I have neglected my open salon blog for several years now but have decided to give it a makeover. I have always had 2 commentary voices when it comes to politics. One is definitely a leftie and was the author of my previous incarnation on open salon – with titles like “Super W & the Evil Doers,” “Whose My Little Maverick?” (Editor’s Pick in fact), “The Lost Gospel of Rummy,” and “What I Think of George W Bush, Blood-Thirsty Christians, Homophobes & People Who Don’t Use Their Blinkers.”
My second commentary voice is something else altogether. It is the therapist in me, the part of me that recognizes that the evening news is full of the same problems I see in my therapy office on a daily basis; the part of me that recognizes that if we want real change in Washington, that change has to begin with us, the citizens; the part of me that recognizes that when I am only complaining about how ridiculous “they” are, without an effort to help, I am more part of the problem (the problem of division) than I am part of the solution.
So the new incarnation of my open salon blog is Same Page. I have asked Leftie to take break and invited The Therapist to write with a mission of actually making a difference. Rather than write my clever satirical rants about national politics (pieces that are fun to write but ultimately are only for preaching to the choir) I am now writing about what we might actually do to change the business-as-usual in Washington.
I am writing this specifically to all of you in this Open Salon community. I am writing to introduce myself to some and to reintroduce myself to some of you, to let you know what I am up to with Same Page and to ask that if you see value in what I am doing, that you help me spread the word.
Thanks for the work you are doing here and for taking the time to read this.
REQUEST: If you agree that an increased focus on HOW our representatives and leaders (and we, the people) communicate is a good idea, please help me spread the word about my Same Page blog here on open-salon. Maybe I have had a recurrence of my long-lost naiveté, but I really do believe it is possible for us to make a difference. Thanks --- Thom Rutledge