“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” –Rumi
In the past I have turned to my blog to post fiction and poetry, to post rants and vents, and to post thought-out and targeted arguments for and against various social issues. I don’t plan to change that modus operandi much. I will still post random videos, thoughts, and stories. However, I’m also taking this opportunity to go back to one of my first real loves: politics.
I’m sick of southern, old-fashioned, and sensitive sensibilities telling me what I can or can’t do, say, or wear. Yes I’m female, yes I have an opinion, yes I’ll voice it. I’ll question people and push them for answers because someone should. There should always be someone in your life who pushes you outside your comfort zone. Someone who helps you question the world and opens your eyes to more possibilities than you were ever aware even existed.
Growing up, I was convinced I would be a lawyer and a politician but like for many other people life happened and I changed my mind. I’m also a woman and I hear we tend to do that a lot. Regardless, I still love the thrill of the debate, learning and exploring policy and candidates, and ultimately coming to a conclusion.
The last time I was this charged up I was in college in Oregon. I was a conservative in a liberal town at a liberal college and I was studying political science; it was also 2004 so believe me when I say it was rough. I couldn’t understand where people were coming from, the issues that came up I’d never encountered before in small town America. For an unrelated reason, I left Oregon never learning what I feel I should have. It took many experiences and people to change around my way of thinking but now I wonder how I truly think and feel about things. Am I still stuck in my country ways or has living in cities finally opened my eyes? I don’t know but I sure want to find out.
Today I am re-launching Short and Loud as a more focused machine. While there will still be changes over the coming weeks I do have an end goal. My blog will still see short fiction and I am sure the occasional rant however for the rest of 2016 I plan to focus mostly on politics. Any time the incumbent can’t run there is always more interest and movement on both sides of the aisle so what better time to engage in something that has made my blood flow for years? Therefore, I plan to use Short and Loud to address topics from an unbiased or, at least, a searching-for-my-truth perspective. There are so many people in this world, especially women, who aren’t allowed to have a voice because of the country or region where they live, their religion, or the fear of radicalized warlords. I live in a place where I am allowed to not only have an opinion but I am able and encouraged to voice it. By the end of this journey, I hope I’ll feel confident in who I vote for as the next President of the United States; not necessarily confident that my choice will win but confident that I’m making the best choice for me and my future. It’ll be a journey of self-discovery that I’m inviting you all on.
To keep myself consistent and as neutral as possible, I will approach each topic in the same way
1. Pick a topic
2. How do I currently feel about the topic?
3. A history of the topic. Including if necessary: Constitutional interpretations and Supreme Court cases
4. A rundown of where each candidate still in the race stands on the issue
5. I will reexamine how I feel/think about the topic and come to a new conclusion or confirm my current position
6. Finally, I’ll pick a candidate who “wins” for each issue
By doing this, I hope to create for myself a litmus test to judge candidates with in the future and in the process learn who I am in my core. I think if I know how I feel about a topic then it’ll be much easier to weed out the politicians I disagree with. I have a list of topics I am hoping to cover moving forward however I am also open to suggestions. If there is an issue you would like to see a breakdown of in a non-biased way and simple easy to understand language please let me know.
Welcome to my machine.