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On January 21, 2008, when Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States, my mother sent this text message: well, we’re looking at the anti-Christ. Despite the tumultuous, disastrous eight years of the Bush administration-misinformation to the public, two failed wars with no exit strategy, sanctioned torture, and a White House that seemed untouchable-Barack Obama was the anti-Christ.
Granted, I’ve never been a fan of the President, but I’ve never likened him to the abomination that causes desolation, as spoken of by the prophet Daniel.

If the two-party paradigm has taught me one thing, it’s that they are a one big dysfunctional family. It seems that politicians on both sides of the aisle snipe for political leverage. One has to wonder if-during the presidential campaign season-members of the same party actually like one another.

Take for instance birthers. You know those people, right? The ones that said the President was born and raised in Kenya. (If I ever, in the six years of this blog’s existence, posted anything remotely close to the “birther” conspiracy, I don’t recall. But more than that, I don’t recall ever believing it.)

One of the people that seemed to grab hold of this theory was Sean Hannity. If there were a person that needed a fact checker in demand, its him.

Numerous times Hannity has fueled the flames of the birther theory, even denying that Obama has revealed his birth certificate. In March 2012, he had this to say:

Look, he did write about his early years, that he did study the Qur’an, that one of the most beautiful moments in life was prayer at sunset. So, I mean, he does have that background.

Now, I can’t deny that prayer at sunset is a beautiful thing, because I’ve never done it. In fact, my prayer life right now kind of sucks. However, at times, I’ve found pulling the hood of my sweatshirt over my head helpful. I’ve even contemplated buying a Jewish prayer shawl. But it’s an illustration of Hannity’s unbridled man-love for George W. Bush (heaven help us if Jeb is elected President) and his seething contempt for Obama.

In March of this year, Hannity sat down for an interview with Ted Cruz about his eligibility status to run for President.

There have been issues. You were born in Calgary, in Canada. Is there a birth certificate issue? Hannity said. I don’t mean to-I did look at social media today and it did come up a number of times. I want to give you a chance to address it.

Look, there’s political chatter on it, Cruz began. The facts are clear. I was born in Calgary. My parents-as a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth. And it’s been federal law for over two centuries that the child of an American citizen born abroad is a citizen by birth, a natural-born citizen which is what the Constitution requires to run and several prior candidates have had this issue: John McCain was born in Panama; George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was born in Mexico, when his parents were Mormon missionaries down there and actually, Barry Goldwater-a lot of people don’t know this-was born in Arizona, before Arizona was a state. And so as a legal matter, the issue is quite straightforward, that if you or I travel abroad and we have a child that’s born abroad, and we’re American citizens, that child is a natural-born citizen.

Just to clarify, John McCain was born to parents that were both American citizens, while his father served in the military, on a military base. Ted Cruz’ father is Cuban and his mother, as previously stated, is American. Having one parent a natural-born citizen and coming into this world in another country, does not make you a natural-born citizen!

But, hell, let’s let the Constitution say it:

Section 1, Article 2: No person except a natural-born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither neither shall any Person be eligible of that Office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

As you can imagine, Hannity didn’t press Cruz on the matter. Has he fanned the proverbial flames of President Obama’s legitimacy for the sole purpose of political pandering? Or is Sean Hannity a closet conspiracy theorist?

As in the case with my mother, people dig themselves into their respective trenches, where they love the one and despise the other.

It has only been recently that Senator Cruz has renounced his Canadian citizenship in hopes of attaining the nation’s highest office. In my mind, a natural-born citizen is someone who was born within the boundaries of the United States, or one of its respective territories.

One parent American? One parent not? Born in another country. What do you think?

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Something Feels different. As I sit here at the keyboard-almost one o’clock in the morning-something feels completely and irrevocably different. Sweat forms on my brow as I struggle through writer’s block in search of my next sentence.

Writer’s block is maddening, you know. To have an idea or something as simple as introducing yourself to a new crowd of bloggers, to have that next word on the cusp of your fingertips, and yet-nothing.

See what I mean?

Oh. There you are. And here all along, I thought I was just talking to myself. Already, I’ve read and reread my introduction several times, because I want you to like my blog, reader. Yes, I want you to like it. You may not agree with my politics or conspiracy theories, but I want you to like it.

Some people take politics too seriously, I think. After all, I should know. At the height of my glory (cough), I was obsessed with not only politics, but conspiracy theories. For days, fictitious arguments with other people would rage in my head (I wish I were kidding about this part). The Kennedy assassination. 9/11. Bilderberg. The Council on Foreign Relations. How could someone not connect the dots?!

The world seemed to be an abysmal failure in my mind. And then, something happened. My marriage hit a brick wall. So I stepped away from this place and allowed us the time to heal-or, for me, the time to pray and hang on! But, as time passed, my blog seemed less and less relevant to the demands of my family. But here I am. I missed this place.

Do you like to read? Fiction or non-fiction? Personally, I prefer fiction. Non-fiction takes me too long to get through. But eventually I get there. Be that as it may, reading does something for me that this blog also does-it takes me out of my life and puts me in another universe.

People around me think I’m crazy for liking movies that don’t have a “happy” ending. Let me put it this way: if a story can bring me to tears or provoke me to thought, then the writer has done their job well. I can’t stomach the work by Janet Evonovich (I think that’s how you spell it) or James Patterson.

Have you tried reading either one’s work? Fragmented sentences. Character descriptions in a paragraph. Chapters, like, two or three pages long. Suffice it to say, I don’t like commercial fiction all that well. But if you do, more power to you.

Now, look at this! You’ve caught me rambling. Have I explained why something feels different?

It’s simple. In the four years I’ve left Waylon’s Revolution dormant (albeit with the occasional posting), things have changed. WordPress has changed. The world has changed. Politics, even, have changed. Has the blogging atmosphere changed?

After more than six-hundred posts, I have earned twelve followers. And in these last few days, I have gone through my comments and those who are following my blog, and I have come across a mystery. Most of them have vanished. I mean, they weren’t like myself. I gave a word of caution. I said that I was going away and didn’t know if I’d be back. But nothing from these people. A post one day, nothing the next. Where did they go?

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I’ll leave you today and end this post with a final thought. If the midterm elections brought us anything besides the hilarious antics of Christine O’Donnell, I would’ve been happy. It was disheartening to see a woman whom espouses some of the same beliefs that I do fall under so much criticism. However, she had that same hokey, don’t cha now persona that Sarah Palin embodied. And I just couldn’t get behind that. Come to think of it, you don’t hear much from either one anymore.

In October 2010, I made a post titled Christine O’Donnell Ain’t No Friend of Bloggers. This is what she had to say:

What makes bloggers good makes them dangerous. They don’t have to answer to anybody. They can give a local story attention, but they can also publish rumors with no accountability. (Wilmington News-Journal, 1/7/07)

I argued then, as I do now, that others having the same blogging rights brings a natural balance to the blogosphere. And I questioned what that “accountability” would be. Can we really trust the government or some blog censorship to be impartial and respectful of the First Amendment rights of all?

As I said, the world has changed, WordPress has changed, my followers have changed (vanished), but my belief that blogs are one of the few places where the First Amendment is fought for in the trenches of free speech, still persists.

(In case some of you were wondering, according to Wikipedia, Christine O’Donnell works for the Washington Times.)

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This an issue that infuriates me to no end, and it is one that the corporate mass media helps to fan the flames.

A few years ago, a woman was walking her thirteen-month-old baby home from the post office. Two black youths approached the woman and demanded money from her. When she said she had none to give, they shot her in the leg and murdered the sleeping baby by shooting him in the head. Not long after that, a relative to the black men told the family not to cooperate with the police investigation. He was charged with obstruction of justice.

The white community surrounded this woman and supported her. Being a father myself, my heart broke when I watched the news video and saw this woman’s pain. There were no protests. No riots. No calls for justice. Everyone’s lives went on. Except this woman’s.

However, should this woman and her child been black, you bet your ass that Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and their ilk would’ve been calling for the white youths lynching on a courthouse lawn. The liberal apologist alarmist Nancy Grace would’ve called it a “crisis”-coming short of asking President Obama to declare a state of national emergency.

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Now, racism is an unavoidable fact in America, and it is one we have to deal with. Our history is saturated with the blood stains of those who have fallen because of it. But as I have said, those who cry racism, are racist themselves.

Not long ago, I saw a segment on the morning news that said due to scrutiny that police in Baltimore (and all over the country) have found themselves in, crime has risen, while police arrests have fallen. What do you expect when you vilify an entire force thanks to a few. So what was the black youths response to the travesty that occurred? They riot. They loot. And like Ferguson, Missouri, the innocent majority suffer because of one cop and one black teen.

Kanye West says he’ll leave the United States now, because of racism. After all, he has enough money to buy a small island. In case people don’t realize this, racism isn’t just centralized to the United States-it’s all over the world! But there again, those who cry racism are racist themselves.

Take for instance Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 Grammy awards. Granted, I think her popularity is bloated, but she’s white. And don’t forget he intended to do the same to Beck before Kim and others called him back. When asked later about it, Kanye said that the Grammys have got to stop playing with them and put up people with real talent. (I’m just paraphrasing here). In essence: the Grammy awards have to got start recognizing black people over white.

He is quoted as asking how he’s going to explain to his little girl how fucked up the world is? Which, by the way, how narcissistic can you be by having the last name “West” and naming your child after a direction on a map? What’s your name? North West.

But Kanye isn’t the only celebrity to have made a threat along these lines due to some worldly injustice. Rush Limbaugh, back in May 2010, said that if the healthcare bill was passed and implemented, he would leave for Costa Rica. Obviously, he didn’t.

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And just like Kanye’s pretentious “no-smile” persona, the threat to leave the United States was nothing more than an ploy to bring more attention to his already over exaggerated fame. But if he would, I for one, won’t miss him.

But he ain’t going anywhere.