How to Feel Safe from Terrorism

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Think about the word “news.” In a moment, I’m going to ask you more questions about the news. Before that, though, you probably heard about the terrible terrorist attack in Istanbul, Turkey. Dozens killed, scores injured. “It was like hell,” one witness recalled.

Where did you get news of this latest terrorist attack? Facebook? Television? Radio?

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard the news? Take a moment to think back to when you first heard the news. Close your eyes if you think it will help remember and recall.

How did you feel when you heard reports of explosions in the Istanbul airport? Were you surprised? Did you know at the time that Istanbul is in Turkey, or did you think “where is Istanbul?”

Did you tell anyone? I did. I read the FoxNews.com headline to a colleague. “Multiple explosions reported at Istanbul airport,” or something like that.

Do you watch news on television or do you rely on the internet to keep informed? You are reading this blog now. Is this news to you? Or do you think news means CNN or the Wall Street Journal or CBS Radio news? Whatever you think when you think “news,” you’re bound to hear a lot more about terrorism soon.

Sometime today or tomorrow you will likely watch the news again. When you hear more about terrorism, ask yourself, “Is it supposed to be this way?” Don’t you wish when you hear about terrorism and terrorists it would be the last time?

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton say that ISIS is almost defeated. They say there’s less terrorism today. So why do you hear about so many new terrorist attacks? Could it be that Obama and Clinton lie to you?

You should keep track of how much people talk about terrorism on the news. The news people are mostly Democrats–over 90 percent of people in the news business. So you’d expect them to say what Obama and Clinton want them to tell you. And the news still talks about terrorism, terrorists, and terror attacks, don’t they?

Maybe terrorism is getting worse, not better. Maybe ISIS is getting stronger, not weaker. Maybe your kids are less safe today than they were eight years ago.

You might find yourself hearing “terror” and thinking about terrorism more and more. If you do, ask yourself this: who made it so bad? The people who’ve been running the government for 8 years, or the guy who runs buildings and golf courses?

The more you hear “terror,” the more you like Donald Trump. And the more you like Donald Trump, the less you fear terrorism.

It’s so easy now, isn’t it?


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The Best Way to Deal with Trump

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Someone you know is PERFECT for this book.

It might be you.

Here you are, looking at your device, reading these words, and trying to figure out the Trump thing. Or maybe you’ve figured it out, but you want to know how people like you think about it. Or maybe you’re all-in for Trump, but you need help talking to your friends or family about your Trumpism. You might be thinking this book is for you. Or someone you know well.

Probably, you, like me, thought America lost its mind last year when Donald Trump led all the polls in August and September. You probably, like me, wondered why people would buy this guy’s story. And very probably, you, like me, struggled with how to deal with the whole Trump phenomenon. Even if you were onboard with Trump day one, you probably can use some powerful logic to bolster your arguments, right?

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Everyone can, don’t you think?

I’m Bill Hennessy, co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and author of five books beginning with The Conservative Manifesto in 1993. The Conservative Manifesto was a featured alternate selection of the Conservative Book Club twice in 1994. I’ve been a guest on Neil Caputo, Glenn Beck, and The Kudlow Report. And I’ve been accused of “selling out.”

Turning On Trump chronicles the sordid tales of that “sell-out.” Which wasn’t a sell-out at all, but a needed realization of what’s most important right now for America’s survival. It’s the real-time account of a dyed-in-the-wool conservative turning around on Trump. And some people say it’s “the ultimate political mea culpa.”

Turning On Trump has some very emotional moments that you’ll relate to, too, like the storyline of your favorite movie. I came under heavy fire from friends and family when I began to think differently about Donald Trump. You might have experienced this yourself, didn’t you? It’s painful to feel like you’re letting people down, and it’s terrible to think you can’t make them see what you see, isn’t it?

I pulled together these stories from my blog, HennessysView.com, to help you see what I saw at the turning. I want to reassure you that, however you feel about Trump, you’re right in one way or another. If you can’t see yourself voting for Trump yet, it’s not your fault. Many in the ruling class and the media want you to feel that way, and they’re very good at making you feel what they want you to feel. We’ve all gone through it one time or another. Those mainstream media folks are effective, even on us, are they not?

Leaders adapt principles to circumstances.

–General George S. Patton

But if you’re reading this now, you know you’re open to overcoming those feelings that hold you back from thinking differently. I was there, too. And I’m here now with Turning on Trump to make your life better, to align your big principles with the principles that will save our Supreme Court from three to five hard-left replacements favored by Crooked Hillary. (I really, really like Donald Trump’s list of Supreme Court nominees, don’t you? Even if you’re not there yet on Trump, his Heritage Foundation list of appointments is stellar, you probably agree.)

I hope you’ll buy and read Turning On Trump for fun and for information. And you might want to buy an extra copy or two to give to friends who just can’t see the truth yet. They will. They’ll turn around. And you can help by buying them a copy of Turning On Trump. It’s the very best way to deal with the Trump phenomenon right now.

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George Will’s Passive Aggressive Slacktivism

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Pat Buchanan and George Will have a lot in common, but they’re very different, too. They’re both conservative writers and journalists. But Buchanan’s an activist while Will is a passivist. (New word?) Let me explain.

When I was a freshman in college, a professor told me he saw George Will speak. He found Will’s conservatism “intellectual and reasonable,” unlike Ronald Regan’s “extremism.” It was a shot at my Reaganism. I knew it.

That was in 1983, and the US economy was in the tank. High unemployment. Sky-high interest rates. And inflation was still painful to millions. The professor heard George Will busily distance himself from Reagan.

By 1984, though, it was morning in America again. And George Will was all in with Reagan.

George Will runs away from conservatives who annoy the academic elite. In 1979, Will worried about Reagan’s positions being outside the “mainstream” of American voters. He endorsed Howard Baker for president, then George H. W. Bush. Will described Bush as someone so perfect that, as a kid, you’d have wanted to punch him for being the kid your mom constantly badgered you to be like. (That was before Bush raised taxes and puked on the Japenese Prime Minister’s lap.)

Now, George F. Will is so distraught over Trump’s rudeness and plain talk that he has left the Republican party. Will now identifies as “unaffiliated,” allowing him to use whichever bathroom has the shortest line. How convenient.

I’m sure that in Will’s mind this constitutes action. He thinks he’s taking a stand. He believes he’s acting all principled and shit. And he probably thinks he’s no different than Pat Buchanan.

But there is a difference.

Pat Buchanan left the GOP in 2000, unhappy with the party’s nominee and choices. But that’s where the similarities end, because Buchanan took positive action toward a defined end goal while George Will’s disaffiliation is nothing but slacktivism.

Buchanan quit the Republican Party and joined the Reform Party. He became the Reform Party’s nominee for president. He campaigned hard and got some votes. Conservapedia credits Buchanan with George W. Bush’s win in Florida.

In short, Buchanan took action and made a personal sacrifice to represent people who felt unrepresented by the GOP and the DNC. Buchanan acted for others, while Will retreated for his own personal comfort. Will’s highly touted exit from the GOP is passive and empty, like a plastic grocery bag blowing in the wind. 

People might nod at George Will’s intellectual gravitas, but people marched behind Pat Buchanan’s action.

America doesn’t have time for slacktivism.

But America has plenty of time to read my new book before the conventions.

Dethroning the Pointy-Haired Bosses of the Universe

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Okay, let me explain this in the simplest possible way…

you…are…an…idiot.

–Scott Adams, Dilbert

Lately…the Peter Principle has given way to the “Dilbert Principle.” The basic concept of the Dilbert Principle is that the most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.

― Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle’s-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions

You probably know a Pointy-Haired Boss, don’t you? It’s the manager who’s so grossly incapable of anything useful that he’s finally put in charge of everything. Afraid others will recognize his malicious ignorance, he sucks up all authority and delegates all blame. Scott Adams writes a cartoon called Dilbert that highlights these worthless boobs. But Scott gets one thing wrong. When the biggest idiots manage government, they can do the most damage possible.

Not all incompetent boobs work in business. A lot of them, the most incompetent and most malicious ones, work in government. The very worst work in places like Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium. And these boobs demand the most power, create the most chaos, and punish the most people for even hinting they have spotted the idiot’s stupidity.

These boobs are the Pointy-Haired Bosses of the Universe, or PHBUs for short. (Not be confused with the abbreviation for Phenylbenzylurethane, PhBU, though both are highly explosive and very dangerous to handle.)

Last Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom pointed out the stupidity of the idiots who run the European Union by declaring the UK’s independence. Ordinary people all over the world celebrated this bold act of courage and common sense. But the Pointy-Haired Bosses of the Universe are mad as hell, and their uber-matieralistic mininons are scared to death. Now the punishment begins.

Now the punishment begins. 

When a worker at a company irritates the Pointy-Haired Boss, the worker usually gets humiliated or fired. When an entire country of workers irritates the Pointy-Haired Bosses of the Universe, war might even break out.

The PHBUs at the EU have built cushy lives for themselves, and that cush is paid for with taxes extracted from workers in places like the UK. If the EU and the European Central Bank don’t stop this independence stuff, pretty soon the PHBUs will have to go out and find real jobs–jobs that are far less cushy and jobs that pay a lot less. In these real jobs, they might even be held accountable, God forbid.

Ben Hunt, my favorite economics writer, says the EU and the ECB have no choice but to destroy the British economy.

From a game theory perspective, the EU and ECB need to crush the UK. It’s like the Greek debt negotiations … it was never about Greece, it was always about sending a signal that dissent and departure will not be tolerated to the countries that matter to the survival of the Eurozone (France, Italy, maybe Spain). Now they (and by “they” I mean the status quo politicians throughout the EU, not just Germany) are going to send that same signal to the same countries by hurting the UK any way they can, creating a Narrative that it’s economic death to leave the EU, much less the Eurozone. It’s not spite. It’s purely rational. It’s the smart move.

Since Germany is the richest country in the EU, Germany pretty much runs the EU and the ECB. So the coming war–financial or otherwise–will be between Germany and England. Sort of like the last two big wars.

[UPDATE: EU Foreign Affairs Chief Calls for Creation of EU Army]

You’re probably thinking I think Brexit was a bad idea. Who wants another world war, after all? I don’t. But I applaud Brexit for the same reason I’m glad Thomas Jefferson wrote our own Declaration of Independence 240 years ago.

When the colonies broke with Brittain, there was hell to pay. I’m sure the materialists of the day were pissed at the Continental Congressmen who voted to thumb our red, white, and blue noses at King George, but we ignored those money-grubbing misers. Freedom and liberty meant more to our founders than a few points on His Majesty’s Stock Exchange. Yes, our yankee currency got crushed. Yes, some shoppe keepers had to delay their retirements by a few years. If memory serves, there was even some armed conflict between us and the Brits. But in the end, we won our independence from a tyrannical government full of Pointy-Haired Bosses. The American Dream came true: we owned our own lives. Or at least some of us did. It took until the 13th Amendment for the American Dream to reach everyone. But it did.

Over next 200 years, PHBUs tried to reign us in. And we always fought back. So the PHBUs looked for other people to boss around. Since people in the UK look a lot like us and talk a lot like us and even watch many of the same movies as we do, the PHBUs sucked the Brits into a European Super Government run by the biggest idiots on the planet.

Now after 40 years of this European central government, the Brits have decided they value being British more than the current value of their investment portfolios. They want to live under English law, not Sharia law. They want to speak English, not Arabic. They want to decide what it means to be British and to exclude people who show no signs of accepting their ways.

I feel the same way about America as the Brits feel about the UK. You probably do too.

If anyone calls you a racist for wanting to live free, they’re lying. Those people are liars. Most likely, they’re very materialistic people who think only about money and material things. Materialists hate any “risk” to their material comfort. They only want more More MORE! They want to Have. It. All. And they want it all right now, dammit! And after they get it all, they want more!

If they’re not pure materialists, the people calling you a racist are Pointy-Haired Bosses of the Universe. Or wannabes. PHBUs hate freedom because free people don’t need much from government. Free people just need government to build roads, enforce contracts, and keep out invaders who want to destroy their cultures. And maybe a little social safety net for the truly incapable people–like dethroned PHBUs.

The PHBUs feed off the insatiable materialism of the uber-materialists, promising more and more stuff in exchange for more and more power.

The clear-thinking people, like the ones in the UK who voted to leave the EU, see the pattern in this stuff-for-power swap. While the stuff promised never quite makes it to the insatiable materialists, the power sure as fuck makes it to the government. PHBUs demand power payments in advance and promise to deliver the goods some time in the future. Maybe. And that “some time” never seems to come. There’s always an insolvent mega-bank to bail out or a wave of terrorist-infused refugees to relocate.

There’s nothing racist or xenophobic or ignorant about the Brexit or about Trumpism. We’re just doing what people do when the Pointy-Haired Bosses of the Universe show their incompetence and malicious intent. We dissolve “the political bands which connected” us to the PHBUs and create new governments that reflect our cultures and values. What the UK did is precisely what our founders did in 1776. And for almost identical reasons.

So stop apologizing for wanting to own your own life.

The UK has permission to be British, and you have permission to Trump.

Permission to Trump

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Ever feel like it’s not okay to admit you’re for Trump?

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Mike Flynn, RIP

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When the BBC called Brexit for LEAVE at about 12:30 a.m. CDT today, I thought first of my friend Mike Flynn. Mike had a keen sense of history. He put the Tea Party movement into proper perspective, as he did with all events. Mike kept us from overstating both the Tea Party’s effect and its potential. Or he put them in context and reminded us that our potential depends on ourselves, not outside forces. Among nascent political operatives and activists, Mike was the adult in the room, even among people many years his senior.

I wanted to talk to Mike about Brexit, because he’d have a brilliant understanding of the event’s historical significance. I believe it’s the biggest political event since the Berlin Wall fell. Would Mike say I’m exaggerating? Underestimating?

I met Mike, Andrew Breitbart, and Chip Gerdes in September, 2009, around the time of the massive 9/12 Tea Party in Quincy, Illinois.  Here’s how I described the end of that pivotal weekend:

I was hungover.

I sat in a booth at the Holiday Inn in Quincy, Illinois, with my wife and two friends from St. Louis. The day before was my wife’s birthday, which she graciously spent waiting for me to speak at a tea party in Quincy.

Angela and I sat with Jim Durbin and Ben Evans. About four feet away, sitting at the bar, were Andrew Breitbart and editor-in-chief of Andrew’s BigGovernment.com, Mike Flynn. Andrew and Mike were monitoring the Sunday talk shows on the bar’s big sports TVs. Andrew  and Mike, and a kid named James O’Keefe, were the subjects of every political program that weekend. Just two days earlier, the famous ACORN videos dropped on BigGovernment.com.

I’ll never know Mike’s thoughts on Brexit. My friend, the political editor of Breitbart News, passed away last night. The Lord has now taken three central figures in the Tea Party’s rise, especially St. Louis Tea Party: Andrew Breitbart, Chip Gerdes, and Mike Flynn.

Mike Flynn, Chip Gerdes, and Andrew Breitbart at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, August 2011. Photo courtesy Jeremy Segal

I saw Mike in Washington DC in April. I was in town for only a couple of nights, but he made time to hang out and talk about politics, the primaries, family, and old times. He was joyous and funny, as always. Mike left early that night because of an appointment early the next morning.

Freedom will miss Mike, as we all will. You and I will have to pick up a little extra work now.

Why did God see fit to call how Andrew, Chip, and Mike so soon? No idea. But He probably knows what he’s doing.

God bless Mike, his family, and the grieving nation Mike left behind.

Please read the touching words of Mike’s friend and colleague, Mike Leahy.