Frequently Asked Questions
Q: You are an idiot.
A: That is not a question.
Q: Why do you hate animal rights groups if you love animals?
A: I don’t hate them. I dislike them. I don’t trust them. Many of them are terrorists. I don’t like terrorism. Violence against people and property is no better than violence against beasts and critters.
Q: Why are you so biased against Liberals/Socialists/Democrats?
A: The short answer is “I’m not.” You might be more comfortable with this, however: these general labels fit the kinds of people who create problems for society and the ideals that I advocate. Liberals want something for nothing, and they want quick, messy and poorly planned change. They are also hypocrites, screaming “bigot” at people one day and then crusading against religion/business/fox news/republicans/gun owners the next. Mass Socialism is dangerous to a functioning America because it robs the people of a lot of their freedoms. Individual socialists are free to believe what they want to believe, and I’m all for them setting up their own little utopias out in the desert somewhere, but America was never intended to be a socialist government. Democrats? I vote for the good ones, but generally they blindly embrace any flashy new thing that comes along. It also grosses me out that the party that historically advocated slavery is now known for its ‘civil rights’ stance, even though that was only because of Bobby Kennedy.
Q: Why do you claim most religious people are “open minded”? They shoot abortion doctors and start all wars, and are the most intolerant of anyone!
A: Actually, if you want to be accurate, the vast majority of religious folks aren’t “in your face” types, and of the tiny few who are, an even tinier few advocate violence against abortion clinics, and a tinier few of those actually do it. There is actually a larger % of Liberal-minded folks who commit arson other acts of vandalism during violent protests than there are religious people who attack abortion clinics. It is also a peculiar falsehood that most wars are started “because of religion”. Most wars are actually started because of territorial or political reasons. As for intolerance, I’ve searched far and wide for good public examples of religious intolerance, but every time I do a search for “religion+protests” or “religion+hate” or “religion+judgement” or “religion+grouchy self-centered people”, I simply find more examples of people marching on church property to protest the “defense of marriage act”, or blogs by people who hate religion and want to blame it for all wars and ignorance and violence against abortion clinics. It seems, then, that it is more often that anti-religion folks go out of their way to pick fights and be rude and intolerant of others.
Q: Are you some kind of jingoistic neo-con racist cowboy, or what?
A: Nope. I don’t believe in further American expansion (though I do believe that democracy is a very important form of government), I’m actually not that conservative, I absolutely do not support racism, and actually go out of my way to fight all forms of racism, including those that a lot of people who think they’re socially-conscious ignore (affirmative action, for example). As for cowboy … well, no comment.
Q: Why do you waste your time with this blog when there are so many better ones out there?
A: I like to write. Writing helps me flesh out my ideas. For every disjointed, ill-formed rant you see me toss up here, there is a clear and powerful oratory being unleashed in a college class or in a café that was born here.
Q: Where are you from?
A: A small town in the west, a small town in the east, a big city in the east, a giant city in the west. A coastal town, a rural town in the Rockies. A home business, a fast food chain, state and federal government, a giant technology company, an entertainment company. Really, I & we have “been there, done that” a lot more than most, and that gives us a unique perspective. I heard once that “going abroad makes you come home more American”, and that principle is true in a lot of different incarnations. Living in a big city made me more small-town. Going without made me appreciate plenty. Going overseas made me appreciate the USA more.
Q: What are your religious beliefs?
A: I talk about them in my posts sometimes, so it isn’t that hard to figure out what church I go to, but the beliefs that are of the most importance to the purpose of this blog are as follows:
– I believe part of God’s plan is for us to have freedom to make choices, right or wrong.
– I believe that God is an unchanging God, and therefore old laws that are unpopular now are still in effect! This also means that God works the same way now as he did in ancient times, by speaking through a prophet, performing meaningful miracles, listening to our prayers, appreciating our obedience.
– I believe in the separation of church and state, not in the separation of religion and state. (No official denomination, but that government has a responsibility to uphold the general idea of religion (or no religion) and tat it is beneficial to operate in respect to the fundamental belief in a “supreme being”).
Q: You talk about guns a lot. Are you a gun-hoarding redneck militia goon?
A: I enjoy firearms, I regularly exercise my right to own and fire them, I used to belong to the NRA, and sometimes I drive a pickup. I am not, however, a “redneck”, I do not belong to a militia, and it is idiotic to equate firearms ownership with extremist lifestyles. In most of the country, owning a gun is as commonplace than drinking coffee.
Q: What political party do you favor?
A: I used to mostly vote republican (when there was a good Dem, they’d get my vote), but I most often vote my conscience, not any particular party affiliation. I have a kind of hierarchy for choosing who I will vote for:
– I vote according to my morals/spiritual beliefs. If the candidate supports abortion, for example, I almost always go with the other one. I don’t want a president who upholds evil while suppressing good.
– I vote according to my political beliefs. A candidate I support will not have a record of infringing on my rights or be a party to any plan to do so.
– I study the candidates. I’m one of those who makes a spreadsheet during campaigning season to see who says what. I look at their record to see if their actions back what they’re saying.
– Finally, I vote according to “gut feeling”, verified through prayer.
Q: Why do you use the “Red” and “Blue” political designations wrong?
A: Oh, you ignorant cow-chip! Red has traditionally (and widely) been used to designate Radicals and Communists, while Blue has traditionally been the color of Conservatives and the Religious.
For example, according to Wikipedia, Blue in Politics represents Conservative parties in Britain and Canada, as well as Center-Right Liberal (Conservative Extremist) parties in Scandinavian countries. “Blue Laws” in the united States are those laws which Liberals despise: Laws which enforce religious ideals, such as closing stores to shopping on Sundays, and restriction of liquor sales. Blue is the color of peace, of tranquility. It is fitting then, that Blue is the color of conservativism – the ideal of “not rocking the boat”, of seeking a peaceful center ground, of adhering to eternal spiritual ideals.
On the other hand, Red in Politics has been the color of the Nazis, the Socialist Red of the USSR, Red China, Leftist Terror Groups, Social-Democracies. Red is the color of fire, of blood, of anger and violence. It is fitting, then, that worldwide it is associated with extreme turmoil, radical change and violent hatred.
While others may cower to the calculated inversion of these color-symbols, as a student of world history I cannot flip-flop as easily. While the political colors of the United States were never, prior to the 2000 election, fixed, if we are to adopt symbolic colors to represent the two primary political parties, we ought to use them in the way that makes the most sense – in their universal usage of Red for Radical, Blue for Conservative. The Left are Red, the Right are Blue.
Q: Will you help support our [insert political cause here]?
A: No. I might agree with you, but my goal is to uphold truth or to nudge people to think about news stories and issues rather than just digesting the pills dropped in their feed. Inevitably, man-made political causes turn into power struggles, scandals arise, stances shift, and corruption comes in.
Politics ought to be a personal choice. When we allow ourselves to take root in one camp, it’s too easy to get stuck when that camp starts to get muddy. We should jump from candidate to candidate, supporting the issues that we agree with and fighting those which pose a threat. This business of branding ourselves and going with the herd is what allows us to justify stupid and dangerous legislation and mindsets. While the ground is going to be more steady with some parties (Conservatives, by nature, tend to be more steady because they exercise caution), no ground is completely safe. I follow my morals and my internal standards, and support those who do likewise.
Q: What are you studying to be in school?
A: A college graduate.