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Every year on my birthday, I re-evaluate what I’m doing and whether that’s working or not. It’s the only notice I give my birthday, because it seems completely irrelevant, except in this one area. This blog will remain, though probably more sporadically than before, because I was forced to recognize that writing these posts and relying on the support of the many readers was not having the effect I wanted to have. In a lot of ways, I consider myself a failure, because I’ve been working diligently on opening minds and providing those who are already awake something to share with friends and family, to help explain their points of view on certain issues, but here we are, I’ve had no effect, it seems. Okay, I’m not a stranger to failure, it doesn’t hurt like the first few, before I realized that hard work and diligence are not a failproof recipe for success. I would suggest that it’s very difficult to succeed without those ingredients, but even with them, one can fail. But far from distancing myself from the eternal struggle for freedom, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are better ways.
I’ve been encouraged to start a podcast for a long time and resisted it. Most people don’t know that I wasn’t supposed to be in Lies of Omission at all, not as a narrator or a writer. I thought that the information in that film was good enough without a narrator. It spoke for itself without a writer explaining anything, but when we were sorting through all of the footage, there was nothing to tie it all together, to give it context that would lead the viewer on the path of logical conclusions. After searching for a number of ways to make it work, I realized that someone had to lead the viewer on that journey; link the different segments together into a cohesive whole. We couldn’t afford a celebrity narrator and didn’t know how to contact them, even if we did. I also realized that the only one who had the time and vision to do it, was me. It was extremely uncomfortable and I relate that situation to this message to say this: despite the fact that I’m uncomfortable being on camera and don’t like the self-promotion that it takes to do most of the things I do, the information on the film and the situation we’re in are too important for me to indulge my own preference for anonymity.
The world is changing. The way people get information is changing, or has changed already. A podcast forces me into the spotlight, when I feel more comfortable in the shadows. This blog was a way for me to remain in the shadows and spit out some point of view or crucial event that was getting little play elsewhere. I’d come to realize that when I wrote, I spoke for a lot of other people who didn’t have the platform I did, so I evolved through TL in Exile, to Christian Mercenary, to the Twelveround Blog. Each time I ended one and started another, people followed and I felt obligated to them to continue to speak the truths that we all saw on a daily basis.
Today, I can say that it has been a privilege to do so and I thank those who bothered to come along through all of those evolutions, even though the message was essentially the same. I resisted the idea of a podcast, because I wasn’t ready to make the sacrifice of anonymity. I still ain’t, but I recognize that to reach a wider audience, I have to do things differently. The podcast isn’t for the rant, I’ll keep the blog alive to do that for a while, if I feel I need to, but producing a podcast takes a lot of time and preparation, so I don’t know that I’ll be able to do both.
So, this is equally an invitation and an appeal to come with me on one more journey to Texas TL in Exile. I went back to the original blog title for reasons explained in the trailer, but for this audience I can say that if I was in exile in 2009, I’m more so, now. I love Texas, but Texas won’t stay Texas unless enough Texans realize that Abbott is no friend and we can do better, we need to do better. We need a wartime governor. There were twelve sleazy RINOs on stage with Trump and that’s why he won the Republican nomination, because up against Trump, their horns were glowing. A lot of people have realized that Trump isn’t clean either, but we would not have done as well under any of those twelve on stage with him.
The podcast won’t be all politics all the time like this blog is. There will be some humor, some history and some literature, but the underlying message will always be that we are not free and until we do some tough things, we will never be free again.
The podcast itself, just the audio part is on Spotify and Anchor, but the video of the podcast will be hosted on Rumble. If I could ask one more favor of this audience, it would be that if you want to contribute to our efforts, that would best be done on Anchor where you can set up a monthly contribution, but then, go to Rumble and watch the podcast from there. If you can subscribe there it would be a great help as well and please click the little Rumble tag. It’s monetized, so it’s free to the viewer with ads, but pays very little in compensation until one gets into some huge numbers that I never expect to reach. However, if you like it, please share it and we'll see where it goes.
I hope you enjoy the podcast, but the harder hitting material will be reserved for this blog as long as I can manage it all. Thank you and God bless.