Bodog Ari

I'm Ari Engel and am also known as BodogAri online. I've played poker for a living for virtually my entire post-college life. In the last few years I have started teaching people my style and philosophy on poker tournaments. Many of them have done very well. If you are interested in getting my help, email: thebodogari@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Concious of a Conservative

I strongly supported President Bush's election in both 2000 and 2004. (2004 was my first voting year ever.) I am proud to be a conservative, and I support most of the same stances shared by conservative politicians and voters alike.

I believe (that all other things held equal) the less government involvement in American's daily lives the better. The government does have obligations to help protect its citizens including but not limited too establishing a police force, army and general security infastructure.

The government is not there too to "improve" the lives of the average citizen! That is not their job, and frankly, the average 65 year old WASP senator has no idea what "improving" my life means.

"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness" - If 2 gay people want to get married, go right ahead, if that's what makes them happy. If 2 consenting adults reach a business deal, go right ahead, if that's what makes both of u happy. And lastly, if 2 (or 2 million) consenting adults want to play poker online, why the #&*% is our government (set up to protect our right to "pursue happiness") trying to stop us?

I really hope this is all one big joke. We are in the middle of a global war against a fierce enemy, who will stop at nothing to inflict any harm on us. Our borders security system is a joke. I haven't formed an opinion on the illegal immigration issues of the day, but the fact that millions of people have successfully entered our country, and we have no idea who/where they are, does not reflect well on an administration that touts its security credentials so highly.

There will be midterm elections in 2006, it is time for massive reforms in our system. Government has grown way too large. How many people know that their is an entire industry in Washington, that bribes congressman and senators, to take our money. The mainstream media likes to call them lobbyists. It is so fustrating that I have to put in double as many hours to live in the USA as I would if I lived in a low-tax country. And then they go and use MY (yes tax dollars are our money) to build railroads and bridges in towns in Alaska and Mississippi that connect towns of dozens of people.

This is not a conservative/liberal or democrat/republican issue. We all need to make it clear that our government has grown too large, and we will no longer accept these kinds of ridiculous behaviours by our legislators. The current "Goodlatte" bill is just one more straw. Mr Goodlatte it seems, feels that my daily activities of sitting in front of a computer, grinding away a living, working hard, making good decisions, being rewarded for risktaking, etc... is soo un-American, and pro-terrorist that I ought to quit my job, and go join a welfare line. In this way, I'd just be an added vote to the large government party known as the republocrats.

Tommorow (Thursday) P5's will be hosting a "call/write your rep. day". I beg all of you to do anything in your power to save our great "sport?" (and by sport, I mean no physical activity games)

If in the past, you have been inclined to vote for a big-government candidate, I ask that you please reconsider your beliefs prior to the 2006 mid-term elections. For the future of this great country, we need to dramatically (and I mean like 50%- it is huge- the budget is not readable). Only when the government returns to its core responsibilities will notorious ideas like getting involved in the Terry Schiavo case, proposing constitutiounal amendments to ban gay marriage each 4 years, and banning one of the most capitalistic games-online poker, return to the obsucrity that they belong.

Please vote small government, and tell your reps to get back to business and leave our business -poker, alone.

17 Comments:

Blogger Rod said...

I think it would be interesting to know exactly why they don't want us to play.

Is it because some poker players don't pay taxes on their winnings?

Is it because there is a wager between two or more people on a game of perceived chance?

Do they already know that it's a game of skill in the long run, but don't care?

They have reasons, and we know that. If it's because religious influence doesn't want gamblers, that's fine. Just tell us that.

We can't debate with them if they won't tell us what the debate is over.

I realize that they want to end online poker. However, everyone has specific reasons for making moves such as this, and I'm not sure they have fully articulated it.

1:23 PM  
Blogger rikercrystal said...

I agree Ari, nice post.

2:25 PM  
Blogger TheReader23 said...

Couldn't agree with you more.....on everything you've written.

8:33 PM  
Blogger moobypong said...

Ari, great posting. You have some great core ideas. If republicans could go back to their basic platform of low taxes, less government intervention, less federal control, etc, that would be great. Its difficult to even tell the parties apart now, cause they both just love to spend our money like it grows on trees.

You couldn't be more right about the poker. What a joke. I can play Keno and lottery all day long with a 40% payback ratio from the state government, but i can't play a game of long-term skill. Pretty funny.

Good luck, and great column today.

12:20 AM  
Blogger SHIPIT said...

Ari, Man we are much more alike then I even imagined.. A young(I'm older) conservative poker player, with some good ideas... As to Rod's post I think it's obvious that they want *THEIR* cut of all these millions of $$$ being gambled abroad... also I'm sure there is some money laundering going on through some of these outlets... Anyway keep up the good posts.. and tighter is righter then loose at final tables with out a big chip stack.. waiting for one good hand to double up works for me...whic also allows others to get knocked out as you move up...ps lost your email add, wanted to touch base before you leave for vegas so we can hook up Shipit

1:36 AM  
Blogger WeirdRash said...

Ari,

you sound more like a democrat than a republican.

Democrat == free speech, separation of church and state, individuals decide their values not government.

Lets put a stop to bible-yielding conservatives all telling the world how we should live, act and think!

7:04 AM  
Blogger SHIPIT said...

Weirdrash, Demorat = bigger government which leads to less free speech and less freedoms in general, liberals = weakness towards enemies like clinton and carter... both showed weakness and our enemies took advantage of them... unfortunately liberals are not for the people as they like many to believe.. they are for government deciding things FOR THE PEOPLE.... they are for many things which are plainly wrong.. abortion which is legal murder
Gay marriages which are to most plainly against God's intentions for us... as man and woman... and also goes against Christ's teachings of a man and a woman leaving their parents and marrying not 2 men or 2 women marrying..

They are for giving people fish instead of a fishing pole and helping them do it for themselves.. which in turn leads to millions being dependent on them which in turn leads to inner city decay welfare gangs etc.. try taking away that free money inner city poor people have come to depend on they will riot like spoiled children who have been pampered all their lives with parent who don't understand how to teach them to become self sufficient.. as to yoyur last thought about the bible if more followed it's teaching then we would be a much better nation... This counbtry was founded on CHRISTIAN principles and men of God like it or not...

9:56 PM  
Blogger rikercrystal said...

i dont get it Shipit, you say you and Ari are so alike..... but he's jewish and supports gay marraige.


oh well

1:34 PM  
Blogger Alex Martin said...

i wish you guys would get that twat out of office. We need to sort out global warming and human population control ASAP and the emerging world won listen to us because of the "you do it so shy cant we bullshit".

Poker.
This entire bil is about $ and taxation. In fairness, poker players should be taxed. You use roads and went to school didnt you?

v.good read Ari, keep up the fine work.

5:48 PM  
Blogger SHIPIT said...

Riker, I'll let you slide since you are 19 lol.. Ari and I are alot alike when it comes to politics.. He sees clearly, although he did say he supports most of the stances of conservatives... yet he feels it's ok for gays to be married..

They can do whatever they like as far as I'm concerned also but do not push your gay agenda on me or mine then I will have a problem and then they will too... Many do do that, especially the hard core gays... I bet if you ask Ari if he feels it's right morally he will say no...

Lastly.. Ari although a good poker player has more value as a conservative but you guys can contine to put him on a pedestal, as long as he's sharp enough to throw in these conservatives ideas I LOVE IT!!! lol

12:30 AM  
Blogger rikercrystal said...

lol i see, thanks for letting me slide :)

7:52 PM  
Blogger Domine Rex said...

Ari I was conservative for the same reasons as you...too much power in the federal government being truly an unnecessary evil. However, the power that favors limited government also has a nasty habit of bigotry towards minorities, i.e., blacks, gays, immigrants, aliens...that party also has a habit of inhibiting freedoms that theoretically they should be foremost in trying to protect. And whether it is the governments job to ensure that millions of its citizens don't starve to death or not I'm glad that they do. I'm also glad that there is a conservative movement in America though. A balance is extremely necessary as I have seen the terrible consequences of communism.

Anyway good luck and yeah you can just move to the Bahamas and play poker Ari. The scenery will be much nicer anyway

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