Here in “Shiny’s Political Corner” you’ll see a side of me that you don’t usually get to see on this blog. I prefer to think of myself as an entertainment and, perhaps, humor blogger. I don’t really think I have a specific theme to my blogs, but I’d like to feel that they delve on the lighter side of life and that people see them accordingly. Nonetheless, there can also be a serious side of Shiny, and I hope people are okay seeing this facet in a blog post.
You may be wondering: why blog politically if the blogosphere is already oversaturated with those of all opinions and stances who are far better educated on the issues than I? Where are my credentials to make a statement on the politics of a candidate, you may ask? Do I have any educational background which make my political opinions noteworthy? I must be honest and tell you that I may not have as many credentials as those who primarily blog politically, but I still feel validated in occasional political blog entries such as this one because I’ve experienced politics simply by living life as a member of a society.
After all, I find it quite natural for everyone — be it someone who usually shows apathy towards government in general to those who follow it intensely (as we find quite a few of the latter living so close to the Nation’s Capital) — to be intrigued at the process in which we create rules and norms of a society as well as, in our type of representative political body, selecting folks whom we feel will stand up for the values and mores we hold dear. Be it a nationwide election or something which remains solely on the very localized level, I think people like to know that there is some higher-level mechanism which exists to keep order in a potential chaos of social interaction.
And that’s why I feel like my opinion on subjects political can be stated here on my blog, if occasionally. I understand that many of you steer clear from mixing politics and your own lighter-fare blogs for very valid reasons. (In fact, they may be similar reasons that I’ve been using for quite a while,) All I ask is that you read my political blog entries with an open mind, knowing that you need not agree with me, but that my opinion may be as valid as yours.
It may come as no surprise to many of you that my political leanings are all over the place: there are many issues on which I side with the left, many on which I lean to the right, and many which have such radical ideas that they don’t fit with either camp. It’s important that you don’t assume a political affiliation based on a political point of view expressed in the vacuum of a single, political blog post. I urge you not to pigeonhole me into a specific construct of a single political party based on statements I make when I’m writing with my “Shiny’s Political Corner” hat on.
Also — I welcome and encourage comments and dialogue on these blogs as I do with all of my other blog posts. All I ask is that you treat other commenters and me with respect, regardless of political affiliation or opinion. It’s really the give and take of the forum of blogging which makes these discussions valuable. Furthermore, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t use my comments as a place for you to grandstand a specific political stance on your proverbial soapbox. I’m not a fan of comment moderation or editing, but if things get out of hand I’ll have to resort to doing so. Please — let’s not let it get to that point.
So — now that we have this introductory disclaimer out of the way, please allow me to wax political for a few moments as I present:
Shiny’s Political Corner: November Reign
So — It looks like it’s going to be McCain and Obama in November.
Well — how about that…