After 11 months and 20 posts, I am ending the Admitted Liberal blog. It has been a great experiment that has provided me a better understanding of how the digital world works, both the technical and the societal, though I still have plenty to learn. I intend to explore future blogging options, but with a domain theme that doesn’t automatically revile nearly half of the nation or is limited strictly to politics.
I’ve enjoyed researching the topics, trying to reframe some concepts and hearing what my subscribers have had to say, both on-line and off. Unsurprisingly, not all of you agreed with what I had to share, but everyone was civil in their responses, which I appreciate.
I am not ending this blog due to a sudden disinterest in politics or the welfare of our republic. I will continue to act, phone, contribute and vote as I always have (and I hereby reserve the right to make the occasional political comment on any future blog platform I develop). But in addition to being literarily confined by the parameters of this blog’s domain name, I realize that I am for the most part, preaching to the choir. Fortunately there are a myriad of other sources—in print, on-line and on cable–available for all of my readers to get the information they seek.
I’m also ending this endeavor because I don’t feel that I’m helping to bridge the huge national divide. I’m pretty sure that none of the President’s guild are reading my entries, and even if they were, are not being swayed. It is a little fortuitous that between the second and third drafts of this post I discovered an opinion piece in the (failing) New York Times entitled When Smug Liberals Met Conservative Trolls in which the author attempts to diagnose why the two political flanks can’t find common ground. I admittedly do not and cannot understand why at least 35% of opinion-poll-taking American adults support the current POTUS. I cannot hear the reasons for their political views without becoming irate. The opinions they offer are based either on misinformation or disinformation, are often lacking in logic and are almost always revealing a selfish “what about me?” motive. Until I can find either the patience or the empathy required to calmly interact with those I see as the enemy, I believe I need to resist “feeding the trolls”.
Lastly, while I still believe it’s important to be informed and involved, the time spent researching and writing about our dysfunctional system can really take an emotional toll on one’s psyche. It is reassuring that there are journalists, columnists and commentators willing and able to keep up with the madness, but for me, the cumulative hours spent probing our current demise has intensified the dark disposition that many of us are experiencing each day. Why would I choose to end this blog the same week that we had the implementation of distracting tariffs, Gary Cohn’s departure from the White House, Stormy Daniels’ countersuit and the announcement of a bromance with Kim Jong-un? Exactly. While I really am optimistic about our future, my acute focus on events of the past year have sometimes left me feeling like a character in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, seeing no end in sight. The remedy, I think, is for me to impose a little distance.
To those of you who have inquired about my book, thank you for your interest. My novel was actually put into a medically-induced coma during the holidays and will now be undergoing fresh diagnostics, hopefully followed by a positive prognosis. I am retaining the addresses of those who subscribed to this blog and may generate a single, unsolicited email to announce a new blog roll-out or a book launch, should either of those events occur.
Thank you for your faithfulness and your encouragement. To end on a positive tone, I want to leave you with a quote from a dear friend of mine:
“In Mueller we trust!”