by 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.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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