I’m a mom. I’m a former web site producer for a large company. I like to garden. (Well, sort of – I don’t have to referee arguments between my kids over video games when I’m in the yard.) I love to read, especially sci fi and history. My favorite ice cream is peanut butter swirl with Cool Whip (c), but Teaberry is really good too, on the rare occasions I find it.
I’m not a lawyer. I’m not a Constitutional Law Scholar. I’m just a normal citizen, but that’s who the Founders wrote the Constitution for. That’s why it starts with “We the People” and not “We the Lawyers” or “We the Politicians”. Like so many things in all our lives, there are parts they never completely worked out or agreed on, so some parts are and always have been up for argument. But most of it is pretty clear, or was at the time.
I lived in an area where most of the people had different political views from me. The bias is well-known, and it’s not secret that it can affect your career, particularly since many people are only hired for one project at a time. As a result, I spent ten years biting back most of what I believed. It is insane that anyone needs to do that in “the land of the free” (and there are places where it is true for both ends of the political spectrum), but the end result is that I have no tolerance for political intolerance. I have friends who are extremely conservative, extremely liberal, and everything in between – but they are all willing to listen to other points of view, even if they don’t agree.
I wrote my book, The Constitution: It’s the OS for the US, to help normal, average citizens understand the historical roots of our Constitution. I researched state SOLs (Standards of Learning) for middle and high school students related to the Constitution and used those (particularly the Virginia and Colorado ones, which are considered the best) to make sure I covered all the most important points. It is entirely focused on history, not current events.
This blog continues my effort to present Constitutional issues in a non-partisan way, but it focuses on current events. It is extremely easy to be partisan when discussing current events. My hope is that this blog will help readers find a way to discuss their views in a way that helps us all move toward being less partisan and more able to find the middle ground.