500 blog posts should speak for themselves, but I'm taking the opportunity to commemorate the milestone anyway. It's a good chance to ask myself some basic questions such as, why am I still doing this? Do I have anything interesting left to say?
When I was about 8 years old, I put out my own newspaper. It was a couple of mimeographed sheets, titled The Sunday News, that reported on the doings of our neighbors and school and town activities. I enlisted a number of friends as reporters and delivery boys, and we charged a penny an issue. I think the circulation was about 50 copies. My newspaper lasted two or three years. All proceeds were donated to charity. All costs were subsidized by my parents. Thanks mom! (And happy 86th birthday!)
My hero, at the time I started my neighborhood newspaper, was President Kennedy, and I followed politics very closely. (I was kind of a nerd.) In my view of history, the early 1960's represented a brief shining moment of hope in which we managed to recognize civil rights and put into place major social reforms. That was followed by a few years of chaos, and then almost 40 years of darkness. For me, the 2008 Obama campaign represented a reawakening of hope and possibility. I am very conscious that this moment may also be fleeting, but it was powerful enough to re-kindle my boyhood passions for politics and journalism, and led me to create this site. I wonder what I would have done if I had had access to the power the internet now gives any of us--the power to put out a professional looking publication at no cost, and reach a potentially unlimited audience--when I was 8 years old.
My goals are fairly modest. Though I am grateful to anyone who takes the trouble to read my site, and happy to see readership steadily increasing, I would probably keep writing anyway just for myself. I don't aim to idolize anyone and I'm not looking for a savior. I'm just trying to promote the spirit of hope and change. I happen to think the best way to do that is to support the president unequivocally. He gets enough criticism elsewhere; what he needs is more support.
I'm a cynical, argumentative, irascible, and pessimistic person by nature who is attempting to articulate a relentlessly positive point of view. I'm tolerant of all ideologies except for the ideologies of hate and fear. I'm very interested in promoting respectful dialogue among people of different views, but I don't shy away from mocking the opposition when they deserve it (which they do frequently!). I have some definite policy preferences, and some pet issues, but I'm not really trying to promote an agenda here, beyond being in favor of hope and change, and against hate and fear. Anyway, I'm more interested in process than policy. I'm looking forward to my next 500 posts, which I expect will carry me through the 2012 re-election campaign and beyond.