Who is the BasicMan?

I am the BasicMan. Nothing special. I’ve been successful and I’ve failed. I eat red meat, enjoy a cold beer and a good cigar. While I tend to lean right, I find plenty of room to find both sides of the aisle in Congress distasteful. Deficits in spine, integrity, honesty, a sense of humor, and loyalty, don’t play well. I am an avid capitalist and have confidence in the power of the marketplace. In spite of our faults, I think America is a great country and our constitution, an incredible institution. I respect the power of nature more than the will of humans therefore find major elements in the global warming debate to be incredibly arrogant. I root for the underdog and believe the unborn fit that category. With the exception of speed limits, I tend to follow rules. Nature is awesome; but without sports, music, and art; life would be beige. I love my wife and kids. I even like them. I know God and frankly, He seems to know me (why he should even care is still a mystery).

The BasicMan

The BasicMan

Pretty basic stuff. This site puts life on the table from that perspective. 

Trust me on this one: in spite of your education, wealth, and position in society you’re probably a basicman too. Read up, let me know you’ve visited, and show me what you got. Enjoy!

Cheers, SR, ‘BasicMan’


20 Responses

  1. I enjoyed reading one of your BasicMan articles. Just read “Who is the BasicMan?” and we have alot in common…amazing isn’t it?

    Just wanted to say hello and keep up the good work!

    Our very best to you and Patty,

    p.s. Have great spring!

  2. I dig it!

  3. Basicman, Very cool concept!! Seems we have a similar political mindset… Looking forward to sharing ideas, resources etc. LOOK,UP IN THE SKY, IT’S A BIRD, IT”S A PLANE… NO, IT’S BASICMAN!!!

  4. Between “BasicMan” & reflection from “Man of Leisure” I am a blesed man. Cheers

  5. … fun stuff! Come see us again!


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  7. Scott, well spoken ! I too have felt the same way for years. Unfortunately for those academics, although brilliant, common sense can’t be found in their text books or created in a lab. Lynn

  8. I always enjoy reading your blog. Hello from Michigan 🙂

  9. Lips!

    You have always been a hero of mine, although there are some questionable moments in there! But then, I’m not sure I want to hear your response about me! We have been in the best of places, and some low places….all is about how great life can be when you live it to the fullest. I’ll take some red wine, a great cigar and my beautiful wife and we’ll travel up to visit in your town, and maybe drink some of your red wine as well! Can’t wait. All the BEST! — Fast

  10. Hey Scott,

    Great seeing you folks this week. I did read a few of the postings and was delighted to know that I am not crazy.
    I’ll check in when possible. Stay the course!!


  11. Lips,

    Ike sent me your article. I am still in Newnan and jumped into the political arena: City Councilman. I am in my 4th term so I am either doing something right or no one is stupid enough to take on this position. Finally became a Delta pilot through NWA. Pulled out my USN dress blues and now I ARE one. I will read more of your articles. Tell Patty hello.

    A-7s FOREVER,


  12. I love your articles! Very smart and thought-provoking. Is there a way to subscribe or “like” you on Facebook? I found your blog on Western Journalism but I don’t want to miss anything. I am just on my little iPhone, and haven’t looked on my computer to see if there is an obvious way to subscribe.

  13. Robin,
    First of all thanks for your kind words. Sometimes these are in short supply when one takes a certain position these days …. Typically I write only 2 essays a month and I link them to Facebook and LinkedIn …. BasicMan has grown since I first conjured him up and your idea of his own Facebook page may be timely. Having just joined the Western Journalism team of writers it has grown BasicMan’s readership far beyond anything originally imagined …. (pretty humbling
    considering there I seldom write anything profound, just stuff that has been forgotten or overlooked)

    Cheers, BasicMan

    Sent from my iPad

  14. so you’re an extreme rightist, pro-life, global warming denier! But I love your style and am hooked. I appreciate the honesty, rare these days, keep it coming.

    pro peace

  15. Russell, so your a labeler! …that’s okay, I’ve been called worse! …. just to be precise – I am a constitutional conservative that leans on the libertarian side in terms of government size, structure, and power (limited), however find more than a few of their perspectives to be counterproductive … I am pro-life without caveat ….. I absolutely believe in global warming if it is accompanied by global cooling or temperature stasis, i.e. the earth warms and it cools and in terms of magnitude whatever man may think he does or has done to control the temperature thereof is at best -still rife with the conjecture of competing activists, talking heads, and scientists – and at worst – human arrogance in terms of how much he thinks he can control ….. and above all I am also Pro Peace that would love to see the heinous terrorists madness end …. anxious to read gellipower
    cheers, BasicMan aka scott

  16. Hey basicman, thanks for the response, and refining your self-definition.I find your ideals challenging because I live by a completely opposing tenet, and I find that intriguing. I believe that nobody is basicman, not me, not you, not anyone. I refer you to a quote, someone as loquacious as you will surely already have encountered, that sums up my feelings on the subject more succinctly than I ever could;

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson.

    Hope some of this resonates with you, I hope you do get a chance to stop by at gellipower, and I’m looking forward to reading more at your place.

    Love Russell

  17. ‘loquacious’? .. that hurts .. BRIEFLY, in response – parts of Ms. Williamson’s loquacious paragraph resonates

    BasicMan had to look it up
    Definition of LOQUACIOUS
    1: full of excessive talk : wordy
    2: given to fluent or excessive talk : garrulous
    Examples of LOQUACIOUS
    a loquacious and glib politician
    the loquacious host of a radio talk show
    long-cultivated dislikes and resentments, combined with a general expectation of coming apocalypse. He talked about these topics in a manner that managed to be tight-lipped and loquacious at the same time. —Ian Frazier, New Yorker, 22 & 29 Dec. 2003

  18. No offense intended, I simply meant ‘wordy’!

  19. Hi Scott! I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award. See what it’s all about here: http://venivixiamavi.wordpress.com/the-liebster-blog/

    Looking forward to some new posts!

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