Friday, August 28, 2009

Blog Interviews: The Obamination of America

It is that time again for the Liberty Pen to do another Blog Interview. In this installment we will be interviewing Jordan, the author of the blog, "The Obamination of America." I firmly believe that you will observe this young man's adoration for Liberty and his keen understanding that true individual prosperity can only be facilitated without governmental intrusion. We hope you enjoy this interview, and if in the event you find yourself aligned with the interviewee, we urge you to stop by his blog for a visit.







tLP: To begin, I want to thank you for taking the time to participate in this interview. Let's start by giving our readers some insight into your political orientation.





tOA: I am a conservative at heart that champions the idea of state's rights. Instead of having the federal government run everything, it makes more sense to me to let each state govern themselves. It simplifies the government because everyone knows their place and the government doesn't have to worry about all 50 states.




tLP: Tell us what Liberty means to you and why it is so important to keep.





tOA: Liberty to me means that each person can live their life the way they wish without restrictions from a higher power. When liberty is taken away from us, we in turn lose our freedom to live the way we want. Now more than ever our liberties are being stripped away from us and are being given to a higher power known as the federal government.




tLP: If our current administration could change our Constitution for their benefit, what, in your opinion, would they change and why?






tOA: Our administration would cut states rights out of the constitution if they had the chance. Without states rights, the governor and the people of each state would virtually be pawns of the federal government.




tLP: That was a good answer, and I agree with you. As you know there are people out there who think big government is a good idea, what is your position and why?






tOA: Big government in no way is a good thing. With big government there comes mass amounts of corruption, and with corruption, democracy and freedom ultimately fail.






tLP: What are the perceptions our current political machine have regarding the American public?






tOA: The government obviously views its people as idiots, and rightfully so for the Democratic party. However, the Townhall meetings show the resiliency of the American people to question their government and ask questions regarding what will be implemented on them. What a great way to show who is boss!!




tLP: With all of the heated debates within the arena of health care, where do you think it will end up? Do you think we will end up with some sort of government health care option?





tOA: Taking into account the recent news of Obama dropping the public option, I believe that we will end up just working on the insurance aspect of health care. The costs are just too high and so something has to be done. As far as the quality of health care is concerned, I believe we are fine. To answer the second question, I believe that we won't see government run health care. The people are just too scared of it and most people don't want a politician running their life.




tLP: I am of the position that the government cannot run anything efficiently, much less make a profit. To prove my point I only need to reference our President's statement regarding UPS, Fedex, and the Post Office. He stated that the two private companies are flourishing while the "government" run Post Office is in serious trouble. With that in mind, why do think people still believe the government can provide the answers to our health care?





tOA: I don't think the majority of the American people believe that the government can run health care correctly. I mean, just look at the cash for clunkers program - they cannot even run that correctly and the people are taking full notice of that. The people that believe the government can run health care are the ones who have no concept of reality. They believe in a concept called the "public good," and that others should pay for their health insurance. What it boils down to is laziness and a mentality of "what can someone else do for me?" Just plain sad if you ask me.




tLP: Another great answer. Do you have political debates with your friends? If so, how would you describe them?






tOA: Yes, but you have to keep in mind that most of my friends are ignorant college students who voted for Obama. I am sure you can imagine the debates that we have.

Jordan: "What do you think about care?"

Friend: "I wish they could implement a system that could be free for everyone."




tLP: We see that you are a blogger, what is the name of your blog and what do you write about? Why did you decide to start writing? Are there certain topics you specifically concentrate on?





tOA: My blog is called "The Obamination of America." It is located at www.obaminationblog.blogspot.com, and discusses topics that have to do with Obama, Congress, the media, and usually just whatever I can think of. I started writing last August when the 2008 Presidential race was well under way. I felt like I could make some sort of a difference in my area and so I just started writing.





tLP: What message, if any, do you try to convey to your readers?







tOA: I mainly just try to convey conservative values that are consistent with what the Founding Fathers wanted.






tLP: How is your blog received? What are some of the comments you receive? Do you stay in contact with other bloggers?






tOA: My blog is slowly gaining popularity and usually averages 40 hits a day. The comments I receive are probably 90% positive. I have a little trouble with my grammar so every once in a while that gives me some trouble, but people generally enjoy reading my posts. Lately I have stayed in contact with my blogger friends, especially ones from blogcatalog.com. Having a solid friend base is crucial to having a great blog.





tLP: Where do you see your blog going from here?







tOA: I see my blog gaining popularity and eventually leveling off to around 100 visitors a day. I am a little skeptical at the moment, but I just recently bought some advertising to help things out. I am hoping for the best at this point in time.





tLP: I understand that you joined a Tea Party recently, tell us about it and why you joined the Tea Party movement.






tOA: The Tea Part movement is located in Roanoke, Virginia, and is basically just getting organized. This was my first meeting so I don't have much to talk about, but we had someone explain the objectives for the tea party and divided us into teams. I joined the organization and funds committee and I am going to probably be assigned with writing blog entries for the site, and promoting the tea party at my university.



I would like to reiterate my thanks to Jordan and The Obamination of America blog for agreeing to do this interview. I have known Jordan for only a little while, initially meeting him over at blogcatalog's forums. He is a passionate individual who cares deeply about liberty and our Republic, and this is plainly expressed within this interview.

As a side note, on Jordan's site you will observe an Akt Now! campaign logo. His campaign pertains to Citizens Against Cap and Trade and is explicated as such;

"All of those in favor of keeping your energy costs the way they are and not raising them as much as 3000 dollars say I!!!! With your support and numbers we will send a statement to Senator Webb and Senator Warner in the state of Virginia to not vote for Cap and Trade. Even if you don't live in Virginia this is a very important issue that should receive your support so PLEASE sign the petition. A little bit of activism can go a long way!!! Thanks."

I would like to urge you to sign this petition while you are reading some of his posts, thank you very much.














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Monday, August 17, 2009

Blog Interviews: Conservative Scalawag

For this installment of Blog Interviews the Liberty Pen had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the Conservative Scalawag. I must be particularly honest with you and state that I take great pleasure in interviewing other bloggers. For me, appreciable facets of mental competency and the principled rectitude of character are externalized on every individual blog. The perception of such leaves me with the desire to share this with individuals whom I consider to be of exceptional constitution. I hope you enjoy the following interview, and I can honestly say that I have a new admiration for the Conservative Scalawag.







tLP: Good afternoon Conservative Scalawag, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Let us start off with the basic question, what is your blog about?



CS: My blog is mostly about guns and gun rights. However, I also post political opinions and the occasional humor.




tLP: If not already answered in the first question, why did you start your blog?



CS: I started my blog because my constant ranting was getting on my wife’s last nerve. Banishing me to the computer room, she suggested that I focus my rants on the internet via a blog, and Conservative Scalawag was created in 2006. Heck, she even bought me a TV to watch Fox News on, just so I could stay back there.



tLP: Could you explain a little more about your political philosophy? What made you choose this type of philosophy?



CS: My political philosophy is very simple - freedom and liberty, no compromise and not up for negotiation.




tLP: What message, if any, do you try to convey in every post?



CS: Huh, good question. I’m not sure if there is any “message” I try to convey, other than that this is your God-given natural right - fight for it or it will be lost to you.




tLP: Where would you like to see your blog in a year from now, or two years?



CS: Can’t say I honestly thought that far ahead. For me, Conservative Scalawag is day by day adventure. I see something that either annoys me or peaks my interest, then give my opinion on it. If anything, I’d like to see that my reporting on events improves and even broadens.



tLP: Has creating a blog changed you as a person? What kind of people have you met along the way?



CS: Yes, it has. It has pushed me to peel back the layers and see the truth, digging deeper into issues I’d otherwise not give a second thought to, such as economics or certain social issues. As to the folks I’ve met, most have been great.. Sure, you get the occasional moon-bats, but for the most part great folks.



tLP: Great answer. Given your political persuasion, what criticisms have you received with regards to your posts?



CS: One thing I’ve learned is that the left are anything but tolerant and inclusive. I’ve received everything from out and out death threats, to folks telling me to kill myself. As to the substance of the post; very little, just pure hate for those who oppose their misguided views of America.



tLP: I see that you are an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment; can you tell us why it is important to you?



CS: If you don’t mind, I would like to have one of our Founding Fathers explain that one:

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -Thomas Jefferson

Now, I didn’t always see it that way, but it is true nonetheless. The sole reason for us to keep and bear arms is to keep the government in check. Sure, hunting, sport shooting, and self-defense are nice benefits, but it's not the purpose of the 2nd Amendment. This is why it is important to me.


tLP: That is one of my favorite quotes from Jefferson. What, in your opinion, are the reasons the Democrats are so intent on dissolving gun ownership and all associated rights?



CS: Simply put, it is about control. Control over what we eat, drive, what doctor we see, how much we earn, who we hire, or even live by. Absolute control over our lives. This is why I don’t think of them as Democrats anymore, but as socialist fascists. Some might find that a bit radical, but then again, the Brits said the same about some of our Founding Fathers - Thomas Payne and Patrick Henry also come to mind.


tLP: If you had one hour with Obama what would you discuss?



CS: Wow, I don’t think an hour would be long enough. It would have to be the over-reach of government into the private sector, and how he sees this as constitutional (him being a scholar of it).



tLP: If you have a favorite person that is in the field of politics (past and or present), and you had the same amount of time as you had with Obama, what would you ask him or her?



CS: Wow, again, not enough time and too many great people to choose from. Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Churchill or Thatcher, and of my generation Reagan definitely comes to mind. But if it had to be one, it would be Benjamin Franklin. While the aforementioned were great speakers, had great fortitude, or were great in stature - Franklin was reserved, yet as radical as Jefferson; as well spoken as Reagan; as witty as Churchill and as pragmatic as Thatcher. And to top that off, he was just a brilliant man of multiple fields ranging from science and diplomacy to philosophy. He was even a man’s man, if you know what I mean.


tLP: Where do you see our Republic by the end of the year? Where do you see it by the end of Obama's term?



CS: Weaker, and by the end of his term weaker yet. It would be hard pressed, if Obama keeps going at the rate he has been, to even call it a Republic anymore.



tLP: When the Republicans return to a position of power what should they do to get our country back on track?



CS: I am not sure that I’d even want the Republicans back, for they have, to their own extent, become part of the problem as well. Perhaps give Independents or Libertarians a try at it. But, if it is the Republicans, they need to walk very carefully and represent the folks that put them there.



tLP: Are there any other areas of interest you would like to talk about? Any future posts you want us to know about?



CS: I would say being self-reliant, problem solving, and free thinking. I translate this into my preparedness. This way I will not be like those poor sheepish souls in New Orleans during Katrina. Now, I don’t want this to be mistaken with survivalism, like some folks do out in Idaho or Montana. What I am talking about is having just enough to get through a short to medium crisis. Say like a Katrina; the worst parts lasted a month or so, or a short-term emergency, like a few days to week long power outage. That is the sort of thing most people are not prepared for. Better yet, doing it in an suburban setting. Say like an apartment or town house. This is one area I’d like to venture more into.



I would to take this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to the Conservative Scalawag. I would also like to assure the members of the political left that I did not pay the Conservative Scalawag for taking part in this interview. If any of you want to know more about the 2nd Amendment please stop by the Conservative Scalawag's blog, he would be happy to hear from you. His knowledge pertaining to this issue will prove to be insightful.














In support of other bloggers to share their viewpoints, I would like to offer,
The Conservative Hideout 2.0. Take some time and look at this blog, read
some articles, and post some comments. Thank you
.