Fourteen years ago, I started writing at RedState, taking it on as a full time job thirteen years ago after leaving my law practice. Three and a half years ago, I knew it was time to go in part because of something that happened along the way. Somewhere along the way, I went from being a blogger with a radio show to a talk radio host with a website. Priorities change and focus must too.
As of today, I have been a talk radio host for seven years and look forward to a long career keeping people company in their cars, offices, and home with just my voice. I am fortunate to work for the best radio family in America and am excited to be with them for a long time. Personally, I think I have a face for radio and a voice for print, but even before doing radio I was on television. After three years at CNN and five years at Fox, I have no idea what the future holds for me in that medium, but have been blessed beyond what I deserve with what I have.
So now, what about the future? Well, The Resurgent started two years ago today and is not going anywhere as we head into year three, but my day job is very much radio now. I need to work on being a better radio host and I have found that I write to think. So to be a better radio host I have to recommit to writing more regularly. Concurrent to that, I want to add a video component I think is needed — a series of videos for people in my situation: parents in faith communities who are concerned about navigating their families through the current culture wars. How do we help our kids navigate an internet that didn’t exist when we were kids? How do we get our kids through a world increasingly hostile to our values? How do deal lovingly but faithfully with gay marriage, transgenderism, and other bits of worldliness that conflict with our values? I need to explore those issues for my own family and I know I don’t have the answers, but I know the people who do and want to interview them for you and me.
I am excited for the opportunities that 2018 brings. I hope that The Resurgent becomes not just a place for me to think through writing, but now that we’re three years into it, I want this site to be a community of likeminded listeners and conservatives who can help chart a course for resurgent conservatism in the nation. In an age of multimedia, I have an opportunity to leverage video, audio, and the internet to help conservatives and families and that should be my goal this year. I also intend to do a Resurgent conference later this year and will soon have details on that front.
Above all else, there is something else and I dare say I hope you will not think me too presumptuous for saying it. As I head into another year in radio, I have found a chief frustration is the herd mentality that can exist so much in politics. I spend more and more time trying to give my listeners just basic facts of news because there is so much more disinformation out there these days. I cannot tell you how often I get angry notes from listeners and readers demanding I cover topics they read about on Facebook when those topics are fake news — stories that never even happened or reports that have basic facts wrong.
If I can only commit to doing one thing well in 2018 it will be this: being a conservative willing to tell you what is and is not actually happening. I still believe there is a place for conservatism in the United States not tied to a cult of personality and I am glad to lend my voice to that. I still believe it is incumbent on me to tell you what I know to be true and why I think things are right or wrong based on long held conservative principles, not based on a fly-by-night ideology of convenience. Whether I am on radio, television, or just writing at The Resurgent, I don’t think it is my job to tell you what to think, but it is my job to tell you what I think and to give you information so you can make up your mind yourself.
Even among those of us who are committed pundits and of committed ideology, we must be committed to truth. Whether you agree with me or not, my commitment to you this year is to tell you what I think is true, what I think is right, and what I think is wrong. There are those who do not have the platforms I have, so I thank you very much for trusting me to be a voice you can rely on.
Happy New Year.