Many bloggers choose to remain anonymous. But that shouldn’t diminish their credibility. Ideas should be judged on their own merits, not by their author’s reputation or rank
If Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay chose to remain anonymous (to all but a few keen observers) when they wrote as Publius to urge ratification of the Constitution, why can’t a blogger emulate them in urging policies that would restore constitutional governance (as I do in many of my posts)?
Before I began to blog, I survived and thrived in the sharp-elbowed milieu of Washington, D.C., where there was no line between the personal and the professional. Professional disagreements often became personal feuds, and vice versa.
I put my name, reputation, and livelihood on the line for more than thirty years, as an analyst, manager, and corporate officer.Blogging anonymously doesn’t diminish my moral courage, which I proven many times over.
I have blogged for more than twenty years in the hope that my views on policy matters might find their way into what is (incorrectly) called the public debate. And having paid my dues, I did not (and do not) wish to become a target for harassment by any mental midget or sociopath who might hate my ideas. Anyone who has taken Psychology 101 can tell you that a hater will project his feelings onto you, accuse you of hate, and attack you in hateful ways.
The posts at this blog will draw many nods of agreement from persons who think of themselves as conservative, fewer nods from self-identified libertarians, fewer still from those who are inclined to think of themselves as middle-of-the-roaders, and almost none from readers to the left of center. That’s to be expected, human nature being what it is. But I hope that those of you who disagree with what I have to say will think about why you disagree, and consider whether you can rebut me with facts and logic.
I don’t expect to sway many (or any) persons of the left, which has become a quasi-religious fraternity, replete with pass-phrases and other symbols of membership. I’m more interested in steering some middle-of-the-roaders and self-identified libertarians toward traditional conservatism.
I came to traditional conservatism by way of youthful liberalism and middle-aged libertarianism. “Eureka”, you may say to yourself, “the author of this blog is an old, angry, white male”. Old, yes, but not angry.
I’m simply disgusted this once-great nation’s decades-long march toward serfdom and Gomorrah. And I am loathe to let it pass without comment.