Rick William Elkin was born in Pasadena, California,
Remember the TV show "What's My Line?" It ran on CBS from 1950 till 1967. It explored all of the occupations of Americas and fascinated audiences. It was the longest running TV game show in history. Maybe a new show would draw an audience.
It could be called "What's A Father?"
The panelists would ask the 'Contestants' (a variety of celebrities and successful journalists, authors, academics and educators) to respond to questions about how they rank their fathering skills. The Contestants would be selected based on their 'unusual' status as leaders of a 'Family' based on the wider definition of family we recognize in the 21st century. For example, men who have been a partner to an abortion are still, technically, a father. Half of a lesbian marriage is the designated father.
You get the idea….
This Father's Day, challenge your Dad. Let him know how "Special" he is to you.
Buy him a copy of Trump's Reckoning: Bulldozing Progressivism, Rebuilding Americanism.
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I first posted this August 18, 2016. It illustrates just how politicized and progressive the leadership of our intelligence agencies has become. If Mike Morell and Hillary Clinton had prevailed, does anyone think ISIS would be hiding in the shadows? That Americans would be embracing massive, unvetted immigration? That our economy would be the strongest its been in many decades?
Mike Morell, a former deputy director and intelligence analyst at the CIA, was on the Charlie Rose Show, commenting on his scathing New York Times op-ed assessment of Trump, his recent new book (The Great War of Our Times) and his endorsement of Don Hillary.
Mike is also a former CBS National Security commentator. He is certainly an expert on the War On Terror.
He recently resigned his post in order to make his political preference public. He makes no bones about his dislike for the Republican candidate. I appreciated his concerns that the millions of Americans who support Trump have very legitimate anger over the direction of the country. In fact, during the interview he listed all of the failings of our current leadership to reign in terror, to coordinate domestic and international security, to secure our borders, to garner multinational coalitions, to effectively lead any sort of massive worldwide effort to squeeze radical Islam financially. He was pretty hard on the Obama administration and it's seemingly duplicitous alignments with all of the Eastern European and Middle East regions affected by Jihad.
So it is inexplicable how he could conclude that more of the same will have different results.
His answer must be that continuing to move like a glacier would be preferential to making an all out assault on Jihad, because we just don't have the resources, the coalitions, and the resolve of the American people, despite the subject matter of his book, which recognizes Jihad as the number one threat to all of civilization.
After bantering the international issues with Rose, Morell then attempts to characterize the movement for Trump. Describing his suspicion of the motives for those supporting Trump: "Whites are scared by the browning of America."
There is a grain of truth there. But just as the CIA has pretty much botched the war on terrorism, Mike misses the major point altogether. Like many quasi-liberals, Morell places criticism of Obama policies on the President's race and projects American's concerns to inherent white American racism.
But he overlooks the obvious question: How did the CIA get everything, from the WTC attacks to the absence of WMD's in Iraq, to the formation of ISIS and the vote to end the EU so wrong? Now he is getting the anger and disgust of much of America just as wrong.
I am sure that the CIA is a patriotic operation and most of the employees have nothing but the best intentions, but when will it occur to these people that massive, bureaucratic, politically correct operations are rarely effective? The bigger, slower to adapt and more clumsy they get, the more vital they claim to be?
The man has tons of credibility on international activities, but when did he spend any time on a Nebraska corn farm, or attend a town hall meeting in Alabama? Isn't it important to know where you are coming from in order to best determine how you get where you are going?
What white America is worrying about is the decaying of the American ideology. Whether those who want to fundamentally change America are white, brown, green, yellow or black is of no importance. What is important is that the 'changing' of America is in the wrong direction. There is an attempt to make America more like every other country. Mike epitomizes the globalist view that by dropping our borders, 'diversifying' our moral standards, and socializing major industries, the world will be friendlier and we will all learn to be happy inhabitants of a One World Community.
How else can one explain Progressive's efforts to open our borders, to destroy any semblance of voter ID, to dumb down our students, to marginalize marriage and our Judeo-Christian cultural values, to erase distinctions between the sexes, to eliminate patriotism, to create an enormous underclass of government dependent inner city captives, and to redistribute the wealth of our industries like the socialists in bankrupt countries all over the planet?
I understand little of this is in play with regards to what motivates ISIS, Al Qaeda, or Vladimir Putin. I am sure Mike has most of that right. But all of that must be put into the context of what is it that motivates everyday, working class, family-raising Americans.
The Progressive vision for America is scaring the living daylights out of a growing number of Americans. Just because many whites feel like their comfort zone is under assault doesn't mean they're racist. It means they're proud of what has been established here in America and are not willing to cede it to wild eyed ideologues who worship egalitarianism. And they are tired of being blamed for all of the misguided mistakes of the PC bureaucracy.
Mike has it right, there is fear. But it is not about race. That is a wedge only elitist intellectuals and left wing politicians use. Voters are almost always motivated by fear; the old saying is that people 'vote their pocketbooks'. Why? Because they fear their pocketbook is about to be redistributed to someone or something they have no control over. That their time, work, and family future is about to be wasted for some pie in the sky theory about being fair.
In America today, Trump supporters fear that their country is about to be remodeled into something they don't recognize and that would be antithetical to the country they were born into.
As for Trump's shortcomings? Whatever they are, they pale in comparison to the threat that our homeland could be so drastically deconstructed as to be rendered impotent on the world stage. Besides, no one man or woman would ever 'run' the country by themselves. Not in America. Our system is such that once a leader is put into office, a series of administrative changes occur, and an enormous team of advisers, both domestic and international, kick into action. We have two other branches of government to straighten out the kinks.
Mike Morell would likely be a part of that team under Trump, except that he abdicated that possibility to buy into Clinton's progressive, One World vision.
That's too bad. I like Mike. I just disagree with his appraisal of the personality requirements for the Oval Office. He is, in my mind, a perfect example of why our government, and much of our culture, is so lost.
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Interesting, huh? Amazing how intuitive voters are and how much has been accomplished since August, 2016.
“...we believe that America has an important role to play as a force for liberty and justice on the world stage...This worldview and these principles compel me to promote conservative ideas at Stanford, and beyond,” Rice-Cameron added. “I’m driven by a fundamental sense of urgency over the fact that Americans are slowly losing their liberty, and I believe that liberty is being valued less and less. I want to turn the tide, and college campuses are crucial to doing so.”
--- John David Rice Cameron
(son of former Clinton national security advisor Susan Rice) and currently President of the Stanford University's branch of College Republicans.
If you are like me, you derive some simple pleasures from everyday experiences. I am not wealthy, so I can't wait around to go on expensive vacations, or expect to receive a new car from my wife for Fathers Day (ha!).
Cathy and I love to travel but it just isn't something we have the time or wherewithal to do at this point in our lives. No, we need to find simple pleasures closer to home. In fact, we have discovered many of those mood enhancing experiences right in our own backyard.
Recently, we rescued a puppy. We are dog lovers and it had been several years since we had a companion around the house. Our children are on their own now, and since we are both still working, and we wanted to stay grounded, we decided it was time to adopt a new 'baby'.
Abby is our almost two-year-old female GoofyDoodle runaway. It has been almost a year now since she was found with a tattered leash wrapped around a tree. She had either ran away or been abandoned at about one-years-old. After an extensive search for her owner, we took her in. At first, she was a Tasmanian Devil, and we wondered if we had made a fatal mistake, thinking we could cope with unlimited energy, separation anxiety, and destructiveness. But even during her maturation process, her vitality, enthusiasm, affection and joy were infectious.
I walk her every day, and I enjoy watching her sniff out all of the pheromones along the trail. She gets excited meeting other dogs and shows incredible curiosity about babies in strollers, and birds running across lawns. She is easily entertained by squirrels, lizards, rabbits, and especially horseback riders.
My point is simple: there are a lot of things in life we can choose to enjoy. We can decide to be thrilled by simple pleasures or we can hold out for more complex, more extreme measures to make us happy. We can settle for the micro, or hold out for the macro. Either way, finding happiness is a choice we make.
We Americans have so many choices, whether it is shopping for groceries, clothes or simply finding pleasure in reading a book, bird watching or walking a dog. We enjoy the most prosperity and comfort of any culture in the history of mankind. It is easy to become jaded by our comfort levels. To get picky and spoiled. To grow isolated and indifferent to how the other half lives.
As I walk along the bridal trail, watching how lightly Abby steps, how she tugs me so she can challenge a lizard scooting across the dirt trail, how she leaps at moths and butterflies, I get vicarious thrills from her excitement and how easily she is pleasured by doggy distractions.
Then I think about our current society, and how anxious people are about their lives. How so many people are unhappy, or at least uncomfortable with their jobs, neighbors, politics, and the state of world affairs. How many people shelter themselves by watching TV, playing video games, or fiddling with social media. Or they fool themselves into thinking they feel good with medications.
I am a news junkie, so I dwell in the world of reality. I try not to let bad news ruin my life, because I am, after all, very fortunate to be an American, which by default makes me one of the luckiest people ever born.
I try to keep abreast of civilizations struggles to cope with conflict, with mankind's attempts to improve lives with technology, to feed the poor, to protect the helpless. I am aware that many humans are selfish and self-centered and practice predatory lifestyles, damaging or even destroying other lives without guilt. But I have a corner of existence to which I am given domaine. I am obligated to myself and my family to make the best of it. I feather my own nest, and try to teach my offspring to fly. Don't we all?
I can only wonder why do some people choose to be so angry and unhappy? I know some people experience much worse living conditions than me, and are dealt a bad hand. No question about that, and I have tons of empathy for them. But most of my fellow Americans cannot make that case. Too many of them simply cannot find a way to make themselves comfortable in our world. In fact, I would argue they often make themselves uncomfortable, just so they can complain about it.
And their anger makes them 'happier', which leaves me dumbfounded.
For example, how can anyone with a straight face suggest that what has happened in America over the past year has been bad for Americans? A stable and growing economy, a reduction in taxes, more jobs than at any time in the past fifty years! We are no longer watching a nightly parade of beheadings and public massacres on international TV, and we can feel reasonably safe to travel again. The new home construction business has risen from the dead, and Americans are building equity in home ownership again. America is more energy independent than at any time this century, and women are gaining ground in education, jobs and business ownership. We can say 'Merry Christmas' again, and our service men and women are getting a raise and enjoying better healthcare. Many companies are returning to our country, bringing back their retained earnings and manufacturing jobs. Take away the incredibly bifurcated press and the mutinous Deep State, and we would be enjoying a renaissance similar to the post WWII boom.
OK, if you didn't vote for DJT you can choose to be bitter, or, you can participate and benefit from a resurging American lifestyle that has come out of hibernation. This is how it works in America, we hold elections so the people can have a say in which direction our country is going to go in. The pendulum swings back and forth, and over time, everyone gets their way. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but we have never before been so obsessed with destroying the opposition. Since when did American pluralism devolve into fascism?
So which is it? Can we find some simple pleasures along the trail of life or are we going to commit ourselves to constant conflict and unhappiness? Is medicating ourselves with mind-numbing drugs and political instability preferable to rediscovering some simple daily pleasures, most of which can be had for free and with no nasty side effects?
I love my family, the extended version of which is my country. I don't get along perfectly with everyone of my family members, but when push comes to shove, they come before anyone else. I want all of my family to be happy and healthy. I just wish some members would recognize the sincerity of Americans who chose Trump to lead us and stop perfecting their own misery. I cannot and would not impose my hopes and wishes on them, but, honestly, what have they got to lose other than their anger?
When former FBI Director James Comey said Donald Trump, during their initial post-election meetings, appeared to act like a Mob Boss I thought, "Bingo!" The President of the United States is a Mob Boss, Mr. Comey, and you better understand just what that means!
Worldwide, every leader is essentially a Mob Boss. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and Hassan Rouhani are Mob Bosses, plain and simple. National leaders of all persuasions oversee massive hierarchies of subordinates, and handle enormous economies. They decide who lives and who dies when it comes to war with other families (countries).
What is the essential difference between the leader of a crime family and the leader of a nation? Legitimacy is a separate issue, but the person who directs the pieces on the chessboard is the boss, no matter how they came to power.
I like the idea that our new boss appears strong, decisive and a little crazy. Coming across as slightly unhinged is precisely what makes the other guys flinch. Having a Mob Boss acting on our behalf when the other families are restless is a good thing for America.
Comey said he was shocked when Trump said, "I demand loyalty."
Donald Trump often says "You don't have a country if you don't have a border." I would argue you don't have a leader if you don't have a boss. You don't have a family if you don't have a Don that demands loyalty.
We can't have the lieutenants running the organization. That is precisely why the Deep State represents such a threat to our constitutional Republic.
America has had several weak-kneed bosses of late. George W. Bush and Barack Obama tried to manage by consensus. Their coalitions collapsed and their subordinates ran amok. Their adversaries were emboldened, and challenged them at every opportunity, and the Beltway bureaucracy kept spending, growing and vacillating. Tribal conflicts broke out all over the planet, and within our American Family.
In 2015, a tough guy from New York volunteered to be The New Don, and clawed his way to the top of the hierarchy. He promised to restore authority and accountability, to get tough on trade and security. He said he would be the new sheriff in a town that hadn't had one for over a decade. He put the opposition on notice, things were going to change.
Trump's battle for control with the Deep State is not much different than any other historic La Cosa Nostra family war. Back in the 80s mob families were conflicted about entering the opioid business. Some families insisted it was a good business while others thought it would bring an end to their little secret.
Trump supporters believe the progressive policies of the Obama/Clinton Clan were leading the country into a irrevocable decline. They feared the abandonment of our borders would destroy our sovereignty. They worried that growing government and taxes were destroying individual incentive, eroding our worldwide economic leadership and further undermining our own economy.
Many believed our country needed new blood and a new direction, to rebuild our infrastructure, to bring back jobs, and to strengthen our military. So voters put a guy with a Mob Boss mentality in charge.
Hillary's clan believed they were disrespected by the Trump clan. So Deep State proxies like Comey, Mueller, Brennan and CNN are orchestrating a mob war by using the media and the courts to create chaos and controversy, to stir up the public against their adversaries. Instead of a hit man, they use the media to assassinate Trump's character and delegitimize his leadership. They spike the news with salacious stories about infidelity, misogyny or questionable financial deals, and saturate entertainment with hate speech. To take him down, they used a fake hit piece like the Steele Dossier instead of a handgun in a Manhattan restaurant.
Having packed courts with sympathetic judges under Obama, they then use judicial power to raid the offices of the President's personal attorney and confiscate all of his private records (most of which have nothing to do with the basis of the search warrant). Special prosecutor Mueller threatens witnesses and charges associates of Trump with tangential felonies to remove them from the front lines and intimidate lesser operatives.
The Deep State is going "to the mattresses" against the Trump Agenda. Maybe that explains, Mr. Comey, why The Donald is acting like a Don.