For too many years, I approached politics with the mindset of a sports fan. As long as my "team" was winning (which was infrequent) I was happy. When the other side won, I gnashed my teeth and consoled myself with self-righteous resentment.
Meanwhile, regardless of which team won, our republic has continued its rapid slide into unsustainable empire and forever war while the vast majority of us grow poorer.
I have had enough. I am committing myself to helping those who are trying to change the system not win the next campaign. I see glimpses of a new movement that would refocus our attention on improving the life of our local communities, that is based on a thoughtful conservation of the institutions that instill virtue and nurture the human spirit and that promote peacefulness without wishful thinking.
This does not mean that I will withdraw from our present politics. No, we must work the levers wherever and whenever possible. However, wherever and whenever I can I will try to shine a light on this emerging "third way" between our existing orthodoxies.
So, from this day forward expect a more intentional tone and sharper focus to the offerings you will find here. Time is running short but hopefulness is not.
Here is a paragraph from one of the first essays published on Front Porch Republic. Written on the heels of the economic collapse of 2008 it remains true today as both of our political parties stumble "half blind" towards our next crisis.
"...Democrats tend to be suspicious of big business but they trust big government to rein in abuses; Republicans express suspicion of big government but no fear of economic centralization. Both are half right but half blind. Here is a principle that we would do well to grasp: concentrations of power in any form are a threat to liberty. It may be too late for this generation to see this vital truth, or if seeing, to do anything about it. But nothing is inevitable, and there are hopeful signs that people are beginning to think seriously about the importance of localism, human scale, limits, and stewardship, the very things woefully lacking in the current spending orgy. While a return to these ideals is still only in its infancy, change is afoot. This represents a glimmer of sanity in a world succumbing to the apparent security promised by centralization."