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The Wisdom of Bob Johnston

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In the early 1960's I worked with a group of hotshot engineers at Collins Radio. Our boss was retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Bob Johnston. Bob had fought in WWII flying B26 bombers through the flak over Germany. All of us hotshots were college educated. Bob was not college educated, so we figured that gave us an advantage over our boss. So we would try him by asking questions without being too obvious. To our surprise, whether we were talking about power matching or elliptic integrals, Bob seemed to always know the answer. We even took turns coming up with the questions.

So, in a last ditch attempt on my part to catch him I read up on the migratory habits of crows and discovered that crows migrate, but only about one hundred miles. We were on our way to Pt. Mugu driving up from LAX when I laid the trap by very casually asking Bob if crows migrate. Bob was in the front seat and I was in the back seat of the car. He leaned back and looked at me and said, "I think so, but not very far!" Good grief! At that I just stopped trying.

It was later during the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and Bob and I were at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco. I could see he was thinking about something and inquired. He said that the last time he was there, two sailors picked up a table and threw it out a particular window. He went on to say that then we could lick the whole damn world and we knew it. To put this in perspective the popular bumper sticker of the day was Better Red than Dead . Not exactly a bumper sticker Patrick Henry would have authored.

I sipped my drink as I thought about what Bob had just said and then I asked him what the problem was with the world. His reply, "Half the world is trying to tell the other half what to do!" Many times I have thought about the wisdom of that statement and how it exactly fits the situation we face today.

When the treasonous Congress and President passed the Federal Reserve Act and the Income Tax Amendment in 1913 they empowered the elites in the world to pursue whatever adventures they choose and to tell the other half of the world what to do. Washington is indeed a criminal enterprise as they always print up enough money to pay for those adventures and stick the people with the bill through inflation and rising prices. And, if you don't like it, they will throw you in jail.

Nothing will change as long as the central government has the power to print money and enforce legal tender laws. I remain grateful to Colonel Bob Johnston for describing the problem so succinctly.

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Company President, BS Mathematics UTA 1961, Author A Time of Transition, C4L Blogger, former City Alderman, long time financial supporter of Dr. Paul from New Mexico.

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