May 2010

There was a good editorial in the Washington Post this morning entitled Party purges.  It’a about the polarization of American politics.  The editorial also announces that the Post is going to provide a forum over the next few months to discuss the issue in more detail.  I intend to participate.  Here’s an excerpt that explains the Post effort:

Is there a way to push back against the movement toward partisanship and paralysis — to carve out some space for those who strive to work across party lines in the national interest? We can think of no more important question, and in the months before the election we intend to provide a forum, on our letters and op-ed pages, to continue the discussion. Is today’s polarization part of a normal American cycle or is it a new phenomenon arising from new factors such as cable television, the Internet, geographic self-sorting, campaign finance reform or computer-assisted redistricting? Does it open a space for third parties or other forms of “radical centrism”? If so, would that be good or bad? We’d like to hear your views.

When Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post speaks, we are wise to listen.  His business commentary is distinctly non-partisan and filled with common sense observations about the state of our economic world.  His piece today in the Washington Post is another must-read.  It is entitled Keeping an open mind on solutions to the budget deficit.

On the eve of the election in Great Britain there were two Op-Ed pieces in the Washington Post that I regarded as worthwhile reading. They were Mark Penn’s A new wind in politics and David S. Broder’s A test of two parties.  While Nick Clegg’s Liberal  Democrat Party didn’t do nearly as well as predicted (an understatement), it looks like it will still play the role of kingmaker. That is hopefully good news for those of us who believe that two-party rule is failing in the modern world to move policy in the right direction.

Let this also announce my complete and total endorsement of Charlie Crist’s run as an independent for U.S. Senator from Florida.  Two-party rule must be broken.

On Thursday afternoon I announced my departure from the organization with which I’ve worked for the last eleven years – the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. It was a move long in the making and absolutely necessary. There is something else I need to be doing and it is beyond the time to begin doing it.

The plan for me is to head west from Washington, DC in the car and reacquaint myself with the North American west. In that trek I will attempt to discern my future path.

On that trek, my intention is to post about my experiences on this web site. I doubt if there will much political content. Of course I may be limited in my ability to post by access to web connections. I doubt if there are too many national, state and provincial park camp grounds with wi-fi connection.

At least for the next month I will be posting the occasional news article, editorial or op-ed piece. I am going to refrain from adding much commentary. In addition to posting this worthwhile pieces for others to read, my desire is to archive pieces that I regard as important.