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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, August 27, 2017

Slavery

By Marilyn M. Barnewall
News With Views
Aug 27, 2017

The first recorded sale of Irish slaves in 1612 was to a settlement in South America.

The little white girl on the cover of an ACLU Tweet last Thursday looked Irish… blonde and beautiful, carrying a toy in one hand and an American flag in the other.   That Tweet was quickly replaced by another of Kermit the Frog and an apology and note of thanks to those who had complained about the ACLU using the picture of a white child. The ACLU explained that the complainers were right…. white supremacy is everywhere they said and we all need to be reminded of that.

In the interest of letting readers know part of my history that could “color” my views on race and slavery, I need to disclose some personal information.  My granddaughters are half black.  One has an undergraduate and a Masters Degree from Stanford, the other an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and is a very successful young woman (happily married) in New York City.  Their parents were not rich… they worked at what can only be called middle class occupations.

My granddaughters went to university on full scholarships having to do with their grades, not their race or skin color.   My oldest granddaughter was #2 in her state’s PSAT scores.  The younger was offered a full scholarship to NYU as well as USC.  She is a whiz in mathematics.

I also have a daughter-in-law who is Korean… her last name used to be Lee.  I guess it’s a good thing she isn’t a sports announcer who was scheduled to cover the UVA game on Saturday after the Charlottesville tragedy.

Now let me continue with my story about Irish slavery.

King James the 1st ruled in England early in the 17th century and the English had a problem:  The Irish people against whom Britain had been practicing genocide since the reign of Elizabeth I (who took off the head of Mary, Queen of Scots) just wouldn’t give up their “Irishness.”  The English couldn’t kill all of us, though.

Genocide is defined as “intentional action to destroy a people in whole or in part.”

According to Ancestry.com’s DNA program, I am 52 percent Scot-Irish .My people were sold into slavery by the English; Africans were mostly sold into slavery by their own people but both groups were largely sold for the same reason:  they disagreed with those who presided over their 16th and 17th century government swamps.

Swamps in power centers have been around forever.  The politicians in Washington, D.C.’s swamp have done a better job of using psych games to hide their “swampness” than TPTB (the powers that be) of olden days.  But the objectives of modern human slave traffickers appear to have similar objectives:  Get rid of people who disagree with you.

We think of those called “human traffickers” as being inhuman trash who sell young women or children of both genders and all races into criminal sex rings.  The women and children are slaves to those who sell sexual services of children to pedophiles and sexual services of women to those who buy sex rather than find it in meaningful relationships.  If the slaves do not provide the services for which payment is made, the women and children are severely punished – or, they are killed.  Nothing is more deplorable than those who partake as either providers for or buyers of human flesh.  It is the inhumane – and non-human – behavior of sick people.

Queen Elizabeth and King James couldn’t kill all of the Irish who were too committed to their status as citizens of Ireland.  The Irish and the Scots wanted nothing to do with the British (which made them a huge political problem).  So the King and Queen either killed my people or sold them into slavery.

As News With Views Kelleigh Nelson pointed out in one of the best articles I’ve read on the broad subject of slavery and the South, from 1500 to 1870, close to 600,000 slaves were brought to America’s shores.  Of the 600,000 slaves sold to Americans, about 1/3 of them were Irish.  It is difficult to estimate how many blacks and how many Irish, but there are some documented examples of what the numbers might be.

For example, at the beginning of one 12-year revolt by the Irish known as the Confederation War, the Irish population was 1,466,000.  It fell to 616,000 by the end of the war.  Over 550,000 Irishmen were killed and a minimum of 300,000 men were sold as slaves, a majority were sold in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts… on America’s Northeast coast.  Irish men were sold into slavery by the English and their servitude was for life.  Women and children were sold for a certain period of years after which they were to be set free (if they survived).

Irishmen sold into slavery had women and children dependent on them for support.  The dependents were particularly vulnerable.  With their husbands and fathers sold into slavery, children were kidnapped by slavers who took them to local prisons or to workhouses where they were charged with “crimes” such as “vagrancy.”  When mothers, grandparents or concerned others discovered the children had been taken and tried to get them back, the children’s captors and jailers demanded that food the children had eaten be paid for and the war weary citizenry could seldom pay the ridiculous prices charged.  These children were sold into slavery and were brought to America.

The average Irish slave ship carried 300 people, but shipmasters might carry as many as 600.  A Mr. Mittelberger witnessed 32 children thrown into the ocean during one voyage.  A man by the name of David Sellick was to supply New England with 250 women (females above 12 years of age and under 45) and 300 men (over age 12 and no older than 45).  Mr. Sellick’s firm (one of many) was responsible for shipping over 6,400 girls and boys.  Only God knows how many Irish men, women and children Mr. Sellick sent to the New World as slaves.  (See The Irish Slaves by Rhetta Akumatsu.)  

Before black people ever heard of slavery, the Vikings captured the Irish to serve as their slaves — from the 8th to the 12th century.

Being familiar with my Irish history, I get a bit tired of hearing elected black officials talk about their history of victimhood because their ancestors were brought to America as slaves.  The sale of the Irish as slaves in America ended at the same time the sale of African slave sales did – though the signs in windows in from Boston to New York saying “Irish Need Not Apply” for jobs lasted far longer.

“Hypocrite” is, I believe, the appropriate term for those living on our East Coast who so like to portray themselves as too civilized to participate in something as deplorable as owning a black slave (like Southerners did).  Buying Irishmen to be their slaves, however, was okay.

My Irish ancestors were still being rejected for jobs in the North long after the War Between the States was over and many blacks in the South were given land to farm.  I do not suggest that this in any ways justifies what was done to blacks sold into slavery.  I do suggest that history proves an effort of reparations was made to that group.  None has ever been made to the Irish people stolen from their homes by royal English decree and given to human traffickers in England.

I have heard no apologies from New Englanders, New Yorkers, Rhode Islanders and other East Coast residents who enslaved over 300,000 Irish men, women and children.  Yet I have seen no Irish people running to Boston to tear down statues of early American founders whose roots were English or who owned Irish slaves.  I see no Irish people demanding restitution for the misery their ancestors suffered because they were sold by the English into slavery in America.  I see no Irish last names of men elected to Congress demanding advantage over other people because their ancestors were sent to America as slaves.

“Well,” will say Representatives like John Lewis (D-GA) or Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), “Irish people are white.  The children of Irish slaves could integrate into the white-dominated society more easily.  Blacks will forever be identified as former slaves because of the color of their skin.”

That’s a good excuse, but it’s not a reason.  An excuse and a reason are two totally different things.

People who use excuses rather than reasons to explain themselves are usually lying – mostly to themselves… or, in the case of politicians, to voters who need an excuse for the choices voters have made in life. 

If Blacks still identify themselves as offspring of former slaves 150 years after slavery ended, they need to take a lesson from other minorities.  The Irish did the same thing the Italians, Hispanic, Asian, Japanese, Chinese and all other immigrant Americans did:  They created their own communities, their own businesses which they supported, and as these new businesses succeeded, their children moved into society on an equal financial footing.  Color had nothing to do with it.  
Black people have not supported their own communities.

There have been no slaves in America since 1870… that’s almost 150 years.  If you calculate 30 years as representative of a generation, that’s five generations since any white, red, yellow, brown,  or black person was sold as a slave in America… at least if “slave” is defined as one who is bought by one person and is sold to another.

In reality, those on welfare today are “bought and sold.”  I don’t care what color you are, without your monthly government dole you would be on the street.  People on Social Security (which is not welfare… Social Security is money people paid into a retirement fund which was stolen rather than invested by the United States Government) have been (unlawfully) “bought and sold.”  Politicians who run for office are bought by those who contribute the largest amounts of money to their campaigns.

Perhaps someone will one day explain to all citizens – black, white, red, brown, yellow – that when you tell society that to achieve success in life – as a family, as a worker, as a business owner, as a student – you need advantages unavailable to others, you will never consider yourself or be considered by others as “equal.”

If you need an advantage over others to be equal to them, you are admitting you do not consider yourself equal.  That’s simple logic.  That is not to say blacks did not need civil rights legislation to gain equal access to good schools and universities.  They did.  They needed equal opportunity in the workplace.  All minorities did.  But black leaders quickly turned equal rights needs into advantage over whites.

The truth is, all disadvantaged people have benefited by the civil rights mostly fought for by Martin Luther King, black legislators and community leaders.  The truth is, once the law forced those who for one reason or another did not want to grant education and employment equality to blacks, other minorities, women, the disabled and others, all that was needed was effort by those needing the protection and enforcement of the law.

Sure.  There are a few thousand white supremacists in America – former Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat of West Virginia, is a good example.  He was a lifelong member of the Ku Klux Klan until it became politically disadvantageous for him.  But a few thousand white supremacists are not enough to make a dent in a national election for the Presidency of this nation.  Neither can a few thousand people withhold access to being a successful, productive member of society from an entire race of people who do what is necessary to help themselves.

It’s interesting, isn’t it?  We call ourselves Americans, not Irish-Americans.  We do not separate ourselves from other people by hyphenating our national origin.  There are a lot of Irish people whose ancestors were brought here as slaves but are now proud Americans.  They love this country.  It doesn’t matter how they got here.

In truth, the current “let’s tear down all of the historic figures who owned slaves” is nothing more than an attempt to tear down America’s history… to destroy us as a nation just like having open borders removes our status as a nation.  It is part of the plot to establish world government.

You would think that black leaders of people who are killing one another at record rates and whose out-of-marriage birth rate is 70% might want to take a page out of the book of other people whose ancestors were brought to America against their will but who succeeded, regardless.  That applies to white as well as minorities (whose out-of-wedlock birth rate is lower than whites), but not to blacks.

That concept, however, does not fill the needs of black politicians and community leaders and organizers who are leaders in the black community.  They are leading people, many of whom I dearly love, over a cliff.


© 2017 Marilyn Barnewall – All Rights Reserved

Tribalism Explained

By Marilyn M. Barnewall
News With Views
Jul 23, 2017

Words have meaning. How we interpret the words we hear and the words we use have consequences. Yet, few people spend time analyzing the real meaning of words we all say and hear.
What does the word fair mean? In the world of liberal progressives, “fair” means pitting one group of people against another group, demanding that one side deserves more “fairness” than the other because of… you name it (it can be any excuse).  Liberals think in terms of divide and conquer class warfare.  They create “victims” within the groups they attack. Which groups?
·      Rich vs. poor (or haves vs. have-nots)
·      Productive vs. non-productive
·      Taxpayers vs. non-taxpayers
·      Seniors vs. youth
·      Victims vs. criminals
·      Healthy vs. unhealthy
·      Race vs. race (white vs. black, brown vs. black, white vs. brown, brown vs. yellow, black vs. everyone to protect victim status, etc.)
·      Male vs. female
·      Female vs. male
·      Gay and lesbian vs. straight
·      People of faith vs. non-believers and members of other faiths:
·      Catholics vs. Protestants
·      Mormons vs. all traditional Christian religions
·      Christians vs. Jews
·      Christian vs. Muslims
·      Muslims vs. Jews
·      Muslims vs.Christians
·      Pro-life vs. pro-choice
·      Pro-Second Amendment vs. Opposition to Gun Ownership
·      And on and on and on…

It is a very long list.  When you hear members of various media outlets say the words “identity politics,” that is what the words mean:  Identifying people with a group or gang – or, tribe rather than as individuals.   The media usually does not use these words.
Regardless, they accurately define the tribal wars that liberal progressives use to gain and keep power.
The objective is to throw as many daily crises on your plate as possible so that intellectual chaos results.  That is a major purpose of identity politics.
Why do liberals want your intellect to be chaotic?  Because it is hard for the mind to reason in the midst of chaos.  When you aren’t reasoning, you  miss what’s going on behind the curtain the Wiz tries so hard to keep closed.  The best way to cover up major events and unspeakable objectives (from the overthrow of the American government to world government to being nuked by North Korea) is to prevent you from viewing your world and what is really happening in it through a logical lens.  In short, it’s the way they hide what they’re really doing.  If they can make you fearful, they win the game.  That’s why the Russia thing will remain at the top of the media’s chaos list for as long as they can milk it.
If having the above as the platform for one of your two political parties doesn’t frighten you, it should.
What “they” are doing is strongly motivating people to become part of a group… or, better said, a tribe.  This is how you achieve tribalism.  It is the most dangerous psychological ops game the Deep Statists have played thus far.
Tribalism was well-explained by Ayn Rand in numerous publications and you can find good overviews of it at the Atlas Society web site.  I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information they provide.  The Rand philosophy says “To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life:  Reason—Purpose – Self-esteem.”  Reason and self-esteem rely on your ability to think logically.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines tribalism as:  “Tribal consciousness and loyalty; especially exaltation of the tribe above other groups.”
That describes perfectly what is going on at the University of California Berkeley (and everywhere else in America) when they reject speakers who bring logical and well documented arguments to stimulate thought about solving problems.
After UC Berkeley students succeed at rejecting speakers, they suffer terrible tension placed on them by the thought of having someone say something with which they disagree.  To east the stress, they protest – if you call protest breaking the windows of small, independent businesses belonging to people who have worked hard most of their lives to succeed and build that shop.  So much for the value of what the University of California teaches.
The same is true of the increased hostility between races, especially during the eight year term of Barack Obama.  When Attorney General Eric Holder ignored the threats made outside of a polling place when white voters were threatened by black militants carrying signs and slapping batons in their hands outside of the place the people were going to vote was a very dangerous form of tribalism.
“These men are part of my tribe and I, an elected official who took an Oath to uphold the Constitution and to represent all people when enforcing the law, place my tribe’s importance above your tribe and hereby tell you that any Oath I take is worthless.  Thus, don’t trust me because my tribe comes before honor. ”
Tribalism is what Barack Obama did when he took sides with black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a dispute with a police officer (whose behavior was proven right).  Ferguson, MO was tribalism.  The riots in the streets of Ferguson and Baltimore were declarations of tribal power.  These are all perfect examples of tribalism.
These examples prove tribalism is a very dangerous thing and is not a toy for idiot politicians to use to engender emotional responses that gain votes.  Idiots?  Anyone who plays with fire is an idiot.
President Trump is absolutely correct in placing America First to restore sanity and social order.  From the crime waves caused by Chicago gangs (gangs are tribes) to American youth deciding they want to join ISIS, most of the violence we see around the world today represents some form of tribalism.
Tribalism is widespread and if President Trump can survive the Deep State and Swamp attacks against him and his policies which are designed to destroy tribalism in this nation, we will be fortunate, indeed, because it is the fastest way to return all of us to the cave and a social order based on survival of the fittest.
Whether it’s the Crypts or the Bloods or the more recent MS-13 being diligently pursued by the Department of Justice, all of it screams “My tribe is bigger, better and stronger than yours!”  Like dogs pee on trees to establish their territory, so, too, do gangs pee on (or shoot or knife) their opponents for what?  The same reasons: perceived territory, superiority and proof of the power of the tribe.
Most wars are an example of tribalism… e.g., in the Middle East, most of the fighting is between Sunni and Shia Muslim tribes.  The Czechs have pulled apart from Slovakia and the Kurds want independence from Iraq.  Many Scots want sovereignty… they no longer want to be part of the United Kingdom.  Great Britain had its Brexit moment last year and currently prepares to return to the British tribe and depart the European Union.
As Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor, liberal progressive Robert Reich who is currently the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, says on his blog, “Before the rise of the nation-state, between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the world was mostly tribal.  Tribes were united by language, religion, blood and belief.”
Reich correctly points out that “Nations are becoming less relevant in a world where everyone and everything is interconnected.  The connections that matter most are again becoming more personal.  Religious beliefs and affiliations, the nuances of one’s own language and culture, the daily realities of class, and the extensions of one’s family and its values – all are providing people with even greater senses of identity.”
The first sentence of the above quote explains why liberal progressives want open borders and believe a wall to keep America a safe, sovereign nation is evil.  They want everything interconnected… how else can you have a world government?  It is why the liberal progressive tribe is so filled with hatred for President Donald J. Trump who opposes tribalism and supports individualism… and a fence at our border.
Note how the sentence beginning with “Religious beliefs…” views each person as part of a group rather than as an individual… another major part of the liberal progressive philosophy.  People thinking as individuals cannot be controlled; group think can be controlled.  Thus, people as individuals are dangerous to the liberal progressive cause.
If “they” can divide us into small groups rather than Americans standing shoulder- to-shoulder regardless of race or religion, demanding our Constitutional rights and freedoms, they can beat us down (as they have the Europeans) and remove our national pride, our sense of sovereignty as Americans, and all of the other things that make us unique in the world – at least once the swamp is cleaned we will once again be unique.
Reich made a couple of interesting comments on his blog.
“Each tribe is headed by rival warlord whose fighting has almost brought the national government in Washington to a halt.  Increasingly, the two tribes live separately in their own regions – blue or red state, coastal or mid-section, urban or rural – with state or local governments reflecting their contrasting values.”
“I’m not making a claim of moral equivalence.  Personally, I think the Republican right has gone off the deep end, and if polls are to be believed, a majority of Americans agree with me.”  … Robert Reich
Well, Professor Reich, the polls – and you – were not to be believed.  Otherwise, we’d be calling our President “Clinton” rather than “Trump.”
I have to ask this question:  How honest is a man who will make this statement after the Republicans control both chambers in 32 states, including 17 with veto-proof majorities. Those 32 states cover 61 percent of the U.S. population.
Democrats, meanwhile, control legislatures in 13 states, amounting to 28 percent of the country’s population.  Republicans now control governor’s offices in 33 states — those states make up 60 percent of the population.  Democrats control 16 states that have 40 percent of the population.  This statistic is particularly important when viewed from the perspective that in 2009 the Democrats held two-thirds of the governorships… a 50 percent decrease in political power in just 7 years.  So how can an intellectually honest person say the Republicans are the ones who have gone off the deep end?  Answer:  An honest person cannot.
The Democrats also lost their majority in Congress over the past six years, both the House and the Senate.  Now they have lost the Presidency — and the Republicans are the ones who have gone off the deep end?  Please!
Keep your eyes open for examples of tribalism because wherever it is being implemented it is dangerous… you might particularly want to watch your public schools (including universities).
At no time has it ever been more important for Americans to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, united as citizens of this great nation.  After accepting that our country comes first and every citizen of this nation is important to me (if I want to remain free), we can, like any family, have our disagreements and still belong to any group or tribe we want.
© 2017 Marilyn M. Barnewall – All Rights Reserved


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Swamps, Deep States, And Core Problems, Part 2


Jul 16, 2017 
By Marilyn M. Barnewall

It felt so good yesterday afternoon!  The Republican National Committee (RNC) called at precisely the wrong time (for them) and the totally right time for me.

They were calling for donations.  In a soft, positive voice, I told the young man that until the Republican Party can pass a program that gets government out of our health care, I don’t have a dime to send them.  I further explained that since the Republicans in Congress have had seven years to figure out how to repeal Obamacare and haven’t been able to, I do not think they are using contributions sent to the RNC to find the brightest candidates.  Rather, it appears to me that the candidates who got and get the most support are those the RNC can manipulate to vote as the RNC wants.

I made one final comment about not having one penny available for Republicans who cannot support our Republican President.  I then thanked the man (calling from Washington, D.C.), told him to have a nice evening and hung up.  I rather doubt they will be calling me back.

The purpose of this article is to tell you of an action I’ve decided to take and it might interest you, also… an action that will help empty the swamp in Washington, D.C, give you your nation back, cost you no money, and take only about an hour of your time.

(By the way, regarding health care and politics:  Until Obamacare — excluding Medicaid and Medicare — government was not involved in our health care and the care for a majority of citizens the care was excellent.  And that’s the problem… the Republicans want government to stay involved for the obvious skimming profit off the top reasons but can only do that if they repeal AND replace Obamacare.  Isn’t that really what this argument is all about?  REPEAL the darned thing and forget replacing it!  Let the marketplace replace it!)

Let’s start with the truth.  For those of you who have difficulty with that, I refer you to the Bible, Timothy 2 Chapter 4 Verse 1 and Thessalonians Chapter 2 Verse 9-12.  They talk about how, in the end times, people who do not seek the Truth (remember, Christ told us HE is the way, the Truth and the life) will be unable to tolerate hearing it and will thus be unable to deal with facts.

I’m talking about both political parties, not just Democrats/liberals/ progressives.  Republicans who say they are conservative don’t have a clue what conservative philosophy means… they think it is an ideology rather than a philosophy.  Conservatism is a philosophy based on the principles of seeking truth and facts.  Conservatives are constitutionalists who respect the Rule of Law that flows from the Constitution of the United States and their own State Constitution.    People who understand conservatism also understand that the Constitution is like the Bible.  You do not get to pick and choose which parts you like and discard the rest.

To be honest, there are not many people who are conservative.  There are a lot who think they are and even more who say they are.  They are not.

Both political parties have so abused the power we gave them and this article tells you how I intend to help collapse these two corporate entities… yes, both the RNC and the DNC are corporations and can be dissolved.  And that’s what this article is about:  How to remove the power base of these two organizations.  We need to start from the beginning.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Democrat National Committee (DNC) did not always collect money to elect candidates.  We used to find and recruit our own candidates and give our financial support directly to the candidate.

One day the RNC and DNC said “Send your money to us and we’ll find the best candidates for you… candidates who believe what you believe and who will vote to support a platform that will be approved by all Democrats (or Republicans). We’ll make sure candidates have the money they need to get elected.”  State parties said the same.

Political  candidates said “Great idea!”   Availability of funds was more certain and made planning for advertising easier.  Those are good things.  Being indebted to a political party and dependent upon it for re-election funds, however, is not good.

Candidates are under the thumb of those who finance their re-election campaign and the parties have a view of the political world that may be (usually is) quite different from that of candidates and voters.  The easy solution to this problem is term limits which keeps politicians from making a career out of being elected to office.  It was never intended for politics to be anyone’s career!

Voters said, “Great idea!”  Rather than sending money to individual candidates, we sent it (many still send it) to the RNC or the DNC, local, state, and federal.  Instead of going to political meetings, we spend time with our families.  That’s a good thing, right?  It’s a good thing unless the group giving you the time to relax is stealing your country by putting people in office that they, the party, control and those who run the party want to take away your sovereignty and give you one world government.

We enabled those who select our political candidates (for both parties) to select people whose past histories or current temperaments make them susceptible to blackmail… perhaps they have a drug or sex addiction.   It appears the RNC’s and DNC’s number one qualification for candidate selection is “easily manipulated.”  They sought candidates that want the power and public recognition that goes with the title Senator or Congressman, but do not particularly care what they vote for or against.

Both Parties provide political training for candidates when they actually became candidates… after winning a primary, or whatever.  And attending these training classes is how those who run for office learn to obey.  They become “Young Pro-Lifers” or some other groupie name when they graduate.

Why would political parties seek weak candidates who can be manipulated?  Because:  The political parties are the ones doing the manipulating.  The Senator or Congressman each Party works to elect receives what that Senator or Congressman wants:  The apparent public power and status and publicity.  The Parties get what they want:  Control of the Members of Congress and their votes on legislation.  The party controls candidates via the provision of funds required to run future winning campaigns.  The same is true at the state and county levels.  And that defines the “Shadow Government.”

I have known for many years that both political parties are corrupt.  I believed the only way to get rid of the corruption was from inside the party.  I had to remain a Republican to change the Republican Party.

I no longer believe that to be true – and here is what I figured out over the July 4th holiday:  If people remove their names as registered members of any political party, that party’s power is reduced by each name that is removed.  My guess is that if several million registered Republicans changed their voter registration to “Independent,” Obamacare would be repealed very quickly and politicians wouldn’t be worrying about replacement.  Replacement will take care of itself when politicians get penalties of the law out of the way by repealing Obamacare.

“Oh, you can’t do that!  You’ll be empowering the Democrats and we’ll have world government and communism within two years!”

You’re wrong!  My moving my voter registration from Republican to Independent doesn’t change one bit who I can vote for – if I choose to vote for them (and I won’t hold my nose and vote for another non-conservative Republican candidate).  It’s true that I won’t be able to vote in Primaries, but I learned a few years ago that the RNC uses funds to promote one Republican Primary candidate over another — which is against the rules… but who cares about rules?

How do I know this happened?  I know it because one candidate who is from a tiny town and not well known in Colorado and is not personally affluent suddenly began advertising day-after-day on one of the most expensive shows on cable:  Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor.”  That money had to come from the RNC or other special interests.  So, I’m really not losing anything but my right to participate in a stacked deck.

Here’s my message to Republicans:  Having watched Republican Party behavior since 20 January 2017, I’m fairly sure you earned my rejection by your rejection of my President in violation of the Constitution to which you swore an Oath.

If you, a Republican elected to office, cannot support the President those of us support who make you and the Republican Party possible, I can only say “good bye.”  Let’s remove the word “support” from your dictionary and mine and see who suffers most.  (Hint:  It won’t be me.)

Without the people as voters and contributors, political parties are nothing so I’m going to  begin helping them be nothing!  That is, after all, what they are trying to make us.

I say both parties have abused their voter bases so badly it’s time we take the base away from them.  I am removing my registered support for Republicans for their abuse of President Donald J. Trump.  To them, their egos are more important than the good of their country.  And we’re parting ways because of what appears to be Republican commitment to world government and war as the primary economic drive.  I place more value on human life — ours and theirs — than that.

The Republican Party knows what the people want.  We elected Donald Trump to be our President.  What are establishment Republicans doing?  Every possible thing they can to make our President fail.

Please remember the following names.  They are the anti-Trump Gang of 22 who way back in March 2016 met at The Cloister, a 5-star resort on Sea Island, Georgia.  Republican voters likely don’t expect much better behavior from the first 7 names on this list — ending with neo-conservative expert Karl Rove.  We don’t expect much from Kentucky, Ohio, Nebraska, Michigan, Mexifornia, and certainly not from anyone representing Washington or Oregon.

I hope voters in those states look at this list and remember not to contribute one penny to any who are running for office.  Republican voters probably were pretty surprised at Cotton, Gardner, Scott, Brady, Black, Hensarling, and Price… and Price ends up in Trump’s Cabinet!  These traitors to our Constitution deserve no support.

These are the Republican traitors who are trying to take our President down and, by taking down a lawfully- elected President, they believe they can pull off a bloodless coup.  Remember them when you buy products (you can get along without an Apple).
  • Tim Cook, billionaire Apple CEO
  • Larry Page, billionaire Google co-founder
  • Sean Parker, billionaire Napster creator and Facebook investor
  • Elon Musk, billionaire Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder
  • Arthur Sulzberger, billionaire publisher of The New York Times
  • Philip Anschutz, billionaire businessman and GOP donor
  • Karl Rove
  • Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.)
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
  • Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)
  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
  • Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
  • Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)
  • Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
  • Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.)
  • Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.)
Those swamp denizens in Washington, D.C., have caused me to lose trust in my government, in the intelligence agencies that are supposed to keep Americans safe… the FBI, CIA, NSA, and all the rest.  Congress can’t be trusted.  I don’t trust the Department of Justice which hired Robert Mueller to be Special Counsel for the FBI’s Russia investigation.  In turn, Mueller (who has more conflicts of interest in this matter than Bill Cosby has sex charges filed against him) has hired a dozen pro-Hillary/ Democrat/ Progressive/ Socialist attorneys to investigate President Trump.  It appears Jeff Sessions has no control over his Department of Justice.  Which Pandora God is Attorney General Sessions serving?

This is my personal Declaration of Independence.  I no longer believe either political party is salvageable.  I believe the greatest power we the people have at this particular moment in time is to walk away from both political parties.  As for me, as of next week, I will officially be a registered Independent – and I invite you to join me.

Independents have more fun.


© 2017 Marilyn Barnewall – All Rights Reserved

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Swamps, Deep States And Core Problems, Part 1


News With Views
Jul 09, 2017


Like most of you, I have become more and more concerned about the massive criminality of the swamp animals and other spooky creatures in our nation’s capitol.  In addition to the Swamp, we also have a serious problem called the “Deep State.”  The Swamp and the Deep State overlap but they are different entities.
We don’t really know what the Deep State is… just that it’s a group of people (most people say they are from America’s Intel community… FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.) who are so arrogant they believe they know better than the millions of voters who put Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office who should be there – and they don’t think it should be Trump.
The people who make up the Deep State have yet to realize their arrogance is the worst form of tyranny.  At the moment they think they are saving us from ourselves… at least that’s what they tell themselves.  That’s what all tyrants tell themselves and it’s what they tell those they want in servitude to them.  Remember the number one job qualification for spies:  Good liar.
Most people thought that when Candidate Trump said “I’ll clean the swamp” it meant that President Trump would have to terminate a few bureaucrats and get voters in a couple of states to retire this Senator or that Representative.
Add to that, placing good conservatives on the Supreme Court and Senator Sessions as Attorney General and El Zappo!  Done deal!  After a few arrests, the swamp is clean… except wait a minute.  What’s this?  Jeff Sessions is allowing Rosenstein to hire Mueller — a man with such obvious and numerous conflicts of interest when it comes to anything close to the Clintons — to investigate the Trump Administration’s involvement with Russia!  Most of us are shaking our heads over these appointments.  What could “they” have on Sessions, we wonder?
Cleaning the swamp requires investigative reporter Clark Kent during the regular business day and Superman.com after hours.  In his active and meaningful attempt to make America great again, President Donald J. Trump has opened Pandora’s Box and its unlimited evils… including treason/sedition and other crimes evidently committed by some very important people.
Rumor has it that if everyone in elected office were “outed” for a variety of crimes (from drunk driving to pedophilia to treason), we would lose 80 percent of our Congress.  Is that true?  I have no idea – but it would not surprise me.
Those who know me well will attest that I think it a waste of time to talk about issues because issues cannot be solved.  Why?  Issues are symptoms of problems and those symptoms change from day-to-day as the disease (problem) gets better, then worse.
You can ease the symptoms (issues) for a short time but until the disease (problem) is accurately diagnosed, treated and cured, it will stay hidden in dark recesses, just waiting for the right moment to attack again.  The problems America has politically do not require medication.  They require extensive surgery.
Trying to solve issues is exemplified by how physicians have misused antibiotics… over-prescribing them, e.g.  The bacteria morph — changing to avoid being totally destroyed.  Thus symptoms (issues) you thought you’d dealt with keep reappearing and they get stronger each time they reappear. They no longer respond to the medication.  More and different antibiotics or political solutions will be prescribed and the patient ends up at death’s door – all because establishment politicians want to deal with issues rather than go directly to the core problem and rip it out.
What is our core problem… the core of the core? A lot of people will likely disagree with me on this and that’s by ‘God’s Grace… if liberal progressives have their way, no one will be able to disagree (with them) about anything.  They’ll have a violent riot, call it a protest, get you thrown off campus and bury a point of view different from their own, so let’s enjoy our disagreements while we can.  It’s called “freedom.”
It came to me as I watched an interview of Congressman Jason Chaffetz  (R-UT) by one of the best investigative reporters in the universe, Sharyl Attkisson.  Here’s a link to the Chaffetz video.

There have been television news stories done telling us that Representative Chaffetz sleeps on a cot in his House of Representatives office at night and in this interview he discusses how costly it is to buy or rent property in the Washington, D.C. area.  It’s impossible, he says, to maintain two residences for his young family in two costly cities.  He’s not complaining about the pay… just the expenses involved in running two households.
In this interview, Representative Chaffetz tells Attkisson why he decided to resign from Congress.  Losing a truly good, honest and intelligent Congressman like Chaffetz hurts.  Badly.  He is one of the few totally trustworthy Constitutional conservatives in the House.  He’s exactly the kind of young man we want to represent us.  Chaffetz said he expected that when Donald Trump became President and Jeff Sessions became Attorney General things would change.  That, according to Chaffetz, did not happen.  In fact, as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz says things have gotten worse.
“The reality is, sadly, I don’t see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration. I thought there would be this… these floodgates would open up with all the documents we wanted from the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Pentagon. In many ways, it’s almost worse because we’re getting nothing, and that’s terribly frustrating and with all due respect, the Attorney General has not changed at all. I find him to be worse than what I saw with Loretta Lynch in terms of releasing documents and making things available. I just, that’s my experience, and that’s not what I expected.”
If you watched the video linked above, what you heard is a popular Congressman who would be easily re-elected if he ran… Chaffetz was only six months into his tenth term of office when he resigned.  He’s telling you that he cannot – will not – tolerate the environment that has been created over the years in Washington, D.C. by members of the elitist establishment of both political parties.
He’s saying he has more respect for his time than to spend it in constant effort to raise money… not for himself, but for the RNC.  He’s also saying that he worked very hard to get Donald Trump elected and expected change that has not yet come.  In fairness to Trump, he has had his hands full with the media war, Russia, Comey, etc.  There is, however, no such excuse for Jeff Sessions withholding from this important House Committee the files they need to conclude very old investigations (going back to Fast and Furious).
When you look closely at what the Chaffetz decision to resign really means, the core problem of our entire political system emerges.
Representative Chaffetz spoke truthfully and from the heart in that video.  He gave us his honest reaction to Washington, D.C.   He came to the nation’s capitol and invested ten years of his young life to make things better.  What Chaffetz in essence said is:  “If you are a moral, intelligent, informed and capable human being who wants to help make America the best it can be, you won’t be able to stay for long because of the swamp in which you must live.”  Those are not the words he used, but if you listen closely that’s what he said.
There is your core problem.  This is what is wrong with America’s system of governing.  As it is in Western Europe, the established system holds no appeal to the young, the honest, the intelligent, the moral people who want to serve America as our founders envisioned.  We can thank establishment leaders from Pelosi and Ryan in the House to Reid and McConnell in the Senate for the lack of intelligent, moral people who will run for political office these days.  Can you blame them?  Listen to Congressman Chaffetz describe what is expected of him.  Is that a life you’d like to live?  Nope… but anyone looking to get their hands on government funds would.
When something lacks appeal to honest people, it usually attracts the dishonest.  When it lacks appeal to intelligent people, it attracts the not-so-bright.  When something doesn’t hold appeal to moral people, it will attract the immoral and the amoral.
I can’t give anyone advice about finance or politics but in my opinion anyone who sends money to the RNC or the DNC so they can use your money to “buy” a candidate they control and who often votes against the better interests of the people is, in a way, committing suicide.  That, I think, makes such a person a MAJOR part of the problem.
I have stopped sending funds to State and County political parties, too.  Everyone is angry about the swamp that’s been created – and it exists largely because of financial support given to the political parties.  Better that I send nothing than provide more money to establishment politicians and the organizations that do their dirty work for them.  That is true whether the organization is federal, state, county or local, Republican or Democrat.
It’s the American way to find your own candidates and support them.  Understand that we live in a new world of how to get candidates elected.  How many Tweet numbers do you have?  How many email addresses?  It doesn’t take money to get elected today.  It takes electronic contacts.  The election results in Atlanta two weeks ago prove that.  If money could get a candidate elected, we would be calling our President “Clinton” today.
If enough of us would withhold our support and send no money, we would quickly find two political parties who decided to support us rather than arrogantly expecting us to support them.  Support no candidate just because he or she has an “R” or a “D” after their name and give what support you give directly to the candidate, not to a political party.
Do you realize that we are talking about our survival as a nation?
© 2017 Marilyn M. Barnewall – All Rights Reserved


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Democrats: Quit Smoking

By Marilyn M. Barnewall
News With Views
Jun 13, 2017 

It is common knowledge that the majority of people who die in fires are overcome with smoke and that smoke inhalation is the cause of death, not the fire itself.
Conservative broadcasters talk about how ridiculous Democrat commentary is… there is no evidence of Russian wrong doing and never has been.
Evidence is the fire.  The stories are the smoke… the weapon of mass destruction aimed at President Donald Trump by liberal progressives and “Never Trump” neo-conservative traitors.
It is sometimes hard to know who does more damage to our great nation:  1) The newspapers who publish trashy false stories as news, or; 2) those who read stories which provide no reliable named sources to validate the stories and, without checking the fake news, pass them on to others who read and believe them because the information came from a friend.
How do we know there is no fire?  Because any investigator worth his or her salt does things in a specific, strategic, planned way:  They investigate, they gather evidence, and then they file charges.  They do not investigate and send every rumor to the far left media for publication… such behavior hampers serious investigations.  The Russia/Trump administration investigation has been going on for almost a year and no evidence of wrong doing by Trump has emerged.
The Trump/Russia smoke has been building for a long time.  If any believable evidence existed, a Grand Jury would be impaneled and an indictment requested (if the evidence supports indictment), or if the evidence is irrefutable, charges would be filed.
There is no evidence of collusion – though James Comey subtly tried to lay ground work for it in his testimony on Thursday… testimony which did more damage to Comey (and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch) than to anyone else.
There is no evidence of obstruction of justice.  Collusion and obstruction have very specific definitions.  Look them up.  Google them and stop believing what other people who have an agenda tell you.
It is interesting how Hillary’s name has disappeared from all of the investigations going on in Congress and all of the intelligence services.  Gee, you don’t think that’s part of the liberal progressive “get rid of him with smoke” plan “because we’re toast if we don’t” strategy, do you?
Hillary’s the fire and to keep from being burned she must generate a lot of smoke.  Otherwise people might see through the smoke and begin asking questions about the numerous felonies of which she might be guilty… her involvement while Secretary of State of putting 20 percent of America’s uranium in the hands of Vladimir Putin and the Russians, for one (for which the Clinton Foundation was well paid).  That’s a fact, not an opinion.  Records exist that validate it.
If Democrats can’t keep everyone talking about Donald Trump and Russia, the smoke would clear and people might start talking about how Hillary committed at least one felony by sending classified email messages on a non-protected, non-government issued personal computer using a server in Colorado.
Those same classified emails were forwarded from Hillary’s unprotected computer to Huma Abedin’s personal computer where her husband, Anthony Weiner, a man recently convicted of using email for sexually perverted reasons, copied them onto his personal computer.  Records confirm it happened.
You get the idea why and how Democrat liberals use smoke to destroy others.  They have done it so often, they have the system down pat.  They tried to ruin Sean Hannity a couple of weeks ago and got slapped down.
This week they are blowing liberal smoke about one of the most honest men in Washington, D.C.:  Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  He will have his chance to destroy the stories about him when he testifies this afternoon.
I understand why conservatives are upset with Sessions.  He appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to handle the investigations into Russia’s hacking of American elections… and Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director and James Comey’s mentor, Robert Mueller, as Special Counsel.
I agree with Newt Gingrich about Mueller being totally inappropriate special counsel to investigate the Russian affair… he’s a man with so many conflicts of interest involving James Comey and the FBI he is totally the wrong man.  To see why, go here.  Mueller will likely turn this investigation into a witch hunt.  But upset with Sessions or not, he is an honest man… one of the few in our nation’s capitol.

Progressive liberals understand their opponents – and human nature – very well.  They know the loyalty level of the average voter isn’t even skin deep.
The issues creating the smoke that are leaks from the intelligence community and come from Obama bureaucrats who are still employed in positions that give them access to information a “Hate Trumper” should not have — like leaker James Comey.  They are holdovers from Obama whose jobs have not yet been filled by the Trump team.
One of the most hostile actions plotted to destroy the Presidency of Donald J. Trump comes from the man who served as President for the eight years before Trump: Obama.  For the first time in more than 200 years of American history, a former President is actively involved in trying to cause the President who replaced him to fail.
A group set up by Obama called “Organizing for Action” (OFA – too bad they didn’t add the word League… OFAL) – is prepared to cause chaos and possibly violence around the nation on the issues Trump supports and the former President opposes.
According to a New York Post article, Obama’s OFA plans to implement change in communities on issues involving gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, gender equality, climate change, and immigration reform.  Gee, do any of those sound familiar?

Aren’t they the very issues that caused Hillary Clinton to lose her bid for the Presidency because she opposed them?  Aren’t those things responsible for the victory of Donald Trump?  Aren’t these things a majority of people across the country support (excluding those who live in large sanctuary cities)?  As his performance in office proves, Obama opposes them.  Thus, they must be changed.  What the people support doesn’t matter to Barrack Obama and OFA.
The Post article makes readers ask the question:  If you had 30,000 people around the nation who ask “how high” when you say “jump,” and if you had a court system corrupted by years of liberal progressive judicial appointments, how much damage could you do to America?  Those are resources OFA has and that is how much damage Obama appears to be planning.

Imagine for a moment how this works.  President Trump issues an Executive Order imposing a travel ban on people who come from nations famed for their skills as terrorists.  They are experts at killing innocent people… whether slitting a woman’s throat in Oklahoma on a public street, or killing almost 50 people in Orlando (exactly a year ago), or murdering people who just gave them a baby shower.  They kill in many cities elsewhere in the world… murder is their claim to fame.
This Order runs in opposition to OFA’s beliefs – and they want to impose those beliefs on all of us because in their opinions of their own opinions, they are right.
OFA calls for protests from its paid 30,000 members and for anti-immigration statements from pro-illegal immigration policy experts… and ACLU lawyers swing into action, filing lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct immigration laws (the 9th District).
They call for protests at airports and at Town Hall Meetings held by elected officials.  The left-wing media which supports all things liberal and progressive makes sure anti-immigration protests receive extensive prime-time coverage (and they make sure to feature sad pictures of weeping émigrés being turned away from the land of opportunity).  Because of Trump, they are unable to leave behind their violent lives to live peacefully in America… like they live peacefully in Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, etc.
The 9th District Court makes a legal decision in opposition to the President’s travel ban and without jurisdiction to do so places the citizens living in all other Court Districts in the nation at risk by stopping the Presidents Order.  Something is wrong with that concept.  Something is very wrong with a legal system that permits it to happen.

And that is how OFA, a group set up by Barrack Obama, works.
I got an email this week that explains why liberal progressives behave the way they do – why, for example, people are willing to pop up at a protest on a moment’s notice (aside from the fact that many of them are unemployed, need a cause, and get paid for doing so).  You may have seen the same email.  It is a wonderful explanation of why the media so hates Donald Trump… so much so it would rather destroy the nation than write truthful news of his plans and achievements.  It has to do with things staying the way they have always been.
You start with a cage containing four monkeys and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under the banana.
Before long, a monkey will go the stairs and climb toward the banana.
You spray ALL the monkeys with ice cold water.  After a short time, another monkey makes an attempt. As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray ALL the monkeys with ice cold water.
It won’t take many such repetitions of the above and when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will physically prevent it.  They are tired of shivering after taking unwanted ice cold water baths.
Now, put away the cold water.  Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey.  The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs.  To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.  After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.
Remove another monkey (of the original four) and replace it with a new monkey.  The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.  The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment – with enthusiasm – because he is now part of the “team.”
Then replace the third of the original monkeys with a new monkey, followed by the fourth.  Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he will be attacked.
The monkeys that are beating the new monkeys have no idea why they are not permitted to climb the stairs.  They have no idea why they are beating the newest monkey… none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with ice cold water.
Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.  Why?  Because in their minds getting beat up if you try to climb the stairs is how it has always been!
And that describes the behavior of media, the swamp in Washington, D.C. and the politicians and the bureaucrats that populate it, and it describes the unexplainable hatred of President Donald J. Trump. In the liberal progressive world, that’s the way it has always been.
After listening to last Thursday’s monologue by James Comey and his charges that the most “respected” newspapers in the nation, The Washington Post and The New York Times, willingly print stories they know to be false, suggests that these editors and reporters are psycho.

They are like the monkeys in a cage with that banana… and they thought the game would go on forever because that’s the way it has always been.  People would always believe what they wrote because that’s the way it has always been.
Then there’s CNN.  They employed a woman who held by the hair a picture of President Trump’s head with blood pouring down his face, telling the public she’s a comedienne and this is funny.  Such a person is mentally ill and should be institutionalized.  She is guilty of aiding and abetting the enemy!  Isis recruiting will jump to a new high!
The woman defends her actions by saying “I’m a comedienne.”
She has no concept that her action is perverted.  She thinks such actions are funny and defends her self, blaming the Trump family for their reactions to her exhibit designed to promote violence against the President.  She cannot believe someone doesn’t think she’s funny and thinks she is a victim because someone she brutally attacked fought back and she is the loser.  She’s probably always been a loser.
Our FBI Director is supposed to protect Americans from terror and other forms of violent crime.  James Comey is so weak it should frighten every one of us.  The FBI is headed by a man so insecure he’s afraid to say to his boss, “Mr. President, this conversation is inappropriate.”  He was  too frightened of Loretta Lynch to tell her he was heading an “investigation,” not a “matter” after Lynch insisted he call it that – and he did.
Do we now have a FBM rather than a FBI?
Thank God Putin did not send the FBI a message while Comey was Director.  He would be so stunned he would lock himself in a closet for months.
I have said since the beginning that James Comey is as slick as a wet snake.  He proved it during his Senate hearing.  He did damage President Trump, but he did more damage to himself.  The personal notes he gave to a Columbia University Law Professor to leak to The New York Times were written while he was still the FBI Director and the notes belong to the government, not James Comey.  They were not his to leak.  And that, I believe, represents misprision of felony.

I never thought I’d say this, but congratulations to Senator John McCain for (along with Senator Tom Cotton R-AR) asking the most intelligent questions of the entire Comey hearing.
A lot of smoke but no fire – not at the White House, anyway.
© 2017 Marilyn Barnewall – All Rights Reserved