My first real job out of college was working for a large Christian ministry as an editor/writer. In that job, I was expected to keep up with the political news of the day at least enough to write and/or assign and edit somewhat thoughtful pieces for the ministry’s political newsletters. I used to read more than one news magazine a week. I watched all the news shows. I read the newspaper every day. Hey, it was part of my job.
After marrying and having children, I still wanted to keep up. But it became harder. I got most of my news from Fox News and NPR (now, there’s balance for you!). Reading news became practically unheard of in my world of changing diapers and keeping everyone fed and in clean clothes.
Now that the children are older, I am starting to realize my excuses are gone. So now, as most 21st Century Americans do, I read my news on the web. Of course, NPR is still programmed at #1 on my van’s radio. Admittedly, I don’t watch Fox News much anymore.
But even with the web and radio news, I still don’t feel confident that I have any right to comment on the events of the day. There was something about the news being a part of my daily work that made me feel like I was worthy to share my perspectives on politics and what bills were being passed, etc. Now that I am in the middle of a life that is really affected by what happens in Washington and Jefferson City, I don’t feel qualified to register my thoughts anywhere “important.”
With the Democratic Convention drawing to a close, I am thinking this fall is a great time to get back into the groove of political pontificating. So you may have to bear with me as I start to get my political feet wet again and share some of my thoughts about today’s goings on.
BREAKING NEWS — I wrote this post yesterday, but now with the announcement of John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, I know it is time to get excited about politics. The addition of Palin has been called a “game changer.” I don’t care what you call it and whether you like her or the republicans or not, it was really brilliant political strategy! It’s about time we have something fun to watch in this campaign.