In today’s society, which is filled with demagoguery, epithets, and polarization in our society, A Voice of Reason will typically be my voice, so it would be a good idea to tell you a bit about my beliefs and background.
I am a 44 year old educator who lives in the Northeast US. I am married with five children, one graduated from high school, two in college, one to start college this summer, and another who is a sophomore.
I am a veteran of the armed forces – the 82nd Airborne, and tend to be Hawkish on National Defense and Security Issues.
I am moderate to progressive on fiscal issues. I am a hodgepodge towards most social issues. Most of my views in this area tend to be Centrist, but on some I am somewhat Conservative (abortion on demand) and on others I am fairly Liberal (The Great Society and New Deal).
I am also somewhat of a Populist. Although there are times when leadership needs to go against the crowd, I firmly believe in the words of Alfred Smith, “The cure for America’s ills, is more democracy”. I generally vote Republican, and have been routinely labeled as a RINO (Republican in name only) by those who are in the conservative wing of the GOP. Oddly, the Voice of Reason is named in honor of former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, who was a moderate Democrat. What Mayor Koch managed to do was provide leadership to one of the most pluralistic areas in our nation. This is a direction, like it or not, that our nation is headed. It is sad that Mr. Mayor has been demonized by the hard left of the Democratic Party. While I did not agree with His Honor frequently, his leadership and the reasonable nature in which he presented his arguments made him a voice of reason.
This blog will be for those of any political view whether left, right or centrist to state their views, with a goal towards finding where common threads are found. On some issues there will be sharp division. This blog takes the view that no position is inherently wrong in itself, even if extreme. However, extreme people tend to use demagoguery to invalidate any voice that doesn’t thunderously trumpet their own. This is spoken with tongue in cheek, but be prepared to be ridiculed if your views are deemed extreme by a voice of reason. Probably the harshest diatribe will be to “stay in your ignorance”. Hopefully, this won’t be stated that often. This blog will welcome any views, but asks that a civil tone be taken.
It is my hope that all people whether from the left or the right of the political aisle can learn from each other, enjoy each other, and understand that in a democracy we need each other.