About

Welcome to Common Sense Politics (US)!

Let’s see…where to begin? This blog (CSPUS as I often abbreviate it) began as a niggling idea in the back of my head back in November 2016. Yes…the United States presidential election.

The storm of controversy back then really got me thinking.

I’ve been a proud Democrat since I registered to vote in August 2016, but I wish our political parties weren’t so divided. I agreed with Obama when he said, following the election, that we are all Americans and we should stand together.

I have trouble agreeing with many Republican ideals. I’ll admit that. But that doesn’t mean I believe we should chafe against one another so much.

I fully believe in the two-party system. I believe in the original, intended goal—to introduce opposing opinions to a society run by the people and use those opposing opinions to balance one another out.

But then we get times like these…when both parties lean towards extremes, forget how to work together, and presidents with no political experience win the White House.

It’s easy, in times like these, to lose hope.

But here’s another thing I fully believe. Or at least, I want to believe it. There is always hope—hope for a better tomorrow, hope that we can all find some common understanding, hope that we can still band together as a country.

I intend for this blog to be an activism blog. Here, my personal party preference doesn’t matter. I’ve made it clear because I want any biases I might have to be clear. We are none of us fully objective.

This blog, however, is neutral. As an American, I’ll be focusing on American politics. And here, every person—be they Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, or anything else—is respected, no matter their views.

I understand there are some religious beliefs tied up with some political matters. This blog is not for religious views. You will be respected no matter what, but I can’t exactly argue with your personal religion, can I? What you believe isn’t up for debate.

Politics, however, are, and I hope that here we can engage in civil discussion and respect one another.

I value debate and discussion. I don’t like the “echo chamber” phenomenon. I will always allow, welcome, and encourage comments unless a thread gets particularly rowdy and disrespectful…and I will always deal with comments individually first.

I may post about my personal political views sometimes. If I do, all I ask is that you be respectful. You don’t have to agree with me. And I won’t expect to agree with you.

So let’s have some civil, respectful, but above all, interesting, discussion, shall we? 🙂

Thanks for reading!

~Emma

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