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Friday, September 05, 2008

Political Blogging

Lately, I'm guessing you've seen a lot of "I've never been a political blogger and I've never talked about politics on my blog, but...." kind of posts. They're everywhere! And I'm excited to see them. I've always been a political junkie (I know, hard to believe!) and I've always been an informed voter, especially on local issues where I'm rabid on local politicians and issues regarding our little city. I'm up on the state politics, which is why I rant on and on about Mitt Romney being the son of the devil. And right now, I'm all caught up in the national elections.

I'm thrilled to see that blogging has brought political discussions to the forefront. I think it's great that people are feeling comfortable enough with the blogging platform to take the step to reveal your political disappointments and to tell your readers what you think about the issues. The more we all blog about the upcoming election, the more we all become informed on the issues.

Without blogging, all the news about Sarah Palin would have remained with the traditional media and we would never have heard about most of her interesting background. Would her daughter's pregnancy have been revealed without a blogger finding out about it first?

Without blogging, I doubt that Obama would have gotten as far as he has. Bloggers picked up his campaign and ran with it, and that "community" support online has given a huge boost to his campaign both financially and informationally. John McCain, who has admitted his lack of knowledge about technology, didn't use the internet, and hasn't had the vast support community of bloggers that Obama has garnered. Much to his regret, as the Sarah Palin story hit the airwaves. Bloggers have clearly stated their opinions on Palin's choice, both positive and negative. They have dug up information about her background that would have not hit the light of day otherwise. They have joined together to create sites that support their parties and their candidates. And they have done so with an energy that any Presidential campaign hasn't seen ever before.

I grew up in a family that revered politics. Around our dinner table we debated different policies, we discussed the cold war, Viet Nam, the Women's Movement, Human Rights, Apartheid in South Africa, and the racial imbalance at home. My mother was a rabid liberal who voted so far left that you've never even heard of some of the candidates she supported. My father was more a mainline Democrat, but boy, they argued like crazy over their views. My father was more fiscally conservative than my socialist mother. My older sister sided with my mother, as did I, and my brother was somewhat of an anomaly like Alex P Keaton. He was (dare I admit it?) a Young Republican. How embarrassing is that? And he's remained a Republican, albeit a very liberal one most of his life. But he does not support the Bush Administration and he is not voting Republican in this election.

Like my upbringing, the Boy and I talk politics all the time. The Girl is interested in some issues, especially surrrounding women's health issues like birth control, sex education, and abortion rights. She's rabidly pro-choice. I never was the kind of parent that didn't let my kids watch the news. In fact, I don't understand WHY a parent would do that. On 9/11/01 my kids were 8 and we watched the towers fall together. We watch debates, we discuss things in the news, we hoot and hollar over candidate's inconsistancies and gaffs. We talk all the time about how the country could be improved, what we would do if we held the power. I don't think my kids will ever be as ignorant as John McCain assumes women are. I believe that if you teach kids about the issues, and talk about the pros and cons of issues, explaining why republicans won't understand that taxing the rich, taxing corporations, and ending a useless war that is costing the country not only huge financial loss, but the repercussions as well. We talk about unemployment rising, food prices rising, people making bad choices about the vehicles they drive. We discuss how each party views the future, and how the future is way more bleak for average Americans when the average wage earner gets a 3% raise and inflation is 5% nationally.

Which is why I want to urge every blogger, EVERY BLOGGER, to talk about politics. To hold discussions about why issues are important to you. To inform, to learn, to ponder. It's an important time now, the few weeks before we vote. Tell your readers what you think. Tell us how happy you are, how angry you are, how disappointed you are. And keep telling us. This is the time when you can divert your blog from whatever niche you're in, and start thinking about the issues. The more informed we all are as voters, the more this election will energize those that can't decide or who just don't care. The goal is to get everyone to vote. EVERYONE.

Help yourself to a button!

<*p><*a href="http://outtamymindwithworry.blogspot.com" title="blogpolitics""><*img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3211/2831744225_120754a179_o.jpg" width="135" height="160" alt="blogpolitics" /><*/a><*/p>

Remove the asterisks in the <> commands and install the code in your sidebar.

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9 Comments:

Blogger PunditMom said...

Everyone blog politics? You know I'm all about that!

5/9/08 10:33 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Me too, and if you can, encourage the movement on your blogs. The more we get people to step outside their comfort zone and start talking about issues close to their hearts, the more we all learn from the process.

6/9/08 12:24 AM  
OpenID cahwyguy said...

Well, I've certainly been talking politics this week. Hopefully, you've been following it; if not, just visit http://cahwyguy.livejournal.com/tag/politics

We need to talk about it more, and to have some intelligent discussions with folks out there.

6/9/08 12:28 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Thanks, Daniel. I'm glad you agree! I've been reading. Believe me, I'm reading like mad!

Help yourself to a button!

6/9/08 12:47 AM  
Blogger Jendeis said...

Great idea!

6/9/08 12:33 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Like it or not, politics are important. My son was a public radio addict from a young age. My daughter is a strong liberal and an aspiring photojournalist. Husband? He has to follow his passion quietly because he's employed by a major media outlet.
I'll take a button if you tell me how to install it....

6/9/08 1:05 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Daisy, to install the button you need to go into your template, decide where on your sidebar you want to install it, and then just paste in this code:

<*p><*a href="http://outtamymindwithworry.blogspot.com" title="blogpolitics""><*img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3211/2831744225_120754a179_o.jpg" width="135" height="160" alt="blogpolitics" /><*/a><*/p>

Then remove the asterisks in the <> commands. It should work just fine.

6/9/08 3:13 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

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7/9/08 3:56 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Got it! Thanks!

7/9/08 4:05 PM  

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