About

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

-Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

These three elements: ideas, events, and people are, in descending order, what this blog will discuss. My intention is that this blog truly becomes a discussion, and hopefully contributes in some small way to our national political discussion. We will be reasonable, civil, form our arguments logically, and not shy from controversial topics. My personal political persuasion will remain withheld for now: if you feel strongly about a topic, attempt to persuade me, I’ll listen and hopefully other readers will as well.

This blog will also not shy away from Religious issues as well. Religion and politics are intertwined, and despite the best efforts to separate them, the two continue to overlap in ways that do affect our society, public policy, and collective values. Therefore, religious issues are very much on the table.

Now, that’s out of the way. Lets get to it.

-Josh

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9 Responses to About

  1. Hey, thanks for following. I’ve been so busy writing for Lastresistance.com, that I neglected my blog. But I’m back writing for it, and I’d love feedback; if you have any. And reposts! I want to increase my following a lot. Do you have any advice on how to do that? You have quite a few followers.

    – Frank

    • Hey there, Frank. I’d be happy to give you some feedback, although I’m certainly no blogging expert. First, continue to solicit feedback and don’t take anything personally.

      Second, nothing beats good content. I’ve found that more frequent but shorter posts has worked well for me. Boil down your arguments to their most elemental form. Make sure every word is absolutely necessary, no more, no less. The Economist’s website has a great writing resource. Check that out.

      Third: appeal to people of all political persuasions. If I could give you one criticism, its that your site appeals primarily to one group: Rush Limbaugh style conservatives. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but if you only preach to the choir you limit your potential audience. Read David Frum, David Brooks, Bruce Bartlett, E.J. Dionne, W.F. Buckley, etc for inspiration. The American Conservative is a good example as well.

      Craft your arguments so they can be digested by independents, moderates, progressives, or people who don’t typically consume news and opinion. Even if you totally disagree with Frum or Brooks, look to their communication style for how to appeal to a broader audience. I’m not suggesting you water down your conservative ideas, just present in ways others can wrap their minds around them.

      Lastly, spend lots of time searching for, liking, and commenting on other blogs. Seek out sites that you disagree with, and have a fun and respectful debate. Form relationships with people who disagree with you. We’re all here to debate and discuss, not to have people tell us they agree with us.

      Sorry if this was an overly long response. Good luck to you!

      Josh

  2. zowiemom says:

    Josh, I’m intriqued and want to get into the discussions. I’m the author of Penelope’s Loom.

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  4. kipp says:

    Really like the blog, the mission statement, and especially the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. I’m gonna follow, keep it up!

  5. Josh, I like the way you think. Mind if I link to you from majornoogles.wordpress.com?

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