A Snowflake’s Guide to Not Being Offended


Has society slapped you in the face?

Do you find yourself lost in a world of protest hashtags?

Did your candidate flunk out of the Electoral College?

Are you bothered that a Muslim can be elected President in this day and age?

Can you believe what Madonna said?!

Then this article is for you!!

It’s easy to constantly be offended in today’s world. Recent studies have shown that being offended increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and hypocritical intolerance.

These 12 steps are designed to help you prevent being offended.  Follow them closely and see the difference they can make in your life today!

  1. Stop taking yourself so serious. No one else really does.
  2. If you weren’t offended or even aware of the problem before you saw it trending on Twitter, then get over it! Can I get a #Kony2017
  3. Recognize that celebrities (although over-paid disproportionally by gender, apparently) also have a right to free speech. It’s just more annoying when they complain about stuff.
  4. Keep things in perspective. I survived 8 years of Obama, you will make it through Trump.
  5. For Christians: There is a reason we have a special term. So don’t act surprised when the world, acts like “the world”.
  6. Repeat after me – “There is a difference between being offended and simply disagreeing with someone.” Rinse and repeat as needed.
  7. Train your brain to ignore any breaking news alerts that include the hashtag #SCOTUS.
  8. Back away from the keyboard or keep scrolling.  Either one is a necessary response when you read a post that makes your “Oh no he didn’t!” flare up.  Reality is, no one is going to change their voter registration, or become un-gay because of your Facebook response.
  9. Accept the fact that “Privilege” is a real thing, and it comes in ALL the colors of the rainbow.
  10. Use the “Family Restroom” at Target.  It is usually cleaner, more spacious, and it’s a one-seater.  Problem solved.
  11. Unless you’re one of the 300k+ homeless veterans in this country, don’t get too worked up over the refugee “crisis”.
  12. Let go of your hostility toward the inanimate objects that hold our society hostage with their hate and violence. I.e. Flags, Guns, Chicken Mini’s, etc.

Work these 12 easy steps to take your life back. You deserve it!

*Results may vary



Thank You Speaker Boehner

Before you accuse me of drinking the establishment cool-aid, read to the end whilst doing your best to keep your partisan head (extreme or otherwise) from exploding…

John Boehner

I purposely avoided making any comments regarding Speaker Boehner’s resignation last Friday.

Primarily because I thought the move spoke for itself.

However, within hours this move was celebrated by some, and almost all of them were conservatives.

I have a problem with this.

Divisiveness among Republican ranks has been  never good for the strength of the party.  They party you say?  Why does the party matter?  Because whether you like it or not, we still govern using a two party system.  So the “party” of your choosing…matters!  The health of the party…matters.  The effectiveness of the party…matters.  Who governs the party…matters.

Division shows weakness.  It shows irresponsibility.  It shows lack of vision.

I imagine Democrat’s favorite past time is to watch Republicans gain a majority, and then watch them flush it down the toilet because of division and strife within our ranks.  We’ve gotten really good at it, and Democrats almost always come out the winners.

Don’t misinterpret me, I believe a shift at the top was well overdue.  I wish Speaker Boehner had spent more time representing those who gave him a majority in the House, and ultimately the Speaker’s Gavel.  Instead, he spent more time  keeping the peace between Congress and the White House.

However, I still respect him, his service, and the many good things he did over his 25 years in public office.  For that, and at time like this, he deserves our appreciation.

Some are touting this as a win for Conservatives.  I see it as another blow.

Now isn’t the time to celebrate.

Now isn’t the time to fund raise off the back of a man on his way out.

Now isn’t the time to claim credit for opposing your party’s Speaker.

Now is the time to thoughtfully consider the future of Republican leadership in the House.

Now is the time to double down.

Now is the time to be respectful.

Now is the time to be unified.

Now is the time to be strong.

The Day I Became Interested In Politics

I’m often asked what sparked my interest in politics…

It was the fourth day of my freshman year in high school. The year was 1996.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was in the midst of an all out battle for the White House against incumbent president Bill Clinton.  We know today that we was not successful, but on that day his Presidential race was alive and well.

He was making a scheduled stop at my small Christian high school in Dayton Ohio.  The Secret Service had arrived in force the day before to take up shop in my science class and got straight to work.  By the next morning my locker had been sealed shut with some very official looking tape.  It is the one and only time I’ve ever used the excuse, “My homework was sealed in my locker by the Secret Service.” excuse and it actually work.  Go figure!

The day of the event came and the first thing I noticed when I stepped foot on school grounds was the crush of national media attention.  Satellite trucks from every channel and network imaginable seemed to have take over our parking lot.  Once inside the doors we were sent through a security screening before being allowed back to our classrooms.  I’m fairly certain we didn’t have any actual classroom activities that day.  I could be mistaken.  If we did, I clearly wasn’t paying attention.

Then at around mid-morning the event was set to kick-off.  It was not open to the public, but there were plenty of people invited.  There was a courtyard in the middle of the school typically reserved for the cool kids lunch table, but on this particular day it hosted a Presidential contender on the worlds stage.  An announcer blared over the PA system an introduction of the candidate and the crowd roared.  I stood there, perched hanging out of a first floor window looking out on the courtyard in awe as a small piece of history played out before my eyes.

I couldn’t tell you anything specific from his speech that day.  It was more of a forum of sorts than a traditional speech.  I don’t remember what policy or program Senator Dole was pitching, or what attack he may have hurled at the Clinton campaign.  Aside from a few noticeable faces in his entourage I don’t remember who else attended that day.

But what I do remember has stuck with me since that day.  I remember the pomp and pageantry of a national campaign stop.  I remember seeing people in person that you’re only supposed to see on CNN or the nightly news.  I remember watching a man who had dedicated his life to public service try to influence and persuade people to cast a vote to help elect him leader of the free world.  I remember being in awe of seeing a national election up close, and impressed by the grandeur of it all. That day sparked an interest in politics for me, one that has not waned since.

Since that day I’ve become more convinced with each passing election that it truly matters who governs.  The policies and principles of an individual, and a party, matter in how they govern.  There is absolute truth, and our faith should guide the decisions we make at home, at church, and in the public arena.

My appreciation and respect for the process has only grown stronger since that day 17 years ago.  I admire those who offer themselves for public service, even when I don’t agree with their philosophy. We are fortunate to live in the greatest country on the face of the earth.  I pray we don’t take it for granted.

Question: What about you?  What sparked your interest in politics?  What is your view of our political process?

Are you better off?

It’s a simple question really…yet it seems so hard for the President and his administration to answer.

Tonight, as the Democratic Convention convenes in Charlotte, we’ll begin to hear the same old rhetoric and blame game that democrats have come to play so well.  It’s been over three years since Obama took office, and he’s still blaming Bush for the supposed bad hand he was dealt.

At what point will YOU take responsibility Mr. President?  At what point will this be YOUR fault?

We heard a lot about Hope and Change 4 years ago.  It turns out that was a bad bill of goods.  Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Instead of pointing fingers the democrats should be laying out their grand ideas, and leading the way.  Obama has had three years to do so.  All he has to show for himself are waves of disappointed people left in the wake of his rhetoric and no action.

2008 – The most inexperienced, ill prepared man in the history of the Presidency is elected.

2012 – See through the marketing ploys.  This isn’t a popularity contest.  We have a choice, that’s for sure.

Same Speeches.  Same Promises.  Are you better off?

Don’t Tell Me Your Vote Doesn’t Count

I just wrapped up another active political campaign season.  In my line of work I often hear that one vote doesn’t really make a difference.  “Why vote?” people ask me.  I usually roll out some fairly patriotic response in an effort to guilt them into submission.  Since last Thursday’s election I’ve had a lot more to back up my argument for why everyone (who can) should vote.

The main race I was involved in, a State Senate race in Tennessee, had a total of 16,000 people vote.  The winning margin was 40 votes.  The winner won by only 40 votes!  That’s less than  1/10th of 1 percent.  In a local race for County School Board the winner won by 1 vote on election night, and had a provisional vote added to his total later making the winning margin only 2 votes!

All politics are local.  I maintain that more decisions are made at the state and local level to affect our everyday lives than ever will in Washington DC..

It matters who governs.

Voting is a privilege, don’t waste the opportunity.

Your vote indeed counts….just ask the candidates in the races I mentioned above.

Democrats are Wrong!

How does a Congress with a 14% job approval rating, ram a flawed healthcare reform bill down the throats of the American public, and then have the audacity to claim “the people’s voice has been heard”?

How arrogant and misguided can you be?!

The reform that was passed yesterday will no doubt raise taxes, crush small businesses, drive the costs of health care even higher, and create even more red tape and big government. Obama wanted to create jobs: he just created 16,500 new jobs in the IRS alone to manage Obama Care. Pathetic.

Democrats claim victory on principle that healthcare is a right, and they’re wrong. Healthcare is NOT a right.

Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but this step in the wrong direction will lead our country down a horrible path.

Democrats are fundamentally flawed in their approach to social policy in this country. We need to promote fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, and shrink the size and scope of our government! We need to return to the values and principles our founding fathers built this nation on!

I am not a racist, a homo-phobe, narrow-minded, ignorant, and I don’t lack compassion.

I am a christian, I am a conservative, and I am MAD!

Letter to the President

Not the first to post this, I am sure, but it’s worth a read…

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20500

Mr. Obama:

I have had it with you and your administration, sir.  Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.

You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America .  You are responsible to the citizens of the United States .  You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.

I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world.  Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe ?  Are you brain dead?  What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about?  Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?

Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country?  Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States ?  This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage.  Do you not understand this?

Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans.  Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia .  You don’t show Great Britain , our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia .  How dare you, sir!  How dare you!

You can’t find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you don’t want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey .  You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves.  What’s the matter with you?

I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you.

You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses.  What do you intend to do about them?  Anything?  I seriously doubt it.

What about the U.S.. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members – on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves?  I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus.  I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer.  You haven’t said anything about that.  Who authorized that? I surely didn’t!

Who authorized that and why haven’t you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now.

I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do.  We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you.  I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities.  I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.

Sincerely,

Every real American