I have degrees in political science and law, but more than that, I have spent a lifetime paying attention to the political scenery.
I grew up in a household where politics was at the heart of nearly every dinner table conversation. Not in an esoteric or overly academic way — you never heard my parents throw around words like “neoconservative” or “geopolitical” — but in a highly pragmatic yet deeply insightful way. My parents understood that the decisions that were being made by our elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels impacted us and other American families in very real ways. They dissected what was going on in Washington DC and in our state capital and they discussed the ways in which legislation and leadership affected our day-to-day lives.
Because of this, I saw that politics really matters. It matters to our bank accounts and our education and jobs and our health. And legislation has a deep and lasting impact on our overall well-being.
So I learned to pay attention to what was going on, and I learned to see trends and consequences and long-term impacts. As I grew older, I realized that many of the things my parents predicted, even those which may have seemed alarmist at the time, have in fact come true. And I can look back and see clearly how the seeds that were planted many years ago have taken root and grown into the political landscape we see today.
I bring this knowledge and interest (some would say fixation) to my everyday life and to conversations with my friends and my own children. And I hope to be able to share what I know in a way that is easily digestible to readers who haven’t before given much thought or attention to politics or even current events, and to make people see that by becoming more engaged, we can — all of us — begin to have an impact on the decisions and decision-makers who impact our lives every day.
These posts are inspired and informed by the hours spent with friends and family, at lunch, at dinner, and over coffee.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.