Is it Time for The Minuteman Blog to Make a Comeback?

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It’s been a while. In fact, it’s been nearly six months. Indeed, the old adage that “Time flies!” is most certainly true. For those of you who’d like an explanation as to why The Minuteman has been fairly quiet, please accept my apologies. Because I’m not going to give one. There’s a number of reasons for that. Chief among them being— it’s personal.

When I started The Minuteman in 2016, I did it with the hope of providing a truly conservative voice in a state dominated by big government politics. (Note: If you don’t think North Dakota is dominated by big government politics, then you’ve either not paid attention or you’re in denial.) For the better part of five years, we worked at “Advocating for Limited Government on the Northern Plains”. And given the limited time and resources, I can honestly say we surpassed the expectations I had in the beginning.

I’m encouraged by this reality— If we compare the limited government movement in 2016 to the one today, I truly believe we’ve made gains. The activist arm is alive and better than I ever remember it. Now, in saying that, let me be clear— I’m not claiming that this is because of The Minuteman. No way would I say such a thing. But I’d like to think that we might have contributed — at least in some small way — to it.

My father often accused me of being a pessimist. My defense was that he was just confused and didn’t understand the difference between a pessimist and a realist. So, having said that, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you the whole of how I feel. And the reality of the situation as a whole is this— establishment political forces not only recognize the growth of the limited government movement like I do, but they’re doing everything in their power to crush it.

As evidence of this, we could most certainly hearken back and discuss things like Governor Doug Burgum’s efforts to crush conservatives in the last election with his personal wealth and political action committee (PAC). Yet, there are forces currently at work that want to stomp out this limited government movement before it’s too late. No, we’re not talking about folks over at the Dem-NPL. It’s a given they don’t like us. Instead, I’m talking about establishment “Republicans” who want to squash conservatives. That’s the reality we’re facing here in North Dakota.

Make no mistake about it, I firmly believe we’re at a crossroads in North Dakota politics. Whichever path is taken may very well set the course for the next decade or more for our state. I know what big government can do. It’s not good for North Dakotans. And that’s what has me wondering if maybe — just maybe — it’s time for The Minuteman to make a comeback?


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T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.