A. Dru Kristenev

Former newspaper publisher, A. Dru Kristenev, grew up in the publishing industry working every angle of a paper, from ad composition and sales, to personnel management, copy writing, and overseeing all editorial content. During her tenure as a news professional, Kristenev traveled internationally as both a representative of the paper and non-profit organizations.Since 2007, Kristenev has authored four fact-filled political suspense novels, the Baron Series, and two non-fiction books, all available on Amazon.ChangingWind (changingwind.org) is a solutions-centered Christian ministry.Donate Here

Most Recent Articles by A. Dru Kristenev:

Mississippi’s senate special election is a chance to seat a real conservative

Oct 17, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Mississippi's senate special election is a chance to seat a real conservative
The facts about the Mississippi special election to replace Thad Cochran have been completely misrepresented by the GOP “Vote Red” campaign.

Making voters believe that the senate race is the usual partisan showdown, the GOP has pressured President Trump to endorse the governor-appointed candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith who is a proven democrat in republican clothing. The MSGOP even went as far as to coerce McDaniel voters wearing red t-shirts emblazoned with “Trump Voters for Chris McDaniel” to turn them inside out before entering the President’s rally October 2. The GOP had not indicated that any dress code would be enforced.

Liberals emulate Iran: Guilt by Accusation, Sentenced to Execution

Oct 11, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Liberals emulate Iran: Guilt by Accusation, Sentenced to Execution
Day by day, the concept of fairmindedness is being drowned out by surging self-righteousness.

The democrat driven kangaroo court that tried to condemn Brett Kavanaugh on the uncorroborated testimony of a woman, who has since been credibly tied to FBI deep state assets, was enough to give pause in assessing the veracity of her charges. At least it was to senators who hadn’t fully succumbed to the minority party’s coercion and sanctimonious chest-thumping. They didn’t buy the guilt by accusation.

Twisted roots of identity politics and its influence on the Constitution

Sep 24, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Twisted roots of identity politics and its influence on the Constitution
Should anyone think that setting up a state where achieving equality is paramount, they are seriously misguided.

China’s institutionalizing social standards to which all must aspire is not a new concept nor is it a step forward in improving the human experience. It’s a rehashing of old control issues for despots who now have technology to assist their implementing a fully empowered state, which means a completely cowed populace.

“No,” say the idealistic millennials. “That can’t possibly be. It’s for the people’s good and freedom of expression, where everyone has what they need…. for free!”

Would it be so bad if California received a coastline overhaul?

Sep 5, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Would it be so bad if California received a coastline overhaul?
1971—The big Sylmar earthquake, 6.6 on the Richter scale, rocked the San Fernando Valley where I lived. The I-5 overpass north of the valley collapsed for the first time and Granada Hills neighborhoods adjacent to the earthen Van Norman Dams were evacuated, which meant a family of seven bunking with us in a three bedroom home already housing five people.

Interesting times to be sure but what does that have to do with today? I’ll tell you in my own twisted manner. Finding a place of refuge was a challenge amid a ruckus that naturally comes with ten kids jostling for space under one roof, but my older sister and I managed to find it once in a while in our bedroom. Trouble was, peace wasn’t exactly part of the prize as far as I was concerned.

ACLU is now making government policy?

Aug 19, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

ACLU is now making government policy?
This is how “democracy,” which is essentially a byword for communism, takes over. As disgraceful, unethical and unconstitutional it is to install private lobbies as policymakers, the practice has been going on so long that voters haven’t taken notice or care.

It came with the installation of “stakeholders,” another name for apparatchiks or party members, into officialdom. With the United Nations came the recognition of non-governmental agencies, something I learned about after serving as chapter president of such a nonprofit before I knew better. Over the last 50 years, the voice of so-called stakeholders has increased in influencing legislation, mostly through the legitimization of these special interest groups via the UN. These days, such organizations are ubiquitous. Everybody with a beef that sets up a nonprofit (the proliferation of 501s) and cries about injustice is given credence as a stakeholder.

Saving America in the face of leftists canceling law and order

Aug 9, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Winston Churchill: The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists
The conundrum facing President Trump, his administration and the majority of Americans who now support his agenda (for the numbers have swelled in the wake of the president’s successes) is battling blatant outlaws holding elected office and on the streets.

There is a concerted effort by leftists to destroy the fabric of our nation, calling it and those who stand by its founding precepts, everything from “unfair”—the crybaby wail, to “immoral”—the depraveds’ accusation. Both charges (and everything in between) are made by self-proclaimed arbiters of fairness and morality who do not apply the concepts to themselves. They wouldn’t know how to examine their own conscience if they had one, but deriding others’ is perfectly acceptable.

Twitter, Facebook and the war against logic

Jul 29, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Twitter, Facebook and the war against logic
It really isn’t any surprise that social media giants are taking heat this last week for the ill thought-out actions of constraining free speech on their platforms.

Taking punitive action against individuals under the guise of saving users the pain of glimpsing an offensive meme, comment or video, Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube has been deleting, locking and hiding content of targeted accounts. Not only have they demonetized accounts of popular personalities like Diamond and Silk, the black female duo leading the pack of Trump supporters, but they have refused ads from republican politicians such as Tennessee Senate Candidate Marsha Blackburn and limited access to posts by RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and Representative Jim Jordan.

Detaining illegal immigrant children counterproductive, expensive

Jul 18, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Detaining illegal immigrant children counterproductive, expensive
Hiding behind the detention of children by mischaracterizing the situation as child abuse, the left has gone beyond placing the United States in a precarious position. It has created yet another industry based on waste and fraud. The fraud comes in the form of lying about the woes of incarcerated children in order to bilk the government of hundreds of millions of dollars and anchor illegal aliens within the electorate.

Strange as this sounds, both situations have been documented. Furthering the bogus nature of the “emergency,” businesses and nonprofits have created a burgeoning trade providing shelter for these displaced children by sponging off government, i.e. the taxpayers.

Reviving journalism

Jul 5, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Reviving journalism
Going from spin to facts, vagueness to specifics and inferences to full quotes. This is part of what it would take to revive journalism.

Simple, right? In reality, hardly possible in a world where journalism schools have mostly been redesignated schools of communications, which is a completely different and oppositional field of study.

Consider what news writing was intended to be—journaling the occurrences of the day. Keeping a public diary, in a manner of speaking, without personal commentary. “Communicating” emotions and responses to occurrences is what it has become.

Paradox of genetic engineering

Jun 25, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Paradox of genetic engineering
After all the years of telling us that genetic engineering is unhealthy for people and upsets the natural order of the environment, advocates of all things organic are finding themselves in something of a bind.

Overzealous health nuts keep pushing everything vegan but have never let go of deriding genetically modified foods, consistently going after Monsanto and other corporations that monkey with grain and vegetable DNA to make them pest and drought resistant.

Commencement season opens education debate

Jun 18, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Commencement season opens education debate
Attending a graduation ceremony for children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other sundry relatives is a time for celebration of accomplishment and new beginnings. In these days of politicization of virtually everything, including the air we breathe, it can also be a time of hailing the speakers or seatsquirming, depending on the listeners’ point of view. And when it comes to college commencements, it’s fairly certain which audience members will be cheering or fidgeting and frowning.

Having just driven over a thousand miles to be present at UCLA’s commencement exercise in honor of the last of the sibling’s children walking to receive their undergraduate diploma, I was the one disturbed by some of the professorial maunderings at the podium. No shock there.

Instilling a culture of disrespect and self-loathing

Jun 5, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Instilling a culture of disrespect and self-loathing
It’s been a loooong time in the making but we’ve achieved a new height in cultural degradation. (Sounds like an oxymoron and, in a way, it is.) Decades of social decline have brought the western world to a morbid abasement of civility. Plain terms? Name calling of the worst kind has been normalized.

But how did we get here? Steadily chipping away at common discourse by every means available…and it wasn’t accidental. It was purposeful in order to devalue only one form of life—human.

Strange bedfellows devising school curricula

May 24, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Strange bedfellows devising school curricula
The misconstrued separation of church and state has taken some incoherent twists and turns over the last few years creating the strangest of bedfellows that puts new emphasis on the old adage of “sleeping with the enemy.”

It doesn’t seem to matter which school district is in the limelight when so many are buckling to popular liberal thought that is replacing true science with pseudoscience, invading curricula, especially for elementary and middle school students.

Iran Deal was no deal for global interests

May 11, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Iran Deal was no deal for global interests
If anyone is in a quandary about the highly touted Iran Deal (by Obama and his acolytes) that could and should be so easily wiped off the U.S.’ political map, don’t be. There are only a couple drivers of this clunker that never got started in the first place, and President Obama was not behind the wheel.

As one of the first to recognize and write that the “deal” was a sham when it was rolled out in 2015, loudly and futilely exclaiming that it was a treaty in disguise—no thanks to the now retiring Senator Bob Corker—it took a new administration to confiscate the keys. Before President Trump locked the car in the garage, all the uninsured operators who had their licenses revoked for reckless driving began howling about consequences to grounding them and busting up their party. When looking to pin the blame on a gang of undisciplined adolescents, you’ll find an older, experienced bully behind the scenes.

Dispelling Soros’ disinformation—funding revolution, riots and migrant ‘caravans’

May 1, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Dispelling Soros' disinformation--funding revolution, riots and migrant 'caravans'
Fascinating how independent and mainstream media alike suffer under misconceptions put forth by and about the still enigmatic George Soros. A true chameleon, Soros has switched up his story over the decades since he first emerged from the shadows as the man who broke the Bank of England in 1992.

For some of us in the media, Soros had already made international news back in 1989 but he wasn’t called a currency arbitrager. This earlier bout with recognition came from his connection to the coup in Romania that ousted and publicly executed President Nikolae Ceausescu. He was identified as a Romanian arms dealer, which information was utilized in an analysis of that country’s upheaval that appeared in my column, the Round File. (Obviously, I had no delusions about where my opinion pieces ended up. Don’t worry, you won’t find it, having appeared in actual print before the internet took over.)

From “dirty” jeans to Pruitt’s “dirty laundry”

Apr 27, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

From dirty jeans to Pruitt's dirty laundry
Environmentalist bubble-browsers can’t seem to get their heads out of their pants. They’re more than happy to remove their britches in public (which most of us would rather not see), but don’t expect much if you ask them to examine their motive for revealing what’s best kept covered—doubtful it goes any deeper than exhibitionism.

For the sane onlooker, the question is which threat is worse? Stepping out of their trousers or the attempt to buffalo a jeans manufacturer, and one that has previously embraced the global warming narrative? Sounds a little redundant fussing over a corporation that’s already joined the bandwagon. But it’s about cheap publicity rather than scientific substance, isn’t it.

Ryan going home spells hope for the GOP

Apr 13, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

A NEW DAWN: Ryan going home spells hope for the GOP
The RNC response to Paul Ryan deciding to leave the House and return to Wisconsin is upside-down. RNC Spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, appearing on Fox Business April 12, 2018, noted that with Ryan’s departure another aisle straddler should take the speakership if republicans retain the majority in the House.

She got it wrong.

Self-destructive behavior is now defined as an achievement

Apr 4, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Self-destructive behavior is now defined as an achievement
Facing down crises has always been a measure of reaching adulthood. How a youth responds to peril, especially when they display courage in challenging circumstances, is the line that is crossed to gauge maturity.

Rites of passage vary among cultures but the one aim they usually share is the acquisition of skills needed to provide for and raise a family. Historically, the skills included proficiency with tools used for these purposes such as knives, spears, hoes, picks and axes to hunt, farm, mine and log. Or, on the homemaking side of family needs are mastering the skills of preparing and storing food, clothing construction and training children.

Let there be light… unless you’re doing business in city limits

Apr 1, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Let there be light… unless you’re doing business in city limits
Daily, a new story breaks about municipalities, counties and states yielding to environmental lobbies applying pressure to curtail free enterprise. Sans bias, every business qualifies to be in protectionists’ crosshairs as the enemy of nature, which runs the gamut from defenseless weeds and hapless wolves to the vast cosmos. Like other entrepreneurs, activists use the saying ‘business is business’ but with an adverse twist in that ‘any business is bad business.’

Planning commissions, regulatory agencies and back office conferences run by nature advocates center around how commerce can be restricted rather than encouraged, and the revenue generating operations that fund their conclaves are, ironically, targets to be gutted. If the business sector was looking for common sense among the political class, egged on by the environmental class, it needn’t bother making the effort.

Brilliance in one field does not overall genius make

Mar 24, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Brilliance in one field does not overall genius make
According to modern media we are flush with geniuses. They inhabit the worlds of science, philosophy, entertainment and politics and, with the help of bloggers, pundits and TV personalities, are bestowed undue influence over every issue of import or general interest.

But how smart are they really?

How many times has Hillary Clinton been hailed as the “smartest woman in the world” even after managing to fritter away a slam-dunk win in the 2016 election? Okay, so she’s not the best example of an intellectual giant.