Why you should not be a Soldier, a College Student, or a Gang Member: The Crushing Weight of Collectivism

My daughter and nephew had some interesting discussions with me over the Memorial Day Weekend that I felt deserved sharing with my readers here at the OW. Their comments are the same that everyone thinks, but fail to identify and it starts with a simple question—why do I feel the crushing urge from society to squash my soul into some type of conformity, and why is that urge allowed to do so?

All during the Memorial Day holiday we celebrate the soldier slain—who gave up their lives so that we could have freedom. We celebrate their collective sacrifice so that we might live. While traveling during this holiday it can’t be mistaken that many so-called motorcycle riders travel in packs down the highway riding in formation with a leader at point. Families gather and social peaking orders manifest into their hierarchy of established seniority. The middle-aged parents sacrifice to care for their elderly parents. The young parents sacrifice to care for their infant children and the youth are seeing their individualities being slowly destroyed and forced to yield to these forces of nature—the reality and maturity of adulthood where compromises are to be made in favor of the collective whole.

The soldier who cannot figure out what to do with their life joins the military to delay a hard decision and hopes to get opportunities in funding college later, because college is so expensive. When the young soldier steps off the bus and into basic training they are given a short hair cut and told to wear the uniform of The United States soldier. Their drill sergeant makes fun of their parents, their loves, and their individuality in an effort to push out individual desires in favor of service to others—into collectivism. The military makes a soldier out of the young person in basic training with a well established formula. The soldier is supposed to learn to follow orders without question.

The young student who gets wonderful grades in school and loves to make their parents happy goes to college and is urged to sacrifice their individuality in favor of a collective by selecting an occupation for life that serves society whether it be an architect, an engineer, an attorney, or a doctor. Their professors will over the course of four years impose the values of the collective upon those students. If a fraternity or sorority is involved, the student will yield much of their individuality to group brother and sisterhood through similar humiliations that destroy the sanctity of the individual as the soldier endures through basic training. Thus you see the source of 90% of society’s modern social problems where legions of lost adults parade about taking jobs that pay moderately well, but at a cost, the loss of their individuality and love of personal freedom. This is why most people in society follow the mandates of socialism even if privately they claim to abhor such collectivism. The motorcycle rider believes they are bastions of individuality as they travel in packs and dress in leather which is a look established by the collective will of “motorcycle riders.” The soldier is told thank you for your service, even though inside they won’t reveal that they ran in front of bullets on command from their superiors because they were more afraid of disobeying orders than of dying or being maimed. The soldier does not have the luxury to consider that their “orders” may actually come from some former dope smoker such as President Obama as he sits with his feet on a desk trying to sneak a cigarette hit behind Michelle’s back. Because the solider has been “trained” to do what they are told without question, and they are told this is honorable, even though inside there are moral dilemmas.

Then there is the middle-aged college graduate who finds themselves drinking too much just to feel relief from crushing social weight. On one hand there are their elderly parents and the lifetime of serving their expectations. Then there are the expectations of their friends and neighbors. Then there are the expectations of their own children, and the desire to steer those children into a life of comfort so that they might have a better life than the middle-ager. As the middle-ager drinks and feels the tinge of numbness coming from the alcohol, they know that what they must do for their children is relieve that “crushing weight” that my daughter and nephew were specifically speaking to me about. So they attempt to guide their children into one of the paths mentioned, the soldier, the college student, or even the gang member. The young child is told to join a group and assimilate, and that process brings much pain to the child that causes a period of rebelliousness, body piercings, tattoos, malicious sex, tumultuous relationships and other catastrophic conditions as the individual yields to the crushing force of collectivism.

I told my nephew as we watched children playing nearby that society goes wrong because it is schizophrenic. On one hand we teach our children individuality from a very young age, we care for and nurture them as individuals and embrace them as unique creatures in the field of space and time. The toys we give them are designed to bring out and establish individual thought, cognitive ability, and rationality skills. But as the child gets older we begin to pull those traits away from the child leaving it a husk of its former self. This leaves the typical teenager a shell of its built up potential which it seeks to fill with collectivism, encouraged by the parents.

The crushing weight my daughter and nephew were talking about was the organism of collectivism to consume the lives of individuals in order to sustain itself. Collectivism in itself is a consuming entity just as the sun through nuclear fusion consumes hydrogen nuclei, or fire consumes oxygen. Collectivism can be seen as an entity that consumes individual human lives to feed its voracious appetite for destruction. As I explained to my nephew, to the organism of collectivism it regards the consumption of individual lives with the same regard that we consume beef at our dinner table. We don’t consider the life of the cow we’re eating, we just eat it. We don’t care what kind of life the cow had at the pasture, what it saw and learned in its lifetime, we only care that it was born, and was slain so that we might eat it. Collectivism looks at human existence in the same fashion.

It is assumed that collectivism is superior to individualism, and it is not. Without the efforts of individuals, there would be nothing for collectivism to consume, and it would die of starvation. All advancements in civilization were done by the few who broke through these temptations of collectivism and brought individual talents to develop new aspects of human existence. It was they who endured and carried on their backs the crushing weight attempting to compress them into service of the collective. As I told my daughter at a McDonalds while we were traveling during the weekend—don’t avoid that crushing feeling. Learn to carry it, build up your strength so that you can push back.

A technically “good” father might tell their child to yield to the collective so that the pain would go away–the invisible monster that consumes the lives of individuality with a brainless hunger. Most of society is in service of this monster, so I’d be lying to her, because there is a pride to be had in surviving that gauntlet of conformity to arrive at a place few people ever reach, a feeling of independence and self-reliance that is provided by The United States Constitution. Sadly very few Americans fully grasp that the freedom we are protecting is not the freedom to “serve” society in any way—but the freedom to live, think, and feel as we teach our very young children, before we pull the rug out from under them with notions of conformity.

As I told my daughter and nephew, until more people push back knowingly against all types of collectivism, the crushing weight they are feeling now in their early twenties to adhere to the great beast’s wishes will be overwhelming. And when they feel it, they must not seek to alleviate the pressure through alcohol consumption, because it causes the loss of wits, or sexual depravity, because it causes a loss of personal pride—of a strength needed to push back against that crushing weight. I explained that I always pushed back against those forces with the ultimate weapon that collectivism despises, I’d read, and fill my head with thoughts, and if my kids wished to maintain themselves into adulthood, that they will make a point to keep their minds full and active and their spirits uplifted; but to never look to collectivism as a pain relieving redemption. The act of avoiding the pain is the first step toward the complete destruction of the individual. It is the individual who holds the keys to mankind’s ultimate survival which cannot exist fully until the beast of collectivism is slain entirely.

Even though most everything stated in this article goes against what most people learn in their lifetimes, it doesn’t make it incorrect, the facts of collectivism cannot be ignored. Most of the misery people feel in their lives comes from this schizophrenic duality of collectivism consuming individualism, and the desire for individualism to live and thrive free of collectivism. The two do not go together, and cannot be mixed like mashed potatoes. The choice must be made and it’s not an easy one. But to make it correctly, all one has to do is look into the eyes of a child, and there they will see their own fates and everything they were ever meant to be, but lacked to courage to live out.

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Real Estate at Lakota: The Beauty of Captialism shown at Costco

I truly do feel sorry for the real estate agents who used to look at the school districts of Lakota, Mason and Fairfield, Ohio to help sell their homes. Because the housing bubble collapsed, and values have plummeted back to reality, it has forced many to look at other aspects of their communities for value beyond the schools, because communities are not just for young families just beginning their lives, but are for the adults who still remain long after the children have grown. And that reality has been difficult for many to grapple with as the changing economic situation has forced a re-evaluation of many values.

To the neurotic parent who believes that their child is somehow the responsibility of the community to raise and care for, or the real estate agent who wishes an easy home sale off such neurotic parents, your luck has run out, and you are learning that the world in fact did not revolve around you like many thought the sun once did around the earth, but that it is you who serve the community. You are not unwelcome. We do want you to sell homes, and we do want you to buy them. We also want you to enjoy the shopping, the restaurants, and the businesses that make up our community, but you must understand that it is the earth that revolves around the sun—and this is a devastating realization for the selfish school levy supporter.

I have never said once that Lakota could fail as a school during my fights against higher taxes. I have always expected Lakota to be among the best in the state even if at its very best it will fall well short of my personal standards since it thrives as an institution of collectivism, as all public schools do. But I have said that the cost of public education should be cheaper while the quality remains high. An example of what I expect from Lakota and Mason is for them to learn from the Costco business model where that wholesaler is able to offer all its products to customers at a 15% reduction on average, which is the job of its purchasing agents. Costco still offers excellent quality products, but at a much lower price than most anywhere else, and in public education this should be the goal.

I was thinking of Lakota while I was at Costco with my wife the other day, and I realized that if Lakota were to remain a great school in these changing economic times, it would have to find a way to lower its costs while still providing a superior product. That is the name of the game, and the success of how that game is played will dictate the future real estate value of our communities. High taxes just aren’t attractive to new buyers who may not see the kinds of value increases that took place in the Southern Ohio since the 1980’s.

I often wondered how long people thought real estate values would escalate as they have over the last 20 years. When I was in high school gas was under $1 per gallon and a $100,000 home was a mansion. These days $100K doesn’t buy you much of a home and gas is close to $4 dollars per gallon, all in just a very short time, which points to the mismanagement of the economy by the government in general. The home expectation in the Lakota School District is that the costs should be at least $250K to $500K and that simply isn’t sustainable. Home buyers are realizing that there just aren’t enough buyers to drive up the cost of their homes making the property ownership a good investment that outpaces the taxes with levy approvals. This means that once a buyer buys a home, they may not be able to sell it for more than their purchase price even if the school is excellent. So other aspects of the community must be made more appealing, such as lower tax costs, and a more business friendly community with less red tape from meddling trustees and zoning boards.

It’s not because I’m old that prices are so much different today. It’s all about inflation, not just at the Federal Reserve, but of the perception of what we get out of the investments. Many baby boomers have thrived with the low-interest rates and plentiful jobs America had through the 90’s when Bill Clinton and all his scandalous ways operated with a Republican house and senate to balance the budget and maintain that the era of big government was over. This was Clinton riding on the coat tails of Ronald Reagan’s economic policies of the 80’s and Alan Greenspan’s handling of the Federal Reserve.

During this time, there was a lot of money to be made, and baby boomers made it by selling properties and buying new properties with the equity of their investments building fortunes with foundations as stable as a house of cards. Greenspan was a very devote fan of Ayn Rand and was part of the Objectivism circle she had in New York, and even with the influences of a mixed economy, and a gradual push for more and more socialism in America, Greenspan held the economy pretty well together until his departure in 2006. That is when Ben Bernanke took over and by 2008, America slipped into a recession as a number of economic bubbles simply collapsed from years of pressure.

The criticism of Greenspan was that he was naive as to the sheer greed of individual investors and corporations who were prone to take the money and run instead of behaving like Reardon from the classic book Atlas Shrugged, or the principles of Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, both novels that Greenspan loved dearly. But such greed is due to other social factors and not the merits of capitalism, which are directly derived from weaknesses in a mixed economy, with a bit of capitalism sprinkled here and there for show and tell, with socialism making up the structure. As Greespan pushed for privatization of Social Security and other government programs, Democrats pushing socialism prevented those discussions, and the spending spree of the Bush Administration caused Greenspan to use every economic trick available to hold off the inevitable bubble from collapsing. But without Greenspan, Bernanke was no match, and the real estate bubble burst and the nation has plummeted into a depression.

The greed of the self-interested wither it be the Bilderberg group of world financial powerhouses using Bernanke to their ill intentions, or the desire of socialists like President Obama to collapse America under a George Soros plan to destroy America and give rise to a one world government headed by The United Nations where scoundrels and cut throat politicians like Bill Clinton is positioning himself for a key position within that new government, the rules have changed. It can no longer be taken for granted that just a few economic tweaks will solve all our problems, or a company can simply hire a lobbyist in Washington to fend off the political looters from stealing all their corporate profits.

Real solutions are needed in this modern age beyond just shuffling money from one place to another.  During the time of Greenspan residential real estate was sold almost exclusively on the school system it resided in, and now that has changed. Teachers unions not recognizing the changing economic factors continued to strike and make labor threats to drive up their wages, because they saw an opportunity to capitalize on the real estate trends. At Lakota the average teacher wage in 2001 was around $45K per year. Now just a decade later the wages are $63K per year yet nothing changed other than a strike attempt by the teachers in 2008. The service is the same, and the expectation of the community has not altered.

But those days are over. Now a community must actually work to keep itself solvent, and homes must improve on their actual value based on the merit of their competitive market circumstances, and not just the school systems they reside in. School districts themselves must do like the district governments, and that is keep their tax signature low so not to scare away investments. Local governments should not be naive on the opposite end of the political scale as Greenspan was toward private business and not properly accounting for the greed of a collective, which with all the protests members of the political left launched at Greenspan and President Reagan, they have shown to be just as greedy as the average Wall Street looter. The teachers, the fire fighter and the police officer have been just as ravenous as the executives of Enron or the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff. The greed of the mob on both political sides has burst the bubble of the American economy, and now we must all survive.

Lucky for the districts of Lakota, Mason, and Fairfield, there is time to make adjustments before they end up like the have-beens of Sharonville, Princeton, and Reading. The schools could be removed from the economic equation and these areas would still be wonderful places to live because of their location and quality of living. The thing that would kill these areas in the future is in allowing themselves to be crushed by high taxes, which would then push those economies into Monroe, Trenton, and back to Middletown, which was devastated once before by the labor problems at A.K. Steel and the diminishing industry there. The solution for all these communities, particularly Monroe Schools, who is currently on an academic emergency is to take a page from the Costco playbook and find a way to offer the same product with the same quality or better, but with a 15% reduction in cost. If schools embraced that concept suddenly many economic factors would fix themselves with a fury. The only reason it hasn’t happened yet is a stubborn refusal to see the obvious—because greed stands in the way of reality in the minds of the public educrat.


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My Favorite Drink “Mello Yello”: The story of stuggle, tenacity, and exceptional quality

While it is true that I have a passion for many things, what I put into my body is of paramount significance. In this day and age of many types of foods and drink there are many varieties, however, when it comes to beverages there are really only three that I consume, water, milk, and the soft drink Mello Yello.

I have a very long and complicated theory that I’ve entertained for years which states simply that people who tend to like the soft drink products of Pepsi tend to be the same type of people who are currently in the “OCCUPY” movement. They are as the marketing campaigns state, part of “the next generation.” They are the leftists, the Marxists, the socialism advocates of our society in general. People who enjoy Coca Cola tend to be more conservative, enjoy tradition, and lean-to the right of the political spectrum. So I have always enjoyed Coke over Pepsi. It has a bit more bite to its taste and I like the marketing of the product so much more than the hippie diatribes of Pepsi.

My life, especially during the 70’s and 80’s was often said to be a living Mountain Dew commercial, which if you remember back, was always action packed. Mountain Dew was marketed as an adventurous drink, so their commercials always had people doing daredevil like stunts, which was intended to be a compliment to me. The problem was Mountain Dew was made by the Pepsi Company, which I had even back then wrote off as a company that pandered to hippies. So when the Coca Cola Company came out with Mello Yello to compete head to head with Mountain Dew, I naturally took to that beverage as my choice. I enjoyed the citrus drinks better than the caramel tasting colas, so Mello Yello was an instant hit with me which started as a rebellion against Mountain Dew and everyone trying to push me toward it because of my lifestyle being so similar to the marketing campaign of the Pepsi Company.

Mello Yello made great strides to overtake Mountain Dew all through the Reagan presidency culminating in its use as a sponsor in the Tom Cruise classic film Days of Thunder which captured two of my favorite things, Mello Yello and my need for speed in the same movie directed by the great Tony Scott, Ridley Scott’s brother. (Much more on Ridley Scott later—as I am absolutely drooling to see his new film PROMETHIUS) Because of Mello Yello’s appearance in Days of Thunder, and the fact that Coca Cola is a powerful company in Atlanta, Georgia, NASCAR and the South in general have embraced Mello Yello and never let go all through the Clinton years of the 90’s. But up north, Mello Yello phased out losing ground to Mountain Dew and it began to become difficult to get.

Coca Cola had failed even with all their efforts to penetrate the Mountain Dew market and began to rethink their drink. In the northern United States they completely pulled Mello Yello off the shelves and replaced it with a drink called Surge, which was the prototype of the modern energy drink. So I moved to Surge rather than Mountain Dew just out of sheer protest, but I missed my favorite drink, Mello Yello badly.

Surge sales never really got off the ground so slowly Mello Yello was reintroduced and the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A began to carry it in their stores as they started to move into more free-standing buildings as opposed to just shopping mall food courts. This was much to my delight because I travel a lot through the south and whenever I found myself driving to Florida I made a point to stop at the Chick-fil-A in Dalton, Georgia for breakfast just so I could get Mello Yello in a fountain drink. I had always liked Chick-fil-A as a business also, but now my loyalty to them was full-proof. It is because of this loyalty that Chick-fil-A plays such a prominent role in my upcoming novel Tail of the Dragon, as a tribute, and thanks to them for keeping my favorite drink, Mello Yello alive in the south.

Right around the turn-of-the-century Mello Yello was showing up at gas stations all over the southern states, so I’d buy up what I could to take home with me for my private supply, because you just couldn’t get it in Ohio. Eventually my wife met an Indian family who ran a convenient store and they promised her that they could import Mello Yello for me to my home in Liberty Twp so long as we bought just from them.

This went on for a number of years before Walmart, and Kroger began to stock it again, as Mello Yello had moved back into the market in the north. Thankfully I can now get Mello Yello just about anywhere I go. To this very day I have one every day for breakfast and it is a pleasure every time I pop the top of a can to drink one. It is one of the few beverages that I truly enjoy. Of course I like the taste, and it is a product of my youth as it came on the market during that impressionable time, but now for me it’s a symbol of perseverance, and a reminder that if something can stick around long enough, that it always has a chance to re-emerge, even if a competing idea tries to crush it out of existence.

Many times since its beginning Mello Yello was on the ropes and ready to be pulled off the market as Coke executives were frustrated with their efforts to overtake Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew was so entrenched with the youth in America because of their successful marketing campaigns that Mello Yello even with the movie endorsements and clever ads of their own could not get a steady foot in the market. But I never gave up on Mello Yello, and at times I think I may have been the only one in all of Cincinnati that was drinking it. But it stuck around, and now it’s back and can be found almost as readily as the other soft drinks.

Like most things in my life, I am very particular about what I like and don’t like. I am not one to compromise, so when Mello Yello was not available at my local store, I drove south to get it, or found someone who would ship it in for me. But I did not go to Mountain Dew just because it was convenient or similar in taste. I avoided it out of  rebellion and went to great expense to obtain my chosen alternative, primarily because I viewed the Pepsi Company as the company of The New Generation. I like the Coca Cola Company because of their old-fashioned, traditional ads, their Christmas campaigns in particular, their ability to capture markets like McDonalds, and Chick-fil-A, and I like their sponsorship in events like NASCAR. As a company I think they are world-class, and I stood by their product Mello Yello even in the hardest of times out of sheer loyalty. But every day I enjoy at least one Mello Yello and I am very thankful that I can, because it was not always easy to get. It’s always been worth it, because to me, every one of them is special, made more so due to the struggle just to survive in a market place that has been very competitive.

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This is what people are saying about my new book–Tail of the Dragon

Just finished the book and am sweating profusely. Wow, what a ride !!!  Fasten your seat belts for one of the most thrilling rides ever in print.

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Rich Hoffman
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YOU ARE BEING WATCHED: The real life version of the novel “1984”

Best-selling author Glenn Beck and best-selling author Brad Thor along with many others speak in great detail just how bad our privacy has become in America.  Do yourself a favor and take the time to watch these videos so you can understand the reality of the situation.  While you watch these clips keep in mind that the government’s behavior is all funded by your tax dollars.  You still have control, for now.  But lack of action on your part will bring about a complete police state within a few short years. 

It’s here right now, and it won’t get better without your action.  Now, make sure to share this with a friend or family member so they can learn about this very important topic! 

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This is what people are saying about my new book–Tail of the Dragon

Just finished the book and am sweating profusely. Wow, what a ride !!!  Fasten your seat belts for one of the most thrilling rides ever in print.

While you wait for Tail of the Dragon, read my first book at Barnes and Nobel.com as they are now offering The Symposium of Justice.

Rich Hoffman
https://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/ten-rules-to-live-by/
http://twitter.com/#!/overmanwarrior
www.overmanwarrior.com

Police State in Ohio: “Tail of the Dragon” cover is revealed!

There are 88 counties in the State of Ohio, yet there are 900 police departments all who participate in the “Click it or Ticket” campaign over the Memorial Day weekend for one reason—revenue enhancement! This “Click it or Ticket” initiative is a nationwide endeavor and the federal government is spending millions of dollars promoting it with expensive ads and marketing. It is sold to the public as a “protective” measure from big daddy government, but is in fact a diabolical infringement of the freedoms Americans enjoy and over time gradually deprive liberty from drivers everywhere with small increments of advancing the construction of a complete police state. Darryl Parks of 700 WLW covered this issue in the video below as I joined him to reiterate the amount of police departments there are in Ohio that have only one purpose—to tax motorists in another scheme to pay for the increases of government by giving all those police department employees working something to do.

In my generation I have watched the gradual erosion of resistance that has taken place in respect to “The Law.” These days’ young people think nothing of DUI check points, or “Click it or Ticket” fines because they’ve always seen them, and were recently indoctrinated in their government schools to blindly follow orders. So when ODOT puts out an ad stating that the fines they are collecting for violations are for the safety of society, it is failed to recognize that a cleaver scam has just been perpetuated. Police departments have managed to sell “nothing” to the public by charging society a fee to keep them “safe.” Gradually year after year more police departments have been created and to pay all those employees states have had to rely on more regulations so they can fine motorists to pay the salaries of so many police officers.

The police unions have done a good job helping this process along by vigorously promoting themselves as useful advocates of “safety” and attacking any politician who does not “support law enforcement.” This has led to tremendous amounts of pandering from public personalities, particularly those in the legal profession because these increases in regulations created by comb-over politicians, enforced by cops, and processed by the courts have made great livings for lawyers who need revenue from the massive amounts of DUI cases, traffic infringements, and safety violations like “Click it or Ticket.” Then once those court cases have concluded the parasitic insurance companies can then raise their rates since they have a non competitive oligopoly granted by the politics of their state through mandatory purchase. If you want to drive, you must have insurance, which guarantees insurance companies in states a share of business for every driver on the road, so there is little incentive to keep their rates low to meet the needs of their customers. Government guaranteed these companies income from every motorist on the roadways, and it is the cops who help drive up the rates through regulation enforcement.

What has happened is that so many regulations have been passed over the last 20 years that were disguised as “safety” for the public, but were in actuality funding mechanisms for the public employees and the parasites who feed off misery—such as lawyers, insurance agencies, and ad companies doing work for ODOT. Darryl is 100% correct; the American people let it happen. On Memorial Day, and coming up on July 4th we celebrate our fights for freedom in America but right in front of our faces these freedoms have been eroded away into tyranny. We should not be pulled over at check points to verify that we have on our seat belts. Government is not our parent and we are certainly not their children—their loyal subjects. When a person considers that there are 900 police departments in only 88 counties in Ohio, it must be questioned why so many cops are needed. Of course the Fraternal Order of Police will say that it is for public safety. They use the same type of line that the teachers unions use to protect their members, which kids deserve a chance to succeed, so more teachers are needed—as if parents had nothing to do with the process of raising a child. Cops are sold as protectors of our safety, but they are actually tax collectors and they have full authority to carry out the whims and back room deals made by corrupt politicians who pander to the mobs of lobby power in order to soak from the American citizen every last dime that can be taken without actually squeezing the life out of the victim.

I feel so passionate about this issue that I wrote a novel about it, because I recognized as Darryl stated that we have allowed it to happen, we stood by idly and allowed a police state to grow right under our feet. To me the most alarming aspect of those 900 police departments in Ohio is that under the NDAA Act President Obama signed into law on New Year’s Eve this last year, those departments actually represent a military force that can become activated under martial law, which is declared by the president just by his whim, so the situation is rather serious, and I don’t wish to just sit by and let it happen with a whimper. So I wrote a book that has a story exploring all these aspects mentioned above and what would happen if a person decided enough was enough, and decided to “fight back.” After three years of writing and securing a publisher, the book is about to be released and it was just the other day that I signed off on the cover designed which you can see below.

It is healthy to push back and question the law and the legal systems tendency to soak citizens for everything they have. Violence is not the answer, because the power is already in all our hands. All we have to do is learn to say “NO” to all these gradual increases in government expansion and make no mistake about it, police forces are government expansion. They are not your friends, or your parents when they pull you over to make sure you’re “behaving safely.” They are arms of corrupt politicians. The community cop in your neighborhood is only as good as the laws they enforce. Do you dear reader think that the politician who made all the laws these COPS are enforcing are good people, or are themselves thieves who use those 900 police departments as their personal sledgehammer of extortive revenue enhancement to embark on their diabolical schemes?

I think you know where I stand and if my readers here think that I dislike the manipulation that goes on in our public schools, they haven’t seen anything of the anger that I feel for the tyranny I see in our police departments and their tendency toward terror disguised as safe keeping. “Click it or Ticket” as a campaign is the symbol of a freedom that is evaporating from American life-like a puddle of water on a hot July morning before the sun has hit it. The water disappears slowly, not even perceptible to the mind’s eye, but a person who has looked at the puddle at 8 AM then leaves, and comes back again at 9 AM will find that the puddle is gone, evaporated before our very eyes, consumed by the heat of the sun and the elements of earth. And our freedom is no different, it is evaporating one cop at a time, one ticket at a time, one lawyer at a time, one judge, one insurance agent, one PR spokesman, one politician at a time till eventually there will be nothing left, and the people of America will wonder how the “Police State” came to be and why they let it happen. At that time, everyone will have forgotten the “Click it or Ticket” campaign because that will seem mild compared to what’s coming.

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This is what people are saying about my new book–Tail of the Dragon

Just finished the book and am sweating profusely. Wow, what a ride !!!  Fasten your seat belts for one of the most thrilling rides ever in print.

While you wait for Tail of the Dragon, read my first book at Barnes and Nobel.com as they are now offering The Symposium of Justice .

Rich Hoffman
https://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/ten-rules-to-live-by/
http://twitter.com/#!/overmanwarrior
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Arne Duncan Promises Money in Cincinnati: Another scandal at Lakota pushed under the rug

As Lakota Local Schools attempted to put out the fire of more inappropriate contact between a substitute teacher at Lakota West and a female student, “educrats” from all over The United States gathered in downtown Cincinnati to discuss how to improve education. In Southwestern Ohio a quiet battle has been raging that many didn’t even know had started. Those on the battlefield knew very well what was at stake. Public schools have been underperforming for years leaving children empty shells of propaganda going into their adulthoods and the teachers led by their labor unions have charged too much to do it. Tax payers have began to say no to tax increases on their properties that are losing value faster than nighttime temperatures in Antarctica. Suddenly the entire public education system is being exposed as an industry of looters, a simple service oriented government bureaucracy as useless as an attendant at the license bureau.

Over the last two years there have been many groups that have pushed back against the high cost of these service jobs in education, and have properly pointed out the broken nature of the funding structure which acts like a parasite on property owners. It is disgraceful for tax payers to learn that the teachers and administrators they are employing in their districts are making on average over $60K a year, and getting terrible results among the student population. Then it has been learned that the teachers are having sex with the students in great abundance, the service of the public employees to the public has not been good—it certainly hasn’t been worth $60K per year. In the Cincinnati region the news has been national with the largest and wealthiest districts like Lakota having serious troubles with scandals that have very much damaged the credibility of public education as an institution.

So it came as no surprise that the 2012 Labor Management Conference in downtown Cincinnati focused on transforming the teacher profession with over 600 people from 40 states attending consisting of school superintendents, board presidents, and union representatives to “collectively” unite the teaching profession. Even Arne Duncan the U.S. Education Secretary under Emperor Obama came, and among all those people not a single one was a productive citizen. Every single one of them are parasites to the economy, meaning they live off tax money without directly contributing to the nations GDP. So the essence of the gathering in Cincinnati was to put out the fires that have been raging against public education and to get control of the situation before that fire spreads to the rest of the country.

Of course at this conference all these “professionals” were told that they were critical to the futures of American children by the union leaders–so the educrats were all drinking the Kool-Aid. I know this because I saw the types of key words people use to find my articles and suddenly on Wednesday and Thursday this past week the popular search word, “Rich Hoffman No Lakota” came up over 150 times, and that hasn’t happened since March when the Enquirer story came out blowing open my scandalous comments calling levy supporters “latté sipping prostitutes.” So the buzz was on to deal with the “educator haters” of Southern Ohio, which to the labor representatives present I’m at the top of their list. But that is the “unofficial news” not intended for the papers.

The news that did make the papers in the propaganda arm of the Educrats public relations was that $700 million dollars in federal education grants are coming to the area, which is designed to alleviate the short-falls happening by local funding refusals of property tax increases and cuts of state contributions to districts. This is supposed to be a good announcement, as though the federal government was going to swing in and save public education from itself, and their high employee costs. All the participants of this conference are social parasites of tax money and they forget that the money coming from the federal government is tax money too, still provided by the people of the states. It’s simply a shuffling around of money to make the labor leaders happy and willing to work with the school superintendents for a couple of years while the anger toward public schools calms down.

To help promote districts of the area that are struggling, like Cincinnati Public Schools, which is suffering from declining enrollment, yet there are plans to go for another tax increase in November of 2012, public recognition was given. CPS was lauded for its ability to “collaborate” with union leadership and school administration. Arne Duncan stated, “unions and school leaders are getting along better these days, in part because they realize that American schools need to ramp up education or risk losing economic and political standing in the world.” The trouble with Arne’s statement is that his concern is in fulfilling the requirements of his boss Emperor Obama and the commitment to Agenda 21 for the United Nations, so global standards are the context of the statement. But for the people of Cincinnati, the parents of the 33,000 students at CPS just want their children to have a job—a real job. Not a government created job like the 600 people at the Labor Management Conference. Those aren’t real jobs; they are service jobs like a waiter at a restaurant, or a bagger at the grocery store. Real jobs make the food that is served or placed in the bags. The service job simply mediates between the product and the consumer. The focus of the 600 attendees of the labor conference presided by Duncan is to create more service oriented employees as products of their schools, and figuring out a way to consume more tax money to get it.

The climax of this Conference was the announcement that 50 parents, teachers and community leaders in Cincinnati will head to Columbus on May 30th to protest Ohio’s unconstitutional school funding system. When I first heard this news, I thought addressing the unconstitutional funding structure in Ohio sounded like a good idea, until I learned who was behind the announcement. A group called Prepare the Future of Southwest Ohio is paying for the 58 seat bus transporting protestors to Columbus and a group called Strive Partnership is supplying the food. These groups are working with Progress Ohio, the progressive political organization of Ohio, and the Ohio Federation of Teachers. So the attempt is a show of force by organized labor to extort more tax money from the state because local communities are refusing to increase taxes on themselves.

The trouble with “properly” funding education positions, and the reason these public employees and their minions of parental supporters are taking these measures is because they have seen the future and if the states leave the funding to the local school districts voters are going to force down the cost of education and these progressive “educrats” know that voters will reject more and more tax increases when it comes directly out of their property value. So the parasites at the 2012 Labor Management Conference know they are doomed with school funding unless they can get the money for their extraordinary pay checks out of the state where tax payers can’t see so clearly how the money is spent. When Scott Sloan asked me on 700 WLW why I don’t join up with these types of groups to solve the school funding problem I answered that these employees aren’t interested in the same thing that I am. I want to see education become cheaper. I want to drive down the cost per pupil. These educrats simply want to maintain the wage structure they were promised when they moved into an education profession, where they could be paid on average over $60K per year, cash in their personal days, work 9 months out of the year and have all holidays off, then retire at 55 only to be rehired the day after to become a double-dipper. They wish to maintain the scam. I wish to fix it for good by driving out all the looters of education. By my definition every one of the 600 attendees of the 2012 Labor Management Conference are parasites to the rest of America, and every one of them could be removed from their jobs because they could afford to spend two days in Cincinnati talking about nothing, to achieve nothing, and intend nothing but smoke and mirrors with an attempt to reframe their social argument.

That is why I will not go to Columbus with these educrats to speak in their favor to legislators in order to obtain for them more loot allocated toward public education. The $700 million that Arne Duncan is throwing at these labor leaders and administrators is equivalent to throwing some bloody meat to a pack of wolves. It will only appease the parasites for a short time before they are hungry for more. By then, Arne and his education employees across the nation hope that society goes back to sleep and forgets about the scam they are attempting to perform in broad daylight right in front of all our faces. But it won’t work, because just like them, the opposition is recalibrating our message as well, and they won’t like the result.

So no matter how much protesting they do, or how many meetings they indulge in, people like me will continue to report every scandal, every accounting error, every fault they perform with the intention of driving out the weak leaving behind only the strong and employable. The way to end consumption by a parasite is to take away what the parasite eats, and in the big business of public education, they eat money. And according to police in West Chester, the substitute teacher’s inappropriate contact between him and the female student was not sexual or criminal, and has been turned over to the school to deal with. So we’ll see what they do about it, even though they will surely attempt to keep it under the carpet. But they won’t be able to, because the public owns the carpet, and I’ll make sure we pull it up so we can see what’s underneath. And we’ll do it while all the educrats are at meetings patting themselves on the back and planning how to save the world—using our money to do it.

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The Best Transformer Costumes: Opening the new Tranformer 3D Ride at Universal Studios

I know what I want for this Halloween’s costume, the Optimus Prime outfit seen below at the grand opening of the new Transformers 3D ride at Universal Studios in Florida absolutely rocks!!!!  I want one!!

The don’t make them any better than that!

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This is what people are saying about my new book–Tail of the Dragon

Just finished the book and am sweating profusely. Wow, what a ride !!!  Fasten your seat belts for one of the most thrilling rides ever in print.

While you wait for Tail of the Dragon, read my first book at Barnes and Nobel.com as they are now offering The Symposium of Justice.

Rich Hoffman
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