Welcome to BlogD v.2
With the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, it is hard not to feel a certain urgency in seeing that this rather grievous error is either corrected or, at the very least, substantially mitigated in some way.
One of the problems with what you often see in popular media is that the important issues and information get buried, obscured, or simply ignored. The press does a horrible job, with everything from inherent biases to a cowardly desire to avoid being smeared as partisan simply for reporting facts as they are; false equivalencies and normalizations are rampant. Conservative politicians and pundits have become experts at “playing the ref.” Social Media will show you stories that are being under- or mis-reported, but is rife with fake news, petty name-calling, and a general distaste for critical thinking in general.
What we need are sources of information that distribute information that is not tempered by fear or favor, but remain objective and reliable in reporting information while also providing cogent and useful commentary to help read between the lines of a situation.
That is, in essence, the mission statement of this blog.
Starting in 2003, I began blogging at this URL after becoming alarmed at the direction the nation was taking, and began commenting on the actions and policies of the government—initially, to be certain, as a kind of personal catharsis, a shout into the Internet, hoping for recognition of how our principles were being dismantled along with the bedrock foundation of the country on a number of levels. Soon after I began, I started blogging on a daily basis, and maintained that pace for more than five years.
With this reiteration of the blog, I hope to return to that task. I may not be able to post every day, but I will post often. This time, I will also seek others who wish to take on the same task and welcome them as co-authors for this site.
I hope you will visit often, participate in discussion, and contribute what you can.
The foundation of our Democracy depends heavily upon a well-informed electorate, and the current media is poorly suited for that task. Please join me in an attempt to rebuild a small part of that urgently needed cornerstone of our society.