Sunday, December 25, 2011

Who is ghost?

I'm a father, husband, musician, writer, and news junkie. I am a libertarian, so that's the bias you can expect reading my opinions. The sites and blogs I read don't always fall into line with my views, but I have found them to be excellent sources of information and opinion. I haven't asked their permission to link them, so don't consider this an endorsement for or from:

Drudge
Reason
Vox Day
Ace of Spades HQ
Lee Stranahan
Patterico
Big Government
S. Weasel
The Blaze
Aaron Worthing
News Of The Weird

As far as philosophy goes, I keep seeing these bumper stickers that say, "Wag more, bark less." My motto is, "Wag, bark, I don't care, just leave me the hell alone." In my 30+ years on this planet, I've traversed the political spectrum. My mother was very active in politics, and I was a democrat in my thinking (despite one brief moment in elementary school, when I thought Bob Dole would make a good president, because his bananas are awesome). After the Clinton presidency, and mostly the actions of Clinton's DOJ forced a teenage reassessment of my political beliefs. I shifted more towards conservative republican after high school. Then, George W. Bush happened. I spent the first 6 years of his presidency defending his insane practices, if only because everyone at the time seemed hellbent on attacking everything the man did. That's a cop out, and a weak one at that. But it's the best I've got. Maybe I just didn't want "my guy" to be the one screwing things up (so in a way, I do understand Obama supporters), but either way, I should have never defended things like No Child, Patriot Act, or Part D. I shouldn't have defended the Iraq invasion (that was out of fear. I admit that not with guilt, but with regret). 2006 saw my full conversion to libertarianism.

You may notice a number of "drug war" related posts in the future, but this is an important issue to me. I say this, people automatically think "Oh, this guy is a stupid pot head. He just wants to be free to smoke his wacky tobaccy." In a way, those people are right. I do wish to be free. We're told that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We saw what the prohibition of alcohol did to this country. It may be true that overall, public intoxication dropped, but the violence associated with the black market was a greater cost than the reduction of alcoholics. Like fans of the second amendment say, if you outlaw drugs, only outlaws will have drugs.

I also love to debate. So if you disagree with something, let me know. Remember that respect is met with respect, and I don't get offended by swearing. So, Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and I'll be posting some new stuff soon.

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