Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Introduction to Politics 101

Because I intend to write about political issues on a semi-frequent basis, I think it only fair that I be forthright about my political biases, such as they are, so my words can be framed in the proper context.

I attempt, to the best of my ability, to be objective when relaying information, and to avoid inflammatory rhetoric when expressing my opinions. I describe myself as a moderate, though perhaps not in the truest sense of the word. Instead, I “average out” to centrism due to my differing views on social issues (where I am typically more liberal) and economic and defense issues (where I am typically more conservative). (Or, in the words of Angus King, former Governor of Maine, “I'm too fiscally conservative for the Democrats and too socially liberal for the Republicans, like 75% of the American people.”) I abhor extremists on both ends of the political spectrum, as well as the type of political hackery and “political theater” that pervade today’s media.

It is not my intention to display a consistent bias for or against liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans, atheists or religious believers, or any other political or social subsets. The only group that I will likely be biased against is that of extremists of any stripe. Given the nature of political extremism in the United States -- that is to say, its relative infrequency -- I believe that this is a rather reasonable stance (except, of course, to the extremists themselves).

While I recognize that this may not be the most thrilling debut, I also believe that it is only appropriate to lay this information out clearly from the onset, so as to avoid accusations of attempting to cover up my “true” biases at a later point in time.

With that said, I hope my writings (on subjects both political and personal) can be appreciated by an audience larger than myself.