At yesterday’s Thanksgiving table,
fifteen adults present, there was not one word uttered about impeachment,
Russia, Ukraine, and, most notably, a certain Golden Golem of Greatness, whose
arrival at the center of American life three years ago kicked off a political
hysteria not witnessed across this land since southern “fire eaters” lay siege
to Fort Sumter.
wonder if some great fatigue of the mind has set in among the class of people
who follow the news and especially the tortured antics of Rep. Adam Schiff’s
goat rodeo in the House intel Committee the past month. I wonder what the rest
of congress is detecting among its constituents back home during this holiday
hiatus. I suspect it is that same eerie absence of chatter I noticed, and what
it may portend about the nation’s disposition toward reality.
dead white man Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860) famously observed that “all
truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is
violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident.” America
has been stuck in stage two lo these thirty-six months since Mr. Trump shocked
the system with his electoral victory over She-Whose-Turn-Was-Undoubted,
inciting a paroxysm of rage, disbelief, and retribution that has made the Left
side of the political transect ridiculous, and repeatedly, ignominiously so, as
their fantasies about Russian “collusion” and sequential chimeras dissolve in
astounding failure of Mr. Mueller’s report did nothing to dampen the violent
derangement. There was no rethinking whatsoever about the terms-of-engagement
in the Left’s war against the populist hobgoblin. The solidarity of delusion
remained locked in place, leading to Mr. Schiff’s recent antics over his false
“whistleblower” and the enfilade of diplomatic flak-catchers tasked to ward off
any truthful inquiry into events in Ukraine.
But then, with the Thanksgiving shut-down, something
began to turn. It was signaled especially in the Left’s chief disinformation
organ, The New York Times, with a week-long salvo of
lame stories aimed at defusing the Horowitz report,
forthcoming on December 9. The Times stories
were surely based on leaks from individuals cited in the IG’s report, who were
given the opportunity to “review” the briefs against them prior to the coming
release. The stories gave off an odor of panic and desperation that signaled a
crumbling loss of conviction in the three-year narrative assault
on the truth — namely, that the US Intel Community organized a coup to
overthrow the improbable President Trump.
this point forward, the facts of the actual story — many of them already in the
public record, one way or another, and sedulously ignored by the news media —
will be officially detailed by federal authorities outside the orbit of the
coupsters, and finally beyond the coupsters’ control. The facts may include the
uncomfortable truth that Mr. Mueller and his helpers were major players in the
bad-faith exercises of the Intel Community against the occupant of the White
I’m not so
sure that the Resistance can keep up the fight, since their enemy is reality as
much as reality’s mere personification in Mr. Trump. The violent opposition Schopenhauer spoke of in his
three-stage model was just procedural in this case, moving through the courts
and committees and other organs of the state. I don’t think the Left can bring
the fight to the streets. They don’t have it in them, not even the ANTIFA
corps. The hard truths of
perfidy and treachery in the upper ranks of government will rain down in the
weeks ahead, and when they do, there’s an excellent chance that they will be
greeted as self-evident. The Times,
the WashPo and the cable news networks will have no
choice but to report it all. My guess is that they will display a kind of
breathlessly naïve wonder that such things are so. Most remarkably, they might
just assert that they knew it all along — a final twitch of bad faith as the
new paradigm locks into place.
I expect that we will see something
else happen along with that: a loud repudiation of the Democratic Party itself,
a recognition that it betrayed the mental health of the nation in its lawless
and demented inquisitions. I expect that sentiment will extend to the party’s
current crop of candidates for the White House, to the delusional proposals
they push, and perhaps even to the larger ethos of the Wokester religion that
has programmatically tried to destroy the common culture of this country — especially the idea that we have a duty to be on the
side of truth.
The three primary
anti-globalist powers are sending a very clear message to the prometheans of
GloboSatan Inc: the planetary balance of power is shifting:
Iran, China, and Russia will hold in the coming weeks
their first-ever joint war drills, which leaders say are meant to send a
"message to the world" about increased military cooperation between
the rogue countries.
The commander of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday
that the Islamic Republic will team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next
month to hold the mass war drills.... The joint war drills will be aimed at
sending a message to the world, particularly Western nations, like the United
States, that have sought to constrain Iran's expanding military ambitions.
This gathering of
resisting forces very likely accounts for the desperate sense of urgency that Dr.
Charlton has observed among what he describes as the Ahrimanic evil of the
The interesting aspect is the sheer urgency. There is a
very obvious attempt to create a worldwide sense of emergency, of imminent
cataclysm, of terrible things that are Just About To Happen... unless, we hand
over complete power to the Establishment (preferably the-day-after-tomorrow, or
quicker). And this handover - this Power Grab by the Global Establishment - is
being aimed-at Very Soon; on a timescale of months, not years.
it or not, the reality is that the U.S. military has been the primary tool for
global evil for the last 75 years, due to the invasion of the USA and the
abandonment of the American principles of isolation, non-intervention, and the
avoidance of entangling alliances. And now, having been converged and
repurposed, the U.S. military is observably no longer able to perform its
primary purpose, which is to defend the American people from enemies foreign
I get the feeling that the Apocalypse, which began some fifty
years ago, is reaching a crescendo Now. There is a tremendous urgency towards
the goal of a global totalitarian takeover by the 'Ahrimanic'
powers of evil: that is to say, the type of evil which is cold, calculating,
systematic, anti-spiritual, anti-human, bureaucratic and transhumanist.
As has been usual in recent decades, the Ahrimanic evil is fuelled by
old-fashion 'Luciferic' evil: by stoking-up the traditional 'instinctive'
sins such as pride, resentment, fear, greed, hatred, anger, lust, sadism - that
is by stirring up all kinds of conflict, setting groups against one another (especially by
universal, coercive mass immigration; but also by resurgent socialism,
feminism, antiracism, environmentalism and the sexual revolution's LGBTQPP...
endless supply of causes and victim groups). The Mass Media have
a key role here.
But what is aimed-at - what is supposed to be the 'answer' to these created
problems, is a total system of surveillance and control;
funded by a massive shift to replace the current technological infrastructure
with a new generation of self-styled 'smart', 'green' and 'sustainable'
technologies - AI, 5G and so forth...
The interesting aspect is the sheer urgency. There is a very obvious attempt to
create a worldwide sense of emergency, of imminent cataclysm, of terrible
things that are Just About To Happen... unless, we hand over
complete power to the Establishment (preferably the-day-after-tomorrow, or
And this handover - this Power Grab by the Global Establishment - is being
aimed-at Very Soon; on a timescale of months, not years.
That is the message of the Climate Emergency/ Extinction Rebellion Establishment-created
movement. This is the message of the impatient attempts of the Establishment to
manufacture a soft coup to get rid of President Trump without waiting for next
I don't know why this should be, but I am more convinced with each passing
month; what is being attempted - now and on a daily basis - is the biggest
shift in power in the history of the world; the attempt of a tiny global
'elite' (possessed-by and serving demonic powers) to impose a complete system
of behavioural and thought control.
And it is now; this is the Apocalypse; this is
what it looks-like from the inside!
If the urgency of the Establishment has a reason, then that will soon become
apparent; one way or another (depending upon the individual
choices of millions of people) we shall -within the year - see huge changes in
It is difficult to believe, I hardly believe it myself; but - as I say - there
must surely be a reason for the extreme urgency of this power grab. I don't
know what that reason is; but it must be expected to take
effect on a timescale of months*.
I can't say I am exactly looking-forward to discovering the answer; because I
don't suppose the surprise will be a pleasant one. However, I haven't long to
*Note added: My guess is that
it would be a Thing that could be caused by the Establishment,
but plausibly blamed on Climate Change - and that there would need
to be an awareness campaign before it happened, so that the public could be
made to believe the link. What springs to mind as the kind of
thing would be to cause a devastating tsunami by breaking a huge chunk off a
glacier with a covert explosion, blamed on the spring melt. Something of that
China, and Russia will hold in the coming weeks their first-ever joint war
drills, which leaders say are meant to send a "message to the world" about
increased military cooperation between the rogue countries.
commander of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that
the Islamic Republic will team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next month
to hold the mass war drills.
we talk about joint wargames, we are talking about two or more countries with a
high level of relations in various political, economic and social fields, which
culminate in cooperation in the military sector, with wargames usually being
the highest level of such cooperation," Khanzadi was quoted as saying in
remarks to Iran's state-controlled press.
joint wargame between several countries, whether on land, at sea, or in the
air, indicates a remarkable expansion of cooperation among them," the
military leader said.
joint war drills will be aimed at sending a message to the world, particularly
Western nations, like the United States, that have sought to constrain Iran's
expanding military ambitions.
joint wargame between Iran, Russia, and China, which will hopefully be
conducted next month, carries the same message to the world, that these three
countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in their relations, with
regard to their shared and non-shared interests, and by non-shared I mean the
respect we have for one another’s national interests," Khanzadi was quoted
Iranian military leader emphasized the importance of performing military drills
in the sea, where the Islamic Republic has been particularly troublesome for
Western nations. Iranian naval vessels routinely harass American military ships
and have played a role in various sabotage efforts aimed at disrupting
international shipping lanes.
wargame seeks to deliver this message to the world that any kind of security at
sea must include the interests of all concerned countries. We do not condone
the kind of security that only caters to the benefits of one specific country
at a specific time and which disregards the security of others," Khanzadi
said. "Seas, which are used as a platform for conducting global commerce,
cannot be exclusively beneficial to certain powers.
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“All government, in its
essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is
to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it
seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is
superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is
inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment
men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one
another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it
can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its
prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able
to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions
and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he
lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he
tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to
spread discontent among those who are.”
Most believe that the days of kings and
queens are behind us, and that such obvious despotic rule has no place in
modern times. The commoners after all, had enough of such arrogance long ago,
and were getting restless. The ruling class knew they had a problem, so they
came up with an ingenious idea they called democracy in order to quell the tide
of discontent evident among the people. The government retained power, but
easily fooled the people into believing that with democracy, they would govern
themselves. This was a fool’s game from the beginning.
Yes, the government decided on
democracy, and the masses in their ignorance rejoiced. They
had only changed the name of the beast, and accepted slavery in a different
form without realizing the error of their ways. While most believed democracy
meant freedom, quite the opposite was the case. Actually, democracy, or its
evil cousin, a democratic republic, is a far greater danger to liberty
long-term than is a monarchy. This is because of mass deception instead of
clarity. The people once again were fooled into believing that a better
solution had been won, and that they actually had a say in the process called
government. It is instructive to understand that the Greek root of the word government
means to “control the mind.” Concerning politics, this is a much more honest
term than democracy, which in Greek means people power. The simple reality of
the political change in this country from early to modern times is one from
monarchy to oligarchy. Ruling changed from one to a few, while the bulk of
society still remain slaves of the state.
people today can vote to choose their rulers, they are prisoners to what they
falsely believe is national rule, an impossible absurdity on its face. If given
a choice, I would always choose a monarch over rule by a few or by a majority
of millions of strangers, all with a multitude of agendas. A king at least is
exposed. This insane concept of voting brings with it the ridiculous and false
notion that self-rule is evident. Self-rule is freedom, but in a democracy,
each individual has surrendered all sovereignty to an unknown entity called the
nation-state. This country has never been ruled over by the people at large.
The ruling elite has for most all our history kept control of the governing
system. Giving up individual sovereignty for a perceived rule by the majority,
especially given that the real rulers remain mostly hidden in this current
treacherous political system, is intellectually bizarre.
who are fooled into believing that they are free when they are not would be
better off knowing that freedom did not exist in the first place. In this
country, when a child is born, he is automatically owned by the state, and
therefore is the property of the state. This means he is subject to extortion
for life. He is issued a birth certificate, and a claim is filed stating that
he is a U.S. citizen. As a U.S. citizen, he is subject to theft by the state in
the form of mandatory and forcible taxation. This is simply thievery where
government takes what property its citizens earn for its own nefarious use. In
addition, almost nothing is allowed without a permission slip in the form of
licenses issued by the state. Virtually everything is regulated, and most
behavior, regardless whether anyone is harmed or not, is restricted under the
threat of prosecution, incarceration, or death.
government itself is a massive monopoly because it has a monopoly on power over
the individual. Most monopolies in the U.S. are accomplished due to fascist
partnerships between government and its rulers in banking and corporate
America. The monopoly of force held by government and its controlled agents in
the military, allows for unlimited aggressive war. The monopoly of the monetary
system and the money supply held by the Federal Reserve Banks in partnership
with the government, leads to an unlimited supply of money to fund its criminal
and murderous activities. In addition, when the same banks that control
the supply of money get into trouble, they simply bail themselves out at the
expense of the lowly taxpayer. Other monopolies allowed by government gain
great advantages, and in turn reward their co-conspirators in government for
their efforts. Monopolies cannot exist in a true free market, so if monopolies
are present, as is the case today, freedom cannot survive.
The idea of democracy and democratic
government is a scam. It is corruption at the highest level and the mortal
enemy of freedom and liberty. Government is criminal, fraudulent, dishonest,
sleazy, and indifferent to the plight of mankind. It is a worthless endeavor,
and deserves no respect. It is and has always been a conspiracy of evil against
life and love. I believe what Mencken said, and I will strive to be a dangerous
man, and spread discontent far and wide for as long as I can.
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In the days of yore, there
were kings. Everybody could agree to hate the king because he was rich and
well-fed, when most of his minions were not.
Then, a more effective system was invented: democracy. Its originators
had in mind a system whereby the populace could choose their leader from
amongst themselves – thereby gaining a leader who understood them and
In short order, those amongst the populace who wished to rule found a way
to game the new system in a way that would allow them to, in effect, be kings,
but to do so from behind the scenes, whilst retaining the illusion of
The formula is to create two opposing political parties. Each is led by
someone who’s presented as being a “representative of the people.”
You then present the two parties as
having opposing views on governance. It matters little what the differences
are. In fact, you can have the differences be as obscure and
arbitrary as, say, gay rights or abortion, and they will work as well as any
other differences. What matters is that your two parties object to each other
strenuously on the declared issues, working the electorate into a lather.
Once you have each group
hating the other group “on principle,” you’re home free. At that point, you’ve
successfully completed the distraction. The electorate now believe that,
whatever the trumped-up issues are, they’re critical to the ethical governance
of the country.
importantly, the electorate actually
believe that their future well-being depends on the outcome of
the next election – that it will decide whether their own view on the issues
In a dictatorship, the
leaders try to convince the people to support the dictatorship by claiming that
more than 90% of the people voted for the dictator. But this is primitive
thinking. It results in the same focused anti-leader sentiment that plagued the
better to have the people fail to recognise who their actual rulers
are and focus on the candidates, who are mere bit players and are changed as
And, in a country where the
illusion of democracy has become refined, the rulers come to understand that elections
should not result in an overwhelming victory for one party or the other. Quite
the opposite. If it can be arranged effectively, the best election is one that
results in a 51% to 49% split.
This ensures that the 49%
will not lose hope – that they’ll be both frustrated and angry at their
near-miss, and redouble their efforts in the next election in order to have a
win. And the 51% will wipe their collective brow in relief at having won, but
will fear losing their slim advantage next time around.
Both parties must remain both hopeful and fearful. Keep them focused on
each other – hating each other – and they’ll never figure out that you control
both candidates like marionettes. The focus should never be on you, the real
It’s also quite important to
switch winners often. The ball should bounce back and forth from one party to
the other frequently, allowing each winning party to dump the other party’s
actual accomplishments when they take over.
However, just as important, the
new winning party does not rescind the more oppressive accomplishments of the
previous party. In this way, it becomes possible for the only long-term
accomplishments to be the growing power of the government over the population,
not advances for the populace.
And of course, this, by
definition, means that the real rulers, the perennial group of individuals who
control those who are elected – continually expand their power and wealth at
the expense of the electorate.
But what of the candidates
themselves? Do they recognise that they’re mere foot soldiers in the game?
Ideally, no. At any given
time in any society, there are sufficient people whose egos exceed their
abilities. Such individuals are ideal as candidates, as they tend to love the
limelight, but will easily cave to the desires of those who made their
candidacy possible. No candidate at the higher levels ever attains office
without owing his soul to his backers. That ensures that, in spite of their
public bravado, they remain controllable by their masters.
What’s extraordinary in this picture is that it’s possible for the
populace to figure out the scam and yet, still believe that they live in a
democratic system in which their vote may decide the future of the country.
Increasingly, particularly in
Europe and North America, the citizenry are becoming aware that the Deep State
collectively rule the countries. They understand that this largely invisible
group of people are the true rulers, yet they vainly imagine that somehow the
puppet leaders that they elect have the power to effect a solution.
In the UK, the electorate
imagine that Boris Johnson will actually take them out of the European Union.
Instead, he delivers a Brexit
deal that’s a reheated version of the Theresa May Brexit deal, which is not
Brexit at all, but a perverse form of remain.
The Brexit debate is mere
window dressing for democracy, whilst the Deep State carries on, according to
its plan – the unelected EU government rules the UK.
America, Donald Trump tweets in the morning that he will take US troops out of
Syria. No doubt, as an individual, this is what he hopes he’ll be allowed to
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But he’s immediately
castigated by the media. He’s given his marching orders from the Deep State
that, once again, he’s to do as he’s told. By the next day, Mister Trump
announces a reversal of his decision.
There will be no end to the Middle East war for the US. It’s far too
profitable. The discussion is mere window dressing for democracy, whilst the
Deep State carries on, according to its plan.
Time after time, regardless
of how adamant the marionettes are that they’ll follow the will of the people
and save the day, in every case, the people’s hopes are dashed and the national
policy reverts to business as usual.
every case, the true leaders create the problems, cash in on them, then
present the government as the solution to the problems, then cash in again.
In every case, the electorate
pick up the tab and, rather than rebel, vainly hope that the next election will
provide them with a group of marionettes who will actually deliver them from
What’s astonishing is not that the Deep State lives only for its own
ends, but that the populace recognise that it exists and still imagine that
change from the status quo is possible.
Voting is not intended to count. It’s meant to be the pacifier that’s
inserted into the public mouth periodically, when the public become grumpy that
they must submit to kings.
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A former candidate for Congress
explains how it works:
Back in [REDACTED], I had been moved to righteous anger to run for political
office, Congress, in my [REDACTED] district which was being weakly held by a
non-progressive Democrat. There were a number of Republican contenders,
but the local party had picked one of their donors, an unfortunate blockhead
with inherited money. I took exception to this and pulled a Trump-to-Jeb!
on the dude at every public engagement, which only earned the ire of the local
party for my uppitiness and Ron Pauline views on government.
At a fundraiser dinner, I had a small coterie and the other candidates had
theirs, larger and smaller, and I was surprised when a delegation of state
Republicans - well known and connected - came over and asked me to join them at
their table. I obliged. They showered me with compliments - how
they liked my style, how I was clearly the one with the brains and ability to
win etc - and then asked what path I was taking, where did I want to go:
executive branch, senate, state politics, or if Congress was my goal. I
told them Congress was where I felt I could be most useful, and they pulled out
a diagram that had my name on [a state organization] for a number of years,
then county supervisor, then Congress. They told me that this was not
only the path they envisioned, but the path they could guarantee. Their
words. All I had to do was drop out and endorse the blockhead. But he'll lose,
I argued, and explained exactly why. They nodded in agreement and said,
we know. That's how we know you'll win here in [REDACTED].
They were offering me a seat in Congress if I played their game, changed my
views, endorsed their loser, and then they would rig the system to ensure
victory. Not MY victory, but THEIR victory with me as their puppet. I told them
no, thank you, I was my own man and I'd rise and fall on that merit. They said
the doors were always open and then went to the next table where a woman was
also running for the same seat. They showed her a different diagram. Two
years later she was the Republican nominee for US Senate.
God was looking out for me. But the point is that you are absolutely
right - there are people who will buy your soul and they roam about like wolves
preying on the ambitious, vain, or naive.
I've personally seen this sort of thing play
out in music, media, politics, and publishing. I've heard about it from those
who were offered the ticket in Hollywood, both in television and in movies.
David Chapelle has spoken openly about the latter... hence Africa. And the
modus operandi is always more or less the same. One little knee, one little
submission, is all they initially ask of you to give you whatever you want and
They are success
dealers, and the first hit is almost free....
this in mind if you're tempted to accuse people of being jealous of those who
are wealthier, more famous, or more successful. I can only speak for myself, of
course, but I'm not jealous of anyone who has taken the ticket. I know the
price they are paying and it isn't one that I was willing to pay.
Yesterday was the 56 anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Not a story about it in the major media…New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
Also forgotten was President Trump’s
broken promise to release all the confidential files of John F. Kennedy’s
assassination by 26 April 2018.
the inside story told to me by then-Texas Gov. John Connally, who was seriously
wounded when he took a bullet in the back sitting in front of Kennedy.
Everyone old enough to remember that day
recalls where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I
search the news every Nov. 22 to see how the Kennedy assassination is
commemorated. For the most part, it is only dutifully mentioned or barely
reported on. This year, though, with the expectation that the sealed files of
the assassination will be released, the upcoming anniversary will be more
extensively covered in the news.
young boy in grade school, I saw Kennedy campaign in front of the Yonkers train
station at Larkin Plaza. A few of my Catholic school classmates and I took a
bus to see him. As Kennedy’s motorcade left the campaign stop, I ran up behind
his car, reached over the back of the trunk and touched his outstretched hand.
life would have it, we would connect again.
year was 1992. The place was Dallas, Texas. It took me 46 years to get from
2940 Hone Ave. in the Bronx, where seven of us lived in a five-room walk-up, to
It was there that the former
Democratic governor of Texas and former Treasury secretary appointed by
Republican President Richard Nixon, John Connally, who almost was assassinated
along with Kennedy, wanted to meet me on a Sunday.
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planned to get away that fall weekend with my wife to an Adirondack lake resort
where I was to give the keynote address to a healthcare association the
knew in my gut that going to Dallas was more important than going to Lake
before the 1992 presidential election, there I was having lunch with Connally
and a few others in the restaurant at the Anatole Hotel. I was asked to meet
with him because he wanted to know how, three years earlier, I’d forecast the
rise of a third political party when only 13 percent of the public thought such
a movement possible.
What’s more, in my book Trend Tracking (1989), I had singled out Ross
Perot as just the kind of political maverick who could pull it off. Perot, a third-party
candidate, was making a serious run for the White House.
come all this way to have lunch with Connally, but frankly, I wasn’t an
thought of him as a cowboy con artist, a smooth-talking wheeler-dealer only
interested in feathering his own nest. But as he talked over lunch, I realized
my dislike was based on his media image. The more he talked, the more ashamed I
felt for prejudging him. Secondhand dislike swiftly turned to deep admiration.
found myself getting annoyed with others at the table. I’d never heard anyone
speak as articulately and with such economy of words as Connally. Each word
seemed like a sentence, each sentence a paragraph. I remember wishing I had a
tape recorder to capture every word.
wanted to hear what he had to say and what was on his mind. “Please shut up!”
I’d say to myself, hoping the power of suggestion would work when others at the
table cut him off and talked about what they thought and believed. It didn’t.
Quietly and courteously, he would yield to them.
would not. Whenever there was a pause, or I was able to create an opening, I’d
prompt Connally with a question to lead him back to his previous stream of
flown from New York to Nashville the previous day to meet with John Jay Hooker,
the Tennessee gadfly who’d arranged the meeting. As we were finishing lunch,
Hooker boomed, “What do you say John, ready to go now? The limousine is
his rumpled seersucker suit, sporting a white Stetson hat, the tall Hooker was
right out of Central Casting. It was he who’d brought us together and,
unbeknownst to me, had arranged with Connally and his wife Nellie to go with us
to the Texas School Book Depository.
Hooker had lost a close race
for governor of Tennessee several years earlier, but never left the political
scene. His finely appointed Nashville apartment walls were covered with
pictures of him and the late-greats. It was a who’s who of American politics:
all the Kennedy clan with him at Kennebunkport, Hubert
Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson and a cast of congressional movers and shakers. He was now a vociferous opponent
of America’s electoral process that promotes the buying and selling of
politicians through campaign financing.
“They won’t let go of the tit, Celente my
boy,” Hooker said, looking and sounding almost like W.C. Fields. “Once they’re
in power, they’re all the same. They think that tit’s only for them to suck on
and that no one else is entitled to the mother’s milk of our great country,”
Hooker told me, referring to Democrats’ and Republicans’ permanent grip on the
Jay Hooker, the man who prompted Ross Perot to throw his hat into the race for
president in 1992, had now convinced John Connally and his wife Nellie to
return to the scene of JFK’s assassination. This would be the first time they’d
gone back since the day it happened, almost 30 years earlier.
there I was, this kid from the Bronx, parked outside the book depository
listening to John and Nellie Connally tell, firsthand, what had happened on 22
set the scene, pointing out the direction the presidential motorcade had taken
around Dealey Plaza. He had been sitting in the jump seat in front of President
Kennedy. A tall and rangy man, Connally imitated his uncomfortable scrunched-up
position in the small seat and how he was holding his Stetson hat on his knee.
To his side sat Nellie, directly in front of Jackie Kennedy.
heard a gunshot. I knew it was a gunshot because I’d been hunting since I was a
little boy,” Connally said. “I looked to the right and didn’t see anything. I
was wearing a dark blue suit that day,” he recalled. “When I looked to my left,
I saw brains on my shoulder. I knew they were brains because my daddy was a
I felt as though there was a pounding on my back,” he said, making two parallel
fists as if to mimic someone hitting him on the back. He grimaced as he
explained what he felt when the bullet meant for Kennedy tore through his back,
hand and his knee.
so, he and Nellie went on, recounting the minute details of that gruesome
event: The three gunshots and the ensuing chaos… The screams of fear… Nellie
throwing her body over her husband to shield him… The mad dash drive to
had incredible luck in those worst of times. A thoracic surgeon, seeing the motorcade
screaming into Parkland while on break, rushed to the emergency room. As luck,
or life, would have it amid the mayhem, he would be the doctor that would
immediately operate on Connally’s lung and save his life.
It was hard for me to process
what I was hearing and how fortunate I was to be there.
me, it was a day of epiphany.
way back to the hotel, hardly a word was spoken. On my left sat Hooker. Pat
Caddell, the pollster, sat on my right. Connally was across from me. To
his right was Rama Fox, Larry King’s girlfriend at the time, and Nellie to his
It was then that I figured out why I
was so taken with the way Connally was speaking, with his calmness,
extraordinary clarity, his gestures and assuredness. I knew with absolute
certainty that he was a man with a lot to say… and not much time to say it.
could see the signs – a stiffness and weakness like those I noticed some 10
years earlier when my father, may his soul rest in peace, was dying. Like Dad,
Connally was suffering from a pulmonary condition. His was from the gunshot
that had ripped through his lungs. My dad’s lungs were rotted from asbestos
poisoning when he worked in shipyards during World War II.
I looked at Connally’s hands, I saw my father’s hands before he died. They were
stiff, with big, purplish splotches – a reaction to massive doses of
prednisone, a cortisone used to temper his lung inflammation.
remembered as a “straight shooter” by those who knew him, would die of
pulmonary fibrosis eight months later. I don’t believe he consciously knew he
was dying when we met on that sunny Sunday. But I was convinced that it was his
subconscious that dominated his conversation.
the limo pulled up to the hotel, Connally and I, the middle passengers, were
the last to get out. The others were a dozen steps ahead of us, heading for the
elevators. Connally stopped and
turned to me.
“Gerald, I read your book and it’s a
fine piece of work,” he said. “And I know that your heart is in the right
place, but you don’t have a clue of what’s going on in the government, and
neither do the American people.
“Because if they did, there’d be a
revolution in this country.”
another word, he headed for the elevators and caught up with the others. For an
instant, I stood alone. I didn’t know what was behind that remark, but with
Connally as the source, it came less as a shock than as a confirmation. Even
without knowing the details, I understood what Connally was telling me.
the years, the unique Globalnomic trend-forecasting system that I had
developed, and which was proving remarkably successful, had given me an
advantage in viewing the world and machinations of government with a critical
eye. I was able to stand outside the political box and beyond the scope of
print- and broadcast-media reporting. With no agenda to sell and
beholden to no one, I had become a political atheist, uncommitted to either
party and interested only in accurately interpreting the facts.
But what I had not quite realized before my
lunch with Connally was the extent of corruption and slim odds of anyone
bucking the system and winning.
This was coming from the horse’s mouth.
Here was a man who had been at the top of government and deep inside the
corridors of power. This was not Sunday morning Beltway babble coming from Face the
Nation or Meet the Press. This was a one-on-one straight scoop coming from a
man in a position to know, talking outside of a public forum.
recognized it as a singular and privileged moment. I was given insight into the
real gravity of just how bad things were. It was the culmination of a long
out of graduate school, I had begun my career as the No. 2 man running the
Republican/Conservative mayoral candidate in Yonkers, New York. From there, I
went to Albany as assistant to the secretary of the New York State Senate.
that I was seeing politics in action from a different vantage point than those
caught up in party dogma, I designed and taught “American Politics and Campaign
Technology” at St. John’s University. I spent the next several years as a
government affairs specialist working between Chicago and Washington, D.C.,
representing a major segment of the chemical industry.
Beginning as a believer in the American
democratic system, I held that belief into my early 30s. But, by the time I met
Connally, I had lost my naiveté and harbored deep doubts about government. And
my disdain for most politicians was growing. It was not just what Connally said
that moved me, but the authority and gravity of the way he said it.
all went up to his suite and had a couple of drinks, a few snacks and some
small talk. Hooker was trying to sign Connally onto the Board of Directors for
a chain of steak houses he wanted to develop. Caddell, a Washington pollster,
and Connally traded tales of political days gone by. Fox cooed about her
engagement to Larry King.
half listened and said nothing. My brain was back in the hotel lobby replaying
Connally’s statement: “If the American people
knew what was going on in this government, there’d be a revolution.”
That line reinforced my political
atheism. I refused to believe in political dogma, genuflect before any
political preacher or vow obedience to any political god.
I would not be a member of any party or follow any leader.
day in Dallas strengthened my resolve to base forecasts on verifiable data and
to select those facts that illuminated the actual situation rather than those
supporting a particular political/economic/philosophical agenda.
the American people knew what was going on…” I wondered if revolution would
happen and when.
quarter-century later, most people fight among themselves, defending the
political party they believe in and the cast of cowards, liars, freaks and
fools… the politicians for life they pledge allegiance to who run and ruin
look back now, not only is the political divide worse than ever, so too is the
State of the Union.
up to We the People, not the dictates of the current failed political system.
“It does not take a majority to
prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of
freedom in the minds of men.” — Samuel Adams
Celente is founder and director of The Trends Research Institute, author
of Trends 2000and Trend Tracking (Warner Books), and
publisher of The Trends Journal. He has been forecasting
trends since 1980, and recently called “The Collapse of ’09.”
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