Friday, December 30, 2011
I usually start my day reading things like The Huffington Post, Media Matters, a couple of liberal blogs, Hot Air, CNS News, The Drudge Report, The American Thinker and then I watch some stuff on the Blaze.
Some of the stuff I remember, some of it I don't.
I also don't always remember which place I got what information, because I read so many article in so many places.
Nevertheless, I AM able to gather the principles presented in those resources and arrange them in my mind for personal analysis and interpretation.
Steven Wright (my favorite stand-up comedian) says, "Stealing an idea from one person is called plagiarism. Stealing ideas from a bunch of people is called research."
I do a lot of research.
Then I write MY conclusions on my blog.
Some of my commenters get upset with me because I don't "document" everything I write, as though failure to document somehow affects it veracity.
Of course, that is utter nonsense.
If Harry Reid said something, he said it whether or not I note the source where I first read about it.
So, I don't document everything I write about.
If you are a liberal and you don't like that...get over it.
This is my blog where I write about what interests me...period.
I don't even care whether or not you believe what I write.
I don't write anything I haven't first documented in my own mind, and that's the only mind that matters to me.
There are some special places I go to read blogs that I really love.
Geeeeez! is one of those places. So is Important Stuff--Or Not.
The are a lot of others, so if I left you out (which I obviously did, since I only mentioned two), please forgive me.
If it is listed on my side bar, I read it almost daily.
I particularly like LR's 25 Immutable Truths About Liberals and his Talking Points.
The thing about research is that its interpretation depends on whether you approach it from a liberal or a conservative point of view.
The same set of facts might well lead to quite different conclusions from a liberal than they do from a conservative.
I'm a conservative.
THERE ARE FOUR PRINCIPLES THAT DEFINE TRUE CONSERVATISM:
1. Respect for The Constitution
2. Respect for Life
3. The Smallest Possible Government
4. Individual Responsibility
This blog is about my philosophy of government, which is a very conservative philosophy.
You are not required to agree with me (although you would be better off if you did).
I am biased toward conservatism, and make no apologies for that.
Freedom means not being controlled by the government, that being the very reason we declared our independence from Great Britain.
Government's job is not to provide things for people, but to provide the opportunity for people to pursue the things they want via the vehicles of freedom and responsibility.
So there you have it.
The next time you decide to castigate me for not "documenting" what I write, remember this: I am not your student and you are not my professor. This is not a term paper, nor is it a research paper.
This is my blog.
These are my ideas, quirky though they may or may not be.
You neither have to read it or comment on it, though you are welcome to do either or both.
Just keep it clean and relevant to the topic at hand...or else the dreaded "delete" button will be exercised.
Posted by Joe at 9:58 AM