This post will be going up at 11 pm EST on January 19th with 13 hours left to the Obama years and it’s worth repeating a question I’ve found myself asking several times over the last few years:

If on January 20th 2009 an enemy able to install a leader in the United States with the goals of

  1. Reversing our Victory in Iraq
  2. Enabling the Rise of an Islamic Jihadist state
  3. Weakening our social institutions, particularly our churches
  4. Discouraging and hampering small businesses
  5. Dividing our nation and increasing racial tensions
  6. Weakening our military
  7. Alienating our allies
  8. Destabilizing the Middle East
  9. Enabling our enemies
  10. Damaging our healthcare system
  11. Weakening our economy
  12. Using the Federal Government to persecute political foes
  13. Weakening the Rule of law

How would such a person have been different than the last 8 years of Barack Obama?

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Following up on last week’s kvetch regarding conservative new media talking a great game when it comes to impacting culture, yet near-unanimously failing to do so, an introduction to someone who walks the talk. And has been doing so for quite some time.

Ritchie Furay pastors a church in Broomfield, Colorado, some thirteen miles southeast of Boulder. He is an unassuming man who looks far younger than his seventy-two tours of duty on this planet might suggest. He and his wife have been together going on forty-eight years, with kids and grandkids a-plenty. And lest one wonder “gee, that’s nice and all, but what does this have to do with changing the culture …”

… he’s also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Back in the 1960s, when popular music was beginning to rediscover its long neglected role as social commentary’s voice, there was for a brief time a band that proved seminal both in its impact on a generation of music, culminating with the Eagles, and on modern culture as a whole with its lyrical bent. Even as important as the band was, its members work after disbanding proved to be crucial in musical and societal change. The band was Buffalo Springfield. One of its three-headed monster leadership? Richie Furay.

Although as far as public recognition Furay remains well behind Buffalo Springfield’s other main members, namely Stephen Stills and Neil Young, Furay was a vital element of the band’s sound on all fronts: guitar, vocals, and songwriter. His “Kind Woman” became a staple of the band’s catalog, a track that perfectly captured what at the time was a revolutionary and hitherto unimaginable fusion of country and rock. Turn on any modern country radio station and you will hear the full impact of Furay’s work. He did not singlehandedly invent country rock, but Furay was one of the first artists, if not the very first artist, to make it work.

Following Buffalo Springfield’s demise, Furay rounded up a bunch of like-minded artists for a new band named Poco. Poco never made major headway commercially, but was revered by its fans and peers for refining the country-rock genre. Furay eventually left the band to get together with fellow veteran artists J.D. Souther and Chris Hillman; it was during this period in 1974 when Furay came to Christ. Over the subsequent years Furay has focused more on pastoral duties than music, although he still records and performs. And, as the following clip from his most recent album recorded a couple of years ago showcases, he still has his songwriting chops, presented via his clear with just a touch of twang tenor, hitting the high notes without breaking a sweat:

At this point, one might think “gee, that’s nice and all, but I’m still not getting what this has to do with changing the culture.” Bear with; we’re getting there.

Richie Furay breaks the mold of rock artists by being a full-bore unapologetic conservative. He routinely speaks up about political views on his Facebook page, where he equally routinely politely and directly engages with his fans. Which in and of itself breaks the mold of most rock stars and celebrities who prefer maintaining as much of a distance from their fans as possible.

Wait, you didn’t know that? Not surprising.

Here’s the deal. Want to read more about Furay; his music, faith, and political views? Hmm, let’s see. RedState? Nope. HotAir? Nada. Breitbart? Nyet. Not a word.

Try Rolling Stone.

It unfailingly amuses and saddens how conservative blogs and the people who write them can endlessly tonguebathe themselves about the great and mighty service they are providing in molding and shaping public opinion. Problem is, they’re not. Outside the echo chamber, no one knows they exist. Even within the echo chamber they change nothing. Remember the #NeverTrump torrent that poured forth daily from the high rollers? Boy, that sure changed things in favor of President-elect Rubio and … oh, wait …

Maybe it’s time to change course. These folk know the definition of insanity, correct? Then why continue to do the same thing that has repeatedly proven to not be worth, and not work, a lick?

Try talking about someone with a good guitar lick. Try something other than another rewrite rehash of today’s talking points and MSM regurgitation. Instead of blabbing all politics, all the time, all the same, write something people actually want to read. Talk about a musician. Discuss an author. Review a movie. Tell a story about what is happening, or has happened, in your or a friend’s life. In short, give someone other than hardcore political junkies a reason to read anything you write.

No one is asking anyone to disavow their political beliefs. What is being suggested is political bloggers embracing reality. You are not changing anyone. No one knows you exist. You are a one note, one trick pony in a dog and pony show playing to an empty circus tent. Stop.

Reach out. Branch out. Write like a human being for human beings. You engage culture when you engage people. Start.

And along the way, talk up great music by a good man.

…because if there is one thing that they don’t need is for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady to have one more reason to think of themselves as underdogs, hated by the NFL and wanting revenge:

Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers … and … and?

The fourth playoff quarterback never appeared in the championship round teaser for the 2017 NFL Playoffs on NFL Network. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was the only quarterback left out.

Let the anti-NFL conspiracy theories commence.

It’s worth noting that if you go to the NFL network twitter feed or the NFL site this story is completely ignored.

Well we can’t assume the NFL has it in for the Patriots, it’s not as if they’re rescinding fines for opposing players body slamming members of the Patriots on the field and celebrating, oh wait.

What kind of message does this send to the rest of the league? For a guy that’s all about integrity, Roger Goodell certainly sends a weird message to the players.

In fairness it might not be about their hatred of the Patriots, it could be all about Brady & Kraft’s public friendship with the president elect, either way if I’m the Steelers I don’t need this right now.

Democrats generally hate Donald Trump. That’s to be expected; November was the most stinging and unexpected defeat their party has suffered in over a generation. How they’ve handled it since then has been a complete embarrassment for both the party and the nation. It’s almost all bad as they do their best to taint the President before he actually takes office.

Almost all bad.”

There’s good news. I was talking to one of my children, a high school senior, when she pointed out something that I’d speculated about recently. Some in her school were planning a walkout to protest the inauguration. It was canceled essentially over shame. The kids who were going to do the walkout got sick of hearing about giving Trump a chance. They grew sick of being called conspiracy theorists over Russia’s influence in the election. Most importantly, they couldn’t get enough students together who were willing to label themselves as victims.

That’s really what we’re seeing: self-proclaimed victims of a system that didn’t give them what they thought they deserved. By being so opposed to the concept of a Trump Presidency before it’s even a reality, they’re throwing their own credibility out the window. Perhaps they perceive a future when Trump fails and they can come back and say, “I told you so.” Unfortunately for them, if he doesn’t fulfill their vision of a political apocalypse descending on the nation, even their mild criticisms in the future won’t be able to hold water. Why? Because they’ve overplayed their dissent in the weeks preceding his inauguration.

It’s one thing to oppose bad policy. The Federalist Party, which (for full disclosure) I’m helping to build, is ready to oppose bad policies regardless of which party or politician proposes them. We have nothing against Donald Trump, the Republican Party, or any other party for that matter. In fact, a good chunk of what the GOP and Trump have proposed ahead of his inauguration fall right in line with the small-government, pro-freedom philosophies we espouse.

What many Democrats are doing is attacking the person rather than waiting for him to do something tangible that they oppose. We saw this to some extent before when Barack Obama won the election in 2008, but pre-inauguration opposition from Republicans was nowhere near the opposition we’ve seen from the Democrats towards Trump. This is very bad for them. It makes them seem less like ideologues and more like blind dissenters flailing around in search of a pillow to beat up. They’re making themselves look like victims before Trump even has an opportunity to prove their point.

This is driven by the media. It’s hard to tell who is more infantile between left-wing journalists and pampered Hollywood crybabies. Both are bad, but the media is the one that still holds some sway over the populace. Thankfully, most people, even Democrats, are ignoring or laughing at the celebrities who are throwing tantrums. The press, however, is getting Democrats juiced up. They’ve pounded several ideas into the heads of easily influenced liberals. It was Comey. It was WikiLeaks. It was the Russians. It was Podesta. It was Weiner. It was… it was…

Lest we start fist-pumping in celebration, we have to remember that this is a silver lining, not a win. Sadly, the left knows how to play the victim card adeptly and they’re reaching people. These protests, obstructions, and disruptions have a negative effect on the psyches of millions of Americans. Moreover, it puts Trump in a poor position on the international stage as propaganda around the world will paint America as a nation that doesn’t believe in its own leaders. Now more than ever, we need Trump and the GOP Congress to come out of the gates with clear victories and stunningly positive results to silence the critics as best they can. The ones that won’t be silenced can be made to look like fools for continuing to oppose prosperity. There were a lot of careers ruined in the early 80s when Ronald Reagan’s achievements made his opposition look like fools. We need that to happen again.

If the GOP can get some policy wins that positively affect the nation, the liberals playing the victim card can be neutered. It won’t be easy. There’s opposition coming from every angle. However, this is a grand opportunity to do further damage to the Democratic Party by showing voters (and the world) that their loss was everyone else’s gain.

Yes that’s what the women of the View apparently believe and even more disturbing their audience is apparently excited about it.

These ladies are all well known and their celebrity is such that people who might normally know better have embraced this silliness as a reason to cheer.

I contrast this to something that happened at work yesterday. I was working with three young women between the ages of 21 and 30 all single, one married, another with an 8 year old daughter. The younger two were discussing their future and the older of the three was giving advice and perspectives, that, in my opinion, was excellent and insightful and to her credit far beyond her years and the other were, to their credit, were giving that excellent advice the attention it deserved.

There was no studio audience simply me but I was likely just as impressed as the viewers of the view were of their pussy hats although I was too busy to work to bother to applaud.

Now I should point out that politically I’m aware that at least one and maybe all three of these women of these women disagree with me, another was impressed by Meryl Streep’s speech and the third isn’t very big on Catholicism and I’m a VERY public catholic.

However despite these facts none of these ladies seem to have embraced the pussy hats of the View or any of the insanity that Robert Stacy McCain can demonstrated can be yours for $50,000+ a year tuition nor seem to believe that working a 3rd shift at a warehouse is either beneath them or a sign of oppression. Simply as a means to whatever end they have, either catching up on bills, supporting family or maybe earning the funds for a degree.

You won’t find any of these women on daytime TV talk shows, nor will you find any of them taking a day off to travel to Washington and appearing before reporters blaming any problems they may have on either Trump or heteronormative patriarchy. It is very likely none of you will ever know who they are and I’m certainly not going to repeat anything they said yesterday morning as we worked.

However I will say that from my conversations with them I suspect that they will in the long run turn out much better than those who are paying a fifth of a Million dollars on a woman’s studies degree who wouldn’t be caught dead working with us. Furthermore if I had my choice of any of these three women or any of the young ladies described by Stacy McCain or marching with pussy hats on Washington to be introduced to me by my sons as a potential future spouse there is no question which I would prefer to see standing there in that situation.

Nor do I have any doubt which set of ladies has a better future ahead of them.

Update:  Turns out the youngest is in fact married, wasn’t wearing her rings yesterday