Recent videos and articles remembering Rich Higgins:
Col. Derek Harvey reports to Steve Bannon from the memorial service being held for Rich Higgins, the American hero who died recently at the age of 47. Higgins had tried to warn President Trump about the dangers he faced in his own administration from Deep State operatives. The memo he wrote actually got him fired from his job at the Department of Defense, and then the people he warned against tried to impeach Trump twice. In part 2, watch more tributes from those at the memorial service.
Part 1: Remembering Rich Higgins w/ Col. Derek Harvey:
Part 2: Bill Gertz and Louie Gohmert Speak on the Memory of Rich Higgins:
Eulogy for a Bureaucrat With a Conscience
By Frank Miele in Real Clear Politics
“When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.” —Robert Bolt, “A Man for All Seasons”
Sir Thomas More’s pronouncement above correctly states the danger to a nation when our leaders don’t follow their conscience, but it is silent on the danger when men of conscience such as More are themselves silenced.
A statesman died recently who did not sacrifice his conscience, and paid a price for it. His death, so far as I know, had nothing to do with his conscience, but his firing from his public duties had everything to do with it. And because he was removed instead of rewarded, the nation did edge toward chaos.
In July 2017, Rich Higgins was unceremoniously dismissed from his job at the National Security Council, forced to resign as the result of a seven-page memo he wrote describing an internal and external threat to Donald Trump’s presidency.
“This is not politics as usual but rather political warfare at an unprecedented level that is openly engaged in the direct targeting of a seated president through manipulation of the news cycle,” he wrote. “It must be recognized on its own terms so that immediate action can be taken. At its core, these campaigns run on multiple lines of effort, serve as the non-violent line of effort of a wider movement, and execute political warfare agendas that reflect cultural Marxist outcomes.
Higgins went on to outline how the media, academia, the Deep State, global corporatists and bankers, Democratic leadership and Republican leadership would all benefit from the destruction of Trump’s presidency. He also concluded that all those institutions used political correctness as a tool to achieve their political ends.
Little did Higgins know that he would become the next target of the destructive anti-Trump campaign. Ironically it was Higgins’ own rejection of political correctness that gave Trump’s enemies an opening to paint him as a fringe conspiracy advocate. That’s because Higgins not only saw the hand of communists behind the attacks on Trump, but also Islamists. As Trump himself learned when he tried to institute a ban on travel from Islamic countries that harbored terrorist organizations, the ruling elites refuse to acknowledge any threat to the United States from the religion that spawned al-Qaida, the Islamic State, and Hezbollah.
So Higgins, an Army veteran who had served in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations in the Pentagon during the long occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan, had to go. At the time of his dismissal, he was the NSC’s director for strategic planning and had a thorough understanding of the geopolitics of the Middle East as well as a deep knowledge of Maoism, cultural Marxism, and the methodologies of propaganda.
He was, in other words, a mid-level bureaucrat whose name you would not be expected to know and yet who probably understood the workings of the so-called “intelligence community” as well as anyone.
That’s why his warning to Trump titled “POTUS & Political Warfare” was so invaluable and why his boss, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, was in such a hurry to show him the door. Higgins, following his conscience, had explained in plain language the “withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the President.” McMaster, as we came to understand later, was a key player in those campaigns.
Unfortunately, President Trump did not fight to protect Higgins, who was escorted out of the building by security just as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was three years later after he led a campaign to impeach Trump. Ironically, as Higgins noted in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2020, “in contrast to Lt. Col. Vindman, I lost my job because I was loyal to the president.”
Perhaps an even more exact counterpart to Higgins than Vindman is Miles Taylor, the Homeland Security official who used his inside knowledge to write an anonymous op-ed for the New York Times in 2018 that characterized Trump as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.” Taylor (under the cloak of anonymity at the time) “vowed to thwart parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.” In other words, he was one of those “individuals and groups seeking the destruction of President Trump” whom Higgins warned about because they “actually seek to suffocate the vision of America that made him president.”
In that regard, Taylor represented the vast majority of the federal bureaucracy, most of them Democrats, almost all certainly liberal in outlook, and completely out of sync with Trump’s “America First” priorities. Under the designation of the Deep State, these bureaucrats had worked tirelessly to sabotage Trump’s policies and to undermine him personally. There is no need to rehash the uncritical role of politicized intelligence community operatives in inventing and spreading the Russia Collusion Hoax – or their role in convincing the public that Hunter Biden’s laptop full of incriminating documents, videos, and emails had somehow been invented by the Russians to help Trump. When the mainstream media refused to investigate the laptop and its confessions of corruption in the Biden family, it helped secure victory for Joe Biden and defeat for Trump.
In hindsight, everything Higgins wrote has the sanction of experience. Just six months in, the Trump administration was already being hamstrung. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been forced out. Chief strategist Steve Bannon was soon to follow. The “attack narratives” that Higgins wrote about were in full swing. Two impeachments would follow.
In his memo, Higgins cautioned that “the White House response to these campaigns … is intensely reactive, severely under-inclusive and dangerously inadequate to the threat.” For many on the right, that remained frustratingly true throughout Trump’s presidency.
Higgins concluded that “If action is not taken to re-scope and respond to these hostile campaigns very soon, the administration risks implosion and subsequent early departure from the White House.”
It is only by sheer persistence that Trump avoided that fate, and as Higgins noted, “Attacks on President Trump are not just about destroying him, but also about destroying the vision of America that led to his election.”
That battle against the people, against the Deplorables, did not end with the departure of President Trump from the White House. In fact, it has intensified. Higgins, who died due to complications from an earlier bout of COVID-19, will not be able to carry on the fight against the cultural Marxists who want to tear down America, but we are fortunate he left us with a clear understanding of what we are up against – and how to fight back.
His cry of conscience has earned him the title of American hero.
Frank Miele, the retired editor of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell Mont., is a columnist for RealClearPolitics. His new book, “What Matters Most: God, Country, Family and Friends,” and his earlier books are available from his Amazon author page. Visit him at HeartlandDiaryUSA.com to read his daily commentary or follow him on Facebook @HeartlandDiaryUSA or on Twitter or Gettr @HeartlandDiary.
In Remembrance of American Hero Rich Higgins
By Gray Delany on behalf of the entire team at Calamo Press (Benjamin Braddock, Harry Stein and Robert Matheson), publisher of Rich’s book, The Memo
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of American hero Rich Higgins. Rich died of heart failure during the early morning hours of February 23rd. As many of you knew, Rich was left without a small bowel after suffering from a massive blood clot in his mesenteric artery in late January of 2021. Over the course of 2021, he underwent over twenty surgeries, many of which could have ended his life, but displaying his usual toughness, he made it through them all. Heading into his transplant the week before last, although he could not eat or drink, he was in good health and in good spirits. The transplant went well and the doctors indicated he was on track for a full recovery. The night before he passed, Rich was talking and texting with friends and family. But, unfortunately, his heart gave out just a few short hours later.
It is almost impossible to describe in this short a space how special a man Rich Higgins was, and how vital his contributions to our fight to reclaim our Republic. But I will do my best.
Rich was always about fifty steps ahead of everyone else. Many of us too readily dismissed Rich as a “conspiracy theorist”— only to find Rich completely vindicated by events a few months or years later. Why? Because his knowledge of the Deep State -the military industrial complex, Islamists, globalists, international financiers etc.–was hard-earned — gained through real world experience, rather than through serving time behind a desk at a think tank. Rich prided himself on his street smarts and his common touch. Years in Washington never turned his head. He wore his learning lightly. He had a talent for boiling down complicated political events and theories into language that anyone could understand.
I got to see Rich in action when I recruited him as a surrogate for Trump at the convention in Cleveland in 2016.
My task was to help assign surrogates to the various state delegation breakfasts, and I quickly realized we had a big problem: The RNC-run surrogate selection team had no understanding of Trump or his candidacy, and so were ill-equipped to counter Ken Cuccinelli’s plan to steal the nomination from Trump by getting the required number of states to vote for Cruz and force a brokered convention.
So I called Rich and said: “Drop what you are doing and come to Cleveland—now!”
I wanted Rich and his colleagues to convince the Cruz delegations to vote for Trump. I knew no one could better frame the issue at hand for what it was: a battle of Americanism v Globalism, with Trump representing average, decent, hard-working Americans.
Rich went into the most hostile Cruz delegations and won converts. Several of the states Rich briefed even ended up voting for Trump on the first ballot. Mission accomplished!
At that crucial moment, no one could have been more effective than Rich.
No one ever stood more firmly for truth, even if it was in the face of ridicule and derision. Because he always knew what was at stake, he always had the guts to tell it straight even when others would not. He was Bunyan’s Mr. Valiant-For-Truth.
Of course, he also knew how to pick his spots. He didn’t unnecessarily overexpose himself — when he stepped out, he went for the kill.
I remember Rich telling me, “Gray, war is nine parts deception and one part combat. How many times do I have to tell you to read the War of the Flea? It is all in there. Wake the f**k up.” This was Rich Higgins: immense learning but delivered in the common language of his hometown Boston.
Rich went for the kill when he wrote his famous “POTUS and Political Warfare” memo warning President Trump to “wake up,” or risk being removed from office.
Tragically, Trump did not listen, and the rest is history.
A few months after Rich was perp walked out of the White House for telling the truth, I started urging Rich to write a book. His story needed to be told. After months of back and forth, Rich finally agreed to write the book and we were proud to publish it. It is titled The Memo: Twenty Years Inside the Deep State Fighting for America First.
And now that Rich is gone, I am more thankful than ever that we were able to put Rich’s story between two covers. After you read the book, your understanding of the tumultuous years of the Trump Administration will be forever changed. Through Rich’s story, you’ll learn how the Left, Establishment republicans and globalists wage unprecedented political and information warfare operations against the American people. You will see national and world events through a whole new lens.
Rich, you will be sorely missed. You were an example to us all of love of country; of courage, civil and personal; and of stoic good humor in the face of adversity. We will pick up the torch and carry on the fight in your honor. We will make you proud. We promise you that.
Rich leaves behind his wife Karin and four young children. Karin has shown remarkable strength throughout the last year and has been a rock for Rich. We will not forget you, Karin and will be there to support you both emotionally and financially. To donate to the Rich Higgins Memorial Fund, click here.
Rich Higgins: Seeker of Truth and Patriot
By Guermantes Lailari in The Epoch Times
Rich Higgins passed away on Feb. 23, 2022. More than 3,300 people have donated over $275,000 to his GoFundMe website to cover his expensive medical costs as a result of COVID complications.
Why would so many people give their money to him? Who was Higgins? What did he do to inspire people?
First and foremost, Higgins was a relentless seeker of truth. He was an independent who worked under Republican and Democratic administrations.
In an interview on leadership in August 2020, he stated: “On social issues I’m probably more liberal than most people and on economic and foreign policy issues, I’m a lot more conservative than most people. And I think that’s what it means to be an American … I’m that five percent in the middle that gets to actually use my freedom to decide which path we want to go down. I’m not hide bound to some ideology.”
He would challenge assumptions about freedom of people on the left and the right, and he believed that “in America, the individual is the sovereign, and this idea of America is in the Declaration of Independence,” and that “the Constitution is the legal means that we swear to protect because the nation exists under law.”
In other words, anyone, any group, or any country that attacks the idea of the United States or the Constitution is a threat to Americans’ freedom.
From this framework, Higgins grew from being a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer to Defense civilian—quickly making the senior grade to GS-15. From 2002 to 2010, he designed and implemented innovative ways to use technology and people to win hearts and minds through irregular warfare at the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (now called the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate or IWTSD, which is subordinate to the assistant secretary of defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict or ASD-SO/LIC). Higgins later accepted a Special Operations Command-sponsored chair and was a student at the National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs.
Most of Higgins’ NDU colleagues were senior foreign military officers and senior civilians, some even from royal families. His NDU research and studies guided him for his remaining years. Higgins’ 2010 Master’s thesis paper was titled “No Common War: Mundus Vult Decipi”—which comes from the Latin phrase “Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur,” meaning, “the world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” One of his many prescient recommendations was to follow Sun Tzu’s instruction to know ourselves and the enemy.
Americans once learned about civics (ourselves), communism (our enemy), and Karl Marx during the Cold War. During our war with Islamist terrorist groups, learning about the adversary’s doctrine and strategy was hindered by government officials. Higgins argued the same obstacles work against us today as we face off with communist China; we no longer learn civics nor Marxism, Leninism, Communism, and Maoism.
Like Saint George, one of the most prominent Catholic military saints and his favorite, Higgins slew metaphorical dragons—threats to the idea of America—totalitarian and authoritarian ideologies. Whether one dragon was Islamists, who continue to infiltrate and beguile Americans via the many Muslim Brotherhood organizations that support al-Qaeda, Hamas, ISIS, and Hezbollah, or the other dragon, Marxist groups, who seek to foment a race war in the United States, Higgins led in warning political leaders, intelligence, law enforcement, and defense officials, and provided them clear, logical, and persuasive proof of these foreign and domestic dragons’ malicious intent.
Higgins was a firebrand and provided no weaknesses in his arguments. Consequently, many tried to remove him from positions in which he served in the U.S. government. Despite their efforts, Higgins was able to convince many people that the United States was allowing these dragons to spread lies and disinformation.
When he was fired from the National Security Council by then-national security adviser General H. R. McMaster, Higgins had just described the threat and how to tackle it in concise and precise terms. His seven-page paper, titled “POTUS & Political Warfare” and dated May 2017, was written at home on his own time and was intended to help then-President Donald Trump to better understand the threat that was rearing its ugly heads from every direction.
After leaving the White House, Higgins wrote “The Memo: Twenty Years Inside the Deep State Fighting for America First” (2020). These examples were not the only time that Higgins had written clearly about threats to America.
Stephen Coughlin, author of “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad” (2015), and Higgins formed a non-profit company, Unconstrained Analytics, in 2015. They wrote and spoke extensively on the Islamist threat (via the Muslim Brotherhood and associated U.S. organizations that supported designated terror organizations). They also dissected ideas espoused by Marxist organizations that had sprung up after the foreign policy establishment went to sleep following the end of the Cold War.
Rich Higgins—American hero, warrior, father, husband, son, boss, colleague, friend—was an inspiration to many. He lives through his insightful writings, speeches, interviews, and his fearless actions that continue to inspire us—dedicated to the idea of the United States described in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that he loved so dearly.
As one of his friends wrote to him after he passed away: “We who have served our brothers, our sisters, our brethren—Sir, We Have The Mission.”