Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blog Interviews: Conservative Scalawag

For this installment of Blog Interviews the Liberty Pen had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the Conservative Scalawag. I must be particularly honest with you and state that I take great pleasure in interviewing other bloggers. For me, appreciable facets of mental competency and the principled rectitude of character are externalized on every individual blog. The perception of such leaves me with the desire to share this with individuals whom I consider to be of exceptional constitution. I hope you enjoy the following interview, and I can honestly say that I have a new admiration for the Conservative Scalawag.

tLP: Good afternoon Conservative Scalawag, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Let us start off with the basic question, what is your blog about?

CS: My blog is mostly about guns and gun rights. However, I also post political opinions and the occasional humor.

tLP: If not already answered in the first question, why did you start your blog?

CS: I started my blog because my constant ranting was getting on my wife’s last nerve. Banishing me to the computer room, she suggested that I focus my rants on the internet via a blog, and Conservative Scalawag was created in 2006. Heck, she even bought me a TV to watch Fox News on, just so I could stay back there.

tLP: Could you explain a little more about your political philosophy? What made you choose this type of philosophy?

CS: My political philosophy is very simple - freedom and liberty, no compromise and not up for negotiation.

tLP: What message, if any, do you try to convey in every post?

CS: Huh, good question. I’m not sure if there is any “message” I try to convey, other than that this is your God-given natural right - fight for it or it will be lost to you.

tLP: Where would you like to see your blog in a year from now, or two years?

CS: Can’t say I honestly thought that far ahead. For me, Conservative Scalawag is day by day adventure. I see something that either annoys me or peaks my interest, then give my opinion on it. If anything, I’d like to see that my reporting on events improves and even broadens.

tLP: Has creating a blog changed you as a person? What kind of people have you met along the way?

CS: Yes, it has. It has pushed me to peel back the layers and see the truth, digging deeper into issues I’d otherwise not give a second thought to, such as economics or certain social issues. As to the folks I’ve met, most have been great.. Sure, you get the occasional moon-bats, but for the most part great folks.

tLP: Great answer. Given your political persuasion, what criticisms have you received with regards to your posts?

CS: One thing I’ve learned is that the left are anything but tolerant and inclusive. I’ve received everything from out and out death threats, to folks telling me to kill myself. As to the substance of the post; very little, just pure hate for those who oppose their misguided views of America.

tLP: I see that you are an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment; can you tell us why it is important to you?

CS: If you don’t mind, I would like to have one of our Founding Fathers explain that one:

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -Thomas Jefferson

Now, I didn’t always see it that way, but it is true nonetheless. The sole reason for us to keep and bear arms is to keep the government in check. Sure, hunting, sport shooting, and self-defense are nice benefits, but it's not the purpose of the 2nd Amendment. This is why it is important to me.

tLP: That is one of my favorite quotes from Jefferson. What, in your opinion, are the reasons the Democrats are so intent on dissolving gun ownership and all associated rights?

CS: Simply put, it is about control. Control over what we eat, drive, what doctor we see, how much we earn, who we hire, or even live by. Absolute control over our lives. This is why I don’t think of them as Democrats anymore, but as socialist fascists. Some might find that a bit radical, but then again, the Brits said the same about some of our Founding Fathers - Thomas Payne and Patrick Henry also come to mind.

tLP: If you had one hour with Obama what would you discuss?

CS: Wow, I don’t think an hour would be long enough. It would have to be the over-reach of government into the private sector, and how he sees this as constitutional (him being a scholar of it).

tLP: If you have a favorite person that is in the field of politics (past and or present), and you had the same amount of time as you had with Obama, what would you ask him or her?

CS: Wow, again, not enough time and too many great people to choose from. Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Churchill or Thatcher, and of my generation Reagan definitely comes to mind. But if it had to be one, it would be Benjamin Franklin. While the aforementioned were great speakers, had great fortitude, or were great in stature - Franklin was reserved, yet as radical as Jefferson; as well spoken as Reagan; as witty as Churchill and as pragmatic as Thatcher. And to top that off, he was just a brilliant man of multiple fields ranging from science and diplomacy to philosophy. He was even a man’s man, if you know what I mean.

tLP: Where do you see our Republic by the end of the year? Where do you see it by the end of Obama's term?

CS: Weaker, and by the end of his term weaker yet. It would be hard pressed, if Obama keeps going at the rate he has been, to even call it a Republic anymore.

tLP: When the Republicans return to a position of power what should they do to get our country back on track?

CS: I am not sure that I’d even want the Republicans back, for they have, to their own extent, become part of the problem as well. Perhaps give Independents or Libertarians a try at it. But, if it is the Republicans, they need to walk very carefully and represent the folks that put them there.

tLP: Are there any other areas of interest you would like to talk about? Any future posts you want us to know about?

CS: I would say being self-reliant, problem solving, and free thinking. I translate this into my preparedness. This way I will not be like those poor sheepish souls in New Orleans during Katrina. Now, I don’t want this to be mistaken with survivalism, like some folks do out in Idaho or Montana. What I am talking about is having just enough to get through a short to medium crisis. Say like a Katrina; the worst parts lasted a month or so, or a short-term emergency, like a few days to week long power outage. That is the sort of thing most people are not prepared for. Better yet, doing it in an suburban setting. Say like an apartment or town house. This is one area I’d like to venture more into.

I would to take this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to the Conservative Scalawag. I would also like to assure the members of the political left that I did not pay the Conservative Scalawag for taking part in this interview. If any of you want to know more about the 2nd Amendment please stop by the Conservative Scalawag's blog, he would be happy to hear from you. His knowledge pertaining to this issue will prove to be insightful.

In support of other bloggers to share their viewpoints, I would like to offer,
The Conservative Hideout 2.0. Take some time and look at this blog, read
some articles, and post some comments. Thank you


Dr. Dave said...

Hey, LP. What a scalawag this guy is. :) Another fun interview.

BTW: You'll notice a few new guys over my way for the next week (like innominatus, author of the Very Scary Barrycare post). I'm ducking out of town for a few days and asked a few great minds to house sit.

I'm reposting some older stuff in the a.m.'s, but feel free to promote the other writers if you like. They deserve it!

the Liberty Pen said...

Your word is good enough for me. Have fun!

Divinity Avenue said...

I like that these interviews expose the fact that right-wing bloggers are mostly just normal people concerned about liberty. I think that is the case for the healthcare protesters as well.

And I certainly would be willing to be interviewed!

LSP said...

CS/TLP - thanks for the post; I'll link.


the Liberty Pen said...

Thank you for the comments everybody. DA, I will be in touch.

Jason said...

This is a great site that you have here. I have a debate site myself where anyone can freely express their opinion on a wide collection of debate topics. I was wondering if we could possibly do a link exchange. We have to stick together.

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