I don’t consider the goals of this blog to be all that ambitious. If you pay close attention to media today, however, my comment may seem naive.
You see, at first blush I seem fairly unusual for the political blogger. I identify neither as a Democrat or Republican. I’m neither liberal or conservative. I hold beliefs which some may label as “liberal” or “conservative”, but they vary greatly.
For example, I am stridently pro-life. That means that I believe in the sanctity of all life from conception to natural death, which means I’m against abortion (a “conservative” position) and against the death penalty (a “liberal” position).
The problem isn’t with my political viewpoints. In my view, my opposition to abortion and the death penalty are as congruous as any two political positions can be. In today’s polar political environment, however, those position are too often seen as being incompatible with one another.
The problem rests with the labels. The parties. The special interests. The artificial identities by which people allow themselves to be labeled. My goal with this blog is to press beyond those labels and give voice to a middle way of approaching political issues.
I know my “middle” is not going to be the same as the “middle” for other people. The key to being a centrist is understanding that we can have differing beliefs but still work together to solve problems in our society. Merely “playing for the other team” shouldn’t be an obstacle to dialog, understanding and compromise. In fact, there shouldn’t be “teams”. We should all strive to improve the world in which we live, even if we sometimes disagree on how to get there.
This blog is very much a work in progress, and it could radically change in the coming weeks and months. I look forward to your input. Feel free to comment on any or all posts on this blog. All I ask is that you follow a few basic guiding principles while posting:
- Keep your discussions civil. My disdain for labels is magnified when it comes to name-calling or personal comments. Focus on the issues, not the persons involved.
- Remain on topic. If you believe there’s an important issue that I’m not covering, send me an e-mail. I’m certainly open to exploring new issues or topics.
And, yes, as you may have ascertained from the name of the blog, my focus will primarily be Texas. It is my home, and my primary area of interest. I will, however, frequently comment on national and international issues, as Texas is often affected by such topics as much as any other state or country.
Let the dialog begin!