Okay, while The Imperfect Parent strives to be non-partisan, we thought we’d give our readers a rare opporunity on this blog to express their opinions and give you a forum to support and respectfully debate the current issues leading to a critical decision this pending election.
Please keep in mind, — be civil and respectful and remember, just because someone has negative or opposing opinions about your candidate, doesn’t mean they’re a “bad” person or that they’re dumb. The only dumb people are those who don’t vote. Be there or be square on Tuesday, November 4th and post your reactions here.
Who wants to predict the outcome? Will we know today or even at the end of the week? Could this decision change everyone’s life forever?
Please, take advantage of our precious freedom and vote!
Also, be sure to check out Julie’s new column today, to see who’s voice she’s really missing right now.
“Who has the mandate NOW, bitch?”
“Holy shit, Lieberman, what are you doing here?”
“I dunno, I kinda like ‘Pelosi Posse’.”
“I guess I can always go back to coaching wrestling.”
“I got your House Bill 11AR, 24-33, C, RIGHT HERE.”
“What do you mean we’re to blame now?”
“I hate to admit it, but that Santorum WAS kind of a dick.”
“OK, everyone, put your entitlement programs into this hat, and we’ll pick to see who goes first.”
“Yeah, no thanks to you, you Frankenstein-looking motherfucker.”
“I guess we don’t need to worry about election reform anymore, what’s next?”
“Rebulicaaannnnsss. Come out and plaaaayyyy.”
“Yes, Phil’s House of Drapes? You can go ahead and place that order.”
As most of you know, I only started blogging this past April as our site’s prior focus has always been on the feature essays on the homepage and on our forums. Recently, Prescott and I decided that we did not want to be left behind in the dust of the growing blogoshpere.
Acknowledging that having Prescott and Jessica all day, all the time, would be less than riveting, especially given that we do a weekly podcast as well, I decided to surf the net in search of talented bloggers who would want to share in all the imperfect glory that is The Imperfect Parent, and hopefully add a dimension of varying opinions to our growing site.
My first quest was to find gifted writers with the talent to express themselves in the written word and and to invite those with differing opinions and backgrounds to enhance the diversity of the site and to enlighten moms about various parenting methods, philosophies, and opinions, as well as political and social views as seen by a wide variety of people. If their opinions were polar opposite of mine — great! My wish was (and still is) to have all viewpoints represented, or at least, as many as fit The Imperfect Parent criteria of being a good writer and having something interesting to say.
I found out quite quickly that it wasn’t hard to find good writers with opposing opinions to mine. However, I did notice a common theme amongst these great writers and that was their politcal leanings – which all tended to be towards the left. There’s a subgroup that seems to be poorly represented in the mommy blogging world — the mom that leans towards the political right. You see, I tend to lean right of center on many issues, although I fancy myself a Libertarian. I believe that government should stay out of my private life, while my husband tends to lean left of center on many issues. If it doesn’t create balance, it creates tension, but it is never boring.
Problem is, when I went to look for bloggers like myself, those who might consider themselves Libertarian or Republican (oh, no!), I have fallen short. After hours of searching and thinking of possible ways to find back doors into the psyche of the conservative mom, it became more and more apparent that it was going to be like finding a needle in a haystack. Liberal mommy bloggers abound, conservative mommy bloggers, not-so-much.
You see, what was a shortly lived obsession and challenge of mine has given way to acceptance. Acceptance that the internet is ruled by lefty intellectual mommy bloggers. I even found demographic statistics to support this belief. From blogads.com:
According to the blogads 2006 Mom blog survey, 12,320 respondents answered that they are:
*My personal belief is that there is really no such thing as an Independent. I think people lean one way or another on most issues.
The percentages explain why then, most of the conservative mommy blogs I do stumble upon have been pretty fucking awful. Percentage-wise, I just have a better chance of finding a wordsmithing lib than I do a neo-con.
This is interesting to me as radio tends to be ruled by conservative hosts and the internet has some hugely popular, conservative blogs (instapundit, The Bleat, Little Green Footballs…just to name a few…), but the ones which are popular are not written by moms. The fact still remains, mom bloggers, in the traditional “mommy blogger” genre, tend to be lefties. Why is this? I scratch my head.
Do more “mainstream” (conservative) moms tend to work outside the home? Do they spend more time at soccer try-outs than online? Do they read more books or are they simply illiterate and turn to speakies rather than torment themselves with phonics? I have no idea.
And don’t get me wrong, I’d rather surround myself with intelligent, left leaning people that are able to communicate and back up their viewpoints, than with judgmental (although that exists on both sides), lock-step, Bush-lovin’ conservatives of the religious-right. (I actually don’t think Bush is a Republican anyway, but that’s a point for another blog.)
I’m just wondering, where are the moms who think that if you make money, you ought to be able to hold onto it, who want the government to butt out of their business and think that we ought to have a strong defense, in order to protect our kids?
Maybe they’re all in the hills of Utah with dial-up. Does anybody know?
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