Star Wars Battlefront: A mythic jump into the future of the human race that is just jaw-dropping cool

It took my radio buddy Matt Clark from WAAM in Ann Arbor, Michigan a good part of 2016 to talk me into getting Star Wars: Battlefront for my PS4.  But after a lot of coaxing, by him, I finally did about six weeks ago.  The result after just that short duration of time—and granted I have very responsible social obligations so I can’t sit around playing games all day every day—but presently I’m well over 2 million points of online play and I just hit level 52 by Force Friday on September 30th which still gives me reasonable happiness and hope for the future of what has become one of the most important mythologies to our society in the history of the human race.  There is nothing like Star Wars really and now that I’ve played Battlefront a lot on PS4 and witnessed the new Deathstar expansion I have a few things to say that are extremely positive.  The game is simply jaw dropping in its scope, ambition, and graphic ambiance.  Even though I deal with a lot of very usual serious subject matters on this site, I often say that I vacation in the Star Wars universe as a stress management tool, and with Battlefront that has certainly been the case—so it’s OK to take a break to think about something fun.

As I’ve said before, I am a fan of the Star Wars miniatures game.  I wish I had more time to play it, but I think it is superior to Chess as a strategy game and is a real window into what can happen when the human imagination is unleashed through a powerful mythology like Star Wars.  For the last couple of weeks, billionaires on the cutting edge of tomorrow—like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk—have been discussing the opportunities for expanding the human race into our solar system, which I have been talking about for quite some time.  Where those two individuals are not aligned with a person like me politically, we do agree on human expansion into space, the development of new technologies, and expanding the reaches of our imaginations during the next century—and largely Star Wars has helped frame the thought in our generation to make possible the real science we are just beginning to see.  In fact, I was in a business meeting just yesterday—Force Friday—where the new Star Wars toys for the upcoming film Rogue One were released at Target—and the old timers in that meeting were astonished with the very real business results they had witnessed from my performance over the last two business quarters.  While I would never cheapen those efforts with a simple rationality by saying Star Wars was responsible—it did help shape my young mind into thinking big about things and conceiving of ideas that would later develop into quite beautiful ways of thinking—which Bezos and Musk are also utilizing.  When we were all kids, we played with the same toys and I can see the effect in a positive way that it’s had on our culture and the stuff that’s out now for kids is many times better—so I can only imagine what impact that will have on tomorrow’s children who will take what Musk and Bezos are saying today and make it happen tomorrow.  From that vantage point Star Wars can make you better, it can make you think better, act better, and provide mythic direction important to subconscious yearnings key to behaving as a functional adult.  By the high standards set by the orchestral Star Wars music in these movies and video games to the advent of various propulsion systems to make the ships fly, to the artificial intelligence represented in the various robots shown in the Star Wars mythology there is a lot of room to provoke thought in that science fiction, fantasy epic that I see dramatically expanding the consciousness of the human race.  Given that, I’ve told the story of how my wife and I took a few years and played Star Wars: The Old Republic online for nearly two full years—and had a lot of fun doing it.  So when I sat down and finally let myself play Battlefront by a joint partnership between the video game companies DICE and Electronic Arts I was more than a little astonished by the result.

The negatives for me in getting into it in the first place were that I didn’t want to play as an Imperial player—because I never play bad guys—in anything.  I don’t even let my mind go there and in the multiplayer mode of Battlefront they often queue you into both Imperial and Rebel players randomly.  During one game you play as a Rebel and in the next you’ll be an Imperial.  I had to find a way around that just to play Battlefront—and it’s a little bit of a pain in the ass—but the results have more than been worth it.  The other drawback for me was that there was not story mode in Battlefront.  It’s what they call a “sandbox” game where you just show up and play like you would on a playground—only this is quite literally set in the worlds of Star Wars.  I didn’t think that would be enough for me, but as it has turned out, I actually love the format.  Here’s why.

Back in the 90s—and I’ve told this story before a little bit—my favorite game was a space simulator called X-Wing based on the Star Wars missions from the original film.  It was a DOS based game and I played it religiously.  I simply loved it—still do actually.  I loved it so much that it has essentially become the measure of every game thereafter for me—because it did so many things well.  At that time my kids were babies and they learned about video games by watching me play that one, and I had a nephew I was very close with who was a little kid then and played it with me all night some nights, and we never forgot the experience.  It was certainly a very special game for a very special time and the contents of the experience would evoke great discussions between us that greatly enriched our lives even to this day many decades later.  So a great video game done right can have a wonderful impact on people—much greater than what a classic novel once had on our society—because the experience can be shared with other people.  There were a few more editions of that X-Wing game that came out in the late 90s as the Internet became more of a factor in computer use—which seems like an odd thing to say today—but back then the Internet was expensive and clunky, and wasn’t much good beyond communication through email and web browsing.  It couldn’t stream the amount of data that it takes now to play massive battles in high-definition between 60 players at a time like we can now see in Battlefront.  I remember being extremely impressed by the third X-Wing game, XWing vs Tie Fighter that allowed for online play against real life opponents which I was very interested in.  Because I wanted to test myself against other pilots around the world—I’ve always played combat simulations on computers—everything from Microsoft’s Flight Simulators which are very realistic to the old Dynamix World War II aerial combat sims, and X-Wing took the realistic stalls out of the mix common to old propeller driven planes but kept the classic dog fighting elements which was a marriage of two styles of fighter combat that was very enjoyable.  X-Wing fighters were like the old World War II warbirds—such as the P-40 and the P-51, but they had technology that was ahead of our time such as shielding and hyperspace travel which puts your mind onto ideas which force it to lean into the future just to bring all those elements together—which is the correct function of a proper mythology.  Over time a few games have come and gone that I was impressed with—most recently the Old Republic version of its starfighter gameplay where online matches were something I did religiously for about a year—but none of them really got to the meat of what I liked about the original X-Wing where you had to take on massive squads of Tie Fighters, take down Star Destroyers and really challenge yourself to fulfill the mission parameters.  Some of those missions were quite challenging—tactically.  Of course I’m a huge believer that once you work out things in your mind—even on a simulator—then you can achieve it in reality because honestly the mind doesn’t know the difference.  Reason can tell the difference, but the process of thought works whether what you’re doing is real or fantasy.  So I think video game play can be very healthy for producing positive thought.

With that context explained I finally purchased Battlefront after Matt Clark sent me a series of texts over the course of about six months coaxing me into playing online with him.  I was busy at the time and playing the Uncharted series, so I didn’t have time for one more thing.  But when I had an open window to do it, I did and I was amazed at what I had been missing.  My favorite mode in the Battlefront sandbox is Fighter Squadron which is essentially a modern update to the old X-Wing game and once I realized that, I was off to the races.  Quickly I was able to hold my own against even the most experienced players averaging 20 to 40 kills per match—which is pretty high.  The graphics are incredible, the frame rates astonishing—the scope of the battles simply unfathomable even to my most fantastic imaginings of two decades ago.  If that was all there was—I would have been happy.  But that’s only the tip of the ice berg.  There are in fact too many things to talk about in how cool Battlefront is, but really the most telling essence of the game is probably the Walker Assault mode which to me is a really fancy version of the old Atari 2600 game Empire Strikes Back where Imperial Walkers threaten to get to your power generator and you have to fly around and shoot each one of them 48 times to kill them before they reach their objective.  As a thirteen year old kid, I was good at that game—which was a take on the classic Defender video game I played a lot in the old arcades.  But on Battlefront the game mechanics are photo realistic, especially on the Endor modes where the Imperial Walker trounces down a creek bed through a dense forest and you have to bring it down before it gets to your troop transport.  The leaves on the trees are extremely detailed.  There are clouds of mist in the forest as well as insects—the amount of programming to pull off all those elements is insane and I often find myself just staring at the screen wondering if it’s all real or not.  It is crazy ambitious and cool beyond lunacy.  Simply jaw dropping to a guy like me who has watched all these video games evolve over the years into what I am seeing now with Battlefront is inspiring.

It was only a few years ago that I was so excited about the video game Battlepod which came out as a Dave & Busters exclusive from Lucasfilm.  That year my family celebrated my birthday there so we could all play it together.  I thought the graphics on that were spectacular.  But now, after playing Battlefront a lot, I recently went to the Main Event in West Chester where my oldest grandson is now discovering Star Wars for his first time.  He had been watching me play Battlefront for countless hours so he saw the Battlepod game so we played it.  He loved it, but to me it looked clunky and old because my eyes had adjusted to the realities of Battlefront and a few years ago I didn’t think that would be possible.

As I’ve said, I’ve been busy so I kept my experiences with Battlefront to myself for the most part.  There are after all a lot of things going on in the world, and I’m playing my part in a lot of them.  But then Battlefront released its Deathstar update a week ago with the promise to release a Rogue One expansion by the end of the year and suddenly I found myself overwhelmed with the sheer coolness of the Battlefront game.  Finally in real-time you can do battle with live players all over the world around Star Destroyer capital ships, and bring them down fulfilling tactical objectives and really do things that the original movies could only dream of as far as graphics and coverage and I have found my enthusiasm bulging ready to explode with excitement.  Star Wars: Battlefront is a really cool game in every respect.  It is simply astonishing.  In a lot of ways it has healed my hatred of Star Wars that I felt after watching The Force Awakens because through the games I see a bigger picture coming into frame—one that is carrying a new kind of mythology directly to the minds of so many millions of people and connecting them in ways that were only fantasy a short time ago in a galaxy that now seems far away—only it wasn’t.

I have to thank Matt Clark for his persistence.  If not for him I probably wouldn’t have even picked up the title and I would be missing out.  But because of him, I have a front seat onto something truly special that a lot of people who grew up recently don’t have a proper context into just how amazing it really is.  For the first time in a long time I have hope in what this very important mythological tool will unlock regarding the future of the human race and our eventual expansion into space—and beyond.  It all starts with a thought and Star Wars: Battlefront makes thinking beyond our terrestrial limits commonplace in a world brought to us by movies, but made real through virtual reality.  And more than anything I shudder at the day where I think of Battlefront with the same disappointment that I know look at Battlepod because the new edition is so much better.  Because for me it is hard to imagine how a game could be any better than what Battlefront really is—yet I am excited to see how they will be.

Rich Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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Paying Taxes is Not Patriotic: What Hillary Clinton and O’Hare International have in common

For me personally, the big takeaway from the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was not when Trump declared himself “smart” for not paying huge amounts of federal tax—it was Hillary’s reaction the next day—and that of the media which actually sent me into a rage for which I have not yet recovered.  As everyone who knows me understands—I hate taxes and it disgusts me to see my hard-earned money wasted on government inefficiencies that the private sector does much better.  When I’ve been to Japan on business it amazes me to see their people so industrious working in their public parks picking up the tiniest bit of litter—happily.  Here in the states whether it’s the Great Smokey Mountains or Huston Woods, the government workers there are often lazy, bitchy, and entitled, and those are often the ones I like the most compared to IRS workers or the employees at the BMV.  It literally makes me sick to give money through force to entitled people whether those recipients are welfare zombies or government workers like socialist teachers and other monopoly driven union entities who make 40% more than everyone else for doing far less productive work than a majority of our country.  So when Trump said he was smart for not paying a lot of federal tax, I was so excited I almost leaped into my television to high-five him—because he was speaking my kind of language.  But Hillary, what a pathetic socialist mess she is.  I thought her husband was a leftist scum bag.  She is far, far worse—a Lenin ideologue representing the zombies of our society and hearing her squawk like a broken chicken with a cold actually made me quite angry when she insinuated that paying taxes was a patriotic duty.  Boy is she wrong!

It is not patriotic to pay taxes.  It has become for the last hundred years a perceived obligation that the political left has formulated through public education to seem patriotic, but it’s really a fool’s premise.  It is at best an illegal confiscation of wealth by the federal government for the use of idiots who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to put their hands on that kind of money—if not by the force of government.   With the kind of wealth that Trump has, if he found a way to pay zero percent of it in taxes, I would think of him as a genius, and I would admire him a lot more than I do right now.  That is exactly the kind of president I want in the White House, someone who understands the tricks of the “federal reserve” and is against higher taxes while supporting a simpler tax code.

Yet progressives need taxes to pay for all the “stuff” they have given away over the years to win votes.  They have enjoyed their success in life by literally stealing money and giving it to people who keep them in high paying government jobs—and it’s a pathetic racket.  What government workers do for our society is not worth the cost and I would point to the fine Japanese people who work hard at everything they do as the example of what I expect.  Just a few months ago I sat on a park bench waiting for my entourage to finish dining and I watched not just a few very diligent female workers picking up liter in a park with little devices that looked like chop sticks.  A small army of those people did that job daily in the town of Himeji—and they didn’t look like homeless despots that crawled out of a cardboard box.  They didn’t look like our park rangers and national park employees in the United States—typically fifty pounds overweight and looking like they had their eyes only on quitting time.  Those workers in Himeji worked their asses off and they actually looked prideful about doing it. I told one working closest to me how much I appreciated their effort and they bowed deeply in thanks and resumed their work.  When flying into Tokyo from Chicago it’s literally like landing on another planet.  The airport workers in Tokyo treat you with respect to your time because they assume whatever your doing—it has some value.  They move you through the immigration lines quickly and the luggage handling is efficient.  I recently approached a line and thought I would have to stand in line for two hours.  They moved through all those people in about twenty minutes.  If the same line had been present in New York, Chicago, or Atlanta—it would have easily have been two hours.  The work ethic in the United States these days is pathetic and compared to others around the world, it shows and it became that way with this ridiculous entitlement culture that progressives like Hillary Clinton has nurtured along for the last century—and I don’t want my money feeding that system.

I don’t blame Trump one bit for his comments, because they reflect my own.  If government wants to help people, do it through natural economic growth, not through punishing personal income tax that never should have been implemented in 1913 with the 16th Amendment put in place by the progressive politics of the age—which should be repealed at the earliest possible date.  It is not our patriotic duty to pay for the garbage we get from our federal government, the bad service, the terrible attitudes of the employees from the TSA to the IRS agent that is impossible to fire.  To the Chicago school teacher that makes six figures for 9 months of work and goes on strike every two years.  I’ve seen better around the world and I expect Americans to be better than those examples, and until they are—I don’t want to pay for the lackluster behavior of the government entitlement class.  I wish I could take everyone in the world to Himeji, Japan—or anywhere in that country—and let them see people who work their asses off not for money or prestige, but because they enjoy the internal benefit of doing a good job for the sake of doing it.

Hillary Clinton in her refute of Trump missed the point of many of her arguments against him.  If someone does a bad job—should they still get paid?  If a waiter gives me bad service, I don’t tip them.  If a company tries to rip me off, I go somewhere else.  Competition is the key to instilling quality in the marketplace and without it, you get bad service.  Trump understands this.  He’s not obligated to paying for bad work in his buildings and he’s certainly not obligated to share his accumulated wealth on losers like Hillary Clinton—government employees who clearly don’t get it.  I can’t think of a single job in the world that I’d hire a loser like Hillary Clinton for largely because she has that pretentious snobby attitude of entitlement—a ruined mind made lazy by years of unchallenging government work which she lawyered herself through in a climb for power to spread progressive philosophy to the masses—which has made her a detrimental menace.  I am embarrassed by people like her because she makes Americans look bad around the world—especially in places like Himeji, Japan.

I hate landing at O’Hare International airport—especially after a trip from Japan.  Immediately you can feel the entitlement from the employees at the airport—especially the unionized TSA agents.  Most of them are slow, and fat—and I say that because being overweight symptoms is a sign typically of overabundance and lack of effort—and those are the people in charge of whether I catch my connecting flight back to Cincinnati or get stuck in Chicago for the night wasting my time with more inefficiency—which costs me even more money.  Time and money are not elements that progressive liberals understand—or respect and when I see these slugs in action I think of people like Hillary Clinton.  O’Hara International airport is the land of Hillary Clinton—fat, unambitious, lackadaisical, greasy, broken, and entitled without a care in the world to how much time of yours they waste or how much it costs.  They could care less.  In Tokyo complain to someone at the airport that you had to wait for ten minutes and they bow deeply and a team of people rush to make you happy—because they honor the essence of your time.  At O’Hara, or at the IRS—they tell you to take a number while some Jabba the Hutt character tells you to talk to the hand.   It is that kind of thinking in America that we have to fix and paying taxes blindly to a bunch of government losers isn’t the way to get there.   Trump however is the way to start that journey by first looking in the mirror and calling things the way they are—whether they are fat, stupid, slow, or just plain wrong—and then solving the problem from there.  Trump is that solution—or at least the start of it.  Hillary is an insult.  My time is valuable, and many of Americans have better things to do than to work hard just to give their money away for bloated government entitlements that actually make our country much weaker.

Rich Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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How Trump Beat Hillary Clinton: The realities of a new kind of politics

It was pretty clear to me that while watching the Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton debate on September 26th 2016 that the New York billionaire won the debate.  The Donald maintained control throughout the entire debate negating the moderator Lester Holt and forcing Clinton to spend much of the event quiet with that stupid chipmunk awkward smile she uses when trying to rationalize through her various learned behaviors to evoke some level of confidence on topics she is uncomfortable with.  So it came as a shock to me that all the establishment types declared her the winner of the debate during the spin room conversations that took place afterwards.  Nobody with a sane mind could rationalize that Clinton had won the debate—yet most did evoking some invisible standard which the rest of the nation didn’t respect.  Online polls—not the most accurate—but ones that reflect direct passions of the electorate voted that Trump had won—handedly, while establishment media from all walks of life enjoyed the status quo performance of Hillary.  Likely their standard of success was that she didn’t pass out on stage because that would be the only measure of success that I’d give her.  The proof is in the debate highlights seen below where Trump clearly dominated with his performance. 

After the debate it was evident the Clintons hoped to work the VIPs in the room by shaking their hands.  Bill Clinton avoided the Trump family leaving them on the stage alone for several minutes.  I watched this with my tongue in my cheek because it was obvious they weren’t pleased with Hillary’s performance.  Usually the families mingle a bit showing the country that the election is bigger than the candidates—but that’s not how things ended on Monday night.  After a few minutes of the cold shoulder, Trump and his family left the stage for the spin room where Trump himself worked the media.  Hillary played the celebrity shaking hands with her sergeants hoping they would do that job for her.  While Trump was still giving his interview to Sean Hannity, Hillary and her husband Bill—carrying a beverage casually as if he just woke up at a hotel somewhere and was taking his time getting started in the morning—walked to the Econoline van that picked up the passed out Clinton from the 9/11 ceremony recently, and they left the debate facility rather quickly.  I thought it was a very interesting strategy for an unnaturally weak candidate.   Even though I don’t like Hillary Clinton or her family, even objectively thinking—she is just a weak person and can’t help coming across that way.  The more she talks, the worse she sounds, including in the debate. 

So it was stunning that so many establishment types declared her the winner.  Charles Krauthammer from Fox News declared it a draw—which seemed fair for him—but most others thought Hillary Clinton had won which left me scratching my head.  I have a great memory and during the entire debate I was pretty happy with the way Donald Trump asserted himself and literally handled the entire room with confidence.  He owned the stage by every account.  He controlled the pace of the discussion, and he controlled the topics.  He purposely didn’t go for the knockout because it had been decided it would be bad for a man of over 6 feet tall to slap around a little 5’ 4” elderly woman on stage which might actually bring her to physical harm—so Trump avoided the bait—looked presidential, and stayed on the high ground the best he could.  He defended all the sensitive areas well and avoided being pulled into a defensive position without getting himself out of it by the end of the segment. 

So what on earth were the establishment types looking at?  Clearly they were judging the performance based on a measure of static intellectualism which sought to protect itself from the dynamic force Trump represented and they had turned away everything he had said to protect their known reality.  It was a classic case similar to the woman who knows her husband is cheating on her, yet is afraid to disrupt their family income so chooses to ignore the facts to protect her livelihood.  Or the abused spouse married to an alcoholic that is afraid of the conflict that might occur by intervening in the destructive habit.  Hillary Clinton and her supporters—many in the media who have learned to live their entire adult lives under the destructive habits of establishment politics—and fear any changes to that system, are more than happy to preserve that system because they have some level of expected success they wouldn’t have any other way.  So they fight to preserve it even if that means ignoring some simple facts.

Hillary Clinton is a wounded animal representing a status quo political aristocracy that is being rejected—globally—and in the United States Trump showed that he was willing to take on that entire institution fearlessly and with mass charisma—and “they” hated him for it.  So they inserted “their” own static deductions hoping to ignore the dynamic force of change Trump represents.  They created a fictional outcome that simply did not exist at the debate—and time will show over the coming week that people will continue to choose Trump in the polls leaving her reeling from the competition.   Hillary Clinton spent over five days preparing for that debate and she needed a dominating performance which Trump denied her of.  She relied afterwards too much on the establishment media—which has been replaced by The Drudge Report, blogs like this one, and broadcasts like Infowars, leaving her without representation where it counts most in the 2016 election.  That is the reason Donald Trump has been surging to begin with—because the rules are now different and shockingly, the entire establishment ignored those rules in favor of some outdated engagement procedures which no longer have any relevance.

I think Trump won big and that isn’t just wishful thinking.  He achieved his objectives—but Hillary didn’t.  She didn’t show that Trump was unfit, or that she could outmaneuver him.  All she showed was that she could run out the clock and get out of the building with her skin still intact, which was what Trump wanted from the outset, to show that he had compassion for an old woman who is smaller and less powerful than he was.  In the aftermath, Trump’s online presence with potential voters far eclipsed Hillary Clinton leaving her to resort to old tricks about calling women names like “Miss Piggy” and other derogatory names—which in the minds of the typical sports bar attendee—is accurate assessments of various female embodiments—which actually leads credibility to Trump’s truth telling.  Just 12 hours after the conclusion of the debate Hillary was desperately grabbing for a life raft as the world around her had changed without her understanding—and she was truly lost.  With the amount of energy, she put into this first debate to get such sluggish results the path to victory just got a lot longer and more narrow—and for such a weakling as her—much more unachievable leaving the vision of her dreams dimming by the moment.  And if I didn’t hate her so much—I might feel sorry for her sorry ass.  But I don’t.  She’s a vile criminal who deserves all this and more—and then we have October and the surprises yet to come—and the gray clouds around her political future embroiled within them leading to a satisfying conclusion for those who hate her as much as I do. 

Rich Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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Trump the Conqueror: The truth of a metaphorical ‘300’ video ahead of the great debate

I know you are all ready to watch the great debate between Donald Trump and the detrimental criminal Hillary Clinton.  But you are tired of waiting at your watch parties and you are checking with me to see what I have to say on the matter—because you want reassurance that Trump will win and win big.  Well, I predict he will.  And better yet, he is about to do what is shown in the following parody to the movie 300.  The maker of this short little movie nails the political climate that we are all in and cuts to the core of the challenges behind this debate.  So enjoy both the debate and this movie which does what art is supposed to—tell the truth in a way that people can understand.

Rich Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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The Very Sick and Unfit Hillary Clinton: Diamond and Silk doing the job the media won’t

So just how bad is Hillary Clinton’s health?  Well, the evidence says that it’s pretty terrible.  She may have difficulty making it through the 2016 campaign let alone a four year stint in the Oval Office.  However, since the media is trying to cover up her incredibly lackluster vigor, and since she has went out of her way to say Donald Trump doesn’t have what it takes to be president, we must turn our gazes to independent journalists—like Diamond and Silk for the hard facts.  Here they are.

Rich Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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The Destruction of Hillary Clinton: Ending the political class finally over a 24 year journey through Hell

Really, the summation of just about everything I’ve written about over the last six years on these pages is coming to fruition at the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on September 26th 2016.  In so many ways Donald Trump is my dream candidate largely because most of my suggestions to America’s large problems have been to have more private sector leadership in government instead of trying to influence government with campaign contributions.  A false aristocracy has emerged over the last two hundred years because of the experiments with democracy and that society of benefactors has been poised for a long time for an overthrow by the governed.  Once people see with their own eyes how much more effective a private sector president is in the White House, they’ll apply the same methods to their school boards, their state seats, and their federal elections and the nature of politics will change dramatically.

The political class cannot compete with the hard-boiled proven executive who has spent a lifetime building a successful existence and that was never more evident than the dismal performance of Hillary Clinton leading up to the record-breaking debate on that famed evening which changed forever the nature of politics.  While Donald Trump was out campaigning across the country and doing interviews with Sean Hannity and many others—Hillary was locked away in her fortress behind thousands of handlers hiding.  The only significant interview she gave over a five-day period leading up to the debates was this pathetic mess below with Zach Galifianakis which was a terrible decision.  Whoever made that decision should have been not only fired, but skinned alive—because it was terrible—even by the standards of that show.  As the leading Democrat and long time connector between Hollywood and politics, Clinton has people like Bon Jovi on speed dial, and friends like Steven Spielberg to help her shape her image—yet under pressure from FBI investigations, obvious criminal conduct in front of Congress, and a political record laced with murders, incompetent accidents, and left-leaning radicalism all she could muster before that big Monday Night Smackdown was an appearance on Galifianakis’ silly show which obviously didn’t go the way she would have liked.  Even on such a friendly production set she was stiff, unlikable, and accident prone revealing that under the pressure of over a billion people watching and obvious health problems that could reveal themselves beyond her control, and an uncompromising opponent who will do anything to win standing next to her—Hillary Clinton is truly in trouble and it’s a dream come true for me.

If Hillary Clinton were just a senile old lady living down the road, I might have compassion for her condition.  But she’s seeking to manage my life with more expanded government and an even further left-winged political agenda that has proven to be a Trojan Horse intent on ending American sovereignty in favor of global governance—and I despise her for it.  What she has done along with her fellow leftist radicals has been a declaration of war against the kind of America that I love—an innovative place full of diversity and tradition.  Hillary’s America, like the recent movie articulated quite well, is a criminal empire guided by corrupt politicians that would make Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars pale in comparison.  So I have no sympathy for her situation.  She has literally painted herself into a corner—everything she has done in her life leading up to this moment in time—and the physical and mental pressure of it, are proving to be too great for her.

She’s in hiding while Donald Trump knows he has her cornered.  He is loose on his feet and ready to seal the deal of his own fate knowing that all he has to do put her away during this upcoming debate and he wins the presidency.  To put it in golfer’s terms, this is a putt under par literally on the rim of the hole.  All he has to do to win is gently tap the ball forward with the slightest of a putt and the ball will drop in.  However, for Hillary she has to hope for a 400 yard drive which will result in a hole-in-one, which is nearly impossible—and those just aren’t good odds.  The media is attempting to make the presidential race look even for their own ratings, but the difference is as I’ve metaphorically described.  Trump has all the high ground, Clinton has nothing but dirty tricks and cheating which will prove difficult on such a large stage—so she’s nervous—even scared—and she should be.

I remember the debates in 1992 when Ross Perot was on stage with George Bush and Bill Clinton and essentially the businessman easily outplayed the politicians earning a lot of respect for the Texas billionaire.  I worked hard for Perot back then even to the point of being at the campaign headquarters in Dallas the night before the election.  There was hope of getting between 15% and 20% of the vote which we all knew would have a lasting impact on future elections and we were excited.  We didn’t think Ross would win, but just being on stage planted the seeds for what would eventually become Donald Trump.  I enjoyed the company of Ross’s family that night.  One of his younger daughters was close to my age at the time which  made for an eventful, and respectable evening—but I remember vividly driving back from Dallas at over 100 MPH to get back to Ohio to vote and work the polls with just a few hours to spare.

Even as I got a speeding ticket in Tennessee for going 110 MPH—obvious reckless operation which I thought was going to put me in jail—the cop let me off with a much reduced ticket of 80 in a 55 zone because he liked the Ross Perot stickers that was all over the car I was driving—we called it the “Perot Mobile” back then.  It was often full of Ross Perot t-shirts, a banner which we hand delivered to the Perot family that they laced across their Texas mansion on election night which was made specifically for a CNN broadcast at a Dallas arena, and occasionally fashion models from Penthouse magazine which we dressed up to pass out Perot pins on Fountain Square during businesses lunches in Cincinnati.  We would pack the girls in the car to the point where there wasn’t any leftover space and when we all got out it was like a clown car of endless bodies emerging which seemed impossible to hold.  I remember vividly the optimism back then and it was nothing like what we are seeing on the cusp of the debate between crooked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The Perot watch party was at the Omni Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati and I was horrified literally to watch Bill Clinton win over George Bush.  All along with all the work I did for Perot I figured that Bush would remain president as the incumbent.  Change needed to happen, my protest of Bush was that he was such a globalist compared to Ronald Reagan, and he needed a shot across his bow to bring him back to reality—and the patriotism of nationalism.  But he was a one world government guy and he lost to the criminal drug pusher from Arkansas and Hillary Clinton was within sight of her ultimate goal of the presidency herself—riding on the coat-tails of her husband.  I sat on those steps that evening and felt terrible—and I resolved to fix it any way I could.  What happened next was 24 years of government expansion and a drastic move to the political left and a weakening of American presence around the world—and it has disgusted me.  I thought things were bad after just four years of George Bush the elder—enough so that Ross Perot was a wake-up call for the Republican Party.  What we ended up with was Hillary Clinton—the power climber and corrupt politician whose ultimate goal was to finish what Bush started—ending American sovereignty to the highest bidder—in this case George Soros—and bring America crippled from within to the feet of the world government compliant, and apologetic.

Knowing what I do about Trump he feels much the same way that I do. For years he gave money to these politicians to keep them out of his business practices, and to hope beyond hope that something might actually get done.  But he’s watched a lifetime’s worth of failures from the political class and now in his own elderly years he’s ready to just do the job of fixing everything himself.  As a person used to winning everything he does, he gets to debate a wounded radical with a lot to hide which is easy pickings for a guy like him.  It reminds me of the debates I had on WLW radio and in public with the levy supporters of Lakota a few years back when they could do nothing to answer the fiscal facts I presented but provide an emotional argument in favor of children, which was really easy for me—a businessman—to combat.  It was like cutting butter with a hot knife—it took almost no effort because the facts were on my side.  Leading up to those events people asked me if I was nervous because the Lakota people had this big political machine and I essentially had nothing but a few angry supporters—and I replied cautiously that I wasn’t.  I kept wondering if they knew something I didn’t—which wasn’t likely—but I wasn’t sure.  Of course history showed that I had nothing to worry about—and Trump has even less.  Hillary is a wounded animal literally hanging by a thread and after he puts her away Monday night—the media won’t be able to dress up her terrible performance.  The scouting report on her is that she can’t answer questions about her email and she can’t defend her thirty year record—and under stress—she physically breaks down.  Trump is the perfect candidate for the Republicans.  For me he is rectification of that night long ago at the Omni Netherland Hotel where I didn’t want to talk to anybody for several days—not even the friends of our “Perot Mobile” who were staying at the Omni Netherland and wanted to do something to salvage the evening.  I couldn’t think about any of that kind of stuff—I just wanted to fix the situation and I’ve had to wait a quarter century to get the next chance—and Trump is that solution.

I can’t wait for the debate to start—because at that point Hillary Clinton is one step closer to becoming a bad memory and for a change to send the Democrats into the depths that I have been on since 1992.  And when they get there, I won’t forget who they are—and they won’t be coming back.  The debate between Trump and Clinton is about more than just winning that one night—we are seeing the end of a political class that encompasses Republicans and Democrats and ushers in a new era of business men and women who are proven successes who bring to politics the best that they’ve been which will set our country on a completely different trajectory regarding economics, culture, world presence—virtually every category of human endeavor.  Needless to say, I will enjoy watching Hillary Clinton squirm to the bitter end—because she deserves everything that is happening to her for what she has tried to do to our country.  Donald Trump is simply making things right again starting with ending her career in a spectacle which will easily eclipse Monday Night Football.

Rich Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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Trump and Child Care: Making families great again

Remember dear reader that I predicted the end of the Democratic Party on Matt Clark’s radio show early in the 2016 election.  I specifically said far before Hillary Clinton became the train wreck that her campaign has become that the Republican Party would split into two and that Democrats would cease to be and that the overall nature of the entire country would move to the political right.  Once that happened Trump, who as of now is considered one of the most radical right winged candidates in the history of the presidency, will be considered a liberal and that the critics of Trump’s recent child care rebate speech launched brilliantly at just the right time in the campaign, would launch themselves into a new conservative party yet named and headed by the likes of Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz.  I said on WAAM radio that I thought it would take a few years to occur but that the foundations were already present—the end of the Democratic Party is coming. Trump is about to destroy them and I love him for it.  Good riddance!

I am of the mind that Trump’s proposals greatly benefiting women and their child care expenses isn’t just another giant government program spreading big brother even more to the far reaches of our country—it’s the first step of a master negotiator to begin walking back the massive damage progressives have done to the American family.  I was just a little stunned by Trump’s proposal for the first time in our nation’s history that a tax credit the value of yearly child care would be provided to women who stay home with their children as well as those who decide to enter the workplace.  Whereas Trump’s proposals led by his daughter Ivanka look like the type of policies a Democrat would propose, the heart of the effort is distinctly conservative.

I’ve been saying it for over 40 years—women who stay home with their children are taking on the most difficult occupations of our society and the most important—the raising of our youth.  My mother was ridiculed to hell and back for being a housewife who was always home while I was growing up and my wife had it even worse—because she did the same.  Now my kids are staying home with their children.  They have professional occupations, but they work from their homes and they put their children first—which is hard to do.  Being a mom—not a neurotic mess like most school levy supporters are—not a panicking soccer mom or busy body latté sipper—but a mom is the most important job in the entire world and it’s about time that “government” recognize it as such.

Government run by progressives have been at war with the American family for the last seventy years—likely longer—and the quality of our people shows the negative results dramatically.  I can spot a person who had a stay-at-home mom a mile away—even as old shriveled up raisins themselves playing golf.  You can tell when a person was loved as a child by a mother.  It shows in how they walk, talk, and process information.  You can also tell who had chaotic childhoods that were raised in day care facilities.  Their minds are scattered messes—and sadly, many people reading this are of this experience.  This has been the fault of government.  It has attempted through public education to replace the parent at home with big government ideas that perpetuated lifelong entitlements—for which the paternal government would provide through wealth confiscation and redistribution.   Many years of this behavior has essentially destroyed our nation intellectually.  The starting point for fixing this problem is to incentivize the American family to remain intact and to nurture each other toward prosperity—because the top down government model has failed miserably. 

Not exactly a friendly crowd in that clip, but he handled things unusually well–unscripted, informal, and competent.  So it was quite a statement to acknowledge that stay-at-home moms would qualify for a tax credit worth the cost of child care.  That I think is huge, and extremely conservative.  For a change, a Republican is taking a conservative idea and dressing it up to appeal to moderates and Democrats and selling it in an appealing way.  But in so doing Trump is putting the American family first in a way that I’ve never seen done in politics before—and this is very encouraging.  Under Trump’s proposal, both of my daughter’s would qualify for a tax credit because they have stayed home to care for their children in a traditional way—instead of being penalized the way families have been in the past.  

These Trumps mean business—and continue to show what kind of Executive Branch they’d maintain every day while in the White House.  Nobody has worked harder on more hard policy innovation than they have just during this campaign—and given Donald Trump’s track record—I have no doubt that he will work even harder knowing that history is judging him—because he seems to really care about those types of things.  Trump from every direction seems to be doing exactly what I have been dreaming of in a presidential candidate all my life—and he expects himself to actually do the things he’s talking about.   Trump, he is a hard worker, he’s innovative, and he expects to accomplish things.  He also has the establishment scared to death—which is wonderful for a change.   He is a sign of real change and ultimately, I think the biggest impact will be on the two-party system.  When that happens, remember you heard it from me first, the Democratic Party is about to become extinct.  

The Trumps and the people of their campaign—some of which I know, are the best of what is produced in America.  Trump is planning to invest in the future not only fiscally, but emotionally by making the family the center of all our values once again—and that is a wonderful thing.

Rich Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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