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TRUMP CARES – By Helping Job Creation, Helping To Feed Starving Kids, Making A Difference

Trump knows business, having enjoyed  an ultra-successful career as a business person.  He knows jobs, having created thousands of jobs during his long career.  Trump has learned how to deal with people, all kinds of people during this time.  He understands finance and economics and how to negotiate deals.  He knows business, and who can deny that being president, running the country, is like running a big, very big, business. So his experience in business has prepared him for the presidency like no political job ever could.

Trump has also endorsed a network marketing business in past years, not currently since he entered the presidential race, which in turn  supported a charity that helped feed hungry children.  By endorsing this business he helped people to improve their lives by helping them to own their own business, create more time for themselves and become independent, and in the process helped to provide food for starving kids, all as part of his effort to help people get a new start in life.  It’s what Trump is all about.  This was nothing new for him.  He had been doing it for years.  It’s what he called, rightfully so, making a difference.   I have personal knowledge of all that, being a member of that network marketing business myself.  So TRUMP CARES.  He cares about people, he cares about the country, he cares about you.

No one can take any of that away from him, not for a moment, certainly not Crooked Hillary, who knows nothing about job creation, nothing about finance or economics, nothing about making deals, or about success in anything.  She is corrupt, incompetent,  and a world-class liar.  She should hang a sign around her neck that says, “I am a fraud – don’t vote for me.”  For once in  her life, she’d be telling the truth.  Hillary has also collected money, millions of dollars from foreign powers paid into the Clinton Foundation over the years, for her services, her favors, as Secretary of State.  You know what that makes her?  They have a name for it, not used in polite company.  I don’t have to say it.  But facts are facts, they are things, as John Adams argued in the famous Boston Massacre trial of 1770.  You have to deal with them.  This entire scheme is an arrangement that just reeks of corruption and is well deserving of an FBI investigation in and of itself.

Yet Crooked Hillary still  claims she is qualified to be President.  Amazing!  Of course, she’s getting help, lot of it, from the liberal, very liberal, mainstream media.  They are crooked too, as claimed by Trump, and rightly so.   They have a duty to report news accurately, but they don’t.  They distort everything so far as Trump is concerned even falsify things, and they shouldn’t.   It’s an abuse of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press.  But they are scared to death that Trump will win.  They should be scared, because he will win.

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On The Resignation of Eric Holder: Long Overdue; A Jaded World Series

Eric Holder is finally leaving the post of U.S. Attorney General.  It may sound a bit harsh to say good riddance, but undoubtedly his departure  is  long overdue.  He has been in effect nothing more than an apologist for an incompetent Obama presidency and clearly a partisan idealogue.  Appointed in 2009, he was the first African American to hold that office.

Some media sources have championed his tenure for taking a stand on civil rights but in my opinion he’s been nothing more than weak and ineffective.   I see his original appointment as cronyism, only a gesture of friendship by Obama and not because he was the best choice available.  In his goodbye speech, Holder remarked that beyond having a strong relationship with Obama, “I am proud to call you a friend.”  Not surprisingly, Obama has supported him, saying  “He’s done a superb job.”   A White House spokesperson added that “Holder’s accomplishments have established a historic legacy of civil rights enforcement and restoring fairness to the criminal justice system.”

Well, let’s see.

As previously reported by Fox News, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Oversight and Government reform Committee, said that “Eric Holder is the most divisive attorney general in modern history.”   Issa continued, “By needlessly injecting politics into law enforcement, Attorney General  Holder’s legacy has eroded more confidence in our legal system than any attorney general before him.”  That sums it up nicely.

There are many, many Holder shortcomings (to put it politely, failures to act would be more accurate) which could have easily justified Obama’s jettisoning him much earlier.   The failure to act in the national interest in pursuing the IRS targeting scandal, where the agency targeted certain interests for “special treatment”, is only one glaring example.   Allowing IRS official Lois Lerner to escape prosecution for destroying evidence of her involvement in this scandal or at least conducting an investigation into the matter is inexcusable.  To this day there was been no action by the Justice Department concerning her conduct, which can only be ascribed to Holder’s longstanding friendship with Obama.  And Lerner remains retired, enjoying her government pension paid for with taxpayer dollars.

The botched operation known as “Fast and Furious,” was another scandal .  This was a probe into gun-running  along the Southwest border.  It featured a Holder confrontation with Congress over the Justice Department’s  failure to turn over of records of the operation.  It  resulted in Holder’s being held in contempt of Congress, the only sitting Cabinet member to have been held  in contempt.  In this matter, the government allowed Mexican drug gangs to walk away with high powered weapons.  Key documents and witnesses were withheld from Congress, resulting in the contempt charge.  This is quite a legacy.

Holder also clashed with Congress over other issues, including his department’s civilian prosecution of terror cases and surveillance of media outlets.  His appearances before Congress were often combative.  It has also been reported that during the contempt fight, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was quoted as saying that “Holder’s arrogance knows no bounds.”

Often outspoken in public remarks, in 2010 he  referred to America as a “nation of cowards,” in regard to matters of race.

Obama has deferred naming a replacement until after the mid-term elections.

Skipping to baseball, I can’t get excited about this World Series.  Two also-rans (so-called “wild cards”) are playing each other, the Kansas City Royals and San Fransisco Giants.  Ho hum.  Snzzz.  It used to be that the Series featured the two best teams in baseball, one from each league.  This series has two second place teams playing each other.  The Royals finished two games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division and and the Giants finished six games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National Ledague West.  What a bore.  I guess opening the playoffs up to wild card teams increases the pot for Major League Baseball and the teams, but this year it results in a disappointing Series.  Maybe some kind of second place trophy would be appropriate for wild cards, but not the World Series.

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Butchery In The Middle East – An Intelligence Failure? Or Sheer Incompetence.

Lessee now. Purported President Barrack Obama took office in the beginning of 2009.  That was some six years ago. As secretary of state, his top advisor on foreign policy,  he appointed an unqualified woman with no experience whatsoever in the position – or any in any other position in government for that matter, our own Hillary Clinton.  Since Obama himself was a neophyte in foreign policy, to put it mildly, as well as in everything else touching on governmental matters, one would have thought he would select someone for this all important post who was well qualified.  Think again.  Here’s the rub.  An experienced foreign policy appointee may well likely have foreseen the rise of the Islamic State and would have better prepared us, and the rest of the free world for its advent.

So here we are, stuck with Obama’s incompetence, watching butchery being performed online virtually on a daily basis.  And Obama says there has been an intelligence failure?  Well such a statement coming from the liar, er, commander in chief is not surprising.  Has this guy ever taken the blame for any of the scandals plaguing his administration?  Its a rhetorical question.  The answer is obvious.  Yet he has the effrontery to tell Fox News Bill O’Reilly, last Super Bowl Sunday,  that there is not even a smigen of corruption surrounding the IRS scandal.  So much for truth in government.

The Islamic State has been a growing threat for a long time.  But what about the role of the foreign policy advisor, the purported expert in foreign affairs, who has been a true sister of silence in forecasting trouble. With no experience in foreign affairs, never wrote, taught, lectured, nothing on foreign affairs, Hillary is the epitome of the worst political appointment any president can make.  Four Americans died on her watch. Yet, she apparently considers herself to be the next coming of Margaret Thatcher and is therefore well qualified to be president. This is a manifestly false state of mind.  She is no Margaret Thatcher.  Her utterances to the public that her “experience” qualifies her to be president are part of the fraud she is perpetrating on the public.  Wake up America!  The truth is that this woman is eminently unqualified for any public office and is  dangerous for the country.  Her incompetence is there for anyone wanting to see it.  The election of an unqualified and incompetent politician is a mistake the country cannot afford to have repeated.

So far as any lack of intelligence is concerned, blaming the rise of Isis on a lack of intelligence would be a laughable statement were it not for the deadly consequences of the lack.  But the intelligence gap is within the president himself and not in any gap in the gathering of information.  Perhaps Obama is a smart politician.  Give him some credit for getting elected (his promises weren’t known to be false when he was running, however).    But the credit stops there; there is no intelligence  when  it comes to having insight into foreign policy, not to mention judgement and understanding.  Maybe in this vein, intelligence should be equated with experience and common sense.  Once again its a question of a president who refuses to take the blame for his own personal shortcomings.

Inextricably tied in with the Middle East butchery is the failure by Obama to listen to advisors such as former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who urged him to leave a U.S. security force in Iraq in 2011 instead of a complete pullout.  Obama, dead set on a complete withdrawal from Iraq, refused to listen, thereby putting politics over the national interest.  The absence of U.S. forces created a vacuum, filled by sectarian chaos leading to the present state of affairs.

So, the so-called intelligence failure is more Obama mishmash.  Its hogwash.  What started out as the “JV team” some months ago is now the “network of death.”  The lack of original perception into the unfolding events in the Middle East is a tribute to Obama’s lack of experience, his incompetence.  He is in over his head.  When will the country ever learn?  Its the price we pay  for living in a democracy, a free country.  Anybody can run for president and if the country likes the message and the politician, qualified or not, experienced or not,  he can get elected.

But something more than experience as a community organizer and an apparently reliable golf swing is needed for the presidency.  Real nuts and bolts experience in confronting and handling problems, in making tough decisions, and in the demonstration of strong leadership qualities is needed.  The country deserves it.  The country, indeed the world, needs it.  A repeat of the  present inexperience and  incompetency in Washington is out of the question.  Hillary are you listening?

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If You’re Looking For Tranquility…Try The Carson Valley, Nevada

We just returned from a long weekend trip to Carson City, Nevada.  Apparently named for the intrepid  Old West trailblazer, Kit Carson, it’s located just on the other side of the Sierra Nevada mountains from Lake Tahoe, California, and about 3o miles south of Reno.   With snow capped mountains from the recent rain,  it was very, very picturesque.  At night the glow from the lights at Lake Tahoe ski resort Heavenly Valley were visible.  Carson Valley is very quiet.  Maybe the area is America’s best kept secret.   Some old friends we’ve known since we moved to California in 1963, Marge and Rich, invited us to join them up there this past weekend.  Under lowering skies all weekend, we drove the length and breath of the Valley.  The main attraction was the 94th annual Candy Dance festival.  More about that later.  Reno by the way, according to my friend, has grown quite a bit over the years.  When he lived there many, many years ago the population was about 30,000.  Now it boasts a population of over 1 million in the greater Reno area.

After landing in Sacramento, our friends met us and we drove east on I-80 over the Sierra Nevada mountains.  It was a very scenic drive, especially since I was not the one driving.  At the top was a welcome stop near the Donner pass.  A boulder with a plaque commemorating the ill-fated Donner party, a group of emigrants trying to cross into California,  many of whom perished from starvation and cold during the winter of 1846-1847, was plainly visible.

Back in the days of the Old West, the government operated a mint in Carson City, from 1878 to 1893.   Carson City Morgan silver dollars are beautiful coins and are among the most sought after by coin collectors.  These silver dollars were designed by George T. Morgan and are still popular today because of their attractive design.  According to Yeoman’s “United States Coins,” 63rd edition, Morgan was formerly a pupil of William Wyon’s in the royal Mint in London.  His initial M can be found on the coin.  Many can be bought at a reasonable price; others are quite expensive.  For example, the 1879 coin is priced over $7800, depending on its grade. The old mint has long since been  shuttered and is now a museum.  I didn’t make it there this trip but it’s high on my list for next time.

Our friends’ son lives in Minden, Nevada, which is right next to Carson City.  He and his wife have a lovely home on a two- acre spread which they bought about two years ago after he retired.  The entire spread sits atop a small hill which overlooks the entire Carson Valley area.  The site enjoys a beautiful view of the mountains to the West, and no noise.  Grazing cattle are visible throughout  the Valley.   Mountain lions are known to come down out of the mountains to harass the cattle ranchers.  Jack rabbits and coyotes abound.  They are a very hospitable couple and spent considerable time helping us find our way around, not to mention having us to dinner twice.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I don’t know if I want to live in the Carson Valley.  I’m strictly a big city guy.  But those that do enjoy a very low key life style.  And if that’s what you want, this may be the place.  Also, there is no state income tax here.  So I’m sure many of the area’s residents are ex-Californians looking for a less expensive way to enjoy life.

The 94th annual Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire was the big event which lured us up there.  But alas! It rained and cut our enjoyment of the festival short.  Spread over several acres, it was located in the small town of Genoa at the base of the mountains just west of Carson City.    Originating in 1919, it was a two-day event from September 27-September 28 and now comprises over 300 vendors.  My wife managed to buy a couple of trinkets and some of the famous English toffee before we were forced to leave by the weather.  With help from the weatherman, we could have stayed considerably longer.

The area also boasts fine eating.  We dined at The Mindin Food Company before attending a play across the street.  While the food was excellent,  the setting was unusual, somewhat reminiscent of an office building.  We also tried Saletti’s, an Italian restaurant, and also excellent.  My friend Rich is a die hard spaghetti lover but here he ordered fish!  He deserved to be chided mercilessly for this omission.  I’ll bring it up next time we get together.  The menu also featured oyster shooters. These were  Blue Point oysters (outstanding oysters, small and succulent) each one served in a shot glass with a splash of vodka, a dash of hot sauce, and a topping of horseradish.  If you enjoy oysters, you must try one of these.

It’s safe to say that  a return trip to the Carson Valley in the near future, and to take in more of the Candy Dance Faire, is definitely on our radar. Next time though we’ll fly into Reno.  Sacramento has a great airport, clean, quiet,  and relatively uncrowded.  But its a three hour drive to Carson City, over the mountains.  Rich drove us back to the airport at mach 1.5, maybe 2.0 (or so it seemed), to make sure we made our flight.  Next time we’ll avoid that adventure.

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Forgetting Cleveland – The City, Not The Convention

I’m back from my recent network marketing convention.  It was my first trip to Cleveland, Ohio.  If I have anything to do with it, it will be my last.  Cleveland is  an old, run-down, and dreary city.  That old saw, “The Mistake By The Lake,” (Lake Erie, that is) still applies.  One of the cabbies noted that the city has done little in the way of restoration.  Justification for that comment was quite evident from just looking around.   During the Saturday lunch break at the convention, we walked several blocks looking for some place to eat.  We wound up going back the the convention center because everything we saw was overflowing with lunch seekers.  But the point is we walked past one dreary, old fashioned building after another.  Very depressing.  The next convention will be in Phoenix, AZ, however, which should be a different story altogether.

But the convention itself was a success.  It always is.  The continuous excitement and energy pouring out from some 25,000 attendees  packed into the Quicken Loans Center  (known locally as the “Q”) was overwhelming.  The speakers offered  sage advice on how to improve business.  The testimonials provided by those recognized for success so far this year was inspirational.  Some of the people who were recognized  only spoke broken English, but they had become very wealthy.  So the money I spent on the convention was money well spent.

If I can  reduce the weekend’s information into one golden thought, it would be this: to make professional money, you must develop professional skills.   This means personal skills as well as business skills.  Personal growth and development is just as important, perhaps more so, than skill in running a business, although  it can probably be argued that the two go hand-in-glove.  The founder of the company I’m partnered with remarked that his personal growth has been instrumental in the growth of the company.  One book relied on heavily for personal growth is Napoleon Hill’s classic, “Think and Grow Rich.”  I strongly commend this book to anyone who has not read it.  It is a book which not only should be read but studied.

One of the more exciting aspects of the company is that it now operates in Mexico.  This is a huge new market which I am trying to exploit.  I think development of this aspect of the business will also go a long way to strengthen Mexican-American relations by providing the common Mexican “man on the street” with an opportunity to make extra money by owning his/her own business.  This is one of the aspects of this network marketing business that truly excites me, i.e.,  making a difference in the lives of others.

I also met an individual  attending the convention who had an inspirational  life story.  He’s still a young guy, I think in  his late twenties or early thirties, who spent several years as an iron worker and then as a boxer.  Down on his luck money-wise, he turned to network marketing to improve his financial circumstances and has done very well.  He was quite interesting to talk to and provided some useful information on how he built his business.

In closing, let me add one other thought that I have mentioned in previous posts.  The network marketing business not only can be personally rewarding but it helps the economy by reducing unemployment.  So you can be  making a difference in the lives of others and also helping the country as well.  This is an unbeatable combination.   This is a truly remarkable business, one that should be seriously considered by anyone seeking to change his/her life.

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On My Way To Cleveland, Ohio

Next weekend I’ll be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to attend one of the international conventions hosted by my network marketing partner.  I consider it  part of the business I’m involved in, part of the commitment I’ve made to succeed at this business, to attend this convention.  It will be my first trip to Cleveland, so that will be a new experience.  But, for that reason,  it will not be possible for me to post a blog here next week.

After practicing law in California for over forty years, network marketing is a new challenge for me.  I got into it at the behest of my oldest son, who is also in the business, to help him escape the financial constraints  of teaching.  One of the exciting aspects of the business is to be able to help others change their lives by becoming independent business owners.  Helping a client start a new business when I was practicing law was always a rewarding  endeavor for me.  Now I can do it all over again in my network marketing business.

Many, many years ago when I was in prep school in Pennsylvania, I took a course in English writers.  One of the writers I studied was John Keats.  Keats was not with us on this planet very long.  He died of tuberculosis at age 26.  That was back in 1821.  There was no cure for it in those days.  But while he was here he wrote some memorable poetry and one of the poems was “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer.”  It was Chapman’s translation  (Chapman was a writer himself who lived in the 1600s) of  the epic Greek poet Homer (who lived around 700-800 BC and is famous for the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey”) which excited Keats so much.  He described his excitement in this poem as akin to that of an astronomer watching a new planet swim into his field of vision, or that of Spanish explorer Cortez when “with eagle eyes” he stared out upon the vast expanse of the blue Pacific.  The network marketing business is likewise an exciting experience and it provides vast opportunities for personal and financial growth.  Excuse me for going a bit overboard, but you get the idea.

I’m also reminded of the Los Angeles blender salesman who one day got an  order for blenders from a small hamburger shack in San Bernardino, about 90 miles East of LA.  He drove out to San Bernardino to deliver the blenders and look at the hamburger shack’s operation himself.  He found a business that was a model of simplicity.  All the little shack  served was  hamburgers, fries, and shakes.  He also saw a business that was easily duplicated.  The blender salesman, whose name was Ray Kroc, bought the little hamburger shack, decided to keep the shack’s name, McDonald’s, and the rest is history.  I only mention this story because my business is also simple in operation and easily duplicated.  This is the key to growing the business.

It’s not just the potential financial rewards that motivate me in this business.  It’s also the personal satisfaction from the thought that I’m actually helping the economy by reducing unemployment.  I have often voiced my extreme displeasure with the current occupant of the White House for being someone who is not only unqualified for the job of being president but is incompetent to boot.  The continued stagnant economy in this country marked by high levels of unemployment attests to that unpleasant fact.  So I feel I’m doing my part by helping others to move ahead financially despite the shortcomings of the present administration.

The company I’m in partnership with now now operates in Mexico as well as other parts of the world.  This factor provides me with the opportunity to expand not just in this country but in Mexico and worldwide.  I have also taken an increased interest in Mexico in my efforts to expand my business into that country.  Mexico is a whole new universe of opportunity.

So this is why I’m going to Cleveland.  Attending the convention will enable me to keep up with developments in the network marketing business, hear firsthand from eminently successful business leaders, and to share in the excitement from being a part of a huge and ongoing industry.

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Finding and Using The Right Word is Pivotal For Clear Writing

At a recent 2-day business symposium I attended, the  written materials furnished to all attendees unfortunately contained a few typos.   One of the more glaring mistakes was where the author wrote “capitol management” instead of “capital management.”  This mistake brought to mind an article I posted back in November , 2012, dealing with word selection.   It is still very relevant today.  Here’s the article, with minor modifications.

Last week’s blog emphasized the need to have correct diction, the choice of correct, clear, and effective words, as a step towards clear writing. There are several pitfalls to avoid.  Being concise in your writing and eliminating excess language is part of this process. Having a powerful vocabulary is also necessary to achieve this goal.   But a strong vocabulary will also help to avoid another pitfall on the road to correct diction – failure to use the exact word.  Using the correct word is of singular importance in your writing.  It ranks right up there with correct spelling.  It is the mark of an accomplished writer.

Searching for, finding, and using, the right word is a process I’ve learned to focus on for many years.   Many years ago I was involved in defending Doris Day’s lawyer, Jerry Rosenthal, against legal malpractice charges.   Despite his many legal shortcomings as found by the court,  I was always impressed with Rosenthal’s writing skills, and in particular with his efforts to find and use the exact word he wanted to express his thinking, whether in writing or speaking. He had a fixation on word selection, and an extensive vocabulary to go with it.  He boasted to me one day that the clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court had advised him that his framing of the issue in a petition he had written was the most clearly worded issue the clerk had ever seen. My involvement in this case and the writing tips I picked up are discussed in more detail in my eBook, “The Art of Clear Writing,” available at amazon.com/kindlebooks and in print.

Don’t settle for approximations of your thoughts.  Imprecise words and expressions detract from clarity and may cause your reader to question all  other statements you make.  Generalities will roll off a reader like water off a duck’s back.   Accuracy of word usage is what you are after.  The U.S. Government has attempted to encourage the development of better writing in the Plain Writing Act of 2009, which inspired some of the ideas used in my eBook.  This legislation is an attempt by Congress to enhance citizen access to government information by mandating that government documents issued to the public must be written in plain English.  But as pointed out in the Acknowledgements for my eBook, the government’s use of the term “plain writing” is not as accurate as the use of “clear writing” would be, because the former is somewhat ambiguous.  What is “plain” writing?  Is it “plain” because it is not fancy, because it is not written in some esoteric script, or for some other unknown reason?   The mental discipline of searching for and finding the right word will pay huge dividends for you in developing a clear writing style.

The use of the word “cool,” greatly overused in today’s society, is a good example of a word which has no precise meaning. It has little place in formal writing.  Use of precise words to describe exactly what you see in a certain locale is one example of where specificity is greatly needed.  Generalization here will fall flat.  For example, if you were to write that Murphys, California is a “cool” place to visit, the reader would have little understanding of what you mean and would have no incentive to go there.  But if you wrote that it’s nestled in the farmland of the upper San Joaquin Valley, that you must drive through rolling pastoral countryside to get there, that it’s a living remnant of the Old West, and that it’s a shopper’s delight complete with casual dining and a nearby winery, the added specificity will make a visit sound much more inviting.

If you were writing a review of a machine and you simply wrote that it is a “bad” product, this description is far too general. “Bad” is an overworked word and not very specific in this context. But if you wrote that the machine requires far too many repairs to meet acceptable consumer standards, this is an obvious gain in specificity.

An overly general choice of words is frequently the mark of a lazy mind. Sharpen your word selection by resorting to an unabridged dictionary. A general word will usually have many definitions to choose from to make your meaning definite. When a shorter synonym for a word is available, use it. Often you will find that the use of a shorter synonym for the word you are using is the best option. Use common words such as “end” instead of terminate”, “explain” rather than “elucidate,” and “use” instead of “utilize.”

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Hillary Clinton – A Non-Entity With No Credibility

Last Sunday the Wall Street Journal published an article which referred to Hillary Clinton’s recent “hawkish” views. This article was objectionable in my view because it provided some semblance of credibility to Hillary’s political posture. This attempt at foisting some credibility upon her is totally and completely misplaced. She is not qualified to hold any public office. She is unqualified and incompetent. Period. The views I posted on this site some 2 years ago about her tenure as secretary of state are still relevant to her purported qualifications for office today. Here is what I wrote.

The Secretary of Mistate, Mistake, er, State.

What makes a great Secretary of State? By what marks is he/she defined? Carrying out the president’s foreign policy? Getting treaties signed? There are no easy definitions. But you know a great Secretary when you see one.
Appointing Hillary as Secretary of State, as his first cabinet post, marked Obama as a lightweight, because she is a lightweight. She is in fact a no- weight. I can’t begin to find any credence in this appointment. At the time of her appointment Hillary had no experience in foreign affairs; she never wrote, lectured, taught, or spoke on it, nor has she done anything since her appointment to distinguish her as as deserving of the appointment, nor as being a great or even a good one.

Maybe it’s because Obama has no foreign policy to speak of, none that can be defined.
Her lack of experience in public office preceded her into the present job. She was elected to the U.S. Senate – in a very liberal state of course. But she flew in on the back of her husband, an impeached president, who disgraced himself, his family, the White House and the country. She certainly was no leader of any kind in the senate, not having introduced any resolutions that come to mind.

Even before that when entrusted with “Hillarycare” by husband Bill, this endeavor, decried by many as a form of socialized medicine, was a miserable failure. The book, “It Takes A Village,” ostensibly written by her, did nothing to further the cause for her program. The book was a fraud, falsely proclaiming a crisis in education and then clamoring for government intervention to cure the non-existent crisis.

Once in a while Hillary makes a little whimper of noise about one thing or another, but in actuality she does nothing. Joining other nations in favor of a change of leadership in Syria does nothing to show her leadership. Clearly, on Obama’s part, the appointment was an act of political expedience, just to get her out of his way and keep her quiet – so far as attacking him or his administration, that is.

Today’s (2/25/12) liberal leaning LA Times carries an article proclaiming that “Clinton Hints at Coup Against Assad.” The writer, Patrick J. McDonnell, attempts to provide Hillary with some credibility by pointing out that she is one of the leaders of a coalition calling itself “Friends of Syria.” The writer credits her with calling for Assad’s security forces to oust him, citing the cases of Tunisia and Egypt, where militaries stepped in to oust “longtime autocratic leaders” (i.e., dictators) after popular protests. Of course, joining others in the swell of protest against Assad does not exactly stamp her as a leader.

A clear sign of her lack of credibility is the fact that as of 2/24/12, she has no part in talks between the U.S. and North Korea concerning food aid to the impoverished country, dismantling of its nuclear weapons program, and other issues. The U.S. is represented by Glyn Davies, who is described as special representative for North Korean policy. Hillary is nowhere in sight.

The main problem with Hillary’s holding any public office is that she has little if any credibility. Remember, when she ran for president, she was caught in a bald-faced lie – claiming she was caught in sniper fire in [Bosnia] when landing there during a visit. This was a total lie, which she later admitted. So, can you believe anything she says? As all trial lawyers will know, there is a jury instruction you can ask the trial judge to give if the evidence warrants it i.e., falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus. What this means is that if the jury finds that the defendant (or a witness) lied about one thing, the jury can find that the defendant (or witness) lied about everything.

And of course hubby Bill was no slouch at lying either.

So much for Hillary’s credibility. Who’s going to believe her?

It’s not to late for Hillary to remove herself from the limelight and move into the kitchen, where she can concentrate on making toll house cookies. There, at least, she can hopefully avoid putting her foot in her mouth. But, of course, with her, anything’s possible.

Copyright 2012. Arnold G. Regardie. All rights reserved.

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Remembering President Richard Nixon – 40 Years Later

On March 1, 2012, I published a blog about President Richard Nixon. He resigned from the presidency 40 years ago, on August 9, 1974, the only president to do so. Despite the shadow of Watergate, he accomplished a lot as president. To honor his presidency, here is a reprint of my blog.

PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON’S EMBRACE OF “RED CHINA” – A MASTER STROKE OF FOREIGN POLICY.
The impact of relations between the U.S. and China should be examined in the context of President Richard Nixon’s legacy.

Before Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the U.S. fades from memory, and bearing mind the occasion of President Obama’s visit to China in 2009, it is fitting to put those visits in historical perspective. Recall that it was President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Peking in 1972, some 40 years ago, which opened the door to improved relations with “Red China,” as the Chinese mainland was then known. This trip took place after two decades of bitter hostility, isolation, and non-existent diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China. The two countries had no framework in place for dealing with each other.

Some would say there is nothing about Richard Nixon worth remembering. But if one can cast aside the disgrace of Watergate and the horrors of Vietnam, horrors he inherited from his predecessor, Lyndon B. Johnson, and focus instead on the visit to China, it stands out as a major foreign policy accomplishment, one which should have earned Nixon the Nobel Peace Prize. Whatever else the personal shortcomings of Richard Nixon were, and there were apparently many, credit should be given where credit is due. Opening up the gateway to China was a brilliant master stroke of foreign policy which revolutionized world diplomacy and world trade. It was all the more remarkable in light of Nixon’s strong anti-communist stance during his political career.

The benefits of Nixon’s decision cannot be understated. What had been a miniscule dollar amount of trade between the two countries, roughly five billion dollars in 1979, has grown to the staggering total of between four hundred billion and five hundred billion dollars today. Moreover, cultural exchanges continue apace, involving many hundreds of exchange students. Last year there were over 3 million mutual visits between the two countries. Further, China, while still harboring a communist government, embraces an emerging capitalist economy, resulting in an ever improving life style for its people. For example, China today is the number one automobile market in the world. American capitalistic icons GM and Ford are strongly entrenched there, as are McDonalds and Coca Cola.

Obama’s 2009 meeting with Chinese President Hu, and his recent meeting with Vice President Jinping is hopefully a harbinger of deepening ties between the two countries, as well as mutual cooperation on trade and other issues.

However, historical perspective notwithstanding, the fact remains that Obama received a tepid response in his efforts to gain China’s cooperation in responding to the global economic showdown. This may be due to China’s recognition that America should focus on its own problems first, or it may be that China is simply not impressed with Obama and his administration.

It is clear that Obama is an excellent politician and a gifted speech maker, but it is equally clear that he is simply a novice when it comes to government management and making major decisions. He has no experience at all in administration and governing of anyone or anything. In other words, he comes across as a lightweight president, a figurehead, who has yet to prove himself as a leader. So, China has humored him, adopting a wait and see attitude before agreeing to anything. It remains to be seen whether Obama will have any real impact on the course of world affairs or whether he will be swept into the dustbin of history.

Copyright 11/20/09, updated 2/27/12, All Rights Reserved. Arnold G. Regardie.

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Writing Goals For Clear Writing

To become an accomplished writer is not an easy task. But to write clearly is a goal eminently worthy of achievement. There are many pitfalls to to be encountered on the road to clear writing. Here are a few.

Lack of experience in writing will show up first. The best approach to achieve clear writing is to just write. You just have to do it. There’s only so much reading you can do about writing before you actually start to write. It’s just like reading about hitting a golf ball or tennis ball – you just have to go out and do it to become really proficient. The more you write, the better you will become. You will also gain one very indispensable element – self confidence.

There are also goals to reach for in the process of overcoming impediments to improving your writing. The first is to write with a purpose and this in turn requires knowledge of your subject matter. This is key. If you don’t know what you’re writing about your readers will see it quickly. This kind of writing will damage your credibility immeasurably and cause your readers to regard your work product with justified skepticism. So to insure writing success, know your subject matter thoroughly. Become an expert on it. This will pay vast dividends for you.

It is also important to know your target audience – know who you’re writing for. It makes a big difference so far as your content is concerned if you’re writing for a sophisticated readership or for people who are less knowledgeable. If your writing is over the heads of your readers it will fall flat. If it is too elementary it will not be well received. So you must know who you’re writing for.

Use an everyday approach in your writing. Write like people talk, in a conversational tone. Avoid jargon or legalese where possible.

Emphasize important points by underlining, capitalizing, or otherwise highlighting them. This will help your readers to focus on what you’re really trying to say. Hit these points hard to draw attention to your message.

Be concise in your writing. Avoid long, rambling explanations. A good discipline is to start off each paragraph with a topic sentence. Fill that paragraph with subject matter that is relevant to that sentence. Good paragraphing can go a long way to holding a reader’s interest. Short paragraphs are often better than long, drawn out ones.

Learn to punctuate correctly. Good punctuation pays off by helping the reader to digest your writing and by showing the reader you really know something about writing.

Use the right word. Having a workable vocabulary is an indispensable tool to clear writing. It is worth extra time on your road to clear writing to work on vocabulary building. Look up and list all new words. Read extensively. Learn how experienced writers use their words – this can be an education in itself and well worth the while.

Finally, avoid spelling errors at all costs. Poor spelling will mark you as an amateur faster than anything else.
Read and reread your manuscript over and over to make sure all spelling is correct. In this process polish it up so that it flows smoothly. Also important is visual attractiveness. A long, dense paper with poor spacing and paragraphing will discourage a reader from reading it.

As you can see clear writing requires close attention to many aspects of writing. There is more, much more to be said but these points will help you immensely on the road to writing success.

All of this and more is covered in my book, “The Art of Clear Writing,” available on amazon.com kindle books and in print.

Copyright 2014. Arnold G. Regardie. All rights reserved.

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