My friend C.J. Nitkowski likes to remind me that I hate punditsâ€”yet I’ve sorta become one via this site. I would disagree with this point, in that what I hate about pundits is how networks like CNN, MSNBC and FOX hire them to give political insight, and 99% of the time they spew party loyalty.
Since this is my blog, and I can write whatever I’d like, I don’t qualify. 🙂
So, with a handful of complaints about my political blogging (“Stick to sports!”), I wanted to express why I choose to do so here.
For the past eight years, I have watched on in great sorrow as George W. Bush has, in my opinion, guided this nation in the most disastrous fashion of my lifetime. Everything is based on partisan politics. Nobody has been asked to sacrifice. We attack nations without proper cause, hold people without pressing charges, offer tax breaks to those who deserve no such benefits. I respected Gerald Ford; I was disappointed by Jimmy Carter; I disliked Ronald Reagan; I tolerated George H. Bush; I loved-then-loathed Bill Clinton. But neverâ€”everâ€”have I completely mistrusted a president until George W. Bush. That, more than anything, is why I blog about politics. Because, while I want my book to sell well, that interests me considerably less than the future of this country. I cannot take another four (or eight) years of Republicanism in the White House. I look at John McCain and I see a man I once admiredâ€”but a man who has lost his way. Who picks a running mate after meeting the person once? Who bases his energy policy around “Drill, baby, Drill!” Who still thinks we can attain “victory” in Iraq? (I don’t mean that it can’t end relatively well. But clearly this is not a win-or-lose conflict) I am sick and tired of this, and I don’t want to sit on the sidelines any longer.
If this causes you not to buy my books, I understand.