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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, 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 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