I’d like to welcome everyone to my first ever blog. Up to this point I’ve had the bulk of my political conversations on Facebook wall posts and thought it was about time to move to another venue more suitable for these kinds of discussions. Despite the fact that I find politics fascinating I certainly understand that not everyone shares my passion and enthusiasm for the subject. So here I can engage in political discourse and debate without running the risk of offending someone that is too closed minded to talk about hot button issues with people from the other side of the political fence. And let’s face it; some people are just too hot-headed to talk about politics in the first place. Hopefully those types will steer clear of this blog.
I’ve entitled this blog Solfisco which stands for Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative. I picked that name because that’s about as close as I can get to explaining my political position in a nutshell. That doesn’t mean that this site is only for people of the same inclination. I welcome everyone that has an opinion, even if those opinions are the opposite of mine (I guess that would be a conservative spend thrift, i.e. Dubya).
I would like this site to be a place where people can have candid conversations about politics, the economy, the state of our country and the upcoming challenges we face. I also want to focus quite a bit on sorting fact from fiction. Much of the rhetoric from inside the beltway, as well as many cable news programs, is nothing short of propaganda. Often there is no truth behind the words our politicians speak. They say things for no other reason than to get public opinion behind them so that they can win elections and push through their agendas. Unfortunately, it works. Many everyday people have made decisions based on that disinformation that ended up being against their own best interests and that of the majority of the people in this country. I have listed a couple of links on this page for two of my favorite non-partisan, fact checking sites: Politifact.com and FactCheck.org. If you have never checked either of them out I highly recommend it. Let’s put it this way, if everyone in this country took the time to check out those sites, and held our leaders accountable for when they lied and misled us, we wouldn’t have half the problems that face us today and this would be a much better place to live. Sadly, most people either don’t know where to find this information or they’re just too lazy to look it up. I’m trying to change that, even if it’s only a person at a time.
So feel free to post away. All that I ask is that you keep the discourse as civil as possible with the people that disagree with you. Most of the information that I have learned over the last few years has been as a direct result of research that I did to refute a point someone made on Facebook. That research was often very eye opening. Sometimes it solidified my argument and occasionally it changed my opinion. Either way, I am better and more educated for having had the debate. So never discount the value of a dissenting voice and always try to keep an open mind because you never know, they might just be right!