You’re Tired Blogger has neither gone back to dating, nor has he disappeared to the monastery. Rather, he has been writing a series of articles relaying some revelations from an Oklahoma Republican Party insider who has guided me to some revelations that I would have never thought to read about in the most bizarre fiction. I will leave the links below.
In this post, I’m going to discuss Roger Stone, and his connection to Michael Flynn. Besides my discussions with my source, I’m going to be relying on these sites for the information about Roger Stone:
I’d Buy That for a Dollar
I guess I need to turn in my Republican card, because I’d heard of this guy before, but I never knew anything about him before my source started telling me some things. Since the twenty or so people who actually read these posts are on a journey with me, let’s learn who Roger Stone is.
According to thefamouspeople.com “Roger Stone is an American political consultant, author, lobbyist, and convicted felon. He was born into a middle-class family in Connecticut, U.S., and raised in New York City. His mother was a small-town journalist, while his father was a well driller and small business owner. He was interested in politics ever since he was in elementary school. He became the vice president of his high-school student government, after ousting the former president through manipulative means. He was a conservative ever since his younger years. He dropped out of university to work for the ‘Richard Nixon Committee’ in 1972. He has worked on the presidential campaigns of former presidents, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and…Donald Trump. His philosophy, “Attack, attack, attack and never defend,” turned out to be hugely successful. He launched a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. and attracted many clients owing to his connections with the ‘White House.’ He is described as a dirty trickster, as he used many fake conspiracies for the Donald Trump campaign. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison after being charged with witness tampering and spreading false statements in connection with the 2016 Trump campaign.”
U.S. News & World Report gives us a few more tantalizing details. Of the “10 Things to know about Roger Stone,” a couple of the points are irrelevant, but others are pretty intriguing. Does anyone else miss David Letterman’s Top 10 Lists?
2. He became a Republican at the age of 12, after reading Barry Goldwater’s “The Conscience of a Conservative.”
3. Stone dropped out of George Washington University; while he was there he became the youngest player in the Watergate scandal at age 19.
5. Stone co-founded the National Conservative Political Action Committee in 1978, after seeing how difficult it was for Republican candidates to raise money.
6. He was called “The Godfather” and “The Prince of Darkness” in the Republican Party.
7. Stone has been acquainted with President Donald Trump since the 1980s, when he worked for Trump’s casino business as a lobbyist.
8. He has a tattoo of President Richard Nixon on his back, which he got in Venice Beach, California.
9. Stone ran for governor in Florida in 2014, and his platform focused on gay rights and legalizing marijuana.
10. He was banned from appearing on CNN and MSNBC in 2016 after calling out Ana Navarro on Twitter and attacking other media personalities through the platform. His account was suspended in April 2017.
Time to Get Stoned
As has been pointed out by a reader, there are quite a few accusations against Trump and his team that are nearly devoid of solid evidence. Sadly, this is very true. It is among the largest obstacles one faces when attempting to learn and evaluate the political climate we live in.
“A growing number of prominent Christian leaders are sounding alarms about threats to democracy posed by ReAwaken America rallies where Donald Trump loyalists Michael Flynn and Roger Stone and rightwing pastors have spread misinformation about the 2020 elections and… distorted Christian teachings.
“The falsehoods pushed at ReAwaken gatherings have prompted some Christian leaders to warn that America’s political and spiritual health is threatened by a toxic mix of Christian nationalism, lies about Trump’s loss to Joe Biden, and ahistorical views of the nation’s founding principle of the separation of church and state.
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“Several well-known Christian leaders, including the president of the Christian social justice group Sojourners and the executive director of a major Baptist group, have called on American churches to speak out against the messages promoted at ReAwaken America rallies that have been held in Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, California, South Carolina and other states.”
The Guardian continues: “This ReAwaken tour is peddling dangerous lies about both the election and the pandemic,” Adam Russell Taylor, the president of Sojourners, told the Guardian. “Jesus taught us that the truth will set us free, and these lies hold people captive to these dangerous falsehoods. They also exacerbate the toxic polarization we’re seeing in both the church and the wider society.”
“Taylor added he was deeply concerned about “a conflation between Christianity and a nationalistic form of patriotism” at the “tour rallies which are promoting a more overt form of Christian nationalism”.
“Amanda Tyler, the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, which has organized Christians against Christian nationalism, said: “Christian nationalism is a threat to the church because those peddling it wrap this ideology in biblical language and imagery. Christian nationalism is wrong as a matter of Christian ethics. The Bible is not confined to a nation much less a party or list of policy positions.”
“She added: “The ReAwaken America tour is a gross distortion of Christianity and it’s up to Christian leaders in the areas the tour visits to speak out against this ideology.”
Well…maybe all of these people have found Christ. Maybe the ReAwaken America movement is being defamed. But let’s see what else the Guardian has to say about it.
“Stone revved up the crowd with at times bizarre conspiratorial claims. “There is a satanic portal above the White House, you can see day and night. It exists. It is real. And it must be closed. And it will be closed by prayer,” he said.
“The “portal”, Stone told a rapt crowd, first appeared after Joe Biden “became president and it will be closed before he leaves”.
Where have I heard stuff like this before?
Am I crazy, or is he crazy? Did he find Jesus, or did he find mushrooms? Comments welcome, ’cause I know already where I stand on this one.
The Guardian then shares the thoughts of an old friend of ours, retired General Michael Flynn:
“But retired Lt Gen Flynn, a staunch ally of Trump’s who told the rightwing network Newsmax in December 2020 that Trump should deploy the military to “rerun the election” in swing states Biden won, is the tour’s most highly promoted draw.
“At a ReAwaken event in Texas in November, for instance, Flynn sparked strong criticism by claiming that America should have just “one religion”.
“If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion,” Flynn said. “One nation under God and one religion under God, right? All of us, working together.”
“At the South Carolina rally, Flynn proclaimed that the US has a “biblical destiny”, and posited that the US was built on a “set of Judeo-Christian principles”.
“Flynn’s views alarm Taylor of Sojourners. “Flynn has a warped understanding of religion and American history,” Taylor said.”
“The Trump loyalist and multimillionaire Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock, told the Guardian last year the America Project, an advocacy group he founded that boasts Flynn as a special adviser and spokesman, put up “tens of thousands of dollars” to help launch the rallies in 2021, and that he has attended some himself.
“Flynn’s central role at the ReAwaken events was cited in a hard-hitting April op-ed in the Times of San Diego by the Rev Melinda Teter Dodge.
“Tragically, late last month, proclaimed church leaders and religious zealots descended upon San Diego county, and twisted this scriptural truth for specific political purposes. In speaking to thousands of vulnerable attendees, this group spewed dangerous falsehood after falsehood about…the 2020 election,” she wrote.
“The event at a church in San Marcos was the latest stop on disgraced, retired General Michael Flynn’s ‘ReAwaken America Tour,’ a nationwide series of megachurch engagements featuring a who’s who of far-right religious extremists, Trump aides, QAnon conspiracy theorists, and other reckless figures. At every stop along the way, the Christian nationalist tour has left in its wake a trail of dangerous disinformation that leads to bigotry, hate, and, at its most extreme, violence.”
So, we have proof that both Michael Flynn and Roger Stone are doing the lord’s work, whipping up the masses into a fury. Which honestly, wouldn’t bother me, if I were honestly convince the election was stolen. But thus far, I don’t see convincing evidence. I’ve recently found some things that have weakened my certainty of that, but I still have enough doubt that I don’t wish to see my nation torn apart without definitive proof. Oh yeah…I keep promising to tie this to Oklahoma. Well, if I wanted to be a weasel, I’d just say that it is enough that these folks are running around my state preaching hate from the pulpits. But I have at least one more to share on this painful topic. Hopefully I can soon move on and wash my hands of this disgusting perversion of Christ’s church.
Keep reading for more Tired Blogging. Maybe next time I will find the portal to Oz….
His philosophy, “Attack, attack, attack and never defend,”
Literally, every politician since 1980…
Yes, the repukes are evil. They want control, they attack, they never defend. They silence their competition using name-calling like, racist and sexist and homophobic and transphobic
This is why I only vote for who I’m told to.
Oh wait, this is why I never vote because there is no good politician…
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Sadly, you are not (entirely) wrong. I think I have one good person I correspond with who got involved with politics. But honestly, because they are good people, they are largely ignored, and when not ignored they are simply insulted and discounted
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I’ve had a couple on both/3 sides, of the three largest- never gotten along good with the extremes in any camp sadly.
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What were your thoughts on Ron Paul?
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Met him, didn’t like him, he has good points but honestly that is not a metric for like, hitler and stalin had good points too…- was very, very good friends with David Nolan when he passed (one of 3 founders of the Libertarian party)
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I liked him back in the day, but since I never met him, who knows what I would think of him if I had. As you say, there is nobody so bad that they didn’t have some good points. I hear Hitler was good to his dog. And if you ever watch Kung Fury, you will learn he was a true Kung Fu master!
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Keep writing! I will always respond in a straightforward manner. However, this is not a reflection on your writing but rather a direct visceral response to politicians and the very divided, toxic situation that exists today.
Why are my sexuality, political affiliation, and religious beliefs of such importance? These are private things… (Again, I’m not saying yourself individually but rather a reflection of society at large)
K-12 should have sex education. If parents okay it (personally, it’s a good thing done properly), they should also be taught the facts behind each major religion –
No personal reflection, just, xyz does xyz, etc.,
They should be taught civics, not which is better or worse, but rather what each branch of the government is supposed to do (and why modern “protesting” outside Supreme Court justices’ homes is so bad)
Outside of this, sex, politics, and religion are NOT FOR pre secondary schooling.
But, we live in a time where over a 3rd the country lives in the past and believes they are victims, while another (more than) a 3rd is trying like hell to be the new victim class…instead of doing what the rest are doing.
Eschewing political, sexual, and political debate in an attempt to just live life because…they want to survive.
It’s telling that those who scream loudest regardless of side are also mostly those who have not missed a meal, have working vehicles, parents that paid for the schooling before they quit “to find themselves” etc.,
I’m ranting, but the fact is, this level of division existed in every major empire prior to collapse for the same reasons. Life was too easy for them. Humans are animals, and studies prove that when animals do not have to struggle to survive, they are more apt to become addicts and / or begin harming their own.
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