Unapologetically Unapologetic

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I am asked regularly what it means when I say that I am unapologetically unapologetic. The answer is actually quite simple. I am secure enough in my moral grounding and value structure that I don’t feel the desire or need to apologize or make excuses for what I believe in. This doesn’t mean that I think I’m perfect. I am far from being perfect, as are you.

You see, I wasn’t raised to be afraid of voicing my opinion. In fact, I was raised to speak my mind by people who speak their minds. This has gotten me into trouble more than a few times over the years, but one thing is for certain…people always know where I stand on the issue at hand.

Respect isn’t a thing to be given away freely. It has to be earned, and a person cannot earn respect by giving in to a spirit of fear and then choosing to sit quietly in the corner, hoping that someone else will make the best decisions for them. It is earned by recognizing that you have been given a voice, and then using that voice to point out the rights and wrongs being done before you. People may not always agree with what you say, but they will respect you for having the fortitude to say it.

This is why I will say what I want to say, when I want to say it, and how I feel it should be said. I won’t apologize for it. You shouldn’t, either.

Love ya’ll.

Come And Take It

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Whether it’s Gavin Newsom of California, Lori Lightfoot in Chicago, or Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, the authoritarianism shines through like someone’s high beams in oncoming traffic. These three have taken the well of government control and filled it beyond capacity, using fear and intimidation as justification for their actions. They want you afraid, subjugated, and complacent.

But there was a time…

Our government, even at the state and local level, has become drunk on its own power. A decade ago, I would’ve said that it has forgotten that it serves at the will of the People. I no longer believe that. I have come to the realization that our government hasn’t forgotten anything, but has forsaken everything. With their unquenchable thirst for more and more power, a vast number of your elected officials would happily ignore your plight simply to obtain even a single gram of additional power.

But there was a time…

Now they have you right where they have always wanted you. The “mask mandates” have reduced your ability to see the humanity in your neighbor. The “social distancing” they call for has isolated you from normal human contact. The “shutdowns” have engineered you to fear your community. The last item which they need to strip away from you is your sense of family, and now they are ordering you to not have family gatherings for the holidays. Do you see the way this works?

Now is the time…

I will not live in fear of my government. If anything, my government should live in fear of me, and the millions of patriots just like me, for its tyrannical power grabs have only emboldened me, strengthened me, and inspired me.

T.S. Eliot once wrote, “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.”

As long as as I have breath in my lungs, there will be no whimpering. As long as the blood of freedom and liberty continues to flow through the veins of patriotic men and women, there will be no whimpering. As for those of you in our government who would wish to silence us, we all say in unison:

Come and take it.

The Case For Term Limits

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Congressman Mike Burgess currently represents the Texas 26th Congressional District, and he has for nearly two decades. I don’t think he’s done a horrible job. Heck, I voted for him. At what point, though, do we, the People, reassert our control and say, “It’s time for you to go.”?

Term limits for all elected and appointed government positions is something that I believe in, and support, wholeheartedly. The idea of term limits is also growing in popularity nationwide. In 2019, Gallup reported “three in four Americans say that, given the opportunity, they would vote ‘for’ term limits for members of Congress”. There is also growing support for term limits on Supreme Court justices. I agree with both of these.

We have a system of government which is supposed to be subject to the will of the People, yet, the People are continuously dissuaded from participating in, or campaigning for, elected office due to the simple fact that it is increasingly difficult to garner enough support to challenge a candidate whom is basically homesteaded in his/her seat. This is not right, and it directly contradicts the will and the wishes of Americans.

This is also not a partisan issue, as calls for term limits have been shouted from people on all sides.

So what is the issue?

The answer is simple: greed and power.

Our representatives in Washington have abandoned their sworn duty for their simple desires for power. They have taken the phrase “consent of the governed” and replaced “consent of” with “disdain for”. They now only represent their own self interests.

We can change this.

I challenge each of us to be more involved. Be emboldened to upset the status quo by voting out the “old guard”, and voting in some fresh faces who truly do want to represent in a way that is reflective of the People. Make yourself be seen and your voice be heard.

Revolution In My Blood

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My great great great great grandfather, Adam House, fought in the Revolutionary war. He was sixteen years old when he did it.

But that was a different time.

In those days, people actually believed in something special…something real. They believed in the idea of a nation where a people could truly live free, work hard, and be successful. It was a time of real hope and change.

A government was being formed in which the people had a voice that mattered, a voice that counted, and a voice that would be heard. It would be a government that would be small in scope, leaving the reins of power in the hands of the people; a government that would respect freedom, liberty, and faith. It would be a government that would be formed on the idea that God had given us certain unalienable rights, and that those rights should not, could not, and would not be infringed. It would be a government formed in the shadows of treason, strengthened in the fires of revolution, and given legitimacy by the unwavering grit and successes of those willing to fight.

It was the idea of all ideas, and the sixteen year old son of a German blacksmith and farmer believed in that idea enough to fight for it. He wasn’t a man of power or prestige, of title, or money. What he was is a young man who believed in something greater than himself. He was a patriot.

“Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”

– Edmund Burke

Skip forward two hundred and forty four years and ask yourself if people are still the same. The answer is simple. No…they are not.

In today’s world, you will be hard-pressed to find a thirty year old who pays attention to the politics around him, much less a sixteen year old willing to fight for those politics. You cannot pull a modern day teenager away from his video games or iPhone long enough to even read the Preamble to the Constitution, much less stand up for something as simple and outdated as the idea of freedom.

The “People” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence have grown complacent. As a whole, they no longer exist. Even worse, they no longer care. Where there was once a moral and civic duty to work hard to achieve one’s goals, there is now only taking the effort to sit on one’s butt comfortably enough, and long enough, to receive the next government handout. Where there was once pride and patriotism, there is now only a feeling of entitlement.

To put it frankly, The only feeling I have left is disgust.

I long for the days of my ancestors. I have proudly named one who fought against the tyranny of a kingdom. It seems to be a trend in my bloodline…a trend that I am happy to acknowledge.

So the question now is what do we do?

Do we continue to stand by and watch as our government strips us bare of the liberties endowed to us by God? Do we continue to hide in the shadows of hopelessness, yearning to be set free, yet unwilling to create that first spark to get a fire started? Do we continue to just…exist? Or do we choose to live, to speak out, to be free?

We can stand by and choose to let today feel like the end, or we can step up, step forward, and make today a new beginning. This country does not belong to the politicians. It belongs to us. And, like my great great great great grandfather, I say we take it back.

“In ye name of God amen”

– The Mayflower Compact, November 11, 1620

Billy Poling

Note: This is a piece that I originally wrote a few years ago, but still has the same importance today that it had then. A few edits have been made for relevance.

Everybody Take A Dang Breath

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There’s a lot of chatter on different social media platforms regarding what needs to happen to people who support Trump. I’ve seen calls for doxxing, calls for “re-education camps”, and even some calls for outright violence.

I’ve also read posts encouraging armed conflict, stringing up liberals for treason, and other outright nonsense from people on the Right. It’s time for the “Karens” on both sides to sit down and let the grown folks talk for a minute.

I agree that there is the appearance of some serious shenanigans taking place in regards to the election. I agree that there is a real possibility that the Left has attempted to channel its inner Don King and fix the fight. I agree with the feelings of anger, frustration, and betrayal.

I am a born and raised Texan. Being that means quite a bit, and it definitely means that I have never been scared of a good fight. What it doesn’t mean, however, is that I’m the type of person who runs off all full of piss and vinegar, trying to wage war with everyone who thinks differently.

Right now, the battle must be fought in the investigations, in the courts, and in view of the public. Don’t jump just because you feel froggy. Give it a chance to play out.

This is not the end of America.

Let me say it again for the folks in the back.

THIS IS NOT THE END OF AMERICA!

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me explain.

America is more than parcel of land between Mexico and Canada. It is an idea like no other, an experiment of unparalleled success, a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. It’s been that way since 1776, when simple men and women decided to stand up to the largest world power at the time, demand that mankind be free, and live with liberty and dignity.

The same spirit which dwelled within those men and women then still dwells within the men and women of today, and one election, fractured and crooked as it may be, will not dampen the flames of Freedom.

The flag still waves in the wind, the bald eagle still soars above, and God Almighty still blesses this wonderful Nation.

I love y’all!

Billy Poling

Republicans Have a Problem…Themselves

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I voted Republican. I always do. Hell, I always will…at least until the Libertarian Party can quit using its head to perform its own prostrate exam. I vote Republican because the values and policies that I believe in are more closely aligned with the values and policies of that particular party.

What I don’t do is vote on personality. If I did, I would be an idiot. If you did, you ARE an idiot.

There are quite a few “Republicans” who have come out saying that they voted for Biden. Most of them did this because they do not like Trump. Common statements from these people consist of:

“He says mean or stupid things.”

“He can’t stay off of Twitter.”

“He makes up words and spells them incorrectly.”

If this is the baseline for not liking someone, I wouldn’t like most of y’all.

I’m going to assume that these people were/are Republicans for the same reasons that I am. If that is the case, they chose to vote against their own values simply because of Trump’s personality. A person who can do that doesn’t have morals or values to begin with, and a person with no morals or values is not a person worth knowing, associating with, or listening to.

Personally, I can get along much better with a Democrat, with whom I disagree on most things politically, than I can a hypocritical Republican. This is due to the fact that I base my vote on policy, not personality or feelings.

People who can’t do the same have no business trying to influence others.
To my fellow Republicans, you need to get your crap together. You need to remember that America is bigger than you. You need to remember that there are millions of Americans whom are not interested in your junior high level squabbles.

We see what you do.

We hear what you say.

We remember the actions you take.

We are just as inspired by the mistakes you make, as we are by your successes. The sooner that you, the Republican Party, understands this, the better it will be.

The Struggle Is Real

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There is a power struggle in this country, but it’s not what you think. It’s not as simple as being between Republicans and Democrats, Right and Left. There is more to it than that.

The struggle that we are facing in this nation stretches all the way to the core of what America is supposed to be versus what she currently is.

First off, let me make a very clear statement. We are NOT a democracy. Our system of government was set up specifically to avoid being that. Democracy is mob rule, where 51% chooses what the other 49% have to do.

Samuel Adams said it best:

“Remember Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and murders itself. There never was a Democracy Yet, that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to Say that Democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious or less avaricious than Aristocracy or Monarchy. It is not true in Fact and no where appears in history. Those Passions are the same in all Men under all forms of Simple Government, and when unchecked, produce the same Effects of Fraud Violence and Cruelty.”

There is also another quote that sums democracy up well. It is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but that cannot be confirmed:

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

What we are, due to the foresight and wisdom of our founding fathers, is a Constitutional Republic. The other, and arguably more important, thing that we are is a nation in which the power is derived from the people, not the government. This is not up for debate or compromise. It is a statement of fact, and it is a fact worth remembering.

We, as a people, need to reassert that control, and remind those in Washington D.C. that they do not hold power over us. Regardless of whether you are on the Right or on the Left, you are not a subject, serf, servant, or slave. We are not controlled Americans. We, the people, control America.

For too long, the political “elite” in Washington have attempted to snatch the reins of power away from the People, and for too long, we have simply stood by and silently watched them do it. The time to put a stop to their greed and incompetence is well past due.

Send me to Washington so that I can wrench that control away from them and give it back to whom it rightfully belongs. I won’t speak softly and carry a big stick. I’ll speak loudly and carry the entire strength of a free people with me.

God bless you all.