My name is Stephen Mozier, and this is my blog. Welcome to it.
I have a few things to say in my first post, and so am glad to finally get things off of the ground and out into the open, unpredictable internet.
First and foremost, I am a proud American, grateful to be a part of this great country. I am in sad agreement though with the character of Will McAvoy from “The Newsroom”, in that we are no longer the greatest country in the world. We were once, and we could be again, but years of liberalism have led to a nation of self-doubters who are afraid of being great. I am not one of them though, for like Will I believe we can be great again if we commit to it. I am committed to it.
Second, I have Myasthenia Gravis, a neurological/autoimmune illness that complicates my motor functions and causes a variety of difficulties, both physical and mental. Still, I am able to work, drive, and get around with some occasional help. Overall, and despite the illness, I am an optimistic man.
Third, I am happily married! My wife (whom I will refer to as “The Lady” in my posts) and I have been married for almost 27 years. She is from the Philippines, and became a proud US Citizen in 2008. She is also a devout Republican, just like me! Together we have two daughters, now both adults. They too are devout Republicans! We raised them right.
Fourth, I am a Roman Catholic. Now this one is complicated, for the institutional Catholic Church and I have a difficult relationship. I once was studying to be a Permanent Deacon, but then my studies were derailed by my illness. When my health steadied, I tried to resume my studies, but was told that “other issues” would not allow it. I would later learn that my support for the Tridentine Latin Mass (though not at the expense of the modern Mass) is what was meant! Now I will admit that my stubbornness and tendency to be snarky with the corrupt and incompetent leadership (particularly in my diocese, Pensacola-Tallahassee) also had a part in this, but that is just me – I tell it like it is. This all has led to complete alienation, but I am all right with that; my conscience is clear. Thankfully I have not lost my Faith, for that cannot change. I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart, and know Him as my Lord, God, and Savior. I love the Church despite the way it has treated me, and will not be leaving it. I am glad to be Catholic, even if the institution is not glad to have me.
Finally, I am a devout Republican. Though I could mark the moment early on (at 7 years old!) when I watched Nixon win the 1972 election, I officially became a Republican upon hearing Ronald Reagan for the first time when I was 10 years old. It was 1976, and he spoke at the Republican National Convention. I watched his speech, and was moved to stand in front of the television in awe of the man. He did not get the nomination that year, but by 1980 he did, and I was promoting him throughout my school and to as many people who would listen to a 14 year old boy! I proudly voted for Reagan in 1984 on my first presidential ballot ever cast, and it still holds in my mind as the most fondly recalled political memory. I believe the Republican Party upholds the best of what it means to be an American, and so am proud to be a part of it.
All right, that is enough for now! That went on longer than I expected. Anyway, it is good to begin my blog, and I will keep in mind a goal that I declare now: with God’s blessing and wisdom given to me, I will make this the best personal blog on the internet.