WordPress is sponsoring an event called “Zero to Hero”, which is encouraging bloggers to update and post content over the next 30 days. Since I’ve been way to busy recently to work up content for my blog I figured this would be a good way to get started posting regularly again. The first task is to post a “Who I Am, and Why I’m Here” blog, so here we go.
I’ve had an interest, bordering on addiction, in gaming since I was in grade school. It started with video games and Warhammer Fantasy miniatures, and evolved throughout my high school years as I became closer friends with more and more gamers. They always accepted me, and I have some of my fondest memories with them. It’s not hard to imagine how I evolved into the game consuming junkie I am today. Games have always played a major role in my life, and I imagine they always will.
Politics is a bit of a different animal for me. I grew up with mostly liberal friends, and being a closeted gay man as well as a raging socialist, I was most solidly a Democrat. It wasn’t until years later, when I finally began to work and have to take responsibility for myself, that I began to have wildly more conservative views. It was probably during the George W. Bush administration that I changed over from being a Democrat to a Republican, which is kind of funny in retrospect as I hated Bush.
My views didn’t always fit very neatly on one side of the line or the other. Fiscally I was super conservative, socially I was liberal, but I did have noticeable variations on topics like abortion. I generally like to think that politically speaking I’m neither a Democrat or a Republican, but that I’m perhaps in a third camp with most other Americans that I’d likely just call “sane”. I’m now of the opinion that most of the time the two party way of thinking is truly hurting America, and it took Jon Stewart going on Crossfire several years ago to really drive that point home for me.
We get so tunnel visioned in the last few decades that I think politically people really do stick to their guns, even when they’re pointing backwards. Perhaps especially when they’re pointing backwards, and this is mainly because not being wrong is very important to a lot of people. I would say it’s especially important to people that take more than a passing interest in politics.
Hypocrisy was something that always bothered me, and it bothered me equally as much when people blindly defended George W. Bush as it does when people blindly defend Barack Obama. To try to deny that the two of them were/are very similar in how they conducted their presidential terms is mind boggling to me. I think that a large part of that denial is selling themselves on the idea that either the Democrats or the Republicans are right, and the other side will lead us down a path to the dark side.
Weirdly enough, a Las Vegas magician named Penn Jillette was the one who opened my eyes to a viable third option. If you’ve read anything on my blog you know what a big Jillette fan I am, and that a lot of my views as a Libertarian have been shaped by him. I don’t 100% agree with everything he says, but I do think that he has put a good deal of thought into why he holds the views he does, and he often has inspired me to do the same.
So as a result I create this blog because I wanted an outlet to write about my feelings with regards to politics, and share my love of gaming with other people. It took me awhile to sort out a name, because how ever are you to name a blog about politics and gaming? That aside, I have a fun time putting most these posts together, and I have a real sense of pride in the content I have put out since I started this thing in March of last year.