By Otto D. Bleu for CPW News Service
With the arrival of billionaire casino builder, bankruptcy advocate, reality TV personality and urban gentrifier, Donald Trump, in the 2016 political fray, people are making the comparison to the 1992 arrival of third party candidate H. Ross Perot.
And while you are at it can you comment on this recent statement.....
Strangely, Dan Rather's ranching partner in the New Mexico's Tecolote or "Owl Ranch" about forty miles from Santa Fe, was also a partner in that venture with the owner of Maryland's Misery Plantation where Fred Bailey....also known as Frederick Douglass.....the abolitionist orator who according to the 1999 book by Thomas Layton, Voyage of the Frolic: New England Merchants and the Opium Trade (Stanford University Press) was employed in the Baltimore opium clipper building business and where he was "renditioned" before being returned to slavery in the South. The owner of both the Tecolote Ranch and Misery Plantation is former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. The Rather family's Nassau/Waldec Plantation in Texas is a German settlement where the Buffalo Soldiers initially worked after the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldiers' handlers in Texas, the Smith brothers, and their relationship to William Tecumseh Sherman are covered in the 2014 book, Sulfur Lead and Poppies, which clearly delineates the connections between Giles Alexander Smith's Buffalo Soldiers and his brother, Morgan Lewis Smith, who directed the Texas work of the Buffalo Soldiers through the Truehart-Adriance Building in Galveston, Texas. "Arriving in Texas for different reasons was Giles Alexander Smith. Giles' name appeared on the record pardoning of Richard King, founder of the King Ranch." It goes on to say of Giles' brother with both men fighting for the Union at Fort Donnelson in the Civil War in a type of family dialectic......"Morgan Lewis Smith found himself appointed Counsel to Hawaii in a direct line between San Francisco and the lucrative China Trade route to the silk, spices and opium of the Middle East and emerging 'Golden Triangle.'" The book also goes on to note the Tourtelotte letter of General William Tecumseh Sherman now domiciled at the University of Iowa that seems to indicate "a type of blackmail (of Sherman) by the daughters of Lewis Morgan Smith" (pp. 76-80).