I have decided to retire from politics.
Over the years, I spent an inordinate amount of time in the production of independent, political media. This was my hobby, and I was as passionate with it as someone would be with sports.
In 2008, I launched ‘The Grant J. Kidney Revolution’. This was a part serious, part ‘troll’ platform from which I could communicate political thoughts, as well as poke fun regarding hot button issues in such ways that could be construed as ‘satire’ or ‘parody’.
Just as entertainers and musicians adopt ‘stage presences’ for themselves, so too had I developed an online character which represented a mix between comedian Andrew Dice Clay, and radio host, Michael Savage.
As an admitted ‘shock jock’, my game was to utter politically incorrect sentiment through a wide spectrum of media, including blog posts, podcasts and video. Despite working very hard to make a name for myself in the world of politics, I knew at a base level that the business of indie, conservative commentary just wasn’t a sustainable effort in the long-run.
We live in a very corrosive and polarizing time where one is forced to pick a ‘side’ in the political arena, and to duke it out with the other team until ‘ultimate victory’ is achieved. This is what I did for the longest time until having been made completely worn out by the process.
Though I remain conservative in as much as political leanings are concerned, I have nevertheless lost all drive to continue broadcasting political views to the wider world. This is why I’ve chosen to delete my public social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
Social media is a progenitor of many of the problems we face as a society. In my situation, I was defamed by some Internet users, while supported by others. In 2018, a search for ‘Grant J. Kidney’ yields many results ranging from online forums where I am ruthlessly attacked, to various news articles where some of my tweets were embedded for discussion purposes. Online hate mobs event went as far as creating fake tweets and spreading artificial rumors in order to further damage my name and reputation.
At this stage in life, my goal is to pursue other hobbies and professional interests. It isn’t that I ‘conceded’ to far left hate and attacks, it’s just that I’ve come to understand that the world is so much bigger than politics and social media.
Lastly, I just wanted to transmit that beyond anything I may have said in jest or during serious political commentary, my aim and intent was always to be as entertaining as possible. And though some may not have been able to interpret when I was being silly or when I was being serious on the Internet, I am nonetheless happy that I’ve chosen to exit the political world so that I can be true to those who matter most in life, as well as become a force for good in future work that I do.
Thank you for your time.
Grant J. Kidney