Today is my 600th post. Who would have thought that I would have lasted this long? My site has attracted sixty three thousand views from 123 countries across this globe. The internet certainly is a miraculous means of communication between humans.
I thought it would be a good idea for me to reread my very first post. I did so and realized it might be good for my readers to read or reread my initial post. So here it is.
Who am I?
Posted October 15, 2010
I decided to write a blog at the suggestion of my son. I have developed a recent interest in politics. It is not that I ignored politics in the past. There has hardly been an election in which I did not vote over the past 45 years. What changed?
I feel very strongly that this country is headed in the wrong direction. By that I mean it is heading away from its founding principles. This has been happening for a long time but the acceleration in the wrong direction under Barack Obama has been breathtaking. It may sound trite, but I honestly think the votes that I cast on November 2, 2010 will be the most important of my citizenship. (The votes I cast this November may be equally important if the Republican Party can capture both the House and the Senate. The Tea Party with whom I strongly affiliate has had a profound influence on American politics -RF)
This year is the first time in my adult life that I attended a political rally. I may be late to the game, but I have decided to play and I believe I have something to say. Once I begin to play, I will not quit. As Admiral Yamamoto declared following his country’s attack on Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.” In this instance, however, Obama has awakened a Lilliputian. But watch out! Gulliver learned that Lilliputians can bring you down!
It matters little to me whether anyone ever reads what I write, but the need within me to write about my perceptions is profound. An argument needs to be made. Every individual needs to speak out, if only to say “I disagree.”
So what perspective will you be reading? Where do my politics lie? It is not at all easy for me to state my political beliefs. Frankly, I hate it when someone defines themselves as a Republican or Democrat or as a liberal or conservative. I will state that I vote Republican, but only because I believe that the Republican Party is our last best hope to turn America around. That may change if the Republican Party does not take this opportunity to return to American founding principles. What is certain is that I am not a “one-word” political definition. I have very strong beliefs on a variety of issues. Some are very conservative – fiscal and defense. Some a very liberal – I am a first amendment absolutist – even to the right to burn the American flag (of course, I would like to punch the lights out of any American that does such a despicable act, but I strongly support their right to do it). I am definitely NOT a centrist and feel sorry for anyone that is. Centrists make compromise their creed. When it comes to principles, one cannot compromise. You either believe in freedom of speech or you don’t. You can’t say some speech is out-of-bounds. Out of whose bounds? Judged against whose standard? Does the ”right” wing define the boundary or the “left” wing? The only time that I am a “centrist” is when I just don’t give a damn who wins! (The “talking heads” around Washington are all befuddled that the Republicans and Democrats no longer “compromise.” They blame the “Tea Party.” They are wrong. The reason there is no longer compromise in Washington is because our federal government – and most states, as well – are broke! All of the “compromises” that were previously so common and now are not were accomplished by “paying off” a congressman or senator with money for their districts or states to assure their “compromise” vote on a piece of legislation. When that money dried up, so did “compromise” – RF.)
There are many people who command my respect for their perspective on government. However, my personal gurus are Ayn Rand, Thomas Sowell, and Charles Krauthammer. It is not that I agree in every aspect with the thoughts and writings of these individuals. Indeed, they are all too intelligent, educated, and advanced for me to even consistently follow their train of thought. However, I believe I have the ability to perceive a convincing argument when I hear it (and, on the opposite side of that coin, to know when it is time to start shoveling)!
With regard to that, I do not know if Ayn Rand is the greatest philosopher of all time (she certainly didn’t think so and gave that title to Aristotle). However, as Leonard Piekoff, the legal heir to her estate and the person who works hardest to keep her words alive, likes to say, she is the greatest salesman of philosophy. Well, she sold me. So, I guess I am an Objectivist. At very least, I am an anti-statist, and anti-collectivist, and an unashamed laissez-faire capitalist. I plan to use her words and arguments liberally in this blog. If I, at times, accidentally plagiarise her words, I apologize in advance. May she somehow know that plagiarism is the highest form of compliment. Let me be clear. The battle is not a political one but a philosophical one. Politics will be important, but the true battle is for American founding principles, and, if you have read this far, I am sorry to tell you that American founding principles are losing the battle. I hope not the war.
Thomas Sowell is the most convincing economist of our day, in my extremely humble opinion. More importantly, his notions of equality and the plight of black americans are inspiring. Like nearly every American, I was very proud on the day that America elected its first black president. I didn’t vote for Obama, but let’s face it, a black American president. How wonderful was that! However, if God had been paying attention or, at least, not playing a practical joke, our first black president would have been Thomas Sowell.
As for Dr. Krauthammer, he is a voice of reason in a cacophony of political noise. His positions are well thought out and he is never condescending or vitriolic.
Now you know some of what I think, but not yet who I am. I intend to write with a nom de plume. I gave considerable thought to several names. I liked Cato, because that was the pseudonym that Hamilton, Monroe and John Jay employed when writing the Federalist papers. Although my respect for these men is great, they espoused strong central government – exactly the opposite of what I espouse. So, in honor of my heroine, Ayn Rand, I have chosen John Galt as my pseudonym.
I long ago gave up my nom de plume and simply sign, Roy Filly