Welcome to the Intrepid Liberal Journal. My intention is to advocate progressive principals supported by facts and provoke discussion. I do not lay claim to the holy grail of objectivity. This blog is a vehicle to put forward my own opinions about the issues of the day. I suspect Democrats as well as Republicans will disagree with much I have to say.
All opinions in response to my postings are welcome. Certainly, I hope to persuade others to my point of view but I also want to be educated in return. Just as I lay no claim to objectivity I also don't pretend to possess a monopoly on wisdom. One of my pet peeves are polemicists who shamelessly promote themselves as infallible and all knowing. Another irritant in the current political environment is the lack of civility. Primarily, I blame conservatives, but those of us on the Left must go beyond derisive hyberbole and contribute real solutions to current challenges.
At its best, politics is an intense competition in the marketplace of ideas that enhances society. Sadly, today we have a Republican Party bereft of decency, honor, and competence. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party's quality of opposition to the Bush Administration is incoherent, lacking in authenticity, and putting forward virtrioli instead of viable alternatives. The ultimate responsibility for national direction is with us: We The People. Only an informed public that participates in the marketplace of ideas can have the leverage to hold our leaders accountable, treat our hard earned tax dollars with respect, and facilitate a society based upon freedom, personal responsibility, and social justice.
I hope to faciliate debate that is intelligent and civil. As far as I'm concerned, vulgarity in debate is an illustration of weakness. If your opinions can't stand on their own in a civil discourse, then why bother?