About the Author

img_5171d-001Hi, my name is Susan Shannon.  I am basically a conservative, Independent, news junkie who adores Jesus for saving my life.  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 loved Jesus, 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 (my apologies to you all now- I was 25 and need to be forgiven!)  I was absolutely shocked at the Republican landslide in 1994- I actually felt America had been overtaken by ignorant farmers! (Liberals, does this sound like you?)

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, Gingrich was an international embarrassment to all Americans.  I felt that he was preventing our government and Clinton from doing their job.   I thought President Clinton was a good president.

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?  And let’s face it, I didn’t even know the difference between Republican and Democrat; I didn’t know that GOP mean Republicans; I had no clue was a Libertarian was and I was utterly confounded that when reporters asked politicians questions, the politician never answered!  And worse, the reporter just nodded his head in understanding!  I had a feeling that there is a secret language that I didn’t understand!

All I knew was that I was an American.  I loved my country and was absolutely furious.  I was ready for war- heck, 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 9/12/2001, 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.  Note that I didn’t say Republican.  I pretty much despise both parties and I can’t call myself a Libertarian as most of them are Atheists.  I am an Independent and judge each issue according to what I believe is right or wrong.  It’s the only way to go, I think.  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.  (Remember? 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.  Conclusion:  An honest seeking of truth must lead to Conservatism and to God.  If you don’t find them, then you are just making decisions based on emotions and ignorance.  And that makes you blind.

The more I learn, the more conservative I become- not the other way around.

As for me personally, I am an ex-soldier, an ex-international management consultant, now a small business owner, a college graduate, a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.  I have 1 dog, 2 cats and lots of fish.   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.  Mostly, though,

 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. -1 Timothy 1:12



  1. just found your site and love it…I will be back to read more…btw I am a rebel too and add to that being Italian, artist, independent thinker, horse lover –it is a volatile mixture……the things I got in trouble for just for being myself…we were newlyweds and my hubby who was minister of music-youth-ed in a 1st bapt church in ark was called into the office one day and asked by the pastor—“WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR WAYWARD WIFE???” Hubby had no idea, was i carousing, drinking, doing drugs? .SHE RODE HER HORSE TO CHURCH!” Can you imagine anything more outrageous than that? . This pastor had also told me when we moved there I was to wear dresses AT ALL TIMES AND he strongly suggested we get rid of our 2 pet cats. Do you wonder why so many christians have turned atheist when it is all about outward appearances… rules put on them that are not even in the bible. P.S. you may make this note private if you feel it is in the best interests of your blog.

    • Come to the Highlands UMC in GA. You can wear jeans or shorts and ride your horse. All are loved here!! You can even be an artist. I’m one, but I can’t convince anyone that the walls are boring.

  2. I totally respect that you’re a Conservative, but to say that ALL Liberals just blindly believe whatever they hear and resort to name calling, because they don’t have actual arguments is incredibly insulting. Just because YOU didn’t do your research when you were younger doesn’t mean that all left-thinkers don’t. There’s a way to tell your story without including a mass group. Jesus was a pretty hard core Liberal.

    • Hi All American, weeeelll, it’s a hard generalization not to make. Having been a liberal (without really knowing it) and having hung around with such hard core liberals, I can say that I know what liberals think and how they are and how they behave. And I still interact with them here on my blog- and almost none of them are polite or educated on the issues. I’m sorry, but there you are. Your comment is one of the very few that have addressed me with any respect at all. Your tone is even and you haven’t called me a name. We are off to a great start! lol. But I can’t lie and say that my interactions have been positive. Most liberals who come here most certainly do call names in their very first comment. They especially hate my stance (which is God’s stance) on homosexuality- ie, that it is immoral. That, alone, is enough to garner all the name calling. But it shouldn’t. It is my opinion and my Christian belief. There are other religions with the same belief- Muslims, for example. But they love the Muslims. They aren’t consistent at all. It’s just Jesus that bothers them. I don’t know why, exactly, but I think it’s because, deep down, they actually believe in him. The fact that I write so convincingly about him and the Bible cuts them deeply inside and they hate how it makes them feel- and so they attack me for making them hurt. I can understand the emotion, but not their reaction. They are grown adults and can’t go around acting like that. Emotion is one thing, behavior is another. We should still be able to talk like civilized people.

      And I didn’t say all liberals call names and follow blindly. I said that young people followed Obama blindly (and they did) and that most liberals would flounce from the room when their lack of debate skills and real information ran out against a conservative. ‘Most’. And I would stand by that statement. I’ve debated some pretty smart liberals, but out they flounce with every excuse in the book. They don’t always flash the bird or call a name- but flounce and flee they will. If they don’t exactly call a name, they most certainly let it be known that I am ‘just too ignorant to debate.’ But I always smile inside because I know why they are actually leaving. It’s because they can’t respond to my very good arguments. It’s never me who gets angry and leaves. I can tell you that.

      As to Jesus, he was NOT a liberal. He was a hard core conservative. All the way. His beliefs: Love one another as you would love yourself. That is an absolute conservative idea. We love ourselves- we should love everyone the same. Not more, not less. That means that equal opportunity makes no sense. Neither does racism or prejudice. He didn’t believe in this idea that some people should be given ‘extra help’ just because they had a certain skin color or because they had lesser circumstances in life. Just look at his story of the Master who handed out the gold talens. Some got one, some got two and some got three. Each person was required to double their investment. In fact, the one who only got one only buried his because he was afraid of losing it. Jesus called him a ‘evil servant’ and sent him to hell. He didn’t have any compassion on him because he was the poorest of all. He, too, was to take what he was given and he was to use the same multiplier- double it. This negates the entire liberal argument. The bible also states that if a man doesn’t work, he shall not eat. Period. This throws out the entire welfare department. The apostles outlined how their ‘welfare’ system should work- and the only people who got money were old widows who didn’t have a living family member to care for her. That’s it. Single mothers were to re-marry as quickly as possible and before she could- her FAMILY supported her and her kids. Families took care of their disabled and old. That’s SMART. But liberals want the BREAK UP of society. They support abortion, divorce, and gay marriage. All things that weaken traditional family units that are the strongest bonds that lead to the most efficient and powerful use of resources in any given society. There IS no better way to distribute resources than through a strong male/female family unit that stays together for a lifetime. PERIOD. The use of a giant, central government to replace these sleek, quick thinking, efficient units called ‘families’ in society is ridiculous. Jesus knew this. and the Bible supports the FAMILY all the way and considers all things that would break the family unit a sin. So, that would make Jesus and God CONSERVATIVES.

      What you fail to see is that Conservatives are conservatives BECAUSE we follow Jesus. Not the other way around. Jesus can’t be a conservative or not be a conservative. That would be putting the cart before the horse. The very definition of a conservative is that they are Christians. Now, if you are talking about the GOP or Libertarians, it might be different. But Conservatives = Christ followers. And Christ was most definitely not a liberal. In any sense.

  3. Good Day Short Little rebel,
    Thank you for your reply,yeah my email is [PRIVATE] if you want to chat privately,I am sorry to hear that you had also been suicidal but glad to hear you were able to find hope,it is always nice hearing of people who find hope and light after turbulent times.It really is.
    No I hadn’t come across your blog “One’s Christian Journey” but I could check it out .
    I said the prayer you wrote and as I mentioned will still be endeavoring to read the bible and attend church,I have also asked God to make me understand that his love is constant no matter what ,at times of hope or times of darkness.by the way,did you check out the website link with my former post ,I was just wondering?
    As I mentioned before thank you for your care and consideration,it is nice to no someone has a care for one’s well being and I hope things are well with you.
    Best Wishes.
    George Magaji

    • Great, George. I am so happy that you repeated that prayer and accepted Jesus as your king. He will never let you down. We, as his brothers and sisters and servants, will always let him down, but the best part is that he never holds it against us. I always know his forgiveness is there even before I ask it. His love and comfort is always with me- it secures my heart and steadies my feet as I walk through the shadows and fears of this world. Sometimes, I feel the evil on all sides of me, like claws reaching out from the darkness, all wishing to take bites and scratches from my flesh, but Jesus’ staff keeps them from me in some miraculous fashion. He propels me to do what is right, and it feels sometimes as if the world is against me for doing it. Sometimes, I become very afraid and feel completely vulnerable. I do. My heart shivers. But Jesus reminds me of his Father’s words: “If I am with you, who can stand against you?” George, when you read the Bible, the best part is knowing all the promises from God. Like the one I just wrote. If God is with us, who can stand against us? That one has given me courage so many times. It has given me the courage to write and stand up for what is good and right. Even if means standing up against some pretty powerful people or even the masses. Believe me, this isn’t bragging. Bragging would mean that I am not afraid when I do it. But I am beginning to feel afraid when I do it. I know the cost of it now. But every day I live- (which are beginning to pile up now!) I learn to trust in God more and more. We aren’t here to be happy or to be satisfied, George. We are here to first, find Christ and life eternal. And then, with the rest of our lives, we are here to help others find it too. And in the process of doing so, we are also to help them in every other way too. Just simple kindness and love. (but sometimes that love comes in the form of a rebuke, you know?) In any case, I will be sending you an email in the next week or so. We can continue our conversation that way. Susan

  4. Your story really gripped me, SLR. You’re a credit to conservatives everywhere. I still remember coming home from school (In England) and hearing the news about an attack on America, it was hard during my teens to really understand how deep the wounds of that day would become in the lives of everyone. I’d first found your blog via an atheist writer named Allallt (?), who I’ve had so much success in debating. It’s truly faith affirming to outline an atheist’s position and watch the result blow up in their face. I take heart in that the Lord loves them and is even now knocking on the door of their hearts.



    Congrats on the fine blog.🙂

    • lol. Yes, Allalt has shown up a couple times on my blog. I really don’t enjoy ‘debating’ with him because he doesn’t really debate. He just comes on and says, “You are wrong.” and then proceeds to leave a comment that is even longer than my article! And then, if I so much as leave a stray thought ( which is obviously a stray thought) he takes it seriously and goes to town. He then leaves links to science articles and thinks he has made an argument even though he’s never read it or understood it. That’s how he counters a logical argument. With a link to someone else’s thoughts. That is not allowed on my blog. It’s your thoughts or nothing. Also, you can’t leave comments that are longer than my article and think I have to read it and answer every point in it. After all, the point of the comment is to respond to my article, isn’t it? lol. Then, he goes off to his blog and claims that I am afraid to answer him! aghagh**! More like: don’t want to. His thoughts are like spaghetti. If you have spent real time with him, you have the patience of a saint. I don’t mind a differing opinion, but it has to be clear and concise. I also know what a logical argument is and I rarely make mistakes making my own. I don’t tackle arguments unless I can make a logical one and thus, it’s usually hard to tear one of mine down. I definitely pick my battles. Thank you for reading my About Page. I will read your two links to get a better feeling for who you are as well. 9/11 was a turning point in human history. We can see that more today than ever. Sorry to say that it was a downturn. Progressives have been quick to use it to change everything we know for the worse. I don’t recognize the United States anymore. But I am not afraid- God is in control of it all. We try our best, always, to fight evil- but if we lose, then we know it is God’s will. And then, we can relax because we know He meant it to be so and all will be well. God bless you, Old School.

      • Recently I’ve read Light in the shadow of Jihad, by Ravi Zacharias. He does an excellent job of reaching into our shared past through 9/11 so to better explain American’s current course, socially speaking. Moreover, their material isn’t simply loving, but sharply intellectual. Thank you for the blessings, I greedily accept. Undoubtedly you’ll enjoy the conversations I’ve linked to, all of which my buddy Allallt has abandoned, sometimes rather abusively (you know you’ve got ’em when they start posting waves of abuse😉

      • Ha, so true. I won’t debate the likes of Allalt. Or David K who is now on his site trying to continue a discussion with me. I have put both onto my banned list which bugs them. So they are actually on Allalt’s site trying to tempt me back to finish the conversation about my article. lol. But it’s just not worth it. They refuse to address a single point other than to say, “you didn’t prove your point” and then move on to their theories. They never actually say how I didn’t prove my point. So, it’s a ‘pointless’ discussion! see what I did there? giggle. I made a resolution and promise to myself: I want to be nicer to atheists. The problem is that I care too much about them- and that can lead to anger. I want them to ‘get it’ right here and right now. I need to learn that it is in God’s hands. There is absolutely nothing I can do to make their souls ready to hear the message of Christ. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. I speak the best truth that I can and if they reject it, I must dust off my sandals as Jesus taught me. But waaaaaay before I am angry. Just walk away before that. I think that is the key to dealing with these people. Let them go.

  5. I want to ask you something, is it possible to hate God but love Christ
    Because I honestly hate the God of the old testament but I am okay with jesus.

    • No, it is not possible. They are ONE. They are in full agreement about everything. to hate one is to hate the other. Why should you hate God? To love Jesus is to love God even more- because God sent Jesus out of LOVE for humankind. If you hate the God of the Old Testament, then I can say that you haven’t read the Old Testament. I wish I could read it with you! I would love to teach you of his great love and wisdom! He is always the same and he is full of LOVE for you. Today, yesterday and always. to see Jesus is to see God. Let me put these words here spoken by Jesus where he explains how he and God are related to one another. Before I go, I beg you to not listen to OTHERS concerning God or Christ. Read the Bible for yourself. Go to church. Therein lies the truth. Evil lies in the hearts of men and they hate God with all their minds and souls. Satan wishes to keep men away from God- only out of jealousy because HE will die and YOU weren’t ever meant to. You, my dear, were meant to LIVE forever!

      1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in Goda ; believe also in me. 2My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

      Jesus the Way to the Father

      5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

      6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really know me, you will knowb my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

      8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

      9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

      Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

      15“If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bec in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

      22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

      23Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

      25“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

      28“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

      • Good Day Short Little Rebel,
        Well Thank you for your reply,to be honest,I had forgotten about this message as it has been a while it was posted.I could see your passion and love for God which I must say is an admirable thing and off course I should respect your decision.I have decided to open myself to God as i felt things that happened in the past like the bullying,teasing,taunting ,mocking of me which made me depressed and alos suicidal was not his fault nor his will and was mainly man’s corruption.It is going to be a lot of effort for me but it is fair to say it is worth trying with regards to bible reading and church going and to try to find the light.
        you seem like a nice person Short little rebel even though you have strict conservative views of which you are entitled to!!,you seem to have a caring part,something which a couple of Christians I have met lack.
        Keep on doing what you do and Good luck to you in life.

      • George, you can email me anytime if you want a private conversation. You can send me an email address and I could write mine to you. I wouldn’t post it publicly. I know how it feels to be lonely and sad and suicidal. As you read in my blog. Btw, did you read the article I wrote called, “One Christian’s Journey?” That is the story of how I became so depressed that I wanted to kill myself and finally came to God. If you are on that precipice too, you might be interested in reading it. It will give you hope. I know it will. God showed me such mercy and grace in my final hour. He literally saved my life. HE is the reason I am here today. He healed me and made me whole again. I’m so glad that you want to try God- God never disappoints. NEVER. Jesus is real- he LIVES and he is not a liar. All his promises are true. We were never meant to only live this measly 80 years or so. This is just our growing stage- our time to choose between God or not God. Everything in our lives is designed for that question. Answering that one question is the entire point of this 80 or so years. Choosing Jesus is the only reason we are here. And yes, it is a hard choice. But once we have chosen well, we are FREE. You will never know freedom until you become a slave of Jesus. Only those who have made this decision know what this means. Your heart and soul become free and you know who you are, where you belong, WHY you are and where you are going. You know that you are a timeless being, meant to live trillions of years in incredible peace, love and happiness. God said, “I will wipe every tear away then…” And you become free on this earth- before you die. Jesus said, “Heaven is in your midst even now” and it is- you must have the Holy Spirit and the right eyes to see it. George, basically, you join your brothers and sisters in Christ. Remember, too, that ‘church’ is not a building- it is the worldwide fellowship of all of us who love and follow Jesus. When you read your Bible, make sure you pray to God for the Holy Spirit first so that you can understand it. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you won’t understand the meaning behind the Bible.

        In any case, my heart and soul are with you, George. Accepting Jesus is easy and yet so hard for people. But the technicality is simple. All we need to do is ask him. “Jesus, I believe in you. I believe you are the Son of God, who came to this earth to teach me about God, heaven and salvation. I believe that you willingly walked to the cross and allowed yourself to be sacrificed in order to pay the price for ALL my sins, both in the past and all that I will commit in the future. I believe you did this because you loved me even before I was born- that you knew my name and love me for who I am. I believe that you were willing to save me while I was still sinning because God loves me and not because I ever did anything to deserve it. Thank you, Jesus, for doing this for me! I accept this beautiful gift and I accept this washing away of all my sins. I rejoice that I am forever reconciled back to my father in Heaven, God! That I now have a place in heaven because of your great and loving deed. I dedicate my life to your service, my new king and savior and I will serve only you from this day forward! Amen!”

        One could just say, “I believe in you!” and have all this in their hearts, of course, but I wanted to give you the whole gist of what is meant by those words! lol.

        Say all this to Jesus and thank God for sending his son for this purpose. George, we all have a purpose in this life. YOU have a purpose. You aren’t random. You were meant to be born, meant to be broken, meant to be healed, meant to be saved, and meant to work for Jesus to help others be saved. There is a final destination for all of us. See you there, brother!

      • if I may answer George…many cannot get past the God of the OT acting so…unloving, mean and god-like but there are many things to consider about the OT and may help him see God in a different light.

        -the OT is written in poetic style–Poetry uses language to explain or tell something in a very different way from prose.

        -life, culture, thinking and mindset was much different back then. Reading the OT in the light of our society and values today is what causes problems. (God said WHAT? God did WHAT?) God dealt with those people in a way they could understand just like He deals with us today in a way we can understand.

        -it is a history of God and his people the Israelites who were a very warlike people (similar to middle east today) and what He did to tame them (all those OT rules meant to teach them about the nature of God and tame them into being civilized) It records the good bad and ugly events, nothing held back.

        -when God told his people to go wipe out a certain city or group of people it was because they deserved it…they practiced sacrificing of live babies on very hot stones to their god Molech. God had warned them
        to stop and they did not. Not all of those people-groups were totally wiped out as they appear later in the OT writings.

        -slavery back then was a way to survive. Life was very subsistent— no walmarts or mcdonalds.

        -multiple wives, concubines– people lived in small communities in the middle of no where . Everyone had to work and a childless woman was considered shameful so the head of the little clan took care of all their needs. More hands made less work and more sons made for better defenses. .

        -death was a constant part of life and people thought of it and faced it much different than we do.

        -since many marriages were arranged and people did not “fall in love” so to speak (again our cultural mindset causes problems in how we read the OT). Marriage to someone who raped was a way of handling the situation if the woman got pregnant.

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