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One of the things I have come to realize as I age is that there are always more than one side to any issue and I am not always correct in my viewpoint.  Such a revelation is key to my growth as a man in modern society and has helped me immensely not to take things so personally.

Most of my life I spent as a liberal Democrat and ardent supporter of all things liberal.  As I have aged, I have gone all over the spectrum in my thought process -- even as far as embracing libertarian-ism for a while.  What I have discovered is that in my heart I truly am a Democrat -- just more moderate than days gone by and resistant to the labeling that often accompanies people in the modern political arena.  Some of my viewpoints might be considered liberal or progressive, and some more mainstream and possibly bordering on conservative.

I read conservative papers like Human Events and some conservative blogs and news sites on the Web.  I also read the Huffington Post pretty much daily and subscribe to the Nation magazine, the New Republic, the New York Times and two local papers (all mostly electronically thanks to the magic of e-readers).  I say all of this for one reason:  to try and illustrate my open-mindedness to anyone who might read this blog and willingness to consider more than one point of view.  I want to use this blog to get into some really tough issues -- some of which may invoke strong emotions from people.  I don't expect anybody who reads this to agree with all of my points of view, especially since I am apt to change them based on new information or a new consideration from time to time -- but I will ask for respect, courtesy and consideration.  I also welcome any civil discourse.  I'll try really hard not to do any name-calling or leaping to judgment of anybody or any issue.  Please consider doing the same.

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