Mayor Greg Fischer, Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY, 3rd District) and I at their 2014 Election Victory Party
I had a serious internal debate on whether to include a politics section of my website. After ruminating for a while, I decided that it would be disingenuous to leave out a subject that is such an important interest in my life. This is because I have come to realize that people who are overly political seem to alienate approximately half of the population with each statement they make. I want to avoid this.
My interest in politics really began in sophomore year of high school when my best friend’s dad ran for the Senate in Kentucky. I then realized that politics is one of the easiest ways to enact large scale change, something that many young people aspire to do. I began following the elections close in 2008 and that is where I became a political news junkie. My friend’s dad lost the election, but was elected Mayor of Louisville in 2010 and recently reelected in 2014.
I have had a unique (and blessed) experience in my ideological development as my parents did not influence me on any of these subjects. Many kids tend to reflect their parent’s ideologies as that is how they are raised; I did not have this. If I had to put a label on myself (which I don’t like doing), I would call myself a progressive with moderate inclinations. I do not adhere to the party line on many issues, and I am open to debating any issue and changing my mind. For example, I lean to the left on social issues (like the majority of my generation), but I have become more moderate (or even conservative) on economics and spending issues as well as gun control.
However, there is one issue that I generally will not debate. That is science. Science has a unique place in academia, as there is a right and wrong answer. Science is not a political debate where each side deserves equal time and each point is equally valid. If you deny that evolution or anthropogenic climate change (or especially vaccines) are real, it will be hard for me to have a discussion with you. There is such an overwhelming and undeniable scientific consensus on these issues, that if you do not recognize their existence, it is clear to me that you have an inability to take facts and reach the correct conclusion.
I like to read a variety of news sources so I can hear both sides of the argument. I frequently read the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and countless other online sites. I watch a lot of Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN (my main source as they comment the least and are the least biased). Cable news frustrates me sometimes because of the blatant bias. I am concerned for individuals who use Fox News or MSNBC as their main source of news because it only gives one side of the argument and doesn’t reward bipartisan or cooperative thinking. I try to mesh together all of the news sources and viewpoints I can in order to make the best judgment on an issue. Neither side is 100% correct on all issues.
Favorite Political News Sites:
FiveThirtyEight – Nate Silver is extremely intelligent and has been nearly perfect in his electoral predictions in Presidential races. He also uses advanced statistics on everything from political to sports analysis to draw interesting conclusions and make predictions
News Sources I Frequent:
- New York Times
- Wall Street Journal
- Tennessean (mostly when I lived in Nashville)
- Washington Post
- Google News
- Greg Fischer for Senate Campaign
- Greg Fischer for Mayor Campaign
- Students for Progress – Facebook Page – I created my own non-connected independent expenditure-only committee in 2012. These are colloquially referred as “Super PACs.” You can read more about this in my Projects page. The website was formerly located at http://progress2012.org but is no longer active.