Thursday, July 11, 2024

The True Story of Clay Allison and Wyatt Earp






Original photograph of the ‘Dodge City Peace Commission’ in June 1883. Front, l-r; Chas. E. Basset, Wyatt S. Earp, Frank McLain, and Neil Brown. Back, l-r; W. H. Harris, Luke Short, W. B. Bat Masterson, and W. F. Petillon. This is the version with Petillon beside Masterson. All rights reserved. FCHS.

Story by Roger Myers, author, copyright, 2002
Ford County Historical Society, Inc., Dodge City, KS.

One of the most written-about events of the Old West is the supposed “showdown” between Wyatt Earp, assistant marshal of Dodge City, and Clay Allison, rancher and self-proclaimed “shootist” from New Mexico. 

The San Francisco Examiner of 1896 and nearly all biographies of Earp have featured it in some fashion. Charlie Siringo talked of the incident in his autobiography, Riata and Spurs. A somewhat different version appeared in Robert K. DeArment’s Bat Masterson: The Man and the Legend.

The issue of law enforcement was at the forefront of local matters in the summer of 1878. The Ford County Globe ran several items regarding the failure of the police to “suppress” thieves, confidence men, and robbers. The Globe also seemed to question whether this criminal element was under the protection of the police force. 

Frustration with the lack of enforcement of the laws against the tinhorn gamblers and their like had been apparent since September 1876, several months after Wyatt Earp came on the scene. 

The Hays Sentinel of September 20, 1876, carried the following: 

“The citizens of Dodge have organized a vigilance committee, and last week the committee addressed the following pointed note to every gambler in the city; ‘Sir: You are hereby notified to leave this city before 6 o’clock, a. m. of Sept. 17th, 1876, and not return here.”

At the same time, the police were “buffaloing” herders with near impunity. 

An item in the August 6, 1878, issue of the Globe berates an unnamed officer for beating a Mexican prisoner unmercifully: 

“The policeman who pounded the Mexican over the head with a six-shooter last Thursday [August 1] night, did not display either much manhood or bravery. When we consider the fact that the poor ‘greaser’ was sitting on a bench almost helpless from the effects of a previous beating, we don’t think that even a Dodge City policeman who is nearly the greatest man in the world, has any right to walk deliberately up to him without any provocations, and knock out one or two of his eyes.” 

According to the Dodge City Police Court Docket, the arrested man was Guadelupe Flores for drunk and disorderly. Flores pleaded guilty to this charge. However, the police court docket contains this note: 

“But upon examination of the circumstances connected with the case the court finds that he is not guilty as charged and that he be discharged….” 

There can be little doubt that the court felt Mr. Flores had suffered enough at the hands of the Dodge City Police.

A meeting of the populace was called to discuss the inaction of the officers concerning the criminal element infesting Dodge. Even the allied Dodge City Times newspaper was wondering about the advisability of forming a Grand Jury to contend with the problem. Such was the dissatisfaction of the people during that Summer of 1878.

Concurrently, the cattlemen of Texas were indignant about the perceived mistreatment of their men and were not about to stand for it. In a letter dated at Lewistown, Montana, September 30, 1934, cowboy Pink Simms wrote: 

“A drunken cowboy had been shot to death while shooting a pistol in the air in the streets of Dodge. He worked for, or at least, was a friend of, Clay Allison. Others had been robbed, shot, and beaten over the head with revolvers and the cowmen were indignant about it. It was stated that the marshals were all pimps, gamblers and saloonkeepers. They had the cowboys disarmed, and with their teeth pulled they were harmless. If they got too bad or went and got a gun, they were cut down with shotguns. Allison…[was] going to protest over the treatment of [his] men and of course the salty old Clay was willing to back his arguments with gunsmoke.” 

The charged atmosphere around Dodge made an explosion a very real possibility.

Robert Andrew Clay Allison was already a western legend when he came to Dodge in 1878, while Wyatt Earp would not become famous for several years. 

The Dodge City newspapers noted Allison’s comings and goings and The Kinsley Graphic of December 14, 1878, had this to say when Clay stopped there: 

“Clay Allison, well known on the frontier and western Kansas, but better known in western Texas, for daring deeds and the number of affrays with knife and navy he engaged in, has been to town for several days this week. His appearance is striking. Tall, straight as an arrow, dark-complexioned, carries himself with ease and grace, gentlemanly and courteous in manner, never betraying by word or action the history of his eventful life.”

Allison's “notches” included Chunk Colbert, regionally infamous man-killer; Francisco Griego, another locally noted gunfighter; and Las Animas officer Charles Fabre. Numerous are the stories of his exploits, some fact, some fiction. 

All stories, factual or otherwise, led to Clay Allison being one of the most feared men of the West when he arrived in Dodge City, in September of 1878.

Front Street, Dodge City, 1874, with (from left) Rath and Wright’s General Outfitting Store, Beeson and Harris’ Long Branch saloon, and Hoover’s cigar and liquor Store. All rights reserved, FCHS.

The first known written record of the Allison/Earp clash is an interview with Wyatt Earp published in The San Francisco Examiner on August 16, 1896. The pertinent parts of the article are these:

Per Wyatt Earp: “And so Clay Allison came to town, and for a whole day behaved like a veritable chesterfield [perfect gentleman]. But the next morning one of my policemen woke me up to tell me that the bad man from Colorado was loaded up with a pair of six-shooters and a mouth full of threats. 

Straightway I put my guns on and went down the street with Bat Masterson. Now, Bat had a shotgun in the District Attorney’s office, which was behind a drugstore just opposite Wright’s store. 

He thought the weapon might come in handy in case of trouble, so he skipped across the street to get it. But not caring to be seen with such a weapon before there was any occasion for it, he stayed over there, talking to some people outside the drugstore, while I went into Webster’s Saloon looking for Allison. 

I saw at a glance that my man wasn’t there, and had just reached the sidewalk to turn into the Long Branch, next door, when I met him face to face. We greeted each other with caution …. and as we spoke backed carelessly up against the wall, I on the right. 

There we stood, measuring each other with sideways glances. An onlooker across the street might have thought we were old friends.

‘So,’ said Allison truculently, ‘you’re the man that killed my friend Hoyt.’

‘Yes, I guess I’m the man you’re looking for,’ said I.

His right hand was stealing round to his pistol pocket, but I made no move. Only I watched him narrowly. With my own right hand I had a firm grip on my six-shooter, and with my left I was ready to grab Allison’s gun the moment he jerked it out. He studied the situation in all its bearings for the space of a second or two. I saw the change in his face.

‘I guess I’ll go round the corner,’ he said abruptly.

‘I guess you’d better,’ I replied.

And he went.

In the meantime ten or a dozen of the worst Texans in town were laying low in Bob Wright’s Store, with their Winchesters, ready to cover Allison’s retreat out of town, or help him in the killing, if necessary. From where he had stationed himself Bat Masterson could see them, but I did not know they were there. After the encounter with Allison I moved up the street and would have passed Bob Wright’s door had not Bat, from across the street signaled to me to keep out of range. A moment later Allison, who had mounted his horse, rode out in front of Webster’s and called to me.

‘Come over here, Wyatt,’ he said, ‘I want to talk to you.’

‘I can hear you all right here,’ I replied. ‘I think you came here to fight with me, and if you did you can have it right now.’

Several friends of mine wanted me to take a shotgun, but I thought I could kill him all right with a six-shooter. At that moment Bob Wright came running down the street to urge Allison to go out of town. He had experienced a sudden change of heart because Bat had crossed over to him with these portentous words: ‘If this fight comes up, Wright, you’re the first man I’m going to kill.’ Allison listened to the legislator’s entreaties with a scowl.

‘Well I don’t like you any too well,’ he said, ‘there were a lot of your friends to be here this morning to help me out, but I don’t see them round now.’

‘Earp,’ he continued, turning to me and raising his voice. ‘I believe you’re a pretty good man from what I’ve seen of you. Do you know that these coyotes sent for me to make a fight with you and kill you? Well, I’m going to ride out of town, and I wish you good luck." 

[end interview with Wyatt Earp published in The San Francisco Examiner on August 16, 1896].

Long Branch saloon interior, Front Street, Dodge City, circa 1878.

Charles A. Siringo’s very different account in his 1927 book Riada and Spurs, is often dismissed by historians due to lack of corroborating evidence (perhaps too, because his version makes Wyatt Earp look bad). 

As we will see, there actually is contemporary evidence backing Siringo’s presence in Dodge at the proper time. Siringo wrote:

“About the first of October eight hundred fat steers were cut out of my four herds and started for Dodge City, Kansas…. I secured permission [from owner David T. Beals] to … accompany them to Chicago….

“A 25-mile ride brought us to the toughest town on earth, Dodge City. It was now daylight, and the first man on the main street was Cape Willingham, who at this writing is a prosperous cattle broker in El Paso, Texas. Cape gave us our first news of the great Indian outbreak. [Dull Knife’s raid through Kansas.] He told of the many murders committed by the reds south of Dodge City the day previous – one man was killed at Mead City, and two others near the Crooked Creek store. 

“Riding up the main street Ferris and I saw twenty-five mounted cowboys, holding rifles in their hands, and facing one of the half-dozen saloons, adjoining each other, on that side of the street [Front Street]. In passing this armed crowd one of them recognized me. Calling me by name he said: ‘Fall in line quick, h–l is going to pop in a few minutes.’

“We jerked our Winchester rifles from the scabbards and fell in line, like most any other fool cowboys would have done. In a moment Clay Allison, the man-killer, came out of one of the saloons holding a pistol in his hand. With him was Mr. McNulty, owner of the large Panhandle “Turkey-track” cattle outfit. 

Clay was hunting for some of the town policemen, or the city marshal, so as to wipe them off the face of the earth. His twenty-five cowboy friends had promised to help him clean up Dodge City.

“After all the saloons had been searched, Mr. McNulty succeeded in getting Clay to bed at the Bob Wright Hotel. Then we all dispersed. Soon after, the city law officers began to crawl out of their hiding places, and appear on the street.”

Robert K. DeArment, from this account, deduced in his biography Bat Masterson: The Man and the Legend, that the incident must have happened on September 17 or 18, 1878. 

Used as evidence is Siringo’s placing the affair at the time of the Dull Knife raid through Kansas, specifically Meade. The papers of the day make it plain that the killings at Meade occurred on September 16, 1878. Dodge City heard of the raid on Meade on September 17, 1878.

With more than 40 years separating the incident and the retelling, Siringo’s estimation of the first part of October is only a close approximation. 

An item in the October 8, 1878, issue of the Globe reinforces the year and indicates that in all probability the event happened in mid-September. It says D. T. Beals shipped 25 carloads of cattle to Chicago between October 1 and October 7, 1878. 

The same issue of the Globe shows Dick McNulty, the hero of Siringo’s story, to have shipped 18 carloads of cattle from Dodge City to Kansas City the same week, putting him in Dodge at about the same time.

Now consider the following news item from the Dodge City Times of September 21, 1878: 

“There was a scrimmage Thursday night, [September 19] between some of the officers and the party that were going on the Indian hunt. Several shots were fired. One man carries a bandaged head and a soldier was severely wounded in the leg. A disgraceful row occurred in the afternoon, in which it is said the officers failed to appear [emphasis added]. These occurrences are the subjects of much comment on the conduct of the officers.”

Is this reference to a “disgraceful row” on September 19, the extent of the reporting of Clay Allison’s “hunt for trouble?” That “the officers failed to appear” is consistent with the account of not only Siringo but also another participant, Chalk Beeson.

I recently re-discovered an interview with Beeson, datelined Topeka, January 17, [1903] (Special). It seems to confirm the Siringo account. The interview is found in a Beeson family scrapbook on file at the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas. The originating publication is not identified.

Chalkley McArtor Beeson was co-owner of the Long Branch saloon in Dodge, city councilman, two-time sheriff of Ford County, and four-time state legislator representing Ford County in Topeka. He was described by one newspaper as “a quiet, almost noiseless man of medium size.” His hometown newspaper once described Beeson as the “man of the hour.” 

Indeed, the City of Dodge named a street after him many years ago. Here are the pertinent portions of that interview.

“Topeka, Jan. 17. (Special.) … Chalk Beeson is dean of the outfit. He migrated to the Western plains with the buffalo…. ‘The noted Clay Allison with his gang of untamed cowboys came to Dodge one day to start some trouble,’ continued Beeson. ‘They soon found it. Erp [sic] was marshal [assistant marshal] at the time. He notified the boys to be on guard. I saw that a clash was coming.’

‘Dick McNulty and myself held a brief conference. Something had to be done, and done quickly to prevent a wholesale killing. We took our lives in our hands and went to Allison and his gang and told them, as friends, that they had better not start anything. 

We argued with them while the lines were forming for a general battle. They finally yielded and handed us their guns, which we kept until they got ready to leave town. After giving up their guns they were in no danger. No one there would be so mean as to jump on to them when they were unarmed. That was against the rules of civilized warfare as construed in Dodge.'”

The only mention by Beeson of Wyatt Earp is that he [Earp]“notified the boys to be on guard.” 

Notice also, that Dick McNulty is responsible for disarming Allison – Siringo said the same thing.

Much weight must be given to the account of Chalk Beeson. Mr. Beeson’s integrity has, to my knowledge, never been seriously questioned. He was in Dodge on September 19, 1878.

These three participants – Earp, Siringo, and Beeson – all tell of Clay Allison coming to Dodge City hunting trouble. The reason for Allison’s trip could very well be the one put forth by Texan Pink Simms; the mistreatment of the Cowboys in general and the shooting of George Hoy.

From these three accounts, perhaps a likely scenario can be put together. While the Texan Siringo wrote of the cowardice of the officers, Dodge City partisan Beeson takes a different stance. A case can be made for the following reconstruction of events.

It would seem that Charles Siringo hit Dodge on September 19, 1878, where he heard the reports of Indian depredations south of Dodge from Cape Willingham. There, he met an indignant Clay Allison, backed by his “untamed cowboys”. 

Allison was intent upon getting to the bottom of the George Hoy killing while forcing the Dodge City police to ease up on his friends. Likely the mob went from saloon to saloon, maintaining their courage with whisky at each stop. As the anger increased, so did the fury of the protestations with all its accompanying shooting and shouting until it became a “disgraceful row” by early afternoon.

Knowing that 25 rowdy cowboys backed Allison, Wyatt Earp and policeman Jim Masterson (Bat’s brother) began to assemble their forces. 

In the meantime, Dick McNulty and Chalk Beeson intervened on behalf of the town, convincing Allison and his “gang of untamed cowboys” to give up their guns. The gang then dispersed. 

Two participants verify this action on the part of McNulty.

While the gang was being talked out of their guns, the officers still had not confronted Allison and his friends. This inaction would have seemed like cowardice to Clay Allison and his gang, and dereliction of duty to the townspeople. Therefore, we have The Globe of the 21st adding, “It is said the officers failed to appear. These occurrences are the subjects of much comment on the conduct of the officers.”

There seems to be no evidence that any kind of showdown occurred between Wyatt Earp and Clay Allison per The San Francisco Examiner interview. Neither Beeson nor Siringo mention anything about it. In addition, there is evidence that Robert Wright and Bat Masterson could not be involved. They were both out of town during the Dull Knife raid.

Evidence for a “conversation” between Allison and Earp is sparse. A likely scenario for this meeting is the one put forth by Pink Simms: 

“I also heard that later Allison alone found Wyatt Earp seated in the lookout’s chair at a faro game and he told him in no uncertain terms what he thought of the way some of the cowboys were being treated.”

We have in this a highly believable proposition. Allison had no fear of being gunned down. As Beeson so eloquently put it, “no one there would be so mean as to jump on to them when they were unarmed. That was against the rules of civilized warfare as construed in Dodge."

Mr. Beeson’s story seems to enforce the one told by Charles Siringo. It is clear that for whatever reason, the story of Wyatt Earp backed by Bat Masterson is not what quelled the disturbance. 

That honor must go to Dick McNulty and Chalk Beeson.

Roger Myers, author, copyright, 2002
Ford County Historical Society, Inc., Dodge City, Kansas 

Sunday, July 7, 2024

White Americans Are Not Enlisting To Defend America


A few of my readers wanted to know how I feel about "white Americans not enlisting" in our military? White enlistment being down is something that's been going on for a few years, but it has really hit home lately because of its consequences. 

Frankly, it’s not really a surprise that this is happening. Let's keep in mind that we've all seen our Society bash white Americans over the heads for years.  White Americans have been relentlessly assaulted and accused of being responsible for all of the ills of the World. Today, young white men have become less willing to defend America or risk their lives for a Society that discriminates against them and blames them for all the evils of history – evils which they themselves had nothing to do with.

In January 2024, The Telegraph stated:

It was reported in this newspaper recently how the US Army has seen a dramatic fall in the number of white recruits, as the Military.com website found that the Army fell 10,000 short of its 65,000 enlistment target.

Underpinning this drop was a dramatic decrease in white recruits from 44,042 in 2018, to just 25,070 in 2023, leading to the proportion of white recruits falling from 56.4 percent of all recruits in 2018, to just 44 percent. According to the US Census from 2022, around 59 percent of all US citizens were from white backgrounds. The US military is 17 percent women, so the recruiting crisis is primarily one among white men.

Clearly, something inside the US Army’s recruitment system is failing, both in terms of targets being drastically missed and a failure to recruit effectively among the nation’s largest ethnic group. 


In February 2023, in an article titled "What the Data Says About the Military's Recruiting Crisis" written by Kevin Wallsten, he stated:

The U.S. military is facing an “unprecedented” recruitment crisis, with most branches of the armed forces failing to meet their enlistment goals in 2022. This recruitment crisis is partly a function of the fact that so few young people are now able to serve due to obesity, educational deficiencies, mental health problems, or criminal records. In fact, “only 23% [of American youth] are physically, mentally, and morally qualified to serve without receiving some type of waiver.”

The recruitment crisis is not entirely a consequence of these metastasizing physical, mental, and moral problems, however. It is also a direct result young people’s growing unwillingness to serve. The most recent estimates “show that only 9% [of America’s youth] are even interested in military service.”

Why are so few young people willing to serve in the military? According to some conservatives, the Pentagon’s increasingly “woke” diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies are alienating the groups most inclined to serve in the armed forces (namely, Conservative, Southern, and rural Whites).

Consider, for example, Jimmy Byrn’s recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Byrn writes, the Pentagon’s “woke” policies “have amounted to a form of antirecruitment for prospective enlistees. The Pentagon is appealing to activists at the expense of those most likely to serve. The military has historically drawn an outsize proportion of recruits from conservative Southern states.”

Similarly, Thomas Spoehr argues that: “Wokeness in the military…acts as a disincentive for many young Americans in terms of enlistment...Is anyone surprised that potential recruits—many of whom come from rural or poor areas of the country—don’t want to spend their time being lectured about white privilege?”

Further in that article, I found it interesting that it states how while "wokeness" is responsible for the drop in enlisting white Republicans, in general, the political attitudes of young people today show an unwillingness to defend our country. While "wokeness" is keeping white Conservatives from enlisting, what's keeping white Democrats from signing up? 

The answer to that question has to do with how young white Democrats are being raised to hate law enforcement and our military. The hateful attitude of young white Democrats toward America, our way of life, our history, our police, and the military today is extremely obvious. The attitude of hate for America really stinks. 

Patriotism goes hand-in-hand with a good attitude in the military. The attitude of young white Democrats shows that they view America, our culture, and our military with contempt. 

In 2023, Gallup polls found pride in being American had fallen more than 20% among Democrats since 2015. Gallup also found that the views of Democrats and Republicans are inverted in that while only a mere 21% of Democrats say "America is the greatest country," polls show 64% say "other nations are as great or greater." 

In contrast, 62% of Republicans believe that "America is the greatest" with only 24% saying "other nations are as great or greater." The same 2023 poll also found that a third of all Democrats believe they are "less patriotic" than their parents.

What does all of this mean? 

For white Republicans, those who have been raised very patriotic, raised to love America and respect our military and police, they see our Society as blaming them and subsequently hating them for things that happened long before they were ever born. As for "wokeness" in America's military, they see "wokeness" as something that they don't want to deal with. Because of that, the military's desire to be political and embrace the Left's ideas of "wokeness" stops them from enlisting.  

People need to realize that many of the young people growing up in America today have been through the Public School system and have had to endure its "wokeness blame game" that targets whites. And frankly, young white Republicans see it as something that should be avoided if they can. Sadly, that limits their options in joining our military because most branches are embracing that horrible social experiment.   

For white Democrats, those who have been raised to be less patriotic, have disdain for America and actually hate America's military the same way they hate law enforcement, having to voluntarily "serve" in the military is completely out of the question. To them, as I'm reminded in their hate mail to me, our military is seen as something for others -- but not them. They see themselves as better than those who serve. 

The consequence of both cases is that there's now a growing disinterest in defending America while serving in our military. Of course, an ongoing decline in enlistment might mean the end of the "Volunteer" military service that was ushered in in the late 1970s. It might also mean the return of the Draft. And if that happens, I guarantee you that a lot of people won't be happy.

Tom Correa

Friday, July 5, 2024

Last of Our Civil War Veterans

Taken in November of 1947 at a family reunion in Alabama. 
Seated is Pleasant Riggs Crump, the last living Confederate soldier from the Civil War. 
Standing next to him is his great-great-niece Celia Milam. They shared the same birthday. 
He turned 100 and she turned 15 a few weeks after the photograph was taken.

Story by Terry McGahey 

The last verified Confederate soldier of the Civil War was a man by the name of Pleasant Riggs Crump. He was born on December 23rd, 1847, in Crawford’s Cove, St. Clair County Alabama. Crump enlisted in Petersburg, Virginia as a Private in the 10th Alabama Infantry Regiment in November of 1864. He was assigned to Company A.

Crump saw action at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run as well as the Siege of Petersburg. Crump also witnessed Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.

After the war, Crump returned to Alabama and later located himself in Lincoln, within Talladega County. At age 22, he married Mary Hall, a local girl, and they had five children together. Marry died on December 31st, 1901. Crump later re-married Ella Wallis in 1905. Sadly Ella also passed away in July of 1942. From that point, Crump lived with a grandson's family.

The United Confederate Veterans awarded Crump the honorary title of Colonel of the organization in 1950. Crump passed away shortly after his 104th birthday on December 31st, 1951. Pleasant Crump is buried in Hall Cemetary in Lincoln.


The last verified Union soldier to pass away was a man by the name of Albert Henry Woolson. He was born on February 11th, 1850, in Antwerp, New York. Not only was he the last surviving Union soldier from the Civil War, he was the last of either side of the Civil War to pass away.

His father, Willard Woolson died from injuries he received at the battle of Shilo. Albert then enlisted as a drummer boy at age 14 into Company C, 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery Regiment on October 10th, 1864, but his company never saw action. He was discharged on September 7th, 1865.

During his final days, he lived in Duluth, Minnesota, at 215 East Fifth Street. Woolson passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth on August 2nd, 1956. Others whom I won’t mention claimed to be the last Civil War Veterans, but they were not verified or were completely debunked. Woolson was buried with full military honors at Park Hill Cemetary. 

President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "The American people have lost the last link with the Union Army… His passing brings sorrow to the hearts of all of us who cherished the memory of the brave men on both sides of the war between the states."

Sometimes it's hard to believe that the Civil War was truly not that long ago within the annals of history. It really comes home to me because I was alive before both of these two men passed away. I was five years old when Woolson passed, so it sure made me think.

About the Author

Terry McGahey
Associate Writer/ Old West Historian

Terry has been a working cowboy, a writer, and an Old West historian. He is best known for his fight against the City of Tombstone and its historic City Ordinance Number 9.

He was instrumental in getting the famous Tombstone City Ordinance Number 9 repealed while at the same time forcing the City of Tombstone to fall in line and comply with the laws of the State of Arizona.

If you care to read how he fought Tombstone's City Hall and won, check out:
 


Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Biden's A Puppet And Those Pulling His Strings Are Breaking The Law


Terry McGahey has been a working cowboy, a writer, and an Old West historian. The man who I'm extremely proud to call my friend is best known for his relentless fight against the City of Tombstone and its historic City Ordinance Number 9. In the end, Terry won and the 1881 City Ordinance banning the carrying of guns in the city of Tombstone, Arizona, was shot down. It's because of Terry that Tombstone, Arizona, was forced to conform to Arizona State laws regarding the carrying of firearms. 

Well, since the Presidential Debate, I've been thinking about how Terry was right. Knowing that Joe Biden is incapacitated, we really need to know who's running our government. And yes, I've been thinking a lot about what Terry wrote in his opinion editorial for this blog when he asked the important question, Who Is Actually Running Our Country?

In Terry's article, he stated, "As we have all heard at one time or another our government is now being run by what’s called the deep state. Many of us, as well as myself, believe the deep state as it is referred to, comes down to the elitist Democrats and some Republican politicians who claim to be Republican but who in reality, are actually shadow-woke Democrats with Mitt Romney leading the pack.

In my opinion, as well as many of us American patriots, Joe Biden is not fit to run this country. All one has to do is watch Biden stumble and bumble through his speeches and or his interviews which at times it seems that this old man doesn’t even seem to know where he is. Personally, I do respect the office of president, but I will never refer to Biden as president because I have absolutely no respect for this destroyer of our nation.

Going back to the so-called "Deep State," I don't know how many folks know who Jeff Dunham is. Jeff Dunham is a comedian who uses many different puppets in his act. And if you notice, one of the puppets he uses is the grumpy old man named Walter. The grumpy old man puppet looks amazingly like Joe Biden. 

Like Jeff Dunham who commands his puppets with his hands and his remarks, I firmly believe the Deep State is Biden's puppeteer.

Who is the Deep State? There are many crooked politicians and other extremely wealthy individuals with the likes of George Soros and many others who belong to this so-called Deep State. It's my belief that the up-close individuals to Biden, who are actually running the office of President are the Clintons, Obamas, Schumer, Polisi, and some of the wealthiest people in the world. ...

Most of us, as even the Democrat Party realize, that Biden most likely would not be able to finish his term in office if elected. And frankly speaking, his re-election bid against Trump is a total joke. With the Democrat fascists also realizing this fact we are now hearing California Governor Gavin Newsom's name being thrown around as a possible replacement Democrat candidate for president.

As most of us know, California cities are in a gruesome state of decline. So that’s why I refer to Gavin Newsom as "Gruesome Newsome." This far-left Democrat Governor of California has run out many businesses as well as many long-time California residents to places like Texas, Arizona, and other states. Newsome loves regulations forcing people to bend to his will.

Just look at the gasoline automobile ban he is trying to enforce, forcing you to drive electric vehicles, not to speak of his regulation policies that are driving out businesses and people causing California to lose more and more revenue.

Places like Los Angeles and San Francisco and many other cities in California look like Third World countries in places. Anyone who votes for Gruesome Newsome is still voting for the so-called Deep State. Different person but the same puppet." 

Yes, Terry McGahey was right. Joe Biden is a puppet and we need to find out who is running our country! 

No one knows who's been running our government. And even worse, no one knows the names of those in the Deep State who have been pulling Joe Biden's strings or putting words in his mouth. We've all seen that he can't speak without a Teleprompter. And recently, he even needed a Teleprompter at a "private meeting" so that he would be able to speak to his donors.

A few days ago, cable television talk show host and radio talk show host Ben Ferguson said "Biden is clearly incapacitated and is not running this country." Many others are coming out to say the same thing including Tech investor David Sacks who said, "Joe Biden was always a puppet" for the Democratic Party.

In the wake of Thursday's presidential debate, David Sacks came out to say what others have been saying for a while now, the Democratic Party is propping up President Biden as a "puppet" to advance the party's interests.

David Sacks said Biden's performance at the Presidential Debate exposed to all that the Democratic Party has been supporting Biden as a "figurehead" to deflect attention from party members' goals of using political clout to funnel power and money to allies. 

He said, "The Democratic Party is a collection of interests who want to remain in power. The Democratic Party is the party of government. Its goal is to allocate money and power from the government to the collection of interests who back the Democratic Party. In other words, it's basically a collection of interests who want to loot the Republic.

"Well, obviously no one's going to vote for that. So they have to make it about something else. They choose a figurehead, they talk about how this is about saving democracy. They basically invent, hoax after hoax, lie after lie to basically maintain their power," he continued.

"And I think what's happened is, the mask has come off, the whole shell game has been revealed. It's obvious that Biden was always a puppet for these interests who were hiding behind him. And now, it's all being exposed," Sacks said.

David Sacks says President Biden is a "puppet" and "figurehead" for the Democratic Party. 

Sacks publicly endorsed Trump and said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, "I give to many, but endorse few. But today I am giving my endorsement to our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, to be our 47th President. My reasons rest on four main issues that I think are vital to American prosperity, security, and stability – issues where the Biden administration has veered badly off course and where I believe President Trump can lead us back."

Sacks explained that "the voters have experienced four years of President Trump and four years of President Biden. In tech, we call this an A/B test. With respect to economic policy, foreign policy, border policy, and legal fairness, Trump performed better. He is the President who deserves a second term."

While it is great to see people like David Sacks and Ben Ferguson and others get behind Donald Trump so we can stop the Democrats' Dream of an "Authoritarian Nation" and the installation of a Socialist system, we really need to answer Terry McGahey's basic question, "Who is actually running our government?" 

Biden's Incapacitated And Those Making Decisions In The White House Are Breaking The Law

Whoever it is, after seeing Joe Biden's very public, very obvious, state of confusion during the debate, we need to know who are the people pulling the strings on the puppet that we have in the White House right now. 

Here's something else to think about. The people behind the scenes are un-elected and doing things that are criminal. Yes, criminal. It is against the law to impersonate an elected official, especially the President of the United States. And frankly, WE should all want to know, who's been signing Joe Biden's name to such things as Executive Orders? WE should all want to know, who is making decisions since we know Joe isn't?

So what can happen to someone who is proven to be making decisions in the White House, and actually taking on the role of president?

Title 18 U.S.C.A. § 912 provides: Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department, agency or officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended character demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing of value, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Thus, there are two possible offenses under § 912: (1) pretending to be a federal agent and acting as such; and (2) pretending to be a federal agent and demanding or obtaining certain listed items. 

So what is required to be charged? The first clause of § 912 includes two distinct elements: (1) a false pretense asserting federal authority; and (2) an overt physical act taken in the capacity as the pretended authority.

Since, as we have been reminded over and over again by the Mainstream Media in the Trump trial that "No one is above the law," we need to know who has been breaking the law in the White House and prosecute them.

We need to find out who is behind the curtain. Who is the Deep State that propping up Biden? Who is pulling Joe's strings and making him dance to their tune? We need to determine if someone has faked his signature, given orders to carry out policies, and enacted Executive Orders in the White House while Joe Biden has been incapacitated. 

And yes, I believe that even if we find out that it's the First Lady Jill Biden and his Cabinet and Barack Obama running things from behind the scenes, we need to jail them. 

Tom Correa