I find myself facing a bit of a dilemma…
I started this blog with the fullest intent of being successful, both in making a difference in something I believe in with enormous passion, as well as possibly making a part-time career out of it.
The topic? Liberty. Individual freedom. A near spiritual state of being where by your very existence, your mind is free to create to the extent of its imagination, living as God intended under His law, unrestricted and free of oppression by our fellow man.
I am absolutely terrified about the future of liberty in America for my son and his future siblings. In other words, a lot of people really suck eggs and I’m afraid they’re going to spoil our freedom for who knows how many generations to come.
My way of doing something about it – of contributing to the cause – is to start this blog and promote good ‘ol fashioned (and it is old fashioned now, isn’t it) liberty to the entire world.
Thanks to the internet, the entire world truly does have access to this information. This is the most effective means of communication. Were Thomas Paine alive today, he would have published Common Sense on the internet and it would have reached millions of people on Facebook alone within hours.
Please don’t misunderstand. I am no Thomas Paine and this is NOT a sad rant about how I started a blog a couple of months ago, managed to produce 8 posts so far, and haven’t hit the lottery in traffic. I’m not so naïve.
I do have ideas about where this blog could go and the potential difference it could make in America’s near term future. Not by way of my work alone, but by inspiring others, this generation and the next, to do the same.
The best thing that could happen for liberty would be for every single person who believes in it to also start a blog, or at least post their thoughts freely and honestly on Facebook more often. The act of just pursuing liberty would be a dramatically beneficial and refreshing change from what we’re seeing now, which is a mostly apathetic society content with the materialistic frivolities of life, the lowest form of satisfaction.
However, while this election cycle has indeed forced me to scale back my imagination regarding how many others there are in America who believe in individual liberty and limited government, I still feel there are many more than meet they eye. There are many who hold these values but don’t consider them in those terms, or at all. We have to change that by interjecting ourselves into more conversations and putting people’s daily lives in terms that relate to liberty.
If we don’t set aside our generally reserved nature and start openly defending liberty, we will lose it. That’s a big part of the problem, isn’t it? People who generally believe in being left alone and leaving others to their devices are not prone to grabbing megaphones and preaching to people who aren’t usually very receptive.
Now, I began this post stating that I have a dilemma, and I do. My strategy for this blog currently consists of providing my own perspective about issues facing America – ie, rant and rave about an all-powerful centralized government being the roots of most of our problems.
I understand and expect this blog to take some time to gain traction, if it is to be successful at all.
I mean, let’s face it; I’m not a writer, a tech nerd who can build a website, or really anything of particular value other than a guy willing to work. I’m an engineer, so writing articulate content that people want to read is somewhat of a 7th language to me. At the time of this writing, for those of you reading this years and years from now (lol), I am twenty-five years old. What grand wisdom and life experience do I have to provide to people twice my age?
Well, if they’re voting for Hillary Clinton, maybe a lot. But you get the idea.
What I’m really concerned about is whether or not this was a realistic venture in terms of interest. When I start finding ways to make more time for this blog and post daily about the incompetence of government, listing countless examples and providing hopefully thought provoking and entertaining commentary, are there going to be enough people wanting to read it?
There are terrific minds already producing endless content highlighting the ongoing spread of tyranny into our lives here in freaking America, taking on the progressive left and their moronic cries of injustice when really all they want is another teat from Uncle Sam to latch on to, and here we are, losing.
Liberty is not gaining ground anywhere.
I guess what this question boils down to, for me, is does America wish to be free any longer? Is there any point in me spending my time, my effort, and even some of my money on this stupid website?
I hope this blog can join the ranks of other great minds who are working day in and day out to spread the gospel of liberty in America, but I am really genuinely terrified there aren’t enough people interested.
I have better things to do, honestly. I have a son, a perfect little angel, who I really love to play with. I’m a structural engineer, right? Well take that credibility for what it’s worth when I tell you that there is no block tower sturdy enough to withstand the godzilla-smash of a toddler.
I have a beautiful, perfect wife who I love more dearly than anything on the planet. She has loved me, cared for me, always been true to her word and honest with me (brutally, at times), and simply been the best thing that could have happened to me in my life. Nothing and no one could replace the unconditional love and fulfillment I get from her.
My point is, I could be spending time with them instead of writing blog posts attempting to sell liberty to people who don’t want it. Seriously, I could take care of my own to the best of my ability and say ‘screw everyone else’.
It would be easy. Unfortunately, it would be ineffective and self-destructive.
My son’s life has barely started. Just 50 years ago, America could barely imagine setting foot on the moon. What will America look like 50 years from now for my son? Hopefully better than it does now, but that won’t happen by accident. We have to make sure liberty survives for the sake of our children.
Is there any point in discussing these things anymore? Time will tell. I hope this blog can join the ranks of other great minds who are working day in and day out to spread the gospel of liberty in America, but I am really genuinely terrified there aren’t enough people interested.