A Call For Hope & Change

In the year since I launched TharpSter.Org, a lot has changed in my life.

Now I won’t bother to bore you with the intricate details of the goings on of my personal life.  It will be much easier to bore you with the contents of this blog without delving into a bunch of stuff for which I consider none of your bidness. 

There are, however, a few things I will discuss. 

Most notable of the changes over the last year is the addition of Hope to the organization.  On January 10th of this year, I rescued her from a hard life of living outside the auxiliary office while being fed cafeteria turkey burgers by fellow cubicle dwellers.  She’s introduced a whole new dynamic to the organization, and I thank God everyday that His Grace put that dog in my home not once, but twice

In addition to taking care of her daily needs, we’ve taken on another responsibility involving Hope that most dog owners don’t have.  For some stupid reason, her page here on TharpSter.org has been the recipient of more comment spam than any other page on this website.  Everyday for the last month, I’ve spent the better part of a good minute deleting a plethora of incoherent comments about everything but the subject matter in question, along with all types of links to creative and colorful sites which showcase everything from watching stupid chick flicks for free online, to monkey porn.  I’ve let some of it (sans links) through because it’s somewhat constructive and on subject.  The rest of it gets deleted, which is much kinder treatment than what the Pit Bull featured in the article would do to the collective hangy-downies of the short bus brigade who chooses to litter my creative outlet with their innate ability to copy and paste. 

So Hope has arrived.  That’s a good thing where the dog is concerned, however elsewhere, it’s not so much.

Don’t get me wrong though.  I do have hope.  The circumstances for which I have hope are indicative of things gone wrong.

Last year when I launched TharpSter.Org, America was already beset with massive deficit spending and an enormous debt to pass on to our children and grandchildren.  We had a federal government with pie in the sky machinations of creating a social utopia, borne of the imaginations of some of the most radical among us.  At the time, we had a porous border in which a countless number of immigrants were entering this country illegally in search for a better life.  On top of that, we had a government which for the most part refused to enforce its own laws.  In the summer of 2009, America was post-racial.  The country had proven itself as such by electing its first black President.  Last year, we had Justices on the Supreme Court who were put there based on the content of their character, their level of experience, and their ability to interpret the law.  Last year, unemployment was hovering around 9 ½%.  Businesses, big and small were leery of hiring additional staff for fear of what the administrations policies would do to them.  During the hot summer months of 2009, the White House posted a blog asking its readers to report suggested mischaracterizations about pending legislation to a special email address which funneled right into the administration.  At the time, we had a gaggle of elected officials in Congress who held powerful positions, and had used their power and influence to garner special perks for themselves.  When TharpSter.Org went live, this country was on a recovery from what’s been called the brink.

Those were the good old days.

Naturally, I could spend the next 300 – 600 words on a rant.  I could go into extreme and colorful detail about the multiple assaults our freedom was undertaken in the last twelve months.  I could describe how absolutely wrong it is for the federal government to sue a state over illegal immigration.  I could report both personal accounts as well as those made in the news about how race relations in this country have gotten worse over the last year.  I could tell you about the last two appointees to the Supreme Court, and how they aren’t the right people for the job.  I could recount a statement made on one of the minion-like networks tonight about the suggestion out there that big and small businesses aren’t hiring because they want this President to fail.  I could also pass on the revelation that Congress still needs to clean up shop.

I’m not going to tell you about those things though.  You should already know about them. 

Instead, all I’m going to do is call for hope and change.  It worked a couple of years ago for our young President, so why wouldn’t it work for us as well?  After all, it’s not like he can run on the same mantra in 2012.  To do so, he would have to admit that the spirit of “Yes, we can” should have been “No, we shouldn’t”.

Regardless of whether the current administration will do it or not, I’m saying it here and now.  There is no reason for us to wallow in the muck and mire of high unemployment, high taxes, individual mandates, and an otherwise poor economic outlook all for the purpose of exacting social justice and collective salvation for the sins of our fathers.  We’re on the wrong path now, and it’s now time to call for a new spirit of hope and change.  

Election day is in 99 days.  Where are you going to be?

Randy Tharp

TharpSter is a husband to one woman, a father to two kids, a master to two dogs, an occasional cubical occupant, and unable to make up his mind on an adequate theme for this website.

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