The Lofty Expectations of the Ohio Statehouse: Senator George Lang is a politician it can be proud of

It was a great treat for me to get a day to visit the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to see a good friend of mine, Senator George Lang. It was good for me to put things in perspective as some of the issues of the hour are intense and changing by the minute. The Ohio Statehouse is a grand vestige dedicated to a republic form of government, and it was built with love and ambition. I think all statehouses try to do the same thing. The Ohio Statehouse is a special place dedicated to intelligence, study, and the difficulties of a republic that spans thousands of years in the past. It’s a place of ambition and hope reflected in the Greek architecture, the various marble ornaments, and symbolic statues. Whenever I go there, I am reminded that much of the hard work that is done in politics, even when it often falls so short of expectations, is worth the effort. Even when people complain about the cesspool of politics and the corrosive elements of lobbyists, I see the work that goes on in places like the Ohio Statehouse as the best that there is in the world. I’ve been to the Parliament in London and other places where the work of politics is done, and I see the purity of the Ohio Statehouse as something special, unique. I am possessive that it exists to do the work all people in Ohio need done. Even if people disagree on what that work is, the place is there to make sure it has a chance to happen. 

Another friend of mine took a picture of me on the House floor, and that’s what I was thinking. I don’t usually get sentimental about those types of things, but I had just had a good meeting with Senator Lang with the door closed. I was very happy to hear what he was working on. But more than that, I saw the same eyes alive and well within him that I have known for many years as he was one of the original members of the West Chester Tea Party. George is still that same person who gives out copies of Atlas Shrugged at Christmas and believes in small government, fiscal responsibility, and a business-first political strategy which is the key to all wealth-building in any culture. George Lang is a good person, a very good person. And as I was thinking about the Ohio Statehouse and all its ambitions, most of the time, we resent politics because we give politicians all these great tools to work with, like the Ohio Statehouse.   Most of the time, the people we send to the congress and senate fall short of our expectations, leading to perpetual disappointment. But George Lang is one of those exceptions. He actually lives up to the lofty expectations. The building seems to have been built specifically for people like him.

I say all those nice things because I had an extended chance to watch him work with other members of the House and Senate. And to interact with Governor DeWine. George is friendly, engaging; he’s a great salesman. But while he is doing all those things, he’s also guarded and measured. He’s a hard nut to crack for a lobbyist because it’s hard to tell where to get a hook into him. What is the vice of George Lang? What makes him tick? Where is he vulnerable? It’s one thing to be sociable and even polite. George has been involved in Columbus politics for many years now. When our schedules match up, I speak to him quite a bit here and there, but he’s a busy guy. So, to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect in his office with the door closed and talking about the business that needs to happen for the state. To talk about the upcoming primaries, his Business First Caucus, politics back home in Butler County, Ohio. But what I found was a person who loves doing a good job, that had not been swept away by any trace of corruption, and the same wide-eyed person I have known since he was a trustee in West Chester. And with all that has been going on, where the world presents us with disappointments at every juncture, especially in politics, that was refreshing. 

In that House chamber and its lofty contents, it was apparent that most of the members went to Columbus with big goals and that they were getting swept away by the ornate atmosphere. Just before that photograph, I had just heard from a politician who wanted me to know how smart he was and that he was reviewing the legal complications of a land purchase for a solar farm, filled with all kinds of rancid ESG requirements that he thought were great. He was a guy who had been chewed up and spit out of the meat grinder, and I could see that the chamber walls were almost ashamed of him. He did not live up to the expectations. But those big stone walls and finely carved woodwork would see many more like him over the years, as they had. But when George was in that room, the actual chamber seemed happy. There was a person worthy of the Statehouse. There was someone who would do the work and, when done, dash off to his wife and grown children at every opportunity. And I think that is the secret to George Lang working there. The Statehouse was built for people like him, who love their country, their state, and their communities, but more than anything, their families. When the rubber hits the road, that’s how he has managed to survive Columbus and live up to the lofty expectations that come with business there. 

It wasn’t just because I like George. Governor DeWine was walking around shaking hands and taking pictures. Most everyone he interacted with couldn’t wait to lick the shoes of DeWine and pander to him for the powerful seat he sat in. Those same people might badmouth DeWine the minute they were away from him, but when shaking hands and taking pictures, they were like little girls at a pop-rock concert backstage. Power was a seductive force, and they were undoubtedly under its influence when around the Governor. But not George Lang. While respectful, he stayed very true to himself and represented his district exceptionally well. And it wasn’t an act. I wasn’t always somewhere that George could see me. It was just how he was, and I was proud of him. It gave me hope that all the hard work in preserving our republic, first at the state level, then at the federal level, was worth it. That day at the Statehouse is how it’s supposed to be in politics. It’s an example of how to do it right. We build the temples to a republic that has taken us thousands of years to perfect. And our government in Ohio is supposed to be contentious. It’s not supposed to be a fraternity of consensus builders. The Statehouse was built to debate and flush out the best and brightest ideas from the weakest. And over the many decades that the Ohio Statehouse has been there, it has suffered many disappointments in the elected representatives who have gone there to do our work. But George Lang isn’t one of them. If the Statehouse could smile, it surely would when George walks into a room, for that is the reason the place exists.

Rich Hoffman

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The Best Thing I Received for Christmas: Todd Minniear in Liberty Township

I Got Todd Minniear for Christmas

Another question that comes up always after Christmas, mainly out of obligations of small talk, is what did you get for Christmas?  Was it all worth it?  Did you have a good Holiday?  Well, for me, this year, I did have a great Holiday.  But it wasn’t just family gift exchanges that I enjoyed.  Just a few days before Christmas, at the Liberty Township Building just down the road from my house, Todd Minniear was sworn in as my next trustee, one of three.  He is the product of a series of off-year elections where constitutional conservatives were targeted for election to either replace liberals or offer a more conservative candidate aside from the ones traditionally provided.  For me, it was quite a nice Christmas present to have Todd give me a call and invite me to his swearing-in, which I went to and was greeted there with a kind of class reunion from the various campaigns of 2021, and it was nice to see all that hard work come to some positive culmination.  I say it all the time, if you want a good government, then put good people in it. Don’t just sit on the couch and hope things work out alright.  Either run yourself for an office locally or support someone who wants to.  After the Trump presidency, that was certainly my story where obvious political shenanigans to remove him from office took place.   The audacious behavior of the national establishment is something I’ve seen plenty of times locally, over thirty years.  And the election of Todd Minniear, a constitutional and freedom-minded purist, was a significant achievement in my community and was a sign of things to come nationally. 

Another thing I say all the time to just about everyone I speak with is, “don’t be a victim.” Never allow yourself to be a victim in the story of your own life.  Those people we put into elected positions in our republic are never supposed to be our “betters” or some useless member of an aristocracy.  They are there to represent us.  But that’s not the way the political class views that relationship.  Often, they get into public office for the attention of it and the power that follows by having their hands on the levers of rules and regulations that govern our lives.  In the case of a local trustee, the question is often, “can I build a new pole barn on my property to hold my classic car.” The politicians usually will reply, “but think about the lowered property values of the community.  They don’t need to be penalized because you want to protect some gas-guzzling old car that should be on the junk heap, according to the United Nations.” They don’t say that they often work to protect the interests of those who give them campaign donations to keep them in power instead of representing all the community’s people all the time. I’ve been involved in politics in some way or another all of my adult life, and I have seen all the kinds of corruption that can come out of it, all the ugly stuff.  And I understand entirely how that corruption comes about and how to fix it.  The solution is to follow the Constitution of the nation and our state.  If everyone did that, things would work pretty well.  When politicians get away from the constitutions and bring their personal desires or biases to an issue, that’s where corruption starts.  

I don’t think any politician gets into a public office with the idea of becoming corrupt.  They get that way because they lose their way while solving problems.  Corruption starts to eat away from them once they get off the constitutional script.  For instance, I have several very close personal friends who are politicians.  People like George Lang. I’ve known George for a long time since he was a trustee in West Chester, well over a decade ago.  We bonded over Tea Party ideas of small government and the novel by Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.  George has a habit of giving that novel out as a Christmas present at Christmas time.  He believes in the ideas in every aspect of his life.  Even though now he is an establishment figure, he is still the same person.

Because he is a big-time senator within the state, many people assume that politics has made him corrupt.  But I know personally, it hasn’t changed him at all. He’s still the same Atlas Shrugged-giving guy.  We might remember when Paul Ryan was also an Atlas Shrugged fan, but when Mitt Romney wanted him to be his VP, all that Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand stuff was tossed away so that they could become the next power player in congress, eventually becoming Speaker of the House.  Some people can handle the pressure of public scrutiny, and some can’t.  George can; Paul Ryan couldn’t.  Power has a way of altering people into the most profound things in their hearts.  George, for instance, at this Todd Minniear event, was pressed about several projects that involved tax money distribution.  His answer was a classic George Lang line, and he didn’t just say it because I was there.  It’s what he says all the time to everyone, “don’t give the government or me any more tax money. We’ll just spend it.  Keep your money. Our job is to take the barriers out of your way to living a good life.” 

I’ve watched several good politicians like George Lang get elected into more and more positions over the years.  And at that Todd Minniear swearing-in, several of our Lakota school board members newly elected were there as well, more parts of a future solution.  Locally, I’ve always looked to West Chester to ensure more small-government ideas found their way to the trustees.  My friend Mark Welch and others there have done a great job of keeping the government’s small and business engagement very high.  It is the model of what should be happening all over Ohio.  And if we can primary Mike DeWine as governor of Ohio and replace him with Jim Renacci, we’ll be able to do great things in Ohio.  But Liberty Township is where I live, and the trustees there have always been Republican, but more of the Paul Ryan type, and not so much that of George Lang.  At the start of the election in 2021, I didn’t think a freedom candidate like Todd Minniear could find his way on a Republican Party that was still much more like the Republican Party nationally of 2012 and not so much like the Trump Republican Party of 2020.  But Todd won with a solid majority, and he had a tremendous amount of people show up to support him, which is unusual at these kinds of events.  And as I stood there watching Jennifer Gross, our member of the Ohio House, swear in Todd, I could see where our country was headed.  And it made me very happy to see.  All the hard work that goes into these kinds of things was certainly worth it.  For those wondering about it, I would say that doing such things is some of the best Christmas presents you could give yourself.  Often there isn’t much personal satisfaction in politics but putting the right people in the correct positions at the right time through a vote is one of the most rewarding things anybody can do in a healthy republic.  And in Liberty Township for Christmas of 2021, I can say that seeing Todd Minniear sworn in for public office was the highlight of my Holiday season. 

Rich Hoffman

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Thank Goodness for Jennifer Gross’ H.B. 248: Fighting Joe Biden’s Vaccine Mandates

It’s the question everyone who has a job or employs people are asking.  What are they supposed to do about the Biden executive order that makes government workers, contractors, or any business with more than 100 people mandating that everyone get vaccinations?  Worse even than that, it is how Biden’s plan pawns off all the work onto human resource departments to do their dirty work by using OHSA as an enforcement agency.  So now, several days after the initial executive order notification, most of the political commentary has reacted to how audacious the order was, how un-constitutional, how incredibly tyrannical it was.  But few have broken down the path to solving the problem which businesses and people want to know.  There are quite a few people indifferent to the vaccination, they don’t like hearing the government ordering people around, but they have the vaccination and are indifferent to the order.  Many people, a high percentage of most workforces, 10% to 20%, aren’t going to get the vaccination and would go to war with the government if any attempt at coercion is attempted.  It’s one thing for an out-of-touch communist-driven Biden administration to write some order on a piece of paper and give a little speech about it.  Doing it is quite something else, and it appears that Biden and his handlers want to provoke violence from that demographic.  They are almost asking for it.  So, what are any of us to do about it?  Here I offer some thoughts and direction that will help, especially relevant to the state I live in, Ohio.

As I said in the video above, I had a chance to talk to many people from the time I wrote this to when Biden made his announcement on Thursday, September 9th.  In that video, I mentioned the Ohio Attorney General David Yost was joining several other states in a lawsuit against the Biden administration over the executive order. Still, I was thinking of a talk I had in the presence of the Secretary of State Frank LaRose and was surprised how unified the state Republicans were against Biden.  Even DeWine was not supportive, which given the political situation, he doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room anyway.  But what was encouraging was that several direct actions were already hot in the statehouse to protect the people of Ohio from a mandatory vaccination and businesses from being imposed to do the work that the federal government couldn’t with forced compliance.  Hanging OSHA out to dry the way that Biden had, it was evident by the people I spoke to that the legal hurdles were ominous against the executive order, especially with the flow down of official procedures that OHSA would have to use to measure any compliance.  For instance, companies who deal with routine ISO audits understand how complex these things can be, and for OSHA, Biden had just signed them up for a nightmare that likely would never get settled between the White House and the agency itself. 

Aside from months and months of red tape in defining what OSHA would be doing as a compliance officer of forced vaccinations, Jennifer Gross, the House rep from my district, already had House Bill 248 cooking on the stove.  That bill is a total ban on forced vaccinations in Ohio.  There are some amendments that are needed, and the House has some idea how to get them applied to make everyone somewhat happy.  Thank goodness Jennifer had that process already started so that passage can be accelerated to match the language of this recent executive order.  That is the first path to providing exemptions that will further complicate what Biden’s people want to do with forced compliance.  From my understanding of the amendments, it will essentially give the people who presently don’t want to get the jab a means to preserve that right.  The trick is in getting businesses off the hook in doing the dirty work of government compliance.  There is also a Vaccine Nullification bill moving through the Senate that will go even deeper, especially now that the executive order’s language is known.  George Lang has been working on this one. It will further provide protections for businesses in Ohio to separate them from the burden of forced work demanded by the federal government onto businesses who don’t have such work as part of their business model, such as the obligatory testing requirement.  Who does that and keeps up with it, an already taxed human resource department?  Things like that will emerge as the legalisms get applied that the Biden administration either didn’t think of, or they hoped that businesses would jump offsides off a hard count.  I think they knew this executive order wasn’t going to fly, but they tried to spook Americans into jumping anyway. 

All those mechanisms will be working in the background for the next several months, but I offer a more direct path to push back on.  I thought of the idea while speaking with Josh Mandel at a GOP event.  We were both in line to get some food, and they had run out of green beans, so we had a moment to chat about this topic. He’s running for the Rob Portman Senate seat, so I was surprised how much he was willing to make the election fraud that went against President Trump a campaign issue.  I was impressed with his ability to speak about it clearly and with conviction.  It’s something that more and more establishment GOP types have been willing to discuss openly.  Mandel might take that establishment tag personally, but he has been in some respectable GOP seats. He is running for the Senate, so it’s like I say, eventually, when you throw rocks, you win and find yourself in the establishment.  And that is precisely what’s happening with the admission of election fraud in the 2020 election.  Fox News might be afraid of lawsuits from Dominion for even discussing the possibility of election fraud.  Mitch McConnell may not want to shake up the system that has enriched him so much to take a moral stand against fraud even though it’s obvious and in front of our face.  But the trend among current officeholders now that they’ve seen the information coming out of Maricopa County in Arizona and Fulton County, Georgia, was that there was enough fraud to overturn the election, so the effort is picking up steam, politically.  Much more so now than there was eight or nine months ago.  And in another year, election fraud will be the talk of everyone. That’s where all this is headed, and the smart money knows it.

So rather than attacking Biden’s unconstitutionality with the forced vaccine mandates, and other terrors he has been a part of in such a short period, the best way to hit Biden, where he and the Democrats are weakest, is with election fraud.  They can’t defend election fraud, and many of them are guilty of being a part of it, even if they only have third-person knowledge and didn’t ask questions about the matter, hoping to benefit from the chaos.  By all accounts, we will find out that Biden should never have been president.  We will question everything he ever did while in the White House.  Yes, it will be a legal mess, but mixed in with this forced vaccination issue.  If you want to beat Biden on his audacity with the forced vaccine mandates, then the way to hit him and the Democrats, in general, is not to take the eye of the ball of election fraud.  I think they are trying to hide anyway because there is lots of evidence of election fraud.  The media is still making fun of the premise that Arizona and other states are exploring the idea of decertifying their elections.  For many in the establishment, this is an incomprehensible idea.  Yet, it is gaining steam.  The report that will come out of Arizona soon will make the case, and several states are talking about following them.  This won’t be laughable when Josh Mandel and the other senate candidates have their election.  It will be everyday talk.  So, we might as well start that process now and hit the Biden people where it hurts most.  Not so much in what latest unconstitutional imposition they throw at us, but in what they are trying desperately to hide.  Because that is where they are most vulnerable.

Rich Hoffman

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Matt Huffman Understands Good Government: Conflict is critical to a properly run republic

People like the Title to my New Book, for good reason

First, I have to say that I appreciate all the kind words I’ve received over the title of my new book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business.  As I said in the video above, they have been whispering to me their enjoyment, almost as if they were afraid to say it in public because the word “gun” is in it.  Yet, that is entirely on purpose.  A lot in The Gunfighter’s Guide will challenge previous assumptions, the most of which is the nature of conflict in business and why we as a culture need to embrace that conflict more as we have in years past.  For a long time now, where we have been going has led to so much corruption because the value systems have not been on success, but in getting along.  Strangely enough, I was at an event with Matt Huffman, the President of the Ohio Senate, and he gave an excellent speech that displayed his understanding of this very need for conflict in any civil exchange.  Politics is a blood sport and was always intended as such.  They fight so that we don’t have to in general society.  But this is also the expectation in business as well.  If there isn’t conflict in a discussion, then why have the conversation.  All the consensus-building efforts that we have seen coming out of our academia are out of step with the American way of doing things.  It’s like telling us that American football shouldn’t be about putting on pads and hitting the other guy as hard as you can to stop them from scoring a touchdown, but that we should all play flag football, and that scoring isn’t all that important.  The title of my book evokes a truth that many people understand, and I appreciate that this early in the process, people already understand the need for a philosophic presentation of this very American concept.

Matt Huffman has done great in Ohio as President of the Senate

I had wanted to tell Senator Huffman how proud I was of him and the Ohio Senate in general for passage of Senate Bill 22, which took away Governor DeWine’s health directives over Covid-19 and future overreaches with legislative control.  If Huffman, George Lang, Terry Johnston, and much of the senate body had not moved to pass S.B. 22, Ohio would have been impeded by the recent Biden push for mass closures and mask mandates over the recent Delta Variant.  I thought it was a big deal when the Senate did what they did, and the House followed quickly.  DeWine had cut the entire legislature out of any covid protocols allowing the Governor to become a ruthless dictator over rights of health decisions which put white coat bureaucrats entirely in charge of all our lives.  And it went on for way too long, essentially because nobody wanted to have a conflict with the Governor.  Yet nightly at the Ohio capital, on other things, there were riots and vandalism over social causes that nobody wanted to deal with, and times were looking very bleak.  Trump was being pushed out of office by a group of radicals who were not afraid of conflict. Conservatives were not being met in the same fashion, allowing activists to roll over logic and goodness without fear of reprisal.   You might remember around Christmas of 2020 going into 2021 when I mentioned that Matt Huffman might be the next president of the Senate and that Governor DeWine’s powers would finally be quelled after a year of behaving like a complete tyrant off the rails and out of control. That’s what happened, Huffman was sworn in during the early months of 2021, and he went right to work doing what the legislature had been hoping to do for a long time, stand up to DeWine and return Ohio to civility with a proper government. 

Huffman told his story a bit of how contentious it was standing up to Governor DeWine, who did not want a fellow Republican senate to override his veto of S.B. 22.  DeWine tried to use the necessity of a single point of action to manage emergencies, which was always part of the poison pill of Covid-19.  It was presented as beyond legislative control where the Dr. Fauci types would manage our lives instead of our elected government because of an emergency health crisis.  But our constitutions do not indicate that liberty and freedom are only temporary factors of our daily life.  Even during an emergency such as tornado impacts, hurricanes, or health crises, all people still have their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  And sometimes, we have to fight to maintain those rights.  This is what Huffman, Lang, and the rest of the Senate did when they told Mike DeWine to pound sand and suck it up.  They were going to override the Governor’s veto and take away his health directives.  DeWine had abused his power, and he needed a slap down.  It was an example of how proper government should look. It was the suitable alternative to open warfare with people storming the capital to retake their rights over the Covid restrictions.  In every state, the House and Senate must fight like that on our behalf, and in Ohio, it happened.  Fighting is not a bad thing.  When fighting turns to permanent damage, that’s another story, but people who enter the bloodsport of politics should understand that’s the nature of the game.

That is, after all, the theme of my book and why people are saying under their breath that they like the title so much.  It alludes to the American understanding that conflict is at the heart of our “republic.” When the law wasn’t present in times past of western expansion, the gunfighter’s brought some form of order to those far-flung regions.  Many people were killed in cold blood and drunken violence, but the presence of conflict was the first foundation for law and order.  If someone did something to someone, the threat of a gunfight was a genuine menace, and people thought twice about it.  And if they were caught killing in cold blood, the community often hung people right there on the spot, killing them.  Many times, innocent people were hung.  But people did think twice before engaging in destructive behavior because people were not afraid of conflict as they are today.  In so many ways, you have to look at our academic approach to conflict during the last century and question whether or not we have all been poisoned with the pill of globalism so that our republic would fall under those same conditions.  So it is certainly my goal with The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business to resurrect the sentiment that conflict is good and healthy for maintaining a proper republic.  Not necessarily with violence, but in how Matt Huffman, George Lang, and others did with S.B. 22 in 2021, which has saved Ohio from a tyrannical Biden administration looking for ground cover for their many scandals.  Without the conflict with DeWine, Ohio would still be imprisoned by the white coats of bureaucracy.  It seems rare these days to see such conflict and courage, but it does happen; there are Matt Huffman’s out there who understand good government and utilize it to the proper effect.  And people understand that in my title, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, something important has been missing in our business and political cultures that need to be dusted off and resurrected to full effect.  And then, and only then, is when America is back and will sustain itself for the world well into the future.   

Rich Hoffman

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Vote For Mark Welch: Shooting guns, solving problems and making the world a better place

Vote for Mark Welch

If West Chester wasn’t one of the best places in the world which demonstrates what small government looks like and how much prosperity can occur when proper management at the level of government is applied, I can’t imagine what it would be.  West Chester, Ohio, has the population density to make it a city, but over the years, it has stayed small, where just Trustees run the community’s needs, and it has flourished.  What started as a kind of Tea Party dream, with two members getting elected to the Board of Trustees and applying fiscal responsibility and limited government concepts to the day-to-day business, George Lang and Mark Welch, West Chester has been proof of what good government looks like.  Even during the government-induced pandemic over coronavirus.  Even as many businesses struggled to stay open all across the country or find employees to fill their vacancies, West Chester has managed to see astonishing growth in some ways.  Much of that points back at the policy set by the conservative trustees who have been running things in West Chester for over a decade.  Lowering the cost of doing business, reducing bureaucracy so that things can happen, West Chester would be, for me, the example of what good governments everywhere in the world should look like.  When we debate about government so much, we could always offer West Chester an example of where the government goes right.   

A lot of that credit goes to Mark Welch, who has been with the trustees in West Chester for a while now, a few terms. He’s been that critical second vote when George Lang set the stage for much of West Chester’s success.  Then as George moved on to a position in the Senate, Mark carried the torch for the next generation and continued the policies that made West Chester wonderful.  Mark has been great at the significant and minor issues, so much so that often you never even hear about the things he is doing.  I often say, especially in management positions, that if you are good people won’t even know you are there doing a good job.  Its when managers in government make themselves part of the story that things start going wrong.  Then, the more people you add to a process, the worse it gets.  And thus, that’s how you get a bad government.  The federal government that we are always talking about is just such an example.  It’s big, nobody takes responsibility for anything, and they always make themselves part of the story on everything.  Their goals are usually to make themselves known by looting off the efforts of others, while Mark has always been a facilitator of other people’s dreams and needs.  He doesn’t get in the way of some big project that wants to come into West Chester.  Instead, he finds a way to get rid of the obstacles so that something new could be born.  Whether the project is a significant new company or a hot new entertainment venue, West Chester has thrived because Mark and other conservatives have created an environment where productive output wasn’t penalized but rather encouraged. I’ve been all over the United States, and you’d be hard-pressed anywhere to see four highway exits that are better than the ones in West Chester with a diversity of options, per capita income, and future opportunities.

Shooting with Mark Welch

Mark Welch is up for re-election this year, which he should have no problem with.  But for many of the new residents of West Chester who don’t hear much drama from their trustees, especially with a community with such a high population density, they wouldn’t know about it because the government isn’t in their face about every little thing.  Yet I think it would only be wise to pull back the curtain a bit and share with everyone what I know of Mark Welch, a guy who goes shooting with me often at Premier in West Chester, a great gun range at Port Union off RT 747.  Included here are a few video clips of our last trip just to let people be a bit of a fly on the wall.  I go to Premier often to shoot various guns and to blow off some steam.  I enjoy almost everything in West Chester, from the steaks at Jags to the fine dining and shopping options at Voice of America.  And I love Voice of America Park, another great story that we could write books about.  But commercially, I spend most of my time at Premier, and often Mark is there too where we manage stress at the gun range and often contemplate the origin of the universe.  The other day, it occurred to me that people don’t get to see that side of Mark, and they should because it’s what makes him unique in government. 

When Premier Shooting first opened, Mark and I were there for the grand tour, which was very special.  To have a classy gun range in such an elegant town with so many business and residential options was such a treat, and we’ve enjoyed it now for several years.  They have added a nice walking trail around the big fishing lake and turned the whole property into a country club setting that is great for escaping from business during a lunch break. That’s how I use Premier Shooting as a place of stress management.  And now, primarily because of the policies Mark has nurtured and a small government approach, Harley Davidson is building a new superstore next to Premier.  Adding this business to the rest of the options in that area is an incredible achievement. It is just another example of what can be done when the government doesn’t make itself the story but gets out of the way.  Mark likes to see new things being built as much as I do, but he’s as far away from the type of intrusive politician who always wants to stick their nose in everyone’s business.  That is precisely why Harley Davidson is building such a large store that will be a great gift to the community. 

Shooting the Colt .45

Talking to Mark the other day while we were up at Premier shooting the guns in the videos shown here, we talked about the new Harley Davidson store as we watched an excavation team work machinery leveling the site for a foundation.  Mark was like a kid brimming with excitement at what such a place would mean, and I sort of thought for a moment how unusual it was for a politician to have that kind of attitude. I’ve been around many politicians over the years who would look at a situation like that and find some way to insert themselves into the story and try to take credit for all Harley Davidson’s efforts.  But not Mark.  In an actual small government, conservative fashion, he likes seeing things happen.  If he can help them along, he’s happy to do it.  Yet, it never crosses his mind to loot off the efforts of others.  He wants to help make things happen, which is one of the premier ways in which West Chester has remained one of the best places to live in the world, even as economic downturns have hurt communities elsewhere.  West Chester is lucky to have Mark Welch.  But to Mark’s mind, he truly wants what is best for West Chester in the ways good management always does, by getting out of the way of those who make things happen in the world.

Rich Hoffman

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George Lang’s House Bill 242 Passes: Make him a senator so he can do so much more!

It has made news all over the country as its only the second state in America to do such a thing, but as this election comes to a close understand that it was Representative George Lang who sponsored House Bill 242 along with Don Jones.  Below is the press release from George.  Its good to see some positive things happening in Columbus, Ohio in spite of a rough 2020 to help businesses get back to action once again.

 

COLUMBUS – State Rep. George Lang (R-West Chester) today announced that Governor DeWine has signed House Bill 242 into law. The bill prohibits local governments from imposing taxes and fees on the sale, use, or consumption of auxiliary containers for 12 months. 

“Ohio businesses need stability as our economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lang, who attended a virtual bill signing this afternoon. “I’m proud to have sponsored this legislation that will protect our state’s businesses and families from unnecessary taxes and fees.”

Under the bill, auxiliary containers are considered single-use or reusable packaging designed to transport food, beverages, and other merchandise from a restaurant, grocery store, or other retail establishment.

“Many businesses have utilized single-use containers in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and this bill will ensure these health and safety measures can continue,” added Lang.

The legislation is supported by the Ohio Grocers Association, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and Ohio Chemistry Technology Council.

H.B. 242 also clarifies that existing law prohibiting the improper deposit of litter applies to auxiliary containers under the state anti-littering law.

The bill will take effect after 90 days.

http://ohiohouse.gov/george-f-lang/press/bill-temporarily-banning-local-fees-on-plastic-bags-signed-into-law

George Lang is well poised to be the next senator in Ohio for the 4th district.  He’s a great person for that job but take nothing for granted.  Make sure to vote for him by November 3rd.  Earlier if you can make it.  But make sure to do so!

Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior

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George Lang Gets an “A” with the NRA: The kind of world the Democrats want–a world without guns being run by Marxists

It is always a good day when my National Rifle Association’s magazine “American Rifleman” arrives in the mail.  I still do a traditional magazine with my membership to one of the best organizations that you can be in, a member of the NRA.  I never get tired of reading them and going through them cover to cover the moment they arrive.  At this point in my life the articles about guns and new gun reviews are interesting, but I find the legislative information much more compelling.  The NRA does a good job of governing politics and legal challenges to the 2nd Amendment, especially at election time, which this particular issue was all about.  And sure enough, the NRA knew I was an Ohio resident and they had a nice little score card so that voters in Ohio would know who was good with the NRA and who wasn’t and of course my eye caught George Lang’s name quickly as I was reading.  Of course, George Lang is a person I talk about a lot, he’s not only running for the 4th Senate Seat in Ohio, but he’s a really good guy whom I’ve known for a long time.  His rival, Kathy Wyenandt is a former school levy supporter for the Lakota school system, and we all know what a mess that situation is in.  By looking at that report card you can tell a lot about the upcoming election, and as they always do, the NRA captures that information for potential voters to make decisions with, and they do their part to keep our republic alive and running.

It doesn’t surprise me that George Lang has an A from the NRA.  He has been a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment for as long as I’ve known him, which is now going into its second decade.  I can attest to his enthusiasm for the rule of law and how he understands that guns are the central elements of a free society.  He and I meet often to go shooting just to relax and get away from the pressures of daily life, and he is a great shooter.  He works with some of my big guns like a true pro, including my Smith & Wesson .500 magnum and my .50 caliber Desert Eagle which is my carry gun.  He works with them as if they were just little .22 pistols which is always refreshing to me.  Sometimes other people show up for our shooting excursions, but a lot of the time its just George Lang who comes and displays a real love for a great American pastime, a little time on the range and some friendly conversation always with a top class emphasis.  He and I have done that kind of thing for years, but especially during the Covid-19 drama of 2020 when the pressure was greatest for society to collapse altogether did he really show what kind of person he was by never buckling and staying close to the American spirit by continuing to come to the range to shoot some of the big guns and relish in the elements of those meetings.  I can say that George Lang is top class because I’ve seen him often especially when things in the world were less than optimal, and his leadership is as stable as his hands can shoot straight—literally.

If there was ever clearer evidence at what kind of America Republicans want and how Democrats envision their point of view, that NRA scorecard tells the story.  Generally speaking, Republicans do well on the NRA report card, and Democrats are terrible. Not all Democrats do bad however, there are a few on the list that have Bs, but generally speaking, most Democrats get an F, specifically Kathy Wyenandt who is running against George Lang for the 4 District Senate Seat.  Now I know her too a bit, not nearly as well as George, but I’ve come to know her over the last several years as the school levy issues at Lakota have been off the front burner.  She’s a nice person, engaging, speaks well, but its quickly obvious that she has a lot to learn in life.  Her most obvious political attribute is that she helped win the 2013 Lakota levy after three times in trying and it was the first one that I wasn’t the vocal spokesman talking to the media.  Area Republicans got caught playing an early version of the “WOKE” game on that one and Sheriff Jones stepped in that year to support the levy which Lakota made a deal with him to hire resource officers, and the levy won by less than 1% of a margin.  Hardly a big convincing victory, but that is the kind of political experience Kathy is bringing to her campaign, and among Ohio Democrats, they consider her to be one of their best.  So they are in a pretty miserable situation.

The NRA scorecard tells the story pretty well if you understand what you are looking at.  Such as in Kathy’s case, she has an F with the NRA, but she is “pro education” with her work at Lakota as her calling card.  Well, in 2020 people learned what being “pro education” has always meant, which I’ve been talking about for longer than I’ve known George—it means pro Black Lives Matters, it means a socialist takeover of our education curriculum, it means that government schools take over the teaching responsibilities over parents—it means all those things and more.  For context, look at all the trouble Lakota has had lately in joining the Black Lives Matters terrorist efforts by going after a conservative school board member purely because he refused to bend the knee to radical Marxist terrorists.  Kathy Wyenandt fought to pass that 2013 levy in a so-called effort to save kids, but the money ended up giving raises to teachers in the Marxist oriented labor union that eventually paved the way for a full endorsement of Black Lives Matters propaganda.  As you look up and down that scorecard from the NRA it makes you wonder about Democrats like Kathy, why so many of them have an F.  What kind of America do they want?

Of course I have spelled out the kind of America that Democrats want, and they don’t want people owning guns who could stop them in destroying our nation, and turning loose terrorist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matters on us defenseless.  That’s why they get an F with the NRA, and why generally Republicans who want to defend American values get an A.  And why anybody would want to vote for their own destruction is perplexing, but there are some who still support Democrats these days even if the best of them are like Kathy Wyenandt, who doesn’t look like a foot, but is paving the way for all the wrong things in America, filling our schools with socialists and fighting to get guns out of our society so that the Democrats can take over everything and destroy the American way of life.  They put lipstick on a pig and try to sell it as bacon on a Saturday morning but they don’t explain to anybody about the slaughterhouse in between.  But George Lang gets it, he understands guns and is a true supporter, and the NRA understands who is against American values and who is for them and it is for that reason that I cherish each and everyone of the NRA magazines that come to me throughout the year.  Each of them are real treasures that I never tire of, especially as the election of 2020 gives us all an opportunity to take back our country so far without guns, but at the election booth.

Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior

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The Buckeye Firearms Association Endorces George Lang: One of the truely good people in politics

Even with everything that is going on, its nice to take a moment to appreciate one of the true good guys out there in the world who is trying to make our Republic a better place through proper representation. With the world gone mad, it has been wonderful to see that George Lang, the current House of Representative for the 52nd District member running for the 4th seat in the Senate was endorsed by the Buckeye Firearms Association, along with many other endorsements, many named and many more to come. Its still early in the election season, yet George has been getting a lot of activity thrown his way by positive support from many sectors of the community he represents. We often don’t get enough time to talk about positive political stories where the people running for office, or just holding office are good and working hard in all the right ways, and George is certainly one of the good guys. And as a big time politician who raises a lot of money and has dealings with a lot of people who want representation in Columbus, I can think of few people who do it as well as George does without losing integrity in the process and is as firm in his Second Amendment roots. The Buckeye Firearms Association understands George’s value and it was great to see their endorsement this week.

I bring up the money that George has the ability to raise because as I’ve said before fundraising is a kind of vote all by itself. Its hard to convince people to write you a check so that you can run for office, buy all the signs that you do, run airtime, do the advertising that is required for name recognition. Yet, it is difficult to stay out of the kind of trouble that Larry Householder found himself in where dark money can creep into the process and corrode all the good things an office holder might try to do without getting caught in the sticky business of corruption and mayhem. Yet George was in the thick of things in Columbus when the FirstEnergy Solutions was injecting a lot of money into the support of House Bill 6 which was some tricky circumstances. George managed to stay clean of all the bottle rockets that were flying around on that one which showed just how politically savvy he is under great pressure and can still stand behind values that are unique to anybody working at such a high level.

And that is where the fine line is, critics of George Lang will attempt to tie corruption to him because he has the ability to raise so much money, because that is how the news likes to portray fundraising. Yet as a politician, it is hard to accept money for the political aspects of the vote it represents without falling for the expectations of favoritism that often spawns from the process. It costs money to run for a big office and to get elected without dividing everyone you meet along the way with differing opinions, its quite another to lose a step and fall for the temptations of expectation that often comes with it. In Lang’s case, it would be easy to step away from the Second Amendment with everything that is going on in order to appear more moderate which is where a lot of fundraising money can come from, but George never abandons his core principles, which is how he was able to stay out of trouble in Householder’s FirstEnergy scandal. Regardless of whether the FirstEnergy issue is more politics than actual scandal, it takes some very savvy politics to dodge the bullets that do fly which is much more than luck. And still stand behind your values, and George Lang continues to impress me with his ability to do that.

George is a business first politician in a time where businesses of all kinds are being attacked for any connection to profit by this new breed of socialist radicals that are infecting politics at every level, and most candidates and office holders will run from any connection. But not Lang, he doesn’t run from his core values or people he’s known. He may not always agree with them, he’s his own person, and he has a great feel for trouble before it emerges, but he can be trusted ethically in ways that most could only wish for. I feel lucky that we can vote for George Lang in Butler County which has over 400,000 residents all who want something, and he has managed to represent them well without compromising himself in the process. Yet George’s commitment to Second Amendment rights has never wavered in the least. When it would have been easy to do so, he has never backed away publicly from an important gun rights issue and that is saying something where a politician could easily be hung by their feet in the court of public opinion for any support. So that is the significance of the Buckeye Firearms Association endorsing George so early, before Labor Day for the 2020 election.

It is hard to meet with all types of people from the Ohio Military Family Month advocates to Women’s Suffrage Centennial supporters, then to have lunch with the Chamber of Commerce types all while Democrats are begging you to go to lunch to pull you to their side of an issue or a lobbyist is wanting to shower you with gifts before a fundraiser dinner must be attended later that night. Most people come across as sleezy as they must be so many things to so many different people, but George comes across as sincere. And that is because at the end of the day he is just a good person who loves his wife and kids and the ability to do the right things. He doesn’t get lost along the way because he has great grounding at home and that is the key to his success. The key is to give everyone an ear and do as many people right as their representative, but not to get lost in the process and for George, his strong family life is the sanctuary that sets him apart from everyone else. And we should all feel lucky to have such a person representing us.

When I think of George Lang I think of gun rights, business, and a real passion for doing what is right. I’ve spoken to him off the record many times and can say that the person he is on a Sunday morning before the world wakes up is the same person who shows great enthusiasm for everyone he meets in a business day. There is nothing phony about George Lang. If the world had a George Lang for every political position in our Republic at every level, everything would work so much better. I put George Lang in the same lofty category as I do Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota. There are a lot of very good politicians who are coming out of the Tea Party movement from earlier in the decade who read a lot of books on what makes a good republic work and now they are putting their skills to use. They have been very rare, but through all the negative stories, there are ones like those coming from George Lang which continue to inspire and give hope where we need it most. And on November 3rd 2020 it will be quite a privilege to go to a polling place and vote for George Lang.

Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior

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Mike DeWine has Created in Ohio a Dangerious Situation: Why Stand your Ground legislation led by George Lang is the only way out

George Lang is one of the biggest advocates of gun rights in Ohio, without question. But he’s not stupid, he knows that the first thing Ohio needs for a good economy is jobs, so he has a really monumental focus as a legislator on his Business First, Small Business Caucus in Columbus, which is gaining momentum even as Covid-19 under the guidance of Governor Mike DeWine has destroyed much of the economic gains made recently. George understands that people need jobs and the best way to get those jobs is through small business, so its his plan to make business investment into Ohio conducive to investors—because that’s where everything starts. From a good, successful life, people then can acquire property and it is there that the needs for “stand your ground” laws need to be strengthened as a natural extension of the business first process. Recently, Stand Your Ground legislation was re-introduced in the Ohio House where George Lang was the chairman of the bill’s committee where several opponents came forward to speak against it within a 24-hour notification period. For the news, that was a big story because outside the Statehouse were protests guided by Black Lives Matter, and Antifa who truly want to destabilize the natural order of things. And still daily are the antics of Mike DeWine who has made Ohio a much more dangerous place by the day by bending the knee to lawlessness and the fearful antics of Covid-19.

There was a lot of controversy about George Lang stating during the primary that he didn’t want to do the heavy lifting on a gun bill supporting Stand Your Ground, because for him that is putting the cart before the horse. There needs to be a vibrant economy and that is the first need we have in Ohio for pro-growth in the future. His rival in the primary, Candice Keller sponsored a strong Stand Your Ground effort that saw a lot of support from the gun rights community, but it was introduced on the same day that Governor DeWine put out his own legislative suggestions to go the exact other way, to support the gun grabbers using the Dayton shooting last year as a platform to create more restrictive gun laws. So the Keller bill had no chance in that emotional climate. And that was the excuse given when George did act as chairman of this new Stand Your Ground effort, that the climate was wrong, people were still scared over Covid-19, which was the direct fault of Governor DeWine, and now there were riots in Columbus defacing the Statehouse nearly every night, which again was the fault of the Republican Governor Mike DeWine. The problem is that we thought of DeWine as a Republican, but he is anti-gun, he is pro-abortion because he picked Amy Acton as his Director of Health who was an Obama activist, and he has behaved like a typical Blue State legislator on a wide range of topics from taxation, to health care. The result of all these failures has made Ohio a much more destabilized place to live and empowered the rioters making gun legislation like Stand Your Ground much more needed to attract business investment back to Ohio. So that is the story of how George came to be the chairman of that committee. He’d like to think about other things, but really, there isn’t anybody else who will stand up for individual rights who have the political horsepower of Lang in Columbus. There are the usual legislators who punch first and talk second, but something like this needs the touch of George Lang to build up support, so he has stepped up to provide that leadership.

The trouble is there is never a good time to deal with Stand Your Ground. Somebody is always going to be angry at something. It is part of the strategy of chaos to keep us all on our heels so that we can never talk about the real things we need to discuss. The victimization groups always want to think of everything as below the line, so there will never be a good time to defend bills strengthening Stand Your Ground. The activists against gun rights are the same people who want to steal from our businesses and have chaos in the streets which we can all now say we are seeing in live time. We have seen what happens when we get a governor who is weak on law and order, and is willing to bend the knee to the mob, and now we see when there are efforts to defund the police, that there may not be anybody to answer a 911 call. So what are we supposed to do? The day is coming where it will only be the personal use of guns that will keep any semblance of order on our streets.

Stand Your Ground is important as a basic legal philosophy, which would put gun rights in proper alignment with the Ohio Constitution #4 of Article I: The Bill of Rights written in 1851. Its not an outdated notion, no more than any passage of the Bible is outdated in respect to the Ten Commandments. The wording in the Ohio Constitution is as such, Bearing Arms; Standing Armies; Military Power—“The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in times of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.” Its pretty clear and no activist Supreme Court Judge can make case law otherwise, even though they have tried. As it stands now, case law says that there is a duty to retreat in an engagement. That is how Mike DeWine has approached Covid-19 and the radical protestors, and the Ohio Statehouse is the evidence of that failure. And our economy is evidence of DeWine’s subjugation to Marxist health “experts” by hiding in our homes until the virus goes away, which has destroyed our economy. In both cases, DeWine’s approach to trouble has led to failure, so that is why Stand Your Ground is being discussed once again, and it needs to be, and needs to be passed. Because in the world of George Lang, and every other state rep in Columbus who cares about business investment in Ohio, guns create a platform of law and order when government fails to create that stabilized consistency.

Mike DeWine’s idea of gun control is the same as his position on riots and Covid-19, to retreat, to bend the knee, and to beg for the bad guys to yield. And we see where that has taken us as a state. Under that climate a business investor would be crazy to look at Ohio and all its government interference, and placating of mobs as a place to bring their jobs and efforts. So that is the reason that Stand Your Ground is important. It brings the Ohio Constitution back to the condition it should be, which gives investors the reassurance they need to re-invest in Ohio after Mike DeWine destroyed the efforts of decades to build trust with the business community within a few short months of failure over Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter protests. To appease any mob of people with the promise to bend the knee to the aggressors, DeWine has made Ohio a much more dangerous place and people will have to defend themselves as a result. And that failure has really harmed the efforts of George Lang to create a business-friendly climate in Ohio, so its no wonder he chaired that Stand Your Ground effort. But it will take more than him to defend the Ohio Constitution especially as it relates to gun rights. And for that, we have a tough fight ahead, but one that will make or break us as a state, and that’s no light matter.

Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior

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Why George Lang Spent so Much Money to Win: The scam in the media by reporters like Michael Pitman of the Journal News

As if there weren’t enough examples recently of blatant activism coming out of the media, where they assert that they are “reporting” the news, rather than making the news that they want to report, such as has been the case over Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests, this little local article in the Journal News in Hamilton over the George Lang senate seat is a great example. On the surface the reporter, Michael Pitman can say that he reported honestly that George Lang spent more than $450,000 since July 1st 2019 to secure the GOP nomination for the 4th Ohio Senate District seat. But within the framing of that article is the activism that is designed to inspire in the readers a mistrust toward George because in the world of the media, money equals corruption and it is a dog whistle to their activist base which is understood clearly by all. Because after that statement is made, Pitman goes on to say that George’s rival in the upcoming election, the Democrat Kathy Wyenandt is sitting on $35,000 in cash, yet George is $13,000 in the hole going into the summer. In the way that the media works, that is a #METOO setup for the fall where readers are supposed to not trust the big money George Lang over the woman, “one of us” candidate who is ahead but is in threat to be knocked down by all that big money.

Here’s the truth of the matter, and the reason George needed to raise so much money and spent it to win the GOP nomination. There were two rivals going for that seat making the primary an expensive one. Kathy Wyenandt as the Democrat had no rival so she could afford to sit back and save her money going into the summer where George had some very aggressive politicians challenging him, and when it comes to elections a person has to protect their brand, especially when the media is intent to help shape the results with emotional activism. For instance, one of George’s rivals was Lee Wong, an Asian military veteran who has been quite an activist for Chinese causes. Lee ran as a Republican, but his behavior is pretty much a politician straight out of communist China, which the media of course wants to see. So Lee gets good coverage on whatever he does. He was never really a threat in the primary from the GOP perspective, but he does do “brand” damage to other candidates which was his role, to play the spoiler in this past primary election that was grossly interrupted by Mike DeWine’s fumbling of the election by cancelling it due to Covid-19 and then ordering a corrupt mail in ballot system that was conducted in April of this year, extending the original dates by over a month of campaigning.

Lang’s other rival in the primary was the very fiery Candice Keller, who was looking to go after the Tea Party vote, and whatever GOP supporters who wanted to show they would bend the knee to the #METOO movement. She was poised and certainly did try to hurt George’s brand enormously as she was the underdog and had to tear Lang down to have a shot at closing the gaps between her and him within voters minds. Between Lee and Candice there was a lot of attacking going on toward George, and of course behind those candidates are lots of GOP types who want a shot at some positions in the future and they want to sink George so they can get him out of the way for some future opportunity for them, so they also work to chip away at George’s brand when they think nobody is looking. So as a frontrunner who wants to stay that way, George Lang had to out raise and outspend to maintain his brand through a tough primary where a not so butt ugly #METOO candidate from the Democrats was waiting fresh and poised to be the media darling for reporters like Pitman.

Branding is important in all endeavors, whether it’s a business, a family, or a politician. A brand is the reputation you have, what people think of when they hear your name. So George protected his brand by raising a lot of money and spending it to overcome his opposition, which was vast, and considerable. Unfortunately, what nobody talks about these days is the reverse discrimination that any middle-aged man, especially a white man has with all the media out there driving activism in branding potential candidates. You can see the results all across this country now with the riots where incompetent people from these various sentiment groups were elected because of #METOO, or Black Lives Matter, and they aren’t the best people for the job, and it shows. Yet people are supposed to vote for candidates because they are people of color or because they are women, not because they have years of experience, run three or four businesses in the private sector—like George does—or have demonstrated great skill at building teams in a legislature. We are supposed to vote for them because they have the brand of a minority group, and in this upcoming race after George has survived all he had to in the primary, that is what George is up against.

As sure as you are reading this, George Lang is in no danger of being “in the hole” as Michael Pitman wrote in his Journal News article on the topic. The strength of George is that people like him and trust him, and he will be able to raise all the money he needs to run a proper campaign. He doesn’t need the radicals and the insurgents to give him money the way that Kathy does trying to win a Democrat seat in a very Republican district. You can almost feel the oozing hope from Pitman that Kathy might have a chance in Hell at winning the senate seat if only people might think that George blew all his money and is now going to lose to a girl. And without question, that is what many normal readers will think when they read Pitman’s article. They’ll think of George as a big money corrupt politician who only has a shot at winning by spending a lot of money while poor little Kathy is ahead, yet behind to the massive deep pockets of the GOP. Pitman says both things in his article without saying them specifically, but by simply telling the story of how we arrived, without talking about why.

The real story is that George Lang as the frontrunner must protect his brand to stay vibrant for winning that senate seat among a public that elects brands when they vote. And George can spend half a million dollars on Fox News ads to win the primary and he can do it again to beat Kathy Wyenandt in the fall. He could raise and spend a million dollars, because people trust George and they understand the game, and they are willing to invest in him to protect their interests from the vile misdeeds of sentiment politics which are often conducted in the media to destroy brands and the people behind them. Everyone knows the game who are smart and have money in their pockets, they understand that the media wants to rob them of their money, of their very lives for some socialist utopia that they read about in college, or talked about with a buddy while they smoked pot a time or two. The real story is that George Lang is so well trusted that he can raise so much money and use it in the election, which is an election of its own kind. Because people know that without someone like George out there protecting them from all the enemy forces of America, many who operate behind a media badge without consequences, then those forces will turn on them and destroy everything they’ve worked so hard for in their lives only to have it taken away like the poor store owners of downtowns in blue state regions where the mob takes what they want and leave the rest to ruin. That is the real story behind the money, which of course the media never reports as their activism continues to be the true cause of why good guys like George Lang have to spend so much money to gain a seat anyway. Not to mention, where that money gets spent—in the media. The whole process is a kind of shakedown, and the money must be spent to overcome the negative branding which that same media tears down so that they can get paid in the end.

And that is how the game is played and why George Lang raised and will spend so much money for a senate seat in Ohio.

Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior

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