I’m a political writer, which means I’m also a passionate political reader … and talker … and philosopher. I make no representations about whether I’m good at any of those things or not. Let alone great. But I do what I do. And I love it. And people pay me for it. So it seems to work for the time being.
I love the public policy aspect of politics, but I hate the politics. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, even when they don’t agree with me. One. Single. Bit. And I try to take everybody seriously. Until I can’t.
All I ask for is consistency and consideration. I’ll do my best to give it to you. I ask that you give it to me.
And I believe that in the process, we’ll find that we can agree on most things. At least the majority of things. And I think we can also agree that this is one of the more important times in the history of our country.
I was recently listening to the book, Bowling Alone, by Robert Putnam (yeah, I know; I meant to read it for the past 17 years and it finally made it to the top of my reading list). I was struck by this statement, “Volunteers are more interested in politics and less cynical about political leaders than non-volunteers are.”
The more detached we, as citizens, become from our communities, the less apt we are to trust those running them. The more good people, engaged in the process, are harassed and abused by those who disagree with them, the less engaged we will become. All of us will suffer. The nastiness needs to stop. Each one of us must be willing to stand up, declare truth, listen to opinions we don’t understand, and frankly, do more to love our fellowman.
I’m here to start a conversation.