Friday, December 25, 2009

Two Year Anniversary

A few days ago marked two years that I have been writing this political blog. I've had a blog for my law firm for five years, but I didn't get addicted to blogging until I started blogging on politics. I started doing that on the Obama campaign website, in the days leading up to the Iowa caucuses. My first very short post, on December 20, 2007, was on global warming. My second post was about health care, specifically about whether Barack Obama was more likely to get it done than Hillary Clinton. It is interesting that we are still talking about the same issues that we were talking about two years ago. It seems likely that we will still be talking about these issues a couple of years from now.

What started as sort of a diary or commentary on the campaign, became a way of communicating with other people interested in the campaign, then a partisan political tool, and later, when I moved the blog to my own site shortly before last year's election, became a celebration of the spirit of hope and change that seemed to have seized the nation.

Right now my main purpose, aside from writing about whatever comes into my head, is simple: support the president. This is still a somewhat strange persona for me to adopt, since I think of myself as something of an iconoclast, and since there has not been a president since JFK that I have spared from relentless criticism. But there seems to be plenty of criticism to go around right now from both left and right. I feel no desire to add to it, and I feel that the administration needs support more than ever. So I just try to keep the tone positive, without verging into foolish optimism or becoming a knee jerk apologist for the administration. If I feel the urge to be critical of the administration, I try to restrain that urge, or I do it in the kindest, most constructive way possible. I wonder if maintaining that point of view makes me an unreliable source, but I don't think so, since I retain my critical faculties and my legal training in precision and accuracy. I welcome dialogue with people of all political persuasions. I am excited to see readership gradually increasing. And so I plan to keep at it.

4 comments:

  1. Good to see you questioning yourself. I do the same. The administration's action on the wars, health care, bail outs and his filling economic positions with ex-Goldman employees who carrying Goldman water insist that we question him.

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  2. Regarding your unwavering support of Obama let me refer you to Shakespeare:

    "Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, The pretty follies that themselves commit."

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  3. I don't think I'm in love with the president, and I don't think I'm blind to his faults either. I just feel like there is more than enough criticism around, and that no purpose would be served by my adding to it.

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  4. Not wanting to contribute to the noise and static is a good idea but not looking at someone and their ideas for what they are, and thus turning a blind eye, is just as bad I think.

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