PoliticalProgressives’ Triumphant Return (But Politics is Still Messy)

By YeOldeScribe ~ August 17th, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been far too long since we’ve said this, but welcome back to PoliticalProgressives!

The demands of our author’s summer camp are over and he has successfully studied for and passed his GRE exam. It’s hard to imagine that those two things are all that have kept us away from blogging these past two months, but employment and securing exemplary test scores so our writer can get into grad school required his full attention. It was a hard choice to make, though – we can’t tell you enough how much this blog means to us, and it pained us to not be able to update it every day this summer as we had so faithfully done in months past.

On top of that, this summer was rife with political happenings. We missed covering the debt crisis, the Iowa Straw Poll, people coming and going from the Republican Presidential Race, and so much more.  Oh, and those minor recall elections we had in Wisconsin.

Yeah, we didn’t miss anything major at all.

Our apologies feel a bit meaningless, but we’re still going to send them out anyway: to our loyal readers who checked every so often to see if we updated, we’re really sorry. When our writer works for his summer camps, he’s with the kids 24/7, and even on days he has “off”, he’s usually still working for the camp in some respects. And studying for the GRE really paid off; our author posted some pretty killer scores. Ironically, he did better in math than in the vocab/reading/English section. Again, we can’t say how sorry we are, but rest assured we missed you even more than you missed us, and all the time off was for a good cause.

But now, there’s work to be done, and a lot of it. We’re going to try not to recap many of the events that transpired during our hiatus, because if you read this blog, we’re assuming that you’ve kept up to date with most of the political happenings. In fact, we’d once again like to caution against using this blog as a source of news. That’s not the purpose of this blog (or any blog, really). Blogs don’t provide the news, they offer commentary based on the news. We highly recommend going to CNN.com to get a (mostly) unbiased source of news – their objectivity, accuracy and speed are just some of the reasons why we link to their site so much.

That being said, we’re still going to cover those events by giving our analysis on them. For example, we’ll be spending all next week taking a look at the debt deal. We’ll examine how things worked for Republicans, Democrats, Obama, America and the world as a whole. After that, we’re going to give our reactions on the recall elections, and take a look ahead to a possible recall of Gov. Walker in late 2011/2012. Interspersed will be commentary from news as it happens, as it is our goal to never fall that far behind again. But perhaps we’re looking too far ahead of ourselves. Today, we’ll simply address some general thoughts we have about the political process these days. (Yeah, we’re not exactly doing metaphorical heavy lifting today, but it’s our first day back, and we’re really looking forward to what we have on tap.) Tomorrow we’ll take a look at how the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination has shaken up, and on Friday we’ll do a reader-requested expose on Ron Paul; specifically examining why he’s not getting the attention from the media that some feel he deserves.

So, politics. Now, more than ever, politics can be considered a four letter word. It’s always been one of the three things that you never talk about with a stranger or a date, but now it seems like it’s something best left alone even amongst friends. It may seem silly, but our author has just gotten so upset with some of his Facebook “friends'” statuses that he’s flat-out unfriended them. There’s only so much nonsense (like “I’m not going to the state fair until next year because concealed carry will be in effect then and I need to protect myself from gangster hoodlums” or “Walker has the right idea”) that can be tolerated. But has politics really become that caustic? Sadly, the answer is yes.

Look, hopefully you’ve noticed that we try to preach moderation and centricism. But at some point, you’ve got to call dumb ideas for what they are, and both sides of the aisle have been chock-full of them (although we’ll contend Republicans more so than Democrats). And people don’t like to be told their ideas are stupid, even if they really are. We feel like that’s the biggest problem right now: there are so many pressing issues facing our nation that some dumb ideas are bound to not only come up but be considered seriously. It’s a good thing we have a leader at the moment who is not reactionary in nature and who is willing to negotiate, even if it hurts himself or his party. We’ll discuss more on Obama in the weeks to come (especially next week when we take a look at the Debt Deal), but let’s just say that we’re of the opinion that Obama has been one of the only bright spots when it comes to recent politics (and even he’s made his share of mistakes).

We have so much more to write about, but we’ll wrap it up for the night. Remember to keep checking back every weekday for a new post now that we’re back in action!

Man, that felt good…

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