Due to my business being extremely busy during the holiday shopping season, I have not been able to write much at all during the last couple of months.
I have a lot pent up…
As I’m plotting my return and how I will contribute on a regular basis again, I have been looking back over my writings here from 2018. This gives me a pretty good idea of what has worked and what has not.
One of the things I will be working on during the coming months is a big project with my essay series. I don’t want to announce anything about that just yet, but I think (I hope) you will enjoy it. It will be a lot of work and I’m not at all sure I will be successful at it, but I’m hoping for good luck with that in the new year.
In addition, I’m contemplating on what I’d like to do on a daily basis. I’m leaning toward taking a look at the main headlines (the big story) from a variety of sources each day and providing some quick hot takes on each.
Lastly, I also hope to provide an editorial of a bit more heft on a weekly basis.
As I finalize these plans, I’d like to close out 2018 by sharing some of my favorite pieces of the year. Aside from the educational stuff, I enjoyed shining a light on some of the more disappointing actions of people that I have previously held great respect for…people who were not being intellectually honest, or have failed to stand on principles they have previously touted. It’s a bit cathartic for me to rant about them from time to time.
Without further ado, my favorite articles highlighting those who have disappointed me by failing to stand for conservative principles:
AH: “No? Do you see who they are now holding up as a great political philosopher? It’s not Jim, and it’s not me…heck, it’s not TJ, Ben or even you, Big George! They are going all ga-ga over some dude named Kanye, who does something called rapping!”
You see, “Go Along to Get Along” is the same thing as “It’s a Binary Choice“. It’s the same thing as “Support the Nominee No Matter Who It Is“. It’s the same thing as “Don’t Speak Bad About Our President Because It Helps the Other Side“. They are all essentially just a version of “Go Along to Get Along”.
Yes, I get it. Cruz thinks he needs to do this to win his re-election, and that very well may be the case. He’s doing what he has to do. But that’s what bothers me so much. I thought he was different. I really did. The Senate seat is not worth this. People say, “yes, but we need him in the Senate, so he should do whatever it takes”. I disagree. His effectiveness in the Senate is very minimal in this current environment. We need him way more to be the guy he was. We need him way more to be the voice of reason. We need him way more to lead this country out of the mess we have become.
By pushing these intellectually dishonest narratives based solely on speculation in order to help protect a President who doesn’t know, understand, believe, or care about these principles, you are not helping the cause of conserving these principles. In fact, it’s doing just the opposite. You are teaching people the wrong lessons.
You’ve put those of us who really see what’s going on in a real bind, Devin. Yes, as you state in your closing, there are “liars, propagandists and hypocrites from the Far Left fringe” who want to take us further away from the Constitutional Republic as it was founded. However, the past couple of years have shown us, without a doubt, that there are just as many liars, propagandists and hypocrites on the right that are doing an equal amount of damage and will push us further and faster to the Far Left fringe, and you, Devin, are among the leading culprits.
However, now that we have so many “conservative leaders”, like Arnn and Hewitt (and so many more), praising Trump and convincing people that he is not only now acceptable, but he is among the greatest Presidents EVER, all of the talk about how flawed the primary system is and what we need to do to prevent such a terrible choice between two evils is gone. Poof!
When you first started to stray, I think deep down that I knew what was happening. But I stayed with you. I defended you. I rationalized your actions. My friends and family told me that they had suspicions about you from the beginning, but I blew them off. You had never let me down before, so I gave you a pass.
You see, they are so desperate to feel like winners, that they will accept anything as winning as long as it’s perceived that their side is winning…no matter what the actual details of the “accomplishments” are. This is what’s so scary.
That Prager has found it necessary to once again attempt to rationalize his continued support shows me that he is experiencing an ongoing internal struggle about this. In other words, it seems to me that he’s trying way too hard to justify his and others’ excusing of Trump’s jackassery and amoral behavior.
I wish I could say that I won’t have to write such articles in 2019, but I’m afraid that it might just be even crazier.
Happy New Year to all of my friends at TNB!
I sincerely look forward to another great year of rational, respectful, and civil discussion with each and every one of you.