Sleepless in Santa Barbara

Last night, at 11:30 pm, as I was in my car getting ready to go to sleep, I heard beautiful guitar music being played by a man named Bruce G. He had laid out his guitar case and CDs, a guest book, and business cards on one corner of the second floor parking structure walkway. He also put a feedback monitor on an isand across from him.

His music was improvised Flaminco-style renditions of classics such as, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” Ode to Joy,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and classical guitar pieces I had never heard before. I was enthralled, as the music resonated beautifully throughout the structure. He performed like a virtuoso, thumping on the guitar for percussion while expertly playing; his fingers plucking, strumming, and sliding faster than I could keep up.

I got out of my car to listen to him. I asked if I could videotape a bit, and he nodded. I remained outside in the cold, barefoot, listening. I closed my eyes, and felt transported. The situation was surreal. Almost no one else was around, but here was this gifted man playing in the oddest of places. Despite my sadness from the past few days, I felt so much better. A few couples that happened by and who heard him playing, walked up the stairs to investigate. Bruce told them about his CDs for sale, and he offered them some hard candy while they listened.

He continued playing for over an hour. By that time, I had gotten back in my car and lay down to sleep. Eventually, he stopped and packed his things and drove away. I fell asleep.

I woke up at 5:20 am after a difficult night of restless sleep. Lately, I’ve had leg tremors and night sweats. I’ve also experienced mood swings and increased edemia in my hands and feet. These are all signs that my Diabetes in not under control.

I just tossed out the of the insulin I had with me as it is obviously no good. I can survive for a few weeks without it, though it will require me to diligently monitor my symptoms and respond accordingly. I lived with raging Diabetes for years. It was not pleasant but I can do it again. My doctor, upon checking my blood sugar three years ago told me he didn’t know how I had lived for as long as I had with a blood sugar level of 428. The normal range is from 70 to 100.

Now that I am experiencing the same symptoms as back then, it is apparent that the insulin I have been keeping in my car (with the windows partially rolled down) is no longer viable. I had always thought that it was supposed to be refrigerated until you needed to use it; at which time, I would keep it on my office desk for a week, at room temperature. Last night, my wife called me and told me that insulin, when not in use, needs to be kept refrigerated. Apparently, I still have a lot to learn about this disease.

Since I was first diagnosed, I have been a stubborn bastard about accepting my condition, and about identifying myself as “Diabetic.” But today, l now understand. I have had the persistent nausea and ‘increased emotionalism that plagued me for years before I finally was taking insulin. Those symptoms were mitigated by my eating food. Eating seemed to make me feel less sick. It comforted me. l but I see now that I was essentially self-medicating. Thus, I got fat and complicated my health even further. Well, I Am not going back to poor health. Not after coming so far.

I intend on losing another 40 lbs and being healthy and active again. That means I have to be absolutely diligent about my diet. Which means I have to change my habits. l realize this now. I am sick, and I have been thinking of Diabetes as a personal weakness. So, I have been denying its seriousness, and thus, my need to take it seriously.

So, Hello. My name is Roger, and l am a diabetic…

As part of the monitoring process, l am going to elicit feedback from you.

I need to raise money again in order to continue with this march. The uncertainty of not having enough has been wearing, and has made me anxious and feeling guilty about undertaking this endeavor. Am l selfish for doing this march? Originally, I thought that I would get media coverage and, thus, enough in donations to accomplish it. But, nothing has happened as l planned, and now, I have only enough for the car trip from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita.

What do you think? l don’t want to give up. I have endured a lot to get here. I can and will go all the way, At the same time, for what? What good will l do? SOMETHING’s got to be done and said about our rights. If I Stop now, I won’t be doing what I can to stop politicians from stealing our rights. In the grand scheme of things, though, what can just one man do?

I need perspective. I need your help. Again. Please post comments below.

Founders Fairs: Some Ideas for Taking Back Our Country

America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave will be ours again. These are ideas for achieving this goal.

We need to stop wringing our hands about how corrupt and liberal the Media is. It is hopelessly so. It will never change, and we should stop hoping that it will. To continue to do so, is insanity. Instead of doing the same things and hoping things will change, let’s think of rational ways we can make a difference in our lives and in our country.

We need to stop worrying about the galling and outrageous lies that Democrats in office say about us. These are evil people. They have so shame and will never change. To think they are redeemable is illogical, as they reject God and morality, and thus, do not possess the capacity for self-reflection. These people are consumed by self-loathing. And, the only people they hate more than themselves are patriotic Americans. They are insane. Hoping that they will change, is insanity.

If you don’t like the offerings available on television or in the theaters, make your own media and entertainment. Right now. And create social networks with which to sell your Conservative products to other Conservatives. Glenn Beck is doing this. We must all participate in doing so.

If generations of our youth can be indoctrinated to hate our country, we can work to teach our future youth to revere it. Through fiction, comics, games, music, drama, movies, and our own actions, we can counteract the poisonous stream of Progressive influence that permeates our society.

If activism is not your thing, ask yourself this, “Is freedom, my thing? Is being an American, my thing? Is hope for the future of my children and their children, my thing?”

If you said, yes, then you must become an activist in your own way. Otherwise, the Progressives will continue their assault, and will continue to rob this country’s blessing from you and yours.

You must be willing to acknowledge that we are at war. Progressives declared war on us decades ago; politically at first. Today, they wage war on us through our mass media and popular culture. The radicals and extremists have managed to flip everything around, and now, they have managed to convince politically-naive Americans that WE are the “radicals and extremists”.

Rather than fight this false depiction, embrace it. BE a radical. Be an extremist in the service of your country. Leap out of your foxhole of apathy and join the fight. Be brave in order to live free.

Consider moving to a red state where multitudes of like-minded Americans live. Become part of the politics. Demand that government adhere to and legislate according to the Constitution. LIVE freedom.

Don’t be afraid to be vocal. Political Correctness is the tool Progressives use to keep you from combating their lies and revisionist history. You’re an adult. Don’t allow the indoctrinated and infantilized to dictate what you can or cannot say. They do not care what you believe in. They don’t have your best interests at heart. They are the Enemy Within, and you have a moral obligation to confront them and hold your ground.

If nothing else, make a sign, go to a busy corner, and show yourself. Be the solitary voice of reason and courage in your community. Stand up and be counted. Rage against the dying of the light of liberty. You will not be alone. Your fellow Americans will stand beside you, in spirit; as will God. For, God has so blessed this nation, that we must be willing to fight to keep Him in our society. Otherwise, society will continue to be corrupted by the evil influence of Progressivism, and our civil liberties will be lost. For God (who gave us our rights), and for America (which embodies freedom in a chaotic world), we must be willing to step outside of our political comfort zones.

One concrete idea I have for taking back America is to organize and hold Founders Fairs throughout the country. These would be free-to-attend events that teach attendees about American History, about important American historical figures and their beliefs, and about the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

At these fairs, costumed actors would wander, reciting important quotes and speeches, while they hand out literature about the person they are portraying. There would be a live band playing patriotic music and military hymns. On stage, speakers would discuss topics, like: “What is American Exceptionalism,” and “Why is America a Unique Experiment in Self-Rule, ” etc. There would food vendors, and booths where American craftsmen could ply their wares, and where powdered wigs and flags and muskets could be safely displayed.

These fairs would bring history to life, and would engage attendees in a way that Progressively-edited school books and historically-revised lectures by Progressive educators will not.

If you are willing to devote time to organizing such an event, contact me. Together, we can make a difference.

New Declaration of American Independence

In the face of decades of unmitigated evil perpetrated by our elected officials against The Constitution, the time has come, once again, for We the People to declare our independence from the tyranny of Oppressive Government.

Those elected officials and their minions who seek to rend our freedoms from us have demonstrated no intention to keep their vows to uphold The Constitution. They have also shown a callous disregard for the welfare of all of this nation’s legal citizens. Said elected representatives threaten us now with unsustainable spending and taxation. They also are attempting to dismantle our societal norms and institutions. In short, We the People are on the verge of being forced into tax slavery.

Anti-Constitutional ideologues in political office are attempting to enact their Progressive social philosophy, which has been proven time and again to be detrimental to American society; as well as an abject failure of political thought. Therefore, to our nationally-elected public officials, who have chosen to disregard our opinions and welfare: We formally renounce recognition of you as dutiful, legitimate representatives.

Your actions have spoken clearly and your intentions to betray our trust and your vows have been recognized just as clearly. Henceforth, you will no longer be allowed to feather your nests on the backs of the American People. There will be limits on your terms of service. There will be cuts to the benefits you have bestowed upon yourselves. You consider yourselves a protected and ennobled class, but you are mistaken. No one in America is better than anyone else. You are not aristocrats. You are not above the law. Your reign is over.

To the entrenched in Washington, D.C., members of both Parties that think We the People will continue to abide your manipulation: You, too, are also on notice. Those wealthy powers you serve will no longer be allowed to control, impoverish, and enslave us. We reject any form of tyranny from any source. We are free people with God-given rights that will no longer be infringed upon in the name of Progressivism or a New World Order.

We the People invoke the guidance of our Founding Fathers, and do hereby declare our intention to fight, if need be, against the vast, amoral cesspool that is Washington, D.C. We will use every weapon in our arsenal to cast off the yoke of your corruption. Come 2010, we will sweep as many of you from power as we are able. In 2012, we will rid ourselves of this anti-American Administration. If, after all this, you choose to continue to wage war against We the People, we will fight back. And, with our numbers reaching up into the hundreds of millions, you do not stand a chance of succeeding.

You will not be allowed to diminish the Sovereignty of the United States of America. You will not be allowed to open our borders to any more of those who refuse to assimilate and improve this country. You will not be allowed to force citizens to fund immoral and unconstitutional nationalized programs. In fact, we will disband agencies and repeal policies that do not demonstrate complete fidelity to the betterment of this country, and which do not operate in a cost-effective manner.

We are not your slaves. We are not cogs in a Big Government machine. Neither are we “Citizens of the World.” We are Americans. And we will not go under. We will fight and die to remain free. While you have chosen to renounce God and his blessings on our great nation, we proudly declare ourselves His children. We will return the Lord to his rightful place as moral center of our Society. We will no longer remain silent against the militant atheism that works in tandem with Progressivism to destroy America and the World.

Heed our warning: You started this war. We will end it. We will purge the evil influences of Progressivism from the soul of the body politic and reinstate patriotism and morality as cornerstones to the archways of our freedom. Abuses against the greater society by anti-American groups that constitute the minority of the population will no longer be ignored.

Individualism will ever remain integral to our society. However, we will vociferously challenge the legal and cultural perversions of our basic tenets by any minority, under any guise. This is America. Home of the Brave and Land of the Free. Not, Cradle of the Dependent and Grave of the Enslaved. Through faith and lawful endeavors, we will be free once more. We will be great again. And, we will not fail.

This is our Declaration.

Unicorn, DoDo Birds, Conservatives Voting for Hillary and Other Mythical Creatures

Lately, I’ve been hearing television commentators and media pundits proclaim that more and more “staunch Republicans” are leaving the Party to vote for Hillary. And, why? Because they want “free” Universal Health Care. Not because of Operation Chaos, mind you. Not because an Obama Presidency would catastrophic for our nation. But, for the free Health Care.

News Flash, Liberal Mouthpieces: There is no such thing as a true Conservative deciding to vote for a Leftist. No honest-to-God, Reagan Conservative would EVER vote for a liberal, regardless of what bribes the liberal was offering.

That would be like claiming Hugo Chavez suddenly saw the light, encouraged Capitalism, and started subscribing to Rush Radio. And, that Hugo invited The Devil (President Bush) over for a game of pool.

Liberalism and Conservatism are diametrically-opposed philosophies. They aren’t just mindsets, they are lifestyles. So, it is really hard to take editorialized comments made by news anchors seriously.

Despite their efforts to paint Hillary and Obama as political saviours, there is no way in Hell a Conservative would think that proposed multi-billion dollar tax increases are the way this country should go. “Staunch Republicans” do not forsake their values.

For, to be a Conservative is to live, act, and think Values. It is the core principle of Conservatism. Faith in God is stronger than liberal pablum. Understanding the genius of Capitalism means a Conservative understands how this country’s economy works. Faith and understanding are not so easily discarded; regardless of what the liberal MSM would have you believe .

If anything, I see more and more former liberals coming out in support of nuclear energy, securing our borders, preserving this country’s identity, and realizing just how naive and dopey they once were.

Liberals should disabuse themselves of the notion that their morally-bankrupt Party would ever convert God-fearing, Patriotic Americans. They would sooner glimpse a DoDo riding a unicorn.

What Makes an American an “American?”

Consequential times are upon us. Our culture is under assault from without and from within. Given the global anti-American environment we find ourselves in, perhaps it is time to redefine ourselves. Not in others’ terms, but on our own. The vital question we should all be asking ourselves is, “What makes an American an American?”

Is it being a person who shamelessly accepts entitlement bribes from politicians who are only trying to buy themselves into office?

Is it being a person who expects cradle-to-grave security in exchange for self-determination and financial freedom?

Is it being a person who is willing to be less than his or her full potential?

I sure as hell hope not. Americans are made of sterner stuff.

Yes, Life is hard. And it should be. The human condition is defined by challenges met, endured, and overcome. Failure is our greatest teacher. It isn’t something we should deny ourselves, or our children. And, while we may occasionally experience despair because of continual failure; there is, burning within us, a tenacious spirit.

It is a spirit whose flame should be stoked so that it rages within our national bosom. With this spirit ablaze, we will continue to face potential failures, and to accept them as integral parts of life. Life isn’t made easier by sugarcoating words; not when it is the unvarnished Truth that is needed. Nor is Hopelessness salved by accepting that which we have not earned. Take away competition, and you take away what it means to be an American.

Sadly, the term “rugged individualism” is quickly being supplanted in our national lexicon by “institutionalized victimhood.” This must not continue. Anyone willing to trade their freedom for false security is not thinking like an “American.”

Americans are self-reliant, not dependent. Americans are industrious, not lazy. Americans are determined, not weak. Any other definition is unacceptable. Especially when it is foisted upon us by fellow countrymen.

Cackling Commies and Socialist Scum

I remember a time, not too long ago, when the idea of Socialism in American politics would have been unthinkable. At least, unthinkable to patriotic Americans. Now, the face of Socialism is laughing (or rather, cackling) at us from New York State as she runs for President of the United States of America.

To say that I am distressed by the flagrant promotion of Socialist ideas by this woman, and by her brethren in the Congressional Democrat Party, is an understatement. I am absolutely appalled. What the hell has happened to politics in this country? Daily, we are assailed by fresh insults to our national character. And, these attacks are not just from the Left.

Weak-willed Republicans pander to “the Center,” but really are just trying to assuage ultra-Liberal operatives. RINOs like these are every bit as deceitful and ruinous as Code Pinko, Moveon.borg, and George “I’m Going to Reshape America” Soros. Who are these damned people to try to change our values and traditions?

They are traitors.

Traitors to American values like self-reliance, self-determination, and love of God. Make no mistake about it: Americans are a faithful and true people. We believe our country stands for sterling principles. Truth, justice, and the American Way is not an “outmoded slogan.” It is a statement; one that encapsulates a very worthy code of ethics, and which helps to define our very way of life.

Yet, the Far Left despises that way of life. Since the Sixties, they have worked in earnest, secretly at first, now unabashedly, to undermine our culture. How self-loathing does one have to be to work against one’s own people? I have pondered this imponderable since 2004, when Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, et al, made it clear they hated our Military and our Country. They undermined our war effort, undermined our Military, and subverted our President. They are traitors. Traitors who bend the truth and change the rules without shame.

Those on the Left have been changing the rules since 2000, when the Democrats started their unrelenting push for power at any cost. When things don’t go their way in Congress, they change procedural rules. When things don’t go their way in elections, they change electorial traditions. When reality doesn’t reflect their skewed view of life, they lie. And lie. And lie. And lie. They besmirch, denigrate, and LIE.

How long will those of us who still believe in the greatness of our country allow these lies to go unchallenged? I’m not talking to the Rush Limbaughs, Sean Hannitys, and Michael Savages of America; you folks have been every bit as patriotic and vocal as we need you to be. No, I’m talking about the other yous: you regular, all-American Joes, like me. When will we finally get off of our collective, silent asses and scream, “Hell no! I will NOT let America go under. I will NOT let liars tell me my country is not exceptional. I will NOT be silent any longer!”

This is our challenge; to be willing to fight this war. It is a cultural war whose outcome will determine the fate of our dear country. It is the greatest war we have fought to date. And, it rages in the hearts and minds of every Patriotic American. I hope you decide to enlist.

As you fight this war, stand fast against the gales of cackling laughter. Be resolute against the soul-sapping Socialist values that are eroding our national character. Be brave! After all, America is still the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Remember?