About the Author

Hi,
My name is Susan Shannon.  I am basically a conservative, Independent, news junkie .  I love to know what is going on around me.  But it wasn’t always this way- I used to blithely go about my day spouting uber-liberal opinions around San Francisco, CA without having watched a single day of news in the entirety my 25 years of life.  I was a single issue voter (abortion rights) that rejected all conservative thought because of it.  I have always been very religious (Christian), but felt the need to be a ‘cool’, ‘informed’ and ‘intelligent’ Christian to my liberal friends.  I abhorred all those ‘ignorant, red necked, embarrassing’ people that claimed to be Christians.  I was absolutely shocked at the Republican landslide in 1994- I actually felt America had been overtaken by ignorant farmers!

All that changed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Like so many Americans, I had absolutely no idea what had happened or why.  I had, of course, caught wisps of news events in years past- I vaguely remembered conservatives like Gingrich (whom I hated at the time) hammering Clinton about his weak response to the U.S.S. Cole bombing in 2000.  But I didn’t understand why it was such a big deal.  To me, it seemed like an insignificant group of dirty, skinny little guys just got lucky with their little boat full of dynamite.  I said, “so what? these people are no threat to America!  Why is that jerk, Gingrich, making such trouble?”  I felt he was just being political and hateful toward Pres. Clinton.  I couldn’t stand all the accusations he was leveling at the Clintons (including the Lewinsky affair)- to me, he was an international embarrassment to all Americans.  I felt that he was preventing our government and Clinton from doing its job.   I thought President Clinton was a good president.  (I still have no real ire toward him, as president, except that I learned he had shrunk our military so severely.)

On 9/11, I discovered the depths of my ignorance and arrogance.  I was completely lost in the ensuing debate- why Afghanistan?  who was Al Qaeda?  Bin Laden?  Why were the people in Muslim countries cheering so insanely as they watched the towers burn and fall?  All I knew was that I was an American.  I loved my country and was absolutely furious.  I was ready for war- hell, I was ready to sign up for the Army.  But I hated that I was so confused.  I was suddenly thirsty for real facts and information.  On 9/12, I bought books and began to scour news archives online.  I also watched CNN & Fox News non-stop  for several years.

The result is that I am now a staunch conservative.  I marvel at my earlier arrogance and ignorance, but am glad I experienced it.  Now I understand how the youth blindly follows Obama.  I also see beneath the thinly supported outbursts of most liberals.  I, too, used to just call people ‘ignorant’, ‘racist’, and acted as if the conservative scum before me was simply beneath my attention- I did this as I flounced off with my middle finger in the air behind me.  What no one saw was my immense relief to be away from that conservative.  I knew I had no actual proof for my opinion- I also had not understood the news reference he had used for his argument (as I never watched the news).  I simply ‘knew’ I was right and he was wrong.  Period.  Oh, I laugh when I see liberals do this now!  I KNOW why they flounce away.  Why they need to just call names, degrade conservatives, and especially, why they always LEAVE the argument.  They know they will look like idiots if they stay.  But deep down inside, they do actually believe they are right.  Been there, done that.

I like that I was a liberal and that research, reading and facts forced me to drop old, strongly held opinions.

For liberals who might be checking out my blog, I acknowledge that there are reasonable liberals who can support their arguments with facts and without hysterics or name calling.  I welcome you to my blog!  I am ready to learn more in this life.  Show me why your positions on the economy, government, environment, religion, etc and let’s have a robust debate.  I warn you, however, that I have grave doubts that I will agree with you.  The more I learn, the more conservative I become- not the other way around.  It just happens that way for me.  I have heard a few liberals’ opinions on subjects like capital punishment which had powerful effects on me.  I just want to say that I am open to being convinced on another person’s opinion.  As I stated in my ‘A Thinking Nobody is a Dangerous Nobody’, I am seeking the Truth- not to be ‘right’ or to ‘win’.  If we disagree, help me to see the truth as you see it.  At the minimum, it will make us more friendly toward each other’s positions and hopefully, more respectful of one another.

As for me personally, I am a small business owner, a college graduate, a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.  I have a dog.  I also love cats.  I’m not rich and I’m not poor.  I went to public schools through high school.  I am an Army brat- my father is basically a generic white guy and my mother is Korean.  I have lived in 23 different places, several of which were overseas.  I tend to get into trouble with people  because I hate hypocrisy and tend to address it when I see it.

You will figure out the rest as we go.

Susan

Comments
  1. Sid says:

    Susan:

    Love your site. If you aren’t familiar with Ann Barnhardt, you might find you share much common ground: http://barnhardt.biz/

    • Hi Sid, I sure do know Ann Barnhardt. I have posted a thing or two of hers. She & I differ, however, on a couple of things. First, she strikes me as really angry- I don’t feel angry. I feel determined, but peaceful. She also challenges and welcomes attacks by her enemies. I don’t. I won’t run from them, but I also won’t issue a challenge. Last, my goal is not really politics. It is to bring Christ to as many people as I can before I die. That isn’t really her goal.

  2. Hey Susan, I got reccommended to your blog and thoroughly enjoy reading it. I’m from Singapore (in Southeast Asia) and the gay movement has just recently picked up here, which I’ve written about in my blog (girlinturquoise.wordpress) It’s nice to know someone across the globe shares my sentiments. Looking forward to more posts from you, and the debates/conversations ahead. :) Keep writing!

    -Girl in Turquoise

  3. Ash says:

    You are filth!

  4. Jeffry says:

    Additionally, you’re essentially a laughing stock of the educated. But you’re right – you have first amendment rights! I totally support your right to be dumb. It’s hilarious to read and the actual educated people get a kick out of it.

    You should read real books rather than pundit diatribe and attend a college that’s first tier rather than a degree mill.

    I hope you post about history so I can destroy your posts. Conservatives like to make up history. Please, post about history and the Constitution so I can own you.

    • Um. I was not aware that WEST POINT was a ‘degree mill’. And I was not aware that getting a recommendation from the vice president of the United States to attend this ‘low level’ university was a shameful accomplishment. I also was not aware that working internationally as a management consultant for the telcom industry and getting paid wild amounts of money for 13 years was a small accomplishment. As for writing on ‘history’, I do so frequently. Also, the constitution. I welcome your… um… ‘destruction’ and ‘ownership’ any day. Dork.

      • Ash says:

        Wow nice accomplishments… in the end they won’t mean anything. You will die like everyone else and then nothing… no heaven, hell or void in-between. Just nothingness. Hopefully your death will come soon, we need less people like you in the world so the rest of us can go on with evolution.

      • Again Ash, thanks for demonstrating the lovely sentiments that dwell in the hearts of so-called atheist homosexuals the world over.

  5. You said, ” I hate hypocrisy and tend to address it when I see it.”
    Love it!

    The world needs more people who say and do just that.

  6. Thomas Stone says:

    Short Little Rebel,

    Just wanted to say thank you for what you do. I follow your posts daily and receive multiple blessings for it. You have my prayers.

    North Texas Drifter (northtexasdrifter.blogspot.com)

    • Thanks, Thomas. And you are welcome. I take great joy in my work! And I need every prayer I can get. If you do pray for me, can I ask that you pray for wisdom for me? And humility? I can’t bear that I should write something out of the wrong place within me and that someone should stumble because of it! Thanks! Susan

  7. saved by grace says:

    I do not even know how I came across your blog, but I am here! I read your bio and Just wanted to encourage you that the best place to “seek” the Truth is in Bible. Better yet, you will not have to “seek” for it – but you will definitely find Truth in the Word of God. As I read and hear about and have great concern of current political events and the emergent church movement, I take everything back to scripture. His Word will guide you to what is Truth and you will understand it if you have accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. So be careful in being too open to someone else opinion – as long as it follows directly in line with scripture. 2 Timothy 4;3-4 says “The time will come when they shall not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itchy ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (KJV). May everything you do bring glory to the Lord and win lost souls for His Kingdom in Heaven. .

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