By Ryan Christie

An entire generation of Americans remembers the excitement of the Space Race of the 1960’s, when in 1961 President John F. Kennedy tasked the nation with a successful crewed moon landing by the end of the decade, which of course was fulfilled on July 20th, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, with Neil Armstrong uttering the famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Recently, the American space program has been reinvigorated by private industry, such as Elon Musk’s Space X. In this case, a company called Intuitive Machines out of Texas has successfully built a new lunar lander, named Odysseus, nicknamed “Odie”, and has become the first American made spacecraft to touch down on the moon in over 50 years. With the support of the aforementioned private industries, the American space program is heading towards a renaissance, with another crewed Moon landing planned for the coming years and even a Mars expedition sometime in the decades to come.

The American space program of the 2020’s has much in common with the space program of the 1960’s. Like in the 1960’s, the America of the 2020’s is an often confusing and turbulent place, a time where the country seems to be mired in self-doubt. Yet, watching the American flag placed on the Moon and being saluted by Buzz Aldrin no doubt stirred in many a feeling of hope. America’s scientific and technological capabilities are by far the best in the world, and should be a source pride for our nation.

The Humboldt County Republican Party presented an inviting ‘Candidate Meet and Greet’  on January 19, 2024 in Eureka, CA. From 5:00 to 7:00 PM, community members had the unique opportunity to interact directly with the candidates.

Characterized by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the event offered attendees a chance to enjoy appetizers accompanied by a selection of wine, beer, or coffee. This casual setting fostered meaningful conversations between the candidates, party members, and attendees at the event.

A notable presence was Chris Coulombe, the HCRC-endorsed candidate for District 2 U.S. Representative. Coulombe engaged with guests, discussing his commitment to strong, principled values and his stance on various issues critical to the constituency.

The event also featured Michelle Bushnell, the HCRC-endorsed candidate seeking re-election as Supervisor for District 2. Bushnell shared insights into her first term and outlined her continued plans for the district. Rounding out the HCRC-endorsed candidates was Michael Greer, who is vying for District 2 Assembly. Greg Kreis, who is running for re-election as Superior Court Judge, was introduced to the attendees.

Additionally, Roy Gomez, who is vying for the District 3 Supervisor seat, was introduced to the attendees, along with Rex Bohn, who is campaigning for re-election as the District 1 Supervisor.

Each candidate seized the moment to captivate the attendees, sharing their accomplishments and perspectives. They articulated their visions and explained why they believed they were the best choices for their respective positions in the upcoming primary election.

The event marked a significant moment for the Humboldt County Republican Party, as it provided a platform for open dialogue and connection between the candidates and the community they aim to serve.

The meet and greet was not only a testament to the Humboldt County Republican Party’s commitment to transparency and engagement but also a vital step in informing and involving the electorate in the democratic process.

By Ryan Christie

“Never Again becomes more than a slogan: It is a prayer, a promise, a vow- never again the glorification of base, ugly, dark violence”

-Elie Wiesel

“Never Again”, as written above by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, is not just about the Holocaust, it is a plea for humanity to remember the past and learn from it, a reminder of the dangers of ignorance and complacency in regards. 

Antisemitism, unfortunately, has been part of the human experience for thousands of years. Centuries of abuse and discrimination culminated in the Holocaust, where 6 million Jews, or up to 2/3rd of the European Jewish population were systemically and brutally executed. It lives on in collective memory as an appalling example of human evil. When it comes to the Holocaust, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who disagrees with that description.

It has been over two months since the brutal attack on the people of Israel by the terrorist group Hamas on October 7th. Images of hostages and mutilated corpses were shared by Hamas themselves, openly displaying their carnage for the world to see. Israel is justified in rooting out Hamas, as it’s genocidal aims obviously form a grave security threat to the state of Israel and the Jewish people. Israel is not invading Gaza out some malevolent colonialist intent, but because the Israeli people carry the promise of “Never Again”, the collective memories of millions of their ancestors who suffered and died for centuries in their hearts.

Unfortunately, there are numerous left-wing people in the West that do not understand this. They spin Israel’s response, as stated above, into a malevolent colonialist expedition serving no other purpose than to inflict wanton destruction and death onto the Palestinian people. Furthermore, these supposed “liberals” are completely ignorant of the reality that the government of Palestine, which is Hamas, is a theocratic, corrupt body that adheres to absolutely none of the values that the West holds- rule of law, separation of church and state, equal rights, and so forth.

In America in particular, this tolerance for illiberalism based on a Marxist interpretation of the War in Gaza should alarming on a number of levels. One, that a sizeable number of people, particularly young people, are ignorant of the history of discrimination of the Jewish people and thus have a poor understanding of why Israel is so aggressive in its response to attacks on itself. Two, that these people similarly lack an understanding of the complexities of the situation itself and see it simply as a Marxist conflict of the oppressed vs oppressor. Given the recent rise in antisemitism, this does not bode well for neither the Jewish people or the continued intellectual health of the West.     

by Ryan Christie

At the conclusion of World War II, The United States emerged as the preeminent world superpower, and for the most part, it has been a global force for good ever since. However, under the weak and incompetent leadership of Joe Biden’s administration, the world is unraveling at an alarming rate. First came the humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan, which resulted in the country, along with a trove of taxpayer-funded American military equipment and intelligence falling to the Taliban. Emboldened by this unprecedented American foreign policy failure, Russia subsequently invaded Ukraine, which has caused a seemingly endless war that has rattled the world economy and is presently sucking billions of dollars from a United States plagued by recession and teetering on the verge of recession.

It is now October 2023, and once again the stage is set for another horrible conflict. On October 7th, Hamas, the terrorist regime currently controlling the Palestinian government, along with other allied terrorist groups, invaded and infiltrated Israel. What unfolded was some of the most horrifying violence against the Jewish people since the Holocaust. Hamas released videos of themselves indiscriminately murdering, torturing and kidnapping Israeli citizens, including children and the elderly.

What does this have to do with the United States directly? After all, the Middle East has been plagued by violence for centuries, and the Arab-Israeli conflict in particular has been going back and forth since the day Israel was formed in 1948. The truth is that Hamas, along with its Lebanese counterpoint Hezbollah, are directly funded by Iran, with the objective of waging war on Israel.

On March 12th, 2023, a prisoner swap of the two countries resulted in the thaw of $7 billion in frozen Iranian oil money, which, given the sophistication of the Hamas infiltration, was likely the source of its funding. In the end, when the United States is weak, and is unwilling/unable to project a strong foreign policy, hostile foreign entities, be they Russia, China, Iran or various Islamic terrorist organizations, will try to fill that gap. When that happens, carnage ensues.

by Ryan Christie

The role of the Speaker of the House is becoming an increasingly thankless and difficult job, especially for a Republican. This is clear with the October 3rd removal of Kevin McCarthy, in a completely needless and unconstructive act led by Matt Gaetz, the Republican congressman from Florida’s 1st Congressional district.

The reality of the situation is that currently the Democratic Party holds the Presidency and a Senate Majority (albeit narrowly), and the Republicans hold a very slim House majority. This means that current dealings with the opposition will not always be the most favorable to conservatives. Kevin McCarthy’s record as Speaker is not perfect by any means, but it is commendable given the above limitations. There is a serious discipline problem inside the Republican Party, one that constantly replacing the Speaker is not going to fix.

A group of eight Republicans inadvertently aiding the Democratic Party and the Biden Administration by undermining the Republican agenda cannot continue. The fact of the matter is that Joe Biden’s presidency has been a complete disaster for the United States. Inflated prices of food and fuel foreshadow a recession. America’s stature on the world’s stage has been diminished, and domestically, crime and a decaying social fabric threaten the long-term stability of our country.

Any spotlight on the Republican’s inner squabbles takes away from that fact, and as the 2024 election approaches it is imperative that the Republicans unite against this continued state of decline. Hence, whoever is the next Speaker must reinstate some form of discipline.

September 11th, like the attack on Pearl Harbor sixty years earlier, is a date which will forever live in infamy. On that day, Americans woke to a horrific image of smoke billowing out of the World Trade Center; the horrid conclusion of a year’s long plan by 19 terrorists to hijack four airliners to destroy prominent seats of American government and commerce.

In all, nearly 3000 people were killed, and between 6,000-30,000 were injured, many developing lifelong severe health complications from the attack.

September 11th proved that the complacency resulting from the end of the Cold War was false, for simmering in the Middle East was a well funded, well organized cabal of terrorists, whose belief in religious totalitarianism and rejection of American values of republican democracy, human rights and of individual freedom made Islamic fundamentalist terrorism a emerging threat.

Twenty-two years later, unfortunately, it seems that far too many people, namely politicians, have forgot the lessons of that day. September 11th highlighted the the bravery and invaluable service of our first responders. But in the 2020’s, we have decided to malign police officers and idiotically deprive them of the tools and funding needed to serve their communities. September 11th reminded us that for all our differences, Americans are citizens of the same country, and that an attack on some of us is an attack on all of us. Instead, tribalism according to political leanings, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic factors are encouraged and celebrated, further threatening the social cohesion of our country. September 11th exposed the threat of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism, but Joe Biden has chosen to ignore that threat by attempting to reinstate the Iran Nuclear deal and overseeing the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, which returned control of a very strategic country to the types of people who orchestrated the September 11th attacks in the first place. 

On this day, September 11th, let us remember the dead and wounded, honor the heroic first responders who willingly sacrificed themselves out of moral duty, and honor the service men and women who keep our country free. 

A Grand Welcome

The atmosphere was electric at the Sequoia Conference Center as attendees gathered for the 2023 Annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner. MC Chairwoman Susan Moxon set the tone for the evening, warmly welcoming a diverse crowd of local Republican supporters. The room buzzed with excitement as she introduced Committee Chairs from various California counties and dignitaries from Humboldt County. Local star Sabrina Francis Gasdik led the crowd in a soul-stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. The audience stood in unison as the national anthem reverberated through the venue.

A Message That Resonated

Harmeet Dhillon, the keynote speaker, captivated everyone with her compelling message. She emphasized the crucial role parents play in their children’s lives, urging them to be vigilant about their education. A key point of her message was to urge us all as parents and caregivers to pay attention to what our children are reading, the clubs they join, and the messages they receive. Dhillon also spoke about the unsettling times we live in, warning against governmental overreach and the erosion of individual freedoms. Her words left the room in thoughtful silence, pondering the call to action.

A Feast to Savor

The dinner, catered by Dorris and Daughter, was nothing short of spectacular. Guests enjoyed a wonderful spread featuring tri-tip, pecan chicken, spinach and Caesar salads, garlic smashed potatoes, and freshly baked rolls. The meal concluded on a sweet note with decadent chocolate cake and a vanilla cake roll.

A Night of Surprises

The silent auction was a highlight, featuring an array of exciting items that had everyone buzzing, including: 

  • Victorian Inn-Suite for one night and Dinner – Lowell and Jenny
  • Dick Taylor Chocolate Variety Basket – Minnie Wolf
  • Culinary Basket – Lisa Morehouse
  • Limited Edition Print of Stellers Jay – Kathrin Burleson
  • Garden Treasure – Shafer’s Ace Hardware
  • Sequoia Tree Plague – Bay Tank and Boilerworks
  • Handmade Pillow – by Louise Gabriella-Genova
  • Going “Nuts” Basket – Susan Moxon
  • Trump Hitch Cover – Paradise Cay Publications
  • Angel of Prayers Statue – Visiting Angels
  • Holy Bible – Nina Groth
  • Redwood Forest Metal Wall Hanging – Lee Cunningham
  • 1 Cord of Firewood – HCSO
  • Desert Wine & Dick Taylor Chocolate – Minnie Wolf
  • Portrait of Ronald Reagan, original painting – Dennis Crozier
  • Connie Lee Original Sweater – Guy and Linda Hooper
  • God and Your Brain and You Book – Nina Groth
  • Wooden Flag Cutting Board – Made and donated by Rich Moxon
  • Succulent Garden in Designer Bowl – Jerrie Bartley
  • Handmade Necklace – Minnie Wolf
  • Weber Kettle – McKinleyville Ace
  • Old Growth Assorted Wines – Old Growth Cellars
  • Handmade Fleece Blanket and Doggy Basket – Don and Kay Becker
  • Patriotic Tote – Susan Moxon
  • Vintage American Flag – Jerrie Bartley
  • Hand Stitched Quilt, Old Glory – Jane Chapelle
  • Hand Made Patriotic Quilt – Jane Chapelle
  • North Coast Hitching Post Cottage, one night stay – Heidi Rubalcava
  • A Fine Bottle of Whiskey – Heidi Rubalcava

Nina Groth was the lucky winner of the Opportunity Drawing, taking home a beautiful Adirondack Glider donated by Rich Moxon.

A Community United

Before and after dinner, the attendees had an opportunity to network and connect with each other; the venue was abuzz with conversation and camaraderie. Attendees engaged in both serious discussions and lighthearted banter, embodying the Republican spirit of community and unity.

A Roaring Success

The event wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of the Humboldt County Republican Central Committee and the Humboldt Republican Women. Their dedication made the 2023 Lincoln Reagan Dinner a roaring success, setting a high bar for future events.As the night came to a close, one thing was clear: this was not just an event but a rallying cry for community involvement and a celebration of shared values. Here’s to many more Lincoln Reagan Dinners to come!

Over the past few weeks, you’ve likely heard of the film Sound of Freedom. It’s been highly successful, grossing some 155 million dollars against a budget of 14 million. It’s also been critiqued by some critics as a “right-wing” or “Christian,” when in reality, it is neither.

If you aren’t familiar with the film’s background, it is inspired by the work of Tim Ballard, an anti-human trafficking advocate who, along with his organization Operation Underground Railroad, is credited with rescuing thousands of victims of child trafficking. The film itself is a story of a long journey by Tim Ballard to reunite a father with his two children, a brother and sister, who are unwittingly abducted by a “talent scout”, and sold to pedophiles.

Owing to its subject matter, the film does not spare the viewer from the sheer evil of pedophilia, the agony and fear the victims of human trafficking face, and the immense pain their families face as they try to find justice. Ultimately, the film is about how, while human beings are indeed capable of great evil, they are equally capable in great acts of courage, heroism, and compassion.

Sound of Freedom is not a film that can be reviewed in a normal sense. While at the surface, the film can be exciting, as Tim travels through dense jungles and exotic city streets, pursuing criminals seeking justice, the film is not meant to entertain. Yet, the film has been labeled falsely as a “Christian” or “right-wing” film.

The only indication of any sort of religious sentiment in the film is the phrase “God’s children are not for sale,” which has since become a rallying call of sorts among the audience. The film has no politics, left or right. Its sole advocacy is for child victims of human trafficking, asking of its audience to awaken a sense of moral duty in themselves, to understand and be compassionate towards the suffering of others. The fact that, somehow this has become a political issue is a sad testament to the current polarization in our country.  

By Ryan Christie, Humboldt County Republican Party Communications Chairman

The American Way, what is it? A good understanding lays in Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota, the famous monument to past presidents, specifically George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. When you see Mt. Rushmore, what do you see? Unfortunately, far too many people simply see four historical figures, long dead, completely irrelevant to their day-to-day life. Worse still, too many people see them as malevolent bigots, figures to be condemned and erased. But in the lives of these great men, we see examples to live by and the spirit that makes this country great.

George Washington was not only our first President, but a lifelong soldier who commanded the forces in the American Revolution. This is a testament of the importance of military service in our country, as just as it was back then as now, the freedom of this country relies on the service of the armed forces. In his farewell address as President, Washington spoke of the importance of national unity and warned of the political dangers of regionalism, partisanship, and foreign influence- exactly the problems plaguing modern America. This is a reminder that there is truth and relevance in old wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, was a brilliant man. A polymath, his interests outside politics and philosophy ranged from architecture, food, biology and linguists. His expedition to the Pacific, a daunting journey through thousands of miles of wilderness, a journey that brought immense knowledge about the topography, environment and Native Americans that lived there. A nation is made strong by ambition, daring and intellectual curiosity.

Abraham Lincoln entered the White House in 1860- one of the most trying and tumultuous times in our country’s history. A decade’s long dispute over slavery cumulated into civil war, but the Union remained intact, and the 13th Amendment was passed, ending slavery once and for all. Lincoln was a master orator and a gifted writer, a reminder that one needs a strong voice to combat moral wrongs in society.

Theodore Roosevelt was considered the President that brought America into the 20th century, a man with a strong vision for the future. Roosevelt strengthened the United States Navy into what would be the most powerful naval force in the world and orchestrated the construction of the Panama Canal. He modernized many laws relating to child labor, environmental conservation, and monopolistic practices by certain businesses. This belief in investing in the future, of an America confident and optimistic would make The United States the superpower it was through the twentieth century and through the present.

The American Way is not just some slogan; it is a mindset and a philosophy. It requires a respect for the past and of the wisdom of those that came before but also a consideration for the future; the refusal or inability to do either is a road to ruin.