The July 4, 2018 edition of The Status Quo: An Electronic Newsletter is dedicated to my friend Rex A. Burgess. A loving husband, heart-broken father, caring attorney and loyal friend, Rex was more than a friend, mentor and advisor. He was my lawyer. We first met in 1980 at a small welding shop on Hoover just north of 8 Mile. We met again in 1985 during our first day of law school. Rex, a decorated Vietnam Veteran who knew the obstacles life placed before us, was the consummate professional and loyal friend. Rex made the practice of law seem noble in a profession many regard as anything but noble. With this idea in mind, I can think of no better testament to Rex than that surrounding his legal representation of two young women who suffered terribly at the hands of a degenerate once called Donnie Ray Reams.

During the years of the Missing Angels Legal Fund Inc. (fund), Rex accepted one of the many cases the Fund assisted from 2001-2006. In so doing, he demonstrated how lawyers can be caring, understanding and compassionate without placing billable hours ahead of the welfare of others. Although he suspected my focus was not on changing the law in Michigan, he never stopped believing in the nonprofit’s true value. It was Rex who showed me the true value through patience, determination and hard work. Not only was he counsel to these brave young women, but he listened to their stories of degradation with patience and understanding and encouraged them to get help. Rex wanted them to move past the pain and focus on accomplishing their goals.

At times Rex would reach into his pocket to help them through the difficult times like when they first told their parents about the real Donnie Ray. Rex did everything he could to give them a chance at overcoming the obstacles placed before them. It was the right thing to do he once said because he had been blessed with economic success that his representation of them was his way of giving back. He never stopped caring even when they blamed him for a Court of Appeals decision dismissing their claims. Rex did not take it personally. He just said “they don’t mean it. They are still working through their anger.” Rex never lost focus. Rex never got rattled. Rex never mislead a client to obtain their business and he never conducted himself in a way that might cause his reputation to come into question. He was always above reproach.

Good bye Rex. May the Walleye never stop biting and your friends never forget how lucky they were to call you a friend.

Emily’s Other Family

For many years, I looked forward to drawing the one line that separates America into two different camps. Since Americans seem to love drawing lines promoting division along economic, social, ethnic, racial, religious and political lines, I am happy to divide America down a single line – a line that transcends gender, race, religion, class, creed, sexual orientation and political persuasion.  It is a clearly marked line all members of Emily’s other family know well.

After dedicating years of my life to researching and writing Walking In Your Footsteps as well as working to convince every American that the truth of the assertions contained therein represented the blue print for a true reformation of American government and society, I realize that the American people are hopelessly divided by career politicians, special interests and the media who promote division to generate ratings. It is now clear that the American voter might never realize or understand the truth regarding the cancer that is the career politician. Therefore, I wanted to set the record straight as to the one dividing line that matters. I wanted to make sure my brothers and sisters in uniform never forget that we are a family; a family that shares a single common trait: sacrifice.

I understand that military service is not appealing to most Americans. I know that many Americans find the physical demands and loss of freedom unacceptable.  However, when a nation’s political leaders take their country to war everyone has a place in the effort. When a nation sends its sons and daughters to fight and die to defend the principles that country holds dearest, everyone must become part of the effort for many reasons not the least of which are shared sacrifice and recognition of the reasons for war. No one has the right to sit idle or profit from the sacrifices of others. As for the line I have longed to draw, it is not a line drawn by Congress to guarantee an election. It is not a bright line drawn by the Supreme Court as when they declared a corporation equal to that of a US citizen when it comes to pouring cash into the pockets of the career politician. Nor is it a line drawn in the sand of some Middle Eastern shithole. It is a line drawn by service.

An excellent example of where that line is drawn can be found in the examination of two American lives connected by a loose affiliation- the invasion of Iraq 2003. One is a Washington DC insider whose thirst for power knows no bounds and the other a former U.S. Army Officer who dedicated her life to making this world a better place for others. Taken from a west point alumni website, the following I suspect does not do justice to the memory of this shining star: 

         ‘Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez. Born on February 19, 1983 in Heidelberg, Germany to Daniel, an Army non-commissioned officer, and his wife Vicki, Emily was a leader from the start.” Preceded by an impressive lineage of soldiers and service, Emily was initially unsure if the military was right for her. Her grandfather, Bill Gunter, served with the 24th Combat Infantry Regiment (Buffalo Soldiers), her great uncle, Eugene Harrison (USMC) was killed in action in World War II, Uncle Hylan Harrison (USMC) served in Vietnam, and Uncle Elmer Sargent retired as a sergeant major from the Army and served in Desert Storm. Still, as Emily pulled onto the hallowed grounds of West Point for a summer leadership conference, she was sure to tell her father, “Dad, I’m just doing this so I will have something to add to my resume.” However, by the end of the week, Emily’s thought process had completely transformed; she was captivated and committed to serving. The Corps of Cadets, she said, reminded her of a family and she was awestruck by the feeling of intense camaraderie.

Like so many before and after her, she had found her other family; her Army family. First Lieutenant Perez was killed in action on 25 November 2005 at a Forward Operating Base near Al Kifl, Iraq. She was 3 months shy of her 23rdbirthday. In other words,  Emily is forever entrenched on Rex and my side of the line.  

The American who stands on the other side of the line from Emily is quite possibly the polar opposite of Emily. A Republican who happily let others do the fighting for him but used all his power and influence to guide our military into operations based upon a lie, Richard Cheney, born 30 January 1941, utilized the deferment process on several occasions to avoid uniform service but was never prouder than the day the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. I wish I could quote similar praise for Richard from those who served with him but I was unable. It seems people only serve Richard. He does not serve anyone save of course the Neo-cons when he saw them as a means to an end. How depressing it must be for Richard to know that he carries with him the blame for the betrayal of President George W. Bush’s Presidency. As I have commented many times before, the greatest problem President George W. Bush faced was not 9-11 or Hurricane Katrina. His most persistent problem was having to deal with so many of his father’s friends.

As I look across America on her 242rd birthday, I watch as career politicians like Representative Waters and Senator Schumer demand foreign children be housed, clothed, feed, entertained, educated and kept safe while tens of thousands of homeless Veterans, many suffering from the effects of their service, are cast aside like yesterday’s paper. I read that the same bleeding-heart liberals who promote the welfare of Latin America’s citizens over those who served our country are now demanding those entering the US illegally receive better care than that provided Veterans and the mentally ill. Have they no concept of how $21 trillion of debt and trillion dollar deficits restrict what government can do? Likewise, as I look across this land of the free, home of the depraved, I watch as career politicians like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, two men who are making politics a career, shy away from confronting malfeasance and corruption while paying lip service to the needs of our Veterans. Career politicians all heap praise upon those who serve but when it comes time to properly fund the Veterans Administration they offer only excuses why it’s not their fault so many hurting Veterans are sleeping in the street. Maybe its the fault of the Veterans for serving those who only care about themselves. Maybe it is time we all entrench on Emily’s side of the line?

Told You So

It is only fitting that I remind the reader of the insight the Status Quo brought to the American people free over the past 18 years. With sources deep within the Deep State and across Europe, the Status Quo reported stories before they were news worthy. As a fitting tribute to the work of those who made the Status Quo a reality, I offer an example of just how prescient the Status Quo was in addressing news the rest of the world press had yet to print. An Unholy Alliance details the depth of Israeli and Saudi intelligence agencies cooperation and how detrimental that alliance is to American interests. The New York Times would write years after release of An Unholy Alliance  a series of articles detailing the “recent” cooperation of Israel and Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence services. Shocked by the realization that two sworn enemies would join hands in an unholy alliance, many of the world’s leading newspapers expressed disbelief at the level of cooperation between the two enemies. They interrupted this event as just a part of the changing Middle East. Not the Status Quo. The Status Quo saw this unholy alliance as a threat to the American people and the US military. You can now be the judge of whose observations were sound and whose were politically and economically motivated.

                                        An Unholy Alliance (September 2015)

Not since Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia agreed to partition Poland into two spheres of influence has there been a more unholy alliance than that of Israel and Saudi Arabia. When Hitler and Stalin agreed to extinguish the Polish State in 1939, they did so because they understood the dynamics of Realpolitik – a German word most attributed to the political philosophy of Prussian Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck. Realpolitik is a political philosophy based on practical or realistic terms rather than any moral or ethical terms.  Realpolitik embraces necessity and practicality as opposed to wisdom and morality as the cornerstone of a nation’s foreign policy. Examples of Realpolitik can be found across the centuries. From the US Government’s policies toward Native and African Americans to the current Chinese policy of infanticide of its baby girls, Realpolitik has caused more human suffering than any government policy short of war. The abandonment of policies developed through reasoned thought and intelligent debate is not a sound policy decision. Realpolitik is bad policy that leads to bad decisions. It is also another reason why limited but efficient government is the answer to many problems facing humanity. 

With a thorough understanding of the Iron Chancellor’s political skills and diplomatic abilities, the Status Quo can think of no better term to describe the Israeli – Saudi intelligence alliance that works to keep the Palestinian people in a Middle East version of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Jewish State well versed in the latest threat to Israel. Courtesy of two theocracies – a Jewish state controlled by right-wing Zionists and a Muslim state controlled by right wing Wahhabis, this unholy alliance embraces Realpolitik with ruthless abandonment. To those who do not understand what is happening in the Middle East because you are too busy living life in chaotic America of 2015, the Status Quo is pleased to offer a short primer on Realpolitik throughout the Gaza Strip, along the West Bank, and inside the temples and mosques of Jerusalem and Mecca.

Long before the Status Quo joined the Arab-Jewish struggle some 25 years ago, there has existed a relatively small number very influential Zionists, who form the core of Israel’s intelligence elite, who work hand-in-hand with grotesquely wealthy Saudi Princes to ensure that the Palestinian people are subjugated to a life of servitude under the Israeli occupation. To those who believe the occupation is about Israeli security, the Status Quo begs that you consider another reason for this immoral and never ending occupation. As long as the people of Palestine remain prisoners on their own land, the greater will be the cry for the liberation of the Palestinian people.  As long as the Palestinian cause is preached in the Mosques of the Middle East as the reason for jihad, the heretical regime in Saudi Arabia will continue to fund any cause that supports death to Israel and freedom in Palestine.

In exchange for maintaining the “Palestinian Cause” throughout the Arab world, Mossad is provided valuable information by Saudi intelligence on existing and emerging threats to Israel in the Arab and Western world. In fact, it is no exaggeration to assert that Saudi intelligence has provided more useful intelligence to Mossad on Hamas than Mossad has obtained through electronic surveillance of the entire Gaza Strip. How in awe Bismarck must be as he strolls through the forests of Valhalla wondering how Mossad convinced the Saudi Princes they were not serving the interests of Zion? 

It is sickening to know that Saudi Arabia’s holy men are paid handsomely to preach death to America. It is nauseating to know the Saudi Princes finance men who have dedicated their lives to killing Americans – brothers and sisters of the Status Quo. Still the question that confounds the Status Quo is why Mossad believes this alliance serves Israel’s best interests. The Status Quo knows why the Princes embrace immorality as a foreign policy. It’s the only policy that allows them to dismiss the guilt that comes from knowing that so many, so close live in fear and hunger while they spend $10,000.00 on a pair of shoes they plan to wear only once.

Notwithstanding Mossad’s proven capability, it confounds the Status Quo that the men and women of Israeli intelligence believe that the growing international animosity toward the government of Israel is in their best interest.  Merging the hatred of anti-Semitism with the anger generated in many Europeans and Americans by the illegal and immoral policies of Israel is a dangerous possibility. It is simply an undeniable fact that many educated, intelligent and inquisitive Americans are angered by an illegal occupation that prevents the freedom of movement by checkpoint while limiting Palestinian commerce in order to foster the illegal expansion of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. There is no substitute for a homeland Israelis have been saying my whole life. This is what is so puzzling about their denial of Palestine as a separate state. As the Status Quo once told a prominent member of Baltimore’s Jewish community, the growing anti-Israeli sentiment spreading across Europe, America and Asia is far more dangerous than the anti-Semitism of old Europe. If anti-Semitic views find common ground with those who hold anti-Israeli opinions and they do so for political gain, the end result must be worse than abiding by the land for peace deal Jews made with Arabs in 1967.

As for the people of the Kingdom, the Status Quo offers what the Saudi Health Minister, Khalid al-Falih, said about the possibility that it was not the heretical domestic polices of the Saudi Royal family that caused the tragic stampede that turned Mecca into a killing field. It seems “some pilgrims who didn’t follow the guidelines and instructions issued by the responsible authorities” might have caused the stampede. No pilgrims from Iran, Nigeria, America or Malaysia are to blame for the incredible loss of life in Mecca’s latest stampede. No outside interest killed Muslims as they prayed to Allah in the heart of Islam. What caused the crane to collapse on the Grand Mosque also caused the stampede that killed a thousand people while they fulfilled the word of God. So many loving fathers, mothers, sons and daughters lead to the slaughter by a domestic policy rooted in greed and a foreign policy that runs contrary to all that makes Muslims devoted servants of Allah.