November 6, 2015

7 years a blog

My very first post, Nov 6th, 2008 was a lamentation about the 2008 presidential victory of Barack Obama. There had been no introduction of myself, I just jumped right in to my thoughts on events.  It's because the blog was a continuation of emails I had been sending friends of my analysis of the politics and implications of the election. The blog was intended for consumption by only 4 people.  It grew beyond that.  Not by a huge amount but I can still generate posts that get seen by a couple of hundred people from time to time.

It's been a full 7 years that I have been blogging now and much has changed, while little has changed.  Certainly my level of impact has been quite small. Obama is still president, so 2012 was a bust. On the other hand there's now Obamacare, a Tea Party, SCOTUS approved gay marriage, China issues and Russia issues that are somewhat different than before (and yet somewhat the same,)  and a new level of national debt even more obscene than under president Bush.

My level of confidence is the greatness of possibility tied to the original intent of the American founders is unshaken, in fact probably even stronger.  Yet my level of faith in the American people to understand what is right and to act accordingly has been profoundly shaken.  While there are many who have been awakened to the nature of the world and their own government, as well as the Constitution, there seem to be more who wish to distance America from it's success and distinct greatness.  That is as sad as it is maddening. Americans have been given a distinct gift that they seem in too large part, willing to squander or even reject entirely.

But I have come to understand that the ideas of the framers cannot be destroyed.  Just as Marxism will likely never be eradicated, the idea of a prosperous and strong America founded in liberty and justice for all (not just special interest groups) cannot be destroyed. Even if we are at an ebb of those ideas, they will flow again.  My part, as is the case with tens of thousands of other bloggers, continues to be to point out what is happening and what we believe to be good or bad with that.

4000+ posts and 7 years later, having accomplished far less than I had both imagined and hoped to achieve, I foresee no need to quit, only to get better going forward.

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