Questioning With Boldness… started as an outlet for me(Eric Dodge) to express my thoughts on the state of our nation. Even as a young child, I was keenly aware of what was happening in the world around me. I grew up in a Democratic home and was definitely well on my way as a young Democrat. I had developed enough of an understanding to want to know more and had already began to think like a Democrat.
However I became frustrated once I saw the methods of the left that they use to attack the right. I once used the same tactics himself. Bear in mind, at a very young age, I was quite an opinionated kid… and pretty well aware of the world around me. I was never kept in the dark about politics and thanks to great encouragement from my mom and my older sister, I took an active interest in knowing what was happening in America from a young age.
As I grew older, I realized that there was something missing in the stories that I was debating. I was only in 8th grade when I found a formidable match in my neighbor and good friend, Mark. Mark took me to school on issues in 1989 and left me realizing that I was only capable of handling the talking points. However, it wasn’t until the latter part of the Clinton years that I really took a deep look at the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party establishment. Of course, it was also highlighted by President Clinton’s famous indiscretions in the Oval Office. About the time that President Clinton pandered to his party with the non-sense about, “Well, that depends upon what the definition of “is” is.” I became angry with my Party. It was at that very moment that I decided that I would no longer have the Democrats insult my intelligence and I dropped out of the Democratic machine.
I entered a period of apathy, likely induced by the disenfranchisement from my former Party. It stayed that way for several years before the attacks of September 11th occurred. In the aftermath of the horrors in New York City and just like much of America, I was in need of a sense of leadership. I found exactly the kind of leadership that I needed in President Bush. It is truly my belief that President Bush was the right man for that moment and no other recent President or candidate could have handled that moment the way that Pres. Bush did(Although, I do feel President Reagan probably would have done better). The combination of resolve, conviction, honor, and genuine empathy that eminated from President Bush during the weeks that followed drew me back into the political arena. This time I was taking a much closer look at the conservative ideals.
It was after that disastrous time that I came to see just how much of a God-loving, God-fearing, patriotic, American I was. I left behind the feelings of guilt and shame for being an American that were instilled by the Democratic Party over the years. With a clear sense of direction and a new vision, I began to ask questions and find answers… answers that didn’t agree with what I came to know while under the thought control of the left. After asking questions and searching for answers, I found my home to be much closer to the Republican Party. Through 8 years of leadership, President Bush inspired me to put my renewed passion for politics in the forefront of my decision making.
This, however has cost me numerous friends that could not accept a conservative perspective in their circle of friends. At first this stung but that quickly passed when I realized that, politics aside, the most important thing to strive for was the preservation of this great country. I came to see that those friends were set in their distorted views and would never likely engage in thoughtful discussion, merely sinking to insults, as is the common defense for someone who has no real knowledge of what they are talking about.
In moving on, I have formed great new bonds with some very talented and thought-inspiring people. Amongst these people happen to be Chefkadiehicks, here on Facebook. Unbeknownst to Chef, I had been looking for a co-author, so when she emailed me asking me to “prayerfully consider” her as someone to join the blog, it seemd only natural… as if it were a sign or just plain meant to be. I have gratefully brought Chef onboard and I’m glad to have her as my companion writer.
I hope you will welcome her and enjoy her contributions as much as I do.