04 December 2008

No More Whining. Oh, and Reactions, Too.

I've had a couple thoughts simmering lately, and they merge rather well. (h/t: Chantilita & Jenn)

Politics - and political blogging - self-selects for those with a tendency toward fault-finding.

And while it's important to discuss the issues we face, it's easy to let the tone slide from "serious" into "depressing."

So... I'm still going to cover the issues, but I'll try to keep more of the moping out of it, LOL - and to that end, I'm adding a "Reaction" box you can check if you think I'm sounding whiny.

On that note, yep, there are "Reaction" boxes now so you can check your assessment of each post if you'd like... if you have suggestions for more "Reactions," please leave a comment! Thanks!


its just me said...

I think you're always informative.

Jennifer Dunn said...


Chani said...

That's cool! I've had to curb my whining lol

Carissa said...

I think we NEED "fault-finders" when it comes to politics. They serve a very important role regardless of their views. They help keep issues in the spotlight and encourage discussion and education. I'd take that over apathy any day.

Not everyone is born with an opinionated and discerning interest in the complicated ever-changing political scene coupled with the guts to say it out loud. What talent :)

(And let's be honest- there is no way some news can not come across as depressing, no matter how you say it)

Carissa said...

Hey, I just found some quotes to back me up!

"Suspicion is a virtue as long as it's object is the preservation of the public good, and as long as it stays within proper bounds... Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force you are inevitably ruined." Patrick Henry

"It is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion." Hamilton

"I am jealous and suspicious of the liberties of mankind... Suspicions in small communities, are a pest to mankind, but in a matter of this magnitude, which concerns the interest of millions yet unborn, suspicion is a very noble virtue." William Goudy (spokesman from North Carolina)

If people call you whiny, just tell them your suspicious :)