Showing posts from December, 2019

I Agree with Trump Pushing Back Against China

Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding’s 2019 book, “Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept” raises very serious concerns about China’s rise and its underlying intentions.
But first, we should note Spaulding’s credentials, to see how much credence we should give to his perspective. Spalding was known both inside and outside the Trump administration as a China hawk. From 2014 to 2016 he led the China division at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the chief architect for the National Security Strategy of December 2017. Before joining the Trump White House, he was the U.S. defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Spaulding retired after 26 year in the U.S. Air Force after being forced out of his role in the Trump administration in the National Security Council after a memo he drafted concerning the concept of nationalization of a 5G network was leaked by undisclosed sources. Conclusion: he certainly was in position to have very informed opinions concerning China and its im…

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Undergos Needed Scrutiny

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that "[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." The goal of the Fourth Amendment is to protect people’s right to privacy and freedom from unreasonable intrusions by the government. However, this does not guarantee protection from all searches and seizures, but only those done by the government and deemed unreasonable under the law. There is a tension between the right to privacy and the need for national security and the pendulum tends to swing from more security (during the cold war), less (in the mid-1970’s), even less after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, then more after 9/11, as the feeling of insecurity ebbs and flows. Despi…

Congressional Candidate Rick Olson (MN2) Breaks Party Ranks

Statement on Impeachment Vote in the U.S. House of Representatives
Rick Olson, Republican Candidate for Congress, MN District 2
For more info: 320-248-9933,,
Sunday, December 15, 2019 – For immediate Release
This morning a Star Tribune reporter informed me that Angie Craig had decided to vote “yes” next week on the motion in the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President Trump, and asked me if I were in her shoes, how would I vote.
When I took office as a State Representative in Michigan in 2011, I swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. That oath is still binding today.
I understand the Founding Fathers viewed the impeachment process as very similar to the process in a criminal court. The prosecution presents evidence in a preliminary hearing. If the judge hears sufficient evidence to believe a crime has been committed, taking the evidence as true on its face in the absence of any defense from the defendant, then the de…

Controlling Our Healthcare Costs, Part 1: The Structure and Players in the Industry

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Reasons for Increases in Healthcare Costs

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