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Robert Patrick Lewis is a former Green Beret combat veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa turned author. His book "Love Me When I'm Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war" is currently available, with his next book scheduled to hit the shelves in January 2015. He currently lives in Santa Clarita and works as an Investment Advisor Representative for TransAmerica Financial Advisors.

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The Brilliance of Kushner’s New Middle East Peace Plan

| Opinion | July 4, 2019

Jared Kushner’s new plan for peace in the Middle East was revealed last week, after his meeting in Bahrain with investors from around the world and leaders from the region. While the people who have been pretending to pursue peace in the region for so long are doing all they can to naysay the plan, Kushner seems to understand better than they on what truly drives peace.

As we’ve come to learn from President Trump’s successes so far, it seems nearly all of our global arrangements have been done by politicians looking for sound bytes and polling points rather than a true, lasting path to success for the USA. It’s amazing what can happen when someone outside of that mindset gets to work on making actual change.

If you don’t understand the USA’s geopolitical strategy in funding around the world, I can sum it up in one simple word: stability.

Before my time in Special Forces, I had a hard time understanding why in the world the USA would spend so many billions of dollars giving money to places in Africa, the Middle East and Central America.

But as has been said many times by people who understand what is needed and are truly trying to make a difference, peace in any nation boils down to three simple metrics: education, economics and agriculture.

If you look around the world at the hotspots of extremism, terrorism and fanatacism, a few glaring similiarities quickly surface. Each location that births the worst terrorists and highest levels of terrorism is in extreme poverty, has abysmal literacy rates and virtually no economy of its own, outside of aid from other governments.

If you’re familiar with the verse “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for life,” you understand the basic principle. But unfortunately many of our policies pre-Trump focused on the former, rather than the latter.

We found while fighting in Afghanistan & Iraq that a large number of the fighters emplacing IEDs and ambushes for NATO troops weren’t in fact zealots who hated America, they were merely men with no way to feed their families who were paid to attack our forces.

Furthermore, one of the largest paths to radicalization we found were via madrassas, Islamic religious schools that took in disadvantaged children with the promise of food, a bed and a path to literacy by reciting the Quran dozens of times a day.

Much like gangs in the United States, many of these madrassas would identify the most easily brainwashed of the children and separate them from the rest, focusing their future training on terrorism rather than religious studies.

If we can break that cycle, where children actually have food in their bellies and aren’t forced to go to indoctrination centers for meals and a chance to learn to read, Kushner’s can succeed where many other plans have not.

Along with these paths to indoctrination, in a failed state such as Somalia or Afghanistan you have more than merely a steady supply of would-be foot soldiers. You also have places where it is extremely easy to go “off the grid” and set up a terrorism training center in the desert.

If there are any police, they are easily bribed to stay away from your location due to the government’s lacking funds and likelihood of not being able to pay the police well (or with any regularity).

Furthermore, the articles from the normal crowd of anti-Trumpers (NYT, Mother Jones, Vice, etc) focus on the fact that many of Palestine’s current leaders do not support the plan. And of course they don’t – if Palestine actually finds peace these leaders chosen for their wartime posture will no longer be needed and will be out of a job.

And, of course, they likely remember the $221 million given to them by Obama on his last days in office, and are hoping for another Obama-like candidate in 2020 who will fund their terrorism rather than seek a way to end it altogher.

Kushner understands that his $50 billion investment plan for Palestine has the potential to cut off the supply of young minds to be indoctrinated, and most of his foes seem to be against his plan for one simple reason.

Much like the Democrats so viciously attacking Trump’s successes, they understand that if Kushner actually succeeds, it will show the world just how little they know and how little they’ve done to fight these issues over the decades we’ve been funding and supporting them.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

The Push for Socialism: Another Chernobyl in the Making

| Opinion | June 27, 2019

Nearly three decades after the end of the Cold War we are seeing a resurgence of a virus which we thought had been eradicated from the west.

Many misguided youth, led by tenured professors and pandering politicians who have never worked a day outside of classrooms are of the mind that capitalism is a threat, and socialism would cure all of society’s ills.

The fact that none of our most life-changing achievements, ideas or technology have come from socialists, yet nearly every single one has come from capitalists should be enough proof.

But apparently the fact that they have iPhones, high-speed wifi and have never had to wait in a breadline isn’t enough for them.

But what is the difference between communism, socialism and capitalism?

At its core, communism means the state controls everything, owns everything, and makes all decisions. As we see in China, there is no private industry; everything is, at least by a majority, owned by the state.

In socialism, the state controls the means of production. That may not sound like much, and while its peddlers will try to tell you that means that “power goes to the workers,” the opposite is true, and the people soon realize they have no voice.

It is peculiar that many of those pushing this diseased breath of socialism back into western society are highly educated, yet cannot see the many proofs we have throughout history that every society which has implemented socialism or communism has led to their own decay.

The new social merit system implemented in China shows just how far this can go.

Bureaucrats destroy industries by controlling those in which they have no experience, and are given top positions via family connections or proof of loyalty to the state rather than merit.

The fall of Venezuela from the richest nation in South America to a place where people murder pets for food is a recent proof of how this turns out. How did they fall so far?

Implementation of socialism, a dictator, and appointment of military generals with no experience in the oil industry to lead their most valuable resource, who totally destroyed that industry for them in only a few years.

I’ve been watching the Chernobyl series on HBO, and as our educated youth and pandering politicians can’t seem to learn these horrible lessons from history, perhaps this entertainment-based view of just how bad it can get will serve to wake them up.

The show, at its core, helps to highlight the most important part of how any big government state apparatus run by bureaucrats can destroy a society.

As happened with the catastrophe at Chernobyl, the implementation of communism or socialism always leads to terrible consequences, because of the easily corruptible people put in charge and perverse incentive structure for those in power to remain there.

By putting people in charge with no merit or experience, there is always a disaster in the waiting.

In a capitalist society, not only are people rewarded for hard work, but we learn from our mistakes to make the next version better. In a communist or socialist society, mistakes must be covered up to protect the image of the state, lest people realize the bureaucrats put in control don’t know what they’re doing.

Rather than learn from mistakes, they prosecute a scapegoat that likely had nothing to do with the disaster they caused and wait for the next one to happen.

The USA is considered the land of opportunity because people are allowed to control their own destiny. If you work harder than others, innovate or do something exceptional, you may be handsomely rewarded. On the flip-side, if you choose not to work hard, make mistakes or prove inept at your job, you may be cast aside for someone who can do the job.

Beware of the current slate of politicians promising everything for free and to return “power to the people.” The only people who become wealthy in a socialist society are those diabolically cunning enough to fool their society into accepting it.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Sedition, Projection, Treason & Lies

| Opinion | June 20, 2019

One of the common themes from the MSM and political Obama holdovers has been a recurring cycle of hurling allegations at President Trump which have no evidence, are quickly debunked or turn out to be crimes actually committed by the accusers (Clinton, Powers, Brennan, Comey, McCabe).

And while the sheer volume of unfounded accusations are curious on their own, perhaps the more interesting aspect of the situation is that many of these accusations would be true had they been thrown at former Democrats.

If we look into our very recent past, we find that when Democrats – Presidents and senators alike – actually committed and were caught for these crimes, the media felt it was neither important to investigate nor report on them.

I’d like to name just a few of the accusations falsely hurled at President Trump, and will note where they actually occurred under a Democrat to show the hypocrisy in our media today.

Let’s start with the collusion narrative, the current favorite of the Democrats. Even after being disproved by The Mueller Report, there are still holdouts amongst the MSM and Democrats who are parroting this term (and losing a large amount of viewers & polling numbers for it).
While President Trump has been cleared of this claim, did you know that Senator Ted Kennedy colluded with the Russians (yes, the same ones) in an attempt to help them defeat Ronald Reagan’s presidential re-election?

Records have been unearthed in Russia that Senator Kennedy sent his law school pal to hand deliver a memo directly to the KGB offering his assistance in defeating Reagan’s re-election. Kennedy went so far as offering to fly to Russia to meet Andropov and to set up meetings in the U.S. between Russian leaders and Kennedy’s “friends in the media” like Barbara Walters and Walter Kronkite to influence American’s opinions of Russia.

Why do you think that the media, so intent on naming Russian Collusion as a treasonous offense, haven’t brought this up in their non-stop reporting? It would seem a pertinent point to make that the darling Democrat senator was actually guilty of colluding with the Russians in the height of the Cold War.

And what about Bill Clinton, for whom the Chinese state intelligence agency directed funds to help his re-election efforts? When investigators began looking into the matter, Clinton vigorously fought attempts to form a special counsel to investigate.

Again, this sounds like it would be a pretty timely point for the media to dig up, if they weren’t in fact beholden to the Democrat party – but apparently foreign influence in U.S. elections only matters if it helps a Republican.

Still in the Clinton crime family, what about John Solomon’s reporting that Alexandra Chalupa, Joe Biden and the DNC colluded directly with corrupt Ukrainian politicians to dig up (fake) dirt on then candidate Trump? Isn’t accepting political dirt from foreigners supposed to be a bad thing, as reported by George Stephanapolus and repeated ad nauseum by the MSM last week?

Another oft-stated false claim against President Trump is that he is attacking the freedom of the press by calling them the “enemy of the people.”

But what about the proven fact that Obama wiretapped 29 AP reporters, jailed several and there is still a court case with Sheryl Atkison regarding Obama’s FBI spying on her for her reporting on subjects the Obama administration didn’t like? I would say spying on journalists and jailing them would be considered much more of an attack on the freedom of the press than name-calling and tweets.

But what do I know?

The term “treason” has been thrown around a lot lately, but as AG Barr stated, treason has a very specific legal definition that doesn’t fit what we’ve been witnessing from the media and Democrats for the past two years.

But an enterprising American citizen who wanted to know what was in store for these corrupt “journalists” and politicians should look up the definition of “sedition,” and the context of why it was put into law in the United States.

You may be surprised to find that we’ve been here before as a nation, and have laws on the books specifically to fight the poor, childish and anti-American behavior we’ve been witnessing from the “enemy of the people.”

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War, The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Those Who Forget History

| Opinion | June 13, 2019

Once upon a time, the word “Nazi” was used to describe members of the National Socialist Worker’s German Party, the followers of Adolf Hitler who committed terrible atrocities, including attempted genocide and state-sponsored murder on a horrific scale.

But since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the term “Nazi” has morphed from a specific definition to a label from the left in its attempt to take down anyone whose views fall outside of the extreme left (which is where Hitler and his total government control, police-state leftist Democratic Socialists existed).

Anti-abortion? Nazi. Want secure borders? Nazi. Want to protect our elections by requiring ID to vote (as Mexico and many nations already do)? Nazi. Didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton? Nazi.

Because, of course, the actual Nazis and thought police don’t want critical thinking – they only want groupthink and directives handed down from the all-powerful state, with no need for the populace to think for themselves. That’s why every leftist dictator, from Stalin to Mao to Hitler to Pol Pot, starts with the same directives: disarm the populace so they can’t defend themselves, and then kill the intellectuals who don’t agree with the party.

A terrifying trend to watch, for those who understand history, has been the hypocrisy from the left. It comes from those who scream they want to “fight the fascists” and “punch Nazis in the face,” yet have been following the playbooks taken directly from the fascists & Nazis.

ANTIFA, the group comprised largely of children of white, well-to-do and entitled yet communist-leaning university professors and intellectuals claims to fight fascists. Yet every action of theirs, down to their flag, is taken from Hitler’s Nazi and Stalin’s totalitarian party.

Their tactics of burning, violence, lies and preventing people with opposing views from being able to express them? Those are as fascist as one can get, aside from mass murder.

Yet in the latest leftist boomerang destined to harm our society in the name of “fighting fascism & Nazis,” YouTube (due to complaints from Vox “journalist” Carlos Maza) enacted what quickly became known as “Voxpocalypse” last week in a purging of content.

Maza and Vox had an issue with Steven Crowder, so they did what the leftist mobs do: they made such a stink that YouTube demonetized Crowder’s YouTube channel. It should be worth noting that while Vox and Maza claimed this was due to homophobic slurs from Crowder, Vox has clips on its own YouTube channel with homophobic slurs.

In an effort that seems it was made to prove the law of unintended consequences, YouTube purged, along with Crowder, a plethora of independent content creators from both left and right, leading the left to cry and wail that they were being forced to live by the standards they force on others.
But there were a large amount of innocent casualties in the purge, many that may lead to our society forgetting what true atrocities are.

Among those were channels highlighting historical reels to show the horrors committed by actual Nazis, as well as the destruction of societies that has always been the result when they chose to institute socialism.

That should be repeated, just to make sure it hits home: in an effort to combat what the left is calling Nazis, YouTube has erased all historical evidence of actual Nazis.

And that should scare all of us, as a society.

Not only that a hypocritical “news” outlet and entitled “journalist” can have such a large effect, but also that if we erase and forget the actual horrors and atrocities that have been committed in our history, we are bound to miss the next winds brewing and drums begin beating for another megalomanic trying to implement total government control to cause great harm to our society and her people.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Why You Should Take the Time to Read the WikiLeaks Emails

| Opinion | May 9, 2019

Now that we’ve reached a new level of lunacy in the Russiagate and Spygate controversies, it’s important to take a moment to step back and reflect on the most important part of any investigation: the beginning.

The lunacy has been the events that we’ve seen play out over the past two weeks. First, we had Attorney General Barr verbally assaulted last week by senate Democrats regarding the summary memo he released based on his interpretations of the Mueller report. Note that while the Democrats attacked his summary, he had released the entire report (lightly redacted) before his hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary.

Shortly thereafter, Congress subpoenaed Barr to both attend another session with them and to release the fully-unredacted Mueller report. The lunacy here lies in the fact that a release of the fully-unredacted report would require him breaking the law.

It should be quite telling that the same people yelling obstruction in regards to the president are currently trying to directly obstruct AG Barr’s investigation into themselves and their colleagues.

One of the most significant parts of his testimony came from an exchange between Barr and Senator Kamala Harris, when she asked Barr about Deputy AG Rosenstein’s conflict of interest to be both the DAG overseeing the Mueller investigation and a witness to the cases that have sprung from Mueller’s findings. It is unsurprising that the media has not widely reported that surprising exchange, or that many more investigations will come to light very soon – namely, investigations against the true colluders, leakers and potential felons, the Democrats.

But in order to really understand this case and the circus it has become, we should go back to the very beginning: the WikiLeaks release of the Hillary Clinton, DNC and John Podesta emails.

In case you forgot, that’s the story for how all of this began. The official narrative was that Papadopoulos bragged over drinks to Alexander Downer that he was approached by people claiming to have dirt on Hillary via hacked emails. Proof points have come to light showing that to be fully untrue, but that is for another article.

What is the most important point to focus on here is that nobody has ever claimed those emails were inauthentic. Perhaps you didn’t notice, as the entire narrative has shifted the focus from the content of those emails to how they were acquired.

Why is this important? I would highly implore you to read the emails yourself and find out. If you have taken the time to do so, you understand why this entire circus has been formed to keep the attention of the American people as far away from them as possible, because they are absolutely damning to Clinton, the DNC, John Podesta and their entire political apparatus.

If you do take the time to read them, you’ll see a familiar pattern arise: emails from Clinton showing just how much disdain she has for the minority groups she panders to for votes, just how little she thinks of the American public, and just how crooked she really is in her willingness to do anything for power.

A great way in politics to tell if someone is lying is to watch for their answers to questions. If they immediately try to redirect and reframe a question to a completely unrelated answer, you know they are hiding something. The fact that the DNC and media were so quick to do everything they could to divert all attention away from the Clinton email archive should be enough to tell you just how much they will sacrifice to keep you from knowing what they contain.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Ballsy Biden: Basing a Campaign on Lies

| Opinion | May 2, 2019

Joe Biden started his presidential campaign off strong last week, coming right out of the gate with his attacks on President Trump. The only problem is that most of his attacks are based on old and fully-debunked lies, as are many of his claims.

Why would a former Vice President commit such an egregious attack on the truth? I can see only three possible reasons for him to follow this strategy: he has either been told that “the fix was in” and the media wouldn’t call him on it (but CNN’s Jake Tapper immediately did), he thinks that Americans are just too stupid to remember something that happened less than two years ago (and won’t bother to look it up) or an insider is trying to force a massive intentional error from his campaign.

Firstly, to be called out for a lie by a CNN commentator in this day and age, if you’re a Democrat, means that you must have told such a whopper that the pigs are flying and the devil needs a warm coat in his home downstairs.

So let’s start off with that very first lie that even CNN couldn’t allow to proceed: that President Trump called the white supremacists from the Charlottesville Rally “fine people.”

The reality, as was discovered long ago, is that the situation is eerily similar to the “animals” controversy. If you forgot, during a press conference between President Trump and a group of sheriffs, one of the participants asked President Trump specifically about MS-13.

When the president responded by calling them animals, the media deceptively removed the initial question, took the statement out of context and tried to convince people that the president was calling all Mexican immigrants animals – completely leaving out that the comment was in response to a question about MS-13, who I think we can all agree are vile animals.

The Charlottesville hoax controversy is almost exactly the same: in a statement about the protests in Charlottesville, President Trump set the foundation by saying, at the very beginning of his statement, that:

“You have people, and I’m not talking about the Neo-Nazis and the White Nationalists, because they should be condemned totally…”

So what did the media immediately do (and Joe Biden lie about in his VERY FIRST campaign video)? They again deceptively edited the foundational aspect of the statement (“…and I’m not talking about…”) and tried to pass it off, out of context, to make President Trump seem like something he’s not.

Biden is also parroting the good old “not even a whisper of scandal in the Obama administration” line, which would be laughable if it weren’t so tragic for our nation.

I guess Biden is taking the Hillary Clinton line of “what does it matter” when thinking back to Benghazi, Solyndra, Fast & Furious, Uranium One, the Bergdahl prisoner swap, giving billions to a nation that screams “death to America,” wiretapping the Associated Press, hacking journalist Sharyl Attkisson, reserving White House administration seats for Muslim Brotherhood, the IRS targeting conservatives, weaponization of intelligence against political opponents, the Hammer program spying on regular Americans and breaking into their financial records and the worst of all of them, Spygate and Russiagate which will make Whitewater look like a jaywalking ticket when all is said and done (and the recently released Stroczk/Page texts confirm the white house was “running” those operations).

Biden is also running on the statement that “Americans aren’t feeling any difference from the Trump tax cuts,” which has been utterly disproven many times. If you don’t understand, getting a tax refund is a bad thing – it means you gave the government an interest-free loan by overpaying on your taxes in the first place. But, that won’t stop a career politician from using a cheap shot to pander for votes.

We’ve seen this before, and it’s fitting that Obama’s VP has chosen to build his entire platform on a web of lies. But the fact that each of them have already been utterly disproven, and that he thinks we’re too stupid to remember … well that’s just disheartening, but it lets us know what career politicians like Biden really think of Americans.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Paid Propaganda Will Be the End of the MSM

| Opinion | April 25, 2019

It must be a tough time to be at one of the MSM (Main Stream Media) networks these days.

Not only are they facing multiple large lawsuits for attacking teenagers with zero investigation, were proven wrong over their collusion delusion of the past two years and have record low viewers, but it seems the worst news of all is about to deliver the coup de grace.

President Trump has taken a lot of heat from the leftover comments they claim to be lies, but if you’ve paid attention, you should have noticed that although immediately lambasted by the media and left, nearly every major comment made by the president has come true – usually with no retraction from those who called him a liar.

President Trump has stated multiple times that the Fake News media will be gone soon, with his most recent tweet on April 13 giving a timeline that they would be gone in six years.

Sure, the lawsuits and loss of viewers may be part of their demise, but Brian Cates (contributor to the Epoch Times) has written several articles and posted a tweet thread on April 22 that not only shows what, if true, will be a blow the media would not be able to survive, but also peeks behind the curtain of some of the most corrupt practices between foreign nations, D.C. and the media.

The basis of Brian’s reporting is a foreign bribery business that has existed in our nation since the 1980’s, when Senator Ted Kennedy and Gregory Craig (yes, Obama’s former advisor who was just indicted) reached out to Russia to ask for help with Kennedy’s Presidential campaign.

As Cates reports, the collusion between Kennedy and Russia started bringing foreign dollars into U.S. political campaigns, but it didn’t end there. In the early 2000s, many Americans dropped their paid subscriptions or canceled their cable, with the news media being one of the industries hardest hit.

Needing to find an extra revenue stream to make up for the losses, many of our largest media companies began taking money to print or report propaganda directly from other governments, hoping to sway public opinion and have U.S. lawmakers enact favorable legislation for them.

Does this sound too outlandish? If you haven’t read this article by the Washington Post titled “We Should Let China Spy On Us,” you should. While one of the more egregious examples, it is unfortunately only one of many.

And Cates isn’t alone in his reporting: back in 2014, former CNN reporter Amber Lyon told us that CNN was taking payments from foreign governments to keep bad press about their countries out of the media.

So why would this be the coup de grace? If you’ve been paying attention beyond the theatrics of the Mueller investigation, you probably noticed something peculiar: none of the people indicted by Mueller had anything to do with collusion, but they all had a common theme: Americans working for foreign governments without registering under FARA.
The Mueller investigation set a precedent that working as a foreign agent without disclosing or registering is a very bad thing, resulting in jail time and even solitary confinement, in the case of Manafort.

So what happens now, when the evidence comes to light that our own media has been taking payments from foreign governments to print and report their propaganda in the U.S., without disclosing and in pretending that it’s “news?”

President Trump has already told us what comes next.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Creepy Uncle Joe Biden’s Ukrainian Corruption Skeletons

| Opinion | April 11, 2019

There is talk making the rounds on social media about the wandering hands of “Creepy Uncle Joe” Biden when around young girls and women. If you haven’t seen the video of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions swatting Biden’s hands away from his granddaughter, you should.

Numerous videos exist of uncomfortable young women forced to put on a smile when inappropriately touched by Creepy Uncle Joe, but Sessions is the only one with the power – and knowledge of his wandering hands – to keep it from happening.

But other skeletons are coming out of the closet for Creepy Uncle Joe, and despite their being about corruption rather than stealing innocence, the tea leaves are showing that these may likely do some damage to Obama’s former VP and potential 2020 Democrat party presidential candidate.

We recently found out through Attorney General Barr’s letter summarizing the Mueller report that much of the media’s portrayal of collusion between President Trump and Russia was false.

But the story that still isn’t being widely reported is that there actually was collusion – through Hillary Clinton, the DNC and the Obama administration.

Yes, there was collusion – but the skeletons are in the closet of the DNC.

If you really want to know what’s been going on, there are a few reporters still involved in actual investigative journalism: John Solomon, Sara Carter, Dan Bongino (Dan literally wrote the book on Spygate, and his next edition is about to be published) and Tracy Beanz.

Solomon’s latest reporting is peeling back the curtain on the actual collusion and corruption that took place, and it seems the first battleground will be in the Ukraine.

Aside from the evidence that Alexandra Chalupa has been identified as a DNC operative colluding with Ukraine to provide dirt on Manafort in an attempt to harm President Trump (precisely what they projected on the Trump campaign), there are some corruption connections that could be very damaging to Creepy Uncle Joe’s potential presidential run.

At the same time Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with the Ukraine and its tense negotiations with Russia, his son Hunter Biden was appointed to a rather peculiar board seat and paid a significant amount of money from an industry that he had zero experience in.

All told his son’s company, Rosemont Seneca, was paid over $3 million in monthly payments of over $166,000 for Hunter Biden to sit on the board of Ukraine’s largest natural gas company, an industry in which he has no experience.

But he did have a Vice President father negotiating with the Ukrainian government at the same time that Hunter was given the board seat.

To add more fuel to the fire, Biden bragged at an event last year that he threatened Ukrainian President Poroshenko to fire a prosecutor who was looking into the very firm that had hired Biden’s son, Busima Holdings. Biden’s threats to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees from the U.S. to Ukraine if the prosecutor wasn’t fired indicates that this action was approved at the highest levels – of which there’s only one above the Vice President.

Solomon’s reporting has also shown that multiple Ukrainian officials have been trying to deliver evidence of collusion with and corruption involving U.S. officials to the Department of Justice for quite some time, but have been thwarted by U.S. officials, including our ambassador.

It seems we are finally at the point where we may learn which stories we’ve been told over the past 2 years were lies, and which were outright projection from the DNC.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

School Shootings: A Root Cause Analysis (Hint: It’s Not the guns)

| Opinion | April 4, 2019

If your engine broke down on your drive home from work this evening, would you immediately file a lawsuit against the gas station at which you last filled up your tank? No, that would be ridiculous – bad gas is merely a single variable from a long list of things that could cause that damage.

So why is it that every time there’s a school or mass shooting event the media, politicians and celebrities from the left automatically single out one variable without any further analysis into the root cause of the issue?

There are three main variables which seem to be consistent with each of these events: guns, teenagers on antidepressants and teenage boys raised in a fatherless home. Unlike the talking heads in the media, grandstanding politicians and clueless celebrities, we will take a look at each of these variables to determine which one seems more likely to be the root cause, and see if we can actually fix the issue rather than causing more problems.

Guns

Rahm Emanuel famously said, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Following this mantra, the same variable is automatically blamed for each school or mass-shooting event around the world.

But there are a few major indications that guns aren’t the issue. First, we look at the timeline to see when these events started to happen: the Columbine shooting occurred on April 20, 1999, and is often referred to as the start to what became an all-too-often event in our nation.

If we are to truly look at causality in these events, we have to see which variables are most closely linked to them. So we must ask: did guns suddenly become available, or more prevalent in households around that time?

The answer is a resounding no. Our nation was begun in armed rebellion against the British monarchy, and since our inception the USA has been a nation with an armed citizenry. A Japanese Admiral even famously remarked during WWII that “invading the USA would be suicide, as there would be a gun behind every blade of grass.”

So, if guns have been prevalent in our nation since its inception, but these school and mass shootings are a relatively new phenomenon, how could one immediately jump to the conclusion that they are the root cause of this issue? How could it be that guns have been a significant part of our culture for so long, but suddenly became an issue?

Unless they aren’t.

Teenagers on Antidepressants

If we’re looking at the three major variables as possible root causes, there is another variable which seems much more highly correlated to this tragedy upon our nation: over-medicated teenagers.

The FDA issued a “black box” warning for SSRI’s (antidepressants) for teenagers in 2004 due to them being linked to an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors in teens, and in some children antidepressants may also trigger anxiety, agitation, hostility, restlessness or impulsive behavior.

That warning, however, came long after these drugs had begun being prescribed in abundance to our teenagers.

This warning was issued after a study revealed that approximately 4 percent of teens taking antidepressants showed the dangerous symptoms above.

And wouldn’t you know it? The beginning of our teens being prescribed these same antidepressants is correlated to when the school and mass shootings started to occur.

Have you ever heard the media mention how many of the school shooters were on antidepressants?

It’s an alarmingly high number.

Teenage Boys Raised in Fatherless Homes

I recently heard an interview on The Adam Carolla Show by Warren Farrell, PhD, author of the book The Boy Crisis. I bought his book immediately after listening, and hope that you will too.

Being a divorced father raising four kids (two boys and two girls), there were a few statistics given by Dr. Farrell that were not only alarming, but also seem to correlate much more highly to school shooting events than guns … and you have to wonder why we don’t hear these stats more often:

•90% of school shooters were teenage boys raised in fatherless homes
•Over 90% of men in prison were raised in fatherless homes
•Nearly every foreign ISIS recruit captured was raised in a fatherless home

In this interview, Dr. Farrell brings up another extremely salient point: if the true root cause of school shootings were the guns and nothing else, shouldn’t we see an even distribution of both teen boys AND girls as school shooters?

Yet, nobody talks about this.

Now that the Mueller report has been submitted and Americans are beginning to discover that their media, politicians and loud-mouthed celebrities have been lying to them for two years, you really have to wonder…

What else have they been lying to us about?

And why have we never seen any of the above questions asked, nor statistics given during the wall-to-wall coverage after any school shooting event?

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Seppuku: Will Our Nation’s Traitors Fall on Their Swords?

| Opinion | March 28, 2019

The Mueller Report submitted last Friday and the subsequent summary letter from Attorney General Barr gave the American public a few key answers to questions that some of us knew and some had contemplated, but at the same time completely blindsided many who had been getting all of their news from the likes of CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

The front-page headline on the following Monday from the New York times, one of the most virulent anti-Trump newspapers for the past two years, did note that the Mueller report vindicated and exonerated President Trump.

That admission, however, didn’t seem to be enough to placate angry readers – the digital version of the issue was replete with subscribers commenting that they were cancelling their subscriptions, angry to have been lied to for the past two years.

As many of the paper’s issues have been filled with articles discussing “anonymous sources” and “incontrovertible proof” that President Trump would be indicted for crimes associated to the Mueller investigation, it’s not difficult to understand why their readers would be so upset.

While vague in some areas, AG Barr’s summary letter stated two points quite plainly: neither President Trump nor anyone in his administration colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, and President Trump did not make any attempts to obstruct Mueller’s investigation (something that interestingly enough, Andy McCabe had sworn in his first congressional testimony, but later made a 180 degree turn when trying to sell a book).

But there is another lesson that we must take from AG Barr’s summary of the Mueller report: there are traitors in our midst, possibly guilty of the horrendous crimes of treason and sedition for stoking fear, division, anger and hatred against a sitting President for their own political gain.

On Monday Tim Murtaugh, the Director of Communications for Donald J. Trump for President, Inc sent a memo to news outlets naming the worst of the treasonous individuals. In it, he suggested those news organizations ask themselves a simple question before booking any of the named individuals for interviews: does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims in the past?

Murtaugh asks the media outlets to “apply basic journalistic standards” in considering booking any of the named guests to appear on their show, and suggests that if they are booked, that the media outlet replay their salacious claims and ask the guest to answer for their actions.

The names in question are a motley crue that did everything they could to stoke the fires of division in our nation over the past two years, and none would survive anything more than basic scrutiny into their own past devious behaviors.

Senator Richard “Da Nang Dick” Blumenthal (D-CT) lied to constituents during his campaigns for years, claiming he was a Vietnam veteran, even recounting stories about his own heroism … until it was made public he had never even deployed to Vietnam. We should remember Blumenthal’s own grandstanding during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, telling Justice Kavanaugh that “if any of his story were false, it all was false.” I guess that means we should never believe anything from “Da Nang Dick.”

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been close friends with some rather unscrupulous individuals (Jussie “Hate Hoax” Smollett and Ed “Murders Male Prostitutes” Buck), and has some very interesting investigations going on into his involvement with strange occurrences at The Standard Hotel in his district. We should also mention that Schiff himself called for Devin Nunes (R-CA) to step down from the House Intelligence Committee for meeting with intelligence agents outside of Congress, yet Schiff thinks his own private meetings with FusionGPS founder Glenn Simpson at the Aspen Conference were above board – not to mention that Schiff was perhaps the most vigorous and dishonorable purveyor of the collusion hoax in all of politics.

Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) endorsed the Iran Nuclear Deal, supports full gun confiscation in the US and has made outlandish claims about “obvious collusion” that have now been disproven by Mueller’s investigation.

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was directly behind Schiff in volumes of perpetration of the Russian collusion lie to Americans, yet he himself has been accused of accepting bribes and making comments about “nuking” American gun owners in his own quest for full gun confiscation in the US.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez lied about his family history (quite the common occurrence these days between Occasio-Cortez, Warren, Beto and many others) and engaged in gross prosecutorial misconduct in his pre-politics days, including prosecuting whistleblowers.

Former CIA Director John Brennan is believed by many to have actually started the Russian conspiracy hoax, claiming that he had intelligence from Eastern European intelligence allies that he brought to the FBI. It should also be noted that the dates which he testified, under oath, about when he learned of the “dodgy dossier” don’t add up – as it has come to light that he briefed members of Congress months before he alleges he knew of its existence.

There is perhaps one culture left on our planet that could be considered as honorable, still infusing the important virtue of honor within their society. People found guilty of doing terrible things are shamed, held accountable and shunned, which helps reduce the amount of terrible things we’ve seen in our American society of late – a problem which I believe stems from our uncanny desire to make stupid and morally bankrupt people famous, whether through entertainment or politics.

In the Japanese culture there is a tradition known as Seppuku, known better in the west as Hari Kari. This is the action by which a man who has dishonored himself, his nation, his family or failed miserably in a task may choose to “fall on his sword.” I’ll leave the gruesome details out of the exact process, but it is that man’s last opportunity to “regain his honor” by admitting his wrongs and holding himself accountable to the utmost degree.

Now that we know the names above have been lying outright to our entire nation, in front of any camera or giving interviews to any “journalist” who would listen, will they take the honorable route and fall on their swords?

Many people are discussing “healing and moving forward” since the exoneration of President Trump was submitted by Robert Mueller, but the only way to truly heal is for those responsible to be held accountable.

Thankfully, there is some hope left: although I doubt any of those listed above would be willing to commit Seppuku either literally or figuratively by some other action such as stepping down from their positions and apologizing, we have found that prosecutors within the government may be doing it for them.

President Trump has vowed to hold the responsible parties accountable, and over the past few years we have learned of several behind-the-scenes investigations going on into the political shenanigans we have been forced to watch – whether through Seppuku, the guillotine or jail, the only way to move forward is to send a signal to the other dishonorable members of our political and media world that this will not be tolerated, and that justice will be swift and final.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Vindication for President Trump, Proof of Guilt for Obama & The DNC

| Opinion | March 21, 2019

On March 14, 2017, President Trump erupted with a series of tweets that accused Barack Obama of wiretapping him. Of course the press was quick to excoriate him for these claims, but slowly over the past two years we have seen evidence slowly released showing that these claims, as with most of President Trump’s, were absolutely accurate.

It’s funny that the media doesn’t spend too much time filling in the details of how they got it so wrong, nor the accurate timeline of Admiral Rogers (then head of the NSA) making a secret trip to Trump Tower, which was followed by then President-elect Trump moving his entire staff to one of his resorts until a proper sweep and de-bugging could be completed.

Also missing from the mainstream news was a report from the FISC court titled “The Improper Disclosure of Raw Intelligence about Americans to Unauthorized Individuals,” which outlines how Fusion GPS contractors without proper security clearance were accessing the NSA database to spy on the Trump campaign. This is completely open-source (but heavily redacted), yet the media doesn’t see this as “newsworthy.”

Either that or they just don’t want you to know about it because it doesn’t fit their narrative.

It’s clear these contractors simply pulled information on the wrong Michael Cohen for their spying, but that never comes up either.

Although obvious when one understands that the Dodgy Dossier is highly predicated on Cohen visiting Prague to pay hackers – something shown as false by his travel records, passports and people verifying he was in the USA when the dossier placed him in Prague – the media also doesn’t see this as “newsworthy.”

It’s either that, or they’re trying desperately to keep us from understanding just how complicit they are in this entire scandal.

They’re also not spending a whole lot of time on two enormous pieces of evidence which have recently been released, adding more proof that not only was the entire premise of the Russian Collusion investigation a complete farce, but that President Obama was running the operation.

If you haven’t read the released transcripts of testimony from Bruch Ohr (formerly of the DOJ) and Lisa Page (former FBI counsel and Peter Strozk mistress), you should. You won’t be seeing much about them from CNN or MSNBC, but thankfully Representative Doug Collins has released them to the public so that we can read & see for ourselves:

https://dougcollins.house.gov/page
Jeff Carlson received these leaked transcripts several months ago and wrote about them for the Epoch Times, but contrary to their actions after any anonymous leak was received by the mainstream media over the past few years, not much reporting outside of conservative outlets was done. Thanks to Representative Collins, we now know that not only were these leaked transcripts accurate, but they help paint a much clearer picture of the debacle that is SpyGate.

If you’ve been getting your news from the media (like most of the nation) your full understanding of the greatest political scandal in our nation’s history is likely very skewed and missing a significant amount of facts – and they want to keep it that way.

But, thanks to the army of citizen journalists who knew there was more to the issue than we were being told, a significant amount of information that the media doesn’t want to report on has been uncovered.

For example, did you know that Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS founder) wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal in 2007 that outlined almost the exact story that we’ve been told happened in 2016? It bears an uncanny resemblance to what we were told was the Russian Collusion scandal, and features many of the same players – it was only the 2016 version that brought in President Trump.

You’ve heard of the infamous Trump Tower meeting – but did you know the meeting was set up by people in the Clinton political machine, and that some of those present really worked for Fusion GPS? Curiously, quite a few of these “incriminating” meetings that Democratic politicians have used for their “proof” were either set up by intelligence assets or Clinton donors, friends or co-conspirators.

Paul Manafort was just sentenced for a number of issues totally unrelated to his work with the Trump campaign – but did you know that Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, worked with the same people, in the same places, and also failed to register under FARA, yet for some reason didn’t meet the same investigation or prosecution as Manafort?

Did you know that Bob Mueller came under intense fire from Congress when he was head of the FBI for indicting people with unverified evidence, and was forced to create something called “The Woods Procedure” to ensure claims were verified before using them to go after someone – and that he did not follow the Woods Procedure in the Russian Collusion investigation?

Have you ever asked yourself – if every claim of an impeachable offense so far, for the past two years, has been proven an absolute hoax – how do Democrat politicians still make claims that they have more? Are we to believe they purposely put forward multiple hoaxes but held back the real evidence all of this time, destroying all of their credibility in the process?

Most Americans know that we’ve been at war in Afghanistan for over 18 years now, but many don’t know that we’ve been involved in war right here, on U.S. soil, for over two years since President Trump was elected. Obama’s administration and Clinton’s political operatives weaponized our intelligence agencies and the media to destroy a political opponent in the greatest scandal in our nation’s history, and have been fighting tooth-and-nail to unseat a duly-elected president.

But while the war in Afghanistan is fought with bombs and bullets, the war here at home is being fought with information. And thanks to technology, although the media is refusing to accurately report on this war, the truth is available to anyone who is willing to take the time to look for it.

Any conservative knows that our values are under attack, but most don’t understand that our very nation is, as well. (Did you know that every email from the Hillary private server was being BCC’d to China? It was buried in the OIG report but not reported by the media.)

So, if you are a conservative who loves your country and our way of life, it’s time for you to suit up. Inform yourself; watch the senate hearings to know what actually was said versus what the media tells you. Listen to Dan Bongino, who literally wrote the book on Spygate and has a podcast where he outlines the criminality every single day.

We are involved in a war in which many of us are not even fighting back. But the time has come to inform yourself, fight for your country and understand the level of attack that we are currently under.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Special Forces in Niger

| Opinion | October 26, 2017

Commentary from a former Green Beret who helped start the mission a decade ago

I’ve been watching the news with clenched teeth and a heavy heart for the past few weeks, hearing all of the nonsense regarding the tragedy in Niger and understanding just how juvenile both the “journalists” reporting on the subject and politicians discussing it are. I say this because as a U.S. Army Special Forces Medic (18D) I was attached to one of the first ODAs into Niger a decade ago, and wrote about that experience in my book, “Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for a Green Beret in Post-9/11 War,” published in 2012.

I actually took the time to go through the Pentagon’s Office of Security Review and receive clearance for that book, meaning, not only is the fact that Special Forces have been there for over a decade completely open-source, but also cleared me to discuss the following specifics.

An article on CNN, “Deploying U.S. Armed Forces in Niger is Unlawful,” by Jimmy Gurule does what the children at CNN are best at, using the breadth of it to talk about how awful President Trump is for deploying U.S. soldiers to the African nation of Niger. He even goes so far to ask if Congress provided “specific authorization for President Trump to introduce American armed forces into hostilities in Niger.”

The problem, Jimmy, is that Trump didn’t originally deploy them. I went to Niger under President George W. Bush. The number of Green Berets in Niger increased under Obama. And now Trump is merely continuing a mission that’s been going on for over a decade.

What bothers me even more than spineless politicians like Lindsey Graham and journalists pretending they didn’t know we had troops there (what does that say about the bang-up job journalists have been doing) is the fact that we lost soldiers in Niger while I was assigned to that unit, and a friend I went through the Special Forces Qualification Course with died there many years ago. And yet, the clueless continue this narrative to make it seem like this is a new thing under President Trump, and somehow try to pin this tragedy on him.

MRE’s on the arifield in north Africa en route to Niger

So why are Special Forces in Niger?

In the grand scheme of things, what America wants as a defense strategy is simple: stability.

You see, Americans tend to forget that the rest of the world isn’t quite like us. In America, if you do something bad or Big Brother wants to find you, it’s pretty simple … we have traffic cameras all over the place and you need to show a photo ID to enact a large number of daily transactions in this country.

But Africa, particularly Trans-Sahel (below the Sahara Desert) Africa is a different story. On the DoD list of nations, Niger was the poorest of the poor nations on this planet in the year I went. And in that part of the world (Trans-Sahel Africa), a person who wants to go unseen can easily do so … there is a lot of open terrain.

Let’s add a simple formula to this equation: the formula for breeding terrorists. There is a well-known formula for the factors which, if present, will most likely lead a portion of the population into extremism and possibly terrorism: poverty, heat, illiteracy and Islam. Let’s add ease-of-access from the Middle East directly into Africa via several routes (Yemen to Djibouti, Saudi Arabia/Jordan to Egypt and Spain/Portugal to Morocco) and you have what some may refer to as a “rat line” for terrorists who either need to get out of the Middle East or would-be terrorists who want to travel from Europe to go on the Jihad.

Take all of these factors together, and you have a hotbed of future activity. Because of the U.S. and NATO presence in the Middle East they can’t exactly set up terrorist training camps in Afghanistan like pre-9/11 days, so where is a terrorist to go if he wants to set up shop and train others? Africa.

One of the benefits of being on the most corrupt continent on the planet is that it isn’t too hard to pay the local officials to stay away from a certain part of the desert or outskirts of their village. On top of potential want-to-be terrorists, Niger is one of the places on this planet that has substantial uranium deposits, so again, falling back to the stability argument this is something that, unless we want the craziest of crazies to become nuclear powers, we need to keep a lid on.

And finally, add to the equation that the Chinese are all over Niger (and the rest of Africa). We are locked in the midst of a low-intensity cold war, of sorts, with China, desperately grasping for resources wherever they can be found. And many of them can be found in Africa.
Given that Green Berets are the masters of Unconventional Warfare, our main purpose down there, as in many other nations, is to link up with local forces and befriend, train and equip them as partners in our mission of Foreign Internal Defense to help our partner African nations defend against foreign invaders, coups or militant forces attempting to enforce a caliphate in their backyards.

As a medic, I spent much of my time treating patients in impromptu clinics in the farthest reaches of the nation. We would proceed to see (and feed) every single person that we could, from sunup to sundown. We met scores of people who had never seen a real medic or doctor, and many more who had never seen white people before. We met locals who had been told that Americans were evil and would eat their children, but after showing them that we truly were there to help, they would go home to tell their friends that we were good. We’d have triple the patient load the next morning.

Our morning crown when the populace began to understand that we were there to help

If you want more detail you can pick up my book (which I will reiterate was cleared by the Pentagon OSR in 2012) and read about the specifics of our trip (and my other deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan).

Please see through the political grandstanding and nonsense for what it is. Operation Flintlock is a non-classified operation that has been bringing Special Forces to Trans-Sahel Africa for over a decade, so this is nothing new. It’s not Trump’s fault these heroes met their end in the African desert, nor was it his decision to be there in the first place. And no, my friends and brothers dying there a decade ago was not his fault either.

U.S. Special Operations were deployed across 138 countries in 2016, and many of my brothers are among those numbers bedding down tonight in the furthest reaches of the globe. We thrive in these environments, and the men who volunteer several times over know exactly what they have signed up for. And they love it. General Kelly and President Trump were 100 percent correct in their comments that those men were with exactly who they wanted to be, doing exactly what they wanted to do and that our nation owes them a debt of gratitude which can never be repaid.

The motto of Special Forces is “De Oppresso Liber: To Free the Oppressed.” I’ve had many a discussion with fellow Green Beret veterans about the difference it would make if every American could visit Africa just once to see what oppression and poverty truly look like.

So the next time you hear a journalist or politician trying to blame this on Trump, know in the back of your mind that this has been going on for over a decade, and they are doing what journalists and politicians do and bending the truth. Significantly. And the sooner the journalists and politicians get out of the way, the sooner my Special Forces brethren can get back to freeing the oppressed.

De Oppresso Liber and God Bless America.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of The Pact and Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

The Difficulty of Calling Off the Dogs

| Opinion | September 28, 2017

What is the world coming to when the queen of liberal insanity, Nancy Pelosi, is shouted down by DACA-enraged protesters at a press conference held entirely to help those very same people who were refusing to let it go on?

It means, as many of us have been fearing, that the level of anger and insanity have reached far more dangerous levels than anticipated (and hopefully) expected. Of course, there are those nefarious characters who, as Batman’s butler Alfred likes to say, “just want to watch the world burn” who are likely lurking in the shadows somewhere very close by.

The reason that this act was so alarming is that it shows that the foot soldiers of the left seem to have abandoned all hopes of ever using common sense again, and have instead opted to take all of their information from the knowingly insightful, untruthful and defamatory statements of the political commentators on the left.

The piece of information that would be most valuable at this point, which none of the articles reporting on the event seem to cover, is what hype they were given by whoever organized these protests. For those who don’t believe that people would massively mislead a group on purpose in order to rile them up and drive them to protesting, looting and outright mayhem haven’t been paying very close attention.

But how did we get to this point, and is there any turning back?

I read a very interesting article last year on the evolution of our current political divide and how it came to be, and the explanation was so alarmingly simple and ridiculous that I am absolutely convinced it must be the truth.

The article reasoned that it all started with James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville and his wife Mary Matalin. James, the rabid dog of the left, and Mary, a top strategist for the GOP, used to be the perfect epitome of “behind the scenes” politics that the rest of us peasants didn’t understand, although a little bit of light was shone on the life behind the curtain at Nancy Reagan’s funeral.

Photos surfaced last year of George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton sharing a semi-loving embrace at the funeral, and many Americans were left awestruck, not understanding how those two weren’t clawing each other’s eyes out anytime they were within striking distance.

But for those paying attention, it was just further proof that politics are nothing more than a delicately built facade, adorning the front of a teetering house of cards.

You see, more than sharing a loving embrace at a funeral, James Carville and Mary Matalin were actually husband and wife, although the only image the American voter had of them was full of disagreement and contention. But after the lights were off and the debates were over, at the end of the day James and Mary went home to the same bed, have had two daughters and have been together for more than 20 years.

For them, their handlers and the rest of the political-industrial complex, it was all just a game. They understood that to give people a high-conviction to vote for and side with any one candidate, there had to be a fierce opposition and division of sides. As we saw in the last Los Angeles mayoral race, if there are two candidates who are extremely similar, the result is a lackluster debate, race and most importantly, fundraising cycle.

But while the political establishment knew this was all a farce, the people didn’t. James and Mary could go home and laugh about the low blows they had thrown at each other, but the American people began to truly embrace that vitriol and division. They didn’t brush it off as part of the job, they took it to heart.

And somewhere along the way, unscrupulous characters began to understand what a successful business model political rage and the victimization of one side over another can be if properly orchestrated.

Now here we are, many political races and several generations beyond the days of James and Mary’s significance, but their effects live on in the division that is tearing our country apart. Anyone who attempts to shine a light on this dirty secret is lambasted as a tinfoil-hat wearing conspiracy theorist, or even worse, labeled a fascist for disagreeing with the ultra-left that this division is a self-induced political by-product rather than reality.

But the reality is much more sinister than even the most graphic of ANTIFA protesters’ signs would have you believe. The truth is just further evidence that we are nothing more than pawns in the chess game of our political establishment, and they are more than happy to sacrifice us for their political gain.

Shakespeare famously wrote in a monologue for his play “As You Like it” that “all the world’s a stage,” referring to the world as a stage and life like a play. But like many quotes and beliefs from antiquity, this needs a little updating. The cold, hard reality is that our world has been transformed into a chessboard, and we are the unwilling pawns in someone else’s game.

The difference between we and those tiny black and white pieces, however, is that we have a choice. Once you’ve seen behind the curtain, you can’t unsee the reality that we are being played against each other and divided for someone else’s enrichment. And if you’re wise enough to understand that, you’re smart enough to do something about it.

But the best part about this issue is that the only thing you have to do in order to overcome this adversity is to merely not buy into the game.

As we are working to teach our 13-year-old, anyone who attempts to force the opinion or political belief on you is not to be trusted, and you should keep your distance. Now if only we can find a way to get that message to the rest of the population…

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of The Pact and Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

 

Never Underestimate the Strength of a Street Fighter

| Opinion | September 14, 2017

I’m not the smartest guy in the world, so I try to make up for it by being as widely read and plugged into as many sources of information as possible. I have at least one non-fiction book with me at all times (currently reading “Commentaries on the Gallic War” by Julius Caesar and “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius) and watch at least one documentary a week, along with waking up to the Wall Street Journal every morning.

I find that “standing on the shoulders of giants” by staying plugged in to what intelligent and accomplished people of our time and throughout history have done goes a long way towards not only having great conversations with smart people, but also helping you see patterns shaping in our current sphere that have been played out before in history.

Over the weekend I had a special treat in watching both “Get Me Roger Stone,” the documentary on one of the architects of our current dirty, street-fighting political climate (he essentially created Political Action Groups and is/was a close advisor to Trump over the past few decades), as well as the “60 Minutes” interview with Steve Bannon.

Every once in awhile the universe puts certain things in your lap at the same time that come together like a masterpiece, and reading books by some of the, arguably, greatest leaders in human history and listening to the generals of Trump’s campaign strategy today help to see things that I’d argue most of the public seems either too uninformed, tuned out or just apathetic to notice.

The political left loves to lecture others on how progressive and enlightened they are and how others should view the world and act as if they want to be as enlightened and righteous as they are. I have to say it was more than a little disheartening to see a “journalist” as respected as Charlie Rose spend Steve Bannon’s only recorded television interview lecturing rather than interviewing, and giving his own opinion more than actually pressing for Bannon’s. But such is the modus operandi for the left and mainstream media these days, so when in Rome…

One of the greatest lessons you can learn from ancient generals such as Julius Caesar is that sometimes the upper hand isn’t really where it’s initially thought to be, and a truly great general/leader can use whatever resources they’ve got to turn the tide of an otherwise losing battle. There are numerous examples of Caesar going into battle without the advantage of numbers, strength or having the “home court advantage,” but using what he had to lead his army to victory he seemed to always turn the tide to a win.

Much like Caesar in the Gallic wars (his expedition from Rome into what is now Germany, Belgium and Western Europe), the Trump administration is deep within enemy territory, beset on all sides by enemies with their swords drawn and even have quite a few of their own Brutuses in the Republican Party, seemingly prepared to stab them in the back.

After watching Bannon and Stone give their philosophy on politics, history of what has been going on behind the scenes since the campaign and after the election, I see reminiscences of ancient warfare and the need to sometimes send a general off in a different direction, whether it be a feint to hide your true numbers or strategy to attack the enemy’s flank when they least expect it.

The left and mainstream media, in all of their egotistical and “holier than thou” thinking seem to be taking the bait hook, line and sinker. One of the things I most admire about Trump and his campaign to date is his exquisite ability to set a brilliant trap, step back and be patient as the left and media gobble it up and don’t even realize they’ve been caught until they are being reeled in for slaughter.

Even Charlie Rose continued to follow the same false-narrative as the left and MSM that Trump didn’t disavow racism or David Duke immediately, but thanks to video evidence and social media, most of the people have seen the countless times he did, and can immediately see the lies being blatantly perpetrated against him.

The traps that have been set so far have been baited mostly for the MSM and leftist politicians, but I smell one being set for the other side of the swamp with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Politicians tend to forget that their power is extremely limited by public opinion, and while the establishment loves to criticize Trump for his use of Twitter, he and his base fully understand that its purpose is to allow him a direct line of communication to the people, free of media editing and misdirection.

I’ve got my popcorn cooking and am preparing my spot on the couch to watch the show. This is going to get interesting.

 

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of The Pact and Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

2.1: The Number of Nations

| Opinion | September 7, 2017

Western civilization as we know it is dying. No, that’s not pejorative and it’s not clickbait, but rather a cold, hard fact. And if you’ve ever wondered why immigration has become such a big issue of late, you need to understand the most important number today for western society: 2.1.

This number, 2.1, is what we call the “replacement rate,” or the rate at which women must have children in order to keep a population stable. To break it down, a woman must have one child to replace her, one child to replace her mate and 0.1 to replace the infant mortality rate in the population.

So why is this important to us? Because at its current state, the only parts of the world that are currently above the replacement rate in terms of new births are Oceania and Africa. Studies have shown that much of this is due to education becoming readily available to women around the world, and that once a woman reaches at least a 2nd grade education the number of children she births reduces exponentially.

Putting on our macroeconomic thinking cap, can you imagine what this means for the greater economy? We typically think of supply & demand in terms of milk and bread and widgets, but what about people? Labor is just as important a factor in the supply & demand curve, and it has a much greater impact than what we would think about on a daily basis.

The way our social security system was set up requires workers to work for a large portion of their lives, have a small amount taken out of each paycheck to go to social security and then provide them with income assistance when they reach retirement age. When the Greatest Generation came back from the war and gave birth to the Baby Boomers, we had an excess supply of labor. We had so many people that new industries were developed to give people jobs.

This also meant that for every person retiring, we had a rather large number of people whose monthly deductions supported that person’s social security. And while I would love to blame the entirety of our impending social security shortfall on inept and greedy politicians, that number, 2.1, is actually more to blame.

The Baby Boomers put more workers in the American economy than ever before in history, but as the birth rate began to dwindle with their generation, the tides changed and we no longer have dozens of people supporting a single retiree. So now, with the largest population group in U.S. history preparing to retire, we have a drastically lower number of people in the workforce prepared to support that retirement.

So, if it’s too late for Baby Boomers to put more workers in the marketplace to support their retirement, where oh where are we going to get workers to fill our labor shortage?

Immigration.

Going back to our supply and demand curve, we see that the U.S. has a highly increased demand for labor, and thankfully there are other countries with an excess of labor that is ready, willing and able to fill that gap in India, China, Africa and, you guessed it, Mexico.

But there’s a problem with that: Five years ago Mexico also fell below that magic number of 2.1 births averaged across their population, and based on statistical forecasting, that means we only have about 15 years left in excess capacity of human labor to export to the United States.

I’m a big fan of President Trump and his pro-business policies, especially the ones that have been allowing my investment portfolio to skyrocket. But we have a huge issue very near on our horizon that not only isn’t being discussed much, but it’s not even being discussed in the correct fashion.

I agree that we do need to have a cap on immigration and we need to ensure that we aren’t allowing the wrong people into our borders, but I do not agree that we should be reducing what that cap is, as is being currently discussed.

A large number of Fortune 500 CEOs have been pleading with Trump to increase these numbers rather than decrease. Sure it would be nice to only bring in PhDs from India and China with zero criminal records who can come here (or have already been educated here) prepared to fill the vacancies needed in high-tech jobs.

But as my dad used to say, “The world needs ditch diggers too.” And right now we need a lot of everything.

Unfortunately, this is a problem that we’d rather “kick the can down the road” until it’s too late. But failing to address this issue right now, in the correct way, with the correct numbers in mind (2.1) means that we are setting the stage for our parents to retire and literally break the safety net that has been put in place.

But breaking the safety net isn’t the only problem. There are many pundits who like to claim that immigrants are stealing jobs from Americans. And while the “they took our jobs” rallying cry is a main part of my favorite “South Park” episode (Season 8, episode 7 “Goobacks from the Future” which is very timely right now), it’s not quite reality.

“Vice” did an excellent episode on the fallout (“Sweet Home Alabama”) on what actually happens when immigration policies that are too strict are enacted in a place that needs those people to do certain types of labor.

After Alabama enacted their new immigration policies they found that farmers just could not harvest their crops without immigrants. They tried bringing in Americans from unemployment offices, but they were just too lazy to do the back breaking work required. They tried prisons next in a throwback to the chain gang days and, surprise, surprise, they also were just too darned lazy. So the Alabama farming community basically lost an entire year’s harvest for lack of people to pick them.

All politics aside, we need immigration. We are a nation of immigrants, but more importantly, we are a nation built on our economy, which needs more people than we are currently producing.

If you can take all political factors out of the equation, this problem boils down to simple economics, which any good Republican or Conservative should be able to comprehend. We have an excess of labor demand and shortage of labor supply. Other countries have (for now) an excess of labor supply and a shortage of demand for that same labor.

We need to allow the free market to work and allow the demand to be met by the supply available. Because if we don’t, the capitalism experiment that has been The United States of America may become nothing more than a future lesson in history and economics textbooks.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of The Pact and Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Want to Find Out How New Racists are Made? Watch the Media

| Opinion | August 24, 2017

It has become a statement of fact that a large part of Donald Trump’s success against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election was due to disenfranchised white people across the country. While the vocal leftist minority and much of their youth were out in the streets, getting in people’s faces and harassing supporters at Trump rallies or vandalizing Trump bumper stickers and yard signs, the silent majority watched and quickly slipped away from their prior support for the center-left.

Fox News is by far the most watched news program in our nation because of a simple statement of fact: The majority of Americans are at least right-leaning in their ideology. Being from a country that was founded in a war against unjust taxation (you should take a lesson from history, California) by a ruler without our best interests in mind, conservative values are built into the very fabric of our Republic. And when center or slightly left-leaning voters watched CNN and MSNBC go from center-left to extreme left, along with the candidates those networks viciously supported, they realized just how far the left had skewed from that center and these voters’ own beliefs and ideologies.

Americans don’t like a heavy-handed ruler who doesn’t have their best interests in mind, don’t like being told what to do or what to believe, and don’t like opinions they don’t agree with being forced down their throats. Most Americans are still center-leaning and don’t subscribe to extremes on either side.

But instead of taking this learning opportunity from the 2016 election results and the knowledge that the large majority of Americans don’t cater to the extreme left, those same news networks chose to double-down on the extreme left philosophy, rather than move back to the center where their base had been. Instead of backing away from extremists on the left, they chose to enhance their efforts to portray ANTIFA, anarchists and petulant children who scream down any conservative viewpoints as crusaders of their cause.

And I believe they are largely responsible for the resurgence in racists and extreme groups that we are seeing today. They call them alt-right, even though Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao and every other murderous dictator and their policies come from the extreme left.

Just like in the election, more Americans are becoming completely disenfranchised from the left when they see black mask-wearing punks scream down anyone with a dissenting opinion from theirs, toppling historic statues without using our democratic systems and acting like criminals. The majority of Americans who welcome open and honest discussion, knowing that’s the only way to move past real issues, are horrified when even mildly conservative speakers are barred from speaking or are attacked at events.

One of the most fundamental parts of our animal brains (people try to forget this, but deep down we’re still just scared animals) is the need to have a “tribe,” our herd that we fall back to when we are scared or hurt. (Read “What Makes Us Tick” for more on the subject). The herd mentality is still strong in humans, and when someone begins to fall further on the spectrum to one side and they see their “tribe” being physically attacked, they feel as if they are being attacked. This is why people become so enraged when politicians they’ve never met are attacked or skewered in the media; you are attacking both them and their “tribe.” The more their tribe is attacked, the stronger they identify against the enemy and join the herd to prepare for war. A large part of the herd will congregate for safety, but a smaller section will go on the offense to defend the rest of the herd.

Every time a person in the center or right-leaning sees something especially egregious, like CNN refusing to air all of Donald Trump’s first speech disavowing all racism, and claiming he didn’t make that statement immediately, it draws more people from the center to the herd on the right, and more from the herd on the right to that small section preparing for offensive maneuvers.

People remember seeing the pictures of Trump being honored by the NAACP before he got into politics and many have seen the numerous videos circulating on social media showing his constant disavowing of racism of any sort over the years. And they’re smart enough to smell the BS when CNN and MSNBC pretend it never happened and stick to the same narrative, regardless of evidence to the contrary.

Every time a person with a basic understanding of biology hears that we’re no longer allowed to use one of the most fundamental aspects of human physiology (boys have a penis, girls have a vagina) as a fact of life, it draws them further. Especially the parents who really care about nothing more than protecting their children and — politics aside — just don’t want someone with a penis inside bathrooms with their little girls.

With their constant barrage of browbeating, refusal to acknowledge fundamental parts of our society and honoring of criminals, the mainstream media has pushed those from the center further right, and more people from the safety of the herd to prepare for offensive maneuvers.

If you’ve ever wondered how racists and racist groups are born, you are watching it happen before your very eyes. Some people are born into and raised with racist fundamentals, sure, but many are pushed into it. And at this very moment CNN and MSNBC are pushing as hard as they possibly can.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of The Pact and Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for a Green Beret in Post-9/11 War. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

Freedom of Speech in the Silicon Valley and Game Theory Redux

| Opinion | August 17, 2017

Freedom of Speech in Silicon Valley

If you haven’t seen the movie “The Circle” yet, let me save you some time: It’s Google. And this week’s development about an engineer posting an internal article that caused a firestorm in the company and went viral once it left their internal network goes to show just how similar the company is to the movie.

There aren’t any parts of the nation much more left-leaning than San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and watching what happens there (or visiting, which I’ll be doing later this month) just goes to show the exquisite hypocrisy that is the left.

And while the news reports — or at least the articles that are showing in Google searches for Google — state that Google is saying an engineer was fired for writing an incendiary and misogynistic article, that isn’t quite the truth.

The political left and Google show their true colors when their philosophy of “freedom for all people to do and say what they want” is put to the test with something they don’t agree with, and they never disappoint in their reaction. The thing that bothers me the most about this action and reaction is that it shows a microcosm of what our country has become through its widespread push toward progressivism: that neither science nor freedom of speech are allowed when they don’t abide by the left’s ideals.

More than a few people in Big Army have called Special Forces a racist unit because, although the vast majority of Green Berets are white or Hispanic, there aren’t many African Americans. In my selection class of 400 people (the month-long school where you are put through strenuous tests to see if you have what it takes to move on and train for Special Forces), there were only four African Americans.

But with our current push for diversity above all else, people have refused to use basic statistics to understand why our workplaces, business leaders, military units and newscasters aren’t a perfect 25 percent composition of each race or 50 percent of each sex. If only 1/10th of the population from a certain race or sex apply for a certain position or choose a certain field of study, then only a fraction of that fraction will end up in those positions or leadership roles. It’s basic statistics, and while the left loves to tout their ranks of academics and intelligentsia, you’re not allowed to use facts or science if it doesn’t go their way.

And this is the basic premise of the Google engineer’s letter. He penned what some bloggers referred to as a manifesto, but really it was just a statement of that fact. I will admit that he went a little far in his descriptive beliefs of why women aren’t cut out for leadership roles and certain positions in the tech sector, but his basic premise was right on the money: If less than 50 percent of applicants for certain technology positions are female, why do we push for a 50 percent female workforce in that sector?

He also spoke of conservatives having no voice at Google, and while I applaud him for voicing that position, it’s a little like saying that you’re upset the rain is making you wet. If you move to San Francisco and take a position in the technology sector, you are behind enemy lines as a conservative and need to understand that from the beginning.

Game Theory Redux

Speaking of people who refuse to allow basic statistics and facts to influence their thinking if it doesn’t go their way, we’re back to playing a little bit of Game Theory with the chubby dictator on the Korean peninsula. I’ve written several articles for the Gazette on Game Theory, what it is and how it can be used to understand our political dealings with North Korea for the past few decades, so if you need a refresher please go look those up and have another read.

But one of the main premises of using Game Theory and the idea of mutually-assured destruction is that both parties fully understand their role as players in the game. Seeing the latest rounds of missile tests coming out of North Korea and their further sabre rattling and all out verbal confrontations with the West, it’s given me pause to consider whether they truly are aware of where they fit in this game.

You see, much like Google and the left, tyrannical dictators are not known for being inclined to welcome information that goes against their beliefs or desires. Many have been known throughout history to execute those who brought them bad news, and have actually “shot the messenger,” as North Korea did to many of its military brass recently.
So if Game Theory and the promise of mutually-assured destruction are the fabric that keep nuclear deterrence as a political tool to prevent the likes of the USA, Russia and other nuclear powers from annihilating each other (and the rest of the world), what if one of those nuclear powers doesn’t actually believe they will be destroyed if they poke the lion?

It recently became public knowledge that North Korea has mobile ICBM launching capabilities provided by their friends in China, and while a large number of our nuclear ICBMs are sitting in the ground in the center of our nation, North Korea has created a massive network of tunnels dug into mountains that they use to ferry around these mobile ICBM launchers.

So, if the chubby child dictator is being advised by his generals that these tunnels will keep their capabilities safe from a U.S. preemptive attack, and obviously doesn’t care if his people are wiped out, does he really understand the consequences of nuclear war with the U.S.?

This is where Game Theory and nuclear deterrence via mutually-assured destruction falls apart. If one side doesn’t fully grasp or care that we can turn their entire country into a radioactive parking lot, what is left to stop him from hitting the red button and laying waste to the entire planet?

Having spent my time as a Green Beret and knowing who’s likely on the ground in South Korea preparing for any eventuality, I understand what our capabilities are and what we could do. I know that the first Special Operations missions into Desert Storm were centered around hunting SCUD missile launchers and rendering them inoperable, but nuclear ICBMs are a different game altogether.

If a few SCUDs are left operational, our bombers and fighters still have savvy pilots, Chaff and other technologies that can defend against them. But with nuclear ICBMs, it only takes a few to level an entire American city, and that’s where the game has changed entirely.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of “The Pact” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war.” Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

What We Can Learn From Venezuela

| Opinion | August 4, 2017

The terms “socialist” and “fascist” have seen a wide resurgence in use leading up to and since the last presidential election. And in concert with the current trajectory of our society, in many cases the usage was absolutely wrong. I saw a video on Facebook with someone claiming that the definition of fascist was recently changed in dictionaries to include the term “extreme right wing,” but a simple check online proved that to be fake news.

Socialism, however, is a very scary principle that many of our nation and her youth don’t have an accurate grasp of, but of late they have been easily misguided by wolves in sheep’s clothing to extol the virtues of a social and political philosophy they know little of.

Like many issues of politics or economics, socialism looks great on paper, and teenagers who have read about it in academia but never seen it in practice can fall for it pretty easily. But of the same respect, communism looks pretty good on paper until you look at Russia, North Korea or China to see how the plan truly plays out.

We had a democratic primary candidate in this last election who railed against capitalism and the 1 percent, sweeping the nation’s youth and impoverished with his message that the 1 percent was evil and stealing money from their pockets. But, of course, he ended up being a prime example for why socialism never works when he was photographed driving around in an Audi R8 supercar (MSRP $163,000) and reportedly purchasing a new vacation home for $600k after the election.

You see, the problem with socialism or communism comes down to one simple fact: humans are greedy. Especially humans with a desire for power.

While those attempting a coup of the government to instill socialism or communism plea to the common person and talk about how everyone would be equal under their new system of governance, they never include themselves or their friends. Socialism and communism are nothing more than a transfer of wealth and power to an elite few while the public suffers in poverty together.

And aside from Uncle Bernie, we have another excellent example taking place in Venezuela at the moment. While the mainstream media has been focused 24/7 on Russia, Venezuela is in an all out civil war between the people and the government. The people have been starving to death for quite some time and many civilians have been murdered by police and government actors for speaking up against the socialist/fascist regime.

President Maduro (President of Venezuela) recently “won” an election giving him pretty much unlimited power to hand-pick an assembly to rewrite their constitution. This week two of his major opposition leaders were jailed for claiming electoral fraud immediately after Maduro made a speech saying that his enemies would be jailed.

The basis of their claims of fraud, however, seems pretty simple: Maduro claims to have won by 8 million votes, but most counts put the entire votes cast at around 3 million. And to believe that the same public who are cheering IED’s killing Venezuelan police in the streets, who are slowly starving to death and being murdered for protesting, would vote for the sitting administration is basically insane.

In retaliation we’ve sanctioned Venezuela and frozen Maduro’s assets. But, as a member of OPEC and an oil-producing nation, they’ll find a way around the sanctions just like Iran, Iraq and any other oil-producer who’s had those sanctions has done.

Maduro and Venezuela are precisely what happens when the plague of socialism takes root, and unfortunately, there are more than a few actors in our own nation attempting to bring this disease here. Capitalism may not be perfect, but it doesn’t murder its own people for speaking out against tyrants.

So, the next time you hear a Starbucks barista, a professor who’s never worked outside of academia, a political candidate, or an MSNBC or CNN host talking about the glorious virtues of socialism or socialist policies, just remember what’s actually happening in Venezuela.

There are many dangerous people and ideas in this world, but the most dangerous ones always arrive as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And just like the big bad wolf, once you let them in it’s too late.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of “The Pack” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war.” Follow him @ RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

**The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

 

The Effectiveness of ‘You’re Fired’

| Opinion | July 28, 2017

Anyone who has spent time at any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility, large military unit or governmental office knows the greatest weakness of government: the near impossibility of firing sub-par workers. It is finally one of the issues being brought up in an attempt to overhaul the VA, but most other governmental agencies have yet to follow suit.

I want to add here that I’m not saying ALL government employees, VA personnel or DoD civilian contractors are sub-par workers. I have met quite a few whose tireless dedication to their job and the people they support is a beacon of hope for the rest of the organization. But the other ones drag them down like a rock shackled to your ankle by the mafia before you’re thrown into a lake.

They’re easy to see, and they’re everywhere — civilian employees in military or government whose objectives seem only to do just enough to not get fired. Unfortunately, they’ve usually been there for quite some time, are extremely jaded and act as if the people they are paid to serve are nothing more than a nuisance. It happens in all forms and levels of government, and these people put a black eye on both the performance of and respect for government.

These people are able to stick around until (a very cushy) retirement for two main reasons: Firstly, because of the way government agencies are structured, they are next to impossible to fire unless a manager is willing to spend an inordinate amount of time documenting their issues. Secondly, in conjunction with the first, most government leaders don’t care because their paycheck comes from Other People’s Money (OPM). Governmental leaders have no real incentive to drive efficiencies in their spending, so they don’t put very much effort into it.

Now let’s take the private sector. I’ve learned in the last three business law classes of a top MBA program focusing on hiring & firing practices how to keep yourself out of trouble as a business leader. Even though millions and millions of dollars are awarded in wrongful termination and unfair hiring practices suits against the private sector every year, it’s still much easier to prune an organization of employees who just aren’t a good fit for the firm and to create policies to keep out those who won’t drive your business forward.

Businesses have spent a lot of time working on these practices because, opposite from government, it is their money that is being spent on every paycheck, and leaders of any good organization are highly incentivized to ensure the operation is running efficiently.

We finally have a commander-in-chief who views the American people’s money with the reverence that it deserves, rather than the flippant, careless and reckless spending we’ve seen over the past eight years.

And along with that reverence for our hard-earned money comes the same frame of thought from the public sector regarding it: If a person is drawing a paycheck in the Trump organization, but isn’t a good fit, they are promptly shown the door. Conservatives understand this, as Conservatives seem to understand and have a greater reverence for business and efficiencies than our colleagues on the left. But, of course, the only thing they and the mainstream media put focus on is the shakeup going on in the current administration.

Jeff Sessions is a wise and experienced man, but he just wasn’t a good fit. That doesn’t mean that he is sub-par, by any means. It just means that he wasn’t a good fit for the direction that the current CEO (president) saw for the company (country) moving forward. This is standard practice in business, but once again the left has shown they have absolutely no understanding of efficient business practices.

For the first time in a long time our country is moving towards efficiency and has a president who cares about where our money goes. Don’t let the media fool you into thinking these shake ups in the administration are a sign of weakness. Rather, understand they are a sign of strength, leadership and understanding of efficient practices.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of “The Pact” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war.” Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

**The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of SCV Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

The Disruption Machine Goes to Washington

| Opinion | July 21, 2017

“Drain the swamp” was, of all of Donald Trump’s rallying cries over his campaign, by far my favorite. I think I’ve made it pretty clear how I feel about politicians, lobbyists, special interests and what our political system has become, and this cry was just what I was waiting for.

I’ve seen several articles since Trump’s inauguration claiming that his promise was a lie, given that he’s been in office a whole seven months and hasn’t completely changed the Washington status quo yet. And while I understand that to expect that kind of change to happen so rapidly is insane and misguided, I have to admit that a part of me wished he would have taken out the trash on day one.

Given the meteoric rise of Netflix stock this week after their earnings report (up $21.90 a share on Tuesday alone) I got to thinking. In the new century we’ve seen a relatively new type of company take the business world by storm: the disruptors.

Apple disrupted the way we view cell phones, Google disrupted the way we gather information, Netflix disrupted the way we view our entertainment, Amazon disrupted the way we shop, Uber disrupted the way we view transportation, AirBnB disrupted the way we view lodging, and now Trump is disrupting the way we view politics, the political elite, the establishment and our right to voice that we “deplorables” don’t see the world through the same politically correct and ultra-liberal lens that the left has been forcing us to use.

And each of these disruptors have had the same response from the greater public, media and status quo from the first day that they announced their intentions. Every industry, country, class and company has its “old guard” or established elite that has made a lot of money by doing things in the old way. And they will fight tooth and nail to hold on to their inefficient ways as long as possible.

Apple has been hit with lawsuits from every angle and is keeping an estimated $200 billion overseas to protect it from the harsh corporate taxation policies of the U.S. Google is currently being sued by the EU for being too good at harnessing and using big data, because its competitors still haven’t figured it out. Amazon has been sued by antitrust regulators for their market domination by way of cutting unnecessary excess. Uber has been sued by both cities and unions because people are sick of rude taxi drivers and they finally offered the paying public an alternative. AirBnB has also been sued by cities and hotel-backed special interest groups for offering an alternative to inflated hotel pricing and giving people with extra room an additional revenue stream.

Trump, being a disruptor in his own sense, is, of course, subject to the same fate. Everyone who is still crying that the exquisitely corrupt epitome of dirty politicians, Hillary Clinton, lost to Trump is jumping on the train to file a lawsuit, write a blog or article or protest his disruption of our terribly broken political system. If you have stopped to wonder at any time over the last few months why so many are fighting so absolutely hard to stop any progress he can make or jump on the blame train anytime he has a minor setback, all you have to do is look at his colleagues in disruption to understand why they are grasping so desperately at straws to stop his momentum.

The old guard is afraid. The writing of their fate is on the wall, and the word is finally out that America is sick of their nonsense. Disruption is painful, it is ugly, but it is also the only way that we make progress from the old to the new, from inefficient and broken systems to a better alternative.

Disruption is the epicenter where business, technology, economics, life, and now politics, all converge. The world is changing under the left’s feet and they are afraid, as they very well should be. The days of lifetime politicians forming dynasties and becoming wealthy through public service with the ability to hide their corrupt ways are coming to an end.

The plug has been opened, and the swamp is beginning to drain. Like any of the other disruptors, the beginning is painful and slower than many wish it to be. But once the drain is opened and the disruption has started, there is no going back to the old ways.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of “The Pact” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war.” Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page

**The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**.

 

Et Tu, Financial Media?

| Opinion | July 15, 2017

I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on my portfolio and the greater investing environment lately. Some say that it’s a bull market, some say that it’s a bear market rally, but whoever is correct it is a good time to make some money if you’re paying attention.

Although I’m normally pretty cheap (a product of being raised by multiple generations of military men who literally bled for their money), financial advice is one place that I don’t skimp. I buy advice from several pay-to-play analysts, but also subscribe to the Wall Street Journal (only because I get a student discount while working on my MBA) and read that along with Yahoo Finance every morning before the market opens.

I also listen to NPR on the way to the gym, as I am what is called a macro investor; I take in information from all sectors around the globe to help me form my perspective about where the market is going, and what ripples throughout the world will have certain effects on investments that I can capitalize on. Long story short, I spend a lot of time with my nose in all sorts of financial news outlets.

What has really surprised me is that, even though you would imagine their demographic to skew much more conservative (as we love and work hard for our money, while Democrats only see it as a tool of the oppressor), the financial media is just as anti-Trump as the rest of them. And I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed watching them put their feet in their mouth on a pretty constant basis.

Unlike the rest of them, the financial media (pre-Trump) strayed away from the “race to be first” in the reporting game. Pre-Trump, they seemed to understand that when people use your advice to invest their life savings, you should probably focus more on being right than being first.

But post-Trump, they have abandoned that philosophy and decided that the moment any negative news comes out regarding Trump that can be correlated with a drop in the market, no matter how loosely, they have to jump on it. And if you’ve paid much attention to the markets since his election, you know they’ve been wrong every time so far. Every single time.

It’s to the point now where I’ve begun counting down the minutes until they have to print a retraction, as it always has to come within the same day. I get alerts to my phone from both the Wall Street Journal and Yahoo Finance, and an example alert from this week was “stocks fall after Trump Jr. release of Russia emails regarding Clinton info.” Of course, the headline by the end of the day was “stocks rebound after Trump Jr. emails,” as the market ended up in a rally at the end of the day.

On Wednesday, Yahoo Finance had an article titled “They voted for Trump and regret it.” Guess what, Yahoo Finance? I regret that I came to your site looking for financial information and found this. It’s no wonder your company went up for fire sale if you can’t even remember which page you’re publishing content for.

The market is its own living, breathing organism that has been scrutinized by some of the smartest people on the planet since its inception. While politics do have effects on the market, this rush to blame any drop on Trump is not only ridiculous, but also showing just how hard the media, in all its forms, is still trying to tie anything negative to him that it can.

Trading and investing are about numbers and metrics, not emotions. As Warren Buffett says, “You may have emotions about a stock, but the stock has zero feelings for you.” Stop trying to bring your bias and anti-Trump whining into finance.

The people who voted for and support Trump are those who worked for and care about their money, and he’s doing a bang-up job taking care of our money so far by reducing government and a stock market that’s off the charts. Leave the anti-Trump guesses and ramblings to the op-ed pages where they belong, not in the finance section.

**The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

The Tragedy of Green-on-Blue Casualties of War

| Opinion | June 24, 2017

The term “green-on-blue casualties” has been brought up an unfortunate number of times lately.  If you’ve heard this term but don’t understand what it means, read on.

 

It is meant to describe an Afghan policeman or soldier attacking a coalition soldier. In 2012 there were 44 of these attacks, and although the numbers have largely subsided due to increased security precautions and troop drawdown, there was even a major general (Harold Greene) who was killed in a green-on-blue incident in 2014.

 

And over the weekend seven U.S. military members were wounded in an insider “green-on-blue” attack at Camp Shaheen in Northern Afghanistan. As a former Green Beret this strikes close to home, as one of the primary missions of Special Forces is to train and assist local forces to give them the ability to take back their own country.

 

The three Green Berets killed in another green-on-blue attack in Jordan highlights this, as the soldiers from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were ambushed as they were entering the base at which they were training Jordanians. Green Berets account for over 60 percent of the Special Operations forces killed in action in our current wars, and a large part of that increased percentage is on account of this very mission.

 

Green Berets were once known for their longer hair and beards than the conventional military, largely because of the “train and advise” mission. Green Berets are selected largely for an ability to not only think on their feet and outside of the box, but also for an enhanced natural ability to assimilate to their surroundings and gain the trust of the local groups they are fighting with, which is why Special Forces has grown beards & long hair to “fit in” with the local cultures.

 

Rather than living like most conventional forces on the large city-bases which inhabit warzones the U.S. has a presence in, Special Forces live “outside the wire,” giving them the ability to live, eat, train and fight with their local forces rather than only showing when it’s time for work. We pride ourselves on an ability to create strong rapport due to our gregarious personalities, aptitude and willingness to pick up another language and our cultural sensitivity.

 

And, of course, our enemies know this fact very well. It is common for the Taliban, ISIS or any local rebel groups trying to deliver a blow to our forces to attempt either “turning” one of the troops being trained by Special Forces or to even attempt to get one of their fighters to pose as an Afghan soldier or policeman to give them placement and know our movements. And even to kill some of us.

 

When I was on my first Afghanistan deployment we had stringent vetting practices, but that isn’t always possible. When you have a few handfuls of fighters that you’re responsible for, it’s much easier to employ intelligence procedures to weed out any bad elements; but when you begin matching a 12-man Special Forces team with hundreds of soldiers it becomes more difficult.

 

And sometimes it’s a risk you just have to take in order to accomplish your mission. We had several soldiers in our first group of commandos in Afghanistan that came completely clean with us, admitting that they used to be Taliban, but we (the U.S.) paid better. It’s amazing what you can do once you find a person’s motivations!

 

And every time we have a green-on-blue incident like this, it sets the mission back substantially. Special Forces are known as “force multipliers” because you can take a small team of us and train, equip and fight alongside large groups of soldiers over the span of a deployment. As we liked to say, our purpose was to “work ourselves out of a job” by creating a fighting force that could do everything from running intelligence operations to kicking down doors and killing bad guys without our assistance.

 

But the most important variable for this to happen successfully is trust. The first few weeks of a training mission are almost exclusively dedicated to establishing rapport, or trust, between the local soldiers and us. We spend a lot of time drinking chai (tea), sharing stories, and yes, even walking around base holding hands with our guys (as a show of respect to the local culture in which that shows friendship).

 

Any loss of rapport begins to crumble the foundation upon which our entire mission in Afghanistan is built. But, unfortunately, the mission must go on, and we know as soldiers that war is hell and this is a byproduct of it.

 

To be killed by an enemy combatant in a firefight is something that can be respected as two warriors fighting, as has been done since time immemorial. But to be killed by someone who you think you can trust is a travesty, and nothing more than cowardly on their part.

 

But, unfortunately, this is a part of war, and seems as if it will continue. Even long after all conventional troops are out of Afghanistan, the Special Forces soldiers will remain, off the grid and away from the protection of our fellow Americans.

 

So, please say a prayer and keep these soldiers in your hearts. Even though the media coverage of the war has been winding down for some time and it’s come off the radar of most Americans, there is still a very large number of our troops in harm’s way every day, needing your support now as much as ever.

 

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of “The Pact” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war.” Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

 

**The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

 

Elected Children in $5,000 Suits

| Opinion | June 16, 2017

I love being a dad. A father is something that most post-pubescent males are biologically equipped to become with minimal effort, and unfortunately, sometimes minimal post-activity upkeep. But being a dad takes work, and of all the things I’ve done, it is the most revered title I’ve ever earned.

Being a good dad means teaching your little ones life lessons, and as I tell my kids, my job is to “teach them the lessons to help them grow up to be good humans.” But every day that I watch the news it seems we have several hundred people in Washington, elected by a public that doesn’t appear to be paying much attention, whose parents dropped the ball entirely when teaching those lessons.

I’ve been keeping a keen eye on the current healthcare debacle, with Conservatives attempting to deconstruct the plan known as Obamacare, which was sold as a way to put America on track with the rest of the world, in terms of healthcare for everyone, but fell drastically short and became more of a vehicle to fleece small businesses and make insurance companies (and their highly paid lobbyists) a lot of money. I’ve been watching the back and forth between some politicians who have vowed for years to dismantle Obamacare at all costs and others who deliberately misinformed the public to get it passed in the first place. It has a lot of similarities to the lessons I’ve been working to teach my kids, and makes me worry about the future of our great nation if these squabbling children can’t play nice.

Nancy “you have to pass it to see what’s in it” Pelosi has sent a shot across the bow to the GOP by saying their rush to get it passed shows that Republicans are “terrified about its potential effects.”

“They have this vote tattooed on them. This is a scar that they will carry,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference. She was counting on her voting base to forget her childish actions in pushing the original Obamacare, or at the very least, not be paying attention to the garbage coming out of her mouth.

I’m not saying that Conservatives are squeaky clean in this either. To establish a directive to dismantle the hallmark plan of a previous administration at all costs rather than try to fix it isn’t quite exemplary behavior in itself, and is akin to a child with a broken toy insisting their sibling’s toy be broken as well to “make it fair.” But to get upset and publicly discredit someone for pulling the same, exact, childish antics you pulled in the not-so-distant past is a clear example of behavior I’m trying to discourage in my children.

And the squabbling has spread beyond the children in Washington to their media representatives, as well. Listening to a segment with NPR host Warren Olny yesterday with guests from The Center for American Progress, The Kaiser Foundation, Politico and The Washington Examiner sounded alarmingly similar to arguments I hear between my seven- and four-year-olds.

Name calling, he-said-she-said, “but you said” and a plethora of childish activities have erupted in our political landscape, where it’s no longer popular to be civil, listen to what the other side has to say and form your response based on their point of view in civil discourse. Listening to politicians and the media argue over semantics and devolve to name-calling has, unfortunately, become a part of reality in our great nation, and I hope that my children can grow up to be better than that.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A) and is an award-winning author of “The Pact” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war.” Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.

 **The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of SCV Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a Stiff Upper Lip Doesn’t Cut It

| Opinion | June 9, 2017

By now we’ve all heard of the latest tragedy in the war against terrorism and cowardly, lone wolf Jihadis who attack Western populaces at random in a feeble attempt to disrupt our way of life.

There are a lot of talking points crowding the mainstream news airwaves, radio and social media, but I feel there is one extremely important point that isn’t being made enough: A stiff upper lip doesn’t cut it.

We had a wave of shootings here at home over the last few years and it seemed like the left and mainstream media had an “in case of tragedy break glass” scenario to turn Newton, Columbine, San Bernardino and Orlando into an anti-second amendment conference. But for those of us who believe that the greatest defense is a good offense, it falls on deaf ears.

Liberals around the world would have you believe that since we have law enforcement in all of the civilized societies, personal security and being armed isn’t necessary. And they believe that in any emergency situation the police will appear immediately on site before you or your loved ones are harmed and will save the day.

There are a lot of memes on social media that point out the lunacy of this situation with another: Even though every municipality has a fire department, we all keep a fire extinguisher close at hand in case of emergency.

The London attack has shown the absolute necessity of applying that logic to the very real threat of a crazy wannabe Jihadi rampaging a place that we work, eat, congregate or go have a pint. And hearing the reports of unarmed London police running AWAY from the attackers just solidifies the real need of citizens to act like adults and not leave the safety of their families to those who are more concerned with going home to their own families than protecting yours.

The media is making heroes out of people who threw chairs or pint glasses at the attackers, yet remain remarkably silent when armed robbers try to hold up a bank or grocery store and an armed civilian takes them out before they can do any damage. The media and the left would have you believe that “criminals are people too” and that it’s not our right or our job to keep ourselves and loved ones safe, especially if it means killing someone who is trying to harm or kill them.

I have to say that is the one argument that I unequivocally disagree with more than any other idea on the planet. I’m open to suggestions on just about any other point — political, environmental, fiscal or anything else — but this is one point I cannot put even the least amount of credit to.

As a father, I believe it is my job to keep my children safe from harm, whenever I can. As a veteran, I believe it is my duty to keep my country safe from harm, whenever I can. And as a citizen of the United States of America I feel that it is my duty to keep my countrymen safe, whenever I can.

While the stiff upper lip may be enough for our British brethren across the pond to deal with these type of situations, nothing short of cold, hard lead and American tenacity will suffice for me.

**The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of SCV Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

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