When you are born in this world, you are given a ticket to this freak show.
When you are born in America, you are given a front row seat.
Kelso shared this video below on Facebook a few weeks ago and it stuck with me, for it sort of explains my transition lately. When I started this blog in 2007, I was one of the people who thought I might be able to make a difference, especially towards reaching Southern Folk. I endearingly call us all “rednecks”, in such a way NOT to offend, but to try to bring humor to what many take offensively (or perhaps better yet, what many others use AGAINST southern folks offensively). I splattered around some funny stuff every now and then, hoping this might also attract a few folks whose work and over-burdened lives was causing them great distress.
As I read and learned and as I experienced my own many problems (bankruptcy, medical issues in my family, deaths, loss of job and basically the falling apart of everything I ever worked for), I began to realize that there was something afoot that was beyond my ability to make change or improve (or even slow or stop the demise I was personally experiencing). So, I evolved and this blog evolved. She (the blog) and I both became angry. We both saw that something was purposefully being done to change our lives in America and the rest of the world.
I began researching and then sharing what I found in commentary. I began asking others to join me and share their thoughts, because I want to hear others’ progression thru their change/evolution and be able to share that here. Linda put up with a lot of my assholeness, but still loves me. Kelso joined up in an attempt to share a very different perspective (and he truly has a gift for writing, among many other gifts). Then I reached out to an old friend when I saw him on Facebook (Dr Doug).
Dr Doug was one of those staunch Republicans, at one time. He has shared with me that thru things he and I discussed, he started seeing some truths as I do (I am not suggesting that we see everything eye to eye). He is one of those folks that gave me hope that maybe there was something I could do to make a change in American perception and attitude (especially among “rednecks”). He proved to me that people are not beyond reach and if they simply open their minds, things like 911 suddenly become “not so clearly” the official story (not to mention how bogus the D vs R false political paradigm is). I was very glad when he agreed to share things here and he brings a different take to a lot of issues and has many alternate skills that The Revolt needed.
There are quite a few excellent regulars that share in comments and the wealth of information I learn from them is amazing. I have also set up a very nice, but evolving set of reference blog links. They generally all have different strengths and even purposes. I have made a lot of online friends and recently one of these fine folks wrote me, noticing that my family and I are going thru some rough times, and offered to send me some money to help us. That particular person may never understand what such a thought means to me (don’t worry, everybody, I ain’t asking for money and turned him down, too, with much gratitude).
In many cases, some of these blogs have changed in some way and end up writing shit that causes me to re-question their motives. When and IF I see that something is looking dubious or peculiar, I cull them much like I recently culled over 125 Facebook “friends” (and then I de-activated the account, no longer considering that the network is a means to reach people). Sure, several of them enjoyed what I would share, but if I were a fly on the wall in the majority’s homes as they looked at their FB wall, I bet 1/2 or more had blocked my feed (and I understand that a lot of what I shared rubbed them and their comfort zones in a really bad way). Such is life and such is blogging (sometimes you just got to cull the baggage or the wolf that is dressed in sheep’s clothing or simply the dumbasses).
I had mentioned leaving FB several times before on my wall and inevitably, several people would write and ask me not to, but I was still only preaching to an ever-shrinking choir. I had shared enough links from here that if they want to know what I think, they can come read (and would be welcome). Many have recently joined by subscribing, as a matter of fact (thank you all). I like to think that these people, who are mostly folks that I have known for a very long time (many going to highschool with), know I am genuine and that I ain’t stupid. I believe they know that I try my best to study, evaluate, and take time to form an educated opinion, altho I am an expert in only a couple of things (and I NEVER write about those things).
I guess what I am saying is that I have (in Carlin’s words) become one of those people who sit back in my front row seat and take notes. I wish I had his gift for humor and insight, for he was an amazing individual, but I am what I am, lacking in many ways.
Listen to a genius describe what I am trying to say:
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