Paul Mango Veteran for PA Governor

Paul Mango Veteran for PA Governor

Paul Mango has released his Plan for Pennsylvania. We all know how important Pennsylvania is when it comes to the nation’s political structure. If you know a fellow veteran living in PA let them know to support Paul. Paul is a West Point graduate, former Army Ranger, Harvard alumnus, and former Director at McKinsey and Co.

Paul does not have to do this. Like President Trump, he has invested in his own campaign. All veterans need to get behind Paul. Click here to download his extensive plan for Pennsylvania.

Why Does President Trump Call it Fake News??

Why Does President Trump Call it Fake News??

Mike Kelly and Joe Episcipo Trump TowersOn a recent trip from central PA to Chicago, I visited with a Vets for Trump friend, Joe Episcopo. We found ourselves near Trump Tower. We took a few pictures in front of the Real Fake art in front of Trump Tower before heading up to the 16th floor to check out the view. It is worth the visit. In part, the Real Fake art is the inspiration for this post.

We know that some segment of our population struggles with questions related to the term Fake News. Why would anyone distort the news? Why do I as the de facto national spokesman for Vets for Trump support President Trump on the subject? Who do you trust? These are all very good questions.

Here is my opinion. Notice the keyword is “opinion” and that is where we begin. When I was young we had about 1 hour of news per day. It was from 6 PM to 7 PM. Half an hour was for local news and half an hour was for world news. There was little to no time on television for opinion journalism let alone advocacy journalism. That was relegated to some Sunday shows and the editorial pages of a newspaper. For you younger readers, the internet and smartphones did not yet exist. Today we have multiple 24 hour TV & radio news stations as well as hundreds if not thousands of websites that appear to be news. We are not even talking about Social Media outlets. Those numbers are staggering. The competition for advertising dollars is enormous. 

Shortly after retiring from the Air Force I opened a web company that relied heavily on traffic to a website for revenue. The more traffic (visitors) the more money you can demand from advertisers. The same is true on TV, radio, and print. With that in mind, I will now try to answer the question(s).

Why would anyone distort the news?

  1. First and foremost I believe it is policy to keep advertising money coming in. Follow the money!
  2. The natural slant of the news organization.
  3. The opinions held by the particular person or panel delivering the news.
  4. The inability for the public to distinguish between hard news and opinion.

Why do I support President Trump calling out Fake News?

  1. Many older Americans received a quality education. The younger generation only gets it when you create a slogan that sticks with them like “Fake News.”
  2. Most of what presents itself as news is now opinion or advocacy journalism.
  3. In my opinion, it has recently slipped more towards advocacy journalism which is the worst kind of journalism. This is evidenced by the deepening divide in America before Candidate Trump announced.
  4. When Candidate Trump was seen as a real contender hard news journalists were showing more emotion than normal.
  5. Now that he is President Trump many in the so called Conservative Camp have turned against him. This is because he wants to “drain the swamp” and that means they may lose their jobs or special interest perks.
  6. I see a little of myself in President Trump, just a little. He is tired of excuses and being politically correct. The Media thinks they are in control and have wielded power for a long time. They have an obligation to be objective but obviously, have lost all objectivity with only a few exceptions.
  7. My list could go on and on but I’m going to stop here.

Who do you trust?

  1. God
  2. Nobody
  3. Yourself
  4. I guess it just depends on your outlook on life. Outside of God, I trust few people.

Last thought:

I hear some Conservative talking heads saying things like “There is the loyal Trump supporter whose mind you will never change.” Does that mean they want to change my mind? Does that mean they think my mind should be changed? The thing that bothers me about this statement is it seems degrading. It is not like I think the man is perfect. Who is? I see his shortcomings and say, so what? The economy is doing better than ever, our enemies fear us and I feel better about the future in general. Isn’t that more important than feeling all warm and fuzzy about the guy leading our nation? I want him to be one uncompromising person when it comes to America First. Sure, we have a heart for others but we Americans and Veterans are Family and I believe in Family First! You know President Trump loves his family. I believe he loves his country in a similar fashion. Not just loves but really Big League loves 🙂


No Place for Racism in the Republican Party

No Place for Racism in the Republican Party

Some people have wanted me to comment on the Charlottesville incident. It should go without saying there is no place for racism of any kind in the Republican Party or America in general. Hopefully, that is clear enough for everyone concerned about how Vets for Trump feels about racism of any sort, black, brown, yellow or white.

I have only met two white men in my life that I would call racists. I’m nearly 60 and I have met a lot of people. I tried to find statistics on white supremacy groups in America. It is difficult since a search now turns up news and propaganda links at the top. This link suggests there are around 25,000 hardcore activists in America. It goes on to say there are around 200,000 that subscribe to the idea.

For argument’s sake let’s assume there are a half a million. That would more than double any reasonable estimate. In other words, if we assume a much larger number than is likely it is only 0.15625% of the population. The reality is likely less than half of that.

It is also worth noting to my friends on the left that Republicans have stood on the side of freeing the slaves, Civil Rights and the women’s rights movement by a higher percentage than our Democratic friends. It is also important to remember that a President is NOT a voting member of the House or Senate. It does not matter what political party controls the White House at the time a law is passed. Somehow we give Presidents too much credit when credit is not due in these matters.

One of my step-daughters was concerned that we are facing a huge divide over Nazi’s vs everyone else. While one death due to insane ideology is too much I do not fear a huge clash over this issue unless it is driven by the media and supported by emotional frenzy. We are one nation under God and we will sink or swim together.

On the off chance there is a racist reading this remember that we do not choose what circumstances we are born into. If you hate a person because of the color of their skin, that could have been you!

Paul Mango Running for PA Governor – West Point Graduate

Paul Mango Running for PA Governor – West Point Graduate

I met with Paul Mango on the 6th of July. It was the first meeting. There were only four of us at this meeting. Paul is running against Scott Wagner for the Republican Nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania. I’ve never met Scott Wagner but on the face of it, I believe Paul is the better choice. Paul is a West Point graduate and has a stellar business background outside politics. Paul impressed me as a sincerely devoted and committed individual.

We are familiar with the saying Duty, Honor, Country. When I met Paul I said I like the phrase Duty, Honor Commitment. Paul was quick to correct me and say “Country”. I explained that the word “commitment” came to my mind after reading about him, so I changed it.

The word commitment has been important to me. I believe commitment is important to us all. As a Republican and Veteran, I take things like God and Country for granted. I do not mean for granted in the sense we normally mean when we say for granted. I mean it is presumed. Can you imagine a Veteran and Republican who isn’t for Country?

The next step we all need to make is the step of commitment. Paul strikes me as a person who has a strong sense of commitment. We can have all the best qualities one would expect but if we are not 100% committed it is of little use.

My friend Joe Foust was the other veteran at our meeting. Joe is a West Point graduate like Paul. Joe also taught communications at West Point. He asked Paul a pointed question. Here is a paraphrase. As Governor you are going to making many decisions every day. What is the basis you will be using to make those difficult decisions? After Paul Mango gave his answer I wish I had a video camera on him the whole time. Paul gave an answer that was well thought out and sincere. He did not obfuscate like many politicians would.

When Paul answered he talked about his upbringing in the Church, his experience at West Point and the military in general. Paul also related how he uses a team and that team is comprised of very diverse views. He is a man that values hearing from all sides. Issues are seldom as simple as they may appear to the observer who does not have to take responsibility for the outcome. This is one of Donald Trump’s main strengths. He learned it in the business world. Paul has both top notch military and business experience. Paul is about teamwork and commitment.

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. ~ Vince Lombardi

I believe Paul Mango is the best choice for Pennsylvania Governor. Visit Vets for Mango by clicking here.

Paul Mango

Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) APP

Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) APP

Available at select locations, VAR makes it possible for Veterans to self-schedule primary care appointments and request assistance in booking both primary care and mental health appointments at the VA facilities where they receive care. In addition to scheduling appointments, Veterans can use VAR to track appointment details and the status of requests, send messages about requested appointments, receive notifications and cancel appointments.


  • Self-schedule primary care appointments
  • Request dates and times for primary care and mental health appointments
  • See details for all pending, confirmed and upcoming appointments (both those requested through the app or through a VA scheduler), including date, time, clinic, care team and reason for visit
  • Send up to two messages to a VA scheduler about requested and booked appointments
  • Get email notifications about appointment updates
  • Cancel an appointment if you are unable to make it to that appointment

See this link for more information in your area.