It’s been nearly a year since I posted something on this site. I’ve been focused on our parenting website, WiseFathers.com, but I am inspired to start writing about politics again. Many other parenting sites discuss politics and the owners say it’s part and parcel of parenting because political decisions affect our kids. I completely agree with that, but I chose to keep politics out of WiseFathers because it is so divisive right now.
I still believe it’s important to try to find common ground instead of just hashing over the same partisan political positions, but that not everyone agrees or sees any common ground. That’s why I have this site: for politics and controversial subjects.
My personal views boil down to two important concepts: (1) Less government is better than more, but that definitely doesn’t mean NO government is better. (2) Even the largest problems are best solved by taking small steps. Sometimes large measures need to be enacted but there are almost always smaller steps that need to be taken as part of that.
We, as a nation, cannot continue to rely on a small number of career politicians to come up with solutions. We need new answers to the same old questions because the same old answers are clearly not cutting it. That means we need new people and new methods. Some may not work, but Thomas Edison reportedly tried 10,000 times before he got the light bulb right. Sometimes, you have to try the wrong solution to get to the right one. But trying the same things that have been failing for years or decades and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.
We need to stop just telling politicians to “fix it” and start coming up with solutions.