A Rare Political Post

I never write about politics. I call myself a religious constitutionalist, because I increasingly don’t identify with any of the major political parties, or even the minor ones (they scare me even more). I am deeply religious, I believe that the Constitution of the United States was divinely inspired, and that we have the best form of government (democratic republic) in the world. It’s not perfect, but it is the best thing going.

If you are sensitive to political talk, and would rather not hear the ranting of a religious libertarian, avert your eyes. I’m probably just going to do this the once, and then go back to my regular programming schedule.

Now, with all of the political unrest going on across America, much less around the world, I feel it necessary to say a few words. Some of these things may sound contradictory. I’m not saying I have al the answers – these are just some truths off the top of my head:

  • The Occupy Wallstreet people are largely morons. Having said that, its evolving a bit now that you have unions joining the fray. Hmmm…not in a million years would I have seen that coming. I don’t think those folks are morons – just wrong.
  • This class warfare thing is getting old. OF COURSE it is what the president is doing. Stop denying it. That’s exactly what it is.
  • The Tea Party people are not racists, and they are not violent. In fact, their positions have nothing to do with race, religion, or party affiliation. Their goal is leaner government, less taxes. That’s it, folks. The rest is pure demonization.
  • The Occupy folks, on the other hand, have been both violent and, by my measure, guilty of a number of hate crimes. Total Tea Party arrests in the last 2 years = zero. Total arrests for the Occupy crowd in NYC alone this month = over 1200. Add that to the fact that most of them don’t even know what they’re protesting, and I’d call it simply… anarchy.
  • We are on a collision course with default as a nation.
  • We spend way too much on social services.
  • We spend way too much on defense.
  • We spend way too much on the United Nations, and on issues globally that we shouldn’t be involved in.
  • We should not be isolationists. We should not be nation-builders. We should be focusing on getting our own house in order, and less on non-security-related activities abroad.
  • If the government wasn’t supporting the downtrodden, who would do it? I’ll tell you – churches and non-profits and local communities. We need to give them more to do more. What was supposed to be a safety net has turned into a way of life. I’m not sure how we get out of this cycle. Adding to it certainly isn’t the right way to fix things.
  • Nobody owes you a job, a home, a car, or even food on your table. We are a giving nation, and we do take care of our poor — better than any other nation on earth. But you cannot take away from one group and give to another in an effort to make everyone "equal." Nothing about that is equal. That plan does two things: it builds a dependent class of people who are increasingly unable to do anything for themselves, and expect more and more. And you enslave those who do produce, making it harder and harder for them to produce, and less and less willing to give. I call that evil.
  • The family is the single most important entity on the planet. Nothing in this world – money, fame, a really great haircut – can compensate for failure in the home.
  • There is more anti-religious bigotry coming from the Republican party than from the Democrat party right now, and that’s sad. People who call themselves Christians are usually at the forefront of some very un-Christian-like activities. For example, Huckabee. What a total jerk.
  • Rush Limbaugh needs to shut up. Maybe if he listened to some of his own tapes, he’d become more self-aware. Not that I disagree with most of his positions, I’ve just grown to dislike his repetitive messages. Sean Hannity is worse. At least Glenn Beck is really funny.
  • If you can't find a job, move. Sell your house, your car, your possessions, do whatever it takes. Don't carry around those financial burdens. It's just stuff, people. You will do a lot better with a lot less stuff. And be willing to move to where the jobs are if you have to. It's hard, but sometimes its what you have to do.
  • Get as much education as possible, but be smart about it — get skills in a field where there are actually jobs. Get a degree in Elizabethan Poetry and expect to be flipping burgers. And then be willing to get in at the bottom, and work hard. I've met people in their late 40's, early 50's who went back to school to completely change careers. It can be done. Just do it.
  • Obama is not a good public speaker. Never was, never will be. Stop making excuses for him. Weak speaker, weak president, but thankfully a one-termer. I’d still love to play golf with him. He’s had a lot of practice these past couple years, and I bet he’s good.
  • I believe in following the law of the land. If you don’t like the law, follow the process to change it. If you can’t change it, it’s because nobody agrees with you.
  • I’m with Team Edward.
  • Corporations have a right to lobby government. No matter how much the left likes to beat up on “evil corporations,” the reality is that they are made up of people and stockholders, all who want to work and want to earn a paycheck. When the government creates laws that make it more difficult for them to do business, they have a right to try and make changes.
  • Having said that, there needs to be much much more transparency into donations made, and the activities of lobbyists, in general. This all goes back to law of the land.
  • People need to live within their means. Period. It’s your own fault that you’ve spent more than you earned. You didn’t “need” that big flat screen tv you put on your Visa. You didn’t “need” a car or a house that was above your pay grade. So stop whining about it and get a second job to pay off your cards, and then cut them up.
  • I’d vote libertarian if their candidates weren’t all whack jobs. Seriously. They are all insane.
  • I hate that all jeans sit on or below the waist. I believe there is a conspiracy among clothing manufacturers to make it so jeans only fit if you have no butt, thus, in a roundabout way, force people to diet.

I think I’m done. Just responding to a real idiot on Twitter who just really pissed me off. I know this is all so random, so different than any of my other posts. So now you know a little about how I feel, and who I am. Feel free to never read my content again, if you feel damaged. For those who know me, you know I always speak my mind. Unfortunately, when people ask my opinion, I tell them. Ok, I’m done here.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (https://rencore.com/), leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.

4 Responses

  1. Kris McBride says:

    Bold statements – well played. I’m with you on most of that, seems like common sense.

  2. Krichie says:

    Good post (Except for that Twilight reference)

  3. It was the jeans comment, I know. It pushed you over the edge. It’s understandable.

  4. Garry Smith says:

    Love people with opinions whether I agree or disagree with them. This post made me smile and ironically its the first one In my life I have ever replied to on a blog.