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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.