So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night!
My name is Michael Badnarik, and apparently, I am dead. I am not communicating with you from “the great beyond”. I merely had the foresight to write this while I was still a viable consciousness, and I asked a friend of mine to post this to my website for me after I was gone. This gives me the opportunity to write my OWN eulogy.
If you knew me while I was still warm, you probably noticed that I lived my life by MY rules, and never allowed someone else to dictate what my values were going to be. Now would be a good time to cue Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way”, which I frequently sang in the shower. It disappoints me to think that this quality made me so unique. I encourage everyone to stop being so submissive, especially to nonsensical government edicts. In short, grow up and “grow a pair”.
The things that I hope I am remembered for are my honesty and integrity. I often told people, “Don’t ask questions that you don’t want the answers to.” It never helps anything to be in denial. My father was a role model for integrity, and my experience in Scouts reinforced the idea that a truly good and respectable man was someone who was trustworthy. I tried very hard never to make promises I couldn’t keep, and I definitely never made any idle threats. Most people could tell by the look in my eyes that I was more than willing to carry out the “negative reinforcement” that I was promising.
From an early age my life was one adventure after another. Scuba diving, sailing, mountain climbing, white water canoeing and rafting. Don’t forget skydiving, but that came later. I was lucky enough to go through life without much fear of anything. Keep in mind that fear is a symptom of ignorance. If you are afraid, the simple solution is to learn as much as you can about that subject. When you know what you are doing, the fear simply goes away.
– Michael Badnarik
“It was just so FUN being ME” is something I will never forget Michael saying about his amazing life. I had the honor of having Michael support my campaign for Congress in Colorado and was able to spend this last year hanging out in Texas and not causing near enough trouble for the powers that be. I will be keeping his website active, and working on printing his books for the future, as well as attempting a Constitution Class based off of Michael’s work sometime in the future. I will reach out to you via the email list (which you can sign up on via the website or email me to put you on) if you are interested, and will leave my information as well in case at some point Michael’s becomes inaccessible.
tisha.t.casida (AT) gmail.com