Friday, March 04, 2016

Shelving this blog.

I've been a Watcher and a Teller for a long time now.  It's been an interesting ride these 11 years... a lot has happened.

This was my first post done on 14 February, 2005
The Inaugural Entry of Clark County Politics! 
I'm completely new to "blogging," but I've been around the scene here in Clark County, Washington, for quite some time. 
I've noticed at least one other intrepid Clark County-ite has set up his own site, albeit with a decidedly leftist "bent," so I intend to, perhaps, offer a counter view when it's appropriate.
I believe in free speech and I am unafraid of your ideas. That said, comments containing profanity or personal insult will be removed immediately.
When you post, please back up your observations to the extent possible, while you avoid generalizations.
Thanks for stopping by!
Since then, over a million page views have taken place (My current status shows 849,000... but the counter didn't even get turned on until 5 years after I started)  I've done my best to expose dishonesty, corruption, hypocrisy and the truth of the axiom that power corrupts absolutely.

Now, due to circumstances beyond my control, it has resulted in my decision... and my decision alone... to shelve the posting of this blog... and end my presence on Facebook... for the foreseeable future.

There are no coincidences in politics.  There's no coincidence here, either.

But at the end of the day, I'm really no different than anyone else politically involved, save for one tiny element:

This blog.

Many out there reading this think many of or close to the same things I do.  As part of my desire to have a therapeutic (for me) outlet/data base of quotes, histories, videos, I decided to write my thoughts and perspectives down.  That way, I wouldn't have to carry those around with me. And unlike most, I write those things down and make them available to the general public to read.

After awhile, I decided to post those thoughts so that others of a mind to do so might read them, given that I come from a place of political involvement that few have attained... so they may get a glimpse of the political reality as I see it confronting us at various levels and various times.

For those who've followed my meager effort over the years, I'm sorry that I have to end this effort this way for the foreseeable future.  But sometimes, things happen that cannot be planned for from unanticipated directions .

I continue to fear what I believe may happen in state and local government... how much more expensive it has become and will become for us in the future... how easily promises are cast aside for whatever the reason by those we elect... and how unimportant we, The People, actually are to those who would govern us...

Sometimes, the people you’d take a bullet for turn out to be the ones behind the guns.

Aimed at you.

Sadly, those are the lessons I've learned which have impacted me the most.  And considering the direction, I'm struck by the irony of the nexus of this decision.

I have hope that someone else will become the Watcher and the Teller. 

Someone who will not play favorites... who will not be swayed by and party identification a candidate or incumbent may chose... and then ignore... and who will not be driven by emotions but instead, by reality.

Someone who could care less what the letter after someone's name actually is.

Others are stepping up and I wish them well.

As I walk away from the political realm in it's entirety for now, I wish all of you who carry on the best. I've done all I can do with what I've had to work with.  The rest is up to you... but I now must leave this scene.

At some point, I may be able to return.

But it won't be any time soon.


Dave on the bass Smirk said...

Thanks Kelly! I totally understand.

David Madore said...

Thank you for all the sacrifices you made to be the most diligent watcher and truth teller in our community. I’ve been reading your posts daily for a very long time.

What I appreciate most about your voice is the selfLESSness motive. “It’s not about you.”
Instead, your motive has been to speak the truth regardless of the identity of the person otherwise.

Some point to your frank and colorful language as unchristian. Yet, you have done more to contend against evil in the form of injustice and deception than any other relevant voice I know. In contrast, I consider silence and failure to fight deception and injustice as one of the most unchristian roles Christians can play.

The love of God and the love of good is demonstrated by speaking the truth and warring against deception and misrepresentation. In that, you have excelled. So thank you!

Here is one person who will fight the battle against evil and corruption by speaking the warring against deceit, and being a watcher. You are passing the baton to others after many years of doing much more than your share. Here's one guy that will run with that baton.

Thank you!

David Madore
cell: 360-601-3056

Lew Waters said...
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Martin Hash said...

Damn, guy, I love your blog.

I hope to still hear from you occassionally, in whatever form.

Thanks for a good run, it was more than a pleasure.

p.s. If you can, be my guest on my Podcast or my YouTube channel?

Kndalai said...

KJ, you chose a long and thankless row to hoe. Leftists can barely tolerate RINO’s, but have really tortured and rabid contempt for those outside of their collectivist paradigm. They haven’t a clue. Thanks for your efforts. David Madore too.

Pete Masterson said...

I'm so sorry you have to quit your blog. As a newcomer to SW Washington, it has been very educational to me and you will be missed. I've always been politically aware (having grown up in a very political home, with a father active as a politician) and it was frustrating to move to a new location and NOT know where the skeletons might be buried. Frankly between this blog and Lew Watters' blog (plus some helpful web sites) I've begun to get a handle on what goes on in politics here. (Sadly, THAT has been eye-opening and disappointing.)

I wish you all the best.

Christian Berrigan said...

You and I had a pretty rough introduction in 2012, but I hope I've done nothing to validate those old concerns. Thanks for caring enough to be involved -- I'm talking since long before the creation of this blog. Hope all goes well for you. I have noticed a newcomer to the "party letters are not immunity cards" blog scene: Maybe they can fill some of the void. Take care.