I started this blog for three main reasons.
The Pompous: To express a point of view that, frankly, I think the world needs to hear. I don’t expect this blog to change face of political/social commentary, but for the moment it’s one of the only forums available to publish my ideas. Facebook and Twitter updates are terrible ways to express intelligent opinions on complex issues.
The Practical: To practice writing and debating about important things. Since graduating from college, there are few opportunities to do either, and I don’t want to get soft.
The Humble: To refine my own perpetually evolving ideas. I love the opportunities for discussion that this blog offers. If you disagree with something I post, tell me. I’m not looking for feedback just so I can argue with you. Thoughtful debate allows me to continually develop my way of thinking. I post and respond to as much thoughtful feedback as I can.
A freelance political consultant and writer lamentably stuck in D.C. Former Democrat, currently registered independent.
Wondering what qualifies me to write a blog about politics and society? Well, I have a computer. Unfortunately, that’s really all you need. If you’re wondering why my opinions carry weight, well that’s an entirely different, and still unanswered, question.
I could tediously list my academic credentials or the experience I have working in politics and political organizations, but I really only think of those as a compliment to my real education. As Mark Twain once said, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education”. But since academics aren’t entirely irrelevant, let me just briefly say that I have a B.S. in Sociology and I’m currently towards a masters, and eventually a Ph.D. in Political Sociology.
I confess that I am young. However, I have always retained a powerful drive to understand a perplexing, magnificent, and brutal world as much as one person is able. I’ve spent my life actively seeking out different perspectives. For example, I’ve spent time in an Evangelical Church as well as with one of the most liberal Senators in the U.S. Senate. I’ve worked in barns and investment firms. My family has been on welfare and members of country clubs, lived in big cities, small towns, and suburban communities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. I’ve been to four continents with a full passport that includes places like Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Honduras.
I am a deeply spiritual person; a professional cynic and a passionate optimist. I’m a patriot. I like whiskey, football, and fishing. I like to cook and try to eat organically as much as possible. My life goals are simply these: I want to be with the woman I love, raise a family, work hard in a rewarding job, never stop learning, and contribute a little sanity and progress to a world that often needs it.
In the end, I’m just an American who believes what I think most people believe: that life is bigger than politics.