About

My favorite quote by Ronald Reagan is “Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”

That describes who we are. Surely we all have a slightly different point of view. And our life experiences, education, and attitudes will have a major influence on exactly “what we see.”

But our vision never improves by staying in an ideological bubble. Here at StubbornThings we mean to present information, opinions, resources, and entertainment in a way that is not covered by the bubble of infotainment and pop/celebrity culture.

Many people are sensing that this culture is no more nutritious than cardboard. Let us show you why. Let us show you why freedom, instead of statism and socialism, is the answer for the kind of society that is a pleasure to live in and that America was always meant to be.

“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great chapter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.” — Calvin Coolidge

Mission Statement: To have fun, to be creative, to share your knowledge and opinions, to bask in the glory that is Western Civilization, and to help roll back the Leftist horde.

We’re free speech advocates. But along with every freedom comes a responsibility.

Play nice. This isn’t Kindergarten, but consider if you would say what you are saying if the person was seated across from you in a restaurant. The “Superman behind the keyboard” factor often comes into play online, turning mild-mannered people into psychos.

Keep your language reasonably clean. You needn’t respect anyone’s ideas, but all true Americans are not mindless zealots. If you want extra foam, go get a latte.

Staff
Editor/Publisher: Brad Nelson
General info: info@stubbornthings.org
Submissions: submissions@stubbornthings.org
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Content
Our goal is to facilitate sharing the thoughts and experiences of average (or above average) Americans who have something to say through a general conservative/traditional-American lens. If you are a budding writer, we will provide assistance or advice to bring your article up to publishing standards if you so desire and if we see a subject matter of interest, otherwise all submissions will be either accepted or rejected as-is. Articles can be anywhere from about 500 to 1000 words. Include your name, email address, and your suggested title for the article. We will change the title and/or provide a brief summary of the article at our editorial discretion.

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Hifalutin is Definitely Optional
At “StubbornThings” you would suppose that we want facts, facts, and more facts — statistics up the ying-yang. But in our opinion, although facts are often necessary to make a good argument, the state of Western Civilization isn’t decaying because of a lack of facts and statistics. It is usually because of a lack of good ideas and principles and the proliferation of bad ideas and principles. Please therefore keep in mind that although we appreciate erudite and fact-filled articles, we are just as tickled-pink by opinions from real Americans (or lovers of liberty, wherever they are) who might not obsess over such things as what the meaning of the word “is” is. Such intellectualism (Thomas Sowell is our guide in this regard) often obscures more than it enlightens. So please don’t be shy if you speak and write like a real person instead of one of the typical talking-head clones that you see on TV news shows.