I’m honored to have been considered influential by no less than two of what I consider the best conservative bloggers out there. Bob Mack at Crocketlives and Steve over at Motor City Times. Thanks guys.
1. Why did you start a political blog, and when?
Well, I didn’t actually set out to write a political blog, per se. I just got tired of being ignorant about our history and wanted to see what all the fuss about “the founders” was all about. I was so disgusted with how stupid America had seemingly become, (how in the hell could anyone vote for that empty suit?) Then I realized, gee, I understand how stupid communism is (I read enough Russian history, took enough political science courses from Dr. Dalgleish, God rest his soul), but I was assuming a whole lot about our history. Maybe I was just as guilty as the left of assuming a default position. And so, I made up my mind to start digging into the U.S. founding and blog about my discoveries along the way. That was January of 2010. I started with a post called motivations, which pretty much answers this question. –
2. If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?
I think I’d like to meet James Garfield. After reading Destiny of the Republic – by Candice Millard, I realized what a great and under-appreciated man Garfield was. If you haven’t read this book, you should.
3. What person has most influenced your life and in what way have they done so?
Professor Lee Croft at Arizona State University. Because of his dynamic teaching ability and inspiring instruction, I ended up working for the D.O.D. as a Russian linguist for ten years and ended up learning to be a computer scientist in the process. I also met my wonderful wife while living in the People’s Republic of Maryland.
4. If you could choose one state for Conservatives to “take over” and reshape into a vision of America congruent with Constitutional / Conservative principles, what state would you choose and why?
I’m going to steal Bob Mack’s answer. There is no practical or possible alternative to the good ole US of A. Within the US, I’ve made my choice to live in AZ.
How ’bout the “state of mind” which caused supposedly reasonable people to twice vote for a Marxist president. Man, would I like to permanently change that. Bob Mack.
5. If you could do anything just one time, what would that one thing be?
I’d like to visit some friends I’ve made in Russia.
6. What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible or Torah) and describe how?
I would have to say the Master and Commander series by Patrick O’Brian. O’Brian’s books spoiled me for lesser fiction. His books are filled with philosophical reflection, history, and humor I’ve not seen in any other fiction.
7. If you could purchase one vehicle of your choice, regardless of the price, what would it
A convertible ’69 GTO.
I nominate The Sentry Journal.