The White Cliffs of Dover: Embracing adventure even when its not convenient

It was something that I had always wanted to see so when the opportunity came up to hike the White Cliffs of Dover at the point where France was closest to the United Kingdom I seized it. I knew when I was doing it that it was a unique opportunity not so much for the event in itself, but because my great photographer daughter was with me and was primed for a little adventure that she was feeling deprived of simply due to the realities of adult life.  As a little girl we did this kind of thing all the time, but now we don’t get to see each other in this way very much because we are all busy adults.  We get time together during a typical week to grab a bite to eat or go somewhere into town—but for adventures where we get to chase dreams, ideas, and the specter of “big thinking” there just aren’t many opportunities that allow for such things as grown-ups living different lives and raising families of their own.  When my kids were little I was able to set the pace because I was the parent, now they are parents of their own and have spouses who have things they want to do and see so things get pretty complicated sometimes just to do simple things together.  But, here my oldest daughter and I were in England together and everyone but us were tired from our previous visit to Dover Castle where the February temperature had dropped and a bank of cloudy fog had moved in choking off the rays of the sun into a dreary canopy that was freezing the other members of our group.  But my daughter—the professional photographer that she is couldn’t resist to get some shots for her portfolio that included the nearby cliffs, but also the light of the deep fog bank.  So we left our other members at the car and went for what we thought would be a 30 minute walk. We didn’t return until two and a half hours later.  Here is a shortened video version of our hike down to the beach of the White Cliffs of Dover.

We were able to see our destination before the heavy fog rolled in so we had an idea where we were going before we really committed to the area. What surprised me was how vast everything was, because in England most things especially in the cities were so small.  But they had built a nice park that reminded me of the kind in America where you could literally walk all day doing major hiking.  In that regard we were unprepared as we started off and discovered the ferry link to France far below our feet which was transporting enormous amounts of cargo and large trucks over to the European mainland.  Next to that was the English Channel looking very sinister in the cold of the day with the fog licking its surface and building up against the cliffs like a crowd waiting to get into a rock concert—anxious and frustrated—and thick.   My daughter and I wanted to get down to the beach which was around 350 feet below to 300 feet and part of the trail system had a means of getting down there with a series of steps and ladders.  So we were headed in that direction when the fog rolled in and took away all our visual reference points of the vast land.

It was easy to see why it was hard to invade England at this point, which was closest to the European mainland. For eight miles these cliffs faced their rivals over the centuries and fog like the one we were experiencing further frustrated such efforts.  The advantage was certainly in favor of the English under any armed attack—which is why one of the biggest castles in all of Europe was there at Dover.  What should have been a 30 minute walk turned out to be several hours because once you get atop of those cliffs and start walking east, they just go on and on.  The trail system was good, but there weren’t signs to say exactly where you were, you had to follow a map, and again, the fog took away our visual references.  So after a lot of walking and passing up the narrow corridor down to the beach a few times, we eventually found it.  At one point in the video I held my camera over the edge to record how far down it was to the beach and the jagged rocks below.  I am particularly proud of that shot not just because it showed the obvious danger of the cliffs.  We were able to walk right to the edge of them and look over, which was dangerous because everything was slippery from the constant dew that was on everything all the time.  But honestly, my new iPhone 7 Plus has a steadycam feature that made that shot possible.  Just a few years ago an over the edge shot like that would have been too jittery to really see what was going on as such a small camera would shake all over the place—even your heartbeat would move the camera looking over such a vast crevasse.  But with the new iPhone, the shot was easy which made recording such a thing so much more achievable spontaneously, which is what this little hike was all about.

Once we found the way down, we worked our way through to find eventually that the entire path had been washed out and destroyed by the erosion from above. A large rock had fallen and taken out the bridge that led over to the ladder which dropped everyone the additional forty feet down to the beach.  So we stopped there and took our pictures and soaked up the moment. We had been walking around for an hour and a half just to get to that point and knew it would take a while to get back, and that the rest of our family was waiting for us with a newborn baby.  But for that moment we didn’t worry about it.  We were just a dad and daughter relishing an adventure that comes so seldom.   We  embraced the moment without regret.  As we were looking at the ocean a little seal came up to the beach then retreated to the deep water again.  It was a nice moment.

We returned to the car an hour later to find our family patiently waiting. We were covered in sweat and chalk from the cliffs as we had to climb back up and out.  We had walked five miles and we felt it, especially the nearly vertical climb back up from the beach. And that moment became one for the record books.  We won’t ever forget it because it was a fine example of the benefit of spontaneity.  I have a reputation in my family of getting the most out of unplanned circumstances.  I’m not one that likes to plan things out with too much detail because I don’t want to miss the hidden opportunities that might come up while exploring something.  So I typically have a rough idea of what I want to do then improvise as I’m doing it adjusting to the situation as it presents itself.  But adulthood is all about schedules and deadlines, so it can be tricky business to live the way I do and most adults don’t enjoy it.  However, I raised my daughters with that kind of thinking so they crave it all the time—and most of the time are disappointed by the realities of life that does require plans and forethought.  Personally, it would have been easier to stay in the car and do something more conventionally, especially after exploring the castle at Dover.  But the opportunity was there so it’s good to take it when you can.  Many times, the best things in life come when we don’t see them or plan for them.  And that little moment in time with my oldest daughter was very special and a natural outgrowth of the spirit of adventure.  By the time we returned to the car, we had both grown a little from the experience and the exhaustion that often comes with doing things outside of one’s comfort zones carried us to a new level that defies explanation—but it sure makes you sleep well at night.

Rich Hoffman


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The Canterbury Cathedral: A step on the way to eternity

canterbury-4It was something I’ve wanted to see for many years because of its place at the center of western civilization. Standing for over a millennium to shape the ideology of the civilized world—to be one of the only lasting vestiges of the Roman Empire for which it was born and gave birth to the nation of England in the form we know it today—the Cathedral of Canterbury is an awesome thing to behold.  It sits atop the highest point of that little pilgrimaging town protected by law not to have any rivals holding the progress of mankind to its history it still sits perched above all else in a way that just isn’t seen in America anywhere.  In New York skyscrapers would have long overtaken such a structure, but not in Canterbury where its Cathedral is still the star of the show and will remain that way for the rest of the foreseeable future.  In many ways the Canterbury Cathedral is the very definition of America’s desire to have a separation of “Church and State” as defined by our Constitution which essentially changed the world and launched the most productive country on earth because the pent-up abilities of the human race had been stuck for over two thousand years under the weight of places like the Canterbury Cathedral and the kings who held the throne in London—which evolved directly out of the Roman Empire in Italy.canterbury6

The figure I’ve long admired was Thomas Beckett the Archbishop of Canterbury. If you’ve ever wondered why there is a piece called “bishop” in the game of chess—you’d have to understand the role they played in monarchal politics as for many centuries they were directly challenged by power-hungry kings for the right to rule the minds of mankind.  And kings often used them to acquire power and to keep them busy so not to allow the church to impose itself on the aggressions of the monarchy.  So bishops—especially archbishops, had their role in European politics that were quite spectacular from the perspective of a scholar, but a pain to the public stuck between the church and the state.  In fact, it was in Canterbury that the pilgrims which left for America and started the Holiday Thanksgiving launched—because they had enough of being stuck between the church of Canterbury and the politics of London.canterbury7

Henry the II had pushed Thomas Beckett beyond his limits and provoked four knights to seek out the big man at the Cathedral to murder him in cold blood to appease the king. The reason was that Beckett refused to allow the king to believe he was superior to the papacy.  King Henry II really didn’t mean to, because Beckett had been his friend for a long time, but his quest for power overtook him to the point of murder.  Beckett was killed right in the Cathedral which made it an interesting place to visit, I wanted to stand in the spot where the knights had spilled out his entrails and stained the floor with blood.  I felt fortunate to go through the door where the knights had come through to kill Beckett and to stand and face a murder I had read about for years.  To me it was like visiting the site of the murders of Helter Skelter—an event of such evil and propensity that to attempt to understand it, you have to see and touch the surroundings.   After all, Beckett knew they were coming to kill him and he refused to lock the door to prevent it. And for the knights to approach the Cathedral knowing what they intended to do—I had to see it for myself.canterbury8

Once Beckett had been buried at the Cathedral down in the crypt which I was also able to see, pilgrims began to flock to Canterbury to visit the tomb of the slain and beloved Archbishop. It was this action that provoked the entire novel, (poem) The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer which chronicled the many pilgrimages to Beckett’s tomb from all levels of society—and is one of my favorite works in literature.  It was Chaucer in fact that launched the age of great literature which then launched the western world.  For me it was interesting to walk the streets that Charles Dickens, Chaucer and many others had walked before to see the roots of their musings.  But there was nothing like the Cathedral to lay eyes on because of the ruckus it caused in the minds of mankind in so many ways—and to see it, and touch it was something that was for me necessary.canterbury9

As my wife and I went to visit the site it was obvious the church had long lost its power and what we were seeing was simply a ghost from the past. Canterbury is stuck in the shadow of its own history as immigration has fundamentally changed the nature of the old town into something less English and more European.  The days of great literature were gone as the minds of the inhabitants either settled into those shadows or left for their own glory leaving behind directionless ambition to study the old monuments with open notebooks only to learn nothing applicable to the modern world.  The caretakers of the Cathedral were quick to emphasize that the place was a nondenominational church now.  In 1536 the Reformation was well underway and the government turned against the papacy once and for all.  After a hundred years of that the pilgrims tired of the struggle between church and state left for North America to live as freely as they could.  From the time of Beckett’s slaughter on December 29th 1170 to the writing of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in 1389 AD to the destruction and looting of Beckett’s tomb in 1538 a very careful and pointed ache of understanding had attached itself to the human race.  The kings of England had lost their godly justification to rule and turned more toward war to keep their people busy colonizing the world with empire pride to unify their kingdom.  These forces of course would collide once and for all in America—the pilgrims who had left centuries earlier with the immigrants fleeing the king’s influence now that the Reformation had destroyed the church which built their country and people became free for the first time in all of human civilization.  It was something to walk about the Cathedral and see the tomb of Henry the IV, the Black Prince, and the spot in the crypts where Beckett had rested—along with many hundreds of others buried in that historic place haunting the modern world with a foot back in time to when human beings were still trying to invent themselves in the wake of the Romans, the Greeks, and the Minoans (Atlanteans)—The Sumerians, and whatever came before them which is likely long gone now to the eyes of history. The Canterbury Cathedral served as a testament to mankind’s history and eventual evolution so it was a place to visit that was necessary.canterbury11

Whereas the church has lost its power in Europe the effort has not led to a gain of intelligence. It can’t be helped but to notice that people are not better off without the church and its influence, but worse.  Their freedom from religion and the state has not given them boundless philosophic presence, but left them standing naked and exposed to the cosmos—and an anxiety has emerged that cannot be covered up with drunkenness or upward social mobility.  At the Cathedral, monks spent their time reading and contemplating—thinking which was the real magic of the place.  If you take away religion, the scholarship offered by the church made people better because it at least encouraged people to be smarter.  These days the shaping of minds has moved from religion to our modern media—but the imprisonment of reason is the same.  To understand it, it helps to walk an ancient cathedral and visit the tombs of the most powerful people of their day and see how small their highest aims at life really where.  And to notice how the cathedral architecture aimed to be bigger than anything human beings should build for worldly affairs—to reach up and touch the majestic of something greater.  But they missed the point, and not all to their fault.  After all they were the first to get there and we today have the benefit of hindsight.  It is in that context that I found the Cathedral not a tomb of the dead, or place of the murdered, or even the destination of many pilgrimages over the centuries—but a step on the way to a heaven that isn’t so much “out there,” but much more personal.  It is certainly a place worth seeing, especially to those who love books and scholarship and the zeal to be greater than our terrestrial surroundings.canterbury5

Rich Hoffman


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Trump Gets an A+: Entertaining Prime Minister Abe the right way

This is what negotiations look like. I have wanted to see this for years and I watched most of the day with all the wonders that my new iPhone 7 could provide.  Let me just say that the iPhone 7 Plus is a fantastic device.  It literally gives me the world in the palm of my hand better than anything ever has.  I’m extremely impressed with it.  Anyway, because of it, I was able to watch my president wine and dine the Japanese Prime Minister Abe nearly all of Friday and Saturday.  After two days of observation, I gave President Trump an A+ on his accomplishments.  Whoever was worried about tearing up the TPP deal severely underestimated Donald Trump.  The man worked a magic that maybe a handful of people in the entire world understood as it was happening and it was a beautiful site.  Let me explain.

After a day of treating Prime Minister Abe and his wife to the extensive trappings of the White House with a joint press conference around 1 PM Trump used the tax payer funded quarters to rain dignity on his Japanese guests.  If the visit had ended there it would have matched the best of all previous efforts by other presidents not so gifted with Donald Trump’s other accomplishments, and the meeting would have been a success.  But Donald Trump was just getting started.  Here’s where things get interesting.

For dinner Trump didn’t hang around the White House to have a big banquette style state affair the way one might have expected—he flew in Melania who greeted them at the airport for a trip down to Mar-a-Lago—the “winter White House” as its now called for a very luxurious dinner in a much more exotic setting—which was fully owned by the President.  The symbolism of this was quite stunning.  Trump turned toward his own luxurious properties, not the tax payer funded White House to show Abe and his wife a nice weekend—which no doubt deeply impressed the Japanese Prime Minister.  One thing you can say that is stereotypically complementary about the Japanese is that they admire personal achievement and the trappings of wealth won through extremely hard work—and Trump obviously understands that after years of successful negotiations.  The best foot to stand on in negotiations isn’t fluffy exuberance exhibited on the coattails of those who came before you; it is through your own merit.  That is a huge difference.

From there the two couples sat down for dinner at Mar-a-Lago and were joined at that table by Bob Craft, the owner of the recent Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots as they were surrounded with Trump’s luxurious personal resort and many truly successful people from American industry.  After a day of Washington D.C. cold and fairly confined quarters within the few city blocks the White House sits on Trump had put Abe into the lush tropical reassurance of a warm Florida evening surrounded by competence—in the same day.  The psychological impact of this is that this American president was bigger than just the tax payer supplies provided by the people and was functioning off the merits of his own personal successes.

After retiring for the night enchanted Trump took Abe out for some golf on his private course on Saturday further driving home the point that this American president was something special and brought with him into the White House vast experience and great wealth.  After all, Abe had dinner the night before with a supermodel first lady, the winner of the latest Superbowl and the man who had just won the most shocking presidential election in American history at a resort not owned by some big donor friend—but by the president himself.  He was his own man and everything around him had been built by him.  And now Abe was out in the nice Florida sun playing golf with that same man leisurely talking about big, big things in the world from the psychological comfort of one of the best golf courses in the world.

How about all that trouble with North Korea—what to do about the currency devaluations in China, and how to apply a squeeze play on them over the South China Sea aggressions?  Take a sip of water, admire the sun on the horizon of the well tended grass of the course and line up a shot for birdie.  How about getting more Japanese investment into the “safe” lands of America as opposed to the very crowded mainland of Japan with aggressive neighbors and potential earthquakes threatening those investments back home—“how about making Japan the 51st state and we can do this all the time—just kidding.” (cough) “maybe not, let’s get to the next hole, nice shooting.”

It would be impossible for Abe to leave back to Japan with his wife without this trip to visit Trump as being one of the best things he had ever done at any point in his life. A weekend visit to the White House then Mar-a-Lago under the premise of a very successful rock star celebrity like Trump and all the trappings of success earned well before the man ever became president of the United States would have been enough.  But to walk away as friends who shared such an exuberant, and honest experience together are the kind of bonds that extend well beyond signatures on a treaty of any kind.  There was honor earned in the experience which extends well into the diplomacy that runs the world and it was simply beautiful to witness.

There are lots of tactical reasons the United States would want to earn the real friendship of Japan.  The Japanese are very hard working people and it’s always good to know such people on a friendly basis.  And along the Asian corridor which is mostly communist led countries, like Vietnam, China and North Korea all united in the region toward collectivist—and hostile aims—Japan is the most like us.  Also, a good friendship with them launches respectable relationships with Russia.  And if friendship with Russia is achieved then China is cut off in its influence to the north and North Korea loses some of its important cover—and so does Iran.  So there’s a lot going on with that simple golf trip on a Saturday afternoon at Mar-a-Lago.

But no president but Trump could have done it in the history of our republic and that makes it vastly different than the many golf trips Obama took where people were invited to play with him, but it was more out of celebrity than productivity.  With Trump, he has been there and done that and Mar-a-lago served like an exhibition of a great hunters’ trophies on the wall to prove that the man talking had been to wonderful places and done great things providing a foundation for negotiations that were well beyond the earning trust phase—which Obama never achieved with any world leader in his entire eight years, or Bush achieved in his eight years—or Clinton ever hoped at any point.  Each of those previous efforts came out looking like tax payer funded exuberance whereas Trump doesn’t even take a paycheck for this job he’s doing and Mar-a-lago was his own property, so essentially the expense was on him—at least the way it looks to a foreign dignitary.  And the world was watching closely, in every corner of it—just as I was on my wonderful iPhone 7 Plus.  It was really something to see for those with the wherewithal to examine what was happening and how different it was on the world stage this early in the 21st Century.

Rich Hoffman


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Betsy DeVos Confirmed: Finally an evolution beyond the teacher’s unions

What’s better than the great Superbowl from last Sunday night, or that Trump won the presidency—or even a new Star Wars movie?  It was and is the confirmation by the senate of Betsy DeVos for the Secretary of Education under the Trump Administration.  You might recall dear reader that I started this blog site as a means to promote School Choice and other reforms to public education and in a lot of ways, Betsy DeVos is the end game goal for me.  Having her in place to take on the monopoly of the powerful teacher unions is a dream come true—so I am ecstatic.  And in a lot of ways, only someone like Betsy could even think of doing this job because she’s a billionaire herself and can afford to be ostracized from the public for the next decade, because that’s what’s going to happen as she implements reforms to public education.  But as my personal story shows, there is light at the end of the story and Betsy will come out of it fine even as the world around her crumbles down.  It’s the only way that a job of this magnitude can get done.  Here is just a preview from Fox News of the nature of the protests that will come from the teacher’s unions.

‏If her critics are to be believed, Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos is a danger to special education, could end public schooling and has plans that “will kill children.”

Think that’s hyperbole?

“That is not an exaggeration in any sense,” tweeted Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson, who fired off a series of tweets early Tuesday arguing that DeVos’ confirmation would be deadly for “queer and other at-risk kids” – because of DeVos’ support for voucher programs.

“Voucher programs will create systems in which queer kids have literally zero access to support apparatus bc they are in religious schools,” Lawson wrote. “Meaning voucher programs will lead to more suicides. Betsy DeVos’s policies will kill children.”

DeVos’ nomination is set for a noon vote in the Senate on Tuesday, and, despite the defection of two Republican senators, she’s likely to be confirmed – though by the slimmest of margins. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to cast the deciding vote in his role as president of the Senate.

But critics like Lawson have gone into overdrive in a bid to convince just one more senator to oppose the school choice advocate.

Democrats kept the Senate in session all night into Tuesday morning protesting the DeVos nomination on the floor. “The president’s decision to ask Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education should offend every single American man, woman, and child who has benefitted from the public education system in this country,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

Schumer’s warning paled in comparison to some of the vitriol aimed at DeVos from the media.

“Betsy DeVos is the worst person to be around schoolbooks since Lee Harvey Oswald,” Bill Maher snarked on his “Real Time” show.

The New Republic urged readers not to “normalize Betsy Devos. Her views are simply much too dangerous.”

The things that excite me most in life are books and ideas—especially outside the box type stuff. When I step into a bookstore or anywhere there are large collections of books I see the various ideas and opinions of the human race hard at work.  I also like children because when they are little they don’t know that things are impossible—so they learn more from age 1 to 5 than they will at any point in their lives, and that is exciting to me.  It always has been.  I like smart people, I personally enjoy using extensive vocabulary when speaking because being smart is fun, and is a privilege specific to the human condition.  So education is probably more important to me than it is most people.   But my idea of education is far different than the typical teacher union member or politician who takes money from their mobster-like organization.

When I was in school I hated it. I hated every day of every hour of it.  I never liked one single year of it and was happier than I should have been to graduate from high school.  I went to college because people told me I should—but I hated it worse.  I felt the people around me were stupid and were not aiming to improve themselves in any regard—and that was the culture established by all public education from top to bottom under the flag of the Department of Education.  Much of what I have learned in life I did on my own by reading books and pushing life to its limits outside of school.  If I didn’t have to go to a public school, I would have likely done much more than I have which for a lot of people is incomprehensible.  But that was my experience.

When it came time to send my own kids to school I didn’t like it. In fact, you could say I hated it.  But I worked with my kids and taught them a lot.  I’d say they learned more from me than they did all their teachers and friends in public school because I made our time together work and filled them with ideas that I had learned from the many books I had read and thought about.  It was never that I hated education—it was that our American style of public education didn’t come anywhere near where I thought it should and it was making bright eyed nice kids into blithering idiots with each year of public school.  My kids were homeschooled for a while and actually graduated a year early.  Each of them spent their 18th years in Europe while their classmates were still planning how to get drunk on their graduation nights.  Both of my children today are exceptional in their abilities and headed toward very good things—one is a professional photographer that many think is the best in Cincinnati—the other is a magnificent illustrator on her way to many open doors which are now in sight and I can say that there wasn’t anything that public school or college did to make them that way.  It was a combination of great parenting and their own natural inclinations that were not turned off by their mom and me.  In fact we nurtured that aspect of their character and now that they are adults—it’s obvious, they are great people in every way.

So it came as some surprise that having raised two exceptional kids into adulthood that I offered my wisdom to other kids who I wanted to help grow up and become better adults. Because as I looked around there were so many stupid people walking around miserable that I felt compelled to help them.  That led me to challenge the public education system which of course unleashed the teacher’s union against me—which in 2010 EVERYONE was afraid of.  Having a history of taking on bullies I decided to fight back at them and I committed myself to that task and have been doing that for a number of years now.  My thinking was that my reputation was such that I didn’t have to worry about the teacher’s union harming me.  When they tried to attack me for being a back-woods hillbilly—the image didn’t stick because people who knew me understood that certainly wasn’t the kind of person I was.  And when they tried violence—well that didn’t work either—because after all—I’m a master bullwhip handler.  What were a bunch of teacher union radicals going to do to me?  So I had them beat both ways and have spent the last 7 years taking them on—sometime quite spectacularly.  I did many of the things Donald Trump is doing now well before anybody had seen it before—and the tactics worked—as I always expected them to.

I remember a trip I took to Disney World in 2013 when WLW called me after Sharon Poe had just been on the air talking about education problems. I was about to go into Hollywood Studios and was speaking to the producer in the parking lot over the phone.  The teacher’s union for Mason and Lakota had been getting bold again and Sharon had warned them over WLW’s airwaves that Rich Hoffman would have something to say about it—which went out to over 500,000 people that morning.  WLW called me for a comment for which I told their news department that if they (teacher’s unions) stuck their heads above the sand that I would crush them in Butler County.  If they tried to strike, I’d come after them.  If they didn’t stop pushing school levies to justify their step increases, I’d come after them.  If they did anything to create a new levy in Lakota or Mason, I’d work with Sharon Poe to fight them to the point they could never show themselves.  That’s when the producer asked me if I wanted to come on and talk about it on the radio and I told them it was up to them.  But that I would likely cause them to hit the mute button a lot discussing how those fat assed bitches who were simply latté sipping prostitutes with diamond rings the size of car tires and asses to match were bringing great harm to the future of our civilization by destroying our children’s minds in exchange for a fat communist inspired paycheck and that they were detrimental to the public education process.  I was about to go into Disney World after all with my family and I had said all this stuff before.  But WLW wondered if I had mellowed out a bit over the years so they could reignite the issue.  They declined to put me on which I was fine with.  I felt I had said everything I could on the issue and wasn’t in the mood to play nice with the school boards and the unions that controlled them.  I knew that only through elections could we hope to see the kind of next step corrections that were needed.

A few years later Trump threw his hat in the ring so I jumped on board because he was the next step I had been looking for—someone who would take all these regional fights we had been having to the next level. Trump of course won then did just what many of use reformers expected him to do—nominate someone like Bessy DeVos to the Department of Education.  She was the end game I had been fighting for and now we can look forward to seeing all the school reforms that people like me had been striving for in an effort to save children from the stupidity of a public education system ran by the teacher unions.

All the things that the teacher unions are now saying about Betsy DeVos are things I have personally heard about myself—but we now know how to break their backs. I’ve done it and the blueprint is now there for everyone to study within these pages—which many in power today have read and modified to their own effect.  I couldn’t be more proud to see Mike Pence cast that deciding vote in the Senate for Betsy DeVos.  It is the greatest news I’ve heard in a long time and gives me great hope that future children—such as my own grandchildren, might finally get a public education experience that does not seek to make them into stupid people—but into thoughtful adults who can carry our civilization into new heights of expectation.  Now good things can finally happen in public education and the unions won’t be able to stop it—and that is what’s good for kids.  Children have a better chance of playing in the street of a freeway in Los Angeles and surviving unharmed than they do in surviving public education with intact minds if the parents at home are not engaged.  And now, we can have a little hope that the danger of that reality will change for children once and for all.

Rich Hoffman


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The Weakness of Judge James L. Robart’s Position: How to beat that bow tie wearing loser into oblivion and protect Trump’s E.O.

As we look around to the villains who have caused so much destruction to the American way of life over the last few decades the mechanisms of tyranny have certainly showed themselves publicly after Donald Trump’s inauguration.  Many of us who voted for Trump suspected the depth of the situation, but I think we are all surprised at how radical and openly anti-American they truly have been—and the case of Judge James L. Robart is a perfect example.  As an appointed U.S. District Judge from the socialist utopia of Seattle, Washington he took great pride in thumbing his nose at the civilian appointment of Donald Trump to the Executive Branch stopping the Executive Order temporarily that aggressively investigates refugees from terrorist inspired countries to prevent their border transfer like a Trojan Horse into our domestic concerns.  And to read his reasoning as objectively as possible the only determination that can be made is that he’s simply a radical left-winged loon that has a sole function protecting the open border concerns of the globalist left-leaning insurgents who have targeted the United States as the last bastion of freedom. Two sources that talk about this issue are listed below to provide some backdrop along with some specific text to explain why the Department of Justice was blocked by an appeals court preserving the Judge’s attack on Trump’s Executive Order. Then I of course outline how this case can be won since the Department of Justice wavered in its oral arguments on February 3rd.  Since they can’t figure it out on their own I tell them how to win this case in favor of Donald Trump.  (Get with the program people, these losers are easy to beat)

Judge James L. Robart did not have to actually rule on the legality of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring people from seven countries from entering the United States.

In granting a temporary restraining order, the judge essentially had to decide that the plaintiffs (the states of Washington and Minnesota):

  1. were likely to succeed at a later date
  2. that people in those states could suffer irreparable harm if the ban continued
  3. that blocking the President’s order was in the public interest.

In other words, he decided there was more harm letting the ban continue than there was blocking it until the full case could be heard.

He questioned Department of Justice lawyer Michelle Bennett, who was representing the Trump administration, asking, “How many arrests have there been of foreign nationals from those seven countries since 9/11”?

The Sept. 11 attack was one of the rationales behind the executive order, according to the Trump administration.

“I don’t know the specific details of attacks or planned attacks,” said Bennett, who is from the DOJ’s Civil Division.

“The answer to that is none, as best I can tell,” said the judge.

“The rationale was not only 9/11,” Bennett said. “It was to protect the United States from the potential for terrorism.”

Congress gives the president wide latitude in foreign affairs, which includes granting visas.

“The court doesn’t get to look behind those determinations,” she added.

But the judge answered: “I’m also asked to look and determine if the executive order is rationally based. And rationally based, to some extent, means I have to find it grounded in fact instead of fiction.”

Temporary restraining orders generally last up to 14 days. They can be extended, but the idea is to hold a full hearing on an injunction instead. Of course, a higher court can overturn the restraining order in the meantime.

Robart has a history of saying what he thinks. He was nominated for the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2003. He was confirmed unanimously in a 99-0 vote by the Senate in June 2004.

Before that, he was a lawyer in private practice in Seattle. He has worked with at-risk youth in that city and, before becoming a judge, Robart represented refugees from Southeast Asia.

Last year, Robart presided over a case alleging excessive force by Seattle police brought be the Obama administration’s Justice Department. During a hearing, he used FBI statistics to note that police use of deadly force in cities in the U.S. involved 41 percent of black people, despite them being only 20 percent of the population living in those cities.

Robart took a breath and said, “black lives matter.”

Essentially what all that means is that the swamp in Washington D.C. extends well beyond into every aspect of our legal system and has been corrupted there by many years of liberal instruction in our university system for which our law schools are grossly left-leaning.  So the first step is in forcing radical judges to reveal themselves as this Robart guy has, then taking action to minimize their assault against American interests.  People like this Judge Robart lunatic are like cat people who take in every stray animal on the street then wonder why they piss all over the house, and nobody wants to date them for the odor and narcosis of their bad decisions.  As well-meaning as Robart thinks he is, the ultimate meaning behind his actions is defiance toward national sovereignty with an emphasis on spreading the world’s problems to every crevice of society.  And if the first function of government is to protect the American people from threats foreign and domestic—which is what Trump has done with his Executive Order.  The actions of this judge are a hostile action taken against our Constitutional government.

As is clear from the provided text in the NPR report Judge Robart is a “black lives matters” supporter which is another extreme radical organization sponsored by communist insurgents designed to overthrow order in our cities where the minority population of only 20 percent do most of the damage involving crime, murder, and consumption of law enforcement resources.  So this Seattle judge has “change” in mind, not “order” while making a determination if Trump’s Executive Order is rooted in “fact” instead of “fiction” based on using 9/11 standards as the foundations for determining terrorist patterns of attack. The fact of the matter is that future terrorists will likely come from other places—such as the 7 scrutinized countries identified by Trump’s E.O. and not those from the past leaving strategic assessment to be based on incoming intelligence which Robart doesn’t have and could never have—so his scope of the facts are tainted negating him from even providing a judgment on the matter.

Not to tell Department of Justice lawyer Michelle Bennett how to do her job, but, seriously, Judge James L. Robart based his entire challenge on the foundations of fiction because only the Trump administration had the facts to make such determinations which created the language of the Executive Order mentioned.  Some radical loon from Seattle doesn’t get to decide national security so the argument had nothing to do with an executive order being “rationally based” as determined by the cast of Saturday Night Live for which the Judge is obviously a fan.  (He’s actually funnier)  He has simply overstepped his authority, the appeals process has shown that it is in lockstep with the radicalism of these circuit judges—making decisions on activism desires and not legal necessity.

If the Department of Justice would like me to argue the case for them I’d be happy to, and additionally would enjoy blasting the reputation of this fool Judge James L. Robart into oblivion in the process.  I’m sure Michelle can turn this situation around now that the shock of the arrogance of this ruling has been revealed and the chess moves by the political left have been witnessed-from the press conference to the way outlets like CNN ran with the story.  It is easy at this point to destroy the Robart case for his preservation of terrorist expansion from the war-torn regions of the world and onto our door steps because he’s working from a corrupted mind polluted with liberal values and talking points—like “black lives matters” rhetoric.  Such a person shouldn’t even be on any government payroll because he fails to do the first function of government—protecting the American citizens.  In order to do that you have to define America’s borders and begin from that basic foundation which leftists seek to erase allowing judges like Robart to act in such a way without detection of their true intentions.  But now that this issue has been exposed, President Trump can act accordingly in his future judicial appointments.  After all, we now know that James L. Robart was appointed by George W. Bush so over Trump’s years in office a lot of this radicalism can be undone with his future appointments.  Bush was a globalist and part of the mistakes of the past and Trump has been the answer.  Fixing these issues are part of draining the swamp—but as we can see—that process extends well beyond Washington D.C. into the target audience of the average Starbucks consumer—in Seattle, Washington where they are out of control under a socialist city council and a progressive civil war with the more rural residents of their state.  And we are just getting started.

It is important to understand that Trump’s Executive Order was not unjustified; it was just weakly protected by Michelle Bennett from the Department of Justice.  She obviously got jostled in her arguments by a bunch of radical lunatics.  If she’d like help, just call me.  I’d love to argue the beard off that fat face of a bow tie wearing bitch and disgrace him verbally to such an extent that he’d be haunted into the netherworld of the hereafter. The judge and the state did not base their opinion of the Executive Order based on the facts of the intelligence available to Donald J. Trump and that invalidates their criteria.  So get in there on Monday and give these idiots hell, because they deserve it—and then some.  Additionally, understand that you can never trust a person who wears a bow tie.  Like mustaches, bow ties indicate that something is wrong with the person wearing it—so you cannot trust their sanity. Remember that during the next oral argument.

Rich Hoffman


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Restoring Masculinity in the Trump White House: Taking on Arnold Schwarzenegger to save the world from itself

Forgetting about partisan politics and other modern definitions to ancient things I remember vividly a Joseph Campbell lecture I heard many years ago about the sad state of the destruction of male oriented institutions.  Campbell spoke to his fans, many who were bleeding heart liberals from California universities who were fully behind the feminist movement—yet the old mythology professor spoke about the sensitive subject anyway wondering what might happen to the United States, and Europe if masculinity was stripped away from our cultures and replaced with something which didn’t celebrate the sexes and their differences.  Many years later he would be proven right to bring up the topic, because at the core of most liberal protests and value systems in this modern age is a dire hatred of masculinity leaving men from those viewpoints to be desperately seeking meaning within themselves as they grow into maturity.  Most cultures around the world have built into their mythologies very specific roles for men and women to do together as the primary concerns of sex and food dominate our minute to minute thoughts throughout our waking hours—and those societies are successful.  For instance, you just don’t think of belly dancers from Morocco that are men.  And you would never have a male Geisha in Japan—at least not openly accepted.  That would kind of ruin the point of what their role is in those societies.  Men traditionally bring war and aggression to social tapestries whereas women softness and reassurance—and thus we have a dance which advances humankind both with procreation, respectful maturity, and philosophic advancement.  One of the worst things to have ever happened to the United States was the integration of women into male roles in a pursuit of equality which in the beds of married couples—neither really wanted.

Thankfully, masculinity is back in style with Donald Trump in the White House and what he’s doing to restore these traditional roles between the sexes may have far more impact on American culture than any enforced rule or legislation proposed.  And I am pretty sure Trump is aware of what he’s doing and why.  For instance, he picked a fight with Arnold Schwarzenegger during an annual prayer breakfast this week which book ended several contentious calls with world leaders over the phone that was being leaked to the media.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is of course an internationally recognized actor who represents the baseline activity for the world as to what “maleness” is.  So Trump being the ultimate alpha male wanted to make sure that everyone knew that the new definition of maleness is in the White House, not on the silver screen—so Trump is challenging the basic assumption of masculinity by picking on Arnold Schwarzenegger for the world to see.

In a legal setback for the Trump Administration, a federal judge in Washington State issued a temporary restraining order against President Trump’s immigration order, putting the entire program on hold, as the legal fight intensified against the President’s efforts to temporarily keep both refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations out of the United States.  As the judge proudly issued his challenge to Trump’s executive order you could see the body language of the man protect more than legal integrity—it was the hope that the masculinity which propelled Trump’s swift decision might be upheld by modern progressivism.  Which it won’t.

 “The state met its burden in demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury,” said Federal Judge James Robart, who was appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush.

In his ruling, Judge Robart said states are being harmed by the immigration restrictions.

“In addition, the States themselves are harmed by virtue of the damage that implementation of the Executive Order has inflicted upon the operations and missions of their public universities and other institutions of higher learning, as well as injury to the States’ operations, tax bases and public funds,” Judge Robart wrote.

The Judge also spelled out a series of orders to insure that federal immigration officials observe his ruling, which many expect to be appealed.  Although, those observations won’t hold a glass of water, and the immigration ban will resume—as it should.

As that story was breaking Friday February 3rd another one was emerging from the Hollywood Reporter about how Donald Trump has encouraged his staffers to “dress like a girl.”  As word spread many thousands of women put images of themselves on Twitter dressed in various important jobs mocking Trump’s old fashioned sense of femininity.  Sadly, the many angry remarks from women toward Trump’s implied dress code stem from the same anger that drove the lunatics in the recent Women’s March around the world to their activism.  While the women were protesting at that march the image of what a woman should be as defined by modern politics, many men were at home happy to be rid of such pains in their ass as many were unhappy to have such loud mouths in their lives bitching about every little thing.  Thus, this is what the liberal left has done to womanhood—turned them into perpetual chatterboxes that want to look like ugly men and complain about everything—instead of being graceful gateways into the better parts of human hood—as they have traditionally been in countless goddess motifs. Publications like The Hollywood Reporter and The Huffington Post are feeding this frenzy of image which runs counter to our biological instincts—yet Trump doesn’t back down from any of it in the least.

As the world attempted to gather itself to stand up to Donald Trump and the image of raw maleness that he represents boldly and without apology—the President met with his wife for the first time since the inauguration on the tarmac at the Palm Springs airport where Air Force One delivered him to Melania as she was dressed in a hot red dress with a skirt over the knees looking very elegant.  No human being male or female could deny that the First Lady wasn’t a stunning beauty defined by every human attribute which has decided such things for many millennia and Trump understood that just by walking with her for a weekend retreat smacked back all his critics of that particular day with his mere existence and the exasperation of his enemies followed.  Trump wasn’t just enforcing laws that needed to restore America back to its rightful place as a leader of the of the world—he was restoring masculinity to the grateful sighs of many women who have been hiding in the shadows with their 50 Shades of Grey novels bought at Wal-Mart hoping for their own version of a prince to rescue them from the feminazies of progressivism.  For them just watching Melania walk with her husband with Air Force One in the background was enough to inspire hope in a return to masculinity—where men don’t cry like babies over every little bit of spilled milk, where men defend their women as recognition that the birth of entire families comes from the beautiful gifts of our American women, and that men actually grow up with something to fight for because they want to retain the unique sentiments that only come from the approval of a woman they respect and want to sleep with in a bed.  Behind The Hollywood Reporter ranting on the topic and the feminized Washington judge are hopes that Trump’s work toward restoring masculinity to American society will fail.  But as Trump knows, as his enemies run to put on one fire burning away the liberal influence on our most basic human relationships—he starts another far away spreading their efforts far and wide until the can do nothing in response due to their sheer exhaustion but break windows in the streets and dress in black to hide their identities as they scream for communism.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger had a baby with his maid his career was over.  People, mostly males, understood immediately what that meant—the woman was a very average person and if Schwarzeneggar truly was an essence of masculinity his mistress would have been someone much more beautiful.  That’s not to say the lady didn’t have value, but to have a child with such an average women when Arnold was supposed to be the essence of masculinity—then it was clear that someone was lying about their public image.  After all Maria Shriver who used to be married to Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t too bad, she was attractive, a member of the Kennedy family and a television host—so she had a lot going for her.  It was an honor for her to marry someone she felt was the best pick of the male litter—Arnold Schwarzenegger—a muscleman from across the pond with great charisma, a lot of money, and a potential governor of California.  But Arnold couldn’t translate all that image into reality and his wife left him as he had sex with someone of his own personal value system and they had a child.  Schwarzenegger’s proclamation to the world was that he was just an actor and that he really suffered from many insecurities and sought the arms of his maid to reassure him of his values—which was a big letdown for many men around the world.

So Donald Trump’s calculated attack on Schwarzenegger went further than a little revenge for the movie actor not supporting him during the presidential campaign where Arnold supported the liberal John Kasich instead.  It was to attack the grip that Schwarzenegger had on the institution of maleness—and to take it back so that Hollywood didn’t define that image any more, but that it came from the Executive Branch.  And by doing that, Trump performed a brilliant move as he came out against Israeli settlements paving the way for negotiates with Palestine, and slapped sanctions on Iran for launching a missile in defiance of United Nations proclamations, or chastised Russia for incursions into Ukraine—Trump was reclaiming manhood which is a universal understanding that extends well beyond political definitions.  And from there he has plans to restore masculinity to the human race in ways that were not even possible a month ago.  Because what’s been missing from all these negotiations with world leaders has been the threat of masculinity supported by a goddess from heaven and performing as such.  Men and women at the bargaining table knows that when a woman like Melania walks with a man like Trump on an airport runway that there is power in the matchup that defies what is taught in schools.  And when Trump sits down with them to negotiate nuclear arms, or state boundaries, or even the distribution of refugees from around the world—it is masculinity which gives the edge toward victory in almost every case.  Trump took that honor away from Hollywood’s last symbol of masculinity and put it on his mantel proudly as a declaration to the world—masculinity had returned to the United States and it was coming for them.

Rich Hoffman


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The Hyperloop Competitions at SpaceX: Let’s make this happen!

Although the political left does not like Donald Trump as president including Elon Musk, (who I think is a wonderful person) I would have never entertained an idea like the Hyperloop before the Trump inauguration.  Now after the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency the Dow closed at over 20,000 for the first time and many big ideas started moving forward, then the wonderful company of SpaceX hosted the Hyperloop competition in Los Angeles at their facility inviting colleges and engineering organizations from around the world to compete with designs of their own fresh perspectives in a very capitalists manner.  The Hyperloop is a radical transportation innovation that is wonderfully revolutionary.  When I was a kid I had something I played with like this design called Rocket Tubes for the Micronaut toy line.  Now under the sponsorship of Elon Musk the reality of Rocket Tubes is coming to life and taking its next evolutionary step.  Prototype designs have been gathered at SpaceX during the weekend of January 28th and 29th to see which works best in head to head competition.  Before Donald Trump’s presidency I couldn’t see any path forward for these liberal leaning dreamers—but under Trump’s presidency and perhaps his daughter Ivanka taking over in the years to come to keep continuity in the White House—Hyperloop as a transportation device may happen on a large continental scale.

Hyperloop is essentially a large rocket tube that allows passengers to travel at around 1000 miles per hour inside.  That means travel to Disney World in Orlando from Cincinnati would be one hour from a Hyperloop station in theoretical Monroe in the northern suburbs to the Kissimmee station at the gates to the famous theme park.  There are already plans for a Hyperloop line from Columbus, Ohio to Chicago, which would only take 30 minutes of travel time.  There is another proposal for a line from Columbus to Pittsburg in less than 15 minutes.  So for Ohio residents wanting to attend a Steelers game, just get on the Hyperloop and you’ll easily be in Pittsburg within 15 minutes. It takes longer to walk across a parking lot once you’ve parked at a stadium.  But first there are thousands upon thousands of engineering feats that have to be invented and that is the purpose of the Hyperloop competitions mentioned at SpaceX. As you are reading this just click the link above and you can see what’s left of them since most of my readers are on the east coast and will still have time to view the last entries of the day at that link.

In my old toy Rocket Tubes there was a large compressor that injected air into the tubes to move a little Micronaut man in a capsule through the tubes on a bed of air.  The compressor filled the tubes with airflow that actually overtook the weight of the capsule holding the man.  I played with that thing for hour and hours year after year.  I think I got the toy around 10 or 11 and it still worked when I got my first car at 16.  I loved it because it appeared to be a vision into a world of tomorrow.  Now the Hyperloop is that next generation of thinking and instead of just using compressed air to create a bed of air to ride on, the vehicles are expounding on the levitation magnets used in other high-speed rail around the world.  But, the Hyperloop technology further utilizes the removal of that air to create a close simulation to the vacuum of space to take away that wall of resistance that would otherwise build up at the front of the vehicle.  That is how the speeds can be so extremely fast.  Inside the car even at such high speeds you could sit as you would a train with a little drink on a table in front of you and watch the world literally go by outside at a 1000 miles an hour—and your drink wouldn’t spill.  Pretty cool.

As I’ve said about the sky car projects that are now becoming a quick reality which will take traffic to the air as opposed to ground congestion through major cities—having a Hyperloop line would be a tremendous asset—particularly for the shipping industry.  It would really benefit DHL, FedX, and Amazon by getting products from the west coast to the east in the same day as opposed to the expense of flying it against the weight restrictions of air travel.  And many of the Hyperloop lines could exist along existing highway routes—that big grassy area that sits between north and southbound lanes, or east and west, could easily hold a Hyperloop line without disturbing property owners with new acquisitions of property to get a nice network across the country within a short period of time—a decade or so.

Around the world I can think of fine examples of how the Eurostar has greatly helped transportation in Europe, which I plan to visit very soon to see for myself.  And then there is the bullet trains in Japan which I have some personal history with.  For instance I was meeting people for dinner recently in Kobe, Japan who were from as far south as Himeji.  I was staying at the Oriental Hotel and was meeting at the Ikuta Road steakhouse for dinner. By highway Himeji was about an hour to the south so I was emailing my guests as they were about to board the bullet train thinking that I’d get to the dinner location way ahead of them–after all I had a driver picking me up as I was heading to the elevator and from there the drive was only about 5 minutes. By the time I made it down to my car, spoke to a few people, drove down all the one way roads to arrive at the steakhouse, my guests were there, very relaxed and unhurried.  Those same people could easily get up to Tokyo for a night out by the same means, the train works very well in Japan—and its fast. I’m not big on big mass transit projects and traditional rail is just too slow and cumbersome.  But when it comes to the examples listed there are times when it’s just the right thing.  The Hyperloop would be the next generation of these transportation systems and could let us take advantage of great distances for further economic expansion.

Before Donald Trump the cost of the Hyperloop would have been prohibitive.  With 20 trillion in national debt and a world spinning out of control economically with China controlling all the chess pieces, there wasn’t much chance of the Hyperloop getting funded in America.  Too much regulation and bureaucratic red tape would have stood in the way.  Its one thing to dream of these things at SpaceX but quite another to get politicians to see the reason to fund it—the political will just hasn’t been there.  For instance, the Eurostar was privately funded, but it is still upside down and shows no sign of recovering the cost because there just isn’t any way to have enough people travel on it per day to justify the enormous cost of digging under the English Channel and building all the infrastructure to make it happen.  It’s a technical marvel—but was entirely too expensive for two economies that have been stagnant for years—the socialist country of France and the heavily restricted economy of England.  But in the United States with a projected economic expansion rate of over 5% with Trump’s policies, there may be a huge chance to pay down our debt, and actually come out ahead for the Hyperloop network in the 2020s—about the time that the engineers from this Hyperloop competition work out all the bugs with technical innovation.  It won’t take long.

My advice to Elon Musk is to drop all the discussion about carbon taxes and environmental thinking when talking to Donald Trump at the White House because that’s not going to happen.  It would also be good to stop complaining about his immigration policies.  The borderless world concept is done in America so if you want people to embrace Tesla, and to give Hyperloop a chance, you have a friendly president to those technologies so long as you don’t use more regulation to move people from oil based vehicles to electric ones.  My next car may be a Tesla and I’m not a green economy advocate. I would just want a Tesla because it most intelligently applies power to the wheels that hit the road as opposed to what’s out there.  I think the Tesla is a wonderful rethinking of the personal car.  I fully support Trump opening up the coal mines and drilling for oil in the United States so that we can have an economic renaissance like the UAE is experiencing with excess cash from their oil industry alone funding exciting new projects.  But I am open to new methods coming along to replace what we’ve had.  I am ready to see a leap in technology from a combustion engine to a Tesla, or from a commuter train to a Hyperloop—so long as what comes next advances our civilization.  The carbon tax issue and other environmental concerns from the political left will work themselves out if we truly move into space as a human race—where there are full cities on Mars within a hundred or so years and the moon becomes a base of operations for deeper space travel.  We can’t restrict ourselves on earth economically, technically, and politically by fighting the wrong battles.  The human race has to leave the earth and these kinds of technologies take us to that point.  So keep the politics out of the Hyperloop and we could very well have them all over the United States over the next thirty years because they make sense.

With that said the Hyperloop races were very inspiring and provided a glimpse into the kind of nation and world we can become.  I know I’m ready for such a world.  I would love to leave for Orlando at 8 AM in the morning after grabbing a quick breakfast at McDonald’s and arriving an hour before Disney World opens so I could take advantage of the early open to pass holders.  After a day of fun I could be back with my family for dinner and never feel like I had just traveled all day needing to recover after sitting for so long.  The Hyperloop would make such a trip as common as driving to the grocery store for milk, and that would greatly expand our internal economic output, and GDP.  For instance it would greatly benefit me professionally to be able to same day ship from California to West Chester, Ohio because often lead times on things I need mostly involve transit times and ridiculous shipping costs by air.  Hyperloop could dramatically reduce those costs—so it’s very exciting.  But first, we have to get through this infancy period with a president who gets it and can sell it to the politicians.  And that’s what Donald Trump can do that others had no chance at before.  So make friends, keep dreaming, and let’s make this happen!

Rich Hoffman


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