by Roland Rhoades, Maine Genealogist and Fuller Brush Man



"War is a violent response to complex issues, by simple minds."

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.  - Lao Tzu

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another. - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. - Isaac Asimov

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. - Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The world has always been in an uproar, and it always will be. Choose Peace. Choose to live with Peace. Choose to interact peacefully with everyone - especially those whose instinct is not to be peaceful. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thank you to my Fuller-Stanley distributor Julius Rensch of Ohio for these words of wisdom.

Bombing Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, ... might sound like fun, but it solves nothing and only creates more enemies. And then the question is "Then what?" when you have solved nothing. Keep bombing? How do you stop without leaving in defeat? The better man fights with his brain. - Roland Rhoades

2016 Statement by Roland Rhoades, Fuller Brush Company Top 10 Nationwide Distributor, Recruiter, & Trainer:

"Bernie Sanders is a Positive voice for truth and justice.  Millions who have given up on Republicans & Democrats are supporting Bernie against the voices of ego, hatred, insults, bigotry, and divisiveness. A reason to vote again. I am a Berniecrat."
"Bernie is trustworthy. Both liberal and conservative pundits have noted that you can pick any issue or cause, and you can trace Bernie's consistency back decades in politics and social change, no Johnnie-come-lately changing positions as it suits their politics. The adult in the room. First time voters are potentially voting in November if they have someone worth voting for, and many people have noted they have boycotted elections for 20 years because there was nobody they trusted."

My wife, a 65-yr-old woman, Hillary's base, has always wanted a woman for President, but she is open-minded enough to actually listen to both what Hillary and Bernie are saying, and how they say it, and switched to Bernie and voted absentee in the Maine caucus.

Bernie as an independent has consistently been opposed to international trade agreements that enable corporations to move jobs to China. If American workers don't have good jobs and pay, then there is nobody to buy the products they want to sell.

I find, and so does the world press and leaders, that the Republicans' hatred and vitriol are an embarrassment to the United States on the world stage.  I see Bernie and Berniecrats as the positive future leadership of the Democratic Party, just as a new negative philosophy took over the Republican Party.

For more information about the Bernie Sanders movement, check the many Bernie Sanders groups on Facebook and the official website

Feb 2018 - YES, I am still a Berniecrat. The movement lives on, trying to make the Democratic party once again a party of the working people. Too bad 2016 was all about two corporate narcissists.