Who am I? Why am I here?
I put this off as long as I could. As a rule, I do not like writing “about me” posts. I don’t even like filling out the about section on social networks. Other than the occasional status modestly declaring my awesomeness, I don’t like talking about myself that much. As the focus of this blog is explaining and furthering conservatism, I think I’ll just stick to why I am a conservative.
First, the easy answer: I was raised conservative. That alone does not ensure future conservatism, but a good foundation was set.
I have fond memories of listening to Rush Limbaugh in the car with my dad. I specifically remember hearing Rush talk about having half his brain tied behind his back just to make it fair and thinking, “How arrogant is THIS guy? But dad told me to stick with it. I did, and Rush stuck with me, too. I’m still a fan. (As such an admission often does irreparable harm to one’s reputation, I’ll wait a minute for any liberals reading this post to show themselves out.)
When I got to college, I strayed a bit. I mean, it was COLLEGE. Anyone gets a pass for falling off the conservative wagon for at least their first year, right? (Right??) After two years at the University of Montevallo, I found myself at Auburn University of Montgomery writing for the school paper. To say I was surrounded by leftists is an understatement. I was surrounded by people so far left they would make Saul Alinsky gasp. Being somewhat of a natural contrarian, I decided my best response would be to take the exact opposite stance. Fortunately, this was about the time I discovered Neal Boortz, who introduced me to libertarianism. More importantly, he also introduced me to Frédéric Bastiat, whose writings should be required reading for conservatives.
I briefly flirted with the Big L Libertarian party, up until 9/11 (that’s another
can of worms post). I now tell folks I’m a conservative with a mean libertarian streak. While I predominately support Republicans, I prefer strong conservatives (which many Republicans are not) and would like to see a stronger libertarian influence within the Republican party.
Along the way, I got married, had kids, worked a lot, went to Disney World once, went to the beach several times, joined some social networks, met a bunch of awesome conservatives on Google+, and started a blog. All in all, not a bad list. I’m happy to be here, and proud to stand alongside my fellow contributors. They are some of the smartest folks I know, and I look forward to seeing where our collective efforts take us.