Anne Armstrong & Pilgrims Society

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armstrong4When Cheney had his hunting accident, many of the folk that were present were given time to disappear by Anne Armstrong who was a member of the Pilgrims Society because she was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. How many British subject were at the Armstrong Ranch. Prince Philip played polo there.

I suspect this is where the agenda of the private Energy Meeting held in the White House just after Bush got elected, was talked about. Kinder Morgan of Airee was buying up all the fiber-optic cable he could get his hands on – and old gas and oil pipes to lay it on. Here come cable T.V. and, here come the Enron Collapse.

The poor leftist liberal hippie didn’t know we were dealing with the British Empire and the Military Industrial Complex.
Thatcher hated us because her company owned Three Mile Island and we radicals were protesting the building and operation of Nuclear plants. Bin Laden’s father was going to build nuclear plants in the Mideast. Folks with family crests and “Sir” before their name laughed at the American Hippie who would never believe who was taking over their country with the help of the Republicans and so-called Patriots like the Armstrongs who are being compared to the movie ‘Big’ starring Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.

We leftist liberal didn’t understand that folks with money do not have a country, especially when the Queen of England is kissing your horses ass, after she applies her brand.

Mitt Romney’s Yacht flies the British Cayman Island flag where he keeps all his American Dollars.

Jon Presco

Vice President Cheney’s mishap on the property last weekend drew the curtain back on a place that has become a quiet destination for the powerful, rivaling Hyannisport, Kennebunkport and the Hamptons as a setting where important relationships have been nurtured.

Anne Armstrong

United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

In office
1976–1977

Preceded by
Elliot L. Richardson

Succeeded by
Kingman Brewster, Jr.

Personal details

Born
December 27, 1927
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Died
July 30, 2008 (aged 80)
Houston, Texas

Political party
Republican

Spouse(s)
Tobin Armstrong

Children
Katharine Armstrong

Residence
Kenedy County, Texas

Alma mater
Vassar College

Occupation
Diplomat; Businesswoman; Politician

Anne Legendre Armstrong (December 27, 1927 – July 30, 2008) was a United States diplomat and politician, and the first female Counselor to the President; she served in that capacity under both the Ford and Nixon administrations. She was also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Biography[edit source]

She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and graduated from Vassar College in 1949. In 1950, she married Tobin Armstrong and moved to Kenedy County, Texas. From 1966 to 1968, she was the vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party. From 1971 to 1973 she was Co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, and she was the keynote speaker at the 1972 Republican National Convention. (She was the first woman from either major party to keynote at a national convention). In 1973, a young Karl Rove, then on his way to becoming the chairman of the College Republicans, suggested in a memorandum to Armstrong that the Republican Party show nonpolitical films (such as John Wayne movies and Reefer Madness) at College Republican clubs as part of a strategy to raise support for the party among students and for fundraising.

From 1976 to 1977, Armstrong was the first woman United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. At the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, there was a draft effort to put Armstrong on the ticket as the vice presidential nominee with incumbent President Gerald Ford; Senator Robert Dole of Kansas was instead chosen by Ford. In 1978, Armstrong supported George W. Bush in his successful primary challenge to Jim Reese in their congressional runoff primary in Texas’s 19th congressional district.[1] Bush, however, lost the general election that fall to then Democrat Kent Hance.

In 1987, Armstrong was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws from St. Mary’s University in 1978.

In addition to her public life, Armstrong served on the boards of many U.S. corporations, including American Express, Boise Cascade, Halliburton, and General Motors. She also served on the board of non profit organizations such as Center for Strategic and International Studies and was a member of the Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute, and the University of Oxford.

Armstrong died of cancer at a hospice in Houston.

Her daughter, Katharine Armstrong, is a Bush Pioneer and was at the Armstrong family ranch south of Corpus Christi when the Dick Cheney hunting incident occurred there in February 2006.[2

The rise of the Armstrong Ranch, and its even larger and more famous neighbor next door, the King Ranch, is as much a story of the rise of the Republican party in Texas, and George W. Bush as it is about the Armstrong family itself.

Over the last five decades, the Republican pilgrimage to the Armstrong Ranch has become a familiar ritual, dating back to the 1950’s, when John Armstrong’s descendant Tobin and his wife, Anne, first became active in Republican politics, putting them at the center of a small circle in a time when most Texans were still yellow dog Democrats. The South Texas property became a meeting place for rising political figures.

Now their children — including their daughter Katharine, who called her local newspaper to disclose the vice president’s shooting of Harry M. Whittington — have inherited the perch. And even though Tobin Armstrong died at age 82 last year, invitations to the Armstrong Ranch remain sacred in Republican circles in the state — and are almost sure to remain so in the days ahead despite the site’s recent infamy.

“When you say, ‘I’ve been hunting with the Armstrongs,’ or ‘I’ve been down on the Armstrong Ranch,’ that implies a certain level of status and insiderness,” said Harvey Kronberg, the editor of The Quorum Report, the statewide political news publication. “The ranch itself is kind of a rite of passage for Texas Republicans. You go pay homage.”

And many have paid their respects over the years — the Bushes and the Cheneys, Karl Rove, James A. Baker III, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry, have all been cited as participating in hunting trips or other social functions at the Armstrong Ranch. Mr. Cheney, in his one interview after the accident, made certain to note that Mr. Rove has also hunted there, declaring that both he and Mr. Rove are “good friends of the Armstrongs.”

“If it could ever be said that a man could walk with kings yet keep the common touch, it was Tobin Armstrong,” Mr. Cheney said at the funeral, according to the accounts at the time. The first lady, Laura Bush, also attended; three years earlier, when the British queen mother died, Anne and Tobin Armstrong accompanied Mrs. Bush as part of the United States delegation.

Ranches and power have gone hand in hand in Texas political history. The state’s huge ranches — particularly the biggest, the South Texas ones — were patterned closely on the patron culture of the great Spanish ranches, with a landowner acting as almost a local sovereign, controlling the lives of the workers in his charge and deferred to in social and cultural matters, large and small.

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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    The Duke of Kent must condemn Putin, Trump, and Graham.

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