Friday, January 18, 2019

There is a Force Bringing Americans Together - Donald Trump

Mr. Lincoln's Legacy


Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.
~ Eugene Ionesco, Playright

There’s a change in the wind here in the shadow of Rattlesnake Ridge. For months after the 2016 election there was no change in the public polling. Even today, pollsters are still finding the responses from voters reflect little change in the support for the President among his base but they are missing the winds blowing here, that I suspect are blowing in small towns all across America. There is a force beginning to develop that may just bring Americans together after our long winter of discontent.

Among Republicans I sense a new found respect for the corruption-free Presidency of Barack Obama. Among Democrats, a new found respect for presidents George H.W. Bush - even George W Bush - who believed in the rule of law and appreciated, respected and lived by the norms of Democracy - those unwritten rules by which our laws and our constitution are translated into our American anthem, above the din of partisanship and the divisions of tribalism.

Webster - Wisdom, Peace, Liberty

In this shift lay the seeds of hope for our Republic, and for a world that too often, of late, seems to be sinking in a sea of despotism. World leaders inclined toward authoritarianism have been emboldened by a President who has abandoned the traditions exemplified in the past by American moral leadership. A President who telegraphs his approval for those leaders who flout the rule of law and the civil and human rights of their citizen - turning a blind eye to the excesses of nations like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey and Philippines. These countries are only the tip of the iceberg. What lies below the surface are not only other countries taking their lead from Donald Trump’s rhetoric but also those simply taking advantage of the fact that they no longer feel constrained by American leadership.

In 1997 I spent five hours in a Nigerian jail with my team, held at gunpoint by 5 automatic rifles in the hands of the Nigerian secret police. They arrested us, ostensibly, because one member of my team took a photograph of an old woman selling fruit on a street in Lagos but we believe it was because we were working with pro-democracy, environmental and healthcare NGOs to bring the Internet to West Africa's civil society community. Nigeria at the time was living under military dictatorship. Yet, largely because of pressure from the United States within a year Nigeria held elections and a democratic government began a deliberate and steady climb out of the authoritarian darkness. Within only a few years the corruption, the bribery, the fear had dramatically subsided. However, after nearly two decades of improvement and a growing confidence about the future among the Nigerian people, in the last two years Nigeria has spiraled down at the hands of a President unconstrained by American authority and a State Department crippled by inattention and demoralized by indifference and ignorance. This tragedy has been repeated in countries from Brazil and Nicaragua to Venezuela.

Here at home the walls are closing in on Donald Trump. Most political scientists will tell you that this is likely the most corrupt administration in American history - sadly and finally a real apex achievement for a President so fond of puffing himself up and telling us that one achievement or another is the “biggest, longest, best ever”.

The Gathering Storm Haiku

In a previous column I warned that a storm is coming. Weathering that storm will require all hands on deck. Local, State and Federal governments and agencies, law enforcement, advocacy groups and most of all citizens will be needed to save the Republic from the excesses of Donald Trump.

If we are strong we will prevail, despite a Senate that still remains in Trump’s corner and regularly bullied into submission, a House crippled by partisanship and a Supreme Court that remains an enigma. There will be growing calls for impeachment despite this but replacing a tyrant with a sycophant who will likely pardon him is no victory for the Republic. It will only prolong the agony and anguish.

My advice to those who would be inclined toward impeaching the President is this: America’s best hope - Democracy’s best hope - resides in our people and their capacity for knowing in their hearts and in their minds what is best for our country and for our world. We need to have this change brought about in an election. Not in the partisan bickering of a Congress that has lost touch with the people and the times. We need to send a strong and unambiguous message from the people of the United States of America across this land and to the rest of the world. A liberty love letter. A message that this is NOT who we are. That we are taking back our country, warts and all, and committing ourselves to rebuilding by talking with, and listening to, one another as we face the real challenges of building a brighter future and another American Century.


About Wayne D. King: Wayne King is an author, artist, activist and recovering politician. A three term State Senator, 1994 Democratic nominee for Governor, former publisher of Heart of New Hampshire Magazine and CEO of MOP Environmental Solutions Inc., and now host of two new Podcasts - The Radical Centrist (www.theradicalcentrist.us) and NH Secrets, Legends and Lore (www.nhsecrets.blogspot.com). His art is exhibited nationally in galleries and he has published three books of his images and a novel "Sacred Trust" a vicarious, high voltage adventure to stop a private powerline all available on Amazon.com. He lives in Rumney at the base of Rattlesnake Ridge. His website is: http://bit.ly/WayneDKing . You can help spread the word by following and supporting him at www.Patreon.com/TheRadicalCentrist .





Albert Camus Quote

"In the depth of winter 
I finally learned 
that there was in me 
an invincible summer."
~ Albert Camus






Friday, December 14, 2018

The White Mountain National Forest at 100



On October 8, 1910 an important conference was held in Atlanta Georgia. It was called The Southern Conservation Congress and two giants of conservation were present. Initially the conference started off focused on regional conservation issues but when former President Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, former Director of the US Forest Service strode to the microphone together they had more on their minds than the regional issues of Georgia. Their joint speech called on attendees to join together with thousands of other conservation minded people from Maine to Georgia to support the Weeks Act, that was languishing in the United States Congress. Stalled in large part by the influence of large land-owning timber barons who were wreaking havoc on northern forests from Maine to Georgia.

Almost every adult in America knows that Teddy Roosevelt, with the wise counsel of Pinchot, had built a substantial part of his legacy on the protection of the nation’s natural resources. The Weeks Act was sponsored by New Hampshire born and raised, Congressman John Weeks, now a Congressman from Massachusetts. Weeks had moved to Massachusetts for work but maintained a Summer residence in the area of the family homestead. Today the Weeks Estate is a part of the New Hampshire State Park system and part of the estate in listed in the register of national historic sites. In the act, Weeks had stipulated that “the federal government has the constitutional right amounting to a national duty to acquire lands for forest purposes in the interest of a future timber supply, watershed protection, navigation, power, and the general welfare of the people.”

Though recent interpretations of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution have confirmed the correctness of Week’s position, in 1910 there was little national experience with national investments to protect public resources and Weeks was running afoul of Senators and Representatives who were determined to keep the Federal Government from encroaching on the rights of their states to control these lands, especially because many of these same Senators were beholden to the timber interests in their own states. Until a Supreme Court Decision could clear the way on this matter, it was incumbent upon Weeks, Roosevelt, and conservation leaders from throughout the country to secure specific permission from the Congress to make land purchases that protected watersheds and the people and environments they served.


A substantial number of the votes needed to pass the Weeks Act would be required to come from Southern Congressmen and Senators. Roosevelt and Pinchot were appealing to the enlightened self interest of these representatives by calling upon their constituents to use their political clout. Although the Week’s Act did not contain provisions covering the forests and lands of the South, it would not be long before they too would see its benefits for they too had experienced similar problems. By the time conservationists had gathered together for this conference more than 50% of the South’s original woodlands were gone and a sense of alarm about the sustainability of the forests was beginning to grow. This concern put them four-square in alliance with the conservationists of the Northeast who were raising the alarm over the devastation of the woodlands in the Northeast.

Learning to Fish
Nowhere was this emergent environmental crisis more apparent, and immediate, than in the regions of New Hampshire along the major river corridors: The Connecticut; The Baker; The Pemigewasset and the Merrimack into which it flowed; the Androscoggin and the Saco. Thoughtless clear cutting, especially on the steep mountainsides was resulting in catastrophic flooding, landslides and fires that devastated the towns affected and turned the rivers into open sewers of ash, effluent and refuse that affected not only the regions being logged but all of the downstream communities that relied on these rivers for everything from drinking water to irrigation, power and more.

TR and Gifford Pinchot left the conference that fateful day with the explicit support of this powerful southern conservation organization for the Weeks Act and, in a little recognized historic moment, may have made the difference for the struggling Weeks Act because these conservationists launched a ripple that soon would turn to a wave of reform. At their urging, states began passing laws that granted the US Forest Service and other Federal Agencies permission to purchase lands for the protection of critical watersheds and advocates could feel the winds beginning to shift.

The Eye of the Stone


The country itself was in the middle of a “great awakening”, today known as the Progressive Era. A time when science, and the newly emerging fields of social science, were on the ascendency and where research and progressive activism were becoming the twin driving forces of social change. The research gave legitimacy and power to ideas; and progressive activism lent direction and momentum.

Still there were those who resisted . . . the climate change deniers of their day. Speaker of the House Joseph Cannon responded to calls for the protection of critical lands with the simplistic quip that there “would not be one cent for Scenery;” proving that the simplistic soundbite is not unique to modern times.

According to many historians, Cannon was one of the most powerful speakers in American history. With Cannon at the helm, the House of Representatives rejected more than 40 different bills that would seek to authorize the purchase of land by the federal government during his eight year tenure. Fortunately for the Weeks Act supporters Cannon’s tenure ended in 1911 and in the final months of his speakership Weeks and NH Senator Jacob Gallinger, who had submitted an identical bill in the US Senate, were finally able to convince Cannon to at least remain neutral on the Act. With the support of powerful environmental conservation organizations like the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which had already been advocating for the protection of critical watersheds for more than ten years, the Congress finally began to turn around. In early spring, March of 1911, President Taft signed the Weeks Act into law. Now the difficult task of establishing National Forests in the Northeast could begin.

Daylight Fades on Eisenhower
It is important to understand, here, the difference between National Parks and National Forests. National Parks are preservation lands where National Forests are conservation lands. Where National Parks are preserves for wilderness recreation and wildlife and habitat protection, National Forests are multiple-use conservation lands, allowing for limited private use - including sustainable forestry. This difference made the process of convincing the people of the region to support the National Forest a much simpler task, but still not simple in a country where private land ownership had become a way of life that differentiated the still-young America from most other countries.

The first priority lands identified for protection were those around the Presidential Mountain Range in New Hampshire and the surrounding mountain ranges. These included the Carter Moriah Range - which extends into Maine - as well as the Franconia Range and the Pemigewasset River Wilderness area, where logging by steam engine had already laid most of the timbered land bare. The Forest Service and Conservation groups issued calls for donations of land and offers to sell at reduced rates.

Not surprisingly, logging consortiums that had already laid waste to many areas were more than happy to sell off land that would take nearly one hundred years to regrow its cash crop. For them this was an unexpected windfall (so to speak) and they were among the first to sign on. Still, a surprising number of public spirited citizens also stepped forward to join in the effort offering their property in these areas at substantial discount from market based prices with some even donating land outright. By 1915 a substantial portion of the lands that would become the White Mountain National Forest had been purchased or donated and on May 16, 1918 President Woodrow Wilson signed Executive Order 1449 creating the White Mountain National Forest in Maine and New Hampshire.

For those interested in the broader history of the White Mountains, a Centennial within a BiCentennial occurs on this auspicious occasion. In the year that the WMNF was first established Abel Crawford and his son Ethan Allen Crawford, had they still been living, would have celebrated the first one hundred years of the trail that they built to guide the first intrepid (European*) hikers up Mount Washington. The Crawford Path, the nation’s oldest continuously used hiking trail extended from the site of the Crawford’s original homestead and Inn, in Hart’s Location, to the summit of Mount Washington. 

Spring's Dance of Form


The Crawford Path was initially built as a hiking trail but in 1698 Abel Crawford - at the ripe old age of 80 - accompanied by Ethan Allen, summited Mount Washington on horseback as the hiking trail was opened as a double duty “Bridal Path” to the summit as well.

Initially in the range of about 435,000 acres, today the WMNF has expanded to nearly 800,000 acres having most recently added woodlands in the Great North Woods section of New Hampshire. The forest plays a major role in what has become a nine (9) billion dollar a year outdoor recreation industry in New Hampshire, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs.


Interesting Links:
The Battle for the Weeks Act: http://bit.ly/WeeksActBattle
Record of the Vote on the Weeks Act: http://bit.ly/WeeksVote
The John Weeks Story: http://bit.ly/JohnWeeks
The Weeks Estate, Weeks State Park: http://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/weeks-state-park.aspx


*While it is commonly believed that Native American people - mostly those of the Algonquin Speaking First Nations people - did not climb mountains, there is no solid evidence that this is anything more than an assumption on the part of early European settlers. The extent of the evidence seems to be based upon superstitions related by some early traders, both Native and European - to early settlers in the area specifically about Mt. Washington (“Agiochook” or “Agiocochook” in Abenaki an Algonquian speaking tribe and part of the Wabanaki Confederacy of tribes). These general superstitions may or may not have been true. Furthermore, general superstitions shared among members of the Algonquin people would not necessarily preclude an ascent by an individual First Nations hunter or traveler from either the Algonquin speaking tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy or members of the Iroquois Confederacy who dominated the region of New Hampshire above Dixville Notch including the disputed territory known for a short time as The Indian Stream Republic. Hence, Darby Field, the white man credited with the first ascent of Mount Washington, may or may not have been the first person to the summit. We will never know for sure. We do, however, know that Field ascended Washington with two Native American Guides who went all the way to the summit with him. The names of those guides appear to have been lost to history. However, the fact that they summited the mountain with Darby Field is, in and of itself, reason enough to suspect the presumption.


About Wayne D. King: Wayne King is an author, artist, activist and recovering politician. A three term State Senator, 1994 Democratic nominee for Governor, former publisher of Heart of New Hampshire Magazine and CEO of MOP Environmental Solutions Inc., and now host of two new Podcasts - The Radical Centrist (www.theradicalcentrist.us) and NH Secrets, Legends and Lore (www.nhsecrets.blogspot.com). His art is exhibited nationally in galleries and he has published three books of his images and a novel "Sacred Trust" a vicarious, high voltage adventure to stop a private powerline all available on Amazon.com. He lives in Rumney at the base of Rattlesnake Ridge. His website is: http://bit.ly/WayneDKing . You can help spread the word by following and supporting him at www.Patreon.com/TheRadicalCentrist .

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Run Beto Run - For President


Dusk Dims Not Her Colors
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Run Beto Run - For President
Losing Texas Race Might Just Have Been the Best Outcome for America
Almost exactly ten years ago I sat down at my old Mac to write the very first OpEd piece in New Hampshire encouraging a young Barack Obama to run for President. At the time, I said that he was the first person who gave me the same sense of optimism and hope that Bobby Kennedy had given me. I have not, since then, written such an editorial. Not that I didn’t like some of the Democrats who ran for office, even some of the Republicans, but Obama was different.

The Obama Presidency was not all we had hoped it would be but I was always proud to call him our President. His Presidency was the victim of a poisonous and pernicious partisanship that has developed since Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America” abandoned the time honored tradition that our adversaries are not our enemies, that they love their country every bit as much as we do.

This surge of partisanship and downright hatred has become a vicious cycle with both parties feeling that the other’s actions justify pushing the bounds of accepted norms.

I have watched with a growing dismay the trail of potential candidates troop into New Hampshire to begin the process of making their case to the people, highly qualified people, including a few Republicans but none of them have given me the sense that they can help bring the country back together again.

The times call for someone different than the usual suspects.

The times call for a fresh face, untainted by scandal, and unpolluted by the winds of arrogance and corrupting power that blow through the Capitol city. The times call for a leader who can call on all Americans to focus on what unites us, to take pride in ourselves and our country; and to play a role in restoring the moral leadership of this planet. That’s a very tall order. . . We’ve seen the rest – we need the best. And I believe that there is one uniquely qualified person to do that – Beto O’Rourke.

As I said, it’s a tall order, restoring a sense of common purpose.The good news is that this bilious atmosphere is almost exclusively driven from the Federal level. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is fond of saying that “America looks a lot more united if you stand on your head.” By this he means that on the local level and on the state level Americans have not forgotten who they are, even if far too many politicians in Washington have. Day after day they set aside their differences to work together on overcoming shared challenges. They recognize that there is far more that unites us than that which divides us.

I’m not looking for everyone to join hands and sing Kum Bah Yah together. I’m looking for a leader who will stand for the things he or she believes but will respect those who disagree and seek ways to find common ground where possible or to build new ground where we might all stand together around shared American values. Beto O’Rourke has proven he can do that.

He ran one of the best races for the United States Senate that I have ever seen and came within a few points of beating a well entrenched Senator in a state that both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump won by wide margins in their last elections. Beto was positive, optimistic, hopeful and he reached out to everyone. He ran a campaign that did not take one penny of special interest money and he stood up for what he believed: No trimming, no waffling, no prevaricating. Most of all, he was and is genuine, a characteristic that most Americans long for right now in their leaders.

Put Beto O’Rourke on the national stage and I believe he wins. Not just the popular vote but the electoral college. He’d be a President that would make us proud to be Americans again and restore American leadership in the world.

This guy is ready for prime time, and I’m ready to stand with him.

By the way Beto, Sally Yates would make a helluva VP . . . so would Jeanne Shaheen.

About Wayne D. King: Wayne King is an author, artist, activist and recovering politician. A three term State Senator, 1994 Democratic nominee for Governor, former CEO of MOP Environmental Solutions Inc., and now launching a new Podcast - The Radical Centrist. His art is exhibited nationally in galleries and he has published three books of his images and a novel "Sacred Trust" a vicarious, high voltage adventure to stop a private powerline all available on Amazon.com. He lives in Rumney at the base of Rattlesnake Ridge. His website is: http://bit.ly/WayneDKing . You can help spread the word by following and supporting him at www.Patreon.com/TheRadicalCentrist .

Friday, October 26, 2018

We Need to Talk - Saving Democracy Means Changing the Game




Whether you live here in the shadow of Rattlesnake Ridge or anywhere else on planet earth, the four most dreaded words for anyone in a relationship: gay, straight, business, personal, married couples, partners alike - are “We need to talk.”

They are code for “something is very wrong and only dialog can begin to resolve the problem.” Sometimes the resolution is heartbreak, sometimes it’s compromise, sometimes it’s revelation.

That’s where we are in America today . . . in a “We Need to Talk” moment. Democracy is broken, Capitalism has run amok and the signs of danger for our Republic seem to flash ever more brightly every day.

Last week I scoured everything I could find on the Kavanaugh nomination, process and outcome. I’m thoroughly convinced that a complete restructuring of the nomination and approval process for Supreme Court justices is in order, but this revelation is nothing new. Dozens if not hundreds of journalists and pundits have said the same in so many words. This will not be easy because much of the process is enshrined in the constitution and what is not is sure to be highly controversial and perhaps only exacerbate the deep divisions in our country. So far I’ve heard people talking about a repeat of FDR’s “court packing” scheme; but if FDR with all his political capital couldn’t do that, it’s unlikely that any modern day President and Congress will be able to do it either. It would also dramatically up the ante on the swing away from Democratic norms. 


Never Forget Open Edition

Then there’s the term limits idea, essentially limiting each Justice to an 18 year term and granting every President the same number of appointments in any one term of office, unless there is a death on the court. This idea might have a bit more cache with both sides but as long as one side or the other dominates the court all the hypocrites who crow about term limits will find a hundred reasons why the Supreme Court is different.

It seems far more likely that we can change to tenor of the dialog in the House and the Senate than make major constitutional or legislative changes to the Court itself. . . and of course, given the tenor of the dialog today, even that is a tall order.

There is no doubt about it. The Supreme Court has been changed dramatically and for at least a generation or more. Progressives can wail and gnash their teeth over the injustice of what happened to Merrick Garland, but they will have to be satisfied in the knowledge that Mitch McConnell will take his place in history beside Bull Connor, George Wallace, Ross Barnett, Strom Thurmond and Joseph McCarthy because that will be the only justice we can expect on this, I’m sorry to say.

What struck me most about the various articles I read as I poured through the writing, podcasts and videos providing analysis was that there seemed to be one area where there was near unanimity on the question of whether this new more conservative Supreme Court would reverse previous courts and that was on the issue of same-sex marriage. There were plenty of people who fell on both sides of the line on the effect of this more conservative court on voting rights, Roe V. Wade, Citizen’s United and dozens of other decisions over the past few decades by a more moderately inclined court. But there was nary a soul who predicted that the same-sex marriage decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) would be reversed. Quite the contrary, they all declared that it would not be reversed.

So what makes it different from all these other decisions?

To many Americans the decision seemed to come at near-lightning speed compared to other social changes. One day even those who were considered to be friendly to the causes of gay Americans were hedging on the issue and suddenly the sky opened up and gay Americans were entitled to all of the rights and privileges as well as the joy and heartaches of marriage. Truth is, all of this did NOT happen overnight, it’s just that it bubbled up from the grassroots to the states and finally to the nation. For years communities, cities and towns, and states had been building the national consensus and finally it broke through to establish a national norm that the Supreme Court recognized in their decision.

Whisper of a Winter Wood Haiku
There’s a name for this: Federalism. It’s a new Progressive Federalism. Progressive in the sense that it fosters progress toward establishing national norms; not liberal, not conservative but a city by city, town by town, state by state battle for the creation of those norms. The Federal Government still has a role to play, of course. But it is in the push and pull of power and influence that these norms are formed. Most important, citizens are at the center of it: citizens who advocate for change at the local level, citizen’s that run for local, city and state office and citizens that speak out at every level.

Democrats and Republicans alike had best get use to it because in the Era of the Roberts Court the rallying cry has to be organize, organize, organize - and talk to one another. Above all be civil with one another. Make your case with vigor and energy: argue, fuss and fight. Sometimes you will win and sometimes you will lose - but there is no shame in losing when you fight for what you believe. Your opponents are not your enemies, they love this country every bit as much as you and if you remember this the pathway for moving forward will become much clearer

We have to talk.

We Have to Listen.

We Have to Act - seeking common ground or creating new ground where we can stand together: innovate, explore, experiment. Embracing shared American values as we forge solutions that can stand the test of time and a Supreme Court - whether we like it or not.

Links to learn more:
The New America Foundation: https://www.newamerica.org/
How the Right and Left Can Unite Around Federalism (HD): http://bit.ly/LeftRightAll
The New Era of Progressive Federalism: http://bit.ly/NewEraPF

About Wayne D. King: Wayne King is an author, artist, activist and recovering politician. A three term State Senator, 1994 Democratic nominee for Governor, former publisher of Heart of New Hampshire Magazine and CEO of MOP Environmental Solutions Inc., and now host of two new Podcasts - The Radical Centrist (www.theradicalcentrist.us) and NH Secrets, Legends and Lore (www.nhsecrets.blogspot.com). His art is exhibited nationally in galleries and he has published three books of his images and a novel "Sacred Trust"  a vicarious, high voltage adventure to stop a private powerline all available on Amazon.com. He lives in Rumney at the base of Rattlesnake Ridge. His website is: http://bit.ly/WayneDKing . You can help spread the word by following and supporting him at www.Patreon.com/TheRadicalCentrist .  

Monday, October 8, 2018

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Finding Our Way Back to the Future


Posted by Wayne D. King
I'm working on a longer version of this for my next "Rattlesnake Ridge" column but here's one short observation from it.
Mitch McConnell’s protestations ring hollow in the fight over Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. After all, it was McConnell who lit this fire in the first place by denying an appointment to Merrick Garland. McConnell, who clearly is more concerned with his strategies for giving the Republican party an edge electorally than his legacy, has proclaimed that denying a seat on the United States Supreme Court to Garland and Obama has been his greatest accomplishment. He may as well say that he is proudest of having blown up the process for selecting Supreme Court Justices and imperiled the Republic in one fell swoop.
Given the poisonous air that has developed over the Kavanaugh nomination and the tactics used by both sides that have veered well outside of the soft guardrails of democracy it seems clear that only a reimagined process for the selection of Supreme Court Justices will allow us to find our way back to comity.
The first order of business after the next election should be a national discussion on the process for nominating and approving Justices to the high court. This ugly fight was only a symptom of a larger issue in our politics but it is emblematic of how far we have sunk in the greatest democracy on the planet. Unless we change direction we will soon be stripped of our title.


About Wayne D. King: Wayne King is an author, artist, activist and recovering politician. A former State Senator, and 1994 Democratic nominee for Governor. Most recently CEO of MOP Environmental Solutions Inc., a public company in the environmental cleanup space. He lives in Rumney at the base of Rattlesnake Ridge and proudly flies both the American and Iroquois Flags. His website is: http://bit.ly/WayneDKing and his new blog and forthcoming podcast, “The Radical Centrist” is under construction at wayneking.org.
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There is a Force Bringing Americans Together - Donald Trump

Mr. Lincoln's Legacy Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together. ~ Eugene Ionesco, Playright There’s a change...