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Pop Quiz: How To Tell If You Are A Racist.

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I learned long ago that talk’s cheap. Anyone can say anything. But, it is what they do that reveals their true thoughts and character. Learn to look, don’t listen.

“Their actions speak louder than words.” That’s something we have all heard. Here’s another cliche which is true. “Your actions speak so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying.” “Do as I say, not as I do.” That’s the poster child for poor parenting! So, pick your truth.

And let’s see what you would do and support, or have done and have supported. Let’s all take this quiz:

Do you support bringing the unemployment of blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and women to historically record lows? OR Do you support keeping those groups with perpetually higher unemployment than whites for example?

Do you support rising wages for blacks, and other minorities? OR Do you support holding them in the low income class, rather than the middle class?

Do you support stopping the killing of blacks and Hispanics in the inner cities like Chicago? OR Do you just turn a blind eye, dismissing them as criminals and “untouchables” that deserve what they get?

Do you support bringing business investment into depressed neighborhoods and inner cities to provide employment for the impoverished youth? OR Do you want to have them remain without work, dependent upon you and what you dole out of your wallet?

Do you support giving the parents of inner city youth the choice to take their child to a school where they have some hope of an education and chance for the future? OR Do you want to force them to remain in the inner city schools, even if it means they could never have a hope of competing and succeeding?

Do you support ending draconian life sentences for crimes that did not warrant that penalty? OR Do you want to continue that Clinton Era law, and keep a lot of criminal blacks, Hispanics, etc. off the streets permanently?

Do you support programs that help convicts come out into society and get a second chance, and employment? OR Do you ridicule the men and women who work to create those programs and believe that black people can’t change?

Do you support permanent funding of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities? OR Do you want them to have to beg every year for the money to keep their doors open, and their legacy continued?

Do you support encouraging a traditional and nuclear family where the parents take responsibility for their children? OR Do you want the state to become the “parent” of minority children, and take full responsibility for how they think, and what they can earn, and how high they can climb?

Do you insist that all black and minority lives matter, and refuse to only talk about black lives related to law enforcement? OR Do you turn a blind eye to all issues related to the loss of black lives, except for those related to law enforcement?

Do you believe that one is not “guilty by accusation,” and deserves Due Process–no matter their race, no matter the alleged crime? OR Do you rush to judgment at every bad act and actor and form your own “lynch mob”–demanding that no Due Process occurs?

Let’s check ourselves out on this. If you predominantly answered affirmatively to the first question in each series, you are not a racist–in my opinion. If you answered predominantly affirmatively to the second question in each series, you–in my opinion–are the racist.

For the record, Trump answered affirmatively to all of the first questions, and did not do so just with “words.” He did so with actual programs that have worked and resulted in dramatic improvement where the programs have been allowed to be implemented. So, if Donald J. Trump is a racist, he is really bad at it. He would surely get an F in a “How to Be A Successful Racist” class.

His opponents have chosen to predominantly support none of the first questions–not even with words–and appear to be the racists. Their actions or inactions speak louder than words. I think they would ace a class entitled: “How to Keep Minorities Down.”

There is a lot of noise out there, my friends. Look, don’t listen.

Facebook “Adds to” a Lee Kessler Blog

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I don’t know whether to be flattered or angry. I’ll choose angry today. Two weeks ago I posted one of my Blogs from www.LeeKessler.net. It had to do with voting, and my recommendations–not on who to vote for–but on how to make sure your vote gets counted, and counted in a timely manner, this election.

The Blog was one of the ones most commented on by you, my readers, and most forwarded. Facebook, however, was not satisfied with it, and decided to do their own improvements.

It’s bad enough that some company feels they can censor your words and thoughts, that are not at all inflammatory. It’s even worse when some millennial “woke” person creates an algorithm, and the algorithm then finds words, and then Facebook adds their commentary or evaluation.

In this case they added right on top of my Blog–as if it were part of it–a box with all kinds of “helpful” information on voting during this election. If you click on their link, you find some good information there. And you also find “evaluations” and opinions about mail in voting. And that is just what it appears to be–an opinion, not supported by current facts necessarily. If they cared about facts they would have stated what the rejection percentage has been in recent years and months with mail in ballots, or the number of fraud cases in recent elections.

When I checked the source of the Facebook-approved voter recommendations, it is Jason Grumet’s think tank, the Bipartisan Policy Center. Grumet is a former Obama energy and climate advisor.

You can form your own opinion. You read my Blogs because hopefully you value my opinion on some issues. I doubt you needed Facebook’s! So, I am going to post it again. You can read the original post. It is just to the right of this one, under Recent Posts. Title: How to Ensure Your Vote Counts

Two Little Words that Unleashed a Fury

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For many of us–whether Democrat, Independent, or Republican–who have lived a bit of life, the last 4 years have been a rancorous, scary, confusing, and threatening time. All of our foundational institutions have been under assault, and emotionally many bounce from anger, to grief, to fear. There is a mystery here. How did this happen?

As for me, I have asked myself almost daily–and I challenge you to ask yourself this–what could one man have done that warrants his being criticized from the moment he rises to the moment he sleeps? Why has he been attacked from every direction, with a merciless hyper-critical assault waged against him every single day, for the last 4 years?

The relentless harangues feel like persecution. And I have wept on occasion for my country, and the media, which seem to have turned into a constant tear-down machine. Surely, no one deserves to be criticized for every single thing they say or do. No one could be that evil, that wrong, or that “deplorable.” In our heart of hearts, I think we know something is off.

It is almost as if, in the eyes of some, he is so totally “wrong” that people have been driven to hate. I ask myself, what is his crime? What, exactly, did he do that was so wrong that he deserves to be tarred and feathered, pilloried, and ridden out of town on a rail?

Then, last week, during the President’s acceptance speech, he uttered two little words that I think are the words which, when he first said them five years ago, cast the die and resulted in the fury of hatred we have all had to live with. He may not have known then what saying those words to the American people would mean. But, I believe he does now.

When he said those words last week, all of a sudden I felt a weight lift, and a fog disappear. This was the Real Why behind the attempt to overthrow a President of the United States. He seemed at peace with it. And so am I. Words of warning from a business mentor from 35 years ago now echo in my mind.

The President said that he knows now that this all began when he said two little words. Those little words unleashed a fury. The words? America First. He said them when he announced his candidacy, and constantly repeated them when he was campaigning. He was running for the American people who had been sidelined when other countries’ interests had become senior to America’s interests, and where the American worker had been sacrificed, and the middle class all but destroyed. He promised that if he were elected, he would put America First.

If you have ever heard the term globalism, or even other more conspiratorial terms like new world order etc., you may now understand why Donald J. Trump poses such an “existential threat” in the minds of some. For more than 70 years, men and women who hold themselves to be superior to all of us have been systematically moving the world to be just “one big happy family”–where our prosperous nation has been persuaded that we are not all that great, and our wealth isn’t really ours to keep and give away at our discretion. It really belongs to all men, and we should subordinate America’s interests to the interests of the world–the globe–and those who control it.

Language that supports the “fraternity” of man, and actions that force wealthier nations to weaken their own economic systems, reducing the status and freedoms of their own citizens, is language that is embraced, adored, and elevated. To speak to the contrary is forbidden.

Yet, Donald J. Trump promised to put America First–to work with other nations and to help them, but not at the expense constantly of the American citizen. Every rally he spoke of it. And 63 million Americans heard just those two words. They did not hear his tweets, they did not care about his “tone.” They cared that he promised to put America First and all of his subsequent policies and successes have kept that promise with the people.

And that is why he is despised by the powerbrokers, the elites. Those two words threaten to tear down the painstaking and covert work they have done for years to enrich themselves in the quest for globalism, and what it represents. Someone does not want us to ask the question, “just which higher echelon elites that transcend mere country borders will be running the show, governing all the world’s populations?

So, I will. I think now we need to pay just a bit more attention to the word “globalism” and identify why the words “America First” are such a threat to it Who are these globalists? What American politicians (of both parties), bureaucrats, bankers, industry leaders, educators, military generals, medical professionals, Wall Street titans etc. embraced the creation of a new world? Who infiltrated our schools? Who was counting on the fact we would not notice, since the indoctrination occurred gradually, over generations?

And who went instantly insane when candidate Donald J. Trump, and then President Donald J. Trump, said two little words? True colors, my friends, and true intentions. For the first time in my lifetime, I am staring directly at the true menace to liberty. I now understand what my mentor warned me about 35 years ago when he said there were men outside and inside this country who had a very different vision for the world. And he taught me then how to cook a frog.

The words “America First” appear to have turned the heat up under the frog so much that it (the American People) jumped out of the pot. And that is just unacceptable to those who would be rulers. It is the Original Sin in their world.

The President once said–and this is very near an exact quote: I am the President of the United States. I am not President of the World. My responsibility is to work for the American people, to put their best interests first. Other countries’ leaders should put their people’s interest first. I am not angry with them for furthering their own country. I just don’t want them to do it at America’s expense constantly.

It seems we need to maybe ask, who does want to be President of the World? Hmmm…

How To Ensure Your Vote Counts

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VOTE IN PERSON AT THE POLLS!!!!!!! THAT IS THE BEST WAY OF ALL.

IF YOU MUST DO AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, REQUEST IT EARLY, AND MAIL IT EARLY!!!!! IDEALLY DROP IT OFF AT THE MOST SECURE LOCATION AVAILABLE. (HINT: A DROP BOX ON A STREET CORNER IS PROBABLY NOT YOUR BEST CHOICE. NEITHER IS ANOTHER PERSON WHO PROMISES THEY WILL SEE IT GETS DELIVERED.)

IF YOU GET MORE THAN ONE “MAIL-IN” BALLOT MAILED TO YOU AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS (PREVIOUS ADDRESSES ETC.) FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE SURE ONLY THE BALLOT YOU CAST IS COUNTED. YOUR ELECTION OFFICIALS KNOW HOW TO DISPOSE OF OR TURN THEM IN PROPERLY. AND HOW TO REPORT POSSIBLE MISUSE OR FRAUD.

IF YOU HAVE MOVED, NOTIFY THE ELCTION BOARD TO REMOVE YOU FROM THE ROSTER, SO THEY DON’T MAIL ONE TO YOU THAT SOMEONE ELSE COULD TAKE AND FALSIFY. (THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN BY THE WAY WITH AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, SINCE YOU HAVE TO REQUEST IT PROACTIVELY. IT IS THE UNIVERSAL “MAIL IN” BALLOT THAT POSES A CHALLENGE, AND RISK)

BOTTOM LINE, IT IS YOUR VOTE. YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENSURING THAT YOUR VOTE COUNTS. DO NOT SIT BACK AND WAIT FOR BUREAUCRATS TO SORT ANYTHING OUT FOR YOU. NO EXCUSES HERE, FOLKS.

YOU MATTER, AND YOUR VOTE MATTERS. IT IS A SACRED RIGHT OF THE AMERICAN CITIZEN TO VOTE. THAT RIGHT BELONGS TO NO ONE BUT ELIGIBLE AMERICAN CITIZENS. BUT YOU ARE–IN THE END–THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY. ONLY YOU AND I CAN SCREW THIS UP. NO ONE TO BLAME BUT OURSELVES.

GOING TO THE POLLS IN PERSON IS THE BEST–ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. IF YOU CAN STAND IN LINE AT GROCERY STORES, YOU CAN STAND IN LINE AT THE POLLS. YOU CAN DISTANCE YOURSELF. YOU CAN WEAR MASKS.

DO NOT LET ANYONE INTIMIDATE YOU INTO THINKING IT IS NOT “SAFE” TO GO TO THE POLLS. YOU KNOW BY NOW HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS. BUT, IF YOU DOUBT THAT, THEN REQUEST A PROPER ABSENTEE BALLOT.

THE KEY IS NOT TO PROCRASTINATE. GET THE BALLOT. RETURN IT PROPERLY WITH PLENTY OF TIME TO SPARE.

AND REMEMBER THIS IS YOUR ELECTION, YOUR VOTE. TURN OFF THE NOISE, AND ENJOY ELECTION DAY!! HAVE SOME GOOD CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHERS AT THE POLLS. “SOCIALIZE” WHILE YOU “SOCIAL DISTANCE.” YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Rachel Maddow’s Latest

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This week, while driving home from Montana, I listened to the revelation about the Abraham Accord between Israel and the UAE. For anyone who has lived long enough to know the struggle in that region, and our country’s part in it for decades, the magnitude of this agreement and the very unique and untried approach the President took to the problem over the last 3 years was patently obvious. Breathtakingly obvious. No one with any intellect or compassion could say anything other than this is HUGE.

The world we live in changed last week. It was changed by one man’s campaign promise. A promise kept. His vision started a chain of events and meetings that culminated with two brave, visionary leaders in the Mid-East striking a new accord.

The direction he took was forward–not backward. Trump looks forward to create the future. (A lesson Black Lives Matter sycophants could learn. We don’t go back down a time track to when things were worse. We go forward from where we are, and create something better.) Israel and the UAE shook off preconceptions, and past failures, and looked through new eyes, from a different angle, at a possible future.

A business mentor of mine often says, “Your past does not equal your future.” The President did not attempt to solely solve the Israeli/Palestinian issue which had embroiled the whole region for decades, if not centuries. He attacked the Israel and Arab states issue relevant to Iran, terrorism, and economic potential.

So, platitudes like “historic,” “huge,” “world-changing” seem to be the best we can do to express the magnitude of the shift in relations in that arena. But, this time, the platitudes apply.

Anyone who downplays this, or demeans it, or dismisses it, is frankly in the camp of those who destroy, not who create. Or they are too intellectually dim to comprehend, and should therefore lead no one.

Those of you who have read “White King and the Doctor” probably remember that the protagonist was an 18 year old Grandmaster chess champion who ended up discovering a very elaborate and layered chess game being played against us by a very brilliant enemy. Not relying on chest text books, or past Masters’ winning moves and games, Andy Weir was a “natural” chess player who simply played the invisible opponent in the moment, not by rote repetition of moves from the past. He cracked the case. Trump and his team appear to have done the same.

Now for my point. Fox was covering it massively in their evening opinion shows. I decided to see what Rachel Maddow on MSNBC had to say about it. Turning to her channel, Maddow was not only not covering it at all, she was off on another conspiracy theory using “anonymous” sources and allegations of a document sealed somewhere that proved Trump had offered his golf course for a major tournament, and therefore she once again was establishing for her viewers just how vile and criminal our President is. At least that is the gist of what I gathered. In her mind, she was laying the foundation for yet another “impeachable offense.” Stunningly vacuous!

For the last three years–if you slowed down to observe and really think about the various actions we took that led to this accord–Donald J. Trump has been playing Three-dimensional Chess. And Rachel Maddow has been playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey!

Here’s a link to: http://whitekingrising.com/ where you can read that book, and learn what it takes to be able to play 3-dimensional chess!