Blue Origin’s Spaceflight: The unfortunate cost of being one of the world’s most hated men

What Should Have Been

I wanted to enjoy the rocket launch of Blue Origin as it occurred in July of 2021.  But, hey, it’s Jeff Bezos. I’ve written many good articles on Bezos in the pre-Trump days, but he’s come out as so anti-Trump, that it’s impossible to like the guy.  But as a big fan of commercialized space and the steps Bezos had played in making it more of a reality, I did my best to put all that aside to support what he did when he went to space with three other people to prove that traveling into space could be so easy that anybody could do it.  And it was, the space flight itself was great.  The Blue Origin rocket itself was brilliant.  It took off effortlessly with minimal infrastructure and flew out into space without any sign of struggle.  The booster rocket returned to earth and landed like a special effect from some excellent science fiction movie.  It was so good that it didn’t look real.  Then, the capsule containing the passengers came back to earth and landed almost where they had all taken off.  Nobody emerged from the vehicle looking chaotic or stressed out. It was smooth as silk and quite an achievement for commercial spaceflight.  Jeff Bezos even wore a cowboy hat before and after to understand the kind of mentality it will take to commercialize space. That space flight itself did not have to involve pressure suits and other inconveniences.  In all those ways, the flight was enormously successful. However, spaceflight was never going to be the problem.  The problem was Bezos himself.  As one of the world’s wealthiest people, that, of course, makes him a target of every bootlicker there is.  Add to that the awkward nature of Bezos himself, where he always comes out sounding like a Bond villain, even at a birthday party, and the PR for the spaceflight was just terrible. 

After what Amazon did to Parler after the Trump election of 2020, it was the final straw for me.  Amazon is a great place to buy books and just about anything else you might want, but now they had made themselves political activists, and that was the beginning of their eventual doom.  Their branding would be harmed forever.  Now that won’t matter, but it will slowly rot Amazon in the years to come because they essentially alienated 80 million Trump-voting Americans, which will be a real problem in the future.  I responded by moving my book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, from Amazon’s Bookbaby and moved it to a more conservative publisher, which took some effort.  Amazon is the largest bookseller globally, so my current publisher lists books there, but I was not about to publish my book with Amazon, even though they have tremendous resources.  It comes down to Jeff Bezos and his activism that is the problem.  I often forgive, to some extent, rich people and how they have to appease the mobs of progressivism. Still, Bezos has gone too far in trying to control the corrosive elements of progressivism by becoming one of its spokesmen.  And that is what ruined his spaceflight.  After the historic flight, Bezos gave $100 million as a donation to liberal causes to the communist Van Jones, which was simply unforgivable. 

I get it; Bezos didn’t have any blacks on the space flight, so he had to do something for the black community to justify his picks for space.  But that didn’t stop the onslaught of hatred that emerged after the flight, everything from the rocket looking like a penis to Bezos’s cowboy hat during the journey.  People don’t like Bezos because he presents himself as a progressive hack.  Like many other modern people of great wealth, they think the future is in globalism, so they have worked against American tradition to favor a change state government that liberals will run.  And that dream is falling apart in their hands, running like water between their fingers, and Bezos seems to have an understanding of that.  After all, Amazon knows that conservative books are outselling liberal books by a lot so that the trend won’t be going in the direction of Van Jones.  Bezos has gone all-in on betting that liberalism would win anyway, and that has created a level of tension that is ever-present with anything attached to Blue Origin.  Of course, Bezos shares that problem with the Walt Disney Company who has also gone all-in on a progressive world of tomorrow.  But like Virgin Galactic’s journey to space, they made the mistake of miscategorizing space travel as an extension of preserving the earth rather than escaping from it.  Bezos made comments about looking back on the earth from space and appreciating that we are all in it together or something stupid like that; it came out sounding terrible.  Not something people could feel proud of. 

That’s the sad part of the story; what should have been a great day came out as a bla.  A perfect feat of engineering that involved many thousands of people turned out to be all about the odd personality of Jeff Bezos.  Nobody cared about his mom, his brother, or the other passengers because the entire event came out as a pr appeasement of progressive erosion to give a rich person a ride into space.  The scope of the effort was lost in the hatred toward Jeff Bezos by a public that decided it just doesn’t like him.  And if he were the kind of person who could care less, it would at least be honest.  But he tries to pull the shades over everyone’s eyes, including Van Jones.  To cover that ground of oddness, he just tossed $100 million to a devout global communist from CNN, giving more power to an enemy of Americana all the while trying to appeal to the cowboys and Trump voters by wearing the cowboy hat.  What he ended up doing was making everyone mad.  The story of space was lost in the drama, which is saying a lot.  With such an outstanding achievement into the vastness of space, all people saw was a way to poke fun at Bezos, one of the world’s most hated people.  But people don’t tell him they hate him because they want a chance to maybe get some money from him at some point.  Yet as I say all the time, you can tell a lot more about people by what they do, not necessarily what they say.  And that is what came in the aftermath of the Blue Origin space flight; people could only find fault in an otherwise faultless flight.  A journey to space without error, as predictable as the hands on a clock, but as hated as a pile of cow dung.  The public would have instead had anybody else go to space aside from Jeff Bezos. That’s what’s sad about the effort; rather than advance space travel, it had the feeling of setting it back by decades.  Giving that big check to a communist as payment for letting the socialists and the communists of the world let Bezos go to space came out as an ominous message of appeasement rather than freedom.   It said to the world that we are slaves to it and the communist greenie weenies who inhabit its service like a virus of thought that seeks to chain humans to earth forever and never let go. 

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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Don’t Listen to What Biden Says: Its what he does which reveals his communist nature

Its what People Do which tells the Truth about Them

You have to understand; we are living in the future; it’s a media-driven culture full of video images and photos.  We have learned to judge the value of something based purely on the way it looks and sounds as positioned to us through imagery.  Back in other times not that long ago, we judged evidence based on what we read and could gather through the vetting process of public opinion, from mouth to mouth.  So we are dealing these days with professional manipulators of what an image can communicate, and without question, that is a factor in the mass corruption we see these days.  Of course, politicians would attempt to challenge people’s intelligence and enrich themselves because they could hide their true intentions and complete character behind their ability to present good imagery to the public.  And getting some success with this ability, now they have gone all out with open crimes that Butch Cassidey would have blushed at.  Not all criminals are black-hatted curling mustache monstrosities.  Sometimes they are that older man like Joe Biden, who has sold America to communist China and has done it by acting like your prolonged lost grandpa stuttering through sentences, limping around on stage to appear feeble.  But he tells a few jokes, tries to make everyone lower their guard by stumbling around with old-fashioned stories of his youth, and before you know it, you find yourself trusting the guy.  Just as China and other hostile agents worldwide have learned, the way to dupe Americans and others worldwide is to control what they see and hear so that they’ll ignore what the bad guys are doing.

That’s why I say all the time, ignore what people tell you. Don’t get caught looking at the makeup, the nice clothes, the pleasant smiles.  Pay attention to what people do.  Especially pay attention to what they do when they think people aren’t looking.  Now people too lazy to take that extra step are often defensive about the need for doing this. They’ll say things like, “show me the evidence,” as if to justify why they won’t do the extra work in analyzing behavior patterns to make more informed decisions.  The essence of these people is that they are sloppy and essentially lazy.  They want people to tell them what to think because they don’t like thinking for themselves.  Those are essentially the type of people who make up liberalism.  They want to trust the system, the process, and the signs of health that they can visually see because they don’t want to think what all those elements might mean.   The way, however, to figure out the truth of a matter is to watch what people do.  Watch how they behave as a totality of their existence.  Before there was so much eye candy in modern times, before television, before movies and full-color ads, people had no other way to measure behavior except by what happened as a result.  But these days, what image is projected is usually what people accept as reality, even if the image’s projection has no relationship to achievement in the real world at all. 

Yet, we can say with complete confidence that Joe Biden’s administration is a communist one; it is fully aligned with the Chinese government and is intended to hand them the goal they have been seeking for a long time, which is to take over the United States entirely.  To run it, by the middle of the next decade.  The Chinese are happy to wait; they have been waiting since the 1950s, so another decade is no problem.  They seek to undo us from within as a culture; they often write many of the policies that we develop domestically through financial influence and their “honey pot” network.  They are just waiting for everything to fall in the United States, exactly why they wanted Joe Biden in the White House.  They wanted a crotchety old many Americans trusted to sell the story of communist takeover to the public so the Chinese could swoop in and collect their assets at the end of a few terms and become the world power they always wanted to.  But to get there, they had to sabotage the big dog of America not through competition, which they can’t compete within a capitalist fashion, but through sabotage.  Now, of course, nobody will ever admit that this is what they are up to.  Nobody is even willing to accept on any side, even Republicans, the level of cheating that occurred in the 2020 election by China.  Because to see it, we’d have to declare war with the Chinese formally, and many enjoy too much money pouring into their lives from the communist country.  And the pillow talk, even though many of the honey pots from China are sleeping with multiple people simultaneously, such as in Eric Swalwell’s case, prevents complex emotions from rising to the surface.  Yet the Biden administration has shown where its allegiance is on communism with a few occasions.

Cybercrime has been a big problem for a while, and it is how communist China learns from the world.  They don’t do things themselves; they steal information through cybercrime.  And China has been caught doing it by the pro-Biden intelligence agencies of America.  Yet Joe Biden has attempted to explain away the Chinese government as free of guilt without any proof whatsoever that China’s government is not behind it all.  Biden tried to paint the situation as if it were rogue elements in China who were conducting the massive amounts of cybercrime that are currently going on. Biden’s lack of commitment to the issue tells you everything you need to know.  What Biden does shows what is going on with this government; it is aligned with communist China.  Now you might be saying, dear reader, that all that is a coincidence, or simply, a “misunderstanding.” Okay, well, then let’s look at the freedom movement in Cuba, just a few miles to the south of Florida, where people there are attempting to rise against the communist government and overthrow the Castro regime’s tyranny.   Again, in the same week, Biden came out in support of the Cuban government, not the people trying to throw off communism, but those who advocate for it.  That tells you everything you need to know.

When it is asked, which it is often, who controls the Biden administration, the puppet strings first run through China.  They are ultimately the way that Biden was elected in America.  The evidence is pouring forth by the droves.  Now, most people aren’t ready to deal with any of that.  They don’t want to believe it because it means they will have to do something about it, and they are just too lazy to have that engagement.  But we know by what people do, whether it’s the Chinese government, our government, or the Biden administration under great scrutiny, what they are really up to, what they believe, and what they intend for us based on their actual behavior. It’s not what they say.  It’s not their denials.  It’s what they physically do which declares their character and the truth of their guilt.  And it is that which we must use to judge the situation for the betterment of existence.

Rich Hoffman

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America Was Meant to Divorce the Class System: Answering a good question

America was Never Meant to have a Class System

When I posted the video for this article, I received an excellent comment asking a great question.  When talking about a class system in America and recognizing it, this person wanted to know what to do about it.  Here is the comment:

“All well and good, but how do we the people reign in corruption in our government from our meager station? When my best year is working in a machine shop, I made $63,000; someone like Hank Johnson makes $174,000 plus perks.  Look up Hank Johnson’s quote about Guam.”

My first instinct was to reply to this guy and say, “well, this is why I wrote my new book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, to undo this very notion of a class structure in our political world.” That is, after all, how you fight it.  The thing to do is to understand what is happening then divorce yourself from that class system. Don’t let them call you Middle Class or anything as such.  Ignore their class system, function without it.  Of course, his question is that we’re all in it whether or not he likes it.  And to that, I would say, read my new book; it tells you exactly how to function without a class system, but one of earned merit.  But that is kind of cheap to say, “go read my book.” That’s why I wrote it and why it’s separate from something like an article on this blog.  It’s an actual strategy guide for undoing many of the corrosive forces holding back our current society, whether raw progressivism or malicious communism using a class system to enforce their control over the masses.  Or the cost structure of your company and its success or failure and the ultimate connection it has to your ability to make a living.  An answer to a question like his deserves at least some perspective.  Yes, my book would help him, but some context to the problem is well worth answering.

In the video above, I talk about one of the most important things to both males and females that there is in the world, the pecking order of our species and where we reside on it.  I attended a lecture on Joseph Campbell many years ago in Washington D.C., where this topic was covered, and it has always stuck with me.  Not because I agree with it as an accepted reality, but because it truly is one of the most significant elements of human society anywhere in the world.  Our entire public school system is built around this premise, so the people that want to control us, like the guy mentioned in that question, use the pecking order system as a way to preserve their reality.  Once we become adults and accept our pecking order station in life, whether it’s at the top or the bottom or somewhere in between, we typically stay there the rest of our lives.  The guy who accepts that he’s not very smart marries the safe girl who balloons up into a big hipped pillow of flesh in her middle years has kids that don’t like him, and who stays in middle management his whole life was put there through the pressure cooker of adolescence by society, and he never questioned it.  He accepted it and moved on to living life.  That way, when a government tells him to wear a mask or pay huge taxes, he pays the money without question and does what he can to avoid conflict and work from week to week to catch the next Sunday NFL games, which he genuinely enjoys.  If he’s daring, he may put $5 into the office pool and play the brackets of NFL teams who pick the most winners from week to week.  He might treat himself to BW3s and a cold beer that his wife won’t know about if he wins. 

That previous paragraph might sound like a sad case, but it’s a situation to some degree or another what a majority of people believe about themselves.  I used the example of a guy because it’s genuinely understood.  Women have the same problems but with a different focus.  Did I marry the right guy for my children?  Is this the best house I could get as a nest for my family?  Did I get the best DNA for my children using all my female charms to do so?  Again, these aren’t things we talk about, but they are the things that concern us most.  The higher up the pecking order, the better spouse you get, the more resources you have access to.  How much do you fight to rise to the top, or is it better to keep your head down and accept where they put you in life?  These are the things that keep all of us up at night.  The pecking order mentality is a carryover from years of evolution in our species.  But intellectually, as I argue in my book, America came along to shatter that reality.  And for a period, we did just that.  Over time and with the introduction of progressivism from Europe, masking outright Marxism, the class system has crept back into American vocabulary to present us with today’s problems.  The solution to those problems is to cast off the class system. 

My book demonstrates that the American Gunfighter was romanticized the way they were because it showed that people of all stations in life could throw off the class system.  Gunfighters like Wild Bill and wild west performers like Buffalo Bill Cody demonstrated that through western expansion, not old money from Europe, people could become wealthy and independent through panning for gold, winning at gambling, or gunfighting bad guys in dusty streets.   I would point to the magical Second Amendment and say to anybody that the key to casting off the class system in America is in the Bill of Rights, especially the Second Amendment.  The right to own and carry a gun for your self-defense means that you cannot be forced into a pecking order position where the strongest and fastest can step ahead of you in life and take the best spouse and the most money.  If you can shoot, you can have the world at your feet.  You can be small, fat, tall, and ugly, but you can also be rich just like anybody else in aristocracy, and you can have a clean and independent life if you dare to.  That is the short answer to that original question.  For the long answer, I’d say read the book.  But to get to the gist of it, pecking orders are a shackle on our minds that we need to be free of.  Gun ownership is the first step to taking those shackles off not so that you can shoot people who are in front of you.  But so that you can know that they can’t force themselves on you and push you into a position on that pecking order where you don’t want to be.  And it is in that mindset that freedom is born. 

Only when you stop acknowledging the class system can you bring down the aristocrats of old who want Marxism to put them in the upper class to have the best of what the world offers without actually being the best at anything.  To the point that Hank Johnson rules over the hard-working machine shop worker because he makes more money, well, the assumption is that money indicates where we all are on the pecking order of life.  If an ugly guy tries to pick up a nice-looking woman in a bar, she won’t pay him any mind and will blow him off quickly.  At first glance, fair or not, she doesn’t want his DNA to make a bunch of ugly kids.  But, if that ugly guy has a lot of money, well then, she will likely talk to him. She’ll put up with the ugly kids for the nice house and not worry about money for the rest of her life. That’s the effect of the pecking order. We’ve allowed those rules to shape our culture in such away.  But when someone like Hank Johnson makes more money than us, we accept that he is higher up the pecking order than we are, so we naturally obey him, even when we know better.  The key is to stop thinking like that and to start thinking like a gunfighter.  You don’t have to shoot anybody to make your point.  All you need to do is stop playing their game and know that you can be anything you want; you can make all the money you wish to, if only you dare to in America. 

Rich Hoffman

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The Best Protection Against Corruption: Jane Timken and a good family

Yes, I’m very old-fashioned.  There was a point in time where things worked pretty well for all people of all sexes and colors, and that was before the progressive era came along infused with the corruption of Karl Marx and screwed everything up.  And I’m especially old fashioned with my politics; when I can, I like to shake hands and meet people one on one, or at least in an intimate group setting.  But with this new media culture that we are in today, we tend to look at everyone through the lens of media filtration, which is dangerous because we have seen what many of us always suspected about the media.  We shouldn’t have been surprised; they were all trained in the same kind of places and are owned by corporations looking to expand their markets through globalism, ready to abandon America and the Constitution along the way.  Yet, I still make most of my decisions about politics based on meeting as many candidates personally as possible before deciding to rally on their behalf.  That includes President Trump; I met him several times in 2015 and 2016, with very few cameras and people around.  Before he could command a $10,000 donation to shake his hand and get a picture for a desk, he already had celebrity, but few took him seriously in politics.  I like to look a person in the eyes and see what is going on in there.  It takes that for me to feel good about a candidate at any level.  For the upcoming senate seat in Ohio that Rob Portman is leaving behind, I’ll admit that Jane Timken was about third on my list to consider.  But I did get a chance to meet with her in a small group setting which I appreciated being invited to very much, and the result for me was a lot more respect for Jane than I had before the meeting.  I always liked her and respected what she did in Ohio for the Republican Party and uniting that party behind Trump in a hostile political setting.  Yet upon meeting her in a closed environment with the media far away, I learned some great things about her, particularly what motivates her. I came out feeling excited for her inclusion into the senate race, which will be a big part of recapturing the Senate not just with a GOP majority but with America First advocates and strategic influencers.  That last part for me is the most important. 

Before I say what I’m about to, I know many people who had not benefited from a great family experience when they were growing up.  One of my best friends is something of an immigrant, being raised in foster homes and had been given every opportunity to fail that you can imagine.  He could have given up hundreds of times over the years, and nobody would have blamed him.   However, today he’s very rich, very powerful, and a very good person untouched by corruption, and I love him to death.  But his success says a lot more about him than it does about how people arrive at success in life, no matter how success is measured.  His story is a rare exception. For most people, without a good upbringing, without good parents, grandparents, and a functional family structure, people are doomed in life often before they ever get out of middle school in their formative years.  Its not always their fault, but it is a failure of social structure, political philosophy, and radical insurgents over time in their priorities for social well-being.  As a general rule, young men grow up and marry women like their mothers, and young women grow up and form their lives around their fathers, and those sentiments last a lifetime, from the cradle to the grave.  That makes it reasonably confident that they will likely be pretty good adults to work with if a person had a good family life.  If they didn’t and are always looking for things in their adult life to bury the pain of their childhoods, you can bet that corruption isn’t far behind for them.  Who a person ends up being in life is often dependent entirely on how good their childhood was and whether or not they had a functionally good relationship with their moms and dads. 

I’ve liked Kristi Noem since she arrived on the political scene because she got into politics for many reasons involving her family. All people should get involved in politics to make it better.  After her dad died, her family was hit with massive death taxes that threatened to destroy everything they had built together.  So she became politically active, which has been good.  She is an influential person to her core and can handle the meat grinder of corrupt politics very well.  I recently traveled through South Dakota, and you could feel her leadership style there as she was one of the first governors to stand up to the Dr. Fauci types using Covid as a Kotter change state to bring Marxism to American culture.  It has been a war not with tanks and guns but with health directors intent on torpedoing a healthy economy in an attempt to knock Trump out of office.  I would point to Kristi Noem’s dad expressly and say that today’s strong woman fighting against all odds started with her relationship with her dad.   And with many of these strong new women in the Republican Party leading from the front, with congressional and Senate seats, we are finding that to be the repeated case.  Fathers have massive impacts on daughters leaving them to preserve like mothers the product of the family happiness, a country that the family can grow in and bring opportunity to the future.  But their first swipe at that dream comes from a father holding the hand of a young daughter and teaching her how to be a good person, set goals in life and not compromise themselves to corruption and apathy, and preserve the conditions of those bonding moments forever. 

This past week, meeting Jane Timken running for the Senate seat of the outgoing Rob Portman, I saw in her eyes what I see in Kristi Noem’s eyes.  Jane is a person who loves her dad and her family.  And when asked questions about why she wanted to get into politics, she was not murky about it.  Her dad was her motivation.  And this part she didn’t say, but she didn’t need to.  Like most young people who had positive family experiences, they become adults wanting to preserve their parents’ world for the future to preserve the happy thoughts of tradition.  And that for Jane, it wasn’t a power trip to ride the America First agenda to a big office in Washington D.C. with a line of lobbyists outside to lick the dust off her shoes.  Jane was in politics to preserve the vision of a father whom she loved, and that told me she was a fighter against corruption and the forces behind it that we are all facing today.  Learning all this, Jane Timken was suddenly a lot more viable than she was before I met her.  That is essentially why our children are attacked in schools, why we are being poisoned with drugs from illegal immigration, pornography by the tech companies, from every direction essentially.  The war against the family wasn’t just personal.

When divorce lawyers were promoted in the 60s, 70s, and 80s as freedom from an unhappy life and putting a career in front of a family was introduced as noble, they intended to destroy America.  Not to preserve it.  And so the way to fix that problem is to make families first, and the nation will follow.  But to do that, we need people running the country who function from that happy place of family and can withstand the riggers of public opinion so long as they can go home at night and have a family that loves them.  With Jane Timken and others who are emerging, I see a lot of hope for America.  The decline we are experiencing was purposeful and strategic.  The American dream is not dead now or in the future.  So long as there are fathers who inspire their daughters to run for Senate and win to preserve those memories of long walks and hand-holding that comes with a good parent inspiring a child with the goals of a lifetime—we have a fighting chance.

Rich Hoffman

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My New Hat From Jackson, Wyoming: A hidden treasure deep in the mountains

My New Hat from Jackson, Wyoming

About a year ago, one of my daughters was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for a photography assignment in the Teton National Park.  As she waited for all the elements to come together, she stopped by The Beaver Creek Hats and Leather store in the ski town of Jackson to get a new hat, and she found a real treasure trove of a wonderful hat store.  She knew I was looking for some new hats for my collection, so she promptly told me about it.  We made a deal that if we were ever in Jackson, Wyoming together, I would get my next hat there because the variety and quality were unique due to the town’s economic circumstances.  That made it the perfect place for me to get my hat because Jackson is not only the highest per capita income center of the world, but a need for real cowboy hats founded it. It’s a high-altitude kind of place where the sun can do a number on you without some level of protection, making it a great place to buy a cowboy hat that not only looked good but was also functional.  After all, that’s why she had gone there in the first place.  It was quite a pleasant discovery, so at that moment, we started plotting ways to get both of us there at the same time accommodating our busy schedules.  About nine months later, we were in Jackson, Wyoming, with most of our entire immediate family and the first thing we did was buy my new white Stetson that I had been looking for that I needed to purchase for a while now.  My other hats are pretty beat up, and I needed one for some of the formal things I get myself into. 

It’s not that I couldn’t have gotten a hat in Cincinnati or the many other far-flung places I had been this year.  There were opportunities to get hats in other areas, such as Texas and New Mexico.  I saw nice hat stores in Oklahoma and Kansas, but I held out for that Jackson trip with my daughter for one because I had promised her I would.  But for the other, Jackson could afford to serve customers who had more money and therefore could afford to cater to more of the diverse needs of a hat buying public.  That gave me many more options for a very nice Stetson than I would have in other places.  As much as I think they should be, cowboy hats aren’t that popular in other parts of the country, and where they are popular, money isn’t all that easy to come by.  However, I have a particular taste in hats that is difficult to accommodate.  I like wide brims, especially now that I’m older, but I’m not particularly eager to curl them up in ridiculous ways.  I want the benefit of the brim to shield my face and head from the sun and the rain all seasons of the year, and as I did look around in some of those actual cowboy regions for a good hat, most of the styles just didn’t fit my needs for something uniquely me.  Because of that wealth in Jackson, all the correct elements combined, which is why my daughter made a big deal about it in the first place.  Her entire life, I have worn hats.  And well before she ever came along, deep into my childhood, I have always worn hats, specifically cowboy hats or outback hats from Australia. 

I had a lot of thoughts about the Tetons in general and Jackson the town specifically.  The town was wealthy because of Hollywood transplants.  Jackson Hole was the hideout of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch of western legend.  After the movie with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, many actors made Jackson their home, including Harrison Ford, who has a house right around the corner from the McDonald’s there. That’s how the per capita income became so high because there is a low population density. The people who moved there from Hollywood and other high-paying industries set the benchmark which skewed the numbers from its origins as a cowboy town.  After John D. Rockefeller bought up secretly many of the old ranches of Jackson Hole and turned the Grand Tetons into a National Park, the government stepped in discreetly.   The government of Jackson has a mix of a rugged cowboy town foundation and exterior with the financial wealth of a tiny population that brought with all the California transplants their love of Agenda 21 United Nations policies in zoning which irritated me quite a lot.  But the tourists likely weren’t thinking about those things the way I was.  The Tetons is a paradise on earth where the government has obtained an illusion that they have discovered Utopia.  It is a place isolated from reality as the outside world well beyond the mountains that surrounded it was burning politically and literally.  It reminded me of other places I enjoy a lot, such as Glendale, California, and the Liberty Center area in my hometown.  But to say the least, I liked the way Jackson was, yet I was all too aware of the undercurrent of liberalism that was sapping itself off the fine history of the area. 

But all those elements made for a great cowboy hat buying trip, and I am proud to have found the perfect hat for me.  I am even prouder that I could get that hat with my daughter from that original trip several months prior.  My entire family ended up at that hat store, and it was fun to start a new thing for all of us.  I may make that hat store a regular thing for me.  It used to be for me that I wore the same hat no matter what the occasion and that was fun for me.  A perfect felt hat, after all, can serve such a purpose.  It might be battered a bit from crawling through caves and jumping through broken windows as most of my life has been everyday use for my hats.  But I’m a bit older now, and hats for an occasion are more of a thing than they used to be. I’m not so scrappy and earthy these days, which is a natural evolution.  Sometimes in life, you get where you are going, and you have to figure out what to do when you get there.  Because the mission was to get there, but what comes after is not always so well defined.  If it’s about the adventure, not the destination, then that problem will arise.  But getting there in life has its challenges, and for me, getting a nice hat in Jackson, Wyoming, couldn’t have made me happier.

A distant place on the map that is certainly hard to get to is now much closer.  Jackson by car is not easy.  To make it easy, you pretty much have to fly into it.  To the north is Yellowstone and its vast expanses.  To the south is a long drive up from the deserts of Utah.  To the east are deserts and more mountains and enormous open places.  And to the west was Idaho and a big mountain that must be crossed with 10% grades that take you up and over the range.  So it means something to get to Jackson and buy a hat from there, which enhances my life in positive ways every day in some manner my daughter and I will share for years to come.

Rich Hoffman

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Thomas Jefferson Was No Racist: And if not for America–and Republicans, there would still be slavery

Thomas Jefferson was not a racist, he worked to free the slaves and everyone of color

It was tough to watch over the 4th of July weekend the utterances of the many Marxists who have gathered people of color on a typical Kotter change state strategy to disparage Mt. Rushmore and the Founding Fathers. Knowing what I do about the country’s origin that anyone with just a little reading could discover, they’d be insulted too.  I just returned from Mt. Rushmore a few weeks ago, as of this writing, and I found it profoundly refreshing and intellectual.  There was a lot more to do at Mt. Rushmore than getting out of the car and look at some carvings on the big rock wall.  It was a temple of conceptual understanding into the nature of a functioning republic, something that had been attempted by Roman and Greek societies thousands of years ago.  It has only recently been resurrected from the impact of the Dark Ages, where mysticism and religion had placed over all humankind in the East and West a cloak a stupidity that held down civilization during the entire duration.  Only what the Founding Fathers proposed improved those lessons learned, not a return to the Greek or Roman, but a superior next step.  And if not for the people on that big stone mountain in South Dakota, there would still be slavery in the world.  America freed the slaves.  Republicans were the ones who did it, and Thomas Jefferson, even though he started as a slave owner for lots of social reasons specific at that time, worked behind the scenes to end slavery one way or another from the very beginning.

As I said in the video above, and in other videos, they had a couple of fabulous bookstores at Mt Rushmore.  At the very end of the viewing stand in the basement, one looks out over the statues through a big window.  I had read about 75% of the books in that bookstore before, but there was a treasure trove of about 25% that I hadn’t, and I bought them up.  One of the books was a little thing about Thomas Jefferson in his own words that I found very refreshing. I’ve read many books on Jefferson, all of which were written by the modern progressive biographers who have put work out that we see today on historical figures.  I find what they all have in common, even though I enjoy their work, perhaps none more than Edmund Morris, is a need to always put a progressive slant on their work to appease the market gatekeepers.  The big New York publishers all have the strategy of obtaining a New York Times review for the covers of their products.  To get that review, the author must pour some salt on the subject and show that they were not magnificent characters of history but rather people like you and me.  They are meant to be brought down to the ordinary level of the mud trollers who lean toward socialism out of laziness instead of the ambition of capitalism.  In that case, Jefferson has been attacked for his slave ownership and his alleged sexual relationship with Sally Hemings.  The purpose of all this side story stuff is to demean the great thoughts he evoked in creating a Declaration of Independence and the assistance in shaping a functioning Constitution for our new republic.  Not a “democracy,” a REPUBLIC. 

I left Mt. Rushmore with my new books in hand. I read them whenever I could throughout the rest of the trip, starting with this book on Jefferson because it was so relevant to the news of our day.  Our republic is under attack by race-baiters hiding their Marxism behind the guilt of slavery. They expect to use it to crush the morality of America into a change state of oppression and eventual control by the United Nations—which is already infiltrated by communists, socialists, and outright Marxists.  When these people talk of global unity, they are talking about socialism and communism being the method of government, and for that to happen, they must topple the United States from economic power. They work every day to do it.  Their best method of doing it is to convince the people of our republic to give up on capitalism which they think is quite possible due to the teacher union control of our education system.  The other way they plan to do it is to remove our good history of America’s foundation from our current reality.  That is why Mt. Rushmore is to them a bitter enemy which they hate.  It was also essential to build Mt. Rushmore in the first place, so people would never forget it. 

I also bought several other books across Kansas that talked in detail about the battle between the Jayhawkers and Bushwhackers well before the Civil War took place, the events of Bloody Kansas that led to the war itself.  America was never a racist nation to have those kinds of fights occurring, of which the Jayhawks, the Red Legs, and Union Army eventually won.   Slaves were freed because people used the Constitution that Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers created, and everyone fought it out.  It was England that brought the slaves to America.  Jefferson knew that if he tried to go too deep with the Declaration and eventual Constitutional Convention, the southern states would not stand together as the original 13 colonies. So, Jefferson took what he could and planned later to take another swipe at slavery with amendments, which is what happened.  It took another war to do it, but it happened, and, in that way, Jefferson revealed in his letters to immediates within his circle of friends.  Jefferson always planned for the formation of America to free people of all color, everywhere in the world.  The pressure of the victory of a Revolution would set off the movement all over the world.

That’s why it’s such an insult to listen to these modern ignoramuses utter such nonsense about America being anything of a racist country.  There is nowhere else in the world where so many people of different backgrounds have come together and lived so freely.  All we hear from the attackers is jealousy that the rest of the world hasn’t figured out how to do it yet.  Perhaps other places in the world would do better if only they learned from America.  It isn’t the American prerogative to give up what’s good so that everyone in the world can be equally wrong.  It is up to them to learn from us and the hard lessons won in the formation of America, which benefits all people.  And finally, what is even worse about the constant attacks of racism toward America is that the Democrats from the beginning were the Bushwackers, the slave owners, and the resistance to creating an independent republic.  They loved the aristocracy of European life and were not eager to take a break for independence.  Today, they are most anxious to retreat to Europe and adopt their socialism so they can be invited to the next Beltway party and live the life of the aristocracy.   The Founding Fathers started in the elite but decided to break away and create something new that resembled what worked with the old.  And for all they say, the Democrats in the modern era, none of it is good, educated, or relevant to history.  It is all malicious and meant to undo us all.

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The Power of “Ghosting It”: Attacking Trump supporters isn’t enough

The Nature of Power

Nobody with a sane mind will dispute that what has been going on with Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is an abuse of power in the extreme. The means of defending ourselves from the incursions is where the primary problem resides.  The frustration for the insurgents on the political left, which is global, is that the Trump Organization is attached to Donald Trump in a way it hasn’t seen a hit against its brand.  People still love and respect the Trump Organization even as there have been hits against its reputation by radicals looking to destroy the brand and destroying the business’s income.  That is how the left has operated for years, and it’s the only gas they have in the tank.  They have no actual means of destroying people or companies but hope to change the way people feel about them.  But, as we have seen through the election results of President Trump, even though on paper it showed that Joe Biden had won the election because the official titled participants certified the election, the truth about the vote comes out in math all across the country.  Despite all the attempts to tear down the Trump brand, well over 70 million people voted for Donald Trump in the election. They continue to support him even now at rallies and personal statements in every state across the country.  That is the actual vote by the people and is why the Trump Organization hasn’t been torn down yet.  The leftist’s attacks depend on people to stay in the lines created by society, manipulated by the legal system, and conform to the social controls of history to work.  But they haven’t been working, so the system itself is getting desperate and attacking anybody close to Trump that they can get a hold of to destroy any potential that Trump might resume his climb into the Executive Office as an elected representative.

This case illustrates perfectly why so many people in the world clammer for power or their perception of it.  One of the reasons my management method of “Ghosting It” is so effective is that it exists by living outside of the definitions for power that are generally instilled in our culture from its inception.  The reason people want power, whether it is political power, power within a community, a family, even within a friendship, is because they count on titles and official capacities to shape the world to their liking.  We all want to believe in our legal system. Still, unfortunately, such as the case with the Trump Organization, the New York prosecutors have gained power by title so that they could, in essence, control the definitions of law and order.  Since we have lost our connection to Natural Law in America, it thus allows for any tyrant to acquire power and use that power to destroy their enemies.  In this case of Trump, the left is terrified Trump will continue to break the rules and run for president yet again, which will destroy all their long-established plans.  Many of which have been in place for over a century.  The progressive effort in society has sought to remove Natural Law, family strength, and an economic grip on capitalism since the 19th century.  They intend to “progress” beyond those American concepts and seek to destroy any reference that might root the country to those ideas, and they are out for blood to continue that path.  That is why they have been working so hard to corrupt our legal system over so many decades.  They want desperately to have the kind of power they are showing in New York, to interpret the law, and to use it as a weapon to achieve their political desires.  We see the same behavior currently working against Rudy Giuliani where they have taken the law license of the former mayor just because he has been representing Donald Trump on legal matters. 

Over the last few weeks, I have been talking about two legal cases that came about before the progressive era took root, the Wild West period. In this case, Laurence Murphy gained control of the law in New Mexico to edge his rival, John Chism, out of the cattle baron business.  And we saw it again when the town of Deadwood, South Dakota, paid a killer to shoot Wild Bill before he could become sheriff and clean the city up from the crimes that were happening there that were making a lot of money for a lot of people.  I point those out because comparing things to western history, relatively simple politics shows the intent of vile evil people wonderfully.  Most people can agree on the facts when presented against the context of history long over the horizon of concern.  It is much harder for people to decide that the same type of thing was going on against Trump with James Comey, for instance, who had weaponized the FBI to control the kind of people who could be elected into representation roles in the American government. The message to us all has been that if we elect someone, the intelligence community from a Deep State perspective doesn’t approve of, those people will be destroyed by the law, which has been happening to Donald Trump since he announced he was running.  None of the enemies thought Trump would survive, and they are perplexed that he continues to survive.  So for them, the next best thing is to go after people close to Trump, hoping to erode him with a lack of support.  The other method they utilize, which they were caught on this past year, was election fraud.  If a candidate isn’t destroyed by some miracle in the media and people vote for them anyway, they will cheat.  This has likely been going on for many years.  It was just this past election where Trump was the one who had over 80 million votes, not Joe Biden, where they had to cheat so bad that they got caught this time. 

But to their minds, getting caught isn’t the worst thing in the world because they still have the power of the law to abuse to hide their crimes, which is why they have spent so much time and energy trying to acquire control over many years.  They always wanted to have James Comey types out there running the FBI for the political insurgency.  And they always wish to have liberal prosecutors to go after their political enemies, which is the whole intent of attacking the Trump Organization.  Thus, the way to beat these villains is to keep our law and order rooted in Natural Law.  And to stay committed to that fight, the public conflict must come from “ghosting it.” Trump has an instinct for it, as do most great leaders; they always have.  I have lately put a definition to it that allows others to utilize the tactic.  The way to beat progressives of radical leftism is to be bigger than them, have more maneuverability than they do, and take away the fear they expect to utilize by controlling the legal process.  Trump is “ghosting it,” so they will never catch him.  No matter who they attack, Trump has made himself untouchable by using his legendary status built over a lifetime and is unleashing it now in a way that no institutional controls can manage.  And that is the sunny side of the gruesome stuff we see now, especially coming out of New York legally.  The old tricks won’t work anymore, because as the Trump Organization proves, people still have all the power.  And maybe for the first time in history, controlling law and order from a government standpoint isn’t working.  Cheating the vote wasn’t enough because there are still many Americans and supporters worldwide who know better, and they aren’t giving up.

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Trump is “Ghosting it,”: Defeating the enemy in the way they can’t defend

Ghosting It is the way to Beat the Enemy

It’s something I’ve been aware of as a management method for quite a long time, several decades now.  The publishers picked up on it in my new book, and through the editorial process, the term I use to recognize this method called “Ghosting It” has taken center stage as the cover design had just come my way for approval. “Be a ghost, be a legend, be successful” is what it says on the cover of my new book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, and what we are seeing from President Trump is a perfect example of it happening in life in front of our faces.  When I first started fleshing out the concept that isn’t new, it was a new way of looking at the importance and subtleties of leadership; it was well before Donald Trump’s presidency.  As I said in the video above, another great example of “ghosting it” is Tom Brady, the NFL quarterback.  There are others, but Trump and Brady are both excellent and successful in life in ways that defy traditional leadership recognition.  I had used the method for years myself and started putting the book together well before Trump even announced he was running for an elected position back in 2015.  But once he was president, I shelved the idea because I felt people saw it happening in live time, the kind of leadership that truly made the world go around.  Traditionally, going well back into the stuffiness of Europe, it has been generally accepted that simple titles were all that was needed for leadership; once a title was obtained that people would follow them based on that social designation.  I have always said that the concept of leadership was wrong.  That leadership was much more obscure and powerful if only people understood it, so my term “ghosting it” evolved along those lines.  Once Trump had been successful as president, I saw that people needed to understand it as the various harassments started coming to be known a few years into the presidency.  So I resurrected the book idea and found a new publisher for it after the Parler debacle at Amazon. Now it’s about to be released, just in time to make a great point about what comes next in the freedom movement. 

We are making the rules up for this new kind of media as we go, so I don’t know if I am supposed to call the videos I do for this blog every day “podcasts,” vlogs, broadcasts, or what.  But early in the process, when it was apparent that Trump would not easily win the White House for a second term, people would need help walking through things.  I was never worried about what I was seeing because of my understanding of “ghosting it.” I always figured Trump could lead from his home in Florida and that the actual White House was irrelevant.  We had just witnessed some of the greatest crimes in history.  I reminded people from day one of starting my new Rumble account to host the videos that this process of sorting all the crimes out and pursuing justice over them would take a long time, at least a few years, perhaps an entire election cycle.  We were, after all, at war and have been for many years prior.  This was a kind of civil war where the enemy did not want to face anybody with guns in the street or fists to faces. Instead, they intended to kill our side with vague definitions of patriotism that would deny us a rallying cry of perceptual victory.  We were winning with Trump, with an excellent economy, with a renewed patriotic spirit, so the enemy, in this case, sought to deny us the definitions of victory so we would have no way of measuring how good things were.  Their complete strategy orchestrated from the shadows of government was to obscure the definitions of success so that we would not be unified behind the insurrection they were hosting against American ideas at the most fundamental level.  And for the enemy, they thought that by removing the title of president from Trump, that we would only be able to wallow in defeat, and that we would give up on this idea of freedom in our country and surrender ourselves to the mask police of global intent.

However, the curveball that America’s enemies can’t hit is the leadership ability of “ghosting it,” which Trump, after a lifetime of branding himself into a legend, was able to do.  And this past week leading up to the 4th of July for 2021, he has been doing it wonderfully, leading from the “ghost” position, which my new book explains in detail using metaphors of the Old West as the foundation for understanding it.  In many ways, Trump is much more powerful out of the White House than in it, leaving all the criminals involved in releasing the Covid virus and the election fraud that followed in its wake very vulnerable.  The pressure of Trump’s speeches on the 4th of July and his border visit during the same period has put a kind of pressure on the Biden administration they are not prepared for in any way.  And they are crumbling before our eyes.  When Trump told a group of visitors who had stood in the rain all day in Sarasota, Florida, that there was no mathematical way Biden obtained 80 million votes, notice how you did not see the Biden administration come to its defense?  Because they can’t, they know how they won that election; they had the help of many millions of people who made it happen, illegally, of course.  But they can’t dispute Trump’s claims.  All they can do is hope that people don’t notice or listen.  This is the essence of “ghosting it,” when they think they have killed you as a leadership rival, you take your legendary status, your hard-won reputation, and apply it like a ghost and terrorize those confined to the limits of the rules of life.  Live people have to live within walls and stairs to move around a house, for instance.  But a ghost can be everywhere, all the time, all hours of the day and night.  And they cannot be killed.  They can exist here, there, and way across the other side of the world as ghosts, which is precisely what Trump is doing to the forces that attempted to run him out of Washington D.C. as our representative by shoving him out of the White House and taking his nameplate off the Oval Office door. 

This criminal conduct would have just gone on longer if not for what happened in this last election, even with the inflation. The other damages to our economy, to get back to a foundation of law and order, we had to go through this process. We had to have a person in a leadership position like Trump who could fight this fight on a level the other side can’t understand or deal with legitimately.  The media culture that props up people like Biden has to be destroyed by methods they can’t understand, by rules they cannot live by because they are phony, most everything they embark on is.  They cannot win if “ghosting it” is applied to the situation because they live their lives to make it impossible for them to utilize.  I do explain all that in my book.  It took a while to work out the concepts to understand the obscurities of “ghosting it.” Still, I recognized early on that if more people understood the idea, even going back to 2012, we could advance the freedom movement, which has always needed a fresh approach. To return control of our government to the people who are supposed to be controlling it.  The same skills are required in sports and business, even in family management.  But for the people who want to maintain a constitutional republic in America, “Ghosting It” is the way to go.  If you don’t care about the titles of leadership but the results, then you can be like a ghost and can harass the enemies of America to the point where they will be terrified just at the mention of your name.  Trump can be president without the White House, and that is what he’s been doing lately, which will give us results that have never yet been tried in any country. But it’s happening now and to a significant effect.

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How to Fund Science: Get government out of the process so they can’t corrupt it

We need to get government out of funding science

If we have learned anything from the embarrassing Covid experience worldwide, it’s the validation that you do not want government funding to be the lifeline to the sciences.  Because when it is, such as what we saw with the NIH under Dr. Fauci, we have the all too tempting scenario where scientists will say anything to get that funding, including whatever governments want them to do.  For instance, to control elections, like made-up death totals, false models, bloviated cable news statements about the danger of a virus, the origin of a virus, and the long-term consequences of a virus to secure that funding.  What we have in modern times is not the best science that a rich country can buy; what we have is essentially the Institute of Science that they had in the famous book Atlas Shrugged.  A superficial branch of the government which attempts to quell people’s concerns as the government seeks to dominate every aspect of our lives.  And that is partly why it took me so long to write my latest book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business; it’s not because it takes a long time to write a book. Still, instead, it took a long time to look at our world and ask and answer the hard questions about existence, how money is made, and what kind of world we should build for this next century.  To do that, we have to surgically take out a cancer called progressivism that started to seep into America during the end of the 19th century and advanced to critical mass before the roaring 20s.  Most of us wouldn’t know any better because it happened slowly over time before many of us were even born.  So nobody even thinks to ask the question as we build our assumptions on failure after failure disguised as success.  Yet, I had the fortune recently to travel most of the United States, particularly in the Old West, and dig into our history and consider what a healthy government should look like instead of what we have.  Two fine examples of why the government should not be funding science emerged, but that private industry should, became evident. 

When Andrew Carnegie told the famous paleontologist Earl Douglas that he wanted something big to fill the great museum that the steel tycoon was building in Pittsburg, it set Douglas west into the Morrison Formation site to achieve that goal.  Carnegie didn’t know what Douglas would find.  He just knew what he needed and discovered the fabulous quarry that is still there to this day and continues to tell the world much of what we know about dinosaurs.  If it hadn’t been for Andrew Carnegie’s money, the giant apatosaurus that Douglas brought back to fill that museum would have never been found if the government had been funding that endeavor; likely, the giant sauropod would still be lost out there in that Utah mountaintop.  It took a prominent thinking capitalist like we used to make in America to give science a platform, which was the case for most of the early development of the science fields from archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, even astronomy.  Remember when the Obama administration told NASA that they should be studying Islamic contributions to science in the past instead of thinking of going to the stars yet again?  NASA listened and did what they were told because they wanted continued government funding.  See the problem? 

Teton National Park at Jenny Lake

Another example is the long story of making Teton National Park possible because essentially John D. Rockefeller started buying up land in Jackson Hole to make it possible for the government to set that area apart for a national park eventually.  He wanted that site to stay pristine and undeveloped.  In a video I show here from Instagram, you can see just how beautiful the Teton’s are.  The amenities at Jenny Lake, for instance, are incredible.  Now I could make a lot of arguments that Jackson Hole would have been better off developed and that I might want to enjoy Jenny Lake from a condo porch rather than a National Park.  But the concept of our National Parks is a good one.  It is good to see these places as they have always been, undeveloped.  It’s suitable for scientific study to discuss the socialism of these National Parks managed by the government another time.  After seeing the Tetons up close, it was good that Horace Albright was able to convince Rockefeller to spend a small fortune to buy the land then donate it to the government to create Teton National Park as a separate park from Yellowstone.  It was then signed into being by the great president Calvin Cooledge because it gave us what we see today.  But it took a personality like John D. Rockefeller to do it.  Without big-time capitalists operating with such large amounts of capital, places like the Teton National Park would have never happened. 

This idea that rich people are evil, or that they should “pay their fair share,” as determined by some socialist government viewpoint or the lazy and wretched in society who are naturally below-the-line thinkers, is the sure way to secure failure in all aspects of life.  In July of 2021, it is not an accident that three private industry tycoons of significant capital are going to space.  Richard Branson is about to personally fly to space himself to demonstrate the safety of his Virgin Galactic company.  Right after him, Jeff Bezos is flying into space with his Blue Origin rockets.  And Elon Musk is planning to get his Starship into an orbital test flight on a fast track to get back to the moon.  The government is not doing these things at NASA.  Government funding shapes what they do, which is why they have been stuck in a holding pattern of innovation for such a long time.  Private industry driven by great capital enterprises is how science is best developed.  It’s also how you get the best answers to complicated problems. We see the failures with Covid and how big pharma tied directly to FDA approvals have to play the government game if they want to exist, so they will do so whatever the government wants.  The key is to separate these problems, not to join them together as one entity.

That is the offerings in my book to identify these problems and separate them as they have before for a better approach for the future.  I could speak all day about the need for more understanding in science.  We are learning a great deal about our past that makes our assumptions here and now seem silly.  Which needs attention in just about all the sciences.  Truthfully, where we are today is embarrassing when comparing the rate of discovery to what it was when private funding drove most of the results, such as in the examples provided here.  But that is the case with all scientific fields.  Instead of intelligent scientists finding the freedom to discover, they are more like prostitutes catering to the desires of perverts in government. If the government had discovered flight and stuck its fat socialist ass in the development of it, we would never have gone from flying a kite to landing on the moon in just 70 years; we’d still be looking for the string for the kite in the garage of the Wright Brothers.  Government is slow, unmotivated, and essentially corrupt no matter where it is formed in the world.  They are needed to some extent for a free society to function well, but they must be as small as possible to stay out of the way of actual progress.  And we’ve done it well before.  Our task for the future is to look at those times where we did get it right and learn to remove the cancer of progressivism that is now threatening to kill us as patients.  That’s essentially the problem of our times.

Rich Hoffman

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