by Brad Nelson 6/24/15
Next month (coming soon!) marks the second anniversary of StubbornThings. I feel like a pompous dweeb making an announcement like this from on high. I never wanted that. This isn’t a Mickey Mouse club with me as head mouse, although some might agree with the mouse part.
It took some time to get the basic format of this site going. Part of that was just learning what this software can do. What it can do is ruin your day in an instant if you’re not careful. But (fingers crossed and knock on wood), it’s been running fine of late.
The point of the site is to think outside the box without merely being contrarian or self-consciously showy. The thing is, if you’re standing around the water cooler with your friends (at least your smart friends) you can quite literally solve the world’s problems. The answers are simply, as Reagan would say, although not easy.
But when it comes to discussing these subjects outside the bounds of the water cooler, most people either clam up or delve into “PoliticalSpeak” whereby much is said, and in quite formal tones, but bled out of the words is the vital and relevant meaning. Entire conservative websites have been rotted out because of this. Think: Mark Steyn, a guy who is routinely capable of giving fully-hemoglobined words. His truth was a revolutionary act for NRO. Even poor John Derbyshire — a victim sometimes of his own snarling attitude — has spoken truths that have gotten him into trouble with the “you can’t say that crowd” — truths we are finally realizing are oh so true.
But our intent here is not to shock or to necessarily be on the cutting edge. As George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” One thus need not try to intentionally shock or be on the cutting edge, for both “shock” and “cutting edge” have become truly mindless tools of the relativistic Left. To shock or be on the cutting edge can mean, and usually does mean, little more than taking a hatchet or wrecking ball to any established idea or institution with the mind that tearing it down is a holy act.
Here at StubbornThings we can understand the concept of truth being a revolutionary act — and not only that, but a rare act. One need not reach for bombast or gird for shock. In a room full of acrid and combustable fumes, lighting a simple match is all it takes to create an explosion. A little light in this era of universal deceit is all it takes to get people’s panties in a bunch.
“What is truth?” Pontius Pilate once asked. Whatever his motivation for the question, it’s a good and necessary question. Truth can be everything from truth to a reasonable opinion. The idea here is not that the truth will necessarily fall out of your mouth or my mouth but that, like a point on a map, it is a place that can be approached. We fill in the details and move a bit closer. We dredge the sandbars of obfuscation and move a bit closer, perhaps never exactly arriving but getting close enough too see the shore.
This concept does not exist with the Left. As Dennis Prager says, “Truth is not a left wing value.” And as I say, the politicized mind is the crazy mind. I urge one and all to write, to think, to read, and to learn. But don’t just be a copycat. Don’t be Charles Krauthammer. Let Chuck be Chuck. Let Ann Coulter be Ann Coulter. But let you be you. We should no more mindlessly ape conservative styles of thought than we should scar our bodies with tattoos just to fit in with and follow mass culture. Many of the people we admire are simply talking heads, mere book sellers.
I take it as axiomatic that if the culture we are living in is highly poisonous then there is a good reason to disengage from it. We are all becoming a mass-marketed mind, almost incapable of finding our individuality and humanity. Much of mankind right now is beholden to one vapid idea or another, be it the fraud of global warming or whatever. We have trivialized and devalued nearly everything. Think about the fact that not only do we have a counterfeit American president but the world has a completely fraudulent Pope. On a regular basis, people are saying the most obviously idiotic, untruthful, and bizarre things. It’s becoming normal for the truly abnormal to be accepted. Do not accept.
And the conservative media is by no means exempt from this which is why I say we need to chart our own course. We should adopt a style not beholden to mindless mass culture, rife as it is with corruption and deceit if not just vulgarity.
That all might sound very intimidating, as if we’re aiming for perfectionism here. Nothing could be further from the truth. Excellence, yes. Creativity, yes. Frankness, yes. Outside the box, yes. But “perfect” is for fools and suckers. Many people, because of the insane, totalitarian, and bully Left, have gotten it into their heads that what they say and do must be flawless. Well, I spit in the face of the Left and their totalitarian bullies. Dare to be creative, unique, thoughtful, and to be yourself and to hell with the frauds in the media. And they are frauds. Do not forget the awful game they are all playing. We need not take part.
Another thing, and I hesitate to bring this sensitive subject up. But it costs money to run this site. And so, echoing the recent words of the Pope, you can’t be a true conservative or Christian unless you skip a house or car payment and instead send that money to me as a donation. You may think that saving for your child’s college education is a good and necessary thing. But I’m telling you that you can’t consider yourself an heir to Reagan, let alone George Washington, unless you first fund me. You must give “not the excess, but also what is necessary for one’s own well-being” to quote his Holiness.
No pressure. I’ll take it all in small denominations if need be.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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