It is time to revive this blog. "Revive it?" You ask, "It was barely a newborn when you killed it!" This may be true. Shuddup. But on this, the day after our country accepted Senator Obama as the "Change We Need," I find myself needing to do something more than watch Chris Matthews wet himself on MSNBC. Don't get me wrong... I am watching Chris Matthews wet himself as I type. I just said I want to do something else in addition. That intangible "thing" I want to do is express the joy and hope I am feeling today to anyone who wishes to read it, but even more, I want to take part in the community responsible for holding the media, the legislature, and the executives responsible, with unfiltered, progressive blogging. That's what President-Elect Obama has done for us - he has inspired us to participate in the discussion, to act, to stand up, make our voices heard, and all kinds of other cliches that we can be proud to promote. My goal here is to start a movement (can one person begin a movement? I believe we saw it happen over the last 20 months) to not only frankly discuss progressive policy and those enacting it, but to hold those we've elected responsible. To encourage a responsible electorate. And to encourage a responsible media. I love me some MSNBC. But I can also Pbbttt my tongue when Chris gets a tingle up his leg or Keith gets a little too indignant. I cannot, at this point, find anything at all wrong with Rachel Maddow. If you can, you're probably a bad person. (Yes I'm kidding... but I really, really like Rachel!) My point here is this: what good is the work we have done, this historic election we have fought so hard for, if we don't hold these good men and women responsible? If we don't encourage them to work with their opposition in Congress, to appoint moderate judges, to discuss issues openly, even daring to appear on the television shows of the opposition, and most importantly, to keep their promises? George W. Bush in 2000 promised to reach across the aisle and work with the Democrats to enact legislation that would move the country forward. Instead, he filled his cabinet with his unqualified cronies and with their help hijacked a party that used to stand for small government and fewer infringements on personal freedoms, transforming it into a party that has "promoted larger government at almost every turn." No one held this man accountable, and the politics of fear reigned for too long. President-Elect Obama, in my favorite line of his victory speech last night, reached out to those who may have been disappointed to see him win. He said, "And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn -- I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too." These are the words of a true uniter. The eyes of the world are on us. We have a long way to go to create real, progressive change, and just as importantly, to deserve our place in the world as a respected superpower.
Now, a little about me: I'm 24. I grew up in the U.P. of Michigan, in the border town of Sault Ste. Marie. I went to college and came into my own in the great city of Chicago, Illinois, at Loyola University. While there, I worked for the Fund For Public Interest Research (FFPIR), which at the time raised funds for the Human Rights Campaign, Save the Children, Illinois PIRG, and The Sierra Club. I interned with Senator Durbin, the senior Senator from Illinois, in the summer of 2005 (the year after Obama was elected as Illinois's junior U.S. Senator). I graduated from Loyola in May 2006, and earned my Master's degree in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University in August 2008. The next fact I mention because it is an important part of my history and my present: I was an Air Force ROTC cadet throughout college and am now an Air Force officer. I am proud to serve my country in uniform. And most importantly for you to remember, dear readers, is that nothing written in this blog reflects in any way the views of the United States Air Force or any of its members - except ME. I will occasionally write from the perspective of a military member (because it adds another dimension to my politics, don't you think?) but again, I am not writing as a representative of the military in general nor of the Air Force specifically. Today, I live in North Las Vegas, NV, where I work, run half marathons, read avidly, write, and of course, am a happy, liberal, political junkie.
Now that the formalities are out of the way, if you're reading this first of many posts on my newly-political blog, you are probably someone who already knows me and who therefore already knew everything I just wrote. Please, link to me in your blogs, let me know, and I will link to you!