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The question should be “why haven’t they lost their security clearances already,” not “who might lose their security clearance?”

When MrErickson served in the armed forces of the United States, my job required me to have a Top Secret security clearance.  When I left the military my security clearance ended as well.  I was reminded that I was not allowed to share any of the classified information I had.  I was also given a list of things I was not allowed do and places I was not allowed to go for a given period of time.

This seemed completely understandable, reasonable and acceptable to me at the time.

When I had my security clearance, we were always guided by “the need to know” caveat.  Just because you had a clearance didn’t mean you got to look at any classified material you wanted.  If you didn’t have a “need to know” to accomplish your job or mission you didn’t get access to that classified material.

According to The Associated Press, President Trump is reviewing the security clearances of nine other individuals:

Former CIA Director Michael “Dr. Evil” Hayden.

Former FBI Director James “the comeydian” Comey.

Former acting FBI director Andrew “handy Andy” McCabe.

Former national security adviser Susan “the puppet” Rice.

Former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter “mission impossible” Strzok.

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally “insubordinate” Yates.

Former National Intelligence Director James “clap on clap off” Clapper.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa “the lover” Page.

Former Justice Department official Bruce “can I buy a vowel” Ohr.

The key word at the beginning of all of their titles and names is “FORMER.”

Now that they have left or been fired from their “former” government positions, there should be no question about them losing their security clearances.  It should be a standard operating procedure for them, just as it is for all of the other “non-privileged,” “non-swamp related” government employees.

They don’t have “the need to know” or “the right to know” anymore.

“Former” CIA Director John “how did I ever get that job” Brennan has already lost his clearance.  This was especially nice to see, since Brennan had been displaying foolish and even treasonous behavior in an attempt to protect himself and the rest of his “swampy” friends.

Hopefully we’ll see more lists in the future of additional “swamp rats,” who have become former this or former that, who will be losing their clearances!

I’m afraid to ask, but does Hillary still have hers?

DRAIN THE SWAMP!  DRAIN THE SWAMP!  DRAIN THE SWAMP!

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Will the words “Social Security” soon become an oxymoron*!?

* A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., Microsoft Works, unbiased opinion, and jumbo shrimp, just to name a few).

Social Security is one of those rare issues in which everybody has an interest.  Either because we are currently receiving Social Security money, or because we hope to one day.  A smaller percentage of us have an additional concern because we actually pay for it through the FICA tax on our paychecks.

Depending on your source, it is generally agreed that Social Security will run out of money in 15 to 18 years.

This problem is a can that that been kicked down the road by our favorite “establishment politicians” for many, many years.

We have some options to help fix Social Security, but we typically have people in office that don’t have the political courage to do what needs to be done.

John Stossel of Fox News agrees, and he says, “Social Security is running out of money.  You may not believe that, but it’s a fact.”

“That FICA money taken from your paycheck was not saved for you in a “trust fund.”  Politicians misled us.  They spent every penny the moment it came in.”

This practice started the day our politician friends created the Social Security program.

So Social Security is going broke. This year, the program went into the red for the first time.

Stossel continues by saying, “Presidents routinely promise to fix this problem.  George W. Bush said he’d ‘strengthen and save’ Social Security.  Barack Obama said he’d ‘safeguard’ it, and Donald Trump said that he’ll ‘save’ it.”

Bush and Obama, of course, didn’t actually DO anything.  President Trump on the other hand has been very good at keeping his promises.  I’m betting that he will address the issue, but the odds of him getting the votes he needs in Congress will be pretty slim.

Oh, and if this wasn’t good enough news, it is estimated that Medicare will run out of money in just eight more years!

These “politicians” need to realize they are “elected representatives” first and politicians second.  We the People need representatives who are looking out for us Americans, and representatives who are capable of making wise and prudent decisions.  Believe me, I know I am asking a lot!

As an example of what we don’t need, Senator Elizabeth Warren (better known as Pocahontas), a democrat from Massachusetts, recently, and proudly announced, “Nearly every Democrat in the United States Senate has voted in favor of expanding Social Security!”

Again, we don’t need an “expansion” of Social Security.  We need responsible leadership to insure Social Security remains a viable program for those who depend on it now and those hoping to get something back from all of the money they have put into the program.  We are also aware that when every democrat agrees on something we’re in trouble and we better grab our wallets!

Here is what MrEricksonRules suggests we do to fix Social Security:

First, lift the payroll ceiling.  Currently, no income is taxed that is over around $128,000.  Why is that?  There should be no income ceiling in my opinion.

Second, phase out of Social Security benefits for those who already have income over $75,000/year ($6,250/month) and/or have over $1 million dollars in assets, savings or investments.  If this is the case you can live without an extra $2,000 a month.  Of course this can always be re-evaluated if needed year by year.

Third, average in more working years.  Social Security benefits are now based on an average of a worker’s 35 highest paid salaries with zeros averaged in if there are fewer than 35 years of covered wages.  The averaging period should be increased to 39 years.  The reasoning here is since we can retire at 62, we subtract 18 for our first 18 years, which leaves us with 44 years.  We then subtract an additional 5 years to allow for schooling, which brings us to 39.  That seems fair and reasonable doesn’t it?

Fourth, establish a 1% national sales tax that would go directly to help with the funding of the program.  Each year increase the percentage of the national sales tax by 1%, BUT at the same time reducing the amount of income tax and FICA tax taken by the national sales tax revenue $ figure.  Continue to do this year by year until the income tax and FICA tax has been eliminated and we are operating via this much fairer means of taxation.

Why is this fairer you ask?

It’s fairer because people will end up getting taxed on how much they spend, not by how much the supposedly earn.  People who make a lot typically spend a lot, and therefore pay more tax.  Those that don’t make a lot won’t pay much in taxes. That seems fair and reasonable doesn’t it?

Right now, there are millions of people who don’t get paid by employers who process their payroll as they should, or by those who pay cash.  In these cases we get no taxes from what they are getting paid.  The “consumption” tax solves this problem.

Fifth, allow younger workers to put a portion, not all, of their Social Security money into their own personal retirement accounts.  If history shows anything, it is that private accounts would almost certainly pay retirees more than Social Security would ever pay.  A huge side benefit here is the amount of investment money that would be funneled back into our economy.  It is a win-win situation.

By doing these five things, we will save Social Security, while making the way we collect taxes fairer and more inclusive.

If you think my solution seems fair and reasonable, please forward these suggestions to your Representatives and Senators.  The time has come for some real answers to some of these real problems.

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HERE WE GO!  It’s all starting to unravel and come out now regarding the REAL Russian Collusion!

MrEricksonRules made this call way back on February 2, 2018, with my blog entitled, “There’s an avalanche of evidence racing towards ‘the swamp!’”

Some media outlets, besides Fox News, are finally being forced to acknowledge where the real corruption, regarding Russia, emanated from.

According to a recent editorial in “Investor’s Business Daily,” “Regarding Russian collusion: It Was Hillary Clinton All Along!”

This going to be soooooo good ladies and gentlemen.  Watching these “swamp rats” squirm has become my new favorite pastime.

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.” – Buddha

“The truth is like the Sun.  You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” – Elvis Presley

The editorial continued by saying, “It’s beginning to look as if claims of monstrous collusion between Russian officials and U.S. political operatives were true.  But it wasn’t Donald Trump who was guilty of Russian collusion.  It was Hillary Clinton and U.S. intelligence officials who worked with Russians and others to entrap Trump.”

(Now that is what I would call one damning mouthful right there!)

“That’s the stunning conclusion of a RealClearPolitics Investigations report by Lee Smith, who looked in-depth at the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between officials of then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign staff and a Russian lawyer known to have ties with high-level officials in Vladimir Putin’s government.”

“The media (and “the swamp”) have spun a tale of Trump selling his soul to the Russians for campaign dirt to use against Hillary, beginning with the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting.  But ‘a growing body of evidence … indicates that the meeting may have been a setup — part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials,’ wrote Smith.”

“Memos, emails and texts now in Congress’ possession show that the Justice Department and the FBI worked together both before and after the election with Fusion GPS and their main link to the scandal, former British spy and longtime FBI informant Chris Steele.”

“Steele’s dossier, for which Fusion reportedly received $1 million, was largely based on interviews with Russian officials.  And who paid that $1 million?  As we and others have reported, it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, then under Hillary’s control.”

(I believe they have one thing wrong here.  I think it will be uncovered that Steele didn’t even get his stories from interviews with Russian officials.  I believe he was fed the stories by the Clinton campaign and attributed them to these “Russian officials” in order to give them some sort of credibility.  In essence, Hillary and the DNC were paying for their own narrative after it was “laundered” through Steele.)

Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) then continued, “The media knew all this, of course, but largely (I would say completely) ignored it.”

“The great irony here is that, after more than two years of investigating, the only real evidence of collusion with Russians at all points to Hillary Clinton.”

(Ha!  I have contended over the last six months that the only thing slowing Mueller’s team down is that they were tripping over evidence concerning Hillary and her friends every time they tuned around!  They had to disregard mountains of evidence against Hillary while digging for any crumb they could find concerning Donald Trump.)

“But now, it turns out, it goes even deeper than that.”

“Events surrounding that now-famous June 2016 Trump meeting suggest it, too, was a concoction of Hillary Clinton and her deep-state (“swamp”) allies.”

“Bruce Ohr, the No. 4-ranking official at the Justice Department, ‘coordinated before, during and after the election’ with both Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and with Steele, notes Smith.”

“This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that Ohr’s wife Nellie, a sometime employee of the CIA, was also working for Fusion GPS.”

(How convenient!)

“The FBI and Justice [Department] used information from that 35-page document (the dirty dossier) as the pretense for the FISA wiretap on Trump aide Carter Page.  Far from being limited in scope, those wiretaps in essence provided a backdoor key to the entire Trump campaign — and the basis for the Russian investigation.”

(Wow, these “swamp rats” really think of everything… EXCEPT what they are going to do when their candidate loses, their whole treasonous plot is dragged out into the sunlight, and they get hung out to dry!  Like I said, “It’s a beautiful thing!”)

IBD goes on to say, “An earlier investigation by RealClearPolitics showed that as early as March 2016, the FBI, other Western intelligence sources and Clinton campaign operatives contacted the Trump campaign about potentially damaging information about Clinton. They were in effect live-trolling the [Trump] campaign.”

“This is significant.  Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Putin-connected lawyer who contacted the Trump campaign about having dirt on Hillary Clinton, was a client of Fusion GPS when she met with Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump campaign.”

(You just couldn’t make this stuff up.  This whole operation stinks sooo bad, and is sooo incestuous, it just makes me want to take a shower!)

They continue to say that, “Once in the meeting, she [the lawyer] quickly dropped the promises of having dirt on Hillary Clinton and instead brought up Russia’s long-standing desire to get rid of the Magnitsky Act, under which the U.S. imposed sanctions on a number of Russian moguls and government officials.  In short, they were baiting a trap for the Trump campaign to make it appear as if they were colluding with Russian officials.”

(The media arm of “the swamp” then got its chance to participate in the “grand sham” by providing “nonstop media coverage following leaks by the FBI and Justice [the DOJ].  It seems the meeting served its purpose: It sowed the seeds of suspicion about the Trump campaign’s supposed Russian collusion.”)

“Congress, using the documents it pried out of the Justice Department after repeated requests, is busy getting at what might turn out to be the scandal of the century.  And Congress is now doing the work the Justice Department and FBI won’t.”

“We have to agree.  If all of this is true, it is absolutely amazing.  After all, these are serious felonies, using the federal agencies to spy on a political opponent in league with a hostile foreign power.”

“As we said, the only real collusion appears to be on the part of the Clinton campaign — aided by the Obama administration, CIA chief John Brennan and a handful of high-level officials at the Department of Justice and FBI.”

(Yeah, that’s all.  Just “the Clinton campaign — aided by the Obama administration, CIA chief John Brennan and a handful of high-level officials at the Department of Justice and FBI!”  They were wrong when they said this, “might turn out to be the scandal of the century.”  THIS IS THE SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY!)

“What’s next?  It’s possible the collusion investigation soon will turn from Trump to Clinton.  If so, it could lead to more resignations and possibly jail time for those involved. That includes perhaps even Hillary Clinton, who sits at the political epicenter of all this illegality.”

LOCK HER UP!  LOCK HER UP!  LOCK HER UP!

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Here are some more of my favorite quotes!

“Doing the right thing and doing the easy thing are usually not the same thing.” – MrErickson

“If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting.” – Jeff Bezos

The worst part of being strong is that no one ever asks you if you’re okay.” – Unknown

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Ben Franklin

“Everyone has the right to be stupid at times, but some people abuse the privilege.” – Unknown

“Wisdom is knowing there’s a lot you don’t know.” – MrErickson

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FBI Agent Peter Strzok…, YOU’RE FIRED!

Well, “the swamp” just got drained a little bit more.  You can take your treasonous attitude walking Strzok.

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts all over the place, and particularly to his “lover,” Lisa Page, has officially been fired!

Bob Fredericks, of the New York Post, reported that, “The FBI fired Agent Peter Strzok, at one time one of the leaders of the bureau’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign, for writing critical text messages about the future president, the Washington Post reported Monday.”

“Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, told the paper that FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich ordered that Strzok be “canned” on Friday, even though the head of the FBI office that usually metes out discipline had ruled Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension.”

According to Meghan Keneally of ABC News, “Goelman said that the deputy director “departed from established precedent” by firing Strzok.

(Yes, and it’s about time we depart from the “swampy” “established precedent.  Precedent is not the “be all” and “end all” of every situation.  In fact, precedent in government is usually just a political excuse used to justify doing something that doesn’t make sense.)

“This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans.  A lengthy investigation and multiple rounds of Congressional testimony failed to produce a shred of evidence that Special Agent Strzok’s personal views ever affected his work,” Goelman said in the statement.

(No, Mr. Goelmen, your client, Agent… Ooops, I mean FORMER Agent Peter Strzok is the one who is “deeply troubling to all Americans.”  We believe you when you say there was no evidence that Agent Strzok’s personal views ever affected his work.”  THE PROBLEM IS “HIS WORK” FIRST ENTAILED STOPPING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ELECTION AND THEN DERAILING HIS PRESIDENCY AFTER THE ELECTION!)

President Trump reacted to the firing via Twitter:

“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI – finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction – I just fight back!” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018

(Good point Mr. President.  The “dossier,” which was the driving force behind the Russian collusion investigation, has been completely discredited, and now the guy who was in charge of the bogus investigation has been discredited as well.  The only thing I can say is something we’ve said before, “Liberals never lets facts get in their way!”)

The President also tweeted that his firing justified the reopening of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server, which Strzok oversaw.

“Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018

(LOCK HER UP!  LOCK HER UP!  LOCK HER UP!)

“Strzok was removed from the feds’ probe into Russia and Trump by special counsel Robert Mueller after texts critical of Trump that he sent to his then-lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, were discovered.”

Bob Fredericks added that, “Strzok, a 22-year veteran of the FBI, had already been a frequent target of President Trump’s Twitter tirades.”

“‘Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX. The Democrats paid for the phony and discredited Dossier which was, along with Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, used to begin the Witch Hunt. Disgraceful!’ he tweeted on Aug. 1 in a typical post.”

“Trump has also mocked Strzok and Page as ‘FBI lovers,’ and exploited their relationship and anti-Trump views to try to discredit Mueller’s ongoing probe.”

“‘Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!’ The President also tweeted.”

“FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote after probing Strzok and Page that Strzok showed a “willingness to take official action” to hurt Trump, citing a text he sent telling Page ‘we’ll stop Trump from getting elected.’”

“Testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees last month, Strzok did not deny that he held deep animus toward the president.”

A statement released by Strzok’s attorney said, “In fact, in his decades of service, Special Agent Strzok has proved himself to be one of the country’s top counterintelligence officers, leading to only one conclusion – the decision to terminate was taken in response to political pressure, and to punish Special Agent Strzok for political speech protected by the First Amendment, not on a fair and independent examination of the facts. It is a decision that produces only one winner – those who seek to harm our country and weaken our democracy.”

(Wrong again “First Amendment breath!”  The winners are “We the People,” who want to boot out those “swamp rats” who seek to harm OUR country and weaken OUR democracy.)

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SPACE FORCE!  May “the force” be with you!  Vote for your favorite “Space Force” logo!

President Trump started the ball rolling in June when he announced he was directing the Defense Department to create a “Space Force.”  A new and a sixth branch of the military.

Vice President Mike Pence followed this up during his visit to the Pentagon last week.  During his speech, he reiterated President Trump’s desire to launch the new branch, no pun intended, by 2020.

Shelby Lin Erdman, of the Cox Media Group National Content Desk, summed it up nicely when she reported, “Boldly going where no man has gone before, the Trump administration has outlined its proposal for how the proposed new Space Force branch of the military will get underway. The proposal will be implemented in stages if Congress approves.”

The outline submitted to Congress indicates that, at least initially, the Space Force will be created from personnel and entities that currently exist throughout our government and our branches of the military now.

“The Space Command would prepare for conflicts in space and would be led by a four-star general.”

“As part of the recommendation, a Space Development Agency would be created to create technologies for the new division. This would be civilian-led.”

“Finally, the proposal recommends creating a Space Operations Force consisting of space technology and warfare experts.”

These are exciting times for our country and our military.

“At least one government official appears gung-ho:”

“Space Force all the way!” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018

President Trump, and many Americans, feel that “getting ahead in space is integral to the nation’s national security.”  The President continued by saying, “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space.”

The creation of a Space Force is an idea that is really overdue.  Just like after World War II when it made sense to create an Air Force, it makes sense now to create a Space Force.

Hours after the Vice-President’s speech, the word went out:

Space Force is in the market for a logo and President Trump is asking Americans to vote at: https://t.co/nLcMDgZrNIpic.twitter.com/jnpOEj5x3m

— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 10, 2018

Please take a few minutes to visit the link above and vote for your favorite.

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“Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder ‘where’ you are!”

The picture is of Donald Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame, on Hollywood Blvd., on Dec. 10, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, prior to being destroyed July 25th by some clueless and selfish individual.  (Photo: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

The “man” who allegedly smashed President Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California has since been charged with vandalism.

This individual, whose name I will not share, is 24, and from Glendale, California.  He used a pickaxe to smash the president’s star, which he received in January 2007 for his work as the creator and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice.”

After smashing the star, this loser called the police and admitted he had vandalized Donald Trump’s star and said, “See you soon,” the LAPD told the Los Angeles Times.  “Loserboy” reportedly turned himself in at the Beverly Hills Police Department an hour later.  He was obviously very pleased with himself, and ready to bask in the glory of his new found fame!

So, he knows how to use a pickaxe, and he’s smart too!  I even heard rumors that “he” knows which bathroom to go into!

But…, as a result of “loserboy’s” efforts, guess what?  Dozens of new Trump stars are appearing on Hollywood Blvd.!  There are more stars popping up out there than ever!  Gee, thanks “loserboy!”

According to Hope Schreiber of “Yahoo Lifestyle,” “A conservative street artist has allegedly laminated the vinyl stars on blank squares on the Walk of Fame because of the West Hollywood City Council’s recent unanimous vote that recommended the removal of Trump’s star because of the accusations of his mistreatment of women.”

The key words here we need to pay attention to are “because of the accusations.”  So that’s all it takes now in The People’s Republic of California?  I guess they’ll be voting to remove Bill Cosby’s and Kevin Spacey’s stars next, huh?  Don’t hold your breath.

“The artist, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Hollywood Reporter, ‘Rip up the President’s Walk of Fame star or try to have it removed, like you’re the mayor of West Hollywood or something, and 30 more will pop up!”

Now that’s the American spirit!

“They reportedly spent over $1,000 on the stars, which were printed on sheets of floor vinyl with adhesive backing.  They kept the stars covered until all of the copies were in place so as not to raise suspicion.”

“The artist admitted, ‘I didn’t want to get hit over the head from behind. We thought Trump Derangement Syndrome was a joke, but I’m pretty sure it’s real now!  If no one peels these off, they could last there for 10 years!’”

“The stars, however, were peeled up.  A member of the cleaning service that handles the daily graffiti that is placed on the Walk of Fame told the Hollywood Reporter, “We started at 5 o’clock in the morning and we’ve found about 50 stars.”

Wow!  Fifty!  That’s impressive.  Thanks again “loserboy!”  I guess you should have just left well enough alone, huh?

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“Just #WalkAway Renee …”

What is the #WalkAway (referring to the Twitter “hashtag”) movement, and who started it?

Brandon Straka is an artist, and a gay man, who lives in New York City.  He was devastated when Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump.  He was one of those people who posted crying videos on Facebook, lamenting the end of the world as he knew it.

Over a year later, Straka posted another video that has since gone viral and has given rise to a new movement. “I became a liberal because I am against racism, I’m against judging people based off of their sexual orientation or their gender.  But what I started to see happening more and more all the time were these very same behaviors sort of in the reverse of what is stereotypical.”

It was because of this realization that Straka was inspired to create the #WalkAway campaign in June of 2018.  #WalkAway is a social media movement that “encourages lifelong liberals and Democrats to walk away from their party and explore conservative politics with an open mind.”

Straka feels, “The left practices tolerance and diversity, but in a superficial way, with no regard to individual thought or personal belief. If you express an opinion that’s outside of what their ideology is, there is no tolerance and there is no diversity.”

Bingo!

“I don’t think that being hostile towards heterosexual people helps gay people,” he says. “I don’t think that being hostile towards men empowers women. I don’t think that being hostile towards white people empowers black people.”

Bingo!

Straka grew up in a small town in Nebraska, and he knew a lot of people who voted for Trump. “I was really on a quest to try and understand why they voted for this man who was deemed a racist and a bigot.”

When Straka dug deeper into the media’s coverage of Trump, he discovered a lot of inconsistencies, however, that disturbed him.

“I started to see that I had been incredibly unkind and judgmental towards all of these people in the country who I thought were horrible people, because the media had made me believe that these people were terrible people, when in fact it wasn’t true.”

Bingo!

Straka reached out to liberal friends and family, asking if they understood how the mainstream media was manipulating the public’s perception of President Trump.  As a result, he found himself being shut out. “People were starting to disengage with me, they were starting to cut me off in real life.  They were starting to cut me off on social media. There were all these different things that people were saying about me in order to be able to justify that I had sort of walked away from the camp and walked away from the groupthink.”

According to Brian Prowse-Gany and Joyzel Acevedo of Yahoo News, “For Straka, the turning point had come. As he sat down to write what he calls his definitive manifesto, it dawned on him that perhaps he could create a video campaign that would inspire others such as himself, former liberals who no longer identified with the left’s ideology, and also conservatives who felt their image had been misconstrued by the media, to tell their own stories their way.”

“Soon after, he posted a video on Facebook and Twitter, where it quickly went viral.  In it he says, ‘Once upon a time, I was a liberal, but liberalism has changed, and I will no longer be a part of an ideology or political party that represents everything that contradicts my values of unity, equal opportunity, personal empowerment, compassion and love.’”

“The #WalkAway campaign page on Facebook now has thousands of video testimonials, and Brandon says this is a clear sign that the Democrats are in trouble. ‘If any of them [the individuals in the Democratic Party] went to the page and watched the video testimonials of the people telling them exactly where the Democratic Party has gone wrong, I mean, this could actually be an incredibly useful tool for the Democratic Party.”

As could be expected, the biased mainstream media started to report that the movement was fictitious.  They claimed that the #WalkAway campaign created “fake ads” using actors and models to portray supposed members, and that there even was some kind of Russian connection!  What is it with democrats and Russians already?  Straka has denied all of their accusations and added that, “No one ever reached out to me for comment, no one ever reached out to me to ask for my perspective as the founder of the campaign.”

Straka believes that the #WalkAway campaign is continuing to grow.  He also believes democrat supporters have two ways forward: “Do I want to be in this different type of environment where we all don’t have to agree, but we do have to respect each other and treat each other with dignity?  Or do I want to be in this other group where people are spitting on each other, throwing drinks in each other’s face, punching each other, screaming at each other, calling each other names, cutting off their parents, cutting off their friends?  Which one is more attractive to you?  What group do you want to be in?”

So, Mr. Straka believes there are two paths, or roads, that can be taken ideologically and politically, as do I.  The situation causes me to recall a very famous poem by a famous American poet:

 

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

By Robert Frost

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Let me know if you have chosen to #WalkAway, or not, or what your feelings are about this movement.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.” — Yoda

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