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IN AMERICA, ANY CHILD CAN GROW UP TO BE PRESIDENT
When I was just a kid 65 years ago, riding in the backseat of a car which my dad was driving, with my mom in the frontseat, on the way back from a trip to Coos Bay, Oregon to our home in nearby Coquille, my dad picked up a young fellow who was hitchhiking and of course he sat in the back across from me. I don’t remember everything that was said during that short 17 mile or so ride, but when he got out, the guy handed me a shiny penny bearing the resemblance of President Abraham Lincoln and told me to hold on to it and be sure to return it to him when I grew up and became president.
That really happened. Of course, I did not safeguard the penny all these years and have no idea when it got back into circulation. But the thought that any American kid could grow up someday and become president has always stuck with me.
As it turns out, I spent my career serving the people of the United States first on active duty in the United States Air Force and then as a career civil servant with the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a total of 42 years. From 1989 through 1991, I was assigned at U.S. Customs Service HQ when it was located at 1301 Constitution Avenue prior to the construction of the Ronald Reagan Building.
Whether it was in the frigid ice and snow in the winter, the beautiful cherry blossoms of the spring, the hot humid hazy days of summer or the time of the autumn leaves, I went outside virtually every lunch hour to take in the scenery and history of our nation’s capital. I have previously written about my visit to the United States Capitol building. I spent a lot of time in many of the Smithsonian Institution museums. I also walked along the mall by the Washington Monument and down to the Lincoln Memorial. I wrote down quotes from Thomas Jefferson which had been engraved on his memorial near the Potomac.
During my career working for the United States government, I always as an apolitical civil servant supported each and every president of both political parties whether or not I myself had voted for him. While I was the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Representative at the Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area [HI-HIDTA], I also served at the prototype of the new Hawaii State Fusion Center. In that capacity, I distinctly recall providing information to both the U.S. Secret Service and Honolulu Police Department about a potential threat so they could safeguard President Barack Obama while he was here in Hawaii on his annual vacation.
I retired before President Donald Trump took the oath of office, but through the administrations of Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43 and Obama, I did my job apolitically to serve my country regardless of my own personal views of the incumbent president.
My office was only about three blocks from the White House. Three blocks but a million miles politically. I walked around the White House quite often. The front entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue and more often the fence by the south lawn.
At that time, which was well before 9/11 and the security measures that followed, one could go to his or her Congressional Representative or Senator and obtain a pass to tour the White House. Rather than standing in a long line with the general public, this granted quicker access with a U.S. Secret Service Agent conducting the tour. I went with my family once and don’t recall everywhere that they showed us, but obviously we never got anywhere near either the Oval Office or the presidential residence. That was at the time when President George H.W. Bush was in office.
With this background, I think it is quite natural that I have often thought what I would do if I were sitting at that big desk in the Oval Office. Of course this is a theoretical exercise as it will most certainly never happen. I would absolutely abhor campaigning to become president, but I would relish the honor to actually be president. I sincerely hope that each and every man ~ and eventually the right woman ~ who is elected to that position, will be imbued with the same sense of awe that I have always held for its historic significance.
Following is an article which I wrote and which was published in September 2019. Since this is not about me, but rather about the position of President of the United States with a philosophical and analytical approach, I wrote this about a person with the pseudonym Jack Winslow.
DO YOU KNOW JACK?
Jack Winslow was an anomaly. He had come from a life of anonymity to the pinnacle of power virtually overnight. It all happened so fast that nobody had time to see it coming.
Just a few months ago nobody had ever even heard the name of the man who now sat behind that big desk in the Oval Office. To the public he was a nobody. To his family and friends he was a beloved human being and a patriot. But, he had never sought national recognition.
To the selectively inquisitive media, there was much more about him that was unknown than there was which they had yet discovered. He was born somewhere in the heartland. Then grew up somewhere out west. Definitely not part of the East Coast establishment. He had a quantum of Native American blood himself and a beautiful, gracious Asian wife. He simply didn’t fit any stereotypes whatsoever.
He had always been proud and considered himself fortunate to have been born an American. But he never envisioned himself as the leader of the free world. He was actually a career civil servant, one of the many cogs that keep the wheel of government running.
In a dreamscape of events, the Vice President of the United States had cited family issues and quietly resigned. Why the President chose Jack Winslow as replacement, we shall leave to the historians to determine. Not long after his confirmation as VP, the country and the world was astounded when the President decided only months into his term that his legacy was best solidified by ensuring the right successor. So he resigned.
Unlike Gerald Ford who had been a long-term Congressman from Michigan, Jack Winslow had come out of the wild blue yonder to become President and Commander-in-Chief with zero political ambitions.
He owed no one any political favors nor did he have future political aspirations of his own. As a baby boomer in the White House, his life experience was utterly different from his predecessors.
He was a conservative but had always thought for himself and voted on the issues. No one made his decisions for him. Now, on his first day in office, it would no longer be business as usual inside the DC Beltway.
With three and a half years left in the term which he had been elevated into, he knew he would be eligible to run for one additional term of his own, but that played absolutely no part in his life. He had not asked to be where he was and was just there to do the job at hand and take things one day at a time.
Jack was not a golfer nor a member of the country club set. That instantly set him apart from his predecessors of both political parties. He was not a workaholic but most definitely possessed a very serious work ethic.
The moment he had been sworn in and taken the Oath of Office from the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, he realized his life was no longer his own but rather belonged to the citizens of this great country. He was now the leader of all the people, not only those of his own personal persuasion.
Before even considering whom to nominate as new Vice President, his first concern was to properly assess the current state of affairs of the cabinet and staff who had been in place before his ascent.
Jack had been known as a subject matter expert on national security and foreign affairs in his own right. He must now surround himself with men and women of substance, no sycophants welcome.
Those who have the president’s ear must objectively and candidly assess all relevant data and provide expert advice to their leader. They absolutely must not say what they think he wants to hear. That dangerous approach will not be tolerated. All sides of an issue must be considered. Even proponents of a course of action must be able to play Devil’s Advocate in reviewing and evaluating their own proposals.
The morning intelligence briefing will begin each and every day for the new president. He will never take a bye or skip this crucial information. Briefings will be conducted in person by both civilian executives and military brass with their key SMEs and intelligence personnel at hand.
This new president will quietly confer with members of the legislative branch. There will be no public animosity or name-calling. Discussions need not even be publicized. Agreement will not always be reached but respect for one another will be maintained.
Communications and interactions with other world leaders will be immediately assessed and prioritized. One-on-one communications with foreign heads of state without key advisors involved will be extremely rare. It is not the President of the United States’ responsibility to establish a personal relationship with his counterparts around the globe. Whether they like each other or not is actually irrelevant. This new president will not be misled by foreign tyrants under any circumstances whatsoever.
President Jack Winslow will always put the interests of the USA first, never his own ego or consideration of his own legacy. That is fodder for the historians. Doing the job at hand and keeping America both safe and prosperous are all that really count.
Use of Air Force One will be minimized. In this day and age, the president can accomplish what he or she needs to at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a periodic trip to the seclusion of Camp David. Video conferences work extremely well and do not cost the American taxpayers what jet fuel does.
Social media may be utilized to some extent by our new president. But it will not be overused or abused. Every proclamation of POTUS is an official utterance.
Decency and decorum must apply. Timely live and or recorded videos can serve much the purpose that Fireside Chats did for a previous generation.
A president who has never campaigned for political office is a truly novel concept. The essential components of governing are a far cry from the political shenanigans that go into soliciting votes.
We need a president, whether under the pseudonym Jack Winslow or otherwise, who is not beholden to anyone for his or her position.
The scenario herein described is obviously far-fetched. Improbable is an understatement. Not impossible but exponentially less likely than driving out of Lost Wages, Nevada as a billionaire if you didn’t drive in as one.
We need a president who is in awe of his or her working and living quarters in the White House. The spirit of former incumbents inhabit every nook and cranny of that ancient and venerable edifice.
Imagine Abraham Lincoln during the dark days of the American Civil War as he strove to restore a nation that had come apart at the seams. Envision John Kennedy as he faced down Nikita Khrushchev in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Yes, even the antics of Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment are still part of American history.
We must very soon reach the point where we put only the most qualified individual, male or female, into the Oval Office. Our political process is frankly broken. It is shattered into tiny pieces. Absolutely nothing you see today on the campaign trail will tell you what kind of president a candidate will be.
That’s why we have taken this brief glimpse into what the presidency can be if it is depoliticized. It would take an extraordinary man or a woman of incredible honor and unprecedented insight as President of the United States to implement the scenario described above.
WHICH BRINGS US BACK TO THE DILEMMA WE NOW FACE
As of this moment, Joseph Robinette Biden sits in the Oval Office. How he got there or how much longer he will be there is not the issue at hand. Rather, let us focus our energies on ensuring that his legitimate successor will be elected on the basis of merit, nothing more and nothing less.
I will never be President of the United States but perhaps you, reading these words today, will be. I just hope I have earned that penny from long ago by helping you make the right decision at the right time. Some of us are just called to be behind the scenes and not to get the glory. But, the objective isn’t glory anyway. Sometimes those who selflessly serve our country go from the pinnacle of the presidency to the tragic sacrifices of both Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy.
WE THE PEOPLE
This article has been but a work of fiction designed to invoke introspection and provoke thought. Back here in the real world, meanwhile, we can cast our vote for the person best qualified and inclined to govern our country.
It’s not about race or ethnicity. Neither is it about gender. Demographics play no role whatsoever. Nobody should care if you’re the first XYZ to become President of the United States. But we all need for you to become our next president who will do what is right only because it is right. Put personal ambition aside.
I’m sure there is a real Jack Winslow out there somewhere but this was just a pseudonym to demonstrate what someone whose name we do not yet know can do to transform the American presidency. Let go of the political shackles that bind. One of you reading this today may be the person we have just described that we need to be our greatest president ever.
Only time and the grace of God will tell!
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ, CP, and ACM readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $4100 per month in order to maintain operations.
The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. We had 5,657,724 sessions on our website from November, 2020, through February, 2021. Our intention is to elevate that to higher levels this year by focusing on a strategy that relies on free speech rather than being beholden to progressive Big Tech companies.
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During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above.
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