My parents and I don’t exactly see eye-to-eye, politically. That’s probably obvious from the title of this blog. Growing up, it was hard to argue with them. My parents are intelligent people and, as a child, I simply didn’t have the mental juice to present a cogent argument.
As I grew older and my views grew apart from theirs, I struggled to find a way to effectively present them with my view of the issues. The tools available- arguments based primarily on ‘common sense’ and what facts either side could recall off the top of their heads, did not facilitate nuanced discussion. I wrote off political argument as pointless, futile and circular.
Then I started working at Cracked. We have a simple rule there: If you want to make a factual claim, find someone(s) smarter than you who can back that claim up. I apply that same principle to every blog post I write here.
Nothing I write here is made with any hatred or malice towards conservatives or my family or anyone else. I’m just trying to collect facts for use by myself, and anyone else who finds themselves surrounded by opposing viewpoints at family gatherings. These letters are half entertainment and half crib-notes for any argument you may find them helpful in.