I have to tell you all how impressed I am with this site and the people I have encountered here. I am a writer and I began writing primarily political articles. Besides my own blog page I wrote for a site, Madisonscpc.net and now for Lantern.buzz. The 2016 election cycle taught me a lot about both sides. I finally had enough and I stopped writing about current politics and turned my focus on education and motivation.
To back up a bit, I wrote a novel in 2012, Spare Time. The premise of the book was that we have all been busy with our lives and have not taken the time to “keep” the republic as Franklin charged the lady who asked about the government they had formed. I guess if I feel any regret in my nearly 65 years it is that I did not do my part in my younger years. The book is fiction, but based on our nation in the early 21st century. I tried to make it “Edutainment”, educate and entertain. One reviewer, obviously a liberal progressive, indicated she felt “preached at”. I always say, throw a rock in a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one you hit. lol
Other than my daily history and quote posts, I try to make my articles based on founding principles as they relate to the problems of today. I can get far more readers doing the political stuff…but to what end? I hope to be part of a solution, not a part of the problem.
The comments I read here are very thoughtful and well stated. People disagree with respect and I don’t see the senseless verbal assaults that are all too common on Facebook. And I’m not talking about progressives, I’m talking about people who profess to be conservatives and constitutional - and Christian.
I seldom comment on posts over there because of that. Yesterday morning I responded to a friend’s post:
Apparently, I’m not the only one having an issue (or in some cases crisis) about my political ideology/philosophy. I’ve seen about 15 people post about questioning what to identify as.
These people 1-2 years ago would probably call themselves Conservative (yours truly included) without batting an eye. Now, I’m seeing people question this. I’ve seen people mention things from Libertarianism to Classical Liberalism to Republicanism and a whole lot of other things as well.
So, what say you/how about you? Are you rethinking or questioning what to call yourself and/or where you stand on certain issues?
The issue with giving yourself or anyone else a term is the fluid definitions. What is conservative to one is not to another. Liberal used to mean the same as the ideology of libertarian (not the party) as an example. Even to call oneself a constitutionalist is not as defining as we might think because so many don’t read or understand the document. I used to say I was a “conservatarian”, now I am more apt to say I am a Jeffersonian.
One guy, not a FB friend, came after me demanding what I meant by that, didn’t I know Jefferson was a Deist (he was not)) and when I said it was not about religions, I had responded to the question of political philosophy/ideology. I was eventually called an atheist and Marxist. I shared two of my last two articles for him and told him I had to get ready to go to church.
This is a symptom of what is wrong in our nation. FB is no friend to the republic, but I believe Freebird is. I have over 12,000 followers at FB, but I will take quality over quantity. Glad to be here.