Thursday, July 9, 2009

Blog Interviews: Present Discontent

It is that time again for Liberty Pen's Blogger Interviews, and this week we will be speaking to Don, the author and site owner of Present Discontent. I have only known Don, as much as a person could via the internet, a few short months. But he, as with the others I have (and yet to) interviewed, embodies a quote from the United States Air Force Academy;

"We define character as the sum of those qualities of moral excellence that stimulates a person to do the right thing, which is manifested through right and proper actions despite internal or external pressures to the contrary."

We find ourselves in troubling times, and by the severest measure of misfortune they are being dismissed by people whose constitutional venalities are leading our Republic to moral and intellectual degeneracy. That is why it is so important for the sanctity of one's own probity to manifest an affinity with like-minded patriots, so this is my part. As with any relationship the differences define the components, affording reciprocal respect within a given dynamic will preclude enmity from presenting itself. You will find such respect among these men, and I am better off for it. Now, for your reading pleasure I am pleased to introduce, Present Discontent.

tLP: Good afternoon Don, how are you doing today?

Present Discontent: I am fine Tom, thank you for asking.

tLP: Outstanding, so tell us, what is your blog about?

Present Discontent: My blog is called Present Discontent. I named it after an essay by Edmund Burke. He of course, is thought to be the father of modern conservatism. Burke was in favor of limiting the executive powers of the King of England. He argued very strongly against unlimited royal power. His thoughts on checks and balances are very similar to our present system of government. He was for a political party or parties having a role in limiting the monarch’s ability to abuse its power. Widely held as his most important essay about this was his Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents of May 1770. I feel that this is apropos to what is going on in Washington with nearly one party rule.

tLP: Why did you start your blog

Present Discontent: I read Mark Levin’s book, Liberty and Tyranny, A Conservative Manifesto. A magnificent book and I recommend it to all conservatives, and their teenagers. In it he says that the conservative nature is “…to live and let live, to attend to his family, to volunteer time with his church and synagogue, and to quietly assist a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger.” He goes on to say that these are admirable qualities, but that it is no longer enough. In order to contain, and then reverse the far-left’s creep towards socialism, we must become a new generation of conservative activists. We have to be “shrewder and more articulate” than ever before. I started my blog to do just that. It has been in small steps, this creep towards socialism in America, so it will be in small steps the measure to reclaim personal liberty and freedoms once again. My blog is but one small step.

tLP: What are you hoping to accomplish with your blog?

Present Discontent: I want to make my feelings and views known and to see if they strike a chord with others out there. Not only those in agreement with me, but also I want to reach out to those who disagree with me. If I can change the mind of one liberal, then I will have succeeded.

tLP: How are your posts received by people, good, fair, or against?

Present Discontent: The reception to my blogs have run the gamut from agreement to disagreement to some very hostile reactions.

tLP: How important is your blog in today's economic and political climates?

Present Discontent: Well since sliced bread, it is of course the biggest thing to come down the pike! Okay, enough. It really doesn’t mean much by itself, as I said it is but a small step in our march back to what our Founding Fathers envisioned for our country. When taken into context with all the other conservative blogs, then the question of importance rises to a different level altogether.

tLP: Feel free to add any information you like.

Present Discontent: I just want to add that in the past, it has been enough for the conservative to go to church, pay his taxes and mow his lawn. But now that time of passive contribution is over. We need to be vigilant in protecting our freedoms, for once lost, they are hard to regain.

I would like to use this opportunity and thank Don for taking the time to do this interview, we all have busy lives so his efforts are most appreciated. The latest post from Present Discontent is, "Health Rationing in Our Future?" Stop by and leave a comment.

To end this post I would like to purvey a few quotations from Edmund Burke;

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

"No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."

We should not presume to think that the simple act of blogging will not produce the requisite results needed for the preservation of freedom. A singular action, however small, creates energy once it is in motion. As we connect with other individuals the energy augments, and eventually, it will manifest into an overwhelming force of emancipation. So continue to fight, continue to be heard, connect with other people, and know that no action is too little.


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me time and look at this blog,
read some articles, and post some comments. Thank you


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for acting as one of the agents of sanity who, I pray, will prevent the horror of Socialized medicine.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Good interview, and yes there is a growing amout of discontent in this country. I for one am very ticked off at the current state of affairs.

the Liberty Pen said...

For lack of our participation many things have been done under the guise of "the public good." That has to stop, and things need to change. We can no longer sit idly by while liberty is eroding into nothingness. Thank you for commenting.

Dr. Dave said...

Another fine interview, LP. I'm learning about a lot of other bloggers who I need to read. Keep it up.

the Liberty Pen said...

I have met some fantastic people and I consider myself fortunate. This could possibly cure my misanthropy. :-)

WomanHonorThyself said...

keep up the fight..your'e not alone!

the Liberty Pen said...

With individuals like you, as well as the others at my side, I stand proud and resolute. Thank you.

anticsrocks said...

Let me first say a very big thank you for the interview. It was an interesting and fun process, and I am flattered that you picked me to be one of your interviewees. Also, readership at my blog has increased significantly.

I would also like to post on your comment about things being done under the guise of public good. From the book, Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin he quotes C.S. Lewis who wrote, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

I think that statement comes very close to addressing some of Obama's actions. He, at some level I think, actually believes he is by the fates, a chosen leader that can lift America up to his vision of utopia. That would explain his reticence to upholding America's greatness when traveling and speaking abroad, and his repeated apologies for past actions by our great country. In his own mind, he is going to save us from ourselves. His arrogance really knows no bounds.

But if we stand strong, remain true to our convictions and be active in our communities, both at home and online, then we can turn the tide and get back to where our founding fathers would want us to be.