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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, October 01, 2017

NFL Fans Union (NFLFU) Speaks Out



By Marilyn M. Barnewall
Oct 01, 2017
In 1982, the National Football League and the players were at logger heads.  The players wanted a bigger piece of the profit pie and the owners didn’t want to pay them more.
In the process of arguing, both forgot about the people who provide the money for the high profits owners were keeping and the high salaries players were demanding.
The players decided to strike.
I called my attorney and told him to file Articles of Incorporation for an organization I named the National Football League Fans Union… the NFLFU (get your mind out of the gutter).  We were a fan advocacy organization.  I, a conservative, started a union… which proves you cannot believe everything you hear about conservatives!
I called a press conference to announce the formation of the NFLFU.  I got permission from the owner of the Denver Broncos at the time, Jerry Phipps, to hold the event at Mile High Stadium.  I stood on the 10 yard line in front of the South stands at Mile High Stadium and read a press release.  About 75 members of the media were invited… 50 showed up.

We got good coverage throughout the U.S. and around the world.  I still have the clippings from the papers in many of the cities that have NFL franchises… and many more.
The players’ union (yes, the players belong to a union) and the owners were abusing the fans whose financial support pays their salaries and provides their profits.
What was the problem in 1982?  Both sides were showing a lack of respect and appreciation for the fans.
What is the NFL problem in 2017?  It is clearly a lack of respect by players for the fans, their nation, their flag, and their military.  Player political opinions have been blatantly forced on the fans and millions of television viewers who tune in to watch a football game, not get an uninformed political opinion.

All Kaepernick and his minions have achieved is to make it clear that football players disagree with the people who elected President Donald Trump to office.  They are so arrogant as to think they know better who should have been elected.  Donald Trump did not call players SOBs… I would, but he did not.  He suggested that owners call them SOBs…  And he has since Tweeted that owners are afraid of their players.  He’s right about that, too.
Players want to force their political opinions on fans by protesting the flag of the nation that makes it possible for a bunch of guys — many of whom would be flipping burgers if not for the opportunities America makes possible.  The fans really do not give a damn what football player opinions are about politics.  Players do not have a right to force us to pay a large sum of money to find out what they do not like about the world off of the football field.  They sell people tickets for one thing and provide another.  In fact, it sounds like fraud to me… but I’m not a lawyer.
Let’s make one thing very clear.  The Constitution gives the right of free speech to all people.  When you act as an individual, you may peacefully protest to your heart’s content… but when you go to work, your employer is not forced by the Constitution to put up with your protests.  Your co-workers have rights, too.  And so do those who finance the business that provides your employment.  Thus, any team owner can take action against players “going to a knee” if they choose (I hate that term.)  When football players go onto a football field, they enter as (highly over-paid) employees, not as individuals.
The same thing we see as we watch players go to one knee to insult our flag and country as the national anthem is played is the same problem we had in 1982 when I got so angry I started a union for the fans to give them a say in the game they subsidize.  The owners and players have no respect for people – and they have a very high opinion of themselves.
Taking a knee when the National Anthem is played is not the core problem; it is merely a symptom of it.
Who owns the stadiums in which football games are played?  These days, major corporations often build the stadiums and get a huge amount of advertising from it.  But who owns the land?  Who pays the property taxes?  What kind of tax breaks do owners get to keep a team in a city because of the huge sales tax income the city/county get from $15 a beer charges with 50,000 people in the stands every game, every football season?  How much does that increase taxes for average people in cities with NFL franchises?  If tax breaks are given to one party, other parties must pay for what the first party avoids paying.
Though it differs from team-to-team (sometimes it’s the city/county, sometimes it’s the owners, sometimes it’s a combination of the two), but the public often pays for the stadiums, the property, the taxes, the tickets, and on and on.  This results in lucrative television contracts paid for by ridiculously high advertising costs to corporations (which results in increased costs of products you buy from football advertisers, from Budweiser to Ford, because it adds to costs).
If there were no people in the stands, televised football games would be about as exciting as licking envelopes.  Advertisers certainly wouldn’t pay much for 30-second ads without the excitement the fans bring to the game.  And the fans have made it very clear that they are opposed to football players – many of whom are not the brightest candle on the cake – advertising their political opinions on the field.
When someone pays from $50 to $100 for a ticket to see a football game, the last thing on their priority list is to have players disrespect their nation, their flag, and the military that makes it possible for those doing the disrespecting to earn ridiculous salaries because they can catch and throw a football – or because they are able to prevent another team from running with or throwing and catching a football.
Can you imagine the arrogance of a player who walks onto a football field thinking that his  political opinions are so important he can force the person who paid a lot of money to watch a football game aware of them?
The league, the owners, and the players all receive massive rewards at the expense of America’s football fans.  Billions of dollars go to the NFL… even the Department of Defense has paid them money.  Perhaps it’s time for the NFL to pay some of it back?
The American people have invested approximately $7 billion in the various NFL teams.  They have received no respect, gratitude, thanks or appreciation from the league, the owners, or the players.  And that is the core problem that needs to be solved.
What’s the old 1970s song?  R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
It’s too bad the NFLFU didn’t get enough financial support in 1982 to remain active.  We sold memberships, NFLFU hats and bumper stickers, but it needed a full-time representative and I was a financial consultant who was traveling all the time.  We did do a lot of good, but once the season began, prostituted though it was, people lost interest.
And that’s part of the core problem, too.
We want things to go the way they are supposed to go, the way people promise us they will go when we buy season tickets or any other product – even when we elect politicians.  When things don’t go the way we want them, we become angry… as if we have no responsibility for doing what is needed to make sure things go the way people have promised us they will go before taking our money.
“We are not pro-player; we are not pro-owner,” I said during that 1982 press conference.  “Neither are we anti-player or anti-owner.  We are pro-fans!  We want fans to have a right to the first class football on which ticket sales were made.  We feel both owners and players have the responsibility to provide this based on the ticket prices charged.”
If fans really want the going to one knee to stop, get 50 fans in each city to file a class action suit demanding a $10 rebate for all fans who find the one-kneeing offensive (for each game in which it has occurred).  It is not part of what they paid for.  It will be amazing how quickly team owners begin fining players for one-kneeing the National Anthem.
We encouraged people to write letters to sponsors of televised football games.  “Tell them that you will not purchase the sponsor’s product because anyone associated with the game of football during the 1982 season does not have the better interests of the people at heart.”  I would encourage people to do the same in 2017.
We recommended that fans boycott all products advertised by NFL players.  We demanded refund policies be put in place.  For example, when season ticket sales promotion literature was sent to the general public, no one told them the season was going to be interrupted by a player strike (though management was aware it was a possibility).  We achieved that objective.
We – the NFLFU – were concerned about the lack of third-party mediation.  Talks were going nowhere.  Management was represented in the talks and so, through their union, were players.  But fans, whose ticket purchases finance the game, were not represented.  The NFLFU offered to provide trained mediators to help bring the players’ strike to a conclusion acceptable to everyone.
The NFLFU wanted management and players to guarantee no loss of ticket priority for fans who refused to buy tickets during a player strike year.  Teams like the Denver Diapers – oops, I mean Broncos — and Seattle Snowflakes – oops, I mean Seahawks – have a waiting list for upgrading existing season ticket seats when other people with better seats let them go.  If you miss buying your seasons tickets one year, you lose your position on that list.  We won that one, too!
The NFLFU even challenged a Supreme Court ruling made in 1922.  It held that professional sports were exempt from typical antitrust provisions because no product was sold.  I felt that ruling, made in a 1922 economic environment of manufacturing rather than a 2017 economy of technology was antiquated.  It was – and it still is.  The challenge was never resolved.
Perhaps we need a Special Counsel appointed to the FBI to investigate whether professional sports are exempt from antitrust provisions because each team certainly is a product… especially when political positions are forced on fans!  Maybe they could add that to Robert Mueller’s witch hunt list.
This entire issue is about respect… for our nation, our flag, our military and the people who work hard to support them all.  We all have problems.  I would love nothing better to have a pre-game two minutes to air my grievances to millions of people watching the game… but the fans didn’t pay $98 a ticket to know what I have on my mind – and they didn’t pay to hear  what football players have on theirs (unless it has to do with football).
The military fights, bleeds, and dies so those players can make (I didn’t say “earn”) their ridiculously high salaries.  Our military fights under that flag..  Military caskets come home draped with the flag that the players dishonor.  64% of Americans agree with President Trump’s position on this issue… the other 36% are progressives and communists (which appear to be pretty much the same thing, these days… based on Colin Kaepernick’s support for communist Cuba, he’s probably in that group, too).  NFL television ratings are already down 11% this year compared to last (and they were down last year, too – perhaps an attestation that League Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t up to the job he has?).  Commissioner Goodell issued a statement saying that President Trump is responsible for the divisiveness being caused by player misbehavior (according to Goodell’s own Game Operations Manual).  A small man in a big job.
The NFL’s Game Operations Manual says that “all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem” and must “stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking or face discipline ‘such as fines, suspensions’,” and teams may be required to forfeit draft choice(s) if owners allow misbehavior.  Well, owners are ignoring the misbehavior so perhaps it’s time for the League to impose some forfeits of draft choices.
Just because our Department of Justice has ignored constitutional law for the past 30 years does not mean NFL team owners and the National Football League should ignore their own Game Operations Manual.
What the people feel about NFL players who so disgrace their nation, their flag, their military, and the people who go to work every day to support those things and who love those things, goes beyond disgust.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens are the worst.  They played a league game in London and about two dozen of them went to one knee for America’s National Anthem and stood for God Save the Queen, the British Anthem.  Their statements that they mean no disrespect for our nation when they go to one knee is a lie.  Their actions prove they lie.

Jacksonville is a Navy town.  My son’s aircraft carrier was berthed there.  If the President decided to give Georgia – or perhaps South Carolina – the financial opportunity of the thousands of sailors that are currently housed in Jacksonville, it would be an economic disaster for the Jaguars.  No one would have any money to attend the games.  Gosh, that would just break my heart.
As for Baltimore… who would expect anything else from a city run like that one is?  We all saw what Baltimore is about in the matter of Freddie Gray’s death and the riots that ensued.  All six police officers charged by Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s State Attorney, were found innocent of his death and in mid-September the federal government said no charges were being considered by them.
Core Problem:  No Respect for the People — in a lot of places.
© 2017 Marilyn Barnewall – All Rights Reserved
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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.


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