Thursday, February 18, 2021

Rush Limbaugh: Now That He Belongs To the Ages, A Museum Like No Other Is In Order

Words like prolific and iconic have been repeatedly used in attempts to encapsulate what Rush has accomplished in the broadcasting industry but those are words that have become cliché in contemporary journalism and do not do justice in such attempts.  Historic is the apt word to best describe Rush and his importance in the Post-Reagan era that followed his emergence.    

There will not be another Rush Limbaugh in broadcasting and his runners-up in media are the first to acknowledge that.  What he did on a grand scale were not merely “accomplishments”.  They were of monumental historic importance.  After Reagan left office and disappeared from the public in the late 1980s, we were left with a vacuum and what we called “conservativism” could have been in decline if not for the Godsend that was Rush Limbaugh, who before social media, was able to proliferate those principles that he so masterfully articulated.  Rush was a human conduit for conservativism.  Up to the week he passed, Rush enabled tens of millions of Americans to coalesce behind principles that he could masterfully distill from convoluted issues that were deliberately made so in the never-ending onslaught of leftist chicanery and subterfuge.  No one could foresee it and expose it better.  Behind those fundamental ideals Rush was instrumental in leading the conservative revolution of 1994, to the Tea Party movement and ultimately the Trump, MAGA Revolution.   

During all of those movements, the most powerful politicians in Congress and White House staff most of whom history will soon forget and whom posterity will never really know - had to monitor Rush’s daily broadcast.  They had to determine what was coming.  He was that important. 

This brings me to my point.  What Rush embodies and executed in defending liberty, inspiring and leading Americans forward in the battle for our collective national soul against the scourge of leftism is the closest thing we had to a modern equivalent of our founding fathers.  I have long compared him to a type of Benjamin Franklin in that Franklin was of course not a President but perhaps more important than any, regarded The Sage worldwide, brilliant inventor, entrepreneur, media mogul, globally beloved and integral, indefatigable leader for the founding and preservation of what became the Republic.  THAT litany also describes Rush Limbaugh almost in every way aside perhaps from inventor (in the mechanical sense), but that is the only difference in my humble opinion.

A Museum like no other is in order

Presidents have their presidential libraries but Rush Limbaugh absolutely warrants a museum on a grand scale.  He might not want such an honor for himself but history should demand it and our posterity needs it.  Just as we have made the residences of men of such historical importance to this nation into museums whenever possible, so that others may learn both from and about them on a deeper level,  I feel that it is advisable, if his family would support the endeavor, that his compound be turned into a museum not only honoring Rush but to make it a sort of sanctuary to reflect upon the exceptional principles by which his success was built and upon which this nation was founded.  Many of Rush’s 27 million+ regular listeners would surely embrace such a museum in Palm Beach as a place to learn more about the man whom they felt they knew personally because of the bond formed over past decades and no doubt since he now “belongs to the ages” a phrase once famously ascribed to Abraham Lincoln upon his passing, our posterity would greatly benefit from such an endeavor for decades, perhaps centuries to come. 

Palm Beach has quite a rich history as a home to literal legends of American history, with Mar- a-Lago, the home of President Donald J. Trump and the estate of the island’s original developer, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age home Whitehall, a widely toured mansion on the Island, just a bit down the road from Rush’s home on 1495 Ocean Boulevard.   This museum would be entirely appropriate and certainly not unprecedented.   The 21,000+ square foot, 2.26 acre estate estate could feature so much that was of interest to Rush by preserving and moving his studio currently located on Royal Palm Way in Palm Beach to Rush’s home where the Golden EIB microphone could be forever on display.  As passionate about aviation as Rush was widely known to be, his private jet could be preserved and moved to the estate where walk throughs could be available in the way that Henry Flagler’s private train car is walked through at the Whitehall estate.  The possibilities are enormous.  After 30+ years of listening to Rush share his passions about so many fascinating subjects, many would love to have the opportunity to learn more and experience those passions in addition to the fundamental principles we all shared.

The home is currently estimated by the property appraiser to be worth approximately $50 million and it is conceivable that it could be significantly more.  Nevertheless, it would be relatively easy to gain support for an acquisition to cover whatever amount is needed (even by crowd funding from devoted listeners if needed) to make this happen unless the family wished to establish and run it as it would likely be quite self-sustaining given the millions of annual visitors to south Florida and the high level of interest in the legendary leader, Rush Hudson Limbaugh III.   The greatest obstacle would likely be the town of Palm Beach itself as it has a history of creating obstacles for Limbaugh as well as other prominent residents, such as President Donald J. Trump.  Nevertheless, I suspect it could ultimately be accomplished.  Perhaps our venerable Governor would lend his support.       

Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Real Red Dawn is Here - What States Must do immediately

After three decades of Americans living in denial, Red China is here and it is masquerading behind the color blue.  Over the past couple of weeks I have practiced what I have preached by reaching out to my state legislature and filed a formal complaint with the Florida Attorney General's office against Amazon, Inc. specifically as a customer.  Boycotts can be effective but much more organized efforts are urgently warranted in this state of emergency in which we find ourselves.  

The nation has remained at DEFCON-5 as the nuclear threat has been seemingly mitigated since the 1990s; however, nuclear is not the threat by which Marxist tyranny has manifested itself.  As we were totally blind to our vulnerabilities and broadsided by Al Qaeda in 2001, we have been completely aloof as we found ourselves in the midst of a Marxist coup de etat that began in March 2020.  The reality in America is that we would be at DEFCON-1 right now if the intention of the outdated scale were updated to express the true threat to the liberties of citizens of the United States of America.

Almost daily we hear stories of major companies being attacked due to the faith and/or political beliefs of their founders, this past week Mike Lindell of My Pillow fame was the latest target of the ever treacherous Jack Dorsey and the company he abuses as CEO, known as Twitter.  After de-platforming the President of the United States (who actually revived the company, the stock of which was at rock bottom in 2016) this week this rogue CEO has done the same to former Assistant to the President, Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, Peter Navarro 

It is as though these companies along with the party they serve are shamelessly following the edicts of the Chinese communist dictatorship every step of the way.  We do not have time to wait until our next third-world election for this coup to be stopped. 

The states must coalesce and adopt harmonious legislation among the "constitutionalist" states of America with the focus of stopping the predatory attacks of companies that have already begun to shut down the communications, finances and general livelihood of 75-80 million Americans.  By exercising our rights as sovereign states through the promulgation of state constitutional amendments designed to protect our fellow citizens from such effrontery, we the people can stop these companies from conducting business in our respective, constitution venerating states until such unconscionable actions cease.   

We must augment our power in numbers, using the proper channel of state government.  If 25-30 states were to join together and agree to such legislation, these companies would be devastated (by loss to revenue, earnings and share valuation) and would be forced to abide by the law instead of abusing their fiduciary responsibilities to their shareholders and their fellow citizens. 

This would require sacrifice among consumers but to live in denial for one more day about the tyranny that is upon us will cost us everything.  If we are not willing to make temporary sacrifices as citizens of right now, we should be and will be forever ashamed in light of what our forefathers sacrificed for our liberty and we will live out the remainder of our lives in regret as will our posterity be sentenced to do likewise. 

Following are my thoughts on what may be done to effectively fight this war on our liberties and a Proposal for State Constitutional Amendments that would lead to victory over the treachery being waged against us by monopolistic companies that have already begun to wage their war against this nation and our Bill of Rights.  This can be codified in Florida by ballot initiative but given the urgency, it is expedient that it should be legislated through our state legislature.

The states should have the ability to prevent social media companies from discriminating against citizens and companies based in their respective states on the basis of political beliefs or in the case of companies, based upon their fostering forums that allow free-expression of political and religious beliefs.  

For-profit companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon should be required by state law, to tolerate the expression of the political views of their users and if they do not, they should be open to individual lawsuits by their victims whose rights have been violated (individuals and corporations affected such as Parler)Furthermore, when policies are instituted that are found to deny users and companies their right to expression of political beliefs, ISPs operating within those states should be required to block access to those companies until all policies that censor such expression are reversed.

Corporations such as Amazon should be blocked from transacting business within those states and/or pay substantial, ongoing fines for blocking the business of other corporations such as Parler on the basis of political expression being offered on their platform.   

States should draft articles to adopt and enforce such laws in concert with one another.

Exceptions:  Companies existing as non-profit organizations such as churches and political action committees (PACs) should be exempted and allowed to limit expression if they choose to do so, based upon religious convictions and political views. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

We CAN Defeat These Predatory, Anti-American Corporations and Here is How

Liberty loving Americans are longing to “do something” honorable and effective in this war against our liberty by the Marxist Left.  Since the election fraud took place, reconciling the empirical evidence with the surrender of free and fair elections by the derelict Supreme Court has been difficult.  Having heard so many longing for direction on what we can actually do about this now  prompts me to humbly share some thoughts on how we can overcome the overwhelming onslaught by predatory corporations run by reprobate CEOs.

Things that must be done

STOP searching on Google.  Alphabet, parent company of Google has an Achille’s heel that few seem to understand.  The company, as large, powerful and arrogant as it is in bullying its own customers has an extraordinary vulnerability. 

For the past couple of decades, despite all the different ventures it has gotten into from self-driving car development to the now ubiquitous Android operating system, one thing has amazingly remained almost unchanged.  The fact is that the vast majority of the company’s total revenue, close to 90% still comes from advertising.  What makes the company quite vulnerable is that over 70% of that advertising revenue comes – search!  Stop and ponder what that really means.  Search is not something that needs to be “sticky” like a unique service or a television series that you love.  Google has enjoyed this “critical mass” for decades basically by becoming a verb.  Search is not esoteric.  Search is not something that any longer needs to be a monopoly.  Google has dramatically changed its algorithms over the years in ways that are shady and underhanded.  In reality, tens of millions of people use Google search every day out of habit but unlike some habits, this one is not addictive or pleasurable.  Alphabet’s Google is enjoying an underserved monopoly, simply resting on its laurels because it became a verb decades ago and people habitually go there without much thought.

Remember back in July 2008 when oil hit its all-time high of $147 a barrel and the extreme pain Americans were suffering at the gasoline pumps?  You may recall there was a gas-price oriented viral e-mail being circulated that was almost as widely received as the plea from the “Nigerian prince” who needed our help as he was trying to flee his country with his loot? 

The lower gasoline price strategy contained within the e-mail was an inherently flawed idea that if everyone banded together and ceased buying from the leading oil company, Exxon Mobile, they would then be forced to slash their prices and bring down the over-all gas prices?  The problem was that oil and gasoline are commodities and the supply limitations would not affect the commodity because usage would still be the same.

The good news is that such a strategy would absolutely work if we banded together and simply ceased “googling”.  I know it is hard to get people to -not watch- the NFL game despite the league’s continued attacks upon this country because it requires some sacrifice to give that up.  I know it is hard to get people to -not buy- their Starbucks coffee despite the company’s incessant war upon our values.  But - do we love our freedom enough to simply stop “googling”?  Can we strain ourselves to simply go to when we get the urge or need to search for something and download the DuckDuckGo app to our phones and use it instead of Google?  To accomplish what needs to be done with Alphabet’s Google considering their anti-trust law violating declaration of all out war on our freedom of speech, you could even go search on MSN or Yahoo for that matter as those companies, repugnant as they may be, do not monopolize the phone operating systems at present that shut down our access to free-speech supporting apps like Parler. 

If the 80 million freedom loving block of Americans that we are, were to simply stop using Google search starting immediately, the lost ad revenue would rock Alphabet and its subsidiary Google to its core.   Again, 70% of its revenue comes directly from search and another 15%+ comes from ads on Google partnering websites that feature the AdSense advertisements on them.  If you understand how closely investors and Wall Street scrutinize search, engagement and traffic every quarterly earnings release, you know how much a significant drop in these metrics can rock a company’s share-price.  Even a 10% drop in search would be quite damaging and in Google’s case, they are extremely vulnerable beyond what one would expect from a company that is in the ad business because of how “un-sticky” search could and should be once people are awakened to the facts about this company.   If we were to get serious about our freedom and OUR ability to actually do something about this war against it, rather than talk, blog or show up at a rally, this could be a historic campaign towards a villainous company in every sense of the word.

Call the companies that sponsor your favorite content (Newsmax, AON, radio programs, websites) and thank them for sponsoring.  The leftist minority are always well organized for the cause of tyranny and evil in general - and THEY are calling those companies relentlessly to shut our communication down as a part of their Marxist coup.  You may buy the products of these companies and think that is enough but they should hear from us regularly as they may not equate their sales to you as support for that specific content in many cases unless there is a “promo-code” to substantiate from what program it originated.  Call your cable or satellite provider and THANK THEM for carrying Newsmax and OAN (if they do carry them).  They ARE hearing from the organized Marxists who are calling to pressure them.  They should hear from you and me immediately and emphatically.

Lobby your State Government:  When you see companies like Apple and Google de-platforming companies like Parler, contact your state Attorney General’s office.  Go online and file a complaint against those companies.  Call and email them along with your state representatives and senators as well.  Whereas the federal government will encourage this anti-trust law violating behavior, States have substantial power and must learn to se it. 

As we saw a small ISP in Idaho temporarily block access toFacebook for violating free-speech, a bold and inspiring move, on a much larger scale, freedom loving, constitution venerating states now MUST ban together and if such predatory behavior is exerted by these companies, states must unite and take the most extreme steps possible an if need be, ban the sale of Apple products (iphones and Android systems) until such odious actions are corrected.  

If we have to use old recycled phones for a time until this predatory behavior ceases, that is a price we must pay for our God given liberties until competing products to those monopolistic enterprises come to market out of a demand created by their reprehensible, anti-American behavior subsides.  Imagine 30+ states ordering the shutdown of Apple stores and the implications and pressure from carriers and manufacturers like Samsung on Google, losing out on all of those sales.