Taking the first steps has always been somewhat of a difficult process for me. I have a nasty tendency to find a spot, settle in, and make myself comfortable. Whether it’s a place, a mindset, a situation or just getting off my ass to start a new project. There comes a time however when staying put becomes more uncomfortable than trying to gear up and do something.
For those of you who have been paying attention, you might have noticed I just recently had another birthday. I had intended to use that landmark as a jumping off point to rekindle this blog, as well as a couple of other writing projects floating aimlessly around in my head.
That was two weeks ago. So…umm…. yeah. Like I said…
I should start out by saying thank you to the reader who took the time to respond to my last post. And offer a sincere apology for taking so freaking long to approve it. One of these days I’ll write out a list of why I tend to procrastinate.
Anyway, I found your reply very well thought out, articulate and thought-provoking. Except for a couple of minor points, I found very little I had any major disagreements with. I still stand by my position on the Electoral College for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that doing away with it would take just one more power away from the states and giving it to the central government. And there’s been way too much of that shit already over the last couple hundred years. Yes, every other elected official is determined by popular vote, however this was not always the case. Each state was able to determine for themselves how to appoint their Senators to congress until the 17th Amendment told every state that their Senators had to be appointed by popular vote. Senators are supposed to represent their states, not the people directly. That is the House of Representatives’ job, to represent the people directly. It’s the same with the Executive branch. The President is supposed to represent the states, not the people directly. If we do away with the Electoral College, we just as well erase every state border on the map. The lines would be all but useless. (That however is an argument that can be expanded on in another post.)
One of the challenges I’m finding myself with in trying to maintain this blog is choosing topics on which to write about. There are many things wrong in the world today. Of course there are many things right as well. Hopefully I will be able to touch and expand upon both.
I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers. I don’t believe anybody does, in spite of the many who seem to claim otherwise. After all, the main mantra of this blog, and in my life is general, is “Question Everything”. Hopefully in the process, minds will be expanded, beliefs will be challenged, and people will think in ways they hadn’t considered before. Myself included.
In many areas -most of them actually- we seem to be having the wrong conversations. We seem to be talking at each other a lot more than we’re talking with each other. And many of the viewpoints seem to be based on a lot of assumptions and misconceptions that have little or no basis in fact or evidence.
Hopefully my work here will help to change that. In any case, it may prove to be a wild ride.
Fasten your seat belts.