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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 year banking career, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, and other major industry publications. The American Bankers Association (ABA) published Barnewall’s Profitable Private Banking: the Complete Blueprint, in 1987. She taught private banking at Colorado University for the ABA and trained private bankers in Singapore.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

An Open Letter To Chairman Kim

Jun 17, 2018
By Marilyn M. Barnewall

Dear Chairman Kim:

Your recent meeting with President of the United States Donald J. Trump brought tears of joy to my eyes.  I’m 81 years old and my brother served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He came home safely but so many did not.  Your offer to return their remains along with information about our Missing in Action soldiers is greatly appreciated by all Americans.

So much of the reporting about the meeting between you and my President focuses on your differences.  I find hope for the future in the likenesses between your country and mine.

You have recently come to power and have inherited past problems not of your own making.  Donald Trump faces this same burden.  It requires strength of character to take the actions necessary to implement meaningful change.  I know Donald Trump has the character required to implement the changes America needs.  I don’t know you and cannot say the same thing, but your Singapore appearance was impressive.  I will pray that you continue to seek a new and prosperous future for North Korea.

I observed last week that you terminated the services of formerly trusted advisors who could not support the steps you are taking… steps required to make needed change for your nation’s growth and opportunity.

President Trump has faced and continues to face these same challenges.  Both of you find opposition and will continue to find it because change is viewed as a threat to people’s existing power bases.  Insecure people that surround both of you fear a loss of power.  It requires courage to move forward.  

Fearful but formerly-trusted advisors who oppose plans for progress have played their part in the past.  You appear to be replacing them with those who seek a future of positive change and growth.  It takes time in our Republic form of government… but we will use the ballot box to do the same.  The media and our politicians refer to America as a democracy.  We are a republic.

You are a young man and President Trump is twice your age… and that is good.  It brings together the expectations of youth and the wisdom of age.

Prior to your leadership in North Korea, your nation promised the world it  would take certain actions to formally end the Korean Conflict and make other changes regarding nuclear weapons and abuses of human rights.

North Korea did not fulfill those commitments.  As a result, many people around the world do not trust what you now say about these same issues.   That is a burden you carry because the people of the world doubt you.  I choose to believe you.  However, like a former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, once said:  “Trust but verify.”  It is not your fault that lies were told in the past, but please understand that lies have consequences.  Unfortunately, you are the one being forced to bear the consequences of those old lies.  If you are truthful, you will prevail.

If your meeting in Singapore and the things to which you and President Trump committed are going to succeed, you must both show by example the advantages of living up to promises made.  If the two of you are to lead the world into a new and better way so that many nations with totally different types of government can thrive, it will require a strong commitment to positive progress.

You will hear many mixed messages from those who claim to be our allies.  You will hear negatives about your efforts from our media in America and from establishment politicians who fear a loss of power.  Please don’t believe them.

President Trump is an honest man.  He says what he means and means what he says.  He is not a game player.  All of us who support what Singapore represents know that both of you must be honest and truthful with one another.  Because of our political and governmental differences and because of pressures other nations will bring to bear on both of you, it will be tempting to waiver.  Success, however, depends on both of you dealing with one another on the basis of truth and understanding.

Most Americans support President Trump.  That is an obvious truth because if we did not he would not be our elected President today.  We were free to choose many others but we chose him.  We chose him to correct past problems.  Our media seems to have a hard time understanding that, but it is true.

Because of my advanced age, I have lived through World War Two, Korea, the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  For the past 30 years, I have watched elected officials ignore our Constitution and make changes to the America I have always known – an America built on honor, commitment to truth, and the civil rights of American citizens – and my country has changed.  It took time for American voters to realize the damage being done to us and when we realized what was happening, we elected Donald Trump to be our President.

President Trump commented after meeting you in Singapore that you love your country.  That is hard to believe for those of us who read newspapers and watch television news.  I have said many times, the American media serves its own purpose and not that of accurately informing the people.  We have heard terrible stories of what happens to people in North Korea and saw evidence of it in one young man who died a few days after you returned him to his American home.  He had been imprisoned in North Korea.  That makes it difficult to understand what is meant when we are told that you love your country.  But we trust President Trump.  I understand very well love of country and believe it took courage for you to go to Singapore to seek resolution of past problems and to make plans for a bright future.  We will try to understand.

Please know that the information you will receive about the wonderful success of the meeting between you and President Trump from America’s media does not reflect the opinion of the majority of the American people.  Our news outlets reflect the attitudes of people who live in big cities who think their personal opinions rather than facts are newsworthy.  Most Americans pay little or no attention to them.  The result of our Presidential election in November 2016 is evidence of who Americans believe and trust.

In 1991, I spent two weeks in Singapore training bankers on how to make special loans to independent business owners.  Singapore bankers (and South Korean and Malaysian bankers) have used that information to prosper their business communities.  United Overseas Bank in Singapore (UOB) was a client of mine and I enjoyed the time I spent in Beijing before going to Singapore.  I loved the time I spent in your part of the world.  It is beautiful!

The purpose of my letter is to ask you to believe and trust President Trump and to ignore the words of our media, the media of the European Union nations, and elected officials worldwide who make stupid statements reflective of stupid, fearful minds.  They want things to stay the same.  They are relics of the past.  What Singapore represents is an opportunity for a positive future.

Another purpose of my letter is to ask you to believe and trust the majority of the people of America who elected President Trump.  We believe in his honesty and truthfulness and in his ability to rid our nation of those whose abusive power wanes daily.  They are frightened – and they should be.  They are losing their power because their effort to diminish our sovereignty as a nation is failing.
You impressed many Americans by your actions in Singapore.  We want to believe and support what you and President Trump have begun.

Please continue walking the road of righting old wrongs.  Most Americans are very hopeful for your successful steps thus far and wish you well in bravely taking future steps.  I hope you want the same thing for those of us who approve of this great beginning and will support our President in achieving the objectives established during this historic first meeting.

Should you choose to respond to my letter, my email address is listed below.


Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall

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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career in 1956 as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 years (plus) as a banker and bank consultant, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, was U.S. Consulting Editor for Private Banker International (London/Dublin), and other major banking industry publications. She has written seven non-fiction books about banking and taught private banking at Colorado University for the American Bankers Association. She has authored seven banking books, one dog book, and two works of fiction (about banking, of course). She has served on numerous Boards in her community. Barnewall is the former editor of The National Peace Officer Magazine and as a journalist has written guest editorials for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Newsweek, among others. On the Internet, she has written for, World Net Daily, Christian Business Daily, Business Reform, and others. She has been quoted in Time, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and other national and international publications. She can be found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Business, and Who's Who in the World. E-Mail: Website:

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Trump, Congress And The Deep State: Who’s Driving Your Bus?

May 20, 2018 

(c) Copyright Marilyn M. Barnewall, All Rights Reserved

One of the best books I’ve read this past year is “Dear America:  Who’s Driving the Bus?” by Linda Goudsmit (Contrapoint Publishing).  I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand school shootings, millions of abortions, fatherless homes, the Deep State, today’s social chaos, and just about any other new millennium societal problem.  I wish I had read the book before I married… certainly before I had children.  It would be great input for a first-time voter, too.

As Goudsmit explains it, the “Bus” is you.  It’s me.  It’s the narcissistic amoral teenager who killed 10 and injured 10 people in Santa Fe, Texas last week; it is the narcissistic amoral teenager who has been charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the February 14 shootings in Parkland, FL.

Donald Trump, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and all familiar political names have a “Bus.”  Each of the treasonous Deep State participants who think they know better than the people what’s good for America has a “Bus.”  It is who is carried on each of our buses that make the Never Trumpers think they have the right to undo the results of a democratically-elected President and try to force him by crook and hook to leave office – a coup of which any third world dictator would approve.  The “Bus” is each individual liberal who thinks decisions are best made with emotions rather than logical facts and truth — and the “Bus” is each conservative who disagrees.

Goudsmit explains that each of us carries within us the personal hurts and emotional traumas suffered at various times of our lives – mostly from childhood.  The traumas become personalities.  These personalities, buried so deeply within each of us that they are often totally unknown to us, are passengers on our individual buses.  We are unaware that these personalities live within us.  When life circumstances create a mirror-like threat that shouts “danger” to one of these trauma-induced personalities from childhood, they often try to take control of the way in which we respond to the perceived threat.  If our adult identity chooses to let the emotionally traumatized childhood personality dictate our response to the perceived threat, a child is driving our bus.

Soldiers who suffer PTSD are good examples of how trauma suffered as adults can impact behavior when circumstances sound an alarm.  Goudsmit provides the example of a soldier traumatized in battle who returns home and, upon hearing a traffic helicopter overhead perceives he is still on the battlefield and is under attack.  Or, he sees a truck on the road and perceives it as an enemy convoy.  He may hear a loud noise and react as a soldier on the battlefield rather than an adult civilian relaxing at home whose wife just dropped a large pot on the kitchen floor.  He is under attack only in his mind but if he allows the soldier personality which perceives it is under attack to dominate his adult civilian reality he will behave as a soldier in battle who, in reality, is a civilian in a peaceful setting.  People may be hurt if he is unable to acquire a reality-based sense of time.  He needs the civilian that he is, not the soldier that he was, to drive his “Bus.”

We all drive our own buses and the passengers we carry are the various personalities we’ve picked up on our journey through life.

Did you know that from the moment of birth, infants are not only helpless and dependent, they are totally self-absorbed?  As Goudsmit puts it:
"We exist in a state of fusion, unable to distinguish self from other.  The task of childhood is to emerge from this state of total narcissism; the method is learning.  The child slowly learns to become an adult by gradually relinquishing the total self-absorption of infancy.  The child learns to identify self by discovering the reality of other.  The objective is to grow up and become a responsible adult able to care for another human being so that the cycle of life can continue.”
Once we understand the task of childhood is to emerge from the state of total narcissism (which says “I am everything and everything is me”) through a process of learning, it should be easy to understand that the job of a parent is to teach the child that others exist in the world who have equal rights to live their lives.  If how they want to express their growth experience brings no harm to the self or to the other, the child must accept the other’s right to do so.  The parent’s job is to be done as lovingly as possible but it must be done or the child will never mature into a healthy, happy adult.
And therein lay the core of the problem we have in America.

Goudsmit’s book deals with dozens of issues and explains common sense reasons why so many Americans who are chronological adults are letting their psychological child drive their “Bus.”  It would take a book to explain the value of this work.  The author makes clear that the primary problem of American society and politics is narcissism… adults who have never gotten past the “I want it, I want it now, give it to me” stage of childhood.  As she says:  “Society must realize that it is time to say no to the adult narcissists among us if we are to preserve a civilized way of life in America.”

Those who think that cleaning the swamp will solve our nation’s problems need to think again.  Who is there to replace James Comey and Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein, Christopher Wray, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Sally Yates, John Brennan, Peter Strzok, Loretta Lynch, and all the others?  Another group of narcissists who were raised by the same social scientists who believe emotions are more important than the intellect… those who approve of parents giving their authority to raise their children to government, that’s who.  It is a problem we, as a total society, must recognize and work to correct.

In my February 25th News With Views article that asked if public school shootings were being used as a tool so guns can be taken from the hands of American citizens I pointed out the importance of character.  I perceive lack of character to be the villain in school shootings.  It is also the villain in school boards, law enforcement and legislators who are unable to solve the problem without removing all guns from all American hands.  Mrs. Goudsmit points out in her book why problems exist in getting those with character within the ranks of executive management at our intelligence agencies and the Department of Justice and within our Congress:  The people who fill these positions never shed their narcissistic, childish traits… never became adults.  Children will always give in to the lure of power.  One of the most difficult parts of growing to adulthood is the development of character that provides sufficient personal strength to avoid the pitfalls of power abuse that is destructive to others.

When you think of what is required to be a politician it makes a great deal of sense.  Narcissists have never psychologically grown to be adults and are children who may be highly-developed intellectually and may hold enormously influential positions.  Emotionally, however, they are very underdeveloped.  Think for a moment about the kind of personality required to stand in front of large groups of people and tell them why they are the best person to cast their vote for in a coming election.  It often takes a narcissist.  It takes one to pick up the telephone and call strangers to ask for money to fund their political campaign, too.  No wonder we have so many narcissists in Washington, D.C.

It takes a narcissist to think he or she has a right to ignore their vow to uphold the Constitution of the United States and replace the laws that flow from it with his or her own ideas.  They totally overlook the blood of America’s founders required to write the Constitution and made it sacrosanct for those who would in the future be elected to office to represent the people of this nation.  When you see a politician who will not support Donald Trump’s announced objectives but has a political party responsibility to do so, you see before you a narcissist. Why? Because no matter your personal beliefs, no matter your political party, he is the person a majority of the people chose to be the President of this nation!  When they insult President Trump, they insult us and they violate their Oath of Office.

“What about Donald Trump?”  All liberals and progressives will ask that question.  “Isn’t he a narcissist?  He’s an egomaniac!”

One of the things I learned during the twenty years I researched the attitudes of affluent people is this:  People who achieve at high levels in life attain a form of self confidence that is often mis-perceived as egotism.  It is certainly misunderstood by those who have not achieved high levels of success because they have not had the opportunity to learn the lessons that come with experience.  They learned other lessons, however.  High achievers have earned their right to a personality that suggests great success because they have achieved at high levels. Those who have not achieved at high levels perceive the attitude as egomania when, instead, it is merely a reflection of their life experiences. That is not to say high achievers do not exhibit their egos periodically.  It simply explains that egotism displayed by a very successful person has been earned and is often misunderstood.

By the way, to “achieve at high levels” means becoming highly successful while risking your own personal assets.  It does not mean becoming successful because of money left to you by a successful family or by risking the assets of investors, partners, taxpayers, or anyone else’s assets.  There are many successful people who attain great success, but “attaining” and “achieving” are two different things.  Politicians “attain.”  Most corporate executives do, too.  Entrepreneurs usually “achieve.”

Linda Goudsmit’s book should be read by every parent, politician, military officer, and corporate executive.  It especially should be read by all millennials (who probably won’t learn much from it because so many of them are infected with childhood narcissism).

The last words of wisdom by Goudsmit I will share are these:  “How do we achieve a civilized way of life?   A civilized society requires its chronologically adult citizens to be developed emotionally.  It demands a public and private commitment to the growth process of its children.”

If our children were being exposed to the growth process that eliminates the narcissism with which they were born, there would be no Santa Fe, Texas; there would be no Parkland, Florida.  There would be no Deep State (which I have decided to call a non-constitutional country surreptitiously built within a constitutional country against the will of the people).

Sunday, March 25, 2018

CHAOS: Joshua Vs. Jericho And Trump Vs. Deep State

By Marilyn M. Barnewall
Mar 25, 2018
Did you know that 53 percent of Americans are either very or somewhat worried about the federal government monitoring or invading their privacy? 24 percent are not too worried, 22 percent are not at all worried and 1 percent don’t know if they are worried. They probably live in one of the legalized pot states.
Did you know that according to Joseph Bannister, former IRS investigator, there were 1.3 million cases of identity theft by illegal aliens from 2011-16?  In 2017, an additional 1.2 million cases of tax refund fraud occurred as illegal aliens used someone else’s Social Security number and filed income tax returns – and got rebates.  These represent only the ones who were caught… but Bannister says zero confirmed cases were referred to the Department of Justice or the investigative branch of the IRS for prosecution.
Evidently, you have to be an American citizen to be prosecuted for violating IRS laws.  If one of us stole someone else’s identity to get a job or a credit card, or if we filed a phony tax return to get a refund and got caught, we’d be in jail.
That idea tends to support the liberal progressive Democrat belief that illegal aliens are entitled to more consideration by government than Americans born in this country.  Dreamers (DACA) are idolized by Democrats.
The IRS is run by liberals.  Most government bureaucrats are liberal.  When Lois Lerner, director of the Exempt Organizations Unit (501 (c) (3) at IRS, took the Fifth and refused to testify in a Congressional Committee Hearing, Congress had no control over that agency… or any other, if the FBI and Department of Justice are any indication.
Is it any wonder that Americans have no confidence in government?  All government seems capable of doing is creating chaos!
Interestingly, a lot of brainiacs who spend their days looking out of think tank windows believe that chaos provides the quickest road to defeat American nationalism and is a quick road to a collectivist new world order.  It is well known that people, especially voters, cannot think straight in the midst of chaos.  Since Democrats have no viable political platform for the 2018 elections, it appears they have opted for chaos… thus James Comey, Robert Mueller, RussiaBait, etc.
A lot happened in this week’s news that pushes the “create chaos” meter forward.
          This week’s news announced that senior management levels of our taxpayer-funded intelligence agencies have established their own set of rules (and possibly coordinate with rogue intelligence agents around the world) to remove from office a duly elected constitutional President.  The Deep State makes a joke of the Constitution they took an Oath to defend from enemies, both foreign and domestic.
Isn’t there a penalty for a violation of Oath of Office?
We will likely never know because of a (rare) factual answer provided by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on MSNBC about whether President Trump’s investigation into the Deep State was taking on America’s intelligence agencies.
“You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you,” Senator Schumer said, smiling.
Looking at the evidence (not just opinions, but hard evidence) of the firing of Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe a week ago, the FBI seems to think it gets to make its own rules and each agent is free to interpret them and also decide if they will follow them.  Constitutionally, however, they are required to follow the rules of the Department of Justice (if anyone is there to enforce them).  One would hope the DOJ follows and enforces the laws as defined by our Constitution, but there is little evidence it’s being applied to elitists and intelligence operatives.
Also in this week’s news, after President Trump signed a budget that included a giant deficit and then placed a huge tariff penalty on Chinese imports, the stock market dropped like a rock and ended the week down more than 7 percent.  The market is still far ahead of where it was when Trump took office and the GDP maintains a 3 percent growth level for the first time in many years, but this kind of market reaction is unsettling, to say the least.
Are you aware that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s family (wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) owns a major Hong Kong-based shipping company, Foremost Maritime Corporation, that delivers Chinese goods to America?  Was Trump sending the McConnells a hidden message?  Whatever his purpose, he enraged his conservative base – and rightfully so.  Be patient.  There is a chess game going on here.
Millennials and other children learned that Mark Zuckerberg, creator of their personal ego mirror, Facebook, has been sharing their “personal” data (which they post on the worldwide web by choice) with every kind of hoodlum, worldwide.  Like Lois Lerner, Zuckerberg thinks he should be the one to determine which political views are made available to the public.  He’s in trouble.
In Austin, TX, a 24-year old and very attractive young man with a gentle smile placed bombs on people’s doorsteps – or took them to Federal Express – to kill and maim complete strangers.  Neighbors say he was raised by good parents who were very involved in his life and that the family seemed happy and normal in every way.
Did the chaos get to him?  So much of our chaotic news and entertainment and computer and cell phone games involve violence!  Or was he a victim of the feminist drive to remove male dominant traits from boys and replace them with feminine traits (“either change or take Ritalin”)?  Girls are easier to handle.  We will never get the answer to that question.
Thousands of mostly young people attended a March for our Lives protest in Washington, D.C., yesterday.  They demand stricter gun controls in reaction to the high school shootings in Florida three weeks ago where 17 lives were lost.  There were voter registration booths at this function and at 800 other protests scheduled around the country yesterday, according to Stephen Gutowski, a reporter for the Washington Free Beacon.  Now why do you suppose they wanted to register voters during these protests?

If you want to know for which political perspective these protests were organized, you need only know that those who are financially supporting them include Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, George Clooney, and other well-known liberal progressive Democrats.  The dollars provided also helped organize the huge effort to remove guns from the hands of Americans.  I refer you to my News With Views article on the Florida shooting and gun control.

Since becoming Gun Free Zones, students in our schools have become helpless potential victims for the mentally depraved and people angered beyond reason with life in general.  These people are free to walk into any school and start shooting.  No one is there to stop them because schools are “Gun Free” zones.

You cannot fault kids or their parents for wanting something done to make schools safe again!  America’s children are entitled to safe schools!

Who started the concept of Gun Free Zones in our schools?

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a liberal progressive Democrat, introduced the Gun-Free School Zones Act which was signed into law in November of 1990.  The Bill prevents any person from knowingly possessing a firearm in a school zone.  Joe probably has a Facebook page which he believes is being held in strict confidence by Mark Zuckerberg, too.  The Democrats think he would be a good candidate for President in 2020?

I’m waiting for people to tell me why these students aren’t protesting about kids who kill far more people while driving and texting than school shootings do. In 2014, 42 percent of teens said they texted while driving.  More than half of all road traffic deaths — averaging 3,287 per day — occur among young adults.

I’d like to know when they are going to raise the driving age to 21 or force stricter laws on families with children when they buy a car.  Perhaps they could make an engine that automatically turns off when a cell phone is activated in a car?

Moreover, the school shooting deaths are a tiny percentage of the killing of unborn babies by Planned Parenthood.  The 2015-16 report shows 328,348 abortions performed by Planned Parenthood; in 2016, nine children were killed in school shootings.  Further, Taxpayers who oppose abortion are forced to give Planned Parenthood $500 million a year… but opposing death by abortion doesn’t get the guns out of American hands.

Perhaps we should call for demonstrations against anyone under age 21 having sex so unwanted pregnancies and resultant dead babies can be eliminated.  If such a law were passed, it would be just as effective as a law that takes guns from the hands of law-abiding citizens.  Criminals will always get their hands on illegal guns just as healthy teenagers will find a way to have sex if they have not been taught the discipline of how – and why – to avoid it.

The list of problems goes on and on.  How about some solutions?
For example, how do we get rid of sanctuary cities?
If the Congress really wanted to get rid of sanctuary cities they could pass a law stating that no city (incorporated or unincorporated) or county or state can declare any population center a sanctuary without a vote of the people.  If this were the law of the land, there would be very few sanctuary cities.   Congress doesn’t want to eliminate sanctuary cities or it would do so.  Your County Commissioners could do the same for your own county.
How about problems at Veterans Administration Hospitals?
Recruit physicians in the private sector to serve one day a week (weekends included) at VA hospitals.  Won’t that be expensive?  No.  Rather than paying them a wage, have them multiply the number of patients they treat by the amount of their usual per patient charge in the civilian world.  Let them deduct the total annual amount from their taxable income.  Physicians always seek good tax shelters.  This provides a good one and is easily verifiable via existing VA patient computer records already in place.
As liberal progressive Democrats keep heaping more and more reasons for chaos upon your head, just keep focusing on finding solutions.
Avoid chaos.  They want things to be so chaotic you can’t think.  When you can’t think,, you can easily be defeated.  Remember Joshua and what a small group of men did to a large defensive force at Jericho?
The Lord gave us a good example here on how to use chaos to bring down an enemy that is much larger than you.  And remember, the name “Trump” comes from those trumpets the Lord told Joshua to blow as his small contingent marched around the walls of Jericho… and the walls fell.
Those who want to end American nationalism in favor of world government are using chaos against us.  They want you to throw your arms in the air and give up — let your walls come tumbling down.  Ignore them and avoid chaos.
You also might want to spend some time thinking about how Donald Trump’s behavior in response to liberal chaos creates its own force.  When he speaks, liberal Democrats become chaotic.
There is a purpose for all things.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Trump Is Right On Trade

By Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
News With Views, Mar 04, 2018
Dr. Walter Williams was the first guest on Mark Levin’s new show on Fox News last week on Sunday night.  It was a fabulous show.  We should pay attention to many comments Dr. Williams made, but one statement stands out as a basic philosophy we all need to heed.
He said those who think security is more important than freedom will get little of either; and, those who think freedom is more important than security will find both.
Keep that in mind as you read this article.  It is important… and it will likely make you aware of your own personal priority structure.  Which do you place first?  Do you prefer security or freedom?  We would all like to have both, but if you had to choose, which would it be?
Other questions you need to ask yourself as you read this article and listen to supposed experts on the subject of President Trump’s imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum include the following:
1.     What nation is the biggest threat to America’s world leadership?
2.     Which nation in the world controls North Korea and its threats of nuclear war against America?
The answer to both questions is:  China.  Russia is significant and is not to be ignored, but China      has a population of 1.4 billion and the Russian population is about 1/3 the size of America’s.
This final question is one that will indicate whether or not you have any common sense.
Is your nation (in this case America) dependent for defense materiel like aluminum and steel on the nation that is the greatest threat to our security internationally?  China produces 1.7 billion tons of steel annually.  The answer to the question is “yes.”  Is America’s ability to respond to threats of – or indeed an actual attack of  – war impacted by this?  The answer to that question is also yes.
That should give you some idea of the importance of the actions regarding tariffs on steel and aluminum taken by President Trump last week.  It was interesting to watch Utah politicians react negatively to the tariffs (which will stimulate steel industry jobs in their state and others).  Follow the money.  Look up the history of Geneva Steel and Anderson Development and the intended use of  Geneva’s 1,750 acres by Anderson.  Interesting stuff.
The U.S. imports most of its steel from Canada but much of Canada’s steel is owned by investors in India.  We need to remember how 20 percent of our uranium ended up in the hands of the Russians when Hillary Clinton arranged to sell it to a “Canadian” company which was owned by Russia (which bought the uranium from the “Canadian” company).   Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Canada’s steel is shipped to the United States so it is unlikely that Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government will be happy with the tariffs.
The U.S. is the largest importer of steel and aluminum in the world.  What are two of the most needed things required to produce weapons of war?  Steel and aluminum.
There is little doubt that the cost of goods will increase because of the tariffs, but how much?  According to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the increased cost for a can in which to deliver the beer you drink will be one cent.  How much the beer companies will increase the price, telling you it is because of the increased cost of aluminum, is a different issue.  One cent per can is the actual cost.
According to Andrew Kenningham, chief global economist at Capital Economics, “The direct impact on the global economy of the tariffs President Trump announced yesterday would be minimal.  But the fact that they are being justified under a flimsy pretext of national security increases the risks of retaliation,” Kenningham says.
We can tell from Kenningham’s title – chief global economist – whether he is a globalist or a supporter of American sovereignty (and German, French, British, and other European nations’ sovereignty, too).
“Steel is needed for the military” is a flimsy pretext for President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum?  Let’s take a look at reality.
An aircraft carrier contains 47,000 tons of structural steel and serves as home to 6,000 Navy personnel.
We have all heard the stories – well, those of us who pay attention to things like this have heard – how military jets have crashed because they do not have access to new parts.  According to a recent article by James Hasik, senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center on International Security, however, all segments of America’s domestic steel industry contribute directly or indirectly to the defense of our nation.

“Whether it is missiles, jet aircraft, submarines, helicopters, Humvees or munitions, American-made steels and specialty metals are crucial components of U.S. military strength.  Steel plate is used in the bodies and propulsion systems of the naval fleet.  The control cables on virtually all military aircraft, including fighter jets and military transport planes, are produced from steel wire rope.  In addition, land-based vehicles such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Abrams Tank and MRAP vehicles use significant amounts of steel.”
President Trump has sworn to strengthen our military.  It starts with tariffs on steel and aluminum so that our own production of these key metals can become instantly available to us should we need them for our national defense.
I understand that under an anti-military administration like Barack Obama’s that steel is considered “a flimsy pretext,” but under a President who recognizes that America is not just an ordinary country and who vows to put “America First,” it is not a flimsy anything.  The military uses it for everything from nuclear submarines to Patriot and Stinger missiles and armor plate for tanks and field artillery.  Military aircraft and our fleet of ships are also dependent upon it.
Under President Obama, our military was reduced in size and necessary goods to support it… in ships available to defend us, in aircraft available to defend us, and in all ground troop equipment.  President Trump is making sure we are able to defend ourselves but, more important, is making sure we are sufficiently strong militarily so other nations will think more than twice before attacking us.
Remember under whose American administrations North Korea became a nuclear threat to us:  Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.  President Trump is working hard and is playing catch up before Kim Jong-un achieves his nuclear missile delivery capabilities.
In an April 2017 memo from President Trump to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Trump asked Ross to consider whether “steel is being imported into the United States in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security.”  Thus, while the media is portraying the Trump tariff decision as an instant, reactionary action, it’s untrue.  The President has been looking into this issue for a year.
What’s the old saying about the penalty we pay if we forget history?  We are bound to repeat it.
I was alive during World War II… a child, but I remember it well.  I recall that for Japan to sustain its war effort in China, it needed territories that produced oil, iron for steel-making and other natural minerals (which Japan lacked).  Japan seized oil fields in Indonesia, Malaya (as it was then known), and Burma.  The military-industrial results tell the story.  During the war, Japan produced 70,000 aircraft; the U.S. produced 300,000 aircraft and ten times more munitions.
Trade wars are not pleasant events.  We can plan on an increase in the cost of some goods while President Trump keeps his promise to keep American as his primary consideration for any action he takes.  For too long, emphasis has been on industries profiting at the expense of our national security.  It will take a short period of time for the pendulum to swing away from industrial profits back to the center of the scale where it belongs.  It is not as if the President has a choice.  This is the only way to make his economic policies work for the people instead of against them and in favor of industry.
The stock market has been over-valued for a long time.  In other words, the price per share is often greater than companies deserve based on actual productivity.  Don’t worry about the initial reaction – downfall – in the stock market.  I believe it will right itself quickly.  We may pay more for goods shipped from Europe.  China may increase its prices for consumer goods where it knows will be the most painful for lower and middle class Americans:  WalMart.  That, too, will have a relatively short life because China’s entire economy is based on its exports.  That fact controls how high they can increase costs.  If it gets sufficiently high so the American people stop buying their goods, it will be too costly for them to continue.  The Chinese economy is big, but it is not in good health at the moment.  President Trump could not have found a better time to take these actions.  Are you going to feel some economic pain?  Probably… but it’s far better than slavery to government and it won’t last long.
For those who hate capitalism, you might want to learn an economic lesson here.  The greatest weakness of socialist and communist nations is their lack of being able to develop a middle class.  Socialism and communism are two class systems… the elite and labor.  The lack of a middle class creates an economic problem:  Their system of economics (socialism, communism) prevents them from creating a class of people who can afford to buy products made in their own nation.  That, in turn, requires the socialist/communist economy to be totally dependent upon exporting its goods to other nations who can afford to buy them.  That is China’s current problem.
All of the college students out there who think socialism is cool will, undoubtedly, enjoy their status as laborers after graduating from college.  The elite class in socialist and communist nations is very limited to the extremely wealthy and since the only other class available is labor, welcome to the realities of socialism!
“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.”  Henry Ford
Trump is right on this issue – though by the end of the week you will hardly be able to believe it based on all of the fake news about his tariffs you’re about to hear.
© 2018 Marilyn Barnewall – All Rights Reserved

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Are The School Shootings Being Used As A Tool To Disarm The Population?

By Marilyn M. Barnewall
News With Views
Feb 25, 2018

“I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

That was what Nikolas Cruz said on You Tube.  A man in Mississippi saw the Cruz statement and did what the FBI, President Trump, and the Justice Department encourages all of us to do.  He saw something and he said something about it – to the FBI.  He reported the Cruz You Tube statement that he intended to be a professional school shooter.

As it turns out, there were several notifications from the public to law enforcement about Nikolas Cruz.  Because no one listened almost 20 young people with all of the potential in the world were killed.  The FBI has apologized for its errors.  That statement made me ill.

The FBI contacted and interviewed the man in Mississippi and decided the information he provided “was not prosecutable” and investigated the matter no further.  Perhaps they were too busy trying to find Russian connections to Donald Trump.  They just didn’t have time to identify someone who felt powerless and chose to prove he wasn’t by killing students at a school  where he was once a student.

Alicia Blonde is a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and teaches many of its 3,000 students.  She was interviewed on Fox News last week.  She too made me ill as I listened to her words that made clear she is one of the blind progressive liberals who just cannot see the core of the problem causing violence in America.

“It’s guns.  It’s mental illness.”  No one seems to see the culture that has grown up around the world of technology.  Children no longer have real relationships with friends.  They have Facebook.  Writing a message to someone on a computer or a cell phone isn’t the same as playing games or eating dinner with them or telling them your real secrets.

We can identify the timing of the change in our culture from non-violence to violence.  It happened about the same time we removed God from our schools.  As long as there were firm moral guidelines in place that told everyone do unto others as we want done to us we didn’t have violence.  We had childhood exuberance… which if you are a male has been toned down by drugs.  The feminists who run our school boards want boys to become girls (easier to handle).  They have largely succeeded.

Like most progressives, Blonde seeks simple solutions to complex problems.  You would think she might have learned from her own background.  Her parents brought her to America when they fled Cuba where no one is allowed to own a gun.  She should know that guns are not the problem.  The people who wield guns are the problem.

She reminds me of the liberal Californians who move to other states because liberal policies ruined that state.  They immediately support political candidates who implement the same kind of policies that caused California to become a nightmare from which people seek escape.

Are people just stupid?

We have had guns in this country from the first day a Pilgrim set foot on American soil.  For almost 400 years we had no school shootings. We had very little violence until the last 50 years.

Facts like that do not penetrate thick skulls like Blonde’s and her progressive friends.  That piece of factual history does not cause the “let’s take the guns from people” crowd to ask “Why did we go from 1607 when Jamestown was founded until 1990s when the Columbine high school shooting in Littleton occurred started all this violence? What has caused school shootings to occur with periodic regularity ever since?

“What has changed and when did that change occur?”

There are several answers, but it is much easier for the limited logic skills of progressives to say the words “gun control is needed.”  It is a stupid, short-sighted, emotional and non-factual answer to a problem progressives seem incapable of grasping:  It’s called “human nature.”

Throughout history, people have reacted violently when very specific things happen.

1.              When government becomes abusive, a sense of tyranny permeates social attitudes.  When citizens observe government abusing their power it becomes acceptable in their minds to abuse others; especially for children.  They learn by example.  Government tyranny creates a social order dependent on a survival-of-the-fittest mentality.

2.         When firm guidelines of moral behavior are removed from the social order, people push the envelope as far as possible.  We see that in the Middle East today.  Because Sharia Law makes violent behavior acceptable – it’s okay for men to abuse women; it’s okay to lie to non-Muslims, it’s okay to kill non-Muslims.  Violence is part of their culture (if that can be called culture).

Has it ever dawned on anyone that in those specific environments tyrant leaders like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s Bashar Hafez al-Assad are the only form of power that prevents violence in Islamic societies?  They are not sufficiently advanced socially to handle freedom.  It is a world that encourages violence!

The schools where teachers, most of whom are liberal, teach the “beauties of this peaceful religion” would get fired if they taught the peaceful, loving and individualist philosophy of Jesus Christ.

3.              In a country where its founders wrote laws to govern the nation on the basis of their Christian faith and when the people of the nation are not served by strong churches they seek leadership elsewhere.  Because no one in their church tells them anything that might be considered politically incorrect and those who define what is incorrect are liberals, people ignore what is best and seek what is easiest.  Easiest and better are not the same.  Better requires a willingness to do the right thing rather than the easiest thing.  But to do the right thing, someone has to set standards of right and wrong.  The people can then begin to see things in black and white rather than amoral grey.  Without leadership, people seek gratification rather than fulfillment.  The latter requires commitment and character.  The former does not.

4.              People get used to “easy” rather than “better.”  But not all things are easy.  The loss of a national election that everyone thought would be easy to win hit hard people who have little character and who have been spoiled by getting what they want.  If they want something, they feel entitled to it.  They vote for people who promise the biggest something for nothing deals.  Thus, there is no character in the political forum, there is little meaningful character in the nation’s churches, and people will follow almost anyone who declares himself or herself to be a leader.  As Robert Mueller’s report evidences, they willingly (enthusiastically) follow those whose primary objective is to cause chaos among voters.

As was made clear last week, all of the people who showed up for pro and anti Trump demonstrations held in New York on the same day were following Russian disinformation specialists whose objectives included injecting violence into American elections.  So much for New Yorkers being more sophisticated than the rest of the country.

Character – and lack of it – matters.  In their frustration, people have become violent.   President Donald Trump is telling people with no character that they must develop it to survive – and it scares them to death.  It motivates violence among the mentally and emotionally unstable which clearly defines the personalities of liberal progressives.  They are so unreasonable in their thinking as to believe guns are the problem rather than the general lack of character that permeates our society.

What does a lack of character in politicians, corporate CEOs, and church leaders mean?  It means a willingness to sell one’s vote or products or religion on the basis of what people like rather than what people need.

I know it’s a hard word to deal with:  Truth.  They need truth!

What does a lack of leadership based on a lack of character cause?

It causes young people who feel powerless to seek a way to matter.  They aren’t in control because government has become God.  There is no greater drive in the physical world than the need to have your life matter.  You know you’ll get your picture on the front page of the newspaper if you pick up a gun to kill other people.

The truth is, if guns are not available those who feel they don’t matter will start fires to kill people.  Or they will use poison.  Or they will use explosives.  Why?  Because they gain fame which they think makes them matter.

The problem is not guns.  It is a society that is permeated by “me, me, me” and a total lack of character.  We have two generations raising children who haven’t got a clue as to what good parenting requires.  The result is a generation of spoiled brats unable to handle problems because their mommy solved problems for them rather than letting them learn life’s lessons.  Women of the 1970's felt liberation meant getting what they wanted in life.  They decided they wanted a baby to love (me, me, me) and were never told that having a baby is about what the baby needs, not them.

Since 2012, the number of people who have been killed in school shootings is 239.

On the other side of the coin, in 2010 alone, 230 people were shot while committing a felony.  From 2007 through 2011, the total number of firearms used for self-protection was 338,700.  That means at least a half-million lives were saved because people owned a gun.  That statistic comes from the New York Times.  According to the National Rifle Association, self-protective gun use is much higher.  The NRA states that just owning a gun can dissuade someone from attacking your person or your home.

So liberal logic goes like this:  To save 239 people from school shootings, we must sacrifice the 338,700 that saved themselves by having access to a gun.

They find that acceptable and enthusiastically support it.  They are idiots!

Every year guns have killed innocent people in the hands of those who have NOT been taught by their parents, schools, churches, politicians and business leaders how to develop character.  They have certainly been given no example of character outside of the home (and often inside the home as well).  They are not taught to stand up and fight for themselves in school yards.  Rather, they are told to adopt a fetal position and to wait for help to arrive.  They are taught that when they lose a contest they really are not losers but are winners for participating.  They are given a ribbon (which denigrates the value of the ribbons of the winners).  They are told they matter when, until they do something worthy of mattering, they matter little.  Kids believe what they are told.

And liberal progressives think guns are responsible for shootings rather than the frustrated people who cannot deal with their problems because no one has taught them what the rules are or about morality?

It is as if school shootings are being used as a tool to get the guns out of the hands of the people.  It is as if planned chaos is being used for the same reason… like tying up FBI agents’ time looking for proof that Donald Trump is guilty of something — anything — that involves the  Russians.  That, of course, would only happen if our Justice Department were trying to destroy the nation.

Get Trump and get our guns.  That’s all they care about.  And they will continue to let innocents be murdered because of their closed minds.  It’s the way they fight their battles:  Dirty and with lots of publicity sure to follow.

God bless the parents of the children and the adults and their families killed in Florida.  He is already blessing the dead.  We are all losers of the potential they brought to this life.

© 2018 Marilyn Barnewall – All Rights Reserved