I am a bit of an odd-duck.
First, I am a Father and Husband; that’s normal, and the meaning of my temporal-existence. In fact, it’s why I decided to accept my current professional role as Director of New Media for the Republican National Committee. That and the reality of the new-left: Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and President Obama’s professional political staff show alarming signs of being hard-core authoritarian elitists convinced of their own might, wisdom and infallibility and their Neitzchian belief that if I only gave my daughter over to The State she’d be better for it … but, I digress. I’ll let Jonah Goldberg do the opining.
Yes, odd-duck. To wit:
I am a former Talk Radio Host who had a pretty good hand in defeating Speaker Tom Foley (who actually makes today’s democrat party look like a rabble of teenage anarchists). By way of some expertise in radio, I sneaked into the technology business by way of starting an Internet Radio company with some friends and some investors. We did well, though we missed the bubble—long story, that. I remain very grateful for all the attention theDial got … and gets. Like an 80′s hairband, I guess.
More weird feathers.
I am a media-brat, then, and a political one. Seemingly genetically conservative from a liberal family, I did a brief, backward leap into full on libertarianism in the mid-90′s. I still greatly admire some libertarian thought. Our Founders, though, members of an all too small group –revolutionaries who were not themselves avarice-filled-power-mongers bent on total domination of their brothers & sisters– did not proscribe a libertarian existence: they -and thank you, President John Adams- designed a government with a well defined set of privileges and permanently be-shackled from excess by checks on its powers (which we now ignore at our peril). They did so because government gets its power from us, the people and –in their most revolutionary advance, their 5,000 Year Leap– our Founders helped invent the modern notion of individual rights when they recognized we get our rights from God. Yes–Jefferson, he of the hand-edited Bible–concurred. From media-brat to Constitutional foundation geek and back where my Soul tells me to be: pushing for the government I described in my announcement letter.
Geek, I said … yep.
Our Founders, I believe, warned us against every-catastrophe-we are currently-undergoing & have undergone. They also gave us the keys to fix them. I would start by dusting off the 10th Amendment (that, Madam Speaker, is the one about “States Rights” … and those, Madam Speaker, are the pieces of land our military flies you over on your way to San Francisco or to fifteen minute meetings in Rome … but, I digress).
Constiutution-loving-media-brat who took a back door into technology.
I spent five truly amazing years at Microsoft and MSNBC Interactive (which is a far, far better place than the Obermanfied-train-wreck that appears to be MSNBC Cable, um … “News”).
From there I left to start this.
In early February, 2009, my friends began to wall post and tweet things to me like these:
“Dude … you were so right about [president] Obama … he’s spending-mad!”
“Todd … is is even legal to print money like this?”
I expected very little of President Obama given his voting history. I hoped, though, that our most persuasive communicator since Ronald Reagan would somehow govern from the reasonable-left. He did not and I was alarmed.
The statement that finally made me decide go get involved came from a dear friend. “I know you have studied his record and have been right about a lot of what he would try to do -and, yes, some if it makes me very nervous- but, did you hear him speak today?”
So, Constitutional-geek + media-brat + corporate cat (add Dad and Husband) became political-operative.
We must get sane again.