We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, largely irrelevant I think, but not completely.
For one thing, relatively few people read blogs. Even the "big" blogs we read, like Michelle and Insty and Powerline, are miniscule in the larger scheme of things. But every once in a while a blog will have a major impact on events, on the news - or on just one random reader who gets a new thought or a new perspective.
However, blogs with any strong political bent are usually preaching to the choir. We are fortunate in being eclectic and pleasant and useful enough that people of all stripes seem to read us, and we attempt to be friendly enough so as not to drive people away just because we think Barry Goldwater was a political prophet.
We are not a political blog. We obviously do discuss politics with a strong point of view: Freedom First. An individual freedom bequeathed by God, with justice and mercy, is the bottom line of our politics and our world view. There is no reason for the USA to exist otherwise. If anybody has a stronger foundation, let us know. We'll listen.
Reader Buddy once said something like "Consider Maggie's to be just one more small brick in the wall of Western Civilization." Very small, but a brick. I like that very much, and I try to bear his comment in mind as a source of inspiration.
A Happy 4th to all of our freedom-loving readers. We will keep stuff coming over this weekend. Maybe we'll do some fun re-posts from our archives, along with a little oddball new stuff.
I think you nailed it, BD. If anyone wants to witness the awesome political power of the blogs, I refer you to DailyKos and Ned Lamont.
As far as politics and Mag's goes, I think we do a pretty good job. We pick on Obama more, but that's simply because there's more to pick on. On the flip side, nobody here is gushing over John McCain. And if NJ's links lean one way or the other, people understand that that's just his slant and doesn't reflect Maggie's as a whole. If I had to sum it up, I would say, overall, the links on Maggie's are conservative-leaning, but not politically so.
"along with a little oddball new stuff."
Oh, goody. I've got a whole web site just full of that stuff. :)
Forty people a day read my opinion at my site, plus however many read my comments here and on other blogs. That's a lot more influence than I've had at other times in my life.
Assistant Village Idiot
I assume people read my material... I do not bother with traffic or statistics or any other such thing as those are pointless to me. I write to explain my own thoughts, often it is to myself, which can make some posts seem a bit strange. Mostly it is to those in the future I write to - people looking for different ways to look at things or trying to find out just why some things have gone the way they have.
Politics is fascinating and relatively fun as topics go, although in the past I had a good time doing reviews of books, movies, software, and various other things.
Readers? I post rarely or in a flurry - it is either drought or deluge.
And all of it I make free for theft with attribution - I suppose I do have this 'copy right', but like all rights I can exercise or not and I choose not to do so for all my material. It is my gift back to the Nation and its people, with my thanks.