State of the Blogion Address

RandomThoughtsThumb2by Brad Nelson   7/1/14
The first article for StubbornThings was published in late July of 2013. Since then, there have been about 1000 articles added. This is more than I thought there would be at this point, so I suppose a sort of “State of the Union” address is appropriate.

The premise of this site was never to flatter my own ego. But being an opinionated and garrulous chap, I knew I could fill in enough content to get things going at first. And things did obviously get going. These one thousand good articles are like an Atlas V rocket. The main boosters have given us lift off (all hot air jokes aside). As we gain a little altitude, we should kick in the second-stage boosters for even more altitude.

But enough with the Apollo metaphors. This site is premised on the astonishing notion that “intellectuals” tend to not only be the bane of society, but they don’t know all that much either. As Reagan said about liberals, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

In my book, the homespun Sarah Palin is worth a thousand intellectuals, conservative or otherwise. But that is not to say that erudition, sophistication, knowledge, and wisdom are discounted. Hardly. But the point is that feigning such things via clever language and a nice suit-and-tie are not the same thing. As William F. Buckley, Jr. said, “I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Manhattan phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard.”

The self-appointed “elite” in this country are ruining us. Again, that is not to suggest that some Marxian romantic and glorified version of “the peasant” is who should be running things. Such a conception, as envisioned by the naive and disingenuous Left, has nothing to do with honoring the common man and everything to do with using him so that the “intellectual” class can rule over him.

In America, we have always understood that WE the PEOPLE were in charge — or did so until this noxious Cultural Marxism came along with the stilted view that all things could be understood as a function of conflicts regarding race, class, or gender. This toxic idea has pitted us all against each other. This country is, or should be, based upon having a citizenry who are active and involved and not mere passive serfs (as we are becoming), slaves to stupid ideas. We should be producers, not moochers, reasoners, not passive dolts.

And that preamble is necessary in order to articulate the purpose of this site: I want to hear the wisdom of normal Americans, even if they don’t all have the same erudition of George Will or Charles Krauthammer, not that there is anything wrong with either of those gentlemen.

That idea of the wisdom of the normal American is now a commodity that I find is hard to come by. As Americans, we’ve been incrementally put “in our place” by a politics and by various bureaucratic systems that have beaten us down. I truly do think that those Americans who know best how to fix our country have been beaten into silence. They’ve come to distrust their healthy instincts. Political correctness and other aspects derived from Cultural Marxism have as their very purpose to silence good, decent, and honorable thoughts from traditional Americans.

My thought in creating this site was to try to tap into that powerful vein of American decency and common sense. This wasn’t simply a contest to all sound like Charles Krauthammer or for using the publication of one’s thoughts as a stepping-stone to an appearance on a Fox News panel. Did the soldiers who joined General Washington at Valley Forge have self-glorification as their motivation or were they motivated by something more honorable and longer-lasting than passing fame? I think it was obviously the latter.

Several people have gotten the “gist” of this site. It’s yours to make of it what you will if you have something to say. And the one who has most lived up to that ideal is Glenn Fairman. I spotted him at American Thinker and thought that this was one of those rare people who actually had something to say. (His word count will certainly attest to that, I’m sure.)

And this isn’t really my site anymore. That’s how I look at it. Such a production tends to take on a life of its own. Oh, surely someone has to coordinate things and act as a ringmaster. But hopefully the passing reader will think this site is being run by Kung Fu Zu and Timothy Lane, both of whom have also taken the basic concept of this site and run with it. They have been the heart and soul of StubbornThings long before we had any kind of even small notoriety (or much content, for that matter). So both of these gentlemen can be considered true founders of this site.

There have been many other wonderful contributors. And I won’t mention them all. But I do thank Deana Chadwell for also taking this format and running with it. By the time we get to the end of our Ten Commandments Symposium, I don’t think we’ll have all the writers still on board. But I think she’ll be there. She is a charming, positive, and most eloquent person. These are the types of real Americans who need to start speaking up. And fortunately for us all, she has — as have so many others here who generously share the material of their own blogs and/or who write original material for this site. Either way, it’s all good.

I don’t know where we go from here. But I want to thank Pat Tarzwell (pst4usa) for being such a generous benefactor. He’s bankrolled us through at least another year in terms of the hosting costs of this place.

One of the downsides of being the ringmaster is that I don’t get a chance to read each and every article, as strange as that might sound. If you ever want to pull an April Fool’s joke on me, include some comments such as “Brad is a Leftist stooge” in the middle of your article. Chances are it will pass through just fine. Another downside of running this place is that it has cut into my time to do my own prognosticating.

But I’m not complaining. Nor will I say a blanket “thank you” to all those who have participated. That would be presumptious, for this isn’t about me. It’s about having a little fun, expressing yourself creatively, and helping to roll back the Leftist horde. We all share that latter duty to our country and to Western Civilization, in general. No “thanks” are required simply for doing the bare minimum as a citizen of this great republic and civilization.

But I do thank you all the same.


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.

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17 Responses to State of the Blogion Address

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Late July 2013? I don’t think that was all that long before I heard about the site (from CCWriter, who has since disappeared from here, unfortunately) and joined in.

    You do realize that saying Sarah Palin is worth 1000 intellectuals is an insult to her? After all, if those intellectuals are worth absolutely nothing . . . George Orwell once observed that something was so idiotic only an intellectual could believe it. There’s a good reason for this sort of frequent idiocy: many intellectuals are in fields that don’t really connect with the real world, and they tend to be too arrogant to learn from anyone else. (This reminds me, John Hawkins’s article, available today on TownHall, makes some excellent points about the flaws of liberalism that are closely related to the flaws of the intelligentsia.) Nor do they care what results from their ideas (cf. the Nietzschean professor played by Jimmy Stewart in Rope, who learned the hard way what happened when his students took him seriously).

    Incidentally, while Marx and Engels probably had a vague notion of the people rising up under their own leadership, what passes for Marxism is very different. (For one thing, “the withering away of the state” seems to have disappeared long ago.) Note that Bakunin referred to it as a “pedantocracy” — basically, rule by intellectuals.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      You do realize that saying Sarah Palin is worth 1000 intellectuals is an insult to her?

      I believe a math teacher once taught me that any number multiplied by zero was zero. I must have forgotten that lesson!

      I think this may be that John Hawkins article you were referring to: 6 Reason Liberals are Incapable of Governing.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Already a year? No wonder I feel older.

    I think those of us who follow ST owe you a debt of gratitude. I recall there were several “founders” who rarely, if ever, contributed any articles to ST. It was as if they expected the site to operate like some sort of perpetual motion machine i.e. wind it up and it will keep running on its own. Unfortunately, little in life works that way, especially publishing. Content is the first, second and third requirement for magazines, newspapers and sites such as ST. A publisher hopes his content is of a high quality as it is at ST. But less than stellar quality content is better than high quality content if the high quality material is not forthcoming.

    In addition to the content which you have contributed, you also keep the wheels turning. I have a vague idea of how much time is required to keep, what I would call “back office” stuff going.

    So, as long as you are crazy enough to keep this site going, I think there will be people who will be willing to use it, in one way or the other.

    Having survived for one year, I think congratulations are also in order.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thank you, Mr. Kung. No matter where we may be ten years from now, I’ll never think of you as one of those juvenile ingrates who so infect our culture.

      Yes, there is indeed a lot of “back office” work that goes on. Partly it is the kind of stuff I enjoy so it’s not really work. But it’s also a service. I look at people such as Glenn Fairman and am glad to be of service spreading his voice. As I’ve told Glenn myself, I’d rather serve in heaven than rule in hell.

      Granted, it’s still a benevolent dictatorship. I don’t allow this site to be the vehicle for Leftist propaganda. And if anyone thinks there is a shortage of such places, they’re nuts. Let us be. Let light, not darkness, be our guide. And that’s how I really do see it. Although one can certainly nuance various ideas and find complexity in all of life, I’m not one of those emasculated eunuchs who forever sees “shades of gray.”

      I’d like to find more time in the future for creative writing. Part of the problem is I’ve become a bit jaded. I look out at the culture – even this good micro-culture we have here – and do not feel like casting my pearls before swine. My hat is off to those who have written original poetry and have posted it here. I hope they continue to do so.

      Didn’t they on Glenn Beck’s show a while back playfully forbid the use of the word “Obama”? I think it was something like that. They were tired of being Obama-centric. There is just so much more to life. And every time someone said his name they’d have to put a dollar into a jar.

      That’s sort of the point I’ve come to. For me, to write more about politics is a bit like howling at the moon. I don’t at all mind others doing it. But for the moment, I’ve hit a wall in that regard.

      I hope in the coming year to somewhat lead by example. I like this Ten Commandments Seminar that Annie suggested. I want to do more things like that. One of the greatest compliments I’ve receive about this site is that someone said it was “quirky.” Perfect. Yes, that’s what we should be to some extent. To be too formal is to be dead.

      Two things I may be looking for long term are, one, someone to volunteer in promoting this site. Two, I wouldn’t mind eventually training a co-editor. I could use some help with posting all the articles. Such a person would obviously have to like messing around with computers. And they would first have to be willing to load WordPress on their computers and play with it for a few weeks. I’ll informally take applications if anyone is interested.

      Anyway, thanks again, Mr. Kung, for the encouragement.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Having to refrain from “Obama” would be no problem for me. I always have other options, such as Feckless Leader, Slick Barry, the Fascist Messiah, the Liar-in-Chief, the Hater-in-Chief, the Gangster-in-Chief, Barackula, the Crimson King, the Bystander-in-Chief, and Crybarry. (For his wife, there’s the Black Queen and Bitchy Michie.) Of course, I couldn’t use Barry Screwtape Obama, and Benito Thugbama would probably be rejected too. I enjoy coming up with sobriquets/epithets that mock a bad politician’s failings and (preferably) involve some sort of wordplay (I also willingly make use of others’ if I like them, such as the venerable Slick Willie).

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          All good. I’m partial to Marxist-in-Chief.

        • libertymark says:

          Since we’ve devolved into name calling, I am in! My favorites.
          For FLOTUS: Moochelle, First Wooikie
          For B. Hussein: Comrade Zero, TOTUS, Dear Reader, and my personal fav El Caudillo Incompetente

          For more ideas, go here: http://brainshavings.com/obama-nicknames/

          OK, now back to being an adult…

        • David Ray says:

          I gotta lend my endorsement to “Crybarry”. It’s just so fitting to that jug-eared timid one.
          I almost feel sorry for him, having grown up on the receiving end at times myself. (He tips his hand by being so touchy about bullying)

          As for me. I compensated by being stupid enough to join the Marine Corps (I trust you pronounce the word better than he does.) Not exactly a gentleman’s club environ and one’s IQ is required to go up or God help you.
          Call it a hunch, but I have full confidence that he would’ve washed out the very first day – He’s not exactly forged of stern material. And to think we’re stuck with that bitch for 2 1/2 more years. God help us.

  3. Glenn Fairman says:

    Let me congratulate Brad, Pat, Timothy, and Kung Fu Zu on this wonderful site. I am proud to have been a small part of it.

    Brad caught me at the perfect moment. And since I do not believe in accidents as much as opportune appointments, ST was just what I needed. After almost a year at The Palookaville Post as the enigmatic “Eloquent Professor” (of which I was neither,) Brad gave me full rein to follow my motley star and indulge in a style of writing that some of my graduate school professors told me was the equivalent of academic suicide. The amalgamation of politics, religion, and culture, spoken through the voice of a dingbat hyperbolic prophet, has few takers nowadays. And yet, Brad allowed me to function as a two-bit Isaiah on his site – appearing beside many writers of whom I am unworthy of unlatching their sandals.

    A site like this has been set into motion based upon stable first principles and will continue to attract like minds to perpetuate its mission. It is my fond hope that I will return in due time and help add just a little part to Stubborn Things’ honesty and erudition. God Bless you all and hope to see you soon. Glenn

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      You come back soon, Glenn. But I know all about the caring and feeding of genius. There’s a time for writing and there’s a time for silence (or just doing other stuff). I have another friend who is of high intellectual stature (of the good kind) that I’ve tried to rope into writing here. But unfortunately he’s too smart for me and thinks (I’m sure) that it is much more important to stop to smell the roses.

      I can hardly argue with that. But I’m somewhat of a “content whore” doing what I’m doing. I’ll keep trying to rope in the best of the best. Not for our self-glorification or to produce any kind of inbred circle jerk, but because it’s absolutely necessary to provide a good model for others to follow. I thought Patricia was a nice addition and I appreciate her generosity in sharing her thoughts. I hope she sticks around.

      And I especially appreciate the extraordinarily polished, professional, and erudite articles that Nik (Nahalkides) has produced. By rights, his stuff should be running on the front pages of National Review. But because such things typically are not, that is one reason this site exists.

  4. Leigh Bravo says:

    I would also like to thank Brad for giving us all another place to voice our opinions. It is so important in this day and age for all Americans to speak up and fight the good fight! I am thankful that we still have our first amendment rights intact, at the moment, and that so many have taken up the microphone to spread the word. I have always felt that if my article gets through to even one liberal and caused them to question the actions of the left, then I have done my job.

    Brad, thank you again for all your hard work? I applaud you!!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      You’re welcome, Leigh. And that you for getting with the spirit of things. And that hypothetical “one liberal” is one tough nut to crack. 😀

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