E-Mail Editorials 2021

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 These short, weekly editorials have been going out to my private list of 300 +/- readers for over 10 years. If you would like to be included please email: cklein@chuckkleinauthor.com

Subject: Game Changer?
 
Date Sent: 8 Jun 2021
 
Trump's inability to accept the facts of his losing the election and lack of remorse for his role in the Capitol riot has caused Congresswoman Liz Cheney to buck the man who garnered 74M votes in 2020 and still holds sway with many of them. This gutsy and out-spoken Representative of the Cowboy State is publicly testing his leadership of the party. 
 
Cheney might be a game-changer inasmuch as if she is re-elected to the House in solid Republican Wyoming (70% voted for Trump in 2020), the party would most likely swing against Trump and for her as the leader of the pack. To paraphrase Winston Churchill: Never has so much depended on so few for so many. Even if Cheney doesn't survive the 2022 Congressional election, she would still be a national power if she throws her spurs in the ring for the 2024 Presidential primary. There are a lot of covert anti-Trump Republicans out there. 
 
Two things appear clear: 1) Cheney will support Trump's agendas while presenting a dignified and respectable demeanor. 2) Trump will most assuredly be indicted by political witch-hunters, but any convictions to be upheld by "his" SCOTUS might prove challenging and take years. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: We Are....
 
Date Sent: 1 Jun 2021
 
* Americans are those who fight to right unrightable wrongs. This is our destiny; this is our grit.
 
* Facing the enemy, we’d rather stand tall than lie a coward in our grave.
 
* If you see us comin’ better straighten up; a lotta foes didn’t and a lotta of 'em wish they had. 
 
* Some plant taters, some sell cotton, some wear uniforms, none are forgotten. 
 
* The answers, dear compatriot, are not blowin’ in the wind; they're in our collective American minds. So go ahead and look after your neighbor, go ahead and aid a friend.
 
 * Ring that bell of freedom, hammer out justice and sing the song of love between our brothers and sisters. 
 
* God has blessed America and Americans where ever they may be.
 
* From Ohio and West Virginia to Montana and Maine; from Texas and Colorado to Vermont and Tennessee; This is America - this is the land we love. 
 
Inspired by the songs: High Noon, 16 Tons, The Impossible Dream, God Bless The USA, Old Man River, God Bless America, America The Beautiful, One Tin Soldier, Blowin’ In The Wind, Theme from Giant, If I Had a Hammer.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Future Cops
 
Date Sent: 25 May 2021
 
Due to calls for police reform and funding cuts along with eliminating qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, it is becoming difficult to recruit "eligible" LEOs. Even though there is always a large number of applicants, the number of those who aspire to be social workers or only want the power of a badge and gun are becoming significantly greater than those who fit the definition of a law-enforcement officer: One who honestly likes being in a position of being able to help people while at the same time has a strong sense of right and wrong and subscribes to a healthy fear of being labeled a coward.
 
Solution: Copying their own very successful Future Farmers of America the secondary school systems might solve the dilemma by fostering a Future Cops of America (FCA). This after-school opportunity would give insight into a quasi-military and most honorable, public-service profession to future generations. 
 
FCA member excursions to penal, LE training, trial court facilities and Ride-a-longs (where permissible) could be very educational. Even if most don't become LEOs, the tutelage and experience these young impending adults gain would create a recruitment list once FCA members come of age.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Entertainment
 
Date Sent: 18 May 2021
 
I read 20-24 books per year that are about equal fiction to non-fiction. There isn't a room in the house that doesn't contain shelves of books. They're like old friends, I see the title and recall the pleasant memories just like re-watching classic TCM movies of the 40s, 50s and 60s. I know the story, but when the acting, directing and period settings are so well done, it's deja vu entertainment. 
 
As of late, I've applied that pleasant experience to re-reading some of the best books I read over the years - the ones I didn't give away to friends, family or the public libraries. Well-written books containing compelling dialog and narrative are also deja vu entertainment. 
 
A few rereads that have been very enjoyable: James Michener's Chesapeake, Centennial; Vincent Bugliosi's And the Sea Will Tell (nf); Throttling the Railroads (nf by Carson); Joseph Wambaugh's The New Centurions, Lines & Shadows (nf)…. Next, I'll treat myself, once again, to mental candy by W.E.B. Griffin, Jeff Shaara, John Jakes (California Gold contains an accounting of my most infamous relative) ... then maybe I'll reread one of the books I wrote! Cheaper entertainment is not possible. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Political Power
 
Date Sent: 11 May 2021
 
Sans voter representation, Facebook, et al., have assumed powers greater than Congress. Barring Trump from their platform was purely punitive - they were/are punishing him for what they didn't like - not to protect themselves/clients/citizens from injury due to alleged criminal conduct. In other words, this media giant - in contravention to the Constitution - determined Trump had committed a criminal offense without so much as a state or federal indictment and then, for all intents and purposes, extracted a $10M+ fine. 
 
Social-media, like newspapers, are private corporations and can freely choose their accounts. However, the dynamics of social-media has significantly changed the "power of the press" to the point where this new avenue of dissemination has massive political power. Today, print media only reaches, at most, a few million once/day compared to social-media's 10s of millions all day long - a much greater political force. 
 
Solution: Any open-to-the-public social-media that exercises editorial controls over posted personal views, comments and editorials, must incorporate a Pre-Posting Review whereas all posts will be delayed ____ seconds while this media source scans the message for illegal - and only illegal - content. In addition, there must be accountability/transparency to the public.  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: 100 Days
 
Date Sent: 4 May 2021
 
1) Biden gets hi-marks for his handling the medical portion of the pandemic, but failed to mention it was made possible by Trump's foresight and distribution plans. Grade: B
 
2) The economy is sailing and he sets a good example of wearing masks and having his staff wear masks. Grade: A+
 
3) Transparency? Two very short press briefings with very limited Q&A and NO media/cameras at the border. Grade D
 
4) Joe castigated Donald for failing to heed the advice of experts, then overruled his own military experts when they advised keeping 2500 troops in Afghanistan after the proposed 9-11 pull-out. Grade D
 
5) China, ignoring the sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, has thumbed its nose at Biden by importing significant amounts of oil from these outlaw nations. Grade F
 
6) After dissing Trump for his immigration controls, he created an unprecedented southern border crisis - where his only plan has been to release C-19 infected and non-vaccinated illegals into the country. Grade F
 
7) The President is proposing a massive infrastructure program that tests creditability by re-defining infrastructure to mean expanded entitlement programs, that will continue to drain the federal budget forever. Grade F
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Short Takes II
 
Date Sent: 27 Apr 2021
 
1) If all other factors of responding to a felony in-progress - large, muscular perp under the influence of drugs and violently resisting arrest - were identical except George Floyd had been white, the outcome would have been the same. Please see part I of my series in: The Chief of Police Magazine (Summer 2020) for explanation and solution to Accumulated Stress Disorder. 
 
2) Did the Judge purposely refused to sequester the jury and move the trial out of Minneapolis believing a conviction was assured thus preventing more riots and surely would be over-turned-on appeal due to tainting? 
 
3) NYC Prosecutor has said he will not prosecute prostitutes. Could it be the reason that, come the next election, he will be able to claim "crime is down"? 
 
4) Biden and Harris might not visit the border until the over-crowded illegals have been moved to military bases and tax-payer funded hotels. Then they'll make the visit, with media cameras in tow, saying: "See, we told you there was no over-crowding."
 
5) De-funding police won't be necessary. Early retirement of LEOs is up significantly while recruiting of qualified applicants is down. As crime rises a perfect storm is brewing. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Short Takes
 
Date Sent: 20 Apr 2021
 
 
1) Of the 2000 +/- protesters/riotersm, 6 Jan, 410 have been arrested of which 13 are Oath Keepers. This minute proportion of the 74M who voted for Trump is hardly a significant threat to take-over the government. Now it's all about CYA for the military/police, and an excuse to grant additional protections for politicians while legislating Orwellian controls for the rest of us. 
 
2) Oath Keepers are no different than any other groups, including political parties, inasmuch as once formed they splinter into radicals, very radicals and extremist thus losing their power of numbers.
 
3) If, as the WH claims, Trump was responsible for the border "crisis," why did it take 3-months for Biden to acknowledge that it was a "crisis"? How long before he admits China, Iran, NoK and Russia have become a "crisis"?
 
4) Less than 50% of America is white - a minority. Shouldn't this minority receive the same special treatment and monetary benefits of other minorities? Oh wait, don't they have to "suffer" first … humm, maybe 10s of millions of lives systemically lost in Revolutionary/Civil/World wars, wasn't enough? 
 
5) Dogs live to please their master. Cats exist to be pleased by their servants. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Appeasement
 
Date Sent: 13 Apr 2021
 
Should Derek Chauvin be convicted of murder in George Floyd's death?
 
Yes. Lethal force should not be used except as a last resort - to save lives. This condition did not exist at the time of Floyd's demise. A conviction will show the American judicial system is fair and honest and will appease the Black community.
 
No. Floyd, a physically large, strong and drug enhanced criminal, violently resisted arrest. Chauvin had to wrestle him to the ground in order to complete the legal arrest. Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck; the knee placement might have been placed in a better location, but during a hold-down against a strong, resisting man, knee placement is not an exact science. Once the knee was in place the time it needed to be kept there is difficult to access while in a combative mode. Even in a perfect society, expecting LEOs to be perfect is imperfect. “If the history of the 1930s teaches us anything, it is that appeasement … would be an open invitation to new acts of aggression….”  (President Truman, 1 Sep 1950.)
 
Solution: Secondary schools to teach non-escalation mindset and the futility of resisting arrest. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Car Design
 
Date Sent: 6 Apr 2021
 
Hey Detroit, listen up. We are so tired of all SUVs looking the same … time for some innovation such as producing a vehicle with the bottom portion of those long and exaggerated sloping windshield painted the same color as the body. The roof line should be flat and extend over the sides with sharp corners - no more rounded bulbous look. Think retro '30s era gangster car. 
 
Then, split the side-windows in half - a top and bottom - with the upper half hinged on the top (of the door frame). It would open outward sort of Dutch-door style (sideways). The bottom opens and closes - up and down - in the traditional manner and would be tinted dark to keep with the narrow windshield illusion. Call it the esoteric look - occupants can see out, but outsiders not in. 
 
How 'bout a double-decker - the driver and shotgun up top, two passengers under. Wheel track the same, but body narrower to reduce wind resistance. 
 
Finally, turn the speedometer upside down so the 40-80 MPH portions won't be blocked by the steering wheel - or run it as a horizontal bar, a la, the 1961 Buick. 
  
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Prison
 
Date Sent: 30 Mar 2021
 
Having been born into and brought up in criminal surroundings, many Americans have never had a chance to experience the American way of life, thus perpetuating the growth of the prison system, sans a way to integrate to society.
 
Perhaps, creating a Parallel Society Prison (PSP) whereas youthful/first-time offenders (men & women together) could demonstrate their assimilation abilities. This PSP could be established in an abandoned shopping-center/housing project that would be fenced-off and secure. Inside the compound the inmates (residents) would operate their own restaurants and other small businesses - they would run the PSP and would have to get-along just like regular society. Once a PSP "resident" demonstrates the capacity to function as a law-abiding citizen he/she would be eligible for expungement, release or parole. 
 
Each "resident" would attend civic classes and be paid in script earned by employment in the PSP and would be responsible for their own rent, electric bills, food and other items not prohibited by regular prison rules. While under supervision of police/guards, they would operate their own judicial system whereas violations of a PSP rule, means a return to regular prison to finish their original sentence. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: Observations
 
Date Sent: 23 Mar 2021
 
Entering my 80th year and being an acknowledged Old-Has-Been, I'm presumptuously tendering some observations: 
 
* We only go through life one-time and dream-breaking procrastinations usually results in becoming a Never-Has-Been. 
 
* Regrets haunt - not for the things we did, but for the things we didn't do.
 
* Work diminishes as age-compelled naps fill the time available (corollary to Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time available).
 
* It is a blessing if our parents are spared the pain and anguish of out-living us. We are, however, always astounded to be blessed so soon.
 
* Any man who admits to his wife that he can sometimes be dumb, can get away with a lot of dumb stuff.
 
* Never being able to satiate aspirations is better than not having any fantasies at all.
 
* The best memories are those that are forever melded to the sentimental portion of the mind.
 
* Upon approaching the age of four score, the question that comes to mind: Do I have 20 years, 20 days or 20 minutes?
 
* Never underestimate your adversary. 
 
* The secret to life is the ability to adapt to change. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: EVs vs. ICS
 
Date Sent: 16 Mar 2021
 
In 2008 Tesla, using a lithium-ion battery, began offering the first projected mass-produced electric vehicle (EV). Elon Musk made the prototype by gluing together 7000 laptop battery cells. Lithium, a mined mineral, transfers ions through a liquid storing electricity far more effectively than conventional (and heavy) lead-acid batteries. 
 
As demand and manufacturing has increased, the cost of EVs has dropped to where they are almost competitive with internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles. Though EVs are more efficient and environmentally friendly than ICEs, there is no free lunch; America is dependent upon foreign sources of lithium and its mining and processing creates significant pollution. 
 
Even though electric power producers are gearing up with wind/solar generating facilities, it is unclear at this time if they will be able to meet the generating capacity and distribution infrastructure required to charge the 100s of millions of EVs expected to be on the roads by 2035. However, a possible game-changer is under development: solid-state lithium-ion batteries - batteries that don't require a liquid - possibly making liquid-based lithium-ion bats/charging systems obsolete. ICE efficiency (driving range) was reached decades ago - EVs have yet to establish the limits of their efficiency. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Everyday Heroes
 
Date Sent: 9 Mar 2021
 
Police officers are in the business of bravery, honesty and integrity. This is their stock-in-trade, forte', signature, persona, identification and what differentiates them from other professions.
 
In the early 1950s movie, High Noon, the Town Marshall learns a man he sent to prison is returning on the noon train. The officer is torn between leaving on his honeymoon, as planned, or staying to face the perp. His bride begs her groom to give it up. She leaves without him as Tex Ritter wails the theme song - the watchwords of police officers of all time:
 
"I do not know what fate awaits me,
I only know I must be brave,
for I must face the man who hates me,
or lie a coward, a craven coward,
or lie a coward in my grave".
 
The bride returns; the Marshal then out-draws the ex-con. In real life, sometimes the bad guy wins and sometimes the spouse doesn't come back, but to a sworn police officer either one of those situations is preferable than being a craven coward - to them it's intrinsic and instinctive to run toward danger. If this is not your mindset, be thankful that there are those who do.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Intelligence?
 
Date Sent: 2 Mar 2021
 
The Director of National Intelligence oversees twelve spy agencies - that's right, count 'em - 12! 
 
Air Force Intelligence, Army Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Coast Guard Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marine Corps Intelligence, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, Navy Intelligence, Space Force Intelligence. 
 
Yet, none of them were able to detect a plot to take over the Capitol on 6 Jan 2021. Could it be: a) There was no plot, b) They were part of the plot, or c) Incompetence? If it was a) It's just the usual political fake-news. If b) A military coup might already be in progress; if c) Which of the 12 also failed to detect: Cuban missiles, 9/11, China's imperialism, racial and religious attacks, government hacks, BLM riots … before they happened? 
 
Of course, there's always the possibility that some or all of the twelve did know about these events, but the political, military and/or law enforcement heads decided not to take any action - including telling us. How much of our taxes are going to fund the 10s (100s?) of thousands of agents and staff of all these "intelligence" groups, bureaus, offices and departments? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Divided We Stand, Plan C
 
Date Sent: 23 Feb 2021
 
In lieu of or in conjunction with previously proposed Plans A and B, we might consider methods of unifying the nation as others have tried (some worked and some didn't): The Romans, forcing Christianity via the Crusades (lasted 500 years); Hitler tried to do it by demonizing Jews (lasted 10 years); LBJ, communists; Trump, anti-Muslim. Today, China, and Russia, ARE doing it. It … being identifying a common enemy - something or someone a people/nation can unite against to further their mastery and longevity. 
 
The difference between previous regimes and today, China and Russia are not singling out specific and identifiable races or creeds … they are declaring all, except their own citizens, to be the enemy. This promotes unity and an excuse to expand their power over other nations. 
 
Inasmuch as stagnation is the enemy of evolutionary survival; if we don't grow, we will be conquered by our adversary … perhaps we should expand our dominion - before we are dominated?  Plans A, B and/or C could lead to WW3, but the alternative might be learning to speak Russian and/or Chinese. If these enemy super-powers don't have the capability to cyber-shut us down now, they will soon. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Divided We Stand, Plan B
 
Date Sent: 18 Feb 2021
 
Stagnation is the enemy of evolutionary survival that eventually results in being conquered by one's adversary. In other words, remaining static exemplifies the definition of stupid: continuing to doing the same thing and expecting different results? 
 
American unification could be achieved by having a common goal such as a doctrine of empire-building … but not in the ordinary sense of militarily taking over other nations, but by offering (conferring) statehood. 
 
To wit: All U.S. territories and the countries of Central and South America must accept statehood including all the perks and obligations of American citizenship (U.S. military conscription, income taxes, etc.). Occupation will not be in the normal sense of the word, but by more subtle measures: if you don't accept our offer, we will blockade your trade and cyber capabilities. Yeah, it's blackmail, but no different than what China, Iran and Russia are doing to the EU (et al.) which is dependent upon Russian and Iranian oil while China has become its largest trade affiliate. Think the EU is reluctant to impose/enforce sanctions on these imperialistic countries for touchy-feely reasons? Do you believe Xi or Putin exhibit aspirations of a conqueror or the conqueree? Which one should America be?
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Divided We Stand: Plan A
 
Date Sent 16 Feb 2021
 
As witnessed, 1/6 - and all last summer - a minute percent of the population cannot hijack the country. Over-reacting to these radicals is a bigger problem. For a coup d'état - in reality - it takes the cooperation of all branches of the military - a near impossibility. A permanent solution to our deep division could be a vote to split the nation. 
 
Plan A: Inasmuch as the populace is mostly divided along geographic lines; metropolitan areas predominately vote the democratic ticket while country folks overwhelmingly support Republican candidates. Therefore, a referendum to establish two separate nations: United States of Rural America and United States of Urban America (There is no reason for these new alliances to be contiguous). 
 
Each new country, would have its own government with D.C. as a place for USRA/USUA representatives to meet to work out interstate trade, reciprocity, joint military defenses, etc. Each nation could decide its own type of government (constitutional type republic or true democracy where majority rules). In addition, the USRA and USUA will be free to determine their own regulations/laws/policy on foreign trade, immigration, recreational drugs, policing, guns, abortion, taxes, welfare ... even their own national anthem. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Acquittal #2
 
Date Sent: 13 Feb 2021
 
1) The post "Trial" comments by Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnel said it all: Trump's conduct and words were wrong, but a Senate trial was not the proper Constitutional venue. He went on to further state that "citizen Trump" is still subject to civil as well as criminal charges in the appropriate courts. (as I've said all along). In other words, this ain't over and might run into 2024.
 
2) Allowing the Senate to conduct a trial against a private citizen sets the precedent that any former official can be barred from holding office in their future. Thus, the Democrat controlled Congress can continue to bring additional impeachment charges against Trump, or any former official - including judges - ad infinitum. 
 
3) However, there is nothing to prevent a Republican WH and Senate - should they retake these branches in 2024 - to appoint Trump as Secretary of Defense, State … or maybe a new post: Czar, with all the powers the President and Senate wish to confer upon him. 
 
Solution: Amend the Constitution to address the issues.
 
P.S. Those few right-wing radicals/rioters are no more a significant percent of their party than left-wing radicals/rioters are of theirs. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Article I, Section 3
 
Date Sent: 9 Feb 2021
 
"When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside."
 
The authors of our Constitution made reference to impeachment of the (sitting) president separate from impeachment of other officials. Inasmuch as there is no precedent for trying an out-of-office President, the constitutionality of the 2nd trial of Trump might be decided by SCOTUS. The proper procedure for trying a former president, accused of committing a felony, is a matter for the criminal courts. To impeach an ex-president smacks of political vindictiveness. 
 
Shall is mandatory. Again, there is no precedent, but if the Chief Justice does not preside in an impeachment trial of the president, then that trial would be in direct conflict with the Constitution. In other words, allowing anyone else - especially a member of the opposition - to preside would be no different than a prosecutor substituting for a trial judge in a criminal court case. 
 
The Dems might have made a mistake in trying Trump in the Senate. If found NG, he can't be tried again in criminal court (where he can be sentenced to prison) as that would be a violation of his 5th Amendment rights against double jeopardy. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Policing Pt. II
 
Date Sent: 2 Feb 2021
 
The 9 June 2020 email editorial outlined a new concept - Accumulated Stress Disorder - for identifying and treating police to prevent wrongful violence upon civilians.  Heretofore, the remedy was to simply labeled them "bad cops". After the feature article (Part I) on this subject appeared in The Chief of Police Magazine, noted psychologist, Dr. Kenneth J. Manges, wrote: "Your analysis is correct, and prolonged exposure leads to increased irritability, and in layman’s terms, a 'shorter fuse.' The plan you outlined has merit." 
 
The series continues with POLICE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS UNIQUE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, Part II (with illustration by my granddaughter). It includes such outside-the-box headings: Prioritized Funding, Change The Leverage, Hiring Standards…. (the above link also contains Part. I).
 
Beginning with Jimmy Carter, I have written each President a letter presenting a new idea or concept. Some were ignored; some responded with a form letter while two replied with a signed, short thank you on gold-embossed WH stationary. I have sent the Accumulated Stress Disorder concept to President Biden asking him to consider creating a task force to address this issue. I'll let you know what, if any, response I receive.  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Happenings
 
Date Sent: 26 Jan 2021
 
About 25 years ago most states refused to allow the carrying of concealed weapons as the liberal, main-stream media generated the philosophy that if people were allowed to CCW, "there will be daily shootouts over parking spaces" yada, yada, yada. Well, it didn't happen. Rather, lives have been saved by those legally allow to CCW. 
 
After the 2016 election the Democrats were lamenting the prospect of a Trump administration that would cause: a race war, nuclear war, escalating crime, rampant pollution and Russia controlling the WH. Didn't happen. Instead, ISIS was contained while we enjoyed record low unemployment and high economic markets and no new wars. 
 
Today, as we continue to witness left-wing sponsored city riots, the Republicans are proclaiming the Biden administration will result in an economic depression, unchallenged imperialist moves by our enemies, draconian firearm measures, higher crime rates, uncontrolled C-19, socialism bordering on communism/dictatorialism, China domineering the WH, massive tax increases and an unconstitutional 2nd DJT impeachment trial (Article I, Section 3: "When the President of the United States is tried,the chief justice shall;”. " It doesn't say ex-president and shall is mandatory). In 2024 will we say: It Did or Didn't happen? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Perfect Storm
 
Date Sent 19 Jan 2021
 
This is most disturbing. To paraphrase Strother Martin (the warden in the movie, Cool Hand Luke), "What we've got here is failure to allow communication." The recent termination of Trump's social media accounts (and intentions for additional censorship) over-shadows all else. Think, Stalin, Hitler, 1984…. Free speech is paramount to any democracy. The argument that Twitter, et. al., are private corporations and should have the right to do business with anyone they so choose, is no different than a privately owned, but public restaurant banning blacks, Jews…. 
 
Deep-Fake is the current technology that allows doctored, synchronized speech to come convincingly from the mouth of any person portrayed electronically. For example: If an image of Joe saying in a video news briefing, "I am issuing an executive order for federal troops to collect all privately held firearms," would be most disturbing. 
 
The issue is as much about dissemination of fake news as it is about who/what determines what's fake and what's not - before it's too late. Big-tech and Hollywood's cancel-culture of Trump supporters coupled with media control and deep-fake capabilities has created the recipe for the perfect storm.… Coincidences or liberal conspiracy? Did I mention this is most disturbing? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Civil Disobefience
 
Date Sent: 12 Jan 2021
 
Rioting has been a form of protest - revolution - dating to the Boston Tea Party. The problem arises when peaceful marches and gatherings are sparked by criminal acts with a low chance of capture, such as, Portland, Minneapolis, et al., that beget Jan 6. However, if the uprising is not successful, these, now criminals, can be expected to be prosecuted - except under criminally blind politicians. Nothing lasts forever, witness, Roman and British Empires. 
 
I'm merely a former LEO. But as a writer, I've been part of that community for decades. To a police officer, guilt is not the criterion - only probable cause. In other words, I don't know if DJT is guilty of inciting a riot, but there sure as hell is probable cause. On the other hand, there is also probable cause (or at best, mitigation) that the cumulation of the politically controlled media and unending witch-hunts were also a cause of the Jan 6 riot. 
 
As Nancy & Joe continue to trash-talk and blame Trump rather than work to pull the nation together, we might be experiencing the possibility of living under PC-lawlessness as opposed to dictatorial anarchism - at least until…. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Extra-Extra
 
Date Sent: 7 Jan 2021
 
I am no longer a Trump supporter. I believe, as do many fellow Republicans, that he is not the person we championed for in 2016. He has succumbed to four years of relentless biased media and partisan Congressional attacks. However, his collapse does not negate his accomplishments while under unprecedented pressure, two wit: He rallied the drug industry to develop Warp Speed, a la, FDR convincing auto makers to make tanks; he returned constitutional balance to the federal courts, contained our enemy's imperialism, created a record setting robust economy (pre C-19 world infection), and lest we forget his beneficial trade and mid-east peace deals. 
 
Obviously, there is a fanatical criminal element on both sides - and now the Democrats know how outraged Republicans were this past summer as we witnessed left-wing rioters destroy multiple cities. The Capitol security breach and these recent riots might generate an oppressive police presence in our government offices doing more harm than a handful of criminals ever could - think TSA at entry points to every federal, state and local building. 
 
Questions: What changes need to be made to the voting system? How/who can undivide a divided nation? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: 20/21
 
Date Sent: 5 Jan 2021
 
Any adjectival description of the past year will suffice - it was that kind of year and there is no point in rehashing hash. Therefore, 2021 promises to be better - it's hard to imagine, during this age of virus and cyber everything, a year being worse, but then again…. 
 
2021 starts with unemployment still way down and though the real estate and stock market are at all-time highs; earnings of retail stores, restaurants and most corporations are at historic lows. Thus, those counting on income from employment or retirement plans, based on stocks and bonds, paychecks/dividends will be SOL. Burst bubble - 1929 deja vue? 
 
A softer, gentler Democrat in the WH might inspire dictatorship-run nations to push their imperialistic agenda while clandestinely promoting ransom-ware on an unimaginable (for today) scale, i.e., a government/military branch is electronically taken over (not just hacked) by China or Russia. Would we nuke 'em or surrender Hawaii, Alaska or …? What if NBC/CBS/ABC/FOX/CNN is/are compromised and begin broadcasting disinformation … how would we know? Suppose C-19 was only a Chinese test for a more "effective" virus to be released for the ransom of England, Taiwan…? Are we entering a Twilight Zone? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com