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About dwalters

My name is Derrel Walters. I was born in Oklahoma - the son of a construction worker and a stay at home mom - in June of 1981. We moved around a lot. I grew up half in Texas and the other half in the Cherokee Nation. It is no wonder I ended up a neo-conservative. Fortunately, I discovered Ron Paul during the 2012 campaign - later better than never.

I was the kid that took everything apart. Always curious about how things worked and interested in learning something new and useful, much of my life, I have lived inside of my mind. Now past thirty, I'm still not shy to take apart broken technology. I repaired my old Playstation 3 on more than one occasion - more interested in the repair than playing games. I have always believed that I can fix anything.

Following in the footsteps of my father - who is still my best friend in the world - as soon as I turned eighteen (the summer before my senior year in high school), I began working in the dirt excavation business. By the time I turned twenty, I was a proficient and versatile operator of heavy equipment (a finished blade hand - for those in the business) and at the top of my crew. Convinced that my career would be stationary for years to come - until I was promoted to superintendent - I decided to attend college.

(As many older folks remember what they were doing when they heard the news of the Kennedy assassination, when I first learned of planes flying into the Towers on 9/11/2001, I was sitting in a company truck on a construction site preparing to begin a new project constructing a building pad. That job site is an indelible impression on my mind.)

In 2002, I moved back to Oklahoma to pursue my education. I attended a community college at first - earning my AA in business administration. During that time I worked at a boys' home, in a door factory (repairing doors with Bondo and/or operating a forklift), and for a business installing residential Dish Network satellite systems. I remained a neo-con.

The next logical step was to attain my bachelor's degree. Living fifty miles from the university I attended, my undergraduate experience didn't include much partying with my fellow students. I taught the kids in the Education Department on how to put together their online portfolios and tutored the students in the Chemistry Department on chemical theory in order to earn money. I enjoyed both. As the top chemistry student at the university, I was convinced by a $10K scholarship to change my major purely to chemistry. I attained my bachelor's degree in chemistry and minored in mathematics. I remained a neo-con.

Next - and still my current station in life - I began graduate school at the University of Arkansas (having been convinced by professors that this is what a person of my caliber an aptitude should pursue next). During my graduate studies - beginning in 2008 - I've met, including but not limited to, people from China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Argentina, Columbia, Nepal, and the list goes on. Discussing the opinions of my colleagues, I began to question my worldview.

Then came Ron Paul. Having had my head in the books since 2002, Ron's 2008 campaign came and went without notice. I had just started graduate school, and politics were a heavily neglected pass-time. During graduate school, I had learned about the rest of humanity (It does exist outside of the United States). Then, in 2011/2012, everything came together. The world was fucked. It became apparent that my previous held beliefs were nearly completely bullshit. I was no longer a neo-con.

Since that time I have struggled with my position. I quit graduate school after my fourth year because I recognized there were more important problems to solve other than those in the scientific community. After taking a year off, I returned. It depresses me that my pay is stolen from the taxpayers. I wish I could promote liberty full-time rather than attaining a degree that will only serve to impress others. I do not value today's degrees. In my opinion, experience is superior to, likely, forgotten teachings from the classroom.

So, here I am, formally introducing myself to the DailyPaul after writing approximately 300 articles on this site.

I have become consumed with liberty. My mind keeps me convinced that no other problem is worth more of my attention than our current predicament. Most of my other endeavors have become unproductive because of it. I wish I could promote liberty full-time (My resume is impressive and I'm willing to share it with you - email me at dwalters@uark.edu). Liberty is my passion.

I've come to learn, the State is not great. (Surprise... surprise)

I'm Derrel Walters - an individual. That's all I know how to be.

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P.S. I've used marijuana since I was thirteen years old. And soon, I'm expected to finish my Ph.D. - which I likely won't use (since most research is funded by the State). The demonization of cannabis is despicable. Those motivated can achieve whatever they wish - despite their use of nature's medications (which have been part of life for thousands of years). By the way, I quit smoking cigarettes at age 29 (after 17 years). That shit will kill you.



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I used to be a karaoke king...

I remember anytime I ended up at a new bar and they had the karaoke going, I was likely to get a couple of free drinks.

I'd be stoked to have a get together with some folks from the DP - even if it ended up on the down-low.

Nice!

That's my kind of gathering…the down-low kind where nobody even notices it's a gathering.

If only we weren't all so darn far apart.

I'm fairly certain the only location that can pull people from all over the country with ease is Las Vegas, but there may be some personal bias leaking through here….

http://lionsofliberty.com/
*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

Denise B's picture

Lol!

Yes, karaoke by all means! Although I would have to warn people to get the ear plugs out for me....singing is NOT one of my gifts! That is amazing about your dad, guess it just was not his time yet. You are very blessed to have such a good relationship with him and that he is still with you. Cancer got mine...seems to be an epidemic these days. I have never met anyone who enjoyed and loved life more than my dad and he lived every single day like it was a gift, even before he got sick. He fought the good fight with it, but they found it too late. It didn't keep him from doing everything he wanted to do up until the last couple of days. We even went for one last Vegas trip the month before he died. I aspire to live my life the same way, but some days it's easier said than done!

Maybe I'll do a post about the meet up and see what kind of response it gets. :)

I look forward to reading it

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you Derrel - that was fabulous

Very glad to have you here!

If you could promote liberty full time, what would your ideal way of doing it be?

Thanks again. I really enjoyed your introduction.

He's the man.

Having been tied up with graduate school...

I've mostly been limited to writing. However, I am very good with people - especially in person - and I'm also a very good public speaker. For example, although I don't take it easy on students, they tend to enjoy the classes/labs that I teach and generally perform better than those taking equivalent courses from other staff or graduate students simply because I'm very handy at crafting real world examples to break down complex topics. I'm a very proficient educator.

I also have pretty decent computer skills. I've programmed in C, C++, Fortran, Matlab, HTML, and Bash. I love the hell out of writing Bash scripts. It would be nice to employ some of that knowledge. I haven't done much of any web development (besides a project or two as an undergrad). However, I've purchased derrelwalters.com but haven't yet done anything with it.

I've come to the point now where working in the chemistry field seems less and less appealing by the day. The State is difficult to avoid when working in science. I wouldn't mind doing some private tutoring. At one point, I considered applying to work for Ron Paul's homeschooling endeavor but for some reason never did.

In my opinion, I have a lot to give. I'm an excellent problem solver, love to learn new things, and am a very good listener. I've never told myself I was incapable of doing anything (physically reasonable, of course). For instance, I'm incapable of touching the tip of my nose to the tip of my elbow and am too big to be a poll vaulter (6'7", 270 lbs).

At this point, I just want to exit graduate school. Once I learned about libertarianism - through Dr. Paul - my research productivity went to hell (Feynman suffered similar depression after having worked on the A-bomb and seeing its destructive capacity). I took a year off and thought that would help, but it hasn't. Now that I've been back for nearly a year, I realize I should have probably just gotten a job and started putting back money (as I spent my savings supporting myself during my sabbatical). I loved the coursework (4.0 GPA), but I no longer have any interest whatsoever in scientific research.

I applied for some different jobs over the past few days to see what was out there. I've now heard back from a few. If nothing better comes around, I may end up a property claims inspector for the time being (which I would very likely enjoy since I love being outside and meeting new people).

Know of anyone hiring? I'm looking and am not tied down in any way (besides taking care of my dog and cat).

I'm also a pretty darn good cook, and I love grilling and smoking. You should try my ribs!

A question...

just came to mind that have you ever thought of trying to use your PhD level of knowledge on chemistry in connection to marijuana research or cultivation especially as you have been a pot smoker since 13 years old?
Could there be any other fields of life where you could use chemistry-based perspective in order to promote liberty-issues?

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

I would love to be in "the business"

We almost got medicinal here in Arkansas in the last general election.

I love growing things and have a garden every year. It would give me a lot of pleasure to breed tasty strains and use my knowledge to help optimize the conditions. My dream in that industry would be to produce high quality seeds along with (potentially breed specific) nutrient packages and best practice guidelines & procedures for growing. One could further diversify into indoor vs outdoor strains.

I've also considered the quality control side of it. I'd want to develop sound and reproducible sampling & testing protocols. From what I've heard, current results are extremely variable in the states that have it. I'm confident that if I had the appropriate equipment at my disposal, I could soon remedy much of the inconsistency.

Things in common...


Like our brother Derrel, I too can fix anything! :-)
And also like our brother Derrel, I too have become consumed with Liberty.

This "about" thread is cool and I expect many others here to post likewise!
Those of us on the ark should strive to know each other better.

I have recently revealed parts of my self in an Indiegogo video.
(In the 2nd video, you can see that I not only fix things...sometimes I "break" them and make them...better!)
The only response I received was from my Daily Paul Brothers and Sisters.
My awesome Daily Paul Brothers and Sisters!
You can check it out here. American Nomad on Indiegogo.

Exercise Liberty...Consume thyself with Liberty!


America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

eloquently spoken, fascinating, Dwalters.

thank you, dwalters for sharing this with the DP Community.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Thank you!

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TwelveOhOne's picture

I hope that some day I can introduce myself as eloquently

Nice to meet you, Derrel. Together we will restore liberty. I love the positive in your words.

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
http://fija.org - Fully Informed Jury Association
http://jsjinc.net - Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy healing)

Thanks for the kind words!

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ChristianAnarchist's picture

FOR LIBERTY !!!

FOR LIBERTY !!!

Beware the cult of "government"...

A pleasure

to meet you, young man.

jrd3820's picture

I love these types of posts

I wish more people would make these. I suppose I could also. Anyways, nice to formally meet you. Way to push through the world of academia. While I agree that having a degree of that level doesn't necessarily mean much in the real world, it still shows a certain amount of knowledge in said subject area and discipline.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

ecorob's picture

I have read and been impressed by your articles...

for a long time, Derrel.

Its good to finally "meet" you.

You sound like you could be any one of us and that is what the establishment neocons fear; that we will come to understand that we are mostly all alike and should not fear one another.

Thank you for your post.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Thank you for your comment

I appreciate it.

scawarren's picture

Are you in Fayetteville or

Are you in Fayetteville or Little Rock?

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

Somehow, I was under the impression that there were more than...

two towns/cities in Arkansas, but falling into your categorization, I happen to live in Fayetteville. :)

scawarren's picture

LOL well you said the U of A

LOL well you said the U of A so.... you're thirty five miles from me :)
You don't by any chance ride do you? I think HVACTech does and I believe he told me awhile back that he was in the mood for a road trip :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

Ride?

I've been known to ride horses.

scawarren's picture

Sorry I meant a bike like a

Sorry I meant a bike like a Harley; horses are cool too but I don't have one of them :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

lol

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now that y'all have ganged up on me....

I guess I am the one who should travel.
I have met 7 or 9 from the DP. and I highly recommend it.

email sent.

scawarren's picture

Ahh... :)

Ahh... :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

BMWJIM's picture

Lol! I guess it is about time

I took a little ride north to maybe meet a few new friends.

Jim

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

can you guess which Kenny I am?

this was the BEST time of my life.

email replied

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Hi, Derrell,

pleased to meet you. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir