Blogging. I used to have a political blog from late 2008 through early 2009, but took it down after I realized it was almost absurdly all over the place. I have the entirety saved in a text document and go back every now and then to marvel at my ability to say so little in so many words. Mostly due to my regret at having not blogged in 2007 and early 2008 at the height of presidential primary and election season (when I had a lot to say), I decided to start another blog, specifically focused on the 2010 elections and relevant news, trends, polls, and whatever else. It's now been about five months, and my paltry amount of clicks is about 1/30th what my old blog was--which wasn't even doing that great.
It's not for lack of trying, per se. Initially, I was just hoping that tweeting out links to my posts every time I updated would do the trick, but it really hasn't. The mild amount of traffic I do get is from commenting or people blogsearching topics that happen to direct to my blog. Anyway, the point is, I'm trying to find ways to increase traffic. I'd say it's just that my writing isn't any good, but so far I haven't gotten enough views for anyone to even have made that judgment in the first place. What makes my blog different than others is that I give insight into the momentum of individual campaigns and overall party dynamic--and that I specifically focus on how events or ideas are shaping the 2010 election cycle. I keep current, and I try to add a few different or nuanced angles or thoughts to recent stories or polls. [20/10 Blog]
Don't Ask Don't Tell is going to be less strongly enforced, as of today. Opponents should begin to understand that an outright ban on homosexuality in the military is never going to happen, and repeal of the DADT policy is just another one of those inevitables that's going to happen whether this or a future Congress or President asks for it, pushes for it, or does nothing. It's going to happen. Gays and lesbians will serve openly in the United States military, in a matter of years if not over the next 12-24 months. Whether you agree with this or not, we must be diligent in keeping it a matter of military readiness. I separate this issue quite distinctly from anti-gay discrimination (hate crimes, employment, etc.), and gay marriage. All three are separate issues that raise separate questions.
"Health Care Reform." I am deeply concerned that Republicans in power are going to compromise (or already have). They opposed the bill in its entirety before it passed; they should oppose it in its entirety now. Already, they are accepting the 'pre-existing conditions' ruse. We've all heard the analogy of this being equivalent to forcing companies to offer fire insurance (and pay on it) after the house has already burnt down. Well, that analogy still applies, and should be repeated.
What's worrisome is that we're already hearing that such provisions are "not controversial." Where do these people get off? Do they not understand that citizens are angry not because a few of the provisions go too far but others are alright; they are angry because there is no legal or moral authority for the federal government to be involved in health care, insurance, personal medical decisions, corporate welfare or corporate mandates. Period.
Apparently, they really just don't get it. Notice how the bar gets moved: "moderate" now means supporting the health care bill legislation half-way. The "conservative" position is now that it is a federal issue, we would just spend a little less money and be slightly less intrusive.
The conservative position on federal involvement in medicine is so radically different today from what it once was (see Ronald Reagan, 1961). Shame.
They really just don't get it.