As discussed previously, Hit Coffee is a non-partisan, generally apolitical site. So much so that I have taken pains to conceal my own ideology. I don’t really know how successful I’ve been, but even if I’ve been failing the attempt has kept me from going off on political tangents and has forced me to at least try to represent both sides of issues I’ve discussed (usually tangentially) with neutral (non-partisan, at least) language. Now that the tone of the site is set, though, I think that I’m ready to take another step forward. Partially because some of the things that I would write about, I can’t without disclosing this tidbit, and partially because it looks like I might be doing some contributing elsewhere. So without further ado, I am…
a Republican. I would say “card-carrying”, but I never registered as such in Arapaho due to inertia. Most staunch conservatives would be quick to point out that I am not a good Republican, but I am one all the same. My views continually shift and evolve, but have not yet involved in such a degree to change allegiances. At my most liberal, I am a moderate. At my most conservative, I am well to the right of center. Some people in my position insist that they’re independent regardless of how they vote (and in which primary), but I’ve embraced it. Or rather I was embraced by it in college and there isn’t any process for getting me kicked out.
At some point I will explain what I mean by that. What I won’t do, however, is become a conservative or Republican advocate on this blog. The same way that I bite my tongue and equivocate rather than get involved in partisan politics won’t really change (for the most part). I had a (more overtly) political blog once and am not eager to replicate that experience any more than I want to talk politics at the dinner table with my more liberal in-laws. Further, when I do get political here I use this site as a launching pad for ideas – ones I don’t want dismissed as “Oh, he’s a Republican, so of course he believes that” nor used as a “See, Truman is a Republican and even he thinks that Republicans are full of crap on issue X” bludgeon nor deal with accusations of RINOhood. After all, I cop to being a lousy Republican.
I am mostly coming out with all of this because some of the things I have been wanting to write about have been scuttled because they would require that I come clean about this. I’ve been walking along a line and would prefer not have to be quite so careful. Also, some of the stories that I want to relate involve my having been a Young Republican half-surrounded by Naderites or having been the (or, for a time, as one of two or three) resident “conservative” columnist at my university’s student paper. I also have some posts on entertainment media and other subjects that it’s hard to discuss without disclosing where I am coming from. Those are really the only times I expect it to come up.
I am a bit curious as to whether this is like Ricky Martin announcing that he is gay. Had I let one too many things slip? Had you read enough of my comments elsewhere to figure it out? Or had I overcompensated in an effort to conceal it all and come across as a liberal? Or do you doubt what I am saying and just consider me a liberal anyway?
If you want to come clean about your party membership or voting habits, go ahead with a couple of requirements: Keep it relatively short (under 50 or maybe 100 words) and keep it affirmative (I am a Blank because I support… and not I am a Blank because the Nulls are firebreathing dragons who will be satisfied with nothing less than destroying this once-great nation of ours).
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