Do You See Communists?

November 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are sad today at Fidel Castro’s passing but Cuban Americans are cheering in the streets of Little Havana.

Snopes will tell you the Communist Party did not endorse Hillary and the corrupt news media made no mention of the Communist Party endorsing Hillary. The Communist Party did not take out a full page ad in the New York Times saying, “The Communist Party Endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton for President.”

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However, Communist Party of the USA Chairman John Bachtell on the blog People’s World, told progressive voters to cast their ballots for the Democratic ticket and to strive to influence the prospective Clinton administration with organization and activism.

That, of course, is not clear enough for today’s journalists. They are far more likely to take Bachtell’s words as an endorsement of Donald Trump or Kentucky Fried Possum.

John Bachtell (born March 26, 1956) is an American activist, trade unionist, and community organizer who has served as the Chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA since its 30th National Convention in 2014.

Bachtell emphasized that the Communist Party will seek a peaceful transition to socialism so long as it is possible, saying “Given the development of democratic institutions and traditions in the U.S., involvement in the electoral arena and political action is essential and grows in importance. It entails building broad anti-ultra right, reform and anti-monopoly coalitions that win majorities and thus power in every democratic institution e.g., school boards, planning boards, city council, county boards, state legislature, federal office, in ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states.” He also said that the experiences in countries like Venezuela are useful examples.

Would you know it if these Commies were on your city council, school boards, or any other elected offices?

Gene McVay says this, “I am encouraged that a movement involving more and more citizens has arisen to move America away from the socialism & Communism craved by the vast majority of Democrats and their mainstream media. It is by being informed, awake and active that we will repulse the Communist and Islamic Terrorist hordes and make America Great Again.”

A Confederacy of Dunces & Fools

October 27, 2016

Please don’t blame the disaster in Mosul on our Armed Forces!

Our top military leadership has been replaced with Comey-Lynch like duds.

Here is what scares me: Only 41% of Americans fear an attack on American soil.

Think about it, 59% are like Americans on December 7, 1941. I don’t blame Americans, I blame our leaders and mainstream media for downplaying the threat.

Those who hate the United States & Israel are growing stronger every minute as they are infused with our uranium and 140 billion dollars of taxpayer’s cash.

The Islamic State is not in every single State to pick cotton and cabbages.

Open your eyes America, our country is little more than low hanging fruit to strong leaders who dream about our demise. Standing between unspeakable evil and American women & children is an Active Duty Armed Force the size of San Jose, California.

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You may not remember when and how the Islamic State took Mosul. Mosul was the center of Christianity and Judaism in the Middle East for about 2,800 years since Jonah was sent there by God. Remember the story from the Book of Jonah? “The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.’ But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.” You know the rest of the story and how Jonah finally obeyed God and made it to Nineveh. Here is what Luke wrote in Chapter 11: “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.”

The Islamic State killed every Christian in Mosul, not by giving them poison Kool-Aid but by crucifixion and beheading. ISIS also severely damaged the very Tomb of Jonah.

Mosul is built around ancient Nineveh that was the largest city in the world for some fifty years until the year 612 BC when, after a bitter period of civil war it was sacked by a coalition of the Babylonians, Medes, Chaldeans, Persians, Scythians and Cimmerians.

You may remember that the 101st Airborne under Major General Patraeus was in control of Mosul in 2004 and ten years later the Fall of Mosul took place on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s watch. It occurred between 4–10 June 2014, when Islamic State insurgents, led by Abu Abdulrahman al-Bilawi, defeated the Iraqi army, led by Lieutenant General Mahdi Gharawi. Before that, ISIS took control of Fallujah and Ramadi, inciting conflict with the Iraqi army. On 4 June, the insurgents began their efforts to capture Mosul. The Iraqi army had 30,000 soldiers stationed in the city, facing a 1,500-member attacking force. However, after six days of fighting, the city, as well as Mosul International Airport and helicopters located there were under Islamic State control. Can you do the math; the Islamic State was outnumbered 20 to 1?
Do you doubt that there are at least five million illegal aliens in America who want nothing more than to destroy our country and pick our bones? Our Active duty forces and our armed police on patrol barely number two million.

It may be too late for America? Certainly the deck is stacked against us. Sorry I am not all bubbly and optimistic.

WILL THE FBI BECOME THE KGB?

October 13, 2016

IF THE DOJ & FBI CORRUPTION IS NOT HANDLED NOW, DO YOU THINK ANY PRESIDENT WILL EVER BE IMPEACHED AGAIN, EVER? LET THIS SLIDE AND MOST FBI AGENTS WILL BE FIRED AND REPLACED WITH THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND BLACK LIVES MATTER.

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Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau’s reputation for uncompromising investigations with his “cowardly” whitewash of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information using an unauthorized private email server.

Feeling the heat from congressional critics, Comey last week argued that the case was investigated by career FBI agents, “So if I blew it, they blew it, too.”

But agents say Comey tied investigators’ hands by agreeing to unheard-of ground rules and other demands by the lawyers for Clinton and her aides that limited their investigation.

“In my 25 years with the bureau, I never had any ground rules in my interviews,” said retired agent Dennis V. Hughes, the first chief of the FBI’s computer investigations unit.

Instead of going to prosecutors and insisting on using grand jury leverage to compel testimony and seize evidence, Comey allowed immunity for several key witnesses, including potential targets.

The immunity agreements came with outrageous side deals, including preventing agents from searching for any documents on a Dell laptop owned by former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills generated after Jan. 31, 2015, when she communicated with the server administrator who destroyed subpoenaed emails.

Comey also agreed to have Mills’ laptop destroyed after the restricted search, denying Congress the chance to look at it and making the FBI an accomplice to the destruction of evidence.

Comey’s immunized witnesses nonetheless suffered chronic lapses in memory, made unsubstantiated claims of attorney-client privilege upon tougher questioning and at least two gave demonstrably false statements. And yet Comey indulged it all.

What’s more, Comey cut a deal to give Clinton a “voluntary” witness interview on a major holiday, and even let her ex-chief of staff sit in on the interview as a lawyer, even though she, too, was under investigation.

Clinton’s interview, the culmination of a yearlong investigation, lasted just 3½ hours. Despite some 40 bouts of amnesia, she wasn’t called back for questioning; and three days later, Comey cleared her of criminal wrongdoing.

“The FBI has politicized itself, and its reputation will suffer for a long time,” Hughes said. “I hold Director Comey responsible.”

Agreed retired FBI agent Michael M. Biasello: “Comey has singlehandedly ruined the reputation of the organization.”

The accommodations afforded Clinton and her aides are “unprecedented,” Biasello added, “which is another way of saying this outcome was by design.” He called Comey’s decision not to seek charges “cowardly.”

“Each month for 27 years, I received oral and computer admonishments concerning the proper protocol for handling top secret and other classified material, and was informed of the harsh penalties, to include prosecution and incarceration,” for mishandling such material, he pointed out. “Had myself or my colleagues engaged in behavior of the magnitude of Hillary Clinton, as described by Comey, we would be serving time in Leavenworth.”

Former FBI official I.C. Smith knows a thing or two about Clinton corruption. After working at FBI headquarters as a section chief in the National Security Division, he retired as special agent in charge of the Little Rock, Ark., field office, where he investigated top Clinton fundraisers for public corruption and even Chinese espionage.

“FBI agents upset with Comey’s decision have every reason to feel that way,” Smith said. “Clearly there was a different standard applied to Clinton.”

“I have no doubt resourceful prosecutors and FBI agents could have come up with some charge that she would have been subject to prosecution,” the 25-year veteran added. “What she did is absolutely abhorrent for anyone who has access to classified information.”

Smith said Congress should subpoena the case’s agents to testify about the direction they received from Comey and their supervisors: “It would be interesting to see what the results would be if those involved with the investigation were questioned under oath.”

Comey made the 25 agents who worked on the case sign nondisclosure agreements. But others say morale has sunk inside the bureau.

“The director is giving the bureau a bad rap with all the gaps in the investigation,” one agent in the Washington field office said. “There’s a perception that the FBI has been politicized and let down the country.”

Comey has turned a once-proud institution known for its independence into one that bows to election pressure, hands out political immunity to candidates and effectively pardons their co-conspirators. He’s turned the FBI into the Federal Bureau of Immunity and lost the trust and respect of not only his agents but also the country at large.  He may be the last nail in the coffin of law and order?

While White House Tours were shut down, Obama was Spending like a Drunken President

October 6, 2016

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★★Obama spent $800 million on advertising firms in 2015 to promote his policies but he closed War Memorials!

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The only government watchdog I trust is the Government Accountability Office or GAO. They are bipartisan and work for Congress. The GAO can dig up the truth but will Congress act?

Do you remember that White House Tours had to be cancelled and our military had to be cut to the bone while Obama hired thousands of Public Relations personnel to bolster HIS IMAGE?

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Hillary could not afford security for Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi but there was unlimited money for smoke and mirrors!!!!!

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What kind of Public Relations professional can make Veterans dying while waiting for VA appointments look good?

The whole Obama/Hillary Administration has been a wasteful fraud while our workforce participation has dwindled and our welfare rolls have been burgeoning!

Our Foreign Policy is in the Toilet with Iran flourishing while our best allies like Israel & the Philippines are aghast! The President of the Philippines just told Obama to, “Go to Hell!”

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The GAO said that the administration added 667 PR staffers between 2008 and 2011 to bring the staffing total to 5,238; the number decreased since then, but 5,100 staffers remained in the administration in 2014, The Washington Times reported.

The GAO says these figures do not include the $100 million spent on private PR consultants to bolster the government’s PR efforts.

The government spent $800 million on contracts with outside advertising firms in 2015 to promote the administration’s policies, The Washington Times reported.

“With increasing pressures on limited federal resources, it is crucial to know how much is spent across the federal government on public relations activities and which federal agencies are spending the most,” said Sen. Mike Enzi, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, who requested the report.

According to The Washington Times, the Pentagon gained the most PR staffers out of all the federal agencies, with 2,100 employees assigned to the agency.

The Interior Department, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security also saw big gains in PR staff.

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Hillary wonders why she’s not 50 points ahead. I wonder why Hillary, Obama, Lynch, Comey and their accomplices are not in prison?

What does Hillary Really Think about YOU?

October 1, 2016

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We know Hillary thinks half of Donald Trump supporters are deplorable and now we know what she thinks about Bernie Sanders supporters. Remember that Trump supporters include scores of Generals, Admirals, Medal of Honor Recipients, Gold Star Families, former Bush Cabinet Members, Veterans, Union Members, Coal Miners and hard working Americans of all races and religions.

Hillary, behind closed doors among her crowd of high brow wealthy donors, has a lot to say about “children of the Great Recession” who are frustrated by a sluggish economy.

“They are living in their parents’ basement,” Clinton said. “They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future.”

Hillary is right about that, our good jobs have fled the country along with our good companies that had to flee to avoid total bankruptcy under the high taxes and impossible regulations she supports.

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Madam Secretary continues, “If you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing.” Barista is a Bartender.

Clinton described youth as political newbies, who really don’t know how politics works. She also implied that young voters have a sense of entitlement that they ought to be able to get great jobs straight out of college like their parents were able to do.

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“There is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kind of approach that we hear too much from the Republican candidates. And on the other side, there’s just a deep desire to believe that we can have free college, free healthcare, that what we’ve done hasn’t gone far enough, and that we just need to, you know, go as far as … Scandinavia, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel.”

The leaked audio’s revelation that Clinton played up the stereotype of the bottom-feeding, basement-dwelling “Bernie bro” in her private fundraisers likely won’t win her much support from Sanders’ supporters but Bernie is French kissing Hillary like a defeated Gladiator pleading for his life before Nero.

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Hillary is offering more of the same old tax and spend, do gooder blather that got us where we’re at and our youth are not falling for it. In other words, in spite of great advertising and a great sales force at the Dog Food Factory, the dogs won’t eat the dog food!

Even Hillary’s The New York Times detailed just how badly Clinton is performing among potential voters in the 18-34 group. And it’s not just that they don’t like her (although that’s a major factor), it’s also that Clinton seems stuck in a time warp in which she doesn’t understand just how big social media consumption is. Unlike Sanders, she doesn’t seem to understand that Millennials get most of their news online, not on television, which is the traditional method for campaign advertising.
As Joe Biden would say, “that’s a big *&@!%! * deal.”

The Pew Research Center estimates that the 18-34 group we call the Millennials surpasses Baby Boomers as the largest generation alive today, making them a prime target for both Trump and Clinton. And unlike Sanders, Clinton just doesn’t seem to have a knack for connecting with them. Instead, she tends to insult them again and again, in a mildly scolding manner like a tolerant aunt who secretly hates children.

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While Trump is often surrounded by police officers, veterans and working people, Hillary clearly shows how little regard she has for the average American citizen. It will be interesting to see just how Millennials react to the leaked audio once the story starts making its way around the Internet.

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Hillary’s actions continue to prove that what she wrote in her Senior Thesis praising her idol Saul Alinsky at Wellesley College remains her roadmap for the future of America. “Alinsky’s conclusion that the ‘ventilation’ of hostilities is healthy in certain situations is valid, but across-the-board ‘social catharsis’ cannot be prescribed,” she wrote. “Catharsis has a way of perpetuating itself so that it becomes an end in itself.” She continued: “Interestingly, this society seems to be in a transition period, caught between conflict and consensus.” It was clear where 21-year-old Hillary Rodham stood: “… as our ‘two societies’—the establishment, the anti-establishment—“move further apart contrived conflict serves to exacerbate the polarization.”

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Contrived conflict is causing bloodshed in our streets and it is often contrived by the new segregationists who support Hillary and number in the hundreds of thousands. The sovereign citizens movement is a network of individuals and organizations who believe that the United States government is illegitimate. They operate under names like “Black Lives Matter, New Black Panthers, Sovereign Citizens” and the “Communist Party”.

We may all need to crawl through the hole in the fence and seek refuge in Mexico if law and order is not restored to America.

Learn what America is up Against before it’s too Late

September 25, 2016

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So many things in America are not what they seem to be. Take the Ford Foundation for example:

The Ford Foundation was originally funded by bequests of Ford Motor Company stock from the estates of Henry and Edsel Ford. While the foundation is noted worldwide for its philanthropy, behind the scenes the Ford Foundation is funding a left-wing agenda that undermines the free enterprise system that makes the foundation possible.

Henry Ford’s grandson, Henry Ford II, wrote that the Ford Foundation: “exists and thrives on the fruits of our economic system. The dividends of competitive enterprise make it all possible. A significant portion of all abundance created by U.S. business enables the foundation and like institutions to carry on their work. In effect, the foundation is a creature of capitalism.”

Although Henry Ford II viewed the organization as a “creature of capitalism,” the Ford Foundation has significantly strayed from its free market roots.

Today’s Ford Foundation contributes to organizations promoting communist ideals, big-government environmental groups, and other left-wing organizations that promote an agenda that principally opposes capitalism.

In 2011 and 2012, the Ford Foundation donated over $1 million each year to a radical organization called “Latino Justice PDLDEF.” While Latino Justice claims to be “committed to justice and leadership,” it seems to have a skewed definition of what “justice” means.

For instance, Latino Justice called for the immediate release of convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez. The organization heaps praise upon the incarcerated criminal by referring to him as “the Puerto Rican nation’s shining star,” and a “political prisoner.” Here are some facts about the “shining star” that Latino Justice would like to release back onto the streets:

★In 1972, Oscar Lopez became one of the leaders of the FALN, a Puerto Rican terrorist group.
★In 1975, the FALN bombed the historic Fraunces Taven in Manhattan. The attack killed 4 and injured 60.
★In the course of 9 years, the FALN would set off nearly 140 bombs.
In 1981, Oscar Lopez was arrested and convicted for conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government.
★Oscar Lopez received additional time behind bars after he attempted to break out of prison twice.
★Described as an “unrepentant terrorist.” Lopez once told the Associated Press, “The whole thing of contrition, atonement, I have problems with that.”

Oscar Lopez was arrested for his role in numerous FALN attacks. The following day, “FBI agents discovered bomb-making material” in an apartment rented by Lopez. Oscar Lopez was charged with weapons violations, conspiracy to transport explosives, and “seditious conspiracy.” The U.S. Code defines seditious conspiracy as conspiring, “to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States.”

Upon conviction, Lopez declared, “I am an enemy of the United States government” and was sentenced to 55 years in prison. His sentence was later lengthened after he attempted to escape from prison on two separate occasions (the second attempt included plans for violence).

Despite the fact that Oscar Lopez has been described as an “unrepentant terrorist,” Latino Justice PDLDEF launched an internet campaign in January of 2015 calling for his immediate release.

Using the twitter hashtags #FreeOscarLopez and #Gift4Oscar, the group asked its followers to tweet President Obama demanding that he pardon this convicted terrorist.

With generous support from groups like the Ford Foundation, Latino Justice has the financial resources to promote its extreme agenda to the public.

Between 2009 and 2012 the Ford Foundation donated a total of $1 million to the “Labor Community Strategy Center.” This organization openly promotes the communist ideology, as well as a radical green agenda.

The Labor Community Strategy Center laments the downfall of the Soviet Union. According to its website, “When we founded the Labor/Community Strategy Center in 1989 it was a dark time in world history. The fall of the Soviet Union and the immediate fall of the entire Soviet bloc led to a period of grotesque capitalist triumphalism.”

The organization promises that it, “would never join the camp of recantation, anti-communism, or the destruction of the historical memory of the great revolutionary upsurges.” The group sees itself as part of a revolutionary movement that is fighting against, “forces of capitalist production, consumption, and contempt for nature and humanity.”

The Labor Community Strategy Center also recruits applicants for a “National School for Strategic Organizing.” This school promises to educate students on how to build, “a militant civil rights and environmental justice movement of the masses.”

In its “transformative organizing” workshop, the school informs potential students that they should work to achieve “radical social change through the strategy of building an international united front to challenge the U.S. Empire.”

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Despite the fact that capitalism empowered Henry Ford to establish the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Foundation has no qualms about funding an organization that actively promotes the destruction of free markets.

The Ford Foundation even funds environmental groups that work to ban automobiles! Ironically enough, the Ford Foundation gave the Labor Community Strategy Center $1 million over a span of four years even though the organization wants to ban automobiles.

One of the Labor Community Strategy Center’s main campaigns calls for “No Cars in L.A.” According to its website, “we demand the radical restriction in auto use now. Reverse the MTA fare increases, free student pass, free public transportation, 5,000 zero emission buses, a moratorium on rail and highway expansion, auto free zones, auto free freeways, auto free days, bus only lanes all over L.A.”

And the Labor Community Strategy Center doesn’t want the fight to end there. The Center encourages us to, “envision moving towards a 90% reduction in U.S. greenhouse gases by virtually eliminating the auto(mobile) and replacing it with a nationwide system of public transit” instead.

The center refers to its campaign as “taking on car supremacy” in the name of “climate justice.”

Ford Foundation Board Member Martin Eakes has been accused of playing a significant role in the ’08 financial crisis. Martin Eakes is the CEO of the Center for Responsible Lending, which describes itself as a “nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization” working to eliminate predatory lending practices. But CRL’s relationships with its credit union and lending affiliates—as well as several of its donors with vested interests in the financial industry—paint a much different picture.

The Center for Responsible Lending was founded by billionaires Herb and Marion Sandler. According to the NY Times, “The center was the successor to a smaller organization (Self-Help) in North Carolina” led by Martin Eakes. The Sandler’s approached Martin Eakes and asked him if he would like to turn Self-Help into a national organization, and the Center for Responsible Lending was born.

Herb and Marion Sandler are credited with inventing “Pick-A-Pay Loans,” which “allowed homeowners to make monthly mortgage payments that were so small they did not cover their interest charges. That meant the total principal owed would actually grow over time, not shrink as is normally the case.”

Martin Eakes’ company, “Self-Help,” worked to find a market for the Sandler’s risky mortgages. The company bragged that it had, “facilitated the extension of more than $3.6 billion in financing for home mortgages and loans.” Its generous donors included “The Ford Foundation” as part of their effort to “provide a staggering $50 million to subsidize minority and low-income mortgages.”

The Sandlers have since become two of the most vilified faces of the financial crisis due to the fact that they marketed, “risky loans at the height of the housing bubble.” Housing lawyer William Purdy told the New York Times that Pick-A-Pay “is the most destructive financial weapon ever deployed against the American middle class.”

Prior to the collapse of the housing bubble, the Sandler’s sold their bank (along with subprime mortgage portfolio) to Wachovia. According to the New York Times, “Wachovia was projecting $26.1 billion of losses” on their Sandler loan portfolio prior to being sold to Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo, “expects losses of $36 billion on the loans unless efforts to stem foreclosures help rescue part of the portfolio. The losses caused analysts and others to reassess the Sandlers’ legacy.”

In October 2008, “Saturday Night Live” parodied the Sandlers in a skit about the financial crisis. Their characters appeared in a mock congressional hearing, with the caption, “People Who Should Be Shot.” SNL and parent company NBC removed the skit from the Internet and reruns after the Sandlers protested loudly for censorship.

The Ford Foundation continues to allow Martin Eakes to sit on their Board of Directors despite his dubious involvement in the subprime mortgage crisis.

In 2013, the Ford Foundation spent over $140 million on operating and administrative costs alone. As Inside Philanthropy pointed out, “A philanthropic entity dedicated in large part to helping the world’s downtrodden is spending $100 million a year on people who are not among the downtrodden. Anyone have a problem with that?”

While the Ford Foundation purports to help the world’s poor, they are paying enormous overhead costs for expenses including, but not limited to, its posh midtown Manhattan office. The office is so extravagant that it even includes a massive indoor garden complete with numerous terraces, granite steps, and a pool of water.

Former president of the Ford Foundation Luis Ubinas, was raking in $2 million in total compensation before he left. Additionally, two ex-Vice Presidents of the Ford Foundation were each “pulling in over a half million dollars in compensation in 2013.” Must be easy to dedicate your life to “charity” when you are making that kind of money. In the last 10 years, the Ford Foundation’s overhead has totaled over a billion dollars.

Ford Foundation Supported Occupy Movement
In 2012 the Ford Foundation awarded $650,000 to National People’s Action, one of the controversial organizing groups behind the Occupy Movement.

National People’s Action is led by George Goehl, a fanatical community organizer who is known for his dangerous tactics.

Under the leadership of Goehl, NPA has focused on intimidating its opponents. Goehl not only endorses these actions, but has led dangerous protests onto the doorsteps of his enemies, targeting them and their families at their own homes.

A notable example of this occurred in May 2010, when a Goehl-sactioned protest included roughly 500 NPA and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) activists who poured onto the lawn of Greg Baer, deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America. The agitators marched onto his porch—waving signs and condemning him for his “greed.”

Their actions so terrified the only member of the Baer family home at the time, Baer’s teenage son, that he was forced to lock himself in a bathroom and wait for help. When Baer arrived home, he had to fight through the mob of protestors just to get inside his home and ensure his son was safe.

Baer’s neighbor, Fortune Magazine writer Nina Easton, reported that the assault on Baer was only one of the group’s targets for the day; Goehl and the rest of the activists then packed into 14 school buses and moved on to repeat their tactics at the home of JP Morgan executive Peter Scher.

POSTED ON AUGUST 15, 2016 BY PAUL MIRENGOFF IN BLACK LIVES MATTER, LEFTISM:

“FORD FOUNDATION WILL FUND BLACK LIVES MATTER BIG TIME”

Ellen McGirt at Fortune Magazine reports that the Black Lives Matter movement will receive millions of dollars in funding from the Ford Foundation. The Foundation states, By partnering with Borealis Philanthropy, Movement Strategy Center, and Benedict Consulting to found the Black-Led Movement Fund, Ford has made six-year investments in the organizations and networks that compose the Movement for Black Lives…

As we continue to engage with and learn from the movement, we’re eager to deepen and expand this community of social justice funders. We want to nurture bold experiments and help the movement build the solid infrastructure that will enable it to flourish. As we do so, we believe it’s essential that our funding not dictate or distort the work underway.

How much money will the Ford Foundation and its partners funnel to BLM? According to Edmund Kozak at PoliZette, the above-mentioned Borealis Philanthropy says the goal is to “bring $100 million in new resources to the Movement for Black Lives.” Without distorting BLM’s work, of course.

No one should be surprised that the Ford Foundation will fund BLM. It is a thoroughly leftist operation and has been for decades.

Black Lives Matter has taken the place of Occupy Wall Street as the vanguard of a concerted, lawless, and if necessary violent push for the radical transformation of America — “total social upheaval” and “systemic change,” as BLM activists put it. The movement is, as several of its founders have said, the vessel through which all progressive causes can flow. And it is a far more serviceable vessel than Occupy Wall Street.

As you can see, powerful forces are on-board the Hillary Train bound for destruction of America as we know it. BLM will most certainly flex their muscles between now and the election because Trump will not be kind to lawless anarchy. Hillary has no need to fund-raise because money is pouring in from everywhere. She does it because she hates to associate with regular deplorable citizens.

WHY DOES AMERICA HAVE ARMED FORCES?

September 15, 2016

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While many Americans are weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, just as Jesus said, can you pause for a moment to learn how Obama and Hillary have reshaped what is left of our Armed Forces?

Let’s take the United States Army under these Democrats. Eric Kenneth Fanning is the Secretary of the Army. He is the man in charge of the Department of the Army! His leadership team consists of his Under Secretary of the Army and two military officers of four-star rank, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. The Secretary of the Army is in effect the chief executive officer of the Department of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Army works directly for the Secretary of the Army. The Secretary presents and justifies Army policies, plans, programs, and budgets to the Secretary of Defense, other executive branch officials, and to the Congressional Defense Committees. The Secretary also communicates Army policies, plans, programs, capabilities, and accomplishments to the public. So who is this powerful leader? What are his credentials for holding such a powerful position? Did he lead a charge up San Juan Hill or lead troops during the liberation of Kuwait?

Actually, Secretary Fanning led the San Diego Gay Pride Parade this year. He is the highest ranking openly gay member of the Department of Defense. He was a member of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund from 2004 to 2007. He favors the adoption by the U.S. military of a policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. He has said: “I personally like to see these things in writing and codified.” He has expressed a preference for the establishment of such a policy by the Department of Defense rather than the Obama administration. He supports allowing openly transgender persons to serve in the military as well. Basically, rather than being led into combat by a George S. Patton type, our troops are more likely to be led by a drag queen.

When the Democrats place folks, who would not be caught dead in a military uniform, in leadership positions, what effect does it have on the morale of our men and women in uniform? Here is the results of a Military Times survey of troop morale that sampled a huge number of our troops. The numbers were brutal. In response to the statement, “The senior military leadership has my best interests at heart,” only 27% agreed, down from 53% in a previous survey conducted in 2009. As for: “Overall Officers in the military are good or excellent,” only 49% agreed, down from 78% in the 2009 survey. Agreement with: “Overall my quality of life is good or excellent,” dropped from 91% agreement in 2009 to 56% in 2014 and President Obama’s personal approval rating was an eye-catching 15%. Do you care what our young men and women have to endure to defend America? Does Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama care? I damn well care!!!!!!

By anyone’s standard, these numbers should have constituted an alarm for senior defense policymakers, suggesting that whatever they were doing, they should probably try the opposite. So it was disheartening to many people and even a little stunning to see the news that the president was nominating Eric Fanning, a Washington insider and defense bureaucrat who never spent a single day in uniform, to be the next secretary of the Army.

Since Ash Carter’s appointment as secretary of Defense, members of the United States Army have had a civilian chain of command from McHugh through the president composed entirely of men who have never put on a uniform for their country. Hagel, Panetta, and Gates had all served.

Ask McHugh or Fanning or any of these men about the value that veterans bring to American society, and you are sure to get an earful about the need for American industry to recognize the unique talents of those who have served; to hire and promote them for the greater good. But at the Pentagon, bizarrely, this does not appear to extend anymore to those positions with overall responsibility for the state of the services. One exception among the current service secretaries is Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, who served briefly in the Navy as a young man and has not exactly covered himself in glory as a result.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has raised a few eyebrows with some of the names he has picked for naval ships.

Why, critics questioned, would he name a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk or after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when there are plenty of military heroes to choose from?

Mabus has said he is honoring people who have shown heroism, just as past Navy Secretaries have done. He said he believes that by looking outside the military, at times, for heroes, he can help connect people with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. When you think about heroes to name Battle Ships after, does Milk and Giffords come to mind?

Mabus is officially announcing five new ship names on visits to Mississippi and Massachusetts beginning Saturday. Among the group, a replenishment oiler will bear the name of abolitionist Sojourner Truth.

“I have named ships after presidents. I have named ships after members of Congress who have been forceful advocates for the Navy and Marine Corps,” Mabus said in a recent interview. “But I think you have to represent all the values that we hold as Americans, that we hold as a country. And so that’s why I’ve named ships the Medgar Evers, Cesar Chavez, John Lewis and Harvey Milk. Because these are American heroes too, just in a different arena.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, of California, objects to Mabus naming ships after Milk, farm labor leader Chavez and others. He wants ships to be named after service members honored for valor to inspire their crews.

Evers and Lewis were civil rights activists. Lewis is now a Georgia congressman. A measure stalled recently in the House that would have prevented the Navy from naming ships after lawmakers who haven’t served in the military or as President.

Retired Vice Adm. Doug Crowder questions naming a ship after Giffords, who survived after being shot during a constituent meeting. It’s the secretary’s right to name ships, and previous Secretaries have made political decisions, but there’s an inherent risk in making a string of political statements, said Crowder, who served as a deputy chief of naval operations before retiring in 2010.

“It just doesn’t help at all for what the basic sailor or officer thinks of his chain of command, up to the Secretary of the Navy,” he said. “Is it catastrophic? No. But that’s the risk you run.”

Crowder said he doesn’t think a ship should be named after Peyton Manning, either, “to take it to the ridiculous end state to make a point.”

It’s also up to the navy secretary to choose sponsors to christen the vessels and Mabus is willing to break with the tradition of having female sponsors.

Mabus said he asked the male spouse of a female naval officer to sponsor a ship but was turned down.

Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, and the women who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in Arkansas in 1957 are sponsoring submarines. Transgender Navy veteran Paula Neira and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are sponsoring Milk’s ship.

So far, no ship has been named for Bowe Bergdahl, Nadal Hasan or Colin Kaepernick.

If you have ANY respect whatsoever for our Armed Forces Personnel and our Veterans, you will vote for politicians who will redirect the focus of our military from social experimentation to National Defense and Security, period!

The Hero was Too Young

September 13, 2016

 

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★★Long struggles for our veterans are not hard to find. Here is the story of a 12 year old boy who joined the U.S. Navy after the Pearl Harbor attack.

Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – November 6, 1992) was the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during World War II. Graham was born in Canton, Texas and was attending elementary school in Houston before he decided to join the Navy, after his father had died and his mother had remarried. He enlisted in the Navy on August 15, 1942 and was sent to boot camp in San Diego, California for six weeks, and afterwards was sent to Pearl Harbor at Oahu, Hawaii where he was assigned to the USS South Dakota in September.

The South Dakota left Pearl harbor on October 16. On October 26, 1942, he participated in the Battle of Santa Cruz. The South Dakota and her crew received a Navy Unit Commendation for the action. On the night of November 14–15, 1942, Graham was wounded during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, he served as a loader for a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun and was hit by shrapnel while taking a hand message to an officer. Though he received fragmentation wounds, he helped in rescue duty by aiding and pulling the wounded aboard ship to safety. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal, and he and his crewmates were awarded another Navy Unit Commendation.

The South Dakota returned to the east coast on December 18, 1942 for an overhaul and battle damage repairs after taking 42 hits from at least 3 enemy ships. Graham’s mother revealed his age after he attended his grandmother’s funeral in Texas without permission from the Navy, for which afterwards he spent three months in a brig in Texas He was not released until after his sister threatened to contact the newspapers. Although he had tried to return to his ship, he was released from the Navy on April 1, 1943, without any awards or benefits. The South Dakota’s gunnery officer, who was involved in handling his case, was Sargent Shriver.

He then worked in a defense plant as a welder instead of going back to school. Graham joined the United States Marine Corps in 1948 at age 17, but his enlistment in the Marines also ended early when he fell from a pier and broke his back in 1951. Although serving in the Marine Corps qualified him as a veteran, he would spend the rest of his life fighting for full medical benefits and clearing his military service record.

In 1978, some 27 years later, he was finally given an honorable discharge for his service in the Navy, and after writing to Congress and with the approval of President Jimmy Carter, all medals except his Purple Heart Medal were reinstated. His story came to public attention in 1988, when his story was told in the TV movie, Too Young the Hero. He was played by Rick Schroder.

In 1988, 37 years after his injuries, he received disability benefits and back pay for his service in the Navy after President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that granted Graham full disability benefits, increased his back pay to $4917 and allowed him $18,000 for past medical bills, contingent on receipts for the medical services. By this time, some of the doctors who treated him had died and many medical bills were lost. He received only $2,100 of the possible $18,000. While the money for the rights to his story for the movie, Too Young The Hero amounted to $50,000, 50% went to two agents and 20% went to a writer of an unpublished book about Graham. He and his wife received just $15,000 before taxes.

His Purple Heart Medal was finally reinstated, and presented to his widow, Mary, on June 21, 1994, by Secretary of the Navy John Dalton in Arlington, Texas, nearly two years after his death from heart failure. He was buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas.

If Calvin had not become somewhat famous, he would have been just another totally forgotten Veteran from a long forgotten war. Hundreds of thousands of Veterans have been waiting for years for the VA to rule on their combat disability claims. I know because I am one of them who has waited about 7 years. Some call us the Deplorables but the government and the VA pretend we don’t even exist.

It is more advantages to the government to strip our dignity, our benefits, our military decorations and our honor. Calvin’s Purple Heart Decoration came through 52 years after he was wounded. If the government could have reapproved the medal in 50 years, at least Calvin would have known about it.

Of course, he was eager to serve his country and was under the legal age during his first tour but he would have been treated much better if he had only been an illegal alien from Iran who crawled through the hole in the fence. I have been fighting for Veterans for decades and I will tell you a secret; it is an uphill battle!

MAYBE YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE KKK?

August 28, 2016

Now that the KKK Grand Dragon has publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton, maybe it’s time you learned something about the ultimate racist organization?

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The KKK began in Tennessee after Southern Democrats lost the Civil War.. The white hoods and sheets were meant to represent the ghosts of the Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. But soon, the group was more about terrorizing blacks than it was about protecting whites. The KKK rode at night, perpetrating raids on areas where blacks lived. Nathan Bedford Forrest, former Confederate general, was in command of the KKK until 1868. He formally disbanded the group at this point, appalled by the violence but the KKK lived on.

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Congress created a committee in 1871 to investigate the Klan, and passed the civil rights act of 1871 to help curtail the group’s activities. But years later, the KKK would infiltrate the highest levels of government when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Hugo L. Black to the Supreme Court. Justice Black, a trial attorney from Alabama who joined the group in 1923, was appointed to the Court in 1937 and there is no evidence that he ever left the KKK. Black had been elected U.S. Senator from Alabama in 1927 and was Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

The KKK continued to operate throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, and times were volatile for many African-Americans. Harry S. Truman was President from 1945 to 1953. Truman was a KKK member for about two years, but fell out with the group because he believed Roman Catholics should be allowed to be in politics.

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West Virginia Democrat Senator Robert Byrd joined the KKK in the 1940s at the age of 24. He served in the Senate for nearly six decades. Senator Byrd was a recruiter for the Klan while in his 20s and 30s, rising to the title of Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of his local chapter. Byrd spoke in favor of the Klan during his early political career. Though he claimed to have left the organization in 1943, Byrd wrote a letter in 1946 to the group’s Imperial Wizard stating “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.” Byrd attempted to explain or defend his former membership in the Klan in his 1958 U.S. Senate campaign when he was 41 years old.

Despite being the only Senator to vote against both African American U.S. Supreme Court nominees: liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas and filibustering the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Byrd later said joining the Klan was his “greatest mistake.” The NAACP gave him a 100% rating on their issues during the 108th Congress. However, in a 2001 incident Byrd repeatedly used the phrase “white niggers” on a national television broadcast.

The KKK experienced a brief resurgence in the 1960s, and violently opposed the Civil Rights movement. The KKK was directly responsible for the murder of several civil rights workers and attacks on activists at this time. But the glory days were over. The KKK would get weaker and weaker after this.

The KKK fractured into small splinter groups and had a membership of less than 10,000 by the 1990s. The KKK has weathered several lawsuits and arrests, not to mention laws and ordinances that prevent them from engaging in their various activities.

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In a bizarre re-branding, one KKK chapter announced recently that it is accepting homosexuals, African-Americans, and Jewish people into the group. The Klan currently has between 5,000 and 8,000 members nationwide.

Democrat Senator Theodore G. Bilbo from Mississippi revealed his membership in the Ku Klux Klan in an interview on the radio program Meet the Press. He said, “No man can leave the Klan. He takes an oath not to do that. Once a Ku Klux, always a Ku Klux.”

Former Grand Wizard David Duke is a politician who ran in both Democrat and Republican presidential primaries. He was founder and Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the mid-1970s; he re-titled his position as “National Director” and said that the KKK needed to “get out of the cow pasture and into hotel meeting rooms.” He left the organization in 1980. He ran for president in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries. In 1989 Duke switched political parties from Democrat to Republican. When will voters realize that power is the objective of many politicians? They will join any party if they think it will help get them elected!

Benjamin Franklin Stapleton, a Democrat, was mayor of Denver for 20 years. He was a Klan member and appointed fellow Klansmen to most positions in municipal government. The Ku Klux Klan had no presence in Colorado in 1920. By 1925, Klan members and sponsored candidates controlled the Colorado State House and Senate, the office of Secretary of State, a state Supreme Court judgeship, seven benches on Denver District Court and city councils in some Colorado towns. Governor Clarence Morley of Colorado were also Klansmen. The Klan was stronger in Colorado than any other state. How did the Klan gain power so quickly and absolutely?

William Joseph Simmons of Georgia called for the resurrection of the Klan in 1915. By 1920, only 5,000 or so members had joined in Alabama and Georgia. Clearly, the old organizing prejudices weren’t enough to mobilize a respectable membership. The Klan developed a new recruiting message focused more on the menace that Catholics and Jews posed to the “nation’s Protestant ideals” than on Blacks. According to the excellent history Hooded Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in Colorado by Robert Goldberg, the KKK posed as saviors of “Old Time Religion” and Americanism. As adherents to the Pope and their “polytheistic” religion of saints, Catholics were seen as completely excluded from such Americanism. Colorado was predominantly Protestant, and this message played well there.

While Catholics, Jews and Blacks spoke out against the Klan in newspapers such as the Denver Express, Denver’s major papers were silent or neutral. The Klan infiltrated both political parties. Local Klan chapters preyed on local prejudices and divisions. Business owners proudly displayed Klan stickers, and protestant elites and working people, men and women, were quick to join. Barring a few exceptions, such as Denver District Attorney Philip Van Cise, a fierce Klan opponent, few politicians or Protestants spoke out against the Klan, allowing them to consolidate influence and power rapidly.

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Strangely, part of the Klan’s appeal was that it functioned as a social outing for many Protestants. In fact, members in Grand Junction flocked to the KKK not so much from prejudice, but because they thought of it as another Elk’s lodge, except with hoods and weird cross burning ceremonies out in the desert. Even Dalton Trumbo tried to join because it was the hot “thing to do.” In Denver, the Klan held picnics (one drew 100,000 people), auto races (a Catholic won. See photo), and had many other events. Of course, the old Klan sometimes reared its ugly head, driving Blacks from white neighborhoods. Beginning in 1925, the Klan’s power in Colorado waned. The Colorado Grand Dragon was investigated for tax evasion, and corruption scandals rocked Klan office holders. But for those few short years, the Klan ruled Colorado.

In conclusion, there is nothing positive I can say about the Klan. The reason Blacks suffered after the Civil War at the hands of the Democrats is because they secretly vowed to win back with the pen what they lost with the sword. Segregation, share cropping, lynchings, poll tax and fear kept Blacks subjugated for more than a hundred years. The Southern Manifesto was signed by 19 Senators and 82 Representatives, including the entire congressional delegations of the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia. Bill Clinton’s idol, J. William Fulbright included. The Manifesto was in opposition to racial integration in public places.

I wish I could say racism no longer exists in America but I cannot. Just 20 years ago I hired an Assistant and Top Aide who was working for the U.S. Department of Justice who happened to be a Black woman. An executive in my organization was overheard by some Black employees when he said, “McVay hires Blacks whether they’re qualified or not.” The woman he considered not qualified had a Master’s Degree and was working on a PhD. When I retired she was promoted to a much higher position in Washington, DC. Those remarks resulted in an investigation by an Air Force Flag Officer from Kentucky. I don’t call it an investigation, I call it a cover-up. Clearly, our government cannot have racism in the government itself, it would not look good on the front page of the Washington Post.

In my experience, those crying racism are KKK members or closet racists themselves. America is becoming the Land of Smoke and Mirrors because too many people know nothing about History and only know what Rachel Maddow or Scott Pelley tells them.

Sam Houston and His Brother in Arkansas

August 21, 2016

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I was driving on Izard County Road 13, a dirt road between Boswell and Calico Rock, when I paused at a plot of land with two signs and a single grave. The plot was about a mile from where Piney Creek flows into the White River. The town of Athens, the crossroads of north Arkansas has vanished except for these two scant signs and a single grave.

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The first permanent Courthouse was just 20 by 20 feet surrounded by a Tavern, Blacksmith Shop, General Store and a Grist Mill. It was here where Izard County’s first officials administered justice, conducted the county’s business and maintained law and order. Matthew Adams was the County Judge, John Adams was the County Sheriff and John Houston was the County Clerk. I might add that four generations of McVay’s lived in Izard County and I have been visiting there for more than 70 years.

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Most likely, you never heard of John Houston but there is a 65 foot tall statue of his younger brother in Texas. In fact, John’s brother was the only person ever elected Governor of two different states in America. He also lived three years with the Cherokee Indians and spoke fluent Cherokee. He was the 1st and 3rd President of Texas the 7th Governor of Texas, a U.S. Senator from Texas and the 7th Governor of Tennessee. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a Major General in the Texian Army.

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John’s brother Samuel is probably best remembered for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history.

John Houston was commissioned in 1825. He had served earlier as clerk of Blount County in Tennessee during the years 1808 to 1812. In 1812 Sam Houston founded a one room school house in Blount County and taught there at age 19.

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Sam Houston School was the first school built in Tennessee. In 1823 John was in Little Rock and advertised in the Arkansas Gazette as an attorney at law. In 1827 Major Jacob Wolf was the first Representative to the Fifth Territorial Assembly and had been influential in the formation of Izard County. He persuaded John P. Houston to come to Izard County and serve as the first clerk of the newly formed county and help with its establishment.

Also in 1827 at age 33, Sam Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee. He planned to run for reelection; however, his marriage to eighteen-year-old Eliza Allen fell apart under mysterious circumstances and Houston resigned his office on April 16, 1829 as a result of this domestic turbulence.

A few days later, Houston left Tennessee for the wigwam of his adopted father, the chief of the Cherokees, in Arkansas. Traveling in disguise by the steam packet Red Rover, by flatboat, and by steamboat to Arkansas Territory, Houston arrived in Little Rock on May 8, 1829. Houston had apparently heard rumors that he was contemplating an unauthorized military incursion to foment or support a Texas revolution and flatly denied them in a letter; he was, however, in good enough spirits to try to mend bridges between Andrew Jackson and Colonel Robert Crittenden, the acting governor, and to report that he intended to engage in a summer buffalo hunt.

Houston then took passage upriver aboard the Facility and landed at Tahloneeskee, near Webbers Falls, where he was allegedly told by Chief Jolly, “My wigwam is yours—my home is yours—my people are yours—rest with us.” Jolly’s “wigwam” was in fact a plantation house. John Jolly was Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation–West when the 1828 constitution was adopted.

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Jolly was a wealthy merchant and planter who spoke no English, and dressed in buckskin with a hunting shirt, leggings and moccasins. Jolly had followed his brother Tahlonteeskee to the Arkansas Territory. Tahlonteeskee served as the third Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation—West. Upon the death of his brother, in 1819. Jolly became the fourth Principal Chief.

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The Capital of the Charokee Nation was named for Jolly’s brother and eventually the Capital was moved from Tahlonteeskee to Talequah. Tahlonteeskee is the oldest governmental capital in Oklahoma and is a ghost town on private land in Gore, Oklahoma today.

During Jolly’s term of office, the Cherokee Nation—West adopted a constitution establishing a tripartite government, much like that previously adopted by the Cherokee Nation—East. Jolly established a capital city, Tahlonteeskee, named in honor of his brother. That same year, most of the western Cherokee were moved from Indian Reserve areas in the Arkansas Territory to the newly established Indian Territory.

In his role as leader, Jolly frequently raised issues of security and treaty rights with both U.S. government officials in Washington D.C. and with Arkansas territorial authorities. Shortly after being named president, Jolly wrote to Arkansas governor George Izard in alarm over rumors that the governor was about to broach the subject of the sale of Cherokee lands in Arkansas. Jolly advised the governor that the Cherokee had no lands whatsoever that they wished to sell and that, furthermore, the U.S. government was in arrears in meeting its financial obligations left over from the previous treaty of 1817. For a decade, he used diplomatic means to fend off pressures from American settlers and government representatives to restrict Cherokee lands in Arkansas and eventually to force the Arkansas Cherokee to move again out of Arkansas and into Indian Territory.

During June and July, Houston visited in the region, served as Jolly’s representative at a conclave where he was unsuccessful in preventing a declaration of war between the Cherokee, Pawnee and Comanche, and wrote Jackson and others in the government on behalf of several of the tribes.

In August and September 1829, when Houston was prostrated with malaria, it seems clear that he at least briefly considered going to Natchez, Mississippi. He wrote Jackson: “Your suggestion on the subject of my location in Arkansas has received my serious attention, and I have concluded that it would not be best for me to adopt the course. In that Territory there is no field for distinction—it is fraught with factions; and if my object were to obtain wealth, it must be done by fraud and peculation upon the Government and many perjuries would be necessary to its effectuation!”

The following month, on October 31, 1829, Houston received his citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. While among the Cherokee, Houston wore native dress and allegedly refused to speak English. Houston’s attempt to use his Cherokee citizenship to avoid licensing as a trader, however, was rejected by the U.S. government.

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In the spring of 1829, Houston traveled to Washington DC as a representative of the Cherokee. It was at this time that Dr. Robert Mayo later claimed that Houston was organizing an expedition against Texas, having settled among the Indians in order to cloak his true intentions. Whatever the truth of this, Houston failed to get the contracts on which he bid, and he returned to Arkansas Territory in June 1830. He built a log house, “Wigwam Neosho,” took an influential Indian wife, “Talihina” Diana Rogers Gentry, and set up as a trader.

Between June 22 and December 8, Houston wrote a series of five articles for the Arkansas Gazette dealing with the status of the removed tribes and attacking the activities of their Indian agents, using the pen names “Tah-Lohn-Tus-Ky” and “Standing Bear.” These constitute the first defense of Native American rights and exposure of government corruption written by a well-known Westerner.

In December, Houston accompanied a second Cherokee delegation to Washington, meeting Alexis de Tocqueville on the way and becoming caught up in the speculation on Texas lands. His caning of Congressman William Stanbery for slanderous remarks concerning Houston and Indian contracts led to legal proceedings in Congress. Jackson asked Houston to treat with the Comanche, leading to Houston’s arrival in Texas in December 1832. It has been claimed that when Talihina refused to accompany him so Houston left her with the title to their house, property, and two slaves. He did, however, return again to the territory in May 1833 for a meeting between the Comanche and U.S. commissioners at Fort Gibson. After this fell through, Houston obtained a power of attorney from Talihina on June 27 and spent most of the rest of his summer in Hot Springs recuperating from an old shoulder wound.

Many of Houston’s basic attitudes were formulated during his sojourn in Arkansas Territory: “Houston’s contributions to the Indian administration are…among his most significant achievements. Reforms instituted in the Agency system…were basic and long-lasting. Treaties and agreements negotiated with Houston’s assistance provided a stable basis for Indian-White relations along the Southwestern frontier.” There is also recurring evidence for the premise that Houston’s accomplishments in Texas grew out of his initial plans for an Indian-backed empire.

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Houston was active in the Texas Revolution of 1835–36 and, as commander-in-chief of the Texan army, was responsible for the stinging Mexican defeat at San Jacinto and the capture of Santa Anna. As a result, Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and reelected in 1841 after a constitutionally required hiatus. When the republic was annexed to the Union in 1845, Houston served as one of the state’s first U.S. senators from 1846 to 1859. Defeated in a run for governor in 1857, he was elected to that office in 1859, and his name was even bruited about for president of the United States in 1860.

In 1861, following Texas’ secession from the Union, Houston and other officials were ordered to pledge their loyalty to the Confederacy. He wrote his “fellow citizens” that “in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled on” and “in the name of my own conscience and my own manhood…I refuse to take this oath.” Houston was peacefully removed from the governorship and died of pneumonia in Huntsville, Texas, on July 26, 1863 at age 70. Historians might simply say Sam Houston was a School Teacher who became Governor of Tennessee?

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Sam’s older brother John lived in Izard County for nine years and passed away in 1836 at age 46.

Thank you for reading.