By Neenah Payne
RFK Jr’s Collaboration With Oliver Anthony shows that when Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. visited the popular singing sensation Oliver Anthony on his 92-acre farm in Virginia. Kennedy proposed that the area be used as a site for “Healing Farms”. Both RFK Jr. are very open about the fact that they are recovered addicts.
Earlier this year, many prominent people were discussing the message in Anthony’s song “Rich Men North of Richmond” which went viral in early August. However, Kennedy is the only person who has responded to Anthony’s plaintive cry to help America heal now. Kennedy’s plan is designed to address the concerns raised by Anthony in what is being called by some “the anthem for this moment in history”. Oliver Anthony Drops The Next National Anthem! The True Story of Oliver Anthony tells more about Anthony’s background and impact.
“Virginia” is a soulful tune Oliver Anthony performed with Joey Davis Anthony on August 21. Anthony lives in Farmville, Virginia. He’s a Virginia farmer – like US Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. He represents the grassroots and founding principles of the nation. Patrick Henry was one of the Founding Fathers and the first governor of Virginia. In Richmond, VA, Henry gave his famous speech with the immortal words “Give me liberty, or give me death!” The Declaration of Independence was signed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and six other Virginians. Virginia was where America’s revolution started. Both Kennedy and Anthony are calling for a peaceful revolution now.
Prisons are now the biggest industry in rural areas in our country and I want to develop instead a string of farm drug rehabs – healing farms – in those same rural communities where people can go if they get involved with drugs. If they’re debilitated by depression or dependence on psychiatric drugs where they can receive job training, get social skills, and make sure they can get GEDs and an education. When I’m president, I’m going to make sure that federal prisoners have access to twelve-step programs. – RFK Jr.
Hickory Hill: RFK’s Virginia Home explains:
Their clan headquarters may have been in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, but the true center of the Kennedy political dynasty in the ‘50s and ‘60s was Hickory Hill, the Virginia home of Robert and Ethel Kennedy. It was a “wild, informal mixture of a children’s playground, upbeat discotheque, and a humming political headquarters,” described one regular visitor. Invitations to Hickory Hill were highly coveted, and no place better expressed the personality of its owners.
RFK Jr. Sees Oliver Anthony’s Home As Pilot Site for ‘Healing Farms’ — Newsweek 9/17/23
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has said he sees country singer Oliver Anthony‘s Virginia home as a possible pilot site for his proposed “healing farms.” Kennedy, a longshot Democratic primary candidate running against President Joe Biden, has called for taxpayer dollars to be redirected to fund centers for Americans struggling with addiction and other issues.
In a Substack newsletter published on Saturday, Kennedy, a recovering drug addict, wrote about visiting Anthony’s grandfather’s farm in Virginia in early August. “He and I both hope that his homestead can serve as a pilot site for my proposal—announced in July—to build free healing centers in depressed communities across the nation, places that help reclaim a generation beset by depression, PTSD, loneliness, addiction and mental illness,” Kennedy wrote.
Anthony, whose real name is Christopher Lunsford, shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August after his song “Rich Men North of Richmond” went viral. “I sit pretty dead-center down the aisle on politics and always have,” he said in a video on YouTube. Anthony’s anthem “captures the overwhelming sense of despair among our working poor as they watch the American dream disintegrate, along with any hope that their children will lead better lives,” Kennedy wrote in his newsletter. He noted that since the 1980s, prisons have been built in depressed communities to “warehouse our devastated young people.” “It’s time to turn our national attention to healing people instead,” Kennedy wrote.
“Oliver and I share a faith in the miraculous powers of nature, community, clean nutritious foods, and dignified work. We believe these things can restore our country, our planet, our public health, and our spiritual vitality. We envision regenerative agriculture and greenhouses where residents will grow wholesome organic food, learn skills, and take a break from cell phones and screens.” He added: “I’m proud to support him, whatever the outcome of my presidential campaign, to make this healing center a reality, and if we are so blessed, the first of many more to come.”
A spokesperson for Kennedy’s campaign told Newsweek that Kennedy’s “support for an addiction healing farm on Oliver Anthony’s property is a personal commitment that he has made regardless of the results of the election. “Furthermore, as president, Mr. Kennedy will provide federal support for similar projects all across the country.”
Newsweek has contacted Anthony for further comment via email.
In an interview with the Daily Mail’s Kelly Laco, Democratic longshot presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., says there is an ‘epidemic’ of not just substance abuse but ‘loneliness, despair, disassociation, alienation’ – while those in power are ‘addicted to war.’ ‘People feel dispossessed, and we need to start healing people.’ ‘And one of the things I’m going to do is to launch a series of healing farms in rural areas all across the country, in places where the only industry now is prisons.’
He pointed to the ongoing fentanyl crisis in America as an issue that needs to be taken more seriously. ‘We’re losing a whole generation of youth. We lost 106,000 people this year alone from fentanyl deaths,’ he told DailyMail.com – twice the amount of U.S. soldiers killed in the 20-year Vietnam war, he says. ‘We need to be taking some of that money we’re sending to Ukraine and start spending it on the crisis we’re having right here at home.’
Oliver Anthony’s Miraculous Healing
What Is Oliver Anthony’s Message? explains that Joe Rogan pointed out that when he posted information about Anthony on Instagram, it got 12.8 million views!
Anthony suffered a head injury, an internal fracture, when he fell and hit his head while working in a factory. He was bleeding from his head in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and was in the hospital for about three days.
Before the accident, Anthony was totally fine. However, for a year after that, his memory was trash and he had seizures and really bad balance with a lot of inflammation in his brain. He found that SSRIs didn’t help and actually undermined his ability to function in many key ways. Because he was having daily panic attacks and other mental health issues, he turned to alcohol and smoking cannabis to deal with the stress. He grew a lot of weed and smoking CBD flour gave him a lot of relief although it didn’t fix the problem. It didn’t get him high and it reduced Inflammation.
Until his conversation with Rogan, it had never occurred to Anthony that his physical, mental, and emotional problems could have been a result of the head injury. He said that on paper things had looked good because he has a great marriage and kids and a lucrative job, but he was dealing with heart issues and depression. He was taking aspirin because he thought he was going to have a hear t attack.
Anthony uploaded his songs because he was worried that he might not survive long. He explained that he has never had any vocal lessons. Since Anthony recorded Ain’t Gotta Dollar with the microphone on his cell phone, it had no production! Yet, the video of the song hit over 7 million views!! Anthony had never performed before a large audience until his songs went viral. Rogan advised him not to sign any record deals because they are really loans.
Anthony said he’s good now. He pointed out, “Giving things to God alleviated 99% of the problems.” He decided to let go of his ego. He just wanted to serve whatever purpose he is here to serve. He got a very warm feeling throughout and was crying like a baby. He said that warm feeling has not gone away.
Anthony said, “I’m not the kind of guy who can play in front of 12,000 people. I had never played a paid gig. When we played the show at the farm market, that was my first paid gig. I’m not a guy to play live shows, but I can tell you, I was just so at peace being up there. There’s no way that Chris from six months ago could have handled what’s gone on in the last two weeks. That guy found a lot of peace from looking at this book [as he touched his Bible].
Anthony pointed out, “I had been in church growing up and I had been exposed to all that, but I had found a lot of theatrics and a lot of politics in church and in religion when I was young. So, it just immediately turned me off to it.” He said he had been reading the Bible off and on then because he had been introduced to it as a kid.
Anthony went to the ER because he thought he was going to die at age 31. He was having shooting pains up and down his body. After that, he had a break down moment in his truck. He was crying because he felt hopeless like a 4-year-old who can’t find his parents. He didn’t have anything left in him.
He decided right then and there, “I know I can’t do this anymore.” He knew there were things he needed to do and told God to just let him do it. He promised to give up the weed and to quit getting drunk. He promised to quit being so angry and to start over. He promised to make God the focus instead of himself. He tried to let his ego and everything he was go.
Anthony said he feels that we are in such a weird place in the world now that he believes God is working through certain people to get His point across. He just changed his perspective. He quit worrying about himself and began to focus on what he’s supposed to do.
You know it talks in the Bible about being a servant. I guess my desire, and my will, and whatever I want to do, it’s about using what I have as a tool versus doing what I can in the moment to give myself whatever satisfaction I’m trying to get. It’s about trying to let go of your ego, I guess. The idea of there being something bigger than you.
I think all human beings inherently idolize something. It talks in the Bible about false idols. We all have false idols – whether it’s our phone or a celebrity, or something we do, or our addiction to food or drugs, or whatever. It’s very difficult for a human to be the biggest thing on their hierarchy. There’s always something above us. We’re always in pursuit of something bigger than whatever it is in that moment. I think for me it was just about taking all the distractions and all the other things in my life away. We all sin and do stupid things. We’re all just people. Nobody’s special or righteous.
The article discusses Anthony’s miraculous conversion this year. Anthony discussed his experience with his faith in the last 60 days. He recently gave his life to God because he was a crackhead wasting his life away and he broke down. When he started reading scripture every day – particularly the Psalms — he stopped getting high.
Two weeks later, he had the #1 song in the world! Anthony said since he had found a lot of theatrics and politics in church, he hasn’t gone to church in about 10 years. He recommends reading Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Anthony’s goal was to show the practicality of the message and the everyday guidance and real-life advice it provides. Anthony’s message may serve as a lifeline for many Americans strung out on drugs or addicted to alcohol. He is a voice for the millions of Americans in despair for a variety of reasons including those put out of work by the lockdown and other aspects of the COVID policies.
Anthony says that the old Chris could not have handled all this reaction to his posting his songs. His hit song “Rich Men North of Richmond” is not his favorite. He prefers “Ain’t Got a Dollar” but his favorite is “Doggonit”. Anthony said he has done more shows and has spent a lot of time talking to people after the shows which he greatly enjoys.
Ten Step Program To Heal America
In the video below, Glenn Beck shows how Anthony’s discussion with Joe Rogan about his conversion reflects the Alcoholic Anonymous 12 Step Program and could help heal the nation. That’s an interesting observation because now that Anthony has healed himself, he is interested in using his music to heal the country. He is also now collaborating with RFK Jr. on a program to help heal addicts, as discussed further below.
Just weeks after turning his life around and going viral, “Rich Men North of Richmond” singer Oliver Anthony joined Joe Rogan on his podcast and did the unthinkable: He shared his Christian testimony with Rogan and read from the Bible (Proverbs 4:20, appropriately). Glenn reacts to this powerful testimony and how it mirrors Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-Step Program. Plus, he explains how this is also the way to heal the country.
Incarceration: The New Jim Crow
In the interview below, author Michelle Alexander discusses how President Reagan used the so-called “War on Drugs” as part of the political “Southern Strategy” to target Black Americans. Yet, it was Governor Bill Clinton and President Reagan who brought drugs into America and distributed them to Black communities to fund the Iran/Contra War.
Film: American Made.
Michelle Alexander is a graduate of the Stanford law school who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. She was director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California. She’s now an associate professor of law at Ohio State University. Her book is called “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Well, Michelle Alexander, welcome to FRESH AIR. Let’s start with the scale of incarceration among African-Americans. How big a problem is this?
MICHELLE ALEXANDER: Well, it’s truly staggering. Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control, in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.
Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly‚ Slate‚ Chronicle of Higher Education‚ Literary Hub, Book Riot‚ and Zora. A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller—“one of the most influential books of the past 20 years,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education—with a new preface by the author
“It is in no small part thanks to Alexander’s account that civil rights organizations such as Black Lives Matter have focused so much of their energy on the criminal justice system.” — Adam Shatz, London Review of Books
Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is “undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”
Now, ten years after it was first published, The New Press is proud to issue a tenth-anniversary edition with a new preface by Michelle Alexander that discusses the impact the book has had and the state of the criminal justice reform movement today.
Fentanyl: National Security Crisis
Opioid addiction and abuse in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, endangering public health, economic output, and national security. Fentanyl and other opioids are fueling the worst drug crisis in the history of the United States. More than 1,500 people per week die from taking some type of opioid, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, making opioids by far the leading cause of fatal overdoses in the country.
In recent years, the crisis has become defined by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is some fifty times more potent than heroin. Analysts say the opioid problem started with the overprescription of legal pain medications, but it has intensified in recent years due to influxes of cheap heroin and synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, supplied by foreign drug cartels. The crisis has reached such a scale that it has become a significant drag on the economy and a threat to national security….
Opioids, primarily fentanyl, are the leading cause of U.S. overdose deaths, which have roughly quadrupled over the last ten years for which data is fully available. In 2021, the death toll surged to 80,411, more than ten times the number of U.S. military service members killed in the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We Need A Peaceful Revolution Now
Oliver Anthony and RFK Jr. agree that America needs a peaceful revolution now.
“If we continue on the path we’re going down now, culturally, we won’t have a country very long. Five years? Fifty years I don’t know,” Anthony said. “I mean, I don’t see our country lasting more than another generation the way we’re headed. We gotta go back to the roots of what made this country great in the first place, which was our sense of community.”
For decades, as a scion of the Kennedy family and environmental litigator, Robert F. Kennedy Junior was considered an establishment hero. In recent years, however, his rhetoric against Covid lockdowns and vaccines — culminating in him making a comparison with Anne Frank and the Holocaust at a vaccine mandate rally — sealed his reputation among most commentators as irresponsible and potentially dangerous.
So, since he announced that he was running for president two weeks ago, challenging Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination, he has presented the establishment media with something of a conundrum. He is already polling at 20% — should he be ignored or interrogated?
When Mr Kennedy agreed to speak to UnHerd, we thought we’d try something different: instead of re-rehearsing familiar arguments over vaccines, we thought we’d actually try to understand the way he thinks, and why he appeals to so many people. Does his curious basket of views — on the environment, Ukraine, corporate power, cultural issues — hang together? Below is an edited transcript.
Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post
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