The Dog Days of a Political Winter

The last time I wrote here I was coming down from the high of primary politics. Over-engagement can be a real drag on the 5 senses... Sometimes, I simply craved a Mr. Pibb and a dimly-lit room.


The last time I wrote here I was coming down from the high of primary politics. Travel-beaten and war-torn, I had a bit of a political and emotional hangover. Even my news-junkie habit became an evening hulu-sitcom-digging habit on the iPad.

Over-engagement can be a real drag on the five senses. Sometimes, I simply craved a Mr. Pibb and a dimly-lit room.

Other than a supporting role in helping facilitate the at Hart Park in January, I've focused on my small business and stimulating the economy in any way I can; you know, the REAL way.

Well, that was then. February leaped by me this year and left me wondering where the last two months have gone. Tomorrow will make it two months since the Iowa Caucuses and the GOP presidential race doesn’t look much different. Scott Walker is still working on getting businesses to believe Wisconsin Progressives won’t reverse his reforms and the no one still knows whether Donald Driver is coming back for another season with the Packers.

But this is a place for opinion, and I prefer ACTIVE opinion – that which helps move not just the conversation, but also the activity in our community. So with that, I’ll say I believe Ryan Braun is innocent, Scott Walker will be re-elected and Wisconsin’s economy will begin booming when Dale Schultz realizes we just don’t like his kind too much anymore; Donald Driver will be gone, Ted Thompson-style; and, after next Tuesday, the presumptive Presidential race will dial down to two candidates, instead of the four we’ve had since January.

Ok, that should be good enough for an update of where I’m at,
but it’s not the whole story. You’d never read this blog again if I left it there.


Once my preferred candidate for the GOP nomination dropped out, I remained intellectually honest within myself, and have refrained from supporting or even giving tacit approval of any remaining candidate in the race. I believe the remaining options are either, unviable, unelectable or more-of-the-same Progressive in their philosophy. Instead, the number one hinging issue for me in this current political climate is the respect of the Tenth Amendment. So I have spent the last two months methodically building a non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting, training and facilitating action toward re-establishing the respect of boundaries between the States, the Federal Government and the people.

We have approximately 60 people committed and united for an active role in the organization; an additional 380 or so have become readers and members of our site. FoundersIntent.org intends to give a more broad voice to the cause my candidate, and hundreds of thousands of others have been fighting for.

Next week, I will be telling you about this project and I hope you jump to be involved as me and so many others have. This is not a partisan project in these hyper-partisan times. I’m excited to share this new project with everyone, because I believe it will change our community. I even believe it can change our nation. If am but a mere brick in building liberty’s wall once again, then I am doing my part – join me.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were all meant to shine, as children do.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

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mau March 07, 2012 at 04:38 AM
@Edward, don't lose your moral principles. I was pro-choice until I saw my baby in my womb at 12 weeks. When I held my newborn in my arms in the delivery room, I was so glad we made the choices we did. This summer that baby will be turning 26 and has a beautiful wife. Just think, I could have killed him.
Lyle Ruble March 07, 2012 at 04:48 AM
@JRH...;=D Mozel Tov!
M C March 07, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Hey, maybe you guys should just email or call each other…
James R Hoffa March 07, 2012 at 07:00 AM
@Lyle - Thanks - I really do appreciate that! @M C - You're obviously getting the wrong idea here, LOL!
Bren March 07, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Kafka, Nietzsche, Voltaire, Sartre...these names bring back happy memories of adolescence...along with walking down the same Paris streets as the philosophers and artists...imagining the discourse taking place over coffee and/or absinthe...but then realizing it is impossible to develop a personal philosophy until one has lived... But along that journey I have learned that keeping an open mind is important. Asking questions of myself and others is important. Sharing correct and honest information that leads to good decision-making is important. Working to promote an environment that encourages suggestions and ideas is important.


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