Monday, February 28, 2011


by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

Rational Nation USA, on behalf of both the editor and the sites occasional contributors, want to thank all who have visited this humble site.

It is the hope of the site owner that in some small way this site may have contributed to a questioning of the whole political and governmental environment in the USA. We are indeed in serious trouble and only We The People can right the ship we are all sailing on.

The efforts expended over the last twenty months have been gratifying as well as eye opening. But as in most things there is a time when stepping back and taking a deep breath is necessary. Now is such a time for this site owner.

After twenty months, over 1100 posts, and many sleepless hours of contemplation it is now time to do just that. Step back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful woman who I have neglected for those twenty months in the misguided belief that I might really be able to make a difference.

So, enjoy the archives. From time to time, when time allows, I may post thoughts on important issues. However, it is time, for both personal, business, and family concerns I back away from the "merry go round without brakes" that is modern divisive politics.

The site remains open and any current contributor on the list of authors can feel free to continue contributing at anytime they so choose.

Again, thank you all, be well, and may America find the answers to its pressing problems.

Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent


  1. All the best, Les! Good to know you'll be slowing down a little and enjoying some of the finer things in life, including a wonderful wife- which is just about the best thing any man could ask for in this life. Kindest regards.

  2. we all make some kind of contribution, no matter how small it may be, but making the ground shake is very hard and very rare,

    I hope you are pausing to regroup and not because you are discouraged. I gave up long ago trying to change the world. I just enjoy shooting off my mouth!

  3. I am a new follower so I will spend this time going through your archives.
    I often feel as if my contributions are futile. I suppose if I was nicer I could make a difference but then I see how patient folks like you and Silverfiddle are and it seems to fall on deaf ears. It can be stressful.
    People do hear you and people DO change. I used to be a bleeding heart Leftie. Look at me now! LOL! Mean to the bone!
    Be safe and enjoy your family.


  4. Enjoy your hiatus Les. It does the mind good to step away from the fray every once in a while to recharge the mental batteries. Be good and stay well.

  5. Wow. I didn't that coming! This sucks.

    Please understand this: It was not a "misguided belief." I learned from you. I hope you learned a little from me too. You reinforced my faith in humanity. You reminded me that conservatives and libertarians, Christians and Republicans are people just like everyone else - smart, funny, caring, moral, ethical, human beings. And you love your country as I do, and that means a lot to me.

    I hope one day you blog again. Just remember, as with everything else, it's about moderation. That's why I don't keep up on my own blog that much. It takes too much time. I like the company of my wife. I'm not giving that up for blogging.

    And with that, thank you yet once again for showing that conservatives and libertarians, Christians and Republicans, are people just like everyone else - smart, funny, caring, moral, ethical, human beings.

    Have fun man, JMJ

  6. Just don't make the same mistake as so many have and just stop. Cut back ... I have seen so many just quit for months and then post and wonder why no one read it. They've moved on, and thought the author had too. I'll keep an eye over here at your place.

  7. Les,

    Take a breather. It's completely understandable. Sometimes it's like trying ice skate uphill, or pee up a rope during a hurricane. Frustrating. So frustrating.

    We'll be here when you are rested up and you return.

    Donald in Bethel, CT

  8. Les: I know how much Rational Nation USA means to you, and that you put a lot of thought into this decision, therefore I won’t even attempt to try and talk you out of it. I just hope you know that I don’t believe your efforts were in vain. I believe you did make a difference, even if it wasn’t in an earth shattering way.

    I hope you get the rest you so rightly deserve and have some great quality time with Mrs. Rational Nation.

    I’ll be here when you get back, because I have faith that you’ll return re-energized and ready to go---I also think that blogging gets in our blood and we just can’t help it!

  9. Sound like the right thing to do. That being said, I will miss your incites and hope you on occasion post again. Like Odie I plead with you to not stop all together, but just cut back.

  10. Yeah, take a break! Life isn't bad once you realize politics isn't everything!

  11. Thank you all for your kind words and insightful comments.

    Hope to be back in full swing sooner rather than later. Time will tell.

  12. I understand about your real life getting in the way from your blogging.. All the best to you Les, and please return, we need people like you to say it like it is. Stay well and come back to us soon, your informative words and your talents will be missed. We all need a break now and then.
    Thanks for all you have said in the past.


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