BigFurHat interviews Aurelius
– Many people “become” their political identity over time. Were you always a conservative?
– Did you grow up in a conservative family, or are you an outlier?
My family is pretty conservative.
– What region of the country are you from?
I was born in New York City and raised in Upstate NY pretty much in the middle of nowhere.
Do you have that New Yawk accent that I’ve been blessed with?
No, though my dad has it in spades. He grew up in Queens, so it’s practically a right of passage to leave off certain sounds in words and talk with your hands.
-Were your friends as political, and if so, were they left or right, or did it not even come up?
Where I grew up is very Republican, but my friends didn’t care about politics as much as I did.
– When did you begin writing politically? Why?
I started writing as “Aurelius” in 2010 because I was tired of the bland brand of “journalism” that was being pushed a year and a half into the Obama Administration. I would read the news and say to myself, “That’s not how I interpret that,” or “I could write better than that.” So I decided to try.
– Who are some of your favorite political writers?
I love Ace of Spades and RD Brewer over at Ace of Spades. Allahpundit of HotAir is up there too.
-Do you ever disagree with their analysis, and does that matter? For instance, I never stopped loving Ann Coulter’s writing, even when I wasn’t totally agreeing with her.
Disagree or not, I still like their writing. That said, Allahpundit drives me crazy sometimes with the Romney rumors. Let the man rest, for God’s sake!
– What political sites do you like?
HotAir, Drudge, Ace, and, of course, iOTW Report.
I like how Ace’s site can cut loose and do articles that aren’t necessarily political. Personally, I like that in a site. Is that something you enjoy, or feel is important?
I enjoy it a lot and I think it’s important. The format of writing that we are participating in requires a little bit of personality and it requires you to connect with the people who read your stuff.
– What sites annoy/disappoint/infuriate you?
BuzzFeed is probably the worst website I’ve ever seen. It’s a constant stream of top 22 lists with clickbait garbage and a massive liberal slant. The Huffington Post and Vox are at the bottom of the barrel as well.
– How old are you?
I’m in my 20s, believe it or not.
So you’ve never been able to vote for a winning president?
I’ve never had that honor quite yet.
– We’ve been doing playlists. Who are some of the artists you would have on yours?
Oh God, a music question? Uh, Simon and Garfunkel, the Killers, Billy Joel, and Vampire Weekend.
-You lost me at Billy Joel. Maybe if you named a few Joel songs that are somewhat palatable I won’t excise this portion of the interview. lol
Uh… We Didn’t Start the Fire. Piano Man. Only the Good Die Young.
-Moving on… lol. Where were you on 9/11?
In my middle school.
-Were you aware of the first attack on the WTC? Was that taught in school?
I was a pretty nerdy middle schooler, so I knew vaguely about the first attack a decade before 9/11. I overheard about 9/11 in Science class, but I didn’t really get the scope of it all until I got home and saw it on TV. Other classes in my school were watching parts of it live, but I wasn’t in those.
– Are you supporting any particular candidate for president?
Still undecided. I was hoping that Scott Walker would have more spine than he showed. Now that he’s dropped out, I’m waiting to see how everyone performs over the next couple of months.
– Who would you least like to see in the presidency – Sanders, Clinton or Biden?
Clinton. I think Biden would be good for a laugh and Sanders would screw everything up so badly during his sole term that conservatives would get swept into Congress for the next decade. Clinton has no redeeming qualities; if she’s elected, it’s the American people declaring that they do not care about character, leadership, or the future.
– Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic for the country’s future?
Ask me in 12-and-a-half months.
– What are the top 3 issues that are integral for making the U.S. the greatest nation on earth?
1- Freedom of Speech. That’s one of the thing that I focus on in my writing: the squashing of freedom of speech throughout the nation or the absolute hatred that some people have for hearing something that they deem slightly “offensive.”
2- The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
3- A government that interferes as little in the daily life of the American people as possible.
– What is your most “liberal” quality, besides enjoying Allahpundit (I kid, I kid!)?
Does finding someone as liberal as Olivia Wilde attractive count as a liberal quality?
-Could you overlook a girl’s ideology and have a relationship, or is it a non-starter?
It depends how bad it is. I went out with a girl a few years ago that turned out to be a hardcore democrat and I got the hell out of there. However, if she’s a moderate (or better, a conservative), I can deal with it, especially if she’s open to discussing things.
– Your “Death Row” meal?
Probably a bacon cheeseburger with fries.
-Yuge question for iOTWers – Dogs or cats?
– Even YUGER. Forget Ginger or Maryanne, Jeanine Pirro or Sarah Palin?
Maryanne and Sarah Palin.
-Now you’re talking. Thanks for your time, and thank you for being a great writer. We’re lucky to have you aboard.