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The Return of Random Awesomeness (part 2019.1)

It has been nearly three years since my last “Random Awesomeness” post. Partly because I don’t blog as much as I used to, and partly because I don’t spend as much time on the internet as I used to. But there is still a lot of cool stuff to be found around the web, and things that I want to share with you that don’t naturally fit into my own blogposts. Each “Random Awesomeness” entry will feature seven or more links to some pretty rad stuff, so (obviously) I recommend checking them out. I usually include a music video of some sort and a link where you can buy the music (or something related to the video). New in 2019 is “What I’m Reading Right Now.” No spoilers, just a link to where you can buy the book I’m reading.

I don’t know how often I will publish a new list “Random Awesomeness”…maybe weekly? I’m really not sure. Be awesome, and you’ll probably end up on the list. Since this is the first post in almost three years, I decided to change up the top-of-post image as well, so without further ado

Random Awesomeness

What I’m Reading Right Now: Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book One by Brandon Sanderson.

Purchase Star Wars music by John Williams.

Bush and McCain caused the earthquake

I can’t believe those low-down, dirty Republicans caused that earthquake this morning! I just might have to change my mind and vote for a Democrat!

Who I do support vs. who I should support

According to glassbooth.org, I am more similar to Mike Huckabee (69%) than Mitt Romney (68%), John McCain (60%), and Ron Paul (58%). While I like Huckabee (and not for religious reasons, but for policy), I like Paul more. I guess it is the wording of the questions and the level of federal involvement that causes the difference between myself and Dr. Paul. For instance, while I strongly support the death penalty, I do not believe the federal government should be involved in most of those cases–it is a state issue. Does this mean I will change my vote from Paul to Huckabee (if they are both still in the race when the primary comes to Kentucky, that is)? No, I will still vote for the one that I believe has the right policies, and that is Dr. Paul.

What will I do in November, when it is McCain vs. Clinton? The answer is simple: I’ll cry.

UPDATE: I retook the quiz, updating the “importance” of each issue by giving them all a “1” or “2” score rather than weighting some “4” and skipping others. In doing so, I got more of a variety of “oppose/support” questions, and the result was quite different as well. I am now 70% similar to Ron Paul, and 65% to Mike Huckabee. My similarity to McCain (54%) and Romney (53%) took a major plunge as well.

When looking at the candidates no longer running, I’m also similar to Duncan Hunter (71%) and Tom Tancredo (70%) and somewhat similar to Fred Thompson (66%).

I’m going to run for President

That’s right, folks…breaking news! I am officially announcing my intention to run for the office of the President of the United States of America in 2020. I will fill you in on some of my views in the coming years, but I need you to step up now and show me that you’re serious about my decision. I am not a Republican or a Democrat. Like the great General George Washington, I refuse to affiliate with either political party. I am an American, will run as an American, and will run for Americans!

Now, I will need quite a bit of help in this endeavor. I have already spoken with some close friends who have agreed to help out, but I need to reach out to some total strangers as well. This article outlines how difficult an independent run can be, and so I figured it would be best to start way early.

Are you willing to help me, a middle-class American, a non-politician, who loves America and wants this country to return to being the best country in the world? If so, please leave a comment, let me know what state you currently live in, and what issues are important to you. I will begin developing my platform over the next couple of years, and will answer all of your relevant questions.

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

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