I admit defeat.
I’ve grown up in Washington, DC and the surrounding ‘burbs my whole life. So the political process ignites all kind of conflicting feelings in me. While we occasionally touch on political drama here, we don’t really put too much stock in all the dog and pony shows. I had planned to do one big post like this old one on poverty policy from 2008, and maybe a couple on jobs and economic policy and leave it at that until 2012. But last night’s GOP debate just let me know things are about to get bananas. The guy I was most worried about, Jon Huntsman, appears to be a non-factor since he’s a bit too rational. The bets are apparently on Perry or Bachman or Palin, which is depressing. So depressing that I don’t want to watch another political speech without a drinking game/bingo card in hand.
But it isn’t just that.
Most of the active correspondents are based in the US – our politics are what we report on the most frequently. But our user base has been increasingly skewing international – Canadians, South Africans, and British folks make up a substantial chunk of traffic. And in the post-riots aftermath, it appears that England is sorting out what type of nation they want to be. But conservatives and politicians are dreaming up more and more ways to penalize participants in the riots and more and more folks are pointing to a broken social contract and a lack of confidence in government to steer the nation through this. And, around the world, the aftermath of revolution is in the air. The dust is settling, and people are moving to rebuild their fractured nations.
We aren’t just talking about politics. The decisions happening in the next few years will reshape the world.
So the question is how do we cover it? Where do we even start?