I stands what I can stands and I can’t stands no more – Popeye
If you think kicking off the initial post of this blog with a quote from Popeye is an indication of a lack of seriousness on my part, I will encourage you now to go ahead and peruse social media. Check out the accounts of our elected officials. Look at the profiles of “mainstream” media “reporters.” Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Now then, doesn’t Popeye seem like a sage in comparison to the drek you just read?
Let me state up front who I am. I am a politically conservative Roman Catholic of a certain age. I strenuously opposed the nomination of Donald Trump, and did not vote for him in the general election. For technical and logistical reasons I do not call myself a “Never Trumper.” I have not become a fan of Donald Trump, though I support and appreciate many of his policy goals and initiatives, none the least of which are his judicial selections – but more on that in a second. A lifelong Republican, I changed to Independent days before the 2016 Republican convention. This November I intended to vote only to reelect my governor, and then leave all other offices on the ballot blank.
After what I witnessed yesterday, and have been witnessing for the past two weeks, I will be voting straight line Republican in November. Moreover, I will not be sitting on the sidelines anymore as the left – and yes, the American left does merit most of the blame for the circus our republic has become – becomes committed to acquiring power at all costs.
This does not mean I have become a “Trumpist,” nor will I become (I hope) a blind Republican partisan stooge. It does mean that recent events have, for lack of a better term, “radicalized” me. No, you don’t have to alert homeland security. The greatest extent my radicalization will take is writing angry screeds on the internet. But make no mistake: I am angry, or at least I am angry about what our politics have become.
I intend not just to write about current events. As the blog title indicates, history is important to me, and will endeavor to write historically-informed posts. The next few posts, however, will focus on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, and the disgusting treatment he received from Democrats on the committee, as well as what public reaction to those hearings has revealed about the mindset of the American left.
3 thoughts on “The Radicalization of a Conservative”
“Where there are two or more gathered together in my name there I AM in the midst of them.”
This is beginning to remind me of the process leading to the American Revolution. Most colonists just wanted to live their own lives and ignore political matters as much as they were able, a very American point of view. However the British government, through malice and ineptness, kept ratcheting up the pressure until even natural conservatives like George Washington became advocates of Independence. You can only push most people so far, and ultimately they will decide they have nothing to lose and decide to fight back. That is what happened at Lexington and Concord. The Democrats, in their embrace of an ever increasingly hysterical and increasingly violent Left, have no idea how many people they are pushing to view them increasingly as a threat to their desire to simply be left alone to live their own lives.
I agree, Don. That might be a better way to frame it than civil war.
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