Daily Archives: October 9, 2011
This being my first blog I thought I would simply start out with an introduction to who I am, what you should expect in these post, and just a quick overview of my basis for why I may or may not support an issue or set of or ideologies.
The foundation for most of my beliefs comes from trying to see life in perspective instead of a simple emotional response. Think of the question, is it better to save the many at the sacrifice of the one or very few? A simple hypothetical situation I’m sure most everyone has heard, but is there really a fair or correct answer? What it boils down to is a process of weighing both sides of an argument and making the hard decision based not only on what’s ethically right or wrong, but understanding that life is not always fair. Unfortunately for us our society is set up where we depend upon “sacrifices”, if you will, in order to maintain the lifestyle many want to enjoy.
I’m not going to get into that right now as I fully intend to write a blog soon about the necessity of the poor and uneducated to maintain a successful society.
As for me immediately I’ll say that my ideas are often controversial and complex. I’m definitely a “big picture” kind of person. I believe just because you don’t agree with something doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
I’ll tell you up front, if you’re a Republican and read my blog you’re probably rarely going to agree with me. Not because I’m a liberal, in fact I didn’t call myself a Democrat until recently, but because my opinion of the current Republican party is all or nothing. There’s no perspective. No big picture thinking. It’s become a party of talking points and rhetoric (I’m sure many on the left believe it has always been). It’s been consumed (more so than ever) by hypocrisy and irrational thinking that if you don’t subscribe to the new wave of radical ideas (I know I know, Republicans they’re not radical…most of us boo gay soldiers, cheer letting a hypothetical man die all while applauding executions while believing we live a life though Jesus Christ as caring good Christians…duh!) you’re either a R.I.N.O (Republican In Name Only) or a radical liberal out to destroy America.
In reality I’m a fairly conservative person socially, but consider myself progressive economically. I’ve never quite understood why Democrats are labeled liberal one second than blasted for tightening regulations the next. Wouldn’t liberals be the party that pushes for less regulation and smaller government *coughRepublicanscough*? This country though describes their political parties based on social issues rather than economic issues.
When I express my viewpoint on a particular issue I never expect to really change anyone’s mind. Lets be honest, most Americans on both sides of the political spectrum are so misinformed about even the simplest ideas of politics it’s comical they get so up in arms over complex issues, yet probably couldn’t tell you the difference between the Senate, the House and Congress. I do hope however that even if one in one hundred people take something I say and it makes some kind of impact or opens their eyes to a different perspective than it was successful.
I believe strongly that the biggest failure in life is the failure to try. We may fail 99 times out of 100, but at the end of the day your one success is greater than the success of the person who failed to try.
In summation, I’m a conservatively social guy, with a progressive economic ideology that’s open to new ideas and differentiating perspectives. I have a strong opinion, but I’ll always explain why I think or feel a certain way about a particular issue, never simply leaving my explanation to a simple “because it’s unfair”. All I ever ask of someone is if you have an opinion please have facts or logic to support it. Just because you read it off a MSNBC or Fox News headline doesn’t make in factual, nor does it make you in any way informed.