A Voice of Reason: Sane Views for a Crazy World

About

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. 

12 Comments »

  1. The planet is need for more voices of reason. Thanks for stepping up to the plate. I like to think the I contribute at at least a little. Will you consider adding my blog to your lengthy blogroll?

    http://lorraineformccain.wordpress.com/

    I’ve added yours to mine.

    Thanks, Lorraine

    Comment by lorraineformccain — April 1, 2007 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  2. I commend you for your service to our country. Five kids, wow I thought I had a lot with four ;)!! I am more to the right than you but would not consider myself to be an extremist, although I’m sure everyone’s definition varies. I’ve added you to the blogroll!!

    Comment by Little Miss Chatterbox — April 11, 2007 @ 2:40 am | Reply

  3. Excellent blog – I added it to Google Reader and my blogroll with all deliberate speed. This ‘about’ section helped sell me; I saw a blog driven by disinterested inquiry and was quite impressed. I look forward to the RSS feeds.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew K. Tabor
    http://www.matthewktabor.com

    Comment by Matthew K. Tabor — April 17, 2007 @ 12:06 am | Reply

  4. I have added A Voice of Reason to the blogroll on Live, Breathe and Die.com. Is there room on the blogroll of your excellent blog for Live, Breathe and Die?

    Thank you,
    Truthteller

    http://www.livebreatheanddie.com/

    Comment by truthteller — May 3, 2007 @ 2:41 am | Reply

  5. Thanks for the comments. I hadn’t looked here in awhile, so I will add you all. However, truthteller, I can’t comment on your blog. For some reason WordPress doesn’t seem to think I exist, even though they host my blog!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — May 3, 2007 @ 4:23 am | Reply

  6. I discovered you on RedState, which has a great need for you!

    You represent a great awakening of pragmatic idealists. Folks who want a workable, sustainable and better world.

    Thanks for shining, Frank

    Comment by Frank Montague — May 4, 2007 @ 4:35 am | Reply

  7. Thank you Frank!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — May 4, 2007 @ 11:48 pm | Reply

  8. Voice,
    Would appreciate your comments as an educator on a situation in schools. PACT testing is given to all students to see how they perform. Part of the new push towards standards. Given in this state as a part of the push for NCLB.

    One student (special needs) tried to quit the test because she simply didn’t understand (it was several grade levels above her ability). State rules do not allow her to just quit the test. See the principal’s comments at http://www.thestate.com/153/story/63391.html.

    Would appreciate your views….

    Comment by Randy — May 14, 2007 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

  9. 🙂

    Comment by bibomedia — March 4, 2008 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  10. You still blogging somewhere??

    Comment by libertas01 — April 14, 2008 @ 5:10 am | Reply

  11. Damn Ive just commented on two of your posts and now realized you are no longer blogging
    !

    Comment by Jane — June 21, 2008 @ 3:08 am | Reply

  12. We are interested in working with you. Please contact me at Natasha@adamwes.com.

    Thank you

    Adam Wes Academics

    Comment by Natasha — August 10, 2011 @ 5:00 am | Reply


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