Fake News

Regardless of the venue these days (internet, radio, television), too many have too much to say that isn’t based in fact or attached to even a semblance of reality.

It is as though the truth has no bearing in today’s society.

The Dems are ranting about “fake news” while enjoying years of the Onion, John Stewart, and Snopes not to mention openly lying to the public (Reid, Pelosi, Obama, the Clintons and Hands up don’t shoot, are just a few examples).

We are inundated with phrases like “free trade” and “crony capitalism” while being smothered in lies such as America was founded on “multiculturalism” or “diversity makes us stronger”.

As I have stated many times there are only two cultures in human behavior.

Freedom and Oppression.

The closer you are to one the further you are from the other.

The political “experts”or “think tanks” continue to crank out new jargon and the “press” repeat it until these amalgamations of verbiage become mainstream garbage consumed daily by the masses like trans fats or high fructose corn syrup.

Can anyone say “fact of the matter?”

It is a matter of fact and as a matter of fact trade isn’t free.

It is also impossible for capitalism (an economic system) to have cronies.

America was founded on Freedom not “diversity” and bigotry doesn’t make anyone or anything stronger.

The political “experts” aren’t, and someone needs to drain the tank, as the “thinkers” have drown, thanks to a lack of ethics.

I have to laugh at the Communists known as the Democratic Party.  They not only change their names faster than a diaper on a new born baby, the outcome is the same.

Both are full of fecal matter.

That’s probably why they do it.  They can’t stand the smell either.

As if that isn’t enough for the Democratic-Socialist/Liberal/Progressive/Pro-Palestinian Party they now want to choose labels for the other “side”.

Alt right is now the new Liberal slander for anyone who isn’t a supporter of CAIR, La Raza, Hamas, or Keith Ellison.

I’m probably being redundant with the aforementioned names.

I should have just said Anti-American.

How did we get here?

Some will argue our decline started with Reagan and his compassionate conservative (liberal) allowance of Amnesty number one and the first version of Obamacare that both took place in 1986.

Others will point to the murder of Kennedy and the rise of LBJ.

A few will push back even further and reference FDR as the tide turned away from rugged Individualism and into the arms of a growing “government” as “Democracy” followed its natural pathway into Tyranny.  (Socratic Theory)

All of these things have taken their toll on America but let us claw back even further.

Let us remind ourselves of a famous, or infamous court case, of which many Americans haven’t any knowledge or have forgotten, a long time ago.

Marbury versus Madison.

For the purpose of this column the inner workings of the case aren’t pertinent so I will make this portion short.

In any court case, one side wants something from the other, that the other does not want to relinquish.

As this was taking place only a couple of decades after the American Revolution, the United States Constitution was still being upheld by its original creators.

The concept of Aristotle’s three pronged governance had morphed into an American Legislative, Executive, and Judicial model (in that order), and as was originally intended, most of the authority and responsibility, was found in the Congress (Power of the Purse, Approval of War, Impeachment (House), Conviction and removal (Senate), etc.).

Although as children we are taught about the three “equal branches of government” the true check and balance was supposed to be between the House and the Senate.  The Executive Branch was supposed to make requests with which the Congress would approve of or not.  The Judiciary, until 1803, did not have the authority to supersede the other Branches.  Some will argue (I am among them) that they still do not have the Constitutional authority and is a major part of the reason we are in our current situation.

This column is specifically written for those struggling with this concept, who continue to repeat the mantra of the elected and appointed oligarchical mouthpieces, whom have usurped power from the People due to the Marbury v Madison decision.

Just because something is believed to be true doesn’t make it so.

Due to this usurpation from the People the Executive and Judicial Branches have become what the Founders feared.

Tyrannical figures.

John Roberts, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, are clearly recent examples of this.

Judicial decisions from an unelected human and Executive orders from those who would be King.

Washington himself warned of too much power at the Executive level, and although the States were united, each already had its own governance in place including Judiciary.

The concept of Decentralized Authority was to protect one State from another while requiring the Constitution, and only the Constitution, be the one shared document that must be enforced.

The “law of the land” and that each State must enforce not interpret nor recognize any other authority.

Again a land of law (justice through enforcement) not of men (selective interpretation).

As Marbury versus Madison unfolded Justice John Marshall wrote the opinion that Marbury had the right to petition the court, but the court didn’t have the authority to force the Federal government (Madison) to take action.

One man decided what was “legal” and then gained the approval of three others on the Supreme Court to render a 4-0 unanimous decision.

ONE MAN.

One man, who split multiple hairs, while bouncing back and forth between the concept of the Constitution and the concept of the Law, made a decision, knowingly or not, that opened the door for other men and eventually women to split different hairs in different fashions and render decisions that are not subject to the United States Constitution or even Constitutionally based.

An example of this is the behavior of John Roberts towards “Obamacare”.

The Creators of the United States Constitution, specifically James Madison (Marbury versus MADISON) did everything they could to take the positives from Socratic Theory and create a new system away from Democracy and its eventual decline into Tyranny.

A Constitutional Republic.

With one man’s opinion America was thrust back into Socratic Theory and continued on the path with which Plato attempted to warn us away.

Even worse it appears Marshall attempted to appease by giving both sides a victory and a defeat while ultimately elevating the power of the Judiciary above the other branches.

Marshall created an oligarchy of four that has currently doubled to eight and will soon return to nine.

I can hear the “think tanks” pacing and ranting right now.

You are wrong Jason.

Is that right?

Yes Jason that is right.

We are attorneys, professors, and Constitutional sch0lars.

We know more than you.

Okay then.

While you “thinkers” are wallowing in your own little vacuums of narcissism I will ask for assistance from an actual Constitutional scholar.

Please see the statement below made to Justice Marshall from THOMAS JEFFERSON.

“You seem to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps…. Their power [is] the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign WITHIN THEMSELVES.”

Just in case Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States was too eloquent for the Constitutional scholars of today I will briefly summarize.

Marshall was wrong.

Because of this decision American jurisprudence has been dominated by “a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which (has) place(d) us under the despotism of oligarchy”.

Socrates gave us a theory.

Plato an explanation.

Aristotle a model.

Madison and company created a new direction to embrace, encourage, and empower the Individual known as American that was then returned to Democracy and ultimately Tyranny by “judges [who] are as honest as other men, and not more so.  Their power [is] the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control.”

Despots.

Ask not what our country can do for you rather ask what has been done to our country.

In returning to our original premise, “fake news”, it is apparent to those with clear minds that the rationalization of behavior (Marshall) has always been part of the human condition.  Jefferson himself wrote glowingly of Freedom and Liberty yet owned other humans.  At best this is the height of intellectual hypocrisy and at worst a specimen without a soul.

As the evolution of the human animal took place in what is referred to as Western society each step created a better version of the last.  From Socrates to Plato to Aristotle to Jesus the concept of the Individual grew.  With Locke, Montesquieu, and Adam Smith the movement towards an understanding of Free Will became more mainstream.  Jefferson, Adams, and Madison pulled from these ideas to pen a Declaration heard around the world and a Constitution that moved the planet closer to personal responsibility through life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Abraham Maslow built upon these concepts and better explained the survival needs of the Homo Sapien while century old words of Shakespeare “to be or not to be” spread the idea of Being Human.

With all things in life each organism is getting “better” or getting “worse”.  Cycles begin and end through winter, spring, summer and fall,  birth and death, sunrises and sunsets.

Evolution of society implies positive growth.

Those with “fake news” need not apply.

Throughout time we’ve been given incredible models and those models became greater in scope because each wave of ethical intelligence required a better way of service to their fellow brothers and sisters.

New systems are needed now.  The evolution of the American is screaming for the next level of consciousness.

Let the Constitution continue to protect America, while those of us who can, push forward into this good night, requiring our presence and time here on the planet be fruitful in practice, beneficial to others, and so spectacularly curious that each of our imprints plant seeds, with which others, will be nourished.

Jason Kraus

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

Burning anything in public is against the law

Apathy is sadly rampant in America.

If not for technology, incredible distribution systems, and the giving of money and food through the generosity of the United States taxpayer, millions of Americans and illegals would no doubt starve to death.

In our last election almost half of the country couldn’t be bothered to vote.

Of those who did (roughly) fifty percent voted for a lying criminal/leader of an organized crime syndicate, soon to be indicted.

Return in a year and remember you heard it here first.

Three quarters of the population, too incompetent, indoctrinated, or incapacitated, to realize Oppression was about to consume the greatest beacon of Freedom ever known.

Fortunately the creators of our electoral system understood human behavior and layered in as many checks and balances as they could as long as the Rule of Law was still in place.

It was close.

Closer than most realize.

With seventy-five percent of the population ignoring reality, and tens of millions of illegals requiring reality fit their needs, it is imperative that the American Citizen grasp the concept of the TRUTH.

Let us use a statement made by the President-Elect to explain how many citizens are still willing to be lied to or “wagged by the dog”.

Donald Trump tweeted, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

Pseudo intellectuals, feigners of justice, and the bottom of the barrel (most lawyers) decried this statement as wrong, saying things like burning a flag is protected by the 1st Amendment or my favorite, Antonio Scalia said so.

That’s right.

Antonio.

TRUTH Number One.

The job of the Judiciary (all levels) is to enforce not interpret law and due to the bastardization of our Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches it is virtually impossible for “legal scholars” to even exist as the concept of the Rule of Law isn’t consistently enforced.

Tens of millions amnestied by Reagan and Clinton, and allowed to congregate again through Bush and Obama, provide a stark and very visible reality of rampant selective enforcement of law.

Laws only matter when enforced for all.

Scalia was wrong as were the other four simpletons who “interpreted” rather than enforced.

The 1st Amendment protects certain things.  Speech is one of these things.

The Constitutional Right of Free Speech is specific.  It affords absolute protection to the American Citizen from persecution or prosecution by all forms of government when a Citizen chooses to speak, write, sing, or even pantomime truth to power.

Of course while Oppression (the Obama Administration) controls the Justice Department, the Free Speech of many Americans continues to be removed or has been removed at the hands of Lois Lerner, John Koskinen, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch but to name a few.

TRUTH Number Two.

The exercising of the 1st Amendment does not allow or legally justify the ignoring or breaking of any other law.

Marching in the streets without a permit breaks or violates multiple laws, codes, etc., in every county, city, or town across America.

Burning the Flag of the United States, or any item for that matter, in public, violates many penal codes including potential arson, endangerment charges, and if all else fails, littering.

As citizens we have the legal right, and I would argue duty, to stop crime when and where we can.

The Federal Government has been ignoring or engaging in crime for decades.

Many in America are angry and because of this the pendulum has swung from the “Left” to the “Middle”.

It won’t stay here long.

Americans aren’t interested in coexistence, fair and balanced, multi-culturism, or Sharia Law.

We believe in earning our way, Free Will, Freedom, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

We are done with the tune in, turn on, drop out politicians of the Me Generation.

No more lies, no more drugs, and no more flying flags of other nations in our streets.

The Red White and Blue stands for Freedom and covers our fallen.

Two things real Americans will never let you burn.

Donald Trump is right.

Crime should have punishment and in a just system it does.

This much is a fact.

Actions always have reactions.

Always.

Newtonian Law.

If we won’t let you “tread on it” then burning isn’t even an option.

As sanity is restored to America I feel quite confident specific legislation will occur making any and all forms of desecration of the Stars and Stripes illegal.

Until that time, those of you who feel the need to continue to exercise your Free Will this way, take heed.

The exercising of Free Will works both ways and there are tens of millions of us MORE THAN WILLING to extinguish all enemy flames.

Scamper back to your basements and pray Lady Liberty always waves.

The day She doesn’t guarantees the removal of a lot of things including a “safe space” for you.

Jason Kraus

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

If you have the facts pound the facts.

I’ve discussed this in the past but it seems pertinent again.

One time during my youth I was engaged in an argument with a kid in the neighborhood.  I don’t remember the subject but as the argument turned I realized I was, wait for it, wrong.

Yes, it happens to the best of us once in a while, and the liberals (communists) all day long.

Now just because I knew I was wrong didn’t mean I was going to cave and give in.  I figured if I was learning something he might as well learn a lesson too.

At least that is what I told myself to soften the blow to my ego that I was indeed, wrong.

There is an old legal saying, “if you have the facts on your side, pound the facts.  If you have the law on your side, pound the law.  If you have neither on your side, pound the table.”

This would have fit perfectly as an explanation but as I wasn’t familiar with this particular aphorism as a youth….

I didn’t have the facts on my side, and the “law” was never part of the equation, so you can bet the house I was pounding on the table.

In fact I pounded so assuredly that my verbal nemesis started to waver.

That’s all I needed.

One crack in the glass, one chink in the armor to focus my barrage of feigned confidence on, while increasing the uncertainty in his mind.

With him reeling I threw my favorite verbal punch.

“I’ll bet you I am right,” I challenged.

Sometimes this works, straight out of the gate, and sometimes it needs a little help.  This particular time my one punch needed a second.

“I’ll bet you two bucks I’m right,” he said.

“Two bucks?” I scoffed putting on my best poker face.  “Stop wasting my time.  How about twenty bucks?”

“I don’t have twenty bucks,” was the answer.

I pushed forward. “If you are right it won’t matter.  I thought you said you were right?  Either you’re right or you’re not.  If you’re right make the bet.  You can’t lose.”  I paused for effect and then finished him off.  “Look I know I’m right.  You just think you are.”  I extended my arm (all bets had to be completed with a hand shake). “Take my hand I dare you.”

“Okay fine you are right,” came the dejected acquiescence.

I retracted my hand, smiled and said, “nope you were right the whole time you just let me talk you out of it.”

Welcome to today’s Media.

This isn’t a new concept.

For as long as humans have been competing to survive, the “media” has been feeding the masses information and misinformation, or more appropriately stated “lies, damn lies, and statistics”.

No one and I mean no one with a modicum of intelligence believes the unemployment rate is anywhere near five percent, that the Affordable Health Care Act is affordable and has anything to do with our health, or that CNN is actually a “news” organization.

Amerigo Vespucci had absolutely no role in the creation of the United States but it is a derivative of his name, America, that is known far and wide as the freest place in the world.  Much of this was due to the usage of the printing press and the wide circulation of “information”.

Benjamin Franklin created fictitious characters and their written verbiage who took both sides of political arguments and published  both views at opportune moments for himself or what he thought a worthy cause.  Again the printing press.

History books are written and rewritten by the “victors”.  Wars of the past are recreated by future generations to “spin” the story for many different reasons including entertainment and propaganda.

Television has replaced the printing press as the primary mover of “information” to the masses.  Yes the internet is coming on fast but too many in America these days would rather sit in front of the “idiot box” and be awashed in their “news”.

It’s why the majority of the country was “surprised” when Trump was elected.

Rather than gathering factual, relevant, and available information too many continued to sit in a stupor while the television waves rolled over them feeding them distortion and dishonesty while attempting to destabilize society in order to create an even greater “need” for government intervention.

Well groomed humans with nice hair and good teeth stared into the camera and repeated whatever someone in the production room typed into the teleprompter.

It’s why many liberals think Obama can give a good speech.  They are used to the continued drone of “reality TV”.

Remove the teleprompter and the vacuousness floats right to the top as the stuttering, pausing, and “uh or umms” create an incredible void even the starstruck cannot sensorially ignore.

In reality not much has changed.  Men and women much less virtuous than Franklin are still creating characters and giving them their thoughts, and actors like Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama keep getting Vespucci like credit for things in which they’ve done nothing.

The reason Hillary isn’t part of the aforementioned group is simple.  She couldn’t even read the teleprompter well.

On too many levels she is one bad actor.

The only thing we know about the press and our political “class” is this.

They know how to read.

So why do we bother listening to the “talking heads?”

The idea of “news” is that we are being given information that is not only factual but is also NEW.

The overall press in general is zero for two.

A while ago I wrote about a certain sports entertainment network that I stopped listening to because they stopped talking about sports.  It took them a while to catch on but with their ratings in the toilet, and reportedly hemorrhaging money, it shouldn’t be too much longer before they return to the reason millions originally tuned into them in the first place.

Why will they return?

They are losing money.

Why are they losing money?

We the viewers stopped viewing and listeners stopped listening.  It also might help to put people on the air that can speak coherently but another subject for another day.

We the “masses” hold all the cards.

If we want networks to give us the facts then we must stop watching those who continuously lie.

If we want newspapers and magazines to provide us the truth then we have to stop reading or “clicking” onto the garbage that is being printed or published on the internet.  Search engines like Yahoo and Google and interactive experiences like Facebook will all change their algorithms or provide us better content when we require they do so.

When we stop clicking on the absurd and start searching for the truth the Invisible Hand will start to work again.

A media revolution, for the first time ever, is available to each and every one of us!

Our choices are being measured and calculated by incredible technological systems.

It’s time we eat “good food”.

It’s time to watch, to read, to share specific truths that must take place in our pursuit of happiness.

Everything is available to you, to us, in a keystroke, a remote control press of a button.

It also time to stop eating the trash.  Garbage in garbage out.

One is not born with knowledge.  Knowledge must be obtained.  Currently there is no knowledge found in the alphabet soup of networks or newspapers save One America News.

The Nets aren’t Working.

There is nothing New in the Paper.

Your daily individual choices matter.

You have the power and authority to change the ever connected world directly from your couch.

Ignore the click bait titles from these putrid websites and networks.

Don’t bother to comment on their absurd rantings.

Simply turn the channel and watch how the world changes right in front of you…because of you.

A friend of mind called and asked what I thought of the “protests” specifically one that happened on a university campus approximately thirty miles from us.

I asked him how many students attended the university.

He said around thirty-five thousand.

I then asked how many were out protesting?

He said a couple hundred.

Less than one percent.

Frat parties have a better turnout.

However, according to the media, this sounds about right.

All of our problems can be blamed on the “one percent”.

Jason Kraus

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

Dear Liberals. We are Homo sapien sapiens. Stop with the bigotry.

When one “grows up” with red hair and freckles, labels, aren’t kind.  Of course after a few “skirmishes” the label changed from a negative to a warning about red heads and tempers.

I’ve always thought that to be a funny “label” as well.

I don’t have a temper.

As long as I am left alone I am the sweetest person on the planet.

Just ask me.

However if someone is doing something they shouldn’t I feel an obligation to stop them.

Again I don’t have a temper.

I am simply willing to engage and stop the behavior of someone being detrimental to me or others.

I have a label for this.

I call it a responsible American.

Decades ago I was one of hundreds of students packed into an auditorium for a prerequisite of which the title I have long forgotten.  The professor however I remember very well.  She stood at the podium and spoke eloquently for almost an hour.  As I do not remember the class I cannot state she said anything that I currently carry with me.  It was a comment from her that remains.  Part of the class was a written paper due at the end of the trimester.  I decided to write mine on labels and how damaging they were and are to a free society.

Political parties such as Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, etc. are not evolving groups.

They are negative derivatives of the greatest country in the history of man.

The only word synonymous with America is Freedom.

When one has the privilege and honor to be able to call themselves an American only the short sighted would choose Republican.

Only the naive would choose Libertarian.

Only the uneducated would choose Democrat.

My written document acquiesced to specific labels being an intricate part of society.  Having first and last names are incredibly important to communication.  Labels of primary needs are important for survival.  Nations have labels as well.

We as humans (regardless of skin color/geographical proximity to the sun) have a specific label.

Homo sapien sapien.

In my paper about the negatives of labeling I rhetorically and sarcastically asked my professor why every person who received a PhD all amazingly had the same first name.

Doctor.

What happened to their individuality? What happened to their modesty?

I received an A minus on the paper (no explanation on the minus) and a note that was complimentary, humorous and egocentric.

The professor said, “you’ll understand when you get yours.”

I gave her a “book” and she ate the pages.

It’s time to address the bigoted labeling that has been allowed to start, grow, and fester.

The terms Hispanic or Latino are both examples of bigoted labeling and color profiling never mind they are completely false.

Mexico is a nation.

Humans from Mexico are Mexicans just like humans from America are Americans.  Cuba are Cubans, Guatemala Guatemalans, Honduras Hondurans.  To attempt to push all of these nationalities together and label them Hispanics or Latinos is false on so many levels.  It is also skin color bigotry.

I am an American.  I do not allow the media, politicians, or liberals to label me in anyway.

I am not white, educated or not, a Republican or a Democrat.

America First.  AMERICAN ONLY.

Another example of this is the term Native American.  This is completely false and again skin bigotry as the individuals that Liberals are trying to pigeonhole already have two specific legal labels to choose from.

They have American and whatever their specific sovereign nation is called.

Again they are not Native Americans or Indians.

They are Choctaw, Apache, Seminole, Yurok, Karuk, Hoopa, etc. and they will proudly tell you so.

I have been told I carry some DNA from the Kickapoo Nation.  Whether this is true or not I have no idea but I reference this to make a point.

If I am Kickapoo I would never accept the label of Native American or an Indian.

First it is false.

Second it is disrespectful to the Kickapoo Nation.  If I am Kickapoo and have pride in my Nation being called an Indian or Native is condescending.

If I was a Mexican I would never allow anyone to call me an Hispanic or Latino.

First it is false.  Second it is disrespectful to the Nation of Mexico.  If one is a Mexican and has pride in their country being called a Latino or especially an Hispanic is a slap in the face.

Other examples of this bigotry are Irish-American, Italian-American, African-American and Asian-American.

Ireland and Italy are nations.  There may be some that have an Irish father and an American mother or vice versa but that still doesn’t make one an Irish-American.

It means you have dual citizenship or citizenship in two countries.

American AND Irish.

Africa and Asia are continents.  To pretend that every human from these areas all look the same (or that it matters) is pure stupidity.

There are humans with different color skin living all over these regions.

This absurdity primarily exists in one place.

The Liberal Progressives (Communists) squatting in the United States.

There isn’t one Hispanic in Mexico.  They are Mexicans regardless of skin color.

There isn’t one African in Nigeria.  They are Nigerians regardless of skin color.

There aren’t any Asians in Russia.  They have Communists in Russia but not any Asians.

The Olympics are a perfect example of this.

I have never witnessed a Latino compete in the Olympics.  I have seen Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Hondurans all flying their flags but not once have I seen a flag for Hispanics.

I’ve watched the Chinese, Japanese, and Russians compete for their nations but I’ve never heard an Asian national anthem sung.

I’ve watched Ethiopians, Nigerians and Egyptians proudly give their all for their countries but I’ve never seen an African awarded a medal.

This is because it is all falsehoods created by soulless creatures whom belong to nothing.

Misery does love company.

America is the greatest beacon of liberty in the history of the world.

If one is given the opportunity to be a citizen of the United States you should thank God, pinch yourself to make sure you aren’t dreaming, and then show the upmost respect to the men and women who have fought and died to uphold the only word in the English language synonymous with Freedom.

Being a citizen of these United States and choosing a label other than American is the same as holding four aces and calling them two pair.

One certainly could but why?

Free Will allows for this warped view.

Freedom does not.

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

Time to remove Liberalism…Permanently.

A few years ago I sat quietly in a large room filled with Americans listening to a speaker.  The topic was the state of our country and what was taking place under the Obama regime.  The speaker wasn’t passionate but entertaining in his own right as he walked through his thoughts.  He covered a few things that wasn’t new information to me and then dove into a story.

Apparently he’d been invited to attend a seminar by a friend and one of the speakers started giving a lecture about the virtues of Communism, if I remember correctly, in Texas.

Yes Communism in Texas.

Of course after watching millions of people vote for Hillary Clinton, in Texas, maybe something is going on in the Lonestar State of which I am unaware.

Then again I live in California so glass houses and round objects need not apply.

The speaker was shocked that this verbiage was not only allowed but encouraged.  His friend stated that America had done an excellent job after WWII explaining the horrors of Nazism but had allowed Communism to permeate and grow.

“We cannot expect Americans to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans doses of Socialism until they suddenly awake to find out they have Communism.”  This statement was reportedly made by Nikita Khrushchev although some doubt it was ever said.

Fair enough.

Let us remove the possibility of it being said by Khrushchev and simply focus on the words.

“We cannot expect Americans to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find out they have Communism.”

Sound familiar?

Can anyone say “Democratic Socialism”?

“Progressive Liberals” make statements like “that isn’t your business, you didn’t build that” or your kids aren’t yours they “belong to whole communities”.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, CommonCore, EPA, Federal Reserve.

I just covered housing, medical, retirement, education, energy and our CURRENCY.

All run top down by the Federal Government while extracting trillions of dollars from the citizenry.

Hundreds of “experts” that are corrupt to the core and/or incredibly incompetent making decisions for hundreds of millions.

The concept of Communism or the idea that political elites know everything and dictate to the rest of us isn’t a new one.

It’s Socratic Theory.  Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and finally leading to Tyranny.

It’s why educated souls never use the term Democracy to describe America.

First it is factually wrong.  We are by definition a Constitutional Republic.

Second we don’t want anything that leads to Tyranny.  At least those of us who value Freedom do not.

Yet we hear politicians and the media talking about Democracy and Progressive Liberalism as though they are a good thing virtually everyday.

They are either propagandists or ignorant beyond the pale.

Regardless, just like Communism, we have allowed this verbiage to go unchecked for decades.

This stops now.

We must repudiate Liberal Progressivism all day everyday.  The term Liberal, Progressive, or Democratic Socialist must be hammered every time we as Americans hear it uttered.

It must be met with scorn and disgust and not to be allowed off the hook.

Liberal is the exact opposite of Liberty.

There is no progress in Progressive.

Only incredible regression.

Words matter and this prose has more in common with Fascism and Communism than anything else.

These words must become such an embarrassment that they are removed from the American lexicon.

The Liberal Progressive movement is antithetical to Freedom and anti-American.

Those that practice this ignorance believe in Democracy and mobs, not a Constitutional Republic and the Individual.

There must be no compassion, no leniency, and no angst in the removal of this form of cancer.

Liberal Progressivism has given us George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and almost a second Clinton.

It has given America anarchy in the streets, soul crushing debt and never ending war.

It affords Constitutional Rights to illegals while Americans are stripped of theirs.

Liberals have joined with La Raza (The Race), CAIR (Muslim Brotherhood) and Black Lives Matter (Supporters of Hamas).

All bigoted hate groups.

The liberal progressive Barack Obama likes to tell us “who we are not”.

It is time to embrace WHO WE ARE.

We are Americans.  Born and bred under the colors of the Red, White, and Blue.  We are sons and daughters of the most loyal, compassionate and fiercest human to have ever been created under God.

We don’t allow anyone to tell us “who we are not”.

We roar from coast to coast through the Rocky Mountains and Midwestern prairies and are bordered by incredible oceans from East to West.

We expect nothing that hasn’t been earned by our own hands and will not tolerate those who will not use their hands to climb the ladder.

The Pursuit of Happiness is purely an American ideal that requires positive action not mind numbing drones marching in the streets who live under the protection of the American Lion.

We are a compassionate people but we are well past tolerance.  It’s time for the parasitic hyenas to pay for their sins upon the greatest country in the history of man.

From this moment forward the label of Liberal Progressive must be called what it really is.

Fascism or in one word…Commie.

As we move forward in the reclamation and restoration of OUR country a huge thank you must be given to one citizen.

A man who covered the nation literally with his presence.  A man who never bowed, never broke.

A man who is neither a Republican or a Democrat.  A man who is an American.

We thank you President-Elect Trump and just like you we are chomping at the bit.

So let the horses run and the lions roar.

America is almost free again.

Let the work begin.

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

MAKE IT COUNT

As this will be my last column before America officially decides which path to take (Tyranny or Freedom) I thought it pertinent to express appreciation to and for the person who has given Americans a very real chance of regaining our country.

The man who has reclaimed the idea of “hope” from the clutches of the ignorant and “change” from their grip of stupidity.

The individual who knows we have 50 States, not 57, because he’s actually been to all of them.

The  citizen who has spent over 100 million dollars of his own money to make America Great Again.

The process of living the life of a billionaire has to be dramatically more enjoyable than running for the office of President of the United States.

Before this venture started Oprah, Sharpton and the Clintons all called him wonderful things.

Millions of television watchers loved the Donald.

Now because he told the TRUTH they call him a racist, xenophobic bigot who hates women, children, and puppies.

They imply he is a communist and a warmonger.

I guess this is an improvement.  Mitt Romney was actually called a dog abusing, tax cheating MURDERER.

The “Free Press” has circled him like sharks with blood in the water while the Democratic-Socialist-Progressive-Liberals (Communism) brought out the old game plan of Scorched Earth.

They just didn’t realize that not only were they dealing with a different deck they in fact weren’t dealing at all.

This time standing in front of them was someone who laughed when they tried to go “low” and basically said you better have more than that…I’m from Queens.

No, Donald Trump wouldn’t have won the previous election, nor the one before that or the one before that.

This however is the perfect time for the brutally spoken man who appears unable to stop any thought he may have from escaping his lips.

This is the most opportune time for the brash New Yawk brawling state of mind.

This is the time for bare knuckles, no holds barred and the taking of no prisoners.

It’s time for New Hampshire to Live Free or Die and the Gadsden flag bearers to start doing the “treading”.

It’s time for the Show Me State of Missouri to proclaim they’ve seen enough and for Oklahoma to be Sooner before it’s too late.

It’s time for Washington to live up to its namesake, California to reclaim her Republic and the Brexit States known as Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to shake off the rust and rise up!

It’s time for Massachusetts  to show us that “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty” still exists on Plymouth Rock.

It’s time for Texans to be…Texans.

It’s time for Oregon to roar, the Dakotas to soar, and for Florida to give us a reason to happily drink mojitos on a very specific Tuesday night.

It’s time for warrior poets, gardening guerrillas, and Men who need not more than a Minute.

America is in peril and as such it is time to stop defending ourselves.

The time now is to ATTACK.

Your vote is your voice.  It is your one bullet that must be fired in order to be free.  It is time to release 100 million American Snipers with a direct order.

One shot one kill and put the traitor down.

Stand straight, stand tall, and make it count.

Ready, steady, aim…VOTE  !!!

Jason Kraus

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

 

Freedom is up to you.

As this Presidential cycle comes to fruition I’ve heard and read ideas that have provoked thought, others that have been covered in pure ridiculousness and finally the rantings of disgustingly outright dishonesty.

Sordid affairs, criminal collusion and the ignorance that allows this part of human behavior to occur, has been on full display.

Through this a comment was made that drew my attention.  “God is on Donald Trump’s side.”

It reminded me of the famous Lincoln quote “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side;  my greatest concern is to be on God’s side….”

It’s really a wonderful statement in that Lincoln understood his own fallibility as well as duty while giving credit to a “higher power”.

It is an incredibly important measurement of honorable leadership.  The giving of credit AND the taking of blame.

It is the purity of the knowledgeable, to appreciate the gift of Free Will in one hand, while embracing its responsibility, in the other.

So let us be knowledgeable.

Tens of millions in America have lost their way.

Too many have cast off humility as though it is a weighted stone, not a pillar of society, and embraced the beating of their own chests.  Too many believe it is their “right” to ask for or demand things because “they can”.

Too many believe they are the “higher power”.

I have never been a God fearing man.

For those of you who have read Late Bird you know I don’t see the “Big Fella Upstairs” as vengeful.

I believe in a loving God that has given us Free Will and the ability to use it in any manner we decide.

Whether one believes in God, or not, doesn’t remove Free Will from the equation as “belief” in a “higher power” or not, is a practice of…Free Will.

I’ve also had plenty of experiences that I’ve felt were wrong or unjust.  This is not “God’s Will” nor should the blame be laid at the feet of a higher power.

Those that commit acts of aggression or apathy are the ones responsible for such action(s).

It’s called Personal Responsibility or lack thereof.

These actions will continue to increase due to a lack of consequences, not because the “Big Fella Upstairs” is angry.

I don’t profess to speak for God, or attach human qualities, but if I had to my guess is, if God is up there looking upon human activity, the most common emotion to fulfill his day, would be sadness.

Sadness that we have been given so much knowledge but seem never to learn.

Over the years I’ve had plenty of conversations about what happens after our time here is over.

A friend of mine who’d seen combat told me decades ago “there’s nothing after this Jason, we go back into the ground.”

A female Sunni Muslim told me one time “good acts” are the key to the afterlife.  When I asked her if there were “72 virgins” awaiting her arrival she said she wasn’t sure.  Because we were having a pleasant chat I also inquired as to why she was covered head to toe but the men were not.  Seemed unfair to me.  She looked at me for a few seconds and said “you’re right”.

Yes, I know.

I’ve discussed Buddhism with many and their view of Nirvana and Rebirth.  The concepts of Siddhartha Gautama are interesting but the one thing that drew my attention was and is its practice in oppressive Communist China.

Perhaps a discussion for another day.

The two most important concepts to me, in regards to Jesus, are the simple yet powerful ideas to love God and love one another.

Sounds like the answer to every human related behavioral issue on the planet.  This leads me to a conversation I’ve had a few times over the years.

It usually goes something like this:

Jason: Yes I believe in Jesus.  No I do not call myself a Christian.

Friend: How can you believe in Jesus but not call yourself a Christian?

Jason:  How can you not believe in him?  Jesus is the only one I am familiar with that the entire planet changed the measurement of time over.

Friend:  Measurement of time?

Jason:  BC, Before Christ, AD, Anno Domini, In the year of the Lord.  Every nation around the world regardless of religious views recognizes the current year as 2016…AD.

Friend:  Another reason to be a Christian.

Jason: Okay let me get this straight.  If we both exit the planet at the same time and arrive at the gates of Heaven, St. Peter is going to give me the stop sign and wave you on through…according to you.

Friend:  Yes.

Jason:  And that is okay with you.

Friend:  Of course it isn’t. That’s why I want you to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Jason:  I appreciate that.  Let me ask you this.  I have known plenty of criminals who have abused men, women, and children and claimed to have found Jesus.  Because of this they will be heading through with you while I will be left with the alternative?

Friend:  Yes.

Jason:  Again I can appreciate your concern although if the abusers are getting through I don’t think this is the place for me but let me try and explain the way I see this.  If we both arrive together you have already stated you are going through while I am being stopped right?  Maybe you’ll give me a little wave or something but once we arrive it’s every man or woman for themselves yes?

Friend:  Yes.

Jason:  Okay.  This is the way I see it.  If we get to the gates and St. Peter waves you through I’ll wish you well and deal with whatever is coming my way.  However, let’s say we get to the gates and Pete sees us coming and instead of you getting the green light…I am.  Who knows why?  Maybe the rules changed, maybe Pete’s just having a bad day.  Regardless I get a big “attababy” or “well done son come on home” while you are told there is “no room at the inn.”  If this were to happen I’d stop at the gate and say “I appreciate it Pete, I really do, but it’s either both of us…or none of us.  There is no way the loving God I know is leaving anyone at the gate and neither am I.”

Shoulder to shoulder.

My fellow Americans.

My greatest concern is not whether God is on our side.  My greatest concern is whether we are on the side of the Big Fella Upstairs.

The side of virtue and tenacity, grace and perseverance, compassion and critical thinking.

God has blessed these United States.

Freedom is up to us.

Freedom is up to me.

Freedom is up to you.

In for a penny, in for a pound.

Jason Kraus

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

Socrates was clear. Democracy ends in Tyranny

The job was titled Outdoor Wilderness Counselor.  As “basecamp” was located in the Northern tip of Idaho it was indeed outdoor and in the wilderness which was fine with me as I’d grown up in the mountains of Northern California.  For those of you who’ve read Late Bird you will recognize this setting and “uncomfortably” remember the usage of the “stump”.

I was tasked with teaching a workshop to a collection of the teenagers in camp.  Handed a small folder I perused the material I was to cover over the next hour.  The kids, glad to be out of the elements for a bit, gathered in the canvas covered area and although happy to not be sitting on stumps, were still not pleased with their current predicament.

None of them were there by choice.  In front of me sat a collection of teenagers that would laugh with scorn at today’s millennial.

They knew not micro in regards to aggression and in all reality only knew abuse.

Staring at me now with glazed eyes were the survivors of physical, sexual and emotional trauma.  Many had traded their bodies for drugs.  Some for security.  Others had used their fists, legs, teeth and fingernails to ensure their own survival.

I taught from the material for about ten minutes and then made an adjustment.  First, there was nothing in the material that was going to open their eyes and as entertaining as I am I couldn’t make that stuff work.

Second, I knew I had information that would interest them and provide them a porthole if they so chose to gather more information down the road.

I put the text down and asked a simple question.  “What is the most important thing to your survival?” Heads popped up.  Backs straightened.  The frozen glaze started to soften.

I asked again “What is the most important thing to your survival?”

Although I had their attention no one seemed to have an answer.

“Come on guys this isn’t a trick.  You are smart young men and women. Think about it.”

After a couple wisecracks of “beer” and “pot” the room sat quietly until a hand was raised.

I nodded. “Go ahead.”

“Love?” was the response in more of question than an answer.

If you care about people in general and specifically children it was a heartwarming and heartbreaking answer all rolled into one.

I nodded and said softly “Great answer but let me ask you this.  Have you had a lot of love in your life?”

“No,” came the answer.

“Are you feeling any love right now?” I inquired.

“No,” was the response.

“Are you still alive?”

“Yes.”

“Again great answer but really think about it.  If you haven’t had love in your life and you are still surviving then love isn’t the most important element to your survival.”

It became silent in the room again as they sat quietly, their minds working.  For thirty seconds all the pain, fear and frustration was gone as actual thinking took over.  Synapses were firing, blood was flowing.  The art of Thought was happening.

Of course the answer is water, and after given the answer, affirmative comments and head nods happened around the room as they immediately knew they were receiving facts.  (Do not send me emails about oxygen)

More importantly they were willing to accept facts and make adjustments to their views.  Abused, desperate children willing to look beyond their own situations and LEARN.

Something, according to the press, registered adult Democrats seem unable or unwilling to do.

I am willing to grant many Democrats do not understand nor can define Democracy.  What I find pathetic is the national media pushing the story line that “educated voters” are primarily Democrats and support Hillary Clinton.

No one who actually has an EDUCATION would ever support Democracy nor be willing to repeat the lie that the United States is one.  In fact by making these statements they are proving themselves to be decidedly uneducated.

Let me try and be concise.  We’ve all heard of Socrates and Plato although sadly too many are only familiar with Socrates because of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and as stated in the past, too many adults think Plato comes in a can.

Socrates was Plato’s teacher and is considered one of the original voices of western philosophy.

Through Plato’s writings the world was introduced to Aristocracy, which then becomes Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and finally Tyranny…in that order.

For the purpose of this column let us focus on the term Democracy and its inevitable arrival, BY DEFINITION, at Tyranny.

No Liberals.  Bernie Sanders and Dan Rather aren’t smarter than Socrates and Plato.  Bernie and Dan would struggle with Barney and Fred.

Of course I can hear Liberals heads exploding as they read this and start to bloviate a wide variety of nonsensical verbiage including the attacking of, wait for it, Socrates and or Plato.

People people!  It’s his/their theory that you have embraced.  They named it Democracy.  You call yourselves Democrats. It’s not their fault you didn’t finish the story.  The one that ends in Tyranny.

It’s not my fault you have chosen to brand yourselves with a mark of stupidity. Not only is no one forcing this upon you, I provide weekly columns on the depravity and disease known as the Democratic Party.

Sadly these “educated” souls, that the press keep mentioning, haven’t any actual education at all.

Politicians simply wash rinse and repeat jargon like Progressive, Liberal, or the new one, Democratic Socialism, and the “educated Democrats” slop it up like pigs at a trough.

Similar qualities can be found at any local sports bar where grown men, who don’t know anything about football, run around with Jerry Rice jerseys on their backs.

Fortunately through Plato’s writings the concept of a Republic was established.

Due to space and time constraints I will fast forward.

The construction of a Republic continued to grow as humans evolved and grasped the idea and possibility of Individual Freedom.

The historical arrival of Jesus furthered the concept of not only the Individual but of Individual Responsibility.

Centuries later Adam Smith used the term “the invisible hand” to explain how the individual was of greater benefit to society by striving to fulfill their own dreams or passions.

This proclamation was quickly followed by a band of “patriots” in the New World where individuals living in Thirteen Colonies decided their freedom was more important than anything else.

With a Declaration of Independence an historic war began that would forever shape the world.

As “Don’t Tread On Me” flags were flown, statements such as “Give me liberty or give me death” and “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” were made by individuals practicing their independent Free Will.  Through the sacrifice of life and limb the greatest beacon of Individual Freedom known as The United States was formed and thus created the need for a document.

A written document known as the United States Constitution.

Through debate, arguments specifically against Democracy and even insults, the culmination of millenniums of human behavior, specifically focused on Individual Freedom and Personal Responsibility, created the Constitutional Republic.

Democracy is about the majority over the minority which Socrates stated leads to Tyranny.

A Constitutional Republic guarantees the rights of the Individual protected by the Rule of Law.

A simple way to verify that Americans implicitly understand the difference (although many cannot explain or appreciate) is the usage of the word Rights.

No one ever states they have Democratic Rights.

It is always Constitutional Rights.

Furthermore for those who like to argue, Article 4, Section 4, requires each State to have a Republican form of government.

The word Democracy was purposely left out of the Constitution as many of the framers, including James Madison, argued vehemently against it.

This was an educated man.

For those who continue to wear the scarlet D one need not wonder anymore why the Donkey is their moniker.

Then again why disparage the donkeys.

Eeyore isn’t to blame.

Lack of an education is, or an even greater concern, lack of a soul.

Jason Kraus

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

WORDS ARE BETTER THAN FISTS

It was a Friday night (late 80’s) in Grass Valley, California.  I was a senior in high school and a friend of mine suggested we attend a party being thrown at a house where someone’s parents were out of town.  I wasn’t much of a “partier” as I didn’t drink alcohol or do drugs, but aside from school, the “parties” were where the girls could be found.

So to the party we went.

It was your typical soiree with too many teenagers doing too many stupid things like drinking beer and wine coolers.  Yes wine coolers were “all the rage” back then. My buddy and I weren’t there long, before another reason I didn’t crash too many parties, arrived.

Testosterone fueled males looking to impress the ladies.

Now for those of you who have read Late Bird you know fighting was part of my adolescence.  Sometimes it went my way. Sometimes it didn’t.  I learned very early that if someone was messing with you to hit first, hit hard.

I was also one that never held a grudge.

Once the fight was finished, as far as I was concerned, the problem was solved.

Sadly too many who get their egos crushed feel the need to “come back for more”.

I digress.

Because this story isn’t about this particular fight I am going to condense.  Someone I did not know had a problem with me. I addressed the problem in a way that was unsatisfactory to them.  My friend and I left the party.  Again as far as I was concerned the issue was over.

The next week in school the aggrieved individual and his friends offered to rearrange parts of my body and made comments in general that in this day and age would not be considered “micro aggressions”.

One of the aggrieved party’s friends was a big, strong,  blond, tough guy (we’ll call him Steve) that I didn’t know and had never had any problems with.

He stared at me as I squared off with two of them at a basketball game.  The conversation was brief.  A word that rhymed with buck and chuck attached to you was shared a few times back and forth.  Fortunately aside from profanity and threats nothing happened.

Two on one isn’t the best odds especially if you are the one.  Much more on this subject later.

You see sometimes life has an interesting way of making a nemesis a very real friend.

Let us fast forward about a year.  I’d just finished my first year of college baseball and was playing in an all-star game that encompassed the best players in our district and then traveled to Sacramento to play other all-star teams from different districts.

One thing about Grass Valley and the surrounding towns that made up our district.

The citizens supported their sports teams.

This all-star game happened in the middle of day and during the week, but the “mountain folk” as we were called, traveled well and were there to cheer us on.

This was the only game I can remember that my father didn’t attend.  He made all the others but couldn’t get this day off.  Looking back on it I believe this was divine intervention because had he been there I have no doubt, some of the fans of the other team, wouldn’t have made it home.

We were matched up that day with a district that was made up of what is today referred to as “urban”.

It was the “city” kids against the “mountain” kids and the stands were packed with adults cheering on each side.

I always thought the “euphemisms” were kind of funny.  We all knew “city” meant black and brown and “mountain” meant white and the stands were filled that way.

So were the teams.

Skin color never mattered to me in any way and athletics was no different.  Whether my opponents were black, white, brown or blue didn’t matter because I ALWAYS thought I was the best player on any diamond on which I stepped.

The better my opponents the harder I competed.  This happens when you HATE TO LOSE and are willing to dedicate yourself to something in pursuit of excellence.

Before the game even started, fans on both sides were yelling comments onto the field and eventually at each other.  The umpires were getting tense as the language was filled with profanity, primarily from the city crowd.

Someone on the city side brought a drum and they were beating the living tar out of it.

I have to admit, aside from the profanity and threats, I LOVED the environment.

You could smell the competition, right along with the newly cut grass and pine tar.

Wonderfully, in the middle of it all, was I.

Early in the game I drove a fastball over the left field fence and as I rounded the bases a wide variety of slurs were hurled at me.

If you can think it, it was said.

I actually started laughing coming around third and took my time in reaching home.  The fans were the worst.  Only one other time during the rest of my career did I ever experience anything close and that happened at Fresno State.

One of the more memorable lines from the probably drunken crowd at Bulldog University was from a young woman who screamed “you ain’t got nothing down there!” when I adjusted my cup in between pitches.

To be fair I may have slightly turned my hips and aimed my “adjustment” in their overall direction but after innings of listening to their opinions about my genetic makeup and sexual prowess/persuasion, I thought I’d give them a little “hat tip”.

Back to the story.

The next inning one of the “city” kid’s hit a towering home run to center field.  It might still be going.  Now remember I took my time rounding THIRD.  This joker still hadn’t hit first base and was one flap down Jeffrey Leonard style screaming at the top of his lungs “DING DONG! DING DONG!”

Jogging back to shortstop I started screaming at him to “shut the f*&k up!”

He passed within a few feet of me, and although I was boiling, I doubt he even heard me as the “DING DONG” kept getting louder.

The city fans were screaming their delight and the drum was being beaten…well like a drum.

The noise was incredible, the ranting, spitting, and screaming was at a peak (or so I thought) and again, aside from the threats, and the profanity (yes I realize I was part of the profanity problem) it was AWESOME!

Looking back on it the DING DONG wasn’t something I would have done but I have to admit I am smiling as I remember that moment.

Fast forward a couple of innings and things had gotten tight.

The score had gone back and forth but their pitcher was getting tired and my guess is they didn’t have anyone else they thought could get the job done.  He gave up the lead, became frustrated and drilled our next hitter.  It happens.  He started to throw a temper tantrum on the mound and drilled our next hitter which loaded the bases.  I was having quite a day and I guess their coach didn’t want to take a chance that he was about to witness a grand slam because he pulled his pitcher as I walked to the plate.

As the new pitcher warmed up, their center fielder jogged into the infield and stood around third base staring at me. I was standing on their side of the diamond watching their new pitcher warmup as I am right handed.  I’m not really sure what or why he decided to remind me of my skin color (not that that wasn’t happening all day) but he lit into every word imaginable including the one that rhymes with bigger.

I had my 34 31 Easton in my hands and with a head nod waved him in and said,”come on down.”  He did what most “tough guys” like to do and walked INTO his third basemen while pretending to be held back. When the pitcher was ready to go the center fielder stopped with his “hold me back” program and jogged to the mound, pointed at me and said something to the new pitcher.

Now remember.  This entire day was filled with threats, profanity and our last two hitters had just been beaned.

I glanced back at the home plate umpire and said,”blue, if this guy hits me we’re gonna have a problem.”

The old guy working the dish looked exhausted.  He’d had both sides screaming at him and had also received comments about his melanin level when calls didn’t go a certain way.  He didn’t even lift his mask.  He just looked at me and said, “son, you do what you gotta do.”

In all my experience in athletics I’d never had an official say anything like that and it has never happened since.

The poor old guy was through.  “Son you do what you gotta do.”

Now for a rule follower like myself this was a green light.

Of course even if he’d said nothing, if their pitcher drilled me, “we were gonna have a problem.”

As the pitcher went into his windup I braced for a fastball to be thrown at my head.   The pitch left his hand and bounced in front of the plate.

“Strange,” I thought as the catcher threw the ball back.

The pitcher toed the rubber and threw his second pitch.

Again, right in the dirt in front of home plate.

“That’s weird,” I thought.

Pitch number three same spot.

I stepped out of the batters box  and finally realized what was about to happen.

Pitch number four drilled me squarely in the back and he threw it as hard as he could.

For those of you who haven’t been smoked by a pitch it isn’t pleasant and when you know it is on purpose…well….

I took three steps towards first base and then took a hard left and sprinted to the mound.  The fight was on.

When you are first to a baseball brawl things usually don’t go very well.  I ended up on the bottom of the pile with my arms wrapped around the necks of two opposing players and yes I was squeezing with everything I had.

It didn’t take long though for all the oxygen to be gone and the panic to set in as I could feel myself being smothered.  Just as things were going dark multiple bodies were removed from my chest and both of my arms were ripped back freeing the others.

I inhaled deeply as I was lifted from the ground and then escorted to our dugout where I was informed I was being thrown out of the game.

The two players I’d had at the bottom of the pile were screaming and yelling that they were going to kill me.

This language earned their removal as well.

I was escorted off the field by District officials, and walked to the parking lot, by one of my teammate’s father and older brother.  Unfortunately this wasn’t a well laid plan as leaving wasn’t an option as we had to wait for my teammate, their son and brother.

We decided to return to the field.

That was a mistake.

The two other ejected players and their families had apparently been held back and when they saw little ol’ me…they lost their minds.

I was standing in my sliding shorts, socks, a shirt and had a necklace on.  As I looked up the stands emptied.

In my direction.

The father of my teammate grabbed my bat, jumped in front of me and then tackled the first attacker.

His son tackled the next one.

The rest was up to me.

I don’t know how many of you have ever experienced a mob of insanity running towards you screaming, that they are going to “kill you”, but I strongly suggest you try and not have this experience.

It isn’t pretty.

I was knocked down three times, had my shirt ripped off my body, necklace gone forever and had a massive goose egg on the back of my head where I think I was kicked while fighting on the ground.

I was told later that one of the mother’s was arrested for pulling a knife.

As I fought back the third time to my feet the punches and kicks had subsided.  Standing in front of me now were OUR fans.

This probably kept me from ending up in the hospital or worse.

As I stood there half naked, bleeding from the mouth, snarling unintelligible things, I noticed a big strong blond kid to my right pushing back two adult men whom were both bigger than he.

I heard him say, “that’s my friend…now back the f*&k up!”

It was Steve.

That was almost thirty years ago and I still remember Steve standing there like it was yesterday.

I was getting the tar beat out of me and into the fray stepped a young man who knew what was happening was wrong.

He knew he didn’t have to put himself in harms way but he did anyway.

Did I care, that at one time, Steve had said some horrible things to me.

NO.

Did I care that in the past Steve had chosen a different side than myself.

NO.

I was in trouble and Steve stepped in, defended me and bought me enough time to GET BACK UP AND INTO THE FIGHT.

Sound familiar?

It should.

The United States is at a cross roads.

The election of Hillary Clinton will remove all semblance of the Rule of Law.

Eventually millions of us are going to decide that we will not be dictated to.

That we will not be lied to.

That we all follow the laws or none of us follow the laws.

This will cause tremendous pain for you, for me, for America.

Something none of us want.

Without the electorate choosing a new direction the writing is on the wall.

The needs of the Human have been the same since the dawn of man.

Water, food, shelter, SECURITY, the need to belong.

You don’t have to like Steve, but he is the only one standing in front of us, taking hits that he doesn’t have to be taking.

He is speaking truth to power and getting crushed.

While we are trying to get back up from the beating, Steve is pushing the abusers back, giving us time to regroup.

Steve’s language was profane.  So was theirs.  So was mine.

Did the beating stop?

Yes it did.

We have four weeks to stop the assault.

You damn well better appreciate Steve as he is the only one holding back four more years of a beating.

A beating that many will not survive.  Whether you believe that or not is irrelevant.  Facts are facts.

A new way must be paved.  A new card must be played.  We all know what it is.  It has five letters…just like Steve.

That card is known as TRUMP.

For those of you who have been with me for a while you know how I feel about profanity. There are so many beautiful words available to use I believe profane verbiage is the measurement of the intellectually lazy.

There are times however that profanity is appropriate and even warranted.

It is always warranted in the physical protection of ourselves or others.

Usage of any word is always better than fists.  Fists are always better than bullets.

Due to the fact that corruption is ruining our country I want to make sure this message is clear.

Stand the f*&k UP!

If you won’t now, “Steve” might not be there next time.

To all my Brothers and Sisters.  To all American Sons and Daughters.

It’s time to do what we gotta do.

Jason Kraus

www.aleadernotapolitician.com

Hillary Clinton is a CRIMINAL

I believe the course was called Introduction to Critical Thinking.  The professor could have been a clone of the country singer Sammy Kershaw and I wisely fought back the urge to ask him if he had a “Queen in his double-wide trailer.”

This professor didn’t mess around (and rarely smiled) as he started in on what was expected of us, while outlines of the class, were passed around the room.  Five minutes later we were into something called the “Gambler’s Fallacy”.

The easiest way to explain this (and most common) is a coin flip.

If a coin is flipped multiple times and comes up heads on every occasion “gamblers” tend to believe that the odds of tails happening on the next flip are greater.  They aren’t.  When a coin is flipped it has the same odds every time regardless of previous outcomes.

Hence those that believe the odds change with each flip are gambling on a “fallacy”.

Of course try to tell that to those who like(d) to gamble and they will argue with you until the cows come home.

I know this to be true, because before this teacher, I was one of those people, and let’s just say I wasn’t flipping coins.

I’m sure I’ll cover that eventually in my sequel to Late Bird titled Falcon Sane crash lands in Vegas, Tahoe, Reno, and a river boat in Kentucky.

It’s humor liberals.

The professor continued to explain the Gambler’s Fallacy, and due to my youth and ego, felt like a direct challenge to me.  The more I listened the more I was convinced I should be teaching this class, and even though the University was paying for it (baseball), I still felt like I wanted my  money back.

After five more minutes I couldn’t take it anymore.  When he supplied a scenario and opportunity to comment I leaped into the conversation and challenged virtually everything he had just said.

I did it with passion and fire in my belly, or as one of my more memorable coaches used to say,”show me some piss and vinegar!”

Professor Kershaw honed in on me like a hungry lion that had just spotted a wounded gazelle.  The never smiling man spent thirty seconds dissecting my statement and then, thankfully for me, moved on to a new subject.

I sat there like a fighter, who had just awakened on his stool after taking two jabs to the body and a crushing haymaker to the chin asking, “what happened?”

Okay, it wasn’t thirty seconds.

It was probably fifteen and I’m pretty sure they were all haymakers.

It wasn’t the arguing or debating that took me down.  I’ve always enjoyed that.  It wasn’t the stares coming from the rest of the class either.  I’ve been in front of people my entire life.

It was that moment, that millisecond, when you realize…you are wrong.

That blink of an eye that allows us to learn, as long as we get out of our own way.

I sat there quietly thinking about what had just happened.  That’s when the embarrassment set in.

Fortunately I’ve always been a quick healer, physically and mentally, and after a few minutes I really tuned into what the professor was saying.

In front of me was someone I could learn from.

Someone who would, and did, make me question and provide support for my own beliefs.

That “moment” when the light turns on is sorely needed in our country and it isn’t just needed by the kids.

What do we do?

We stop flipping the coin “hoping” for a better outcome.

Americans don’t “hope”.  Hoping for something removes the power of the Individual.

We work hard, save our money and are beneficial to others.

That’s why our lives matter.

Continuing to “care” for people who do not care for or about themselves is not only hopeless but destructive as well.

Continuing to allow millions of people to live here illegally while providing them water, food, shelter, employment, medical care and schooling and sending billions of dollars around the world in “foreign aid” while we continue to borrow trillions of dollars is economically destructive and let us be honest…stupid.

All things economically destructive lessen Freedom and enable those who mean to do us harm.

It’s as simple as that.

Of course in regards to our political process we need a dramatically different choice and frankly a different coin.  The one we’ve been flipping for the last three decades has liberal stamped on both sides.

Inserting a Clinton, Bush or Obama is irrelevant.

Debt, drugs, sexual dysfunction, never ending wars, social unrest, lies, corruption, etc.

Sound familiar?

It was called the Sixties and the Me Generation liked it so much they’ve never stopped.

Heroin is back.  STD’s are rampant among the 50 plus crowd.  Lies are commonplace.  Governmental corruption is the norm.  The abuse once piled on our heroic Vietnam Vets is now aimed at Law Enforcement.

Tonight millions will watch a debate between two individuals.

One took down the Republican Establishment.  The other is corrupt to the core.

One who has earned billions of dollars and created thousands of jobs.

The other has somehow gathered hundreds of millions of dollars while people around her plead the fifth or take immunity deals.

One whose obnoxious statements hurt peoples feelings.

The other makes decisions that get people killed.

One has stated he will remove Common Core,  repeal Obamacare, attack human trafficking by closing the border and stop the number of “refugees” known as followers of Mohammed into these United States.

The other says she will give America four more years of Obama.

I’m not voting for Trump because I need a role model.

I’m not voting for Donald Trump because I need someone to lead me.

I’m voting for Trump because I’m done flipping the coin.

Both Parties are corrupt to their very core.

The Donald smoked the Republican Establishment.

Now it’s time to fry the Democrats and free a Nation.

Jason Kraus

www.aleadernotapolitician.com