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Pundit Press interview:

1. When and why did you start Laughing Conservative?

I began Laughing Conservative in May 2011. I tried  a serious conservative blog before that but I didn't much enjoy writing it, nor did it add much to what other conservative blogs were already doing. I looked for a niche that had not been filled and humor/satire, with a conservative twist, was not well-served. I've always used humor as a means of staying sane. So I went with that concept and absolutely love doing it.

2. What is your favorite part of running the site? 

Firstly, Seeing other blogs link to my work and seeing people visiting from all over the world. From Jedda in Saudi Arabia, (do they get the humor?) to Britain and Australia, Iceland...you name any country, I likely get visitors from there.
Also I greatly value e-friendships with other bloggers and their generosity in helping me. I try to give back to others, in turn.

3. Is there a reason the site focuses mainly on humor?

Under the current administration conservatives can only laugh or cry. By definition, most of my regular readers share my quirky sense of humor, and my love of the absurd. There is so much pleasure in sharing laughter. But there is also a very serious conservative message in the blog. Humor helps me break that into manageable bites.

4. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected? 

The idea of a black president was very seductive, so seductive that many voters failed to look hard enough at his record as a left-wing activist, a socialist if you will. I was guilty of that. Thank goodness his ineffectiveness as a leader has saved us from the worst of his agenda. I have experienced socialist governments in Britain and Australia. We only have to look at Europe to see how well socialism works. I detest any government that wants to make personal, life-changing decisions on my behalf. They don't know better than I do what's good for me

5. Anything else you'd like to add?

I am a British-born, South-African and Australian nurtured,  naturalized American and have all the passion of the converted. I love this country's optimism and have enormous confidence in America's future and try in a small way, through humor, to help us return to a secure base  with limited  government and economic strength where I, my wife and our two daughters can live in happiness and security.