05 September 2008

Politics: Fair Warning (aka I've lost my resolve)

I'm finding that, the closer we get to the election, the more difficult it is to separate my political passions from the rest of my life. Frankly, I don't really want to. So I have to ask myself, why am I trying so hard to keep the politics off my blog? Am I afraid of offending potential customers? (That can't be it, I'm doing nothing to attract customers and have little to offer a customer when they stumble across my work on their own.) Am I afraid of loosing friends? (Everyone who knows me in the "real world" knows where I stand. I seldom have conversations with any of them that don't touch at some point on something related to current events.)

I'd like to offer a compromise. I will make every effort not to sneak politics into "regular" blog entries and will try not to put other content in my political posts. This means that, if I have a studio/life issue to write about, it will be in its own post rather than mixed with a post about politics or what I've been doing at the Obama office. I will also, promise the following:

1. I will write life/studio posts first and political posts second so that if time is short the "on topic" posts will not loose out to politics.

2. Political posts will be easily identified by subject line and with a clearly political image. (i.e. The Obama logo above right which I've modified to add the Dayton skyline for use in conjunction with my local campaign activities...)

3. I will try to continue using my blog on my.BarackObama.com for the majority of my political blogging.

That said, I'm prominently placing a pro-Obama/Biden graphic in the sidebar of this blog and adding a link to the my.BO blog in my blogroll. I really want to be respectful of those with opposing views but I'm afraid that lately I've felt that avoiding these subjects is disrespectful of my own very strong feelings. (Just because we disagree doesn't mean that we have to venture into unpleasant territory.)


LittleWit said...

I really admire your political activism. I have found myself lately biting my tongue very hard because it's just not worth the anger that results when trying to question someone's stance. I wish we could retain to the days of polite debate. That was one of my favorite past times in college. :)

www.pepperpaints.com said...

Good for you! I haven't even blogged this week because I am so caught up with the whole thing. I found a local phone number and saw your mamas group on the obama ohio page! I am going on vacation for the week but may try to call before I leave. I am really excited to help out-especially with my kids!

Andi said...

One of the reasons that it is so important to include our children in this effort is that the type of change we're talking about requires direct involvement that doesn't end when the votes are cast. I've met a lot of people through the campaign and a great many of them seem to really understand that we are seizing control of our lives and our futures with this election. Unfortunately, there are a few (thank gods there are very few) who will ultimately be disappointed because they think that they can return to their normal disengaged lives after the election and everything will automatically get better because the "right" guy is in office. It doesn't work that way... That's the old model and will only get us the old results.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious.

Now that the election is long over, are you happy with his presidency? Did he accomplish what you thought he would?