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Milazz On Politics Blog Launch

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

About ten years ago (right around the time of the 2000 elections), I started an e-mail dialogue with my uber-conservative uncle about national politics.

When it began, it was just the two of us. Soon we increased to an audience of one or two immediate family members and then to an audience of more relatives. As the years went on, we added more family members, friends, and acquaintances. As it expanded, it turned into a forum for many people to express various opinions from all corners.

In 10 years, there was a lot of water under that bridge: Bush v. Gore, 9-11, two wars, lots of tax cuts, Hurricane Katrina, Tom Delay, Nancy Pelosi, Obama vs. Clinton, Obama vs. McCain, Sarah Palin, a Great Recession, the stimulus, Health Care Reform, the Rise of the Tea Parties… and we debated it all.

This space is a natural outgrowth of that 10 year conversation. But since there’s probably a number of our audience members who don’t want to be constantly barraged by my e-mails, some people might want to avoid the requisite pitched battle that inevitably ensues from the exchanges that I have with my uncle, and many of you may just want to tune in whenever you feel like it, I am pleased to present to you

For those of you that don’t know me, let me give you a little info about me and what you might expect to find on my site.

I am a long time San Francisco resident and a political junkie who has been writing about politics for years. My politics are left of center, but I’m skeptical of extremism on both ends of the spectrum.

I support a basic social safety net, but I think that we need to pay for the benefits that we receive and that continually running structural deficits is a recipe for disaster.  

I’m passionate about preserving and expanding civil liberties and defending against efforts to rollback those liberties, but I also understand that a war against non-state actors necessitates adjustments in the way we view those liberties.

While I support a strong military, I’m skeptical that we need to spend 12 times more than our closest rival to ensure our security.

I believe in negotiation and diplomacy as a first option, but as Neil Young said, 

 ”…I believe in love… but I believe in action, when push comes to shove.”

It’s clear to me that the past few years have shown us just how broken our political system is, whether you look at the drive-by-media, the polarization that exists between the two parties, or the structure of the institutions that are designed to make sure that nothing gets done. What has resulted is a complete failure of the political system to deal with the many real challenges that we face as a country.   

I watch my fair share of MSNBC and the Daily Show, but I also force myself to read opinions and hear the ideas of people with whom I wouldn’t usually agree because I believe that no side has a monopoly on the truth. 

I do have a Master’s in Political Science, but as Bob Dylan said,

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

Anyway, welcome to the site.

If you take a look around, you’ll find some personal reporting, some personal opinion pieces, some links to other people’s opinions, links to things that I think people should also be looking at, or things that just make me laugh or smile. I hope to also incorporate some of my continuing debates with my conservative uncle, so stay tuned for that as well.

In the meantime, take a look, see if there’s anything that interests you and feel free to comment on anything that you agree with, anything that outrages you, makes you laugh, nod your head or roll your eyes.

If you like what you see, bookmark me or forward to a friend.