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If you only read a few Bubbler posts, these are the best ones.

We’re not taking this seriously

A few days ago, I chose to engage in a Nextdoor.com thread about a woman who took her daughter to Burger King drive-thru only to be met with workers who weren’t wearing masks. (It’s important to note she took great pains to point out she was not proud of taking her daughter to Burger King, and she would probably never do it again, lest you’re judging her right now.) For a neighborhood thread involving COVID, it stayed remarkably on-topic. Sure, there were a few posts of COVID or mask studies, but generally, the conversation was centered around whether people…

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When did we get so excited about work?

Back in the day, families and friends were high on the list of priorities for people who went to work. My Dad went to work to support and pay for his and our family’s personal endeavors. He would often say, “No one ever lied on their death bed and lamented that they didn’t make more time for work.” Life is about experiences with friends and families. Sure, it’s about accomplishment, and people accomplish some noteworthy, if not great things, at work. But when it’s all said and done, you’re going to remember all of the unique, interesting, and impactful…

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If you don’t do what I want, you should die

Isn’t this what leftists are saying about pretty much everything these days? If I want you to get vaccinated, and you don’t, you shouldn’t be allowed access to society, and we hope you die. If you think we need ID to vote, you don’t deserve the right to exist within any community. If you don’t wear a mask, we hope you catch a terminal disease and die. If you don’t believe that all whites are racist, you need to be destroyed. If you don’t believe the events at our Capitol on January 6th was the worst insurrection in the…

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Always pay more than they ask

A few years ago, I was looking to hire a copywriter. My budget was around $65-$70K. A few weeks into the process, I found an excellent copywriter who had a lot of great experience and had proven her ability to write truly concise and impactful copy. I had a good feeling about her, and sure enough, she went on to quickly become one of my most effective writers. When it came time to start talking to her about logistics like benefits and salary, I asked her how much she was looking to make. She sheepishly said, “$35,000? Is that…

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Who would you like to meet in Heaven?

Papa von Higgenbotham and I were recently talking about death, and I asked him who would he look forward to meeting in Heaven? I was curious if he would talk about departed family members or perhaps more historical figures. It was neither. Instead, he answered: “You know, Ruben… there are billions of dead who have died and gone to Heaven. What are the chances that I would even run into anyone I know, much less someone famous?” This is a perspective I’ve never heard. Who thinks of Heaven as a busy city with hustle and bustle, where the only…

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There’s no such thing as federal money

For some, this is a reminder. For others, this may be a revelation. The only money government has is our money. We are coerced into giving it to them. If they decide they want more of our money, they take it. If they want to make commitments that tie up our money in perpetuity, like the current debt, they do it. Then they spend our money on whatever they decide. They don’t seek our permission (though one might argue our vote is our permission). Most of us don’t pay enough attention to how our money is getting spent. We…

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Inspiration conference

Whether through public schools, popular culture, social media memes, or even the news, our children are constantly told they it can’t be done. Every time they turn around, someone is telling them they’re victims. They’re being oppressed. There are people who want to keep them down. They can’t do it without someone’s help. (Or they can’t do it at all.) Our politicians continue to tell our children how horrible America is. How horrible we are. That someone is always being attacked, insulted, or held down. Of course, those who tell us how horrible everything is and how unfairly so…

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CPAC: Marketing? What marketing?

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is happening this weekend in Florida, and as usual, it’s a who’s who of Republicans and conservatives. Even Donald Trump will be speaking. As I was regretting my inability to attend, I was looking at the conference session agenda, and not at all surprised to learn that there was not one session on marketing. Not. One. I guess, you could argue for two possibilities: Front Porch Politics: How to talk about issues without starting a back alley brawl, featuring Scott Presler (who’s out there doing the hard work and making things happen) Red…

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Conservatism: a movement without a leader

President Trump did more for marketing the conservative movement in four years than the Republican Party has done in the last 50 years. And he didn’t even know he was doing it. To my knowledge, President Trump has never considered himself a leader of the conservative movement. Based on listening to hundreds of hours of his speeches, I’m not really sure he even understands the philosophy. More specifically, I think his actions are rooted in conservatism, and I think the things he talks about are conservative points of view, but he does it with a lack of awareness that…

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