manipulation of currency and politics.  The Bill Gates goal was to underline his zero-emission world policies for the greenie weenie objectives and implement the strategy; they had to get Trump to bite on something he couldn’t refuse, saving lives.  It didn’t matter that Covid-19 wasn’t that deadly.  Statistically, any analysis will produce deaths.  If you conduct a study of people who drive cars or eat chicken soup out of a can, you will find extreme data points on people who die in the process.  But part of that plan that the media willingly participated in was taking those anomalies and making them the star of the show reported daily.  All it took was for well-known personalities like Tom Hanks and Herman Cain to come down with the virus and have them report the danger, and the rest of society would be hooked. 

That is how we were all suckered by the governments of the world over Covid and convinced to lock ourselves away for a virus that wasn’t all that deadly.  Those same governments had conspired ahead of time to ruin the lives of millions of people by tampering with a coronavirus typical in animals and to make this particular virus transmissible to humans.  In most cases, humans quickly fought off the disease, all by themselves, just as they have for millions of years.  But this time, instead of letting things play out the way we would a common cold, the government started measuring things differently, by the actual cases instead of the deaths. They did so to perform a Kotter change state of the world’s entire social-political order.  The old antics of Socialist International and the Chinese desire to spread communism to every corner of the world were really at play, and they had their targets on America’s capitalism.  And we listened obediently because we trusted Trump.  So to pull off the ruse, it didn’t have to involve a whole swarm of people, just a few key people like Trump or Sean Hannity.  Once they got them to bite on all this change, the attackers had their means of destroying the world to save mythical lives made up in thin air. 

Of course, in hindsight, it is all obvious.  We can see that this whole delta variant of Covid-19 is a fantasy of the Biden administration that is in trouble over the tampering of China in our elections of 2020, which are being exposed in Mike Lindell’s Symposium in the great state of South Dakota.   Also, the Biden administration is doing economically poor.  The jobs numbers which came out today are showing alarm due to the mass economic tampering of the socialist-oriented Biden policies, and they need an excuse.  Covid is the perfect cover story to explain why the economy is flatlining.  They are trying to make the pain about saving lives, not about the reality of government tampering destroying ambition.  China and their influence-peddling of the Biden family are paying off, and they are enjoying the results.  Covid-19 has proven to be more effective as an attack on America than Pearl Harbor ever was.  The Japanese attack that started World War II for America was something people could rally behind and activate to the cause.  But Covid, that was an invisible attack mainly residing in our imaginations.  It forced us to let go of our trust in government to see the villainies clearly, and for a lot of people, that is hard to do.  Yet that’s how we arrived here, at this point.

People like Trump and Sean Hannity can’t appear wrong and say everything I have told about Covid because they bought into the original narrative of how dangerous Covid was.  Essentially how a common cold was now going to be managed by the government.  Trump ran and won his election in 2020 despite all the government tampering with his campaign.  This dug the hole even deeper for the conspirators, but that required Trump to report that he had saved millions of lives by taking action in shutting down the economy the first time and denying Chinese to fly into America to visit with a travel ban.  And he must still stick to that story because it did work, Trump did not lose votes in 2020, he instead gained them, and that came about because people saw that Trump took action to protect America from the virus.  So you can’t go back and change the story now and say that Covid was always a farce from the beginning.  That the reporting was phony, the deadliness was phony; the government tampering drove the story, not the virus itself.  Everything about Covid-19 and the subsequent Delta variants was artificial. Still, even the hardest line conservatives couldn’t say so because the political left had trapped them into answering the false accusation at the start. What’s worse, now that the world has seen how easy it was to manipulate Americans with a false premise, they are going to try it again and again until they are forced to pay for it.  This is a shame because now we will have to work much harder to say no. 

But that’s the game and how we arrived here.  A lot of good intentions were manipulated by some of the most manipulative characters on planet earth for their selfish reasons.  I called them terrorists from the outset.  It was apparent what was happening.  Trump probably knew it, too, as did Sean Hannity.  But it was a trap either way that none of us had seen before.  I mean, who doesn’t want to trust doctors.  Trump did what he does with most things, which Bill Gates figured he would embrace the problem and correct it with enthusiasm, which primarily worked.  But in so doing, they pulled Trump in on the plan, just as in the example of the wife accusing the husband of cheating on her.  She likely knew that he wasn’t cheating. Still, just the accusation gave her power in the relationship. It wasted his time proving how much he loved her by wasting his happiness on answering such a negative question created purely to entrap him either way.  Except for this time, it wasn’t a married couple’s manipulations; it was the nations of the world wanting communism globally.  It wasn’t easy to see initially for a lot of people.  But it’s self-evident now.

Rich Hoffman

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The Ghost of Trump Terrifies Biden’s Administration: It looks scary to the rest of us, but its not us who are haunted by a corrupt past

Trump is Ghosting Biden

I know it’s scary out there; everywhere you look, something looks to becoming unhinged.  The Olympics are a joke, the political class is using Covid cover to hide their vast crimes, and no longer do people trust public education with all the CRT nonsense that is going on.  We can’t trust our sports and entertainment anymore.  We can hardly even talk to our neighbors over neutral topics.  Most of us don’t even know what is happening in our careers from week to week, whether we’ll be shut down by the government and stuffed on the unemployment line, or what kind of appeasement we’ll have to come up with to keep the local health departments from harassing us with newfound powers from the White House controlled CDC.  It’s pretty rough, and people are sincerely scared.  I would compare these days to times in the past, like the Civil War or the Revolution where battles happened, people heard about them, but day to day, things looked normal until the effects of some nearby battle were ushered into their lives.  Such as a railroad line being blown up by the enemy, and suddenly some small town in the middle of Kansas couldn’t get food.  That is something like what we are all experiencing now, except it’s on a global scale, and we see it in things like the Olympics where France beat the men’s basketball team, and Wokeness has grounded the Women’s gymnastic team.  Now you know why these other countries have been promoting these poisons of thought into the United States.  The effect is first apparent in the Olympics.  But less directly, they hope for the same results in politics and business.  Wokeness was meant to cripple us, and it has been the new weapon of our day, and we all feel the effects.

But I say as I always do, never fear; reality is near.  Nearer than the enemies of Americana would like to admit.  It was best demonstrated in the most obvious yet least talked about side-by-side comparison of 2021, the speech that Joe Biden made at the end of July in Cincinnati, and the speech by President Trump in Arizona at the Turning Point USA event there.  When I wrote my book The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, this was a perfect example of what I talk about as being one of the most potent management methods ever created, “ghosting.” Trump was ghosting Biden, which has forced the White House to pull in the tent flaps, turn to Covid to cover their many crimes exposed and hide from Trump’s impact on international politics.  The Biden people and Democrats do not have an answer to what happened between those two speeches, given just a few days apart.  For Biden, he came to Cincinnati for a CNN town hall which the venue struggled to fill enough rows of the auditorium there in Delhi to look decent for television.  The back half of the arena was empty, and it sounded that way on T.V.  The story was that Biden struggled through the event bumbling around with his sentences and sounding like a very old and weak man. 

Trump, on the other hand, at the Turning Point event put on by Charlie Kirk, filled a 10,000-person arena to the rafters, and there were about as many people outside who couldn’t get a ticket.  Trump spoke for well over an hour, sounding tough, robust, and insightful.   He threw red meat to the crowd on election fraud and other conspiracies, all that looks to be coming actually true day by day, leaving NBC apocalyptic by Monday morning.  Trump was supposed to be gone by now, not giving speeches and showing up the President in the White House.  Removing Trump from the White House by all the elements at play, both foreign and domestic, had one major weakness which nobody had factored in.  Such a coup would have worked in other places globally, but nobody had figured it out before they tried it in America.  Leadership does not follow the rules, people either have it, or they don’t, and with Trump ghosting Biden, it was exposing the main problem of the Biden administration.  The Democrats had a guy who was a compromised “yes person,” a supreme bootlicker, and he couldn’t compete with Trump on the world stage, and the bodies in seats show that.  They rejected Biden’s free event on CNN but went to Trump’s event instead.  No matter how much voting fraud occurred to put a win on paper, people knew better, and their bodies in seats were more than a sampling of public sentiment.  It was pretty clear by Monday morning when NBC as a network had their faces melting by the reality that everyone had seen, which their reporting on the matter reflected.

Of course, not much was said about the two speeches.  The conservative media got pulled into the whirlpool of Joe Biden’s stumbling speech.  While the left-leaning press was outraged by Trump’s claims of election fraud and were sincerely concerned that people thought Trump would be re-inserted into the White House any day now.  But that wasn’t why Trump was doing the speech, and actually, that wasn’t the objective of the election fraud investigations that are going on actively outside of Trump’s direct influence.  I believe I said it on day one of opening this Rumble video account that hosts all these videos I now put on these blog postings that Trump could be more potent in Florida than in the cesspool of Washington D.C.  Providing authentic leadership in the form of “ghosting” the propped up President in Biden was the way to defeat all these bad guys who have been up to no good.  And it’s working magnificently.  Shortly after the two speeches were digested, that is when the CDC had to find a cover story for the Beltway politics that was being exposed.  So, they re-imposed the mask mandates for indoor venues.  The Biden White House does not have public support, it’s evident in these public speeches, and they can’t keep getting exposed by Trump, who can show up anywhere at any time and fill up a venue with excited voters. 

We know by now the science of Covid.  The problem with the CDC is they are a political organization, not a group of people following science.  If they wanted to solve Covid, hydroxychloroquine and ultraviolent light management would be part of the conversation.  But what we have in the United States funding by the Fauci-led NIH into the Wuhan lab was flagged by the French as a risk to the world, who has been caught taking a virus not dangerous to humans and modifying it as a Chinese bioweapon.  And they were caught.   And the same group of big government people has been detected in the various election frauds that occurred in the 2020 election.  And people are getting it, and you can see it in crowd participation.   When the rubber hits the road, people did not want Biden, and even when they are given a free ticket and have a chance to be on national television, nobody showed up.  But even for a president that nobody supposedly likes, that was voted out of office; there isn’t a venue in the country that can hold all the interest people have in seeing Trump give the same speech over and over again, to the same Lee Greenwood song, and dancing at the end to YMCA.  For the people in government who have committed all these crimes, this is genuinely terrifying.  They are trying to hide that terror with the Covid emergencies, but the significant risk is whether or not people will take the bait.  And I don’t think they will.  In reality, things are not as scary as they have been made to appear.  But to see things in such a way, you have to see the ghosts and how they terrify the world of the living where the crimes are most exposed. 

Rich Hoffman

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The Great Option of Homeschooling: To see just how bad public schools are, walk the halls of Lakota

Saving Kids by Homeschooling Them

Just to let you know how bad it is, the pictures included here were taken in one of the 22 schools within my school district of Lakota.  As you’ll see, it’s all about Critical Race Theory, all the time with them.  So much so I would consider them a danger to any child.  I would never in a million years send any kid of mine to a public school these days.  If you want to know what’s wrong with public schools, take a walk through the halls of Lakota in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you’ll get a good idea.  I never thought they were any good, but now, they are just horrendous.  Ironically, just as revealing as those pictures were, I had the chance to meet up with some old friends at the Annie Oakley Wild West Show I’ve been involved in for over a few decades.  They have a swarm of kids I’ve watched grow up, and now they are all bloomed.  I only see them once a year, so it has been fascinating watching them grow, and I can only say that they are such intelligent and fully developed kids.  They are super nice kids, very gifted, socially extremely confident.  They don’t have that beat-down look on their faces that most children have these days, 22 and under.  Taking those kids out of the cesspool of public education has been great for them. The results show after looking at those pictures from the walls of Lakota schools, which is reflective of all public schools all over the country, it’s easy to see why parents are upset.  They have a right to be. But at least there is a silver lining I’ve known about but haven’t had much exposure to.  Like the kids I mentioned who have homeschooled their entire lives, more and more parents are taking advantage of that option.  My kids are a few of them, and they were over this week showing me the learning material they have for starting this school year, and I have to say, I was very impressed. 

This is what is in the Halls of Lakota Schools

I remember what it was like; as I told in the story above, public schools have been garbage for decades.  They weren’t very good when I was in school.  They were terrible when my kids were going to school, so much so that we homeschooled for one of their years, and in their last two years, they finished their courses online and graduated at home.  Both of my children graduated early and spent time in Europe learning about the world while their classmates from Lakota were still trying to get a date for the prom.  And as for today, I would say, if you love your children at all, do not send them to the garbage heap that is public school for the life of you.  It’s no accident at Lakota and many other schools that they have started All Day Kindergarten because that is all that government schools are to parents, a free babysitting service ran by radical progressive activists paid for by the taxpayers.  That is why they are also pushing pre-school options because parents have kids, but they need to get back to work.  So they drop their kids off at these government schools to raise because they need the free babysitting, then wonder 12 years later why their kids are all screwed up as young adults.  Well, it doesn’t have to be that way, and my kids love their kids, so they’ve been looking for options, and what they brought me to show me was some of the most wonderful homeschooling material I’ve ever seen.  There was a time when my wife and I homeschooled our kids because the public school at the time, Mason, wanted to teach sex education in the 4th grade by putting a condom on a cucumber.  Well, these were my kids; they were little and were never going to have an opportunity to need to learn to put a condom on a penis.  My kids were going to be little and learning as much as they could as long as I could fight off the evils of the world to let their childhoods be as good as possible.  The school freaked out when my wife and I wouldn’t sign the permission slip, and a fight ensued that got quite bad.  It resulted in us pulling our kids from school and homeschooling for a year, which at that time was one of the hardest things we had ever done.

CRT at Lakota Schools

It wasn’t the education that was hard; it was the social stigma.  I never cared, but it mattered to my wife.  We were in our 30s at the time, and we did not have the support of our parents.  For our parents and society in general, public school was about dances, school jackets, and class rings.  They were the kind of people who went to their class reunions at five and 10-year intervals.  The friends they made in public school lasted a lifetime.  It was like the movie Grease, the school was about friends and memories, and they hated that we were robbing our children of those great things.

They Have Groups for Everything, But American Appreciation at Lakota

Only, school had changed since their days, and they had no idea what was going on.  When the Department of Education was put in place by teacher union lobbying in 1979, I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade at the time.  I was able to watch firsthand how that old view of public education changed into a radical political cesspool controlled by labor unions and their leftist desires.  I hated school more and more each year I was there; it was stifling to creativity and involved too much group think.   By the time my kids went to school, it was worse.  Not in the first few years, but by the time they were trying to push off sex education to 4th graders, it had gotten out of control.  Most of the kids were going home to empty houses from the school’s logic, and the kids were having sex until the parents got home from their jobs.  But that wasn’t fair to the kids who went home to a loving parent or two and had good lives at home.  Those kids didn’t need to be destroyed by such education methods of social rendering at the expense of innocence.  So the only real option was to homeschool them, but back then, when my kids were of that age, there wasn’t great social support. 

The Future is Women, so think of all the Young White Boys, what are they Supposed to do?

Now that has changed, my kids will teach all their kids at home, and all their Instagram friends think it’s great.  Of course, they have parental support from us, but more than that, most of their friends are saying now that they wish they could afford to teach their kids at home instead of sending them to these terrible public schools.  The branding of public schools has gone south over the years.  Most adults who have kids wish they made enough money to either send their kids to private schools or take advantage of the tremendous network of homeschool resources available now.  They feel the same way the rest of us think about public schools, except they don’t have the option of staying home because they have jobs to teach their kids at home.  My kids have built their life around the matter, and I’m proud of them, even more so now that I’ve seen what kind of resources my grandchildren will have to work with. I’ve seen the results of homeschooled children.  Every kid in America should have such a chance at a good education.  But they just aren’t going to get it at these misrun government schools as they are today.  If you love your kid, you will not send them to any of them.  Because if there is anything genuinely equal in this world, it’s that public schools are all equally bad.  If the government runs them, they are terrible for your kid, and you should do everything you can to avoid those places at all costs.      

Rich Hoffman

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Virgin Galactic’s Surrender to Woke Culture: What should have been a great space flight was just a commercial for gay rights and Black Lives Matters

Traveling to Space turned out to be more about Gay Rights

For anyone who has read my work here going well back into the past, they will remember that I have been an advocate for Virgin Galactic’s desire to create space tourism as long as they have been trying.  It was a sad day in 2014 when the company had a crash, and a test pilot was killed, which set back the company for many years as regulatory burdens followed, and it looked for a while that the endeavor might never get off the ground.  Now I know people will say that I’m not sensitive to the test pilot’s family and that there are more important things in life than going to space.   Well, no, there isn’t.  I have in my new book The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business a whole chapter dedicated to the “Tyranny of Safety,” which covers the extraordinary costs of regulatory burdens that are imposed on all capitalist endeavors.  Pilots like that nice fellow who was killed understand these things.  If they die in the process of doing something big and bold, they are usually pretty good with it.  Especially if it’s something important like commercializing space.  If our civilization is ever going to get out of its static mode for which it currently suffers, we have to stop crying over every little death that happens to someone, whether it’s Covid or a test pilot for a space program.  Some things are worth dying over, and adventure and innovation are a few of them.  We must always keep in mind the big picture. 

However, Virgin Galactic, like a lot of modern companies with tremendous assets, has turned to Woke culture to appease the mobs of progressivism.  It’s an old story that many are just waking up to.  Corporations controlled by radical mobs and the CEO’s position to appease those mobs through risk mitigation because they desire to keep the squeaky wheels quiet are a real problem.  That type of mentality made viewing the Virgin Galactic space flight a miserable experience because of all the Woke sponsors.  Woke politics were on full display to keep the mud chucking liberals from losing their minds as civilization took bold steps toward space travel.  I say mud chuckers because I always think of the Woodstock music festival that took place a month after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon for reference.  It displays all too accurately the political divides we see today.   You essentially have half the nation who wants to cleave to mother earth and the safety of the home planet retreating to tribal primitivism.  Then, the other half want to explore and leave the nest to see what adventures are out there.  Those sentiments are reflected in our current political parties of Democrats and Republicans and represent the gulf between them unworkable.  There is no compromise when the general philosophies are that far apart. 

As a CEO and a generally liberal guy from England, Richard Branson is trying to bring all those soft types along for the ride, which ruins it for the rest of us.  Watching that space flight that day with the ridiculous NBC coverage with Stephen Colbert, one of the biggest Trump haters on planet earth as the host, was sickening.  And the stupid music.  The constant talk about gay rainbows and Black Lives Matters.  It was insulting, and they knew it.  They figure people like us on the conservative side of things, the people who still are willing to challenge death to develop space, who aren’t hiding under the covers due to Covid, will put up with such insults.  We aren’t the ones who will boycott Virgin if we don’t get our way.  But the gays, the BLM Marxists, and the other lunatics from the left will, so the programming was steered entirely to them.  What could have been a fun day of enjoying a major technical breakthrough ended up being a progressive gay rights parade and a reminder of everything that divides us.  Instead of space being a great unifier, it was used to illustrate the differences, which is a shame. 

The worst part was the Virgin Galactic sales pitch for why we should be going to space.  Their reasoning was to go up and look back at the earth and appreciate the need to protect it, turning the whole experience into a Green New Deal justification.  But reality says that humans are meant to escape earth and to migrate into space to survive as a species since there is a shelf life on earth that could blow at any moment.  We don’t go to space to save the earth.  We go to space to get away from earth before it’s not there anymore.  That is a devastating message for those who have built a religion out of earth worship and have replaced God with the goddess Mother Earth.  They picked a deity with a terminal shelf life, and if humans attach themselves to that shelf life, they will be destroyed with the planet whether it happens next month or several million years down the road.  People who have not come to grips with this issue have problems they need to fix psychologically.  They don’t have the right to doom the rest of us with their silly insecurities.  But rather than try to sell the advantages of space to them, Virgin Galactic and the media coverage pandered to them at the expense of the rest of us, and it was disgusting. 

Virgin Galactic and Richard Branson did a remarkable job of getting civilian space flight started commercially.  But what is sad is that, like many things these days, Woke culture is ruining everything with political opinions that are not only not mainstream but have the effect of a screaming child afraid of the dark.  Space travel is adventurous.  It’s dangerous.  It’s not for timid babies, and that’s all we saw from the coverage of Virgin Galactic’s great space triumph.  Some of that is to make space seem worthy to those types of people.  But it won’t work.  The only thing that will work is peer pressure when adventurous daredevils go to space first, then show all those timid types that space can be relatively safe.  Then they will go and won’t try to stand in the way of progress.  But you won’t win them over by talking about anal sex and waving rainbow flags.  They will go to space when it’s cool, and not before then.  Watering down an otherwise great corporation with Wokeness only weakened the message and took what could have been a big boom and turned it into Pee Wee’s Playhouse.  It ruined my decade of anticipation that was sold as a big firework that turned out to be a silly sparkler that went out as fast as ignited.  And it was a reminder of all the things I hate about progressivism and those people who cling to earth like some spoiled brat kid afraid of being away from their mommies longer than 2 minutes.  After all, liberalism is fear and adhering to safety and security so that the world doesn’t judge them too harshly for their timidity.  They use safety as the excuse to hide behind their fears as justification for their lack of effort and bravery.  And instead of showing them the way to adventure, Virgin Galactic appealed to their insecurities and allowed them to hide under the covers for a bit longer.

Rich Hoffman

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