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After months of wrestling with the idea to start a blog as an outlet for my newfound passion for politics, I have finally found a unifying theme – a necessary attribute to a relevant blog, in my opinion. I’ve chosen the theme after countless dialogues with dozens of people. The most recent of which being my brother, who may perhaps have the most conservative blood of all coursing through his veins, but like so many others I’ve encountered, does not know why he believes what he believes in any exhaustive context of history and true political science. Conversations with others have resulted in many people realizing that they don’t know what they believe at all. This is alarming.

So, what’s the theme? Why start a blog? I’ve noticed a trend in the past couple years of which politics and government have caught my attention. Only now – tonight – has that trend become palpable. Before tonight, I carried this understanding subconsciously, and it has prompted me to take formal classes on the United States Constitution, debate political topics with unsuspecting co-workers, and has most recently prompted me to read the very source material which our revered founding fathers used to draft the documents that paved the way for our nation to become truly unique and exceptional. The trend I recently discovered is that there is a disheartening, overwhelming disparity between knowledge of current events, and the events that inspired the revolution that spawned our way of life. What a shame. In a vast world of endless corollaries, very few people can make the connections – myself included. All the passion in the world, without contextually accurate knowledge, is ultimately useless. To some, knowledge of the context in which our country was formed may seem irrelevant to the issues at hand. I assert that it is not irrelevant. In fact, many of the most hotly debated topics of our day – if given a fresh slathering of olde time context – could be resolved in a heartbeat, and leave modern progressives completely dumbfounded and powerless in debate. Topics which muster the most deafening amounts of controversy today, crumble to the wisdom of the dead, white men of yesterday.

Given enough time, a society such as ours can forget its beginnings, and the cause for its existence. 100 years ago, our country’s history and its foundations were common knowledge. Today, we witness the televised and editorialized moanings of ‘right’ and ‘left’ ideology with no real lens in which to interpret them. The vast majority of Americans – even those who identify as conservative – make their decisions with the belief that our current state of affairs is not as bad as the extremist, fear-mongering naysayers would want them to believe (modern-day Libertarians calling for massive reductions in political laws and government, for example). Examination of history in context, however, reveals that our very founding fathers were the extremist, fear-mongering naysayers of their day. Did their whack-job views result in destruction or prosperity?

As an example of a modern-day issue with historical relevance, MSNBC (namely Rachel Maddow) mocked the conservative view that incumbents should be voted out of their seats in Congress. The very paragraph which ignited the fire for me to start this blog addresses this silliness head-on:

“Men who look upon themselves born to reign… soon grow insolent… their minds are easily poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests… [and] are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.” -Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776.

Is the above quote relevant to the current argument? Of course it is! Paine was, of course, talking about British Parliament, but the moral equation is the same as it is today. Doesn’t the above quote stink of our current Congress? The blunders of an aristocracy guided the men who drafted our founding documents to ensure that the trappings of such a government did not adversely affect ours. In historical context, the pundits on MSNBC have no practical argument in their defense. The proven success of the United States as the founding fathers intended, scientifically, morally, and practically shows their liberal ideology to be false.

This brings me to the second reason I want to start this blog. I’ve begun to appreciate that mine is a personality which rarely finds someone to challenge it. Even rarer, I can seldom find someone who can challenge me with anything more than emotion and faulty logic to oppose my views. This is my formal invitation to any liberals out there who, conversely, understand why they believe what they believe. I invite and welcome any and all dissent – I only ask that you do the commensurate homework before you square off with me (as proper debate would dictate). This blog is for the resolute (no matter which side you identify with), and for the uncertain. But please, leave the opposition to those who understand the ‘why’. Debating with anyone else is an exercise in futility for everyone involved.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us, (NIV) “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” I submit that this is true, and as responsible citizens, we should understand what has happened under the sun before we came on the scene oh-so-recently. Our founding fathers recognized the merit in this verse and formed a Republic designed to avoid the pitfalls of every form of government that came before it. Their knowledge and methods beg to be examined. Prudence suggests that we learn what they learned, and discover what they discovered.

I do not propose to be an expert. I am merely embarking on a literary journey of the beginnings of our nation in order to imbibe some relevant wisdom for the modern day. I hope to correlate our seemingly nebulous, forgotten history to the ever-growing battle in our society and government. I pray that as I read through what Joseph Andrews lists as “essential documents”, I can relate similarities between the events of 150+ years ago to today. The wisdom which worked so swimmingly those many years ago can yield the same dividends now. I hope that as I embark on this journey, I am able to harness the unconventional wisdom of yesterday as a practical tool for today. Any sentient being in the United States can recognize that there are fundamental problems with our government in its current state. I submit that there is no need to reinvent the wheel to solve these problems; we simply need to unearth the tried and true wheel of our forefathers from the dirt and overgrowth of neglect; the neglect of a nation who has become ignorant, complacent, and dependent on the illusion of safety. I don’t claim any sort of political genius – I only aim to fill the gap between historical context and current events.

The following essential writings – as old as nearly 235 years – embody ideas which are just as relevant today as of the time of their writing. These are the works which will inspire this blog:

The Literary Journey

Common Sense
Declaration of Independence
The Constitution
The Federalist Papers (and perhaps the preceding Anti-Federalist Papers)
George Washington’s Farewell Address
The Second Treatise of Government
A Letter Concerning Toleration
Democracy in America
Wealth of Nations
And any other works I discover along the way

God, help me prove the value of these writings as I read and relate them to the present day. I ask that you, my fellow citizens, pray the same – not only for me – but for every conservative who desires a practical means to fight the good fight and win our country back. Let’s find out what our country used to look like, and why.

Shall we?