Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
*Disclaimer: The author is neither “woke” nor
politically correct, so, being forewarned, if anything
he writes offends you, it’s your fault for reading it.
“THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP - THE SEVENTH BASIC EVIL
In addition to the Six Basic Fears, there is another
evil by which people suffer. It constitutes a rich soil
in which the seeds of failure grow abundantly. It is so
subtle that its presence often is not detected. This
affliction cannot properly be classed as a fear. IT IS
MORE DEEPLY SEATED AND MORE OFTEN FATAL
THAN ALL OF THE SIX FEARS. For want of a better name,
let us call this evil SUSCEPTIBILITY TO NEGATIVE INFLUENCES.”
~ Napoleon Hill
The Workshop has one or more convenient outlets in most
people’s homes - the favorite tool of Push Marketers
who tickle the Six Basic Fears to foist their wares
(“You will be a social outcast if you have ring around
the collar, teeth not as white as polished new
porcelain, or a wrinkle in your khakis”. “Your wife
won’t love you unless you buy her diamonds from Hayes
Jewelers.” “Your family will starve to death unless you
buy gold from Roswell Capital.” “Fry your skull with
our laser helmet to reverse the embarrassment of
This year, 2020, the Workshop has hired extra staff and
ramped up production on all shifts, around the clock,
24/7, churning out the most blatant form of push
marketing - political campaigns.
It’s an election year in America and everything,
EVERYTHING, is about the elections. Every news story,
every issue or question, every disaster (man-made or
natural), every crisis is politicized. Every word
(spoken or unspoken), every deed (or failure to act) is
parsed and measured on how it may affect someone’s
FEAR lives in darkness, shrouded in the mystery of the
unknown. The best way to dispel it is to shine some
light on it.
Both sides will tell you the world will end if the
other party controls the White House and both houses of
A little light: I’ve seen, in my lifetime, each party
in control of all three several times. The world did
not end, things did not drastically improve, things did
not get markedly worse, and the national debt
I’ve often noted that the cores of both parties are like
two sides of the same coin. Flip the coin, and no
matter which side faces up, we’re stuck with the same
Most elected politicians today believe they are facing
no-win scenarios. For example, the criminal mobs
running wild in many cities: Do nothing to stop them
and you are labeled “soft on crime”; stand up to the
mobs and you are labeled “racist”. So the cowards hide
There are, sadly, too few true leaders today - folks
who will do what’s morally right, regardless of
True leaders surface occasionally, and it’s refreshing
to behold. Two unlikely allies, both extreme political
opposites - Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton - cooperated
to deliver the only balanced federal budgets I’ve ever
Some politicians and large corporations embrace or,
actively or passively, support the mobs for short-term
electoral or profit gains. (America’s enemies are
playing the long game.)
Warning to those who embrace the mob: Someday the mob
may come for YOU.
Both sides will try to discourage you by quoting poll
A little light: Internal poll questions are worded to
guarantee the results the campaign wants. External,
independent polls don’t tell you what are the four most
common responses to pollsters.
The most common sounds something like this, “You have
reached the voice-mail of...”
The second sounds something like this, “Click!”
The third sounds something like this, “Far cue!”
The fourth (indirect version of the third) sounds
something like this, “I’m sorry, I’m on my way out the
This crisis may be the greatest product of deviant
hyperbole artists ever forced on a population in the
history of the world. It feeds a whopping THREE of the
Six Basic Fears: Ill Health, Death AND Poverty. It
creates a belief in another no-win scenario: Fight the
virus and you destroy the economy; fight the recession
and people die from the virus.
A little light: The WHO and Dr. Anthony Fauci were both
caught lying to us. I just found out today that some
testing labs in the Orlando area failed to report the
number of those who tested negative. So when science is
not permitted to speak for itself, and data is
manipulated to fit political agendas, I don’t believe a
damn thing I hear.
The pandemic was sold and spun like a cross between a
zombie apocalypse and the plague from Stephen King’s
novel, “The Stand”.
A little more light: At least 7,000 Americans die every
day from many causes. Each death is a tragedy for a
small group of family and friends, but grief is
something we all learn to deal with. I did some math:
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 4 of 10,000
Americans have died as a result of COVID-19.
The following is from 2017, the most recent year of
complete data from the CDC:
20 of 10,000 Americans died from heart disease.
18 of 10,000 Americans died from cancer.
5 of 10,000 Americans died from accidents.
5 of 10,000 Americans died from chronic lung diseases.
4 of 10,000 Americans died from strokes.
So, COVID-19 is no apocalypse.
The slogan, “Flatten the Curve,” morphed into, “Slow
the Spread.” When they say that, I hear, “Prolong the
Fear.” Now, the whole point of a vaccine is to spread
the virus rapidly so natural immunity develops.
A lot more light: COVID-19 is a corona virus. Yes, it’s
a “novel” strain, but there are myriad strains of
corona virus collectively known as the common cold. Why
are deaths from the common cold so extremely rare?
Because we are experts at treating it. It’s as simple
as: get rest and drink plenty of fluids. Those who
ignore that simple treatment run the risk of killing
As we learn more about COVID-19, we develop more
effective treatments. Turns out most COVID-19 deaths
are not caused by the virus itself, but by the
patients’ own immune systems overreacting to the virus.
So, treatments are being perfected to calm down and
balance the immune system so it doesn’t destroy healthy
This is the most hideous of election-driven motives:
the abuse of children (who should be any moral
civilization’s number one priority).
Without any real, hard scientific basis, many schools
are not reopening. The physical, mental, emotional,
social and intellectual health of children is taking a
backseat to electoral politics.
Make all children wear face masks? Then new challenges
will be: how to keep oxygen-deprived kids awake in
class, and dealing with cruel children in their
designer masks who bully and shame kids who wear
disposable paper masks.
If any teachers are genuinely concerned about their own
health, put them in bio-hazard spacesuits and march
them into the classrooms.
Don’t mess with the kids! It’s WRONG!
Every news outlet has full-time staff who troll the
wire services and social media all day. They
cherry-pick only stories which fit their desired
Their worst victim is the most professional, most
efficient, most diverse, most highly respected police
organization in the world: The NYPD.
Gone is the pride citizens and their leaders had for
them - because of what one sick, twisted cop did
halfway across the country. Instead, they are subjected
to daily physical and verbal abuse, demoralization, and
a $1 billion budget cut.
As one effect of the cuts, police are being pulled out
of the schools. What happened to Parkland and all the
other mass shootings that had the nation in a big
uproar a short while ago?
Of course crime will increase, but politicians will
campaign on THAT too!
It’s still a long way to November, so we’re not done
Coming soon to a Devil’s Workshop outlet near you:
We’ll all be dead in 9 years due to Climate Change.
(True, if the Yellowstone Cauldron explodes then - and,
we don’t flee south fast enough. Wait! I’m already
south, so I ain’t worried.)
How about the Earth is about to be invaded by
After all I’ve seen so far this year, I won’t be
surprised by ANY crap they come up with!
“De-fund the police?” How about de-fund the schools if
they fail to open?
“Re-think the police?” How about re-think elected
politicians? How about a constitutional amendment
covering every elected official, from the local dog
catcher to the President of the United States, limiting
them all to ONE TERM? No more. Period!
“But what if we get a good one?” Look, one person’s
“good” is another’s “bad”. Besides, the point is
limiting the amount of damage any one bonehead can do.
“But then, unelected career bureaucrats will run
everything!” Well, limit their terms of service too!
So, the government would be run by a bunch of
And that we would be a bad thing?
Your Friend and Servant.
Ken Klemm - Florida, S of A
P.S. “Love many, trust few, learn to paddle your own
canoe.” ~ Vanilla Beane