I feel very lucky that back in July of 2006, Arianna and I chatted at the BlogHer conference in San Jose and she immediately invited me to blog. Since then, I've managed to piss off, rally, inspire, and bore readers far and wide.
This site does a great job of giving voice to thousands, from celebrities to politicians to Moms like myself. It has also made me very aware of the power that comes with a loud megaphone.
Aaron Brazell normally talks tech and business over at Technosailor.com as Chief Editor, but today it's his turn with the megaphone:
Two Castles of Power
By Aaron Brazell
Every so often, in this nation, politicians with a variety of labels take an oath of office swearing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. In this declaration of Constitutional sovereignty, an act is played out for the people of districts, states and the country. Yet in, subsequent years, the two primary castles of power gain even more fortitude and immunity while the people of their lands fight among themselves over who who should be King.
Power is an absolute thing that, when given, drives the benefactor to more power. The United States today suffers from a two-party system which derives its strengths from each other. While Democrats and Republicans feign tortured political attacks and posturing, the system of governance that they have established for themselves gains more notoriety and further separates the peasants rallying behind their leaders.
Thomas Jefferson once said, "The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees, in every object, only the traits which favor that theory." In truth, this enforces a theory that the restlessness of the natives obscures their ability to revolt against this governance.
People often ask me how I'm politically aligned, and I happily turn that question down. The simple reason for that is that I simply don't believe in the concept of a two party system in this country of over 300 million unique individuals. Every four years, the pundits start calculation winning percentages and dividing the country up into red states and blue states -- and the maps are compelling! However, the percentages are always tight decided largely along party lines.
The parties exist only for themselves and their own power. They do not exist for the people nor are they representative of the people.
I suspect that many people who pull the ballot bar for John McCain this summer, will be doing so because they've been told to pick a side and stick to it. Voters notching their chads to the Democratic nominee will be doing so because they've been told that Republicans are war mongers and will kill puppies.
However, America is not a red and blue country. It is a country divided by a variety of principles and beliefs from a variety of cultures, faiths and persuasions. Most Americans, if asked to put aside party differences, are looking for a leader that can pull the country together. All, but the most activist among us, probably could list the top ten qualities they want in a president and largely match up on that list.
In November, I too will file a ballot. Who I vote for is far from determined. What I do know is that the political party has no bearing on where my political alignment lies. Americans should not vote for a candidate based on party, or gender, or race. Americans should vote for a candidate based on their deeply held principles and desire to see the country move forward.