Testing my “Great Political Theory”

Builders,

I have a degree in Political Science and I am particularly well read on US history and politics, but I have only one “Great Political Theory.”

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“This is a great nation, and its good people and institutions preclude the squatter at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue, no matter how big an idiot they are, from having a great affect on your individual opportunities and accomplishments. 95% of what you will or will not do in the next 4 years is determined by the person who lives at your home address, not who lives at the White House.” 

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Like you, I still get hopeful every four years that the system will serve us up a choice between several honorable Americans, people who really understand this country and it’s ideals. I am not eager to see my theory again proven correct, but since it looks like either Trump or Clinton will occupy our public mansion, the only thing to do is this: Go right back to doing all the things we were going to do with our lives, including everything we planned on doing in Aviation.

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After the 2008 election, I had at least 25 people quit their homebuilt project, citing the fact they ‘knew’ that light aviation was over, and Obama would soon outlaw everything from gasoline to private property; I have given some thought to digging out those old letters, but it is a waste of time. Rather I am looking forward to what I will do in the next four years in aviation, no matter who is in the White House. I am planning on holding 20 more Corvair Colleges, flying my plane to all 48 contiguous states, and building a Corvair powered amphibian. I refuse to give up on any of these goals just because in 2016 someone I detest might move into 1600 Pennsylvania avenue. They don’t own my dreams, I do.

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Tonight, millions of Americans will watch President Obama speak about his pointless and misguided executive action on firearms. It will have no effect on violence in this country, but it will start a wave of fear induced actions, from both sides of the spectrum, and these flames will be fanned by the media, who don’t understand that it is already totally illegal for individuals to mail guns or buy them on the internet. The one result I am willing to predict from this is it will further motivate Trump supporters and make him the next president.  That isn’t a conspiracy theory, just an educated guess.  Either way, it makes no difference to me, I am going after my next four years of aviation goals.

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I welcome builder thoughts here, but I would like the comments on this to be mostly builders sharing what they are going to do in the next four years, as this is the real point of this story.  For anyone temped to repeat stories of Barack Obama being in Kenya until four weeks before he joined the Senate, please know that I am 53 years old, in the 1970s I was a kid in Hawaii, I attended an outstanding 130 year old private school named Punahou, and I have first hand observation of where the future President was in those days.  That doesn’t mean I am in his fan club, it is just to point out that people who quit homebuilding in 2008 because they believed internet stories about the sky falling, are fools because they gave their dreams away for nothing.

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From our Website in 2008: Bryan Bowlsbey, Tammy Duckworth and myself at Oshkosh.

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Yesterday, on the campaign trail, Bill Clinton stood at the podium and flatly stated that is Wife Hillary “Understood Veterans issues better than any member of the Senate or Congress.”

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Think that statement through: He is claiming that his wife, who proudly married a draft dodger, was never in the military, and admits to lying about being shot at, somehow understands Veteran’s  perspectives better than the woman pictured above, Tammy Duckworth, who is a current member of the US Congress.

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Tammy Duckworth was a US Army aviator when her Blackhawk was shot down in 2004.  She spent 13 months in Walter Reed, lost both legs, and much of the use her right arm, but did not lose her astounding will to live. Her first trip out of the hospital was to Visit her fathers grave at Arlington Cemetery, he was a Korean war veteran how passed while Tammy was at Walter Reed.  I believe they were the only father/daughter purple heart recipients in our nation’s history. Tammy went on to serve as Deputy Secretary of the US Veterans Administration, and then was elected to the US Congress.  For a longer look, read: Veteran’s day story: Tammy Duckworth, aviator.  Nothing affirms my long held belief that the Clintons are both vile, like having Bill publicly claim that Hillary has a better understanding of Veterans than Tammy Duckworth.

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Lest anyone mistake me for a Trump fan, I will tell anyone that I have detested that man nearly as long as the Clintons. While they would claim to be different, I hold Bill and Donald are the exact same kind of person; draft dodgers who have never had any limit on their greed for wealth or power.  Trump stating that he didn’t think any one in the Armed Forces that was captured is worth his respect, means he feels he is a better person than the 591 US POWs in Vietnam, which includes two men I hold to be among the greatest Americans who ever lived, Ernie Brace, American Aviator, dead at 83 and James Stockdale – Philosophy. The idea that building casinos for organized criminals and bussing senior citizens to them so they can be bilked out of their modest pension and social security checks with rigged games is a greater contribution to our national honor than the thousands of 8th Air Force B-17 and B-24 crewmen that became POWs in German Luft Stalags after attacking the Third Reich is a sick joke, one that I don’t find funny at all.

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-ww.

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