TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE IMPEACHMENT

Posted: December 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF 12/22/2019

‘Twas the night before impeachment, when all through the house
Not a congressman was stirring, not even a mouse;
The articles were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that McConnell soon would be there;
The Democrats were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of removal danced in their heads;
And Nancy in her ‘kerchief, and Chuck in his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the mall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the TV I flew like a flash,
Turned on the set and listened to the trash.
The image of the moon on the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of impeachment to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and plump,
I knew in a moment it must be President Trump.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Abraham, now Richmond, now Higgins now Johnson and who knew!
On, Graves, Scalise, McCarty and VanDrew too
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
It’s time to adjourn; Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of surprises, and President Trump too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof                                                                             The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the stairs came President Trump with a bound.
He was dressed to the fours, from his head to his boot,
And his wife was with him, so elegant and cute;
A bundle of agreements he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a President just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the hair of his head was turning white as the snow;
The stump of a pen he held tight in his hand,
And the power it emitted was anything but bland
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know the Dems had everything to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
His team was in place in order to teach
It takes true crimes for Congress to Impeach.

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the stairs he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT,  WITH A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO ALL REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, LETS END THIS DESTRUCTIVE FIGHT!

Merry Christmas everyone and may the true meaning of Christmas exude its’ love and peace on all of us.

Changing Names

Posted: July 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF 7/12/2020
America is teetering on the edge of a deep and dark abyss that threatens to destroy two hundred and thirty-four years of blood, sweat, tears, failures and ultimately successes. Change is natural, change is usually opposed but change has advantages that provide positive benefits. While calculated changes can be of benefit if the advantages are understood and execution of the changes are well managed; a wholesale removal of policies, practices and norms can be nothing less than a disaster. This disaster is looming in front of us if allowed to manifest itself in the daily life of our great nation.
We have witnessed the destruction of statues across the United States. While these monuments have been knocked down, painted and broken, the protests have escalated to the burning of the icon of America, the flag of the United States. While these acts are hidden as race riots that accent the oppression of blacks across the country, it is every bit being orchestrated by those that want nothing less than to see America transformed into a nation that does not reflect the noblest of prior causes nor the sacrifices made by so many Americans. Sacrifices that made America into the greatest country in the history of the earth.
Anarchy, more directly Communism that embraces a socialistic economic system, must have a beginning to its’ history. Destroy the statues and monuments and thus obliterate all previous history. Then the only history portrayed will be a point in time when the anarchical riots took place and thus led to the collapse of our great nation. If monuments to the greatness of America disappear, the obliteration of American history must be expanded. Names associated to great American leaders will be removed from the vernacular of American culture.
Removal of American leaders is not new. Herbert Hoover began a dream to bring electricity to the California coast and thus spark growth in an area of astronomical potential. He began a hydroelectric project so immense that it would take a new town to house the workers. Bolder City was constructed as work began on the Dam that would be named for the Republican president. When the Democrats came to power the dam was changed to Boulder Dam. Fortunately, right prevailed and the Dam was renamed to Hoover Dam. This attempt to minimize one political party is small when compared to what is in the works at this time.
Princeton University is a noble Ivy League school. It recently stripped the name Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from the building at Princeton. It was suggested that segregationist views of Wilson are not appropriate for the school. While this may be true it must be realized that no man is perfect and time has a way of moving humanity into a more tolerant and understanding society. Many times, man is judged on past indiscretions while good and noble actions are lost in the sands of time.
Wilson was the 28th president of the United States. During his term, the Democratic president, oversaw the most progressive legislation until FDR’s new deal policy. Wilson grew up in Civil War Georgia and eventually received a PHD from Johns Hopkins University before becoming president of Princeton. He was elected president in 1912 and began immediate reforms that led to the first income tax. He presided over legislation that led to the Federal Reserve, the same organization that took action to prevent the United States from sliding into a depression during our current pandemic. He promoted legislation to break monopolies or trusts and in 1917 he asked for a declaration of war against German and thus sent troops to Europe in World War I. After the war, Wilson proposed the League of Nations that would be in place to attempt to prevent future wars. Ironically, the United States Senate failed to ratify the United
States joining the league. So the question begs to be asked, “Does Woodrow Wilson’s name deserve to be stripped from the annals of Princeton University?”.
A Communistic approach to anarchy is to win small victories. Then before the victory has a chance to manifest itself in society, continue the attack and demand more change. This is what happened at Princeton. A group of graduate students are demanding: defunding and eventually abolishing the campus public safety department, using the school’s endowment to pay reparations, not allowing Princeton to invest its endowment in private prisons or with any vendors that contract with prisons, and increasing Black student enrollment.
Today it is Woodrow Wilson but tomorrow who will it be. Washington or Jefferson will eventually be targets. Even Alexander Hamilton is not immune. A group is demanding that the most successful play on Broadway, Hamilton, not be streamed on the Disney Channel. Ironically, it is a Black Actor that plays Hamilton.
Substance has not meaning, just destroy everything.

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE, BERNICE BANNER AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF JULY 5TH.
I love the 4th of July. One of my 3 most favorite holidays. This year the 4th is under attack like no other time in our lives history. As bad as it may seem I am convinced that Americans will pull together and continue to move our great nation forward.
In our time of instant communication, we are inundated with talk shows, news programs, and a myriad of communications that keep us updated on all the happenings of the world. Every once in a while, a speech seems to capture the essence of the moment. I recently came across a speech from a radio program that embraces the magic of our nation’s birthday, the 4th of July. I hope you enjoy.
“At this time in our history when we view other nations in distress and oppression of dictatorship, the threatening clouds of war, and men lined up by the thousands to destroy with cannon, airships, and destructive machinery of every kind, not only property and lives but the fundamentals upon which True Americanism was founded, how fitting it is that we should pause from our daily pursuits to defend Americanism, to remind our neighbors, our friends and our people of their duty to protect the principles upon which real Americanism rests, with the American Flag flying over your head.
When Washington, Morris and Carol, all of different faiths and creeds, signed the immortal, everlasting document which became the tenants and creed of Americanism, they, with inspired hearts and minds, planted as the most beautiful flowers in the garden of Independence, tolerance, justice, freedom, liberty and patriotism.
So let us ,on this occasion, bind ourselves as Americans to keep alive, watching out for hidden adversaries and enemies, these elements which will forever inspire peace, happiness and tranquility to the American people and their future generations as intended by our forefathers when they founded this great republic.
Isms, false doctrines, and race or religious prejudices have no place in this country. All alike the Jews, the Gentile, the descendants of those from every land, who live in obedience to our laws, have equal rights and privileges. Let every man and good woman teach this ideal, love, tolerance and fairness to one another, practice these ideals, love, tolerance and fairness to one another, practice these ideals, love tolerance and fairness in their relationship with one another and to one another in all instances, and Americanism will live on.
In these tragic days when man’s inhumanity makes countless millions mourn, when racial and religious groups are oppressed elsewhere, persecuted by the ruthless, damnable and barbarian practices of dictatorship, when the cherished ideals of democracy are being trampled upon, there is no greater moment of importance in America than to let every man, woman and child stand as a sentinel watching for an enemy, standing as a soldier to guard the immortal principles that we have inherited, and to remember there is but one way to happiness. Love and peace can always be maintained, and that is by upholding, protecting and maintaining democracy, religious freedom and tolerance, which all summed up together are Americanism.
To his great common altar of Americanism there comes daily into this country the Jew, the Protestant and the Catholic with the best traditions of each, coming to pray that their traditional rights may always be preserved, and that the sacred altar of Americanism be preserved, and that the sacred altar of Americanism be preserved by an edict and the sanction of Almighty God will not be blemished by the polluted and bandit hand of dictatorship or false propaganda spread among our people through those who would take from us the heritage of the past and leave us with a false and cruel idol to steer us to anarchy and chaos in the future.
And why should not the Jew and the Protestant and the Catholic, together with the other various sects, come to this common altar in the great country of ours.
First and foremost it is fundamentally right. Second, we are a people who came from lands across the waters where oppression dominated at the time they came over. Third, and most important of all, highest and greatest of all the reasons we could set forth, do we not have the challenge of the old Bible. Is it no true that after all is done and said that we have but one Father? Were we not created, after all is done and said, by one and the same God?
Civil and religious liberty with the rights and privileges given us under what is known in America as The Bill of Rights, a national jewel, adopted by all of the states of these United Commonwealths, stands as a gift not only from our forefathers, but from Almighty God, as they in turn were inspired by their Creator when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States, which guarantee freedom of thought, freedom of press, freedom of religion, and personal liberty as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others, is not abused, and the laws of the country are obeyed and not entrenched upon.
To me it is necessary that the best of our people, old and young, should not forget the altar of Americanism, for when the day comes that the altar is forgotten, then America will cease to be a land of freedom.
At this common altar of Americanism let us steer the youth and the children of this historic land in order that in the days to come, when we have passed away to an unknown and, there will still remain an army and host of true Americans, plighted and pledged to uphold the ideals, the noble sentiments, the achievements and the principles of real Americans.
I thank you.”
This speech rings true in so many ways and is appropriate at a time that we celebrate our Nations birth; however, the speech was not presented recently. Nor was it given within the last decade or for that matter within the last generation. As much as this reflects our country and the challenges we face today, the speech was given on radio station KWKH in Shreveport on March 1st, 1939.

AMERICA’S OPENING UP

Posted: June 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

The United States went into lock down several months ago. The first week or two was like a vacation. Sleeping late, watching movies, surfing the web and overeating was quite a change to the world we were accustomed to. In the early days of the shutdown, President Trump made the statement that we had to open back up as quick as possible. He noted that mental illness could ensue if Americans were forced to live behind closed doors.
Several weeks following the shutdown it began to become evident that Americans were indeed intended to live an active life outdoors with the ability to express our sense of freedom. Posts on social media became more and more hostile. Instead of people spending stimulus checks, savings accounts began to grow for many people in lockdown. This passion to save is more reminiscent of people growing up during the Great Depression instead of being raised in the 1950s going forward. Then the protests that led to riots let the animal instincts loose and we watched behavior not seen in this magnitude since the 1960s.
President Trump initially said that he would open the economy but quickly retracted that statement following protests from the individual state governments. The states would determine their individual opening strategy utilizing recommendations from the Center for Disease Control. This is truly the best plan as the sovereignty of the states remains intact and who better to determine when and to what magnitude to open a state’s commerce than the state’s government.
Last week I spent several days at Lake Catherine with our friends the Posts. The only thing I asked was that no politics would be discussed. It was a fun trip; but I couldn’t help myself once I got away from the campground.
There are various economic models that are used in an effort to forecast what the stock market and the economy of the world has in store for us. Many are very good but nothing is perfect. Additionally, analysist present charts and graphs and while some are very good, there is still parts of our country that cannot be graphed, plotted or analyzed. To me, one of the most important economic indicators that we see every month is the Consumer Sentiment Index. This is presented by the University of Michigan and discloses the sentiment of the consumer. The American economy could appear to be in the toilet but If the CSI is high or is rising then I breath a sigh of relief. The American consumer drives the economy and if they feel good then America is on the right track. Don’t bet against America.
The other gauge of how America is doing is my own observations. When the Obama administration was pulling us out of a tragic recession, we witnessed a lethargic recovery compared to the magnitude of the downturn to the economy. Traditional methods to forecast the recovery did not include all the aspects of what was in place to get the country’s economic health on track. Every time I stopped at a store I would ask the cashier how business was and were they seeing an increase in traffic. One main characteristic of I used for judging the recovery was to look at a Walmart parking when I drove by. By estimating the number of cars in the parking lot I could see if the consumer was buying. Buying by the average American is the engine that would drive the recovery of our nation. Forecasting based on the American consumer is a great way to determine the economic health of our Nation.
Last week I used the same logic to judge the extent of economic activity post shutdown based on human activity in the Hot Springs, Arkansas area. This area had only recently opened up from the COVID lockdown. I stopped for coffee in El Dorado and heard from the cashier that business was beginning to grow. At the Shell station in Arkadelphia I heard he same thing and also heard that it was quickly getting busier as activity was expanding. Then I arrived at the Lake Ouachita campground. It was completely full. A restaurant near the entrance to the park said they were very busy since re-opening. Then the reality of America wanting to get out of the house became apparent the next day. We hiked to the water falls and there were more people there than I had ever seen. Upon returning to the camp site I noticed cars packed into the trail head area. I asked two rangers why all they cars were there and they explained they belonged to hikers coming to walk the trails. Then they disclosed that they were closing the park daily due to so much traffic. This had never happened before.
Try to buy a Kayak, or a bicycle or an above swimming pool. All the major retailers are sold out. America wants out; but unfortunately there are consequences. Over the past week we are experiencing a great spike in the number of COVID cases reported. The ultimate solution is a vaccine that will put this peril under control.

America is gripped in the middle of a cultural crisis that is witnessing the unraveling of the fabric that built our great nation. Racial inequality is listed as the basis of the current protests, rioting and illegal landgrabs in Seattle. While the identified intent of the protests is a noble gesture, the underlying objective is quite sinister. We are experiencing the early stages of anarchy and it is being disguised as protests for the death of a black man in Minneapolis and another in Atlanta. Behind the scenes there are those that want nothing less than a complete destruction of the America that we know. Some of this anarchy is spontaneous and allows some liberal individual that was standing in the wings to have the opportunity to flex his muscles and make a power play out of the disarray. What is even more alarming is the coordinated effort to let the strife play out and then mold America in the form of earlier failed countries. The view imagined by these individuals is nothing less than socialism and communism. One aspect of this concept of revolution is to destroy the past. Failures happening in the future of the new government then has nothing great and noble to compare itself to. A new world order takes place from this point going forward and the defining moments of greatness provided by those that built the history of our great nation are lost. One part of cleansing the past is to destroy the art and monuments that depict the history of the country.
This wipe-out of history is nothing new. In ancient Egypt a ruler, Akhenaten, came to power and infuriated the priests of the kingdom by declaring there was only one god, and that was the god of the sun. Monotheism was a revolutionary concept and not readily accepted in Egypt. Akhenaten also built the new centrally planned capital of Amarna and moved the capital from Thebes. Upon his death his son, Tutankhamen (King Tut), became the new King and he moved the country back to becoming polytheism, the worship of multiple gods. Soon after Akhenaten died a major purge took place to remove his name from the history of Egypt. His belief in one god was so revolutionary that all evidence of it was to be purged. Carvings that depicted his name were chiseled clean while his statues were destroyed. It was not until the late 19th century, almost 3,500 years after his death, that Archeologist uncovered evidence that he had actually existed. With his death and subsequent destruction of statues and carvings, the history of monotheism in Egypt ceased to exist.
In modern times attempts to destroy monuments and symbols of a country’s history have taken place. When Nazi Germany was defeated by the Allies in World War II, the Allies destroyed monuments in an attempt to purge the past. In later times the Taliban destroyed gigantic Buddhist carvings in Afghanistan while ISIS destroyed statues and archeological sites in Syria. This form of purification is exactly what is happening today in our country and right in front of our own eyes. Ironically, as the U.S. is removing their statues Germany has just erected a new one; Lenin the father of the Communist Revolution in Russia is being honored. The same communist party that sent troops into Berlin, raped 1 million German women and ultimately led to 100,000 suicides.
The rioters in America do not care what is destroyed, just destroy everything. The 54th Massachusetts was the second black Union Infantry unit formed in the civil war. It received notoriety in the movie Glory. As protesters walked past the monument honoring these troops the monument was spray painted and desecrated. Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed the slaves and was ultimately killed for it, has had his statues attacked and damaged. For some reason that is lost to me, Teddy Roosevelt’s statue is being removed from the Museum of Natural History. The list goes on and on. I’m waiting for the next wave to hit and Washington and Jefferson will be the next victims.
It’s time that we take a tough stand about our legacy and our history. It’s also time to get history back into the schools so that our youth understand where they came from. Let’s wake up as to what is happening less we wake up and we are living in an American version of Venezuela, or Cuba or Russia.

The Uncommon Man

Posted: June 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

Our beautiful country is at a point that we are looking inward and trying to answer some very difficult questions. As we search for solutions it is imperative that the solutions we develop will build a foundation for the next phase of our noble nation. Socialism, anarchy and lawlessness has no place in America. Freedom and justice for all, the same words penned by our founding fathers, is the simple answer that will lead us forward in difficult times. It is important that these five words are followed to the letter in its’ entirety.
America was founded and built by a unique set of individuals. This consortium of people packed up everything they owned and set sail to a new country and a new home with the knowledge that they would never return to the place where they were raised; they would never see their friends or family again. These people arrived with a spirit of individualism that was manifested in the majority of immigrants to our great nation. Natural selection occurred and a breed of human occupied a new country.
This spirit was captured in a writing authored by Dean Alfrange. Alfrange was born of Greek parents living in Turkey. A Greek living in Turkey in the 1880s was not a desirable life as Turkey had been at war or feuding with Greece since the Persians invaded Greece in 490 BC. Alfrange came to America as an infant and like many appreciative immigrants he joined the Army and went off to World War I. Alfrange went to college following the war and eventually received a law degree from Columbia.
Alfrange put America above political affiliation, something that needs to be reinstated in our National and State Government political thinking. In the 1930s he served as head of the American Labor Party. Then in 1940 Franklin Roosevelt appointed him to a Democratic party position and then was nominated to run as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. In 1944 his actions in the American Labor Party led to the formation of the Liberal Party. Then in 1970 Alfrange was appointed by Nelson Rockefeller to a position within the Republican Party.
As magnificent as his loyalty was to the country, the most memorable accomplishment of Alfrange was his writing known as the Uncommon Man. In this writing he encapsulates the true being of the men and women that built America. Unfortunately, much of this meaning has been lost over time but it is within the reach of Americans to regain this level of integrity and individualism. This writing follows:
“My Creed I do not choose to be a common man, It is my right to be uncommon … if I can, I seek opportunity … not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen. Humbled and dulled by having the State look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; To dream and to build. To fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole; I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; The thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect. proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say: This, with God’s help, I have done all this is what it means to be an Entrepreneur.” ― Dean Alfange

In our current chaos it is time to take a timeout and look at our country and take a hard look at what it took to tame a wild frontier and build the massive country we have today. In our past there were no guarantees and there was only the opportunity to succeed. The person that desired a better future could turn his nostrils to the west and follow his nose. The future of the man and woman that did so rested in the desire and grit that the individuals had in their hearts and guts. There were no freebies and there were no handouts, only the opportunity to try.
Jim Bridger was one of the more famous mountain men in American history. He trapped, guided and explored the American West during the early to mid-1800s and was instrumental in forging a new nation.
Bridger was one of those men that had the constitution of a bull. He walked from Colorado to Canada and survived the perils of the American Rocky Mountains at a time that there were few white men occupying the land. .At a time when men died young he survived for seventy-seven years. He opened a new route for the Oregon Trail and by using the newly discovered Bridger Pass, the emigrants crossing the mountains could save over sixty miles of harsh travel. He married a woman of the Flathead tribe and following her death he married a daughter of a Shoshone chief. Bridger founded a fort that carried his name, Fort Bridger. He would advise wagon trains going west and it was documented that the doomed Donner Party stopped there on their way to being snowed-in at Donner Lake, California. They eventually survived by eating members of the party that had died of exposure and hunger. The Donner Party had apparently not enlisted guidance from Bridger.
Jim Bridger’s friends’ list was like a who’s who of Mountain Men and people that forged a new country from the wilds of the Rockies and Sierras. Kit Carson, mountain man, military scout, explorer, Indian agent and military officer was one friend. John Fremont, founder of Pike’s Peak and commander of troops during the Mexican American War in California was also a friend as was General George Armstrong Custer. John Sutter, owner of Sutter’s mill where gold was discovered in California and thus led to the great California Gold Rush was also among Bridger’s circle of associates. Probably the most controversial acquaintance was a man named Hugh Glass.
Glass has been immortalized in the movie, “Revenant”. This movie starring Leonardo DeCaprio was ear marked for a year of awards as the enormity of Hugh Glass’s survival odyssey is displayed on the silver screen. Glass was attacked and mauled by a bear before the carnivore was killed. Two men remained with him to wait for Glass to die and then bury him. One was a battled hardened mountain man and the other was a seventeen year old kid on his first expedition. Glass refused to die but the two abandoned him with the knowledge that he would eventually succumb to his injuries.. Glass didn’t die and his epic quest to survive and wreck vengeance on those that left him for dead is legendary. This movie is a remake of a 1971 movie, “The Man In The Wilderness” starring Richard Harris and John Huston. My first encounter with the Hugh Glass story and his adventure predated the 1971 movie by 5 years when Troop 16’s iconic scout master, Larce Holder told us this story over some campfire at a camp on the Corney Creek.
The young seventeen year old that Glass lived to kill was Jim Bridger. Had Glass gone through with his vengeance the move west for thousands of settlers would have been quit different.
Glass did survive and later found the two men that left him for dead. The older man had joined the army as a scout and returned Glass’s gun that he took when left him for dead. Glass did not kill the scout fearing execution for killing a soldier. The younger man was also left alone as he had only been a kid. That man would later open up much of the west to settlers and traders. His name; Jim Bridger.

It’s important that we continue to look inward as a country and provide the same opportunities to every American that was accorded to men like Bridger. This opportunity is accorded every man and woman and with the same guarantee bestowed to Bridger; freedom to succeed but no guarantee of success.

INSURRECTION ACT

Posted: June 7, 2020 in Uncategorized

America has been going through a quit tumultuous period of time over the last two weeks. Peaceful protests coupled with riots plus inserted anarchist taking advantage of raw emotions has led to Americans becoming mad, sad, confused and filled with instant emotional reactions. Pictures of riots in major cities showed heartbroken shop owners who had been fighting for existence amid closures from the Corona virus pandemic. In many outbreaks the police were outnumbered and amid a lack of leadership at the city level the police were expected to perform their duties with one hand tied behind behind its’ back. During these passionate times there was a mention of using American troops to curtail the riots. This did not happen but amid rhetoric from both sides of using force, the question must be asked “Is the use of American military troops on American soil legal?”.
When I was living in Saudi Arabia just prior to Desert Storm our softball team would sponsor Navy SEALS to meals and a game of softball. This was done on a weekly basis and we got to be good friends with these American warriors. One evening I recall talking to the Senior NCO about using the SEALS to help secure the southern border with Mexico. The illegal crossing of the American border is not a new dilemma for America. He told me that he would love to use that as a training opportunity for surveillance for this team. He also told me that American law did not allow the U.S. Military to be used on American soil. This is true except for one exception.
In 1807 Thomas Jefferson signed the Insurrection Act of the United States of America. The act is defined as an Act authorizing the employment of the land and naval forces of the United States, in cases of insurrections.
This act reads “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases of insurrection, or obstruction to the laws, either of the United States, or of any individual state or territory, where it is lawful for the President of the United States to call forth the militia for the purpose of suppressing such insurrection, or of causing the laws to be duly executed, it shall be lawful for him to employ, for the same purposes, such part of the land or naval force of the United States, as shall be judged necessary, having first observed all the pre-requisites of the law in that respect.
This allows the President the authority to activate and use U.S. Military force to quell and suppress insurrections or to enforce the laws of the United States or an individual state or territory. It is anticipated that the President can unilaterally make the assessment and activate the troops. There was a part of the Act that states that the Federal Government can move into a state without the state’s approval. That part of the act was enacted in 2007. All states opposed and it was repealed in 2008. Even though this is the law there are examples of where the states were bypassed and troops sent in.
In 1878 the Congress passed another law that limits the use of troops on American soil. This is known as the Posse Comitatus Act. The Posse Comitatus Act, which limits the use of the U.S. military for law enforcement within the U.S., was signed by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878, but the Insurrection Act does allow that exception. While this law protects American citizens, it does not counter the Insurrection Act.
The Insurrection Act has been used more than 20 times. Some noted enactments of the Insurrection Act and the President that enacted them are:
Ulysses S, Grant – three times to include curtailing the KuKluxKlan and riots in Baton Rouge over a Governor campaign. The states did not request assistance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt – Detroit race riots. The state did request assistance.
Dwight Eisenhower – Protection of the Little Rock Nine; the first children to integrate an Arkansas public school.
John Kennedy – three times. Each time was to enforce integration laws. Twice in Mississippi and once in Alabama. The state did not request either Eisenhower’s or Kennedy’s use of troops.
Lyndon Johnson – Holds the record of enacting the Insurrection Act four times. Each time the act was due to riots and the states requested assistance each time.
George H.W. Bush – The last time the Insurrection Act was used to curtail the Las Angeles riot in 1992 and the state of California requested to help.
The Insurrection Act was not used in our recent riots and since the states did not request federal troops to enter their borders it is prudent to not have brought in federal troops.
It is interesting to note that George Bush did want to enact the Insurrection Act to bring law and order to New Orleans during Katrina. The Louisiana governor opposed this action so the Act was never activated.

American Anarchy

Posted: June 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

America is experiencing a very sad and emotional filled time in the country’s history. A deplorable and despicable example of racial hatred was the spark that ignited peaceful protests and unfortunately rioting, looting and destruction. This looting was a senseless act of lawlessness where businesses were robbed and destroyed in neighborhoods that had been rocked by the Corona Virus epidemic and were preparing to reopen after weeks of being shutdown. Much of this destruction was not triggered by a protest against the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Much of this destruction was triggered by outside agitators that took advantage of the frustration from weeks of quarantining followed by racial frustrations following the death of George Floyd. These subversive agents entered the crowds of protesters, incited violence and inflicted this form of anarchy in major cities across the United States.
An American President, somber, strong and prophetic once stated, “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us. It will not come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freeman, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” To simplify this statement, we will not be destroyed from outside but instead we will destroy ourselves. The President, Abraham Lincoln, spoke this in 1838 and sends a clear message to a growing nation.
In the 1960s another world leader stated, “We do not have to invade the United States, we will destroy you from within.” This is a quote attributed to the late Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev; a leader bent on destroying democracy, freedom and capitalism and replacing it with communism.
We are experiencing a form of anarchy that is being masked by the sincere distress of the death of a black man at the hands of an unscrupulous policeman in Minnesota. Anarchy is defined as “a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority”. This man’s death should be a time for internal reflection, a time to mourn and a time to question what a better path looks like. Instead this has been hijacked by those that want to see America overthrown and who are using emotion to accomplish their terrible deeds. This is anarchy at its’ best and the methods deployed across America displays a methodical coordinated attack. This is straight from the Communist playbook on how to overthrow freedom loving countries and insert Communist rule.
The term used to identify the organization that is causing civil disobedience is known as ANTIFA. Defined as “the movement in the United States as a militant, predominantly left-wing, anti-fascist political activist movement that comprises autonomous activist groups that aim to achieve their political objectives through the use of direct action rather than through policy reform.” This is anarchy in its’ most raw and exposed form.
Roots of ANTIFA date back to the 1930s as Fascism was spreading from Mussolini’s Italy across Germany and then into Europe by way of invasion from Hitler’s Nazi organization. Over time ANTIFA became an anti-white supremist organization in Europe and especially anti Neo-Nazi groups. Of course one of the most antifascist organizations was the Communist partywith manifestations coming from the invasion of Russia from Germany.
The Washington Times disclosed that ANTIFA began organizing insurgencies last November as the election season began in earnest. Then when the senseless killing of a young black man in Minnesota provided the opportunity for nationwide riots, not peaceful protests, Antifa had the opportunity to move. According to the Times, “Antifa’s actions represent a hard break with the long tradition of a peaceful political process in the United States,” said former National Security Council staff member Rich Higgins. “Their Marxist ideology seeks not only to influence elections in the short term but to destroy the use of elections as the determining factor in political legitimacy.”

An Act authorizing the employment of the land and naval forces of the United States, in cases of insurrections
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases of insurrection, or obstruction to the laws, either of the United States, or of any individual state or territory, where it is lawful for the President of the United States to call forth the militia for the purpose of suppressing such insurrection, or of causing the laws to be duly executed, it shall be lawful for him to employ, for the same purposes, such part of the land or naval force of the United States, as shall be judged necessary, having first observed all the pre-requisites of the law in that respect.

The Posse Comitatus Act, which limits the use of the U.S. military for law enforcement within the U.S., was signed by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878, but the Insurrection Act does allow that exception.

America is in a terrible place. A devastating pandemic followed by days of riots and destruction has taken its’ toll on American resolve and is weakening its’ intestinal fortitude. Though things are bad they could be much worse. Though things are bad they could be much better.
Instead of placing political correctness, politics and petty personal rivals at the top of the list of priorities, it is time to place country above self. Its’ unfortunate that insignificant politics and selfish personalities can lead to the destruction of a decent person’s career and harm an American government at some level.
One example is Andrew Jackson’s fight to get legislation passed to move indigenous Americans, the American Indians, from the new lands in the East to new land in the Oklahoma Territory. One new congressman vehemently opposed the law. Jackson had earlier had a run-in with the congressman when they were both on the frontier fighting the Creek Indians. Following a slaughter of men, women and children the future congressman wanted to leave the militia. Amid a threat by the General and future President to have him executed, he reluctantly returned to his militia unit. Eventually the General called the future congressman a coward and a disgrace to the country and then released him to return home.
The fight for the Indian’s rights lasted months and when the vote was cast the resolution barely passed and the Indians were removed to Oklahoma. The trail of tears left thousands dead along the road and became one of the greatest blots on America’s history. The young congressman came up for re-election and amid Jackson’s power and financial efforts, the young congressman was defeated and humiliated. Though the man had done the correct thing and history would prove he was in the right, he would pack up and search for a new life where he could put his past behind him. Traveling West the frontiersman that was disgraced politically and branded a coward in the Tennessee militia would be welcomed in a new land and immediately accepted for his leadership. Soon after crossing from Arkansas into Texas, Davey Crockett would lose his life fighting for freedom in a crumbling adobe mission known as the Alamo.
Doing what is right may make a person feel slightly uncomfortable on occasion, but in the end, sleep comes much easier. When researching one of my books I came across a couple of letters that addressed doing the right thing. In the 1920s and 30s it was common for a person to ask for help in acquiring a government job. This had happened and in response the author stated that it didn’t matter if the person asking for help was a Democrat or a Republican. What matters is that the man is a good person. If he can be assured by the requester that he is, he would then try to acquire the position.
Another letter referred to a speech delivered in Las Angeles. The author of the letter congratulated the speaker and noted that even though they are of different parties a good message deserves praise. The speaker was the then President, Herbert Hoover.
The author of the two letters was head of the Louisiana Democratic Committee. If the leader of the Democratic Party in Louisiana could put politics aside and felt that honor and integrity were a higher standard than the party, why can’t America return to these higher values and Washington put America first.

In ancient Rome there was a leader named Nero. He was a leader that had lost touch with the citizens and what it took to govern in an efficient manner. The inner section of Rome caught fire one evening and the homes and shops of the common Romans burned. The huge fire could be seen from Nero’s palace that overlooked the city of Rome. As the glow of the horrible sight illuminated the evening, Nero, a self-proclaimed musician, is reported to have played his fiddle as he watched the scene below.
Last week a truly horrific act of death took place in Minneapolis. The site was so disgusting that it prompted protest from across the country. Regardless of color, religion, political affiliation or origin the results were the same; disgust and anger. While something such as this can have the effect of galvanizing a community, the death of George Floyd has spurred destruction and death across out great nation.
The most fundamental question that needs to be asked is where is the leadership local, the leadership that forged a nation, saw us through the trauma of wars and made the toughest of decisions while standing up and saying, “The Buck Stops Here”. Perhaps if this leadership took a different turn at the beginning of this turmoil, the country would be in a different situation than we face today.
On Monday, May 25th George Floyd died while being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis city policeman while three other officers stood by. The next protest began in Minneapolis. On Tuesday the Minneapolis Chief of Police had fired all four officers and asked for an FBI investigation. As the police became targets for rioters, not peaceful protesters, the leadership of Minneapolis did little to quiet the rioters and instead took a semi-hands-off approach when strong decisive leadership was called for. The police precinct office where the fired police officer worked was abandoned and left to the mob. This was the worse message that could be sent to the rioters while the valiant police of the city have been placed in a vulnerable situation.
The officer charged with the death of George Floyd was not arrested until May 29th, four days after the death of Floyd and after several nights of rioting. President Trump threatened to send in the National Guard to gain control of the situation. This drew the ire of the Minneapolis mayor and basically told the President to stay out of this. Then on Saturday the Minnesota state commissioner of public safety stated that there were reports that white supremist had come to Minnesota to stroke the trouble. Later it was acknowledged that there was no proof of this. It was this type of rhetoric that fuels confusion and displays poor leadership. The federal government stated that ANTIFA type tactics were noted and this is the most likely scenario. Ironically, ANTIFA is anti-fascist and anti-white supremist and displays a left wing communist-style of ideology.
The lack of leadership and lack of support of the police in Minneapolis at the beginning of the protests sent the message to outside agitators that they will be free to roam the streets. The agitators came in and since they were successful in Minneapolis they could be successful in other major cities. Thus the riots, no protests, spread to major cities across the country.
This begs the question of where are the leaders of the areas where the eruption is taking place. The religious leaders and many black leaders are standing up, calling for peace and refuting all violence but where are the elected officials. Why are they not on the streets pleading for calm. New York City has been rocked with riots, fire bomb attacks on police officers and destruction. Where is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Why has she not inserted herself as she has done so many times before when she attacks the moral fiber of America? Why doesn’t she lock arms with Mayor DeBlasio and walk through the streets of New York, ease the tension and denounce the violence. DeBlasio’s comment for the police to handle the situation with a soft hand has fortunately fallen on deaf ears and the New York Police Department has done what it does best, take action to keep the order.
The worse of the worse leadership came from California. Patrick Underwood, a black Federal Protective Service Officer, was murdered in Oakland, California and the George Floyd riots were noted as the cause. So where are the protests against his death and where is the federal representative and the call to have justice for this despicable act.
Alas America is truly a great country. Just as the Phoenix arose from the ashes so the cities are beginning to rise. Today, Sunday, residents of the cities. the local citizens, are on the streets cleaning and helping those that incurred so much suffering. Our leaders need to take a tough line against rioters, empathy for protesters and benevolence toward those that were left to be victimized. These cities need leadership, the leadership like was shown by the Mayor of Atlanta. She is handling the situation with the strength and dignity accorded a leader in her position.