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Presidential Politics (an Introduction)

So thanks for all who tuned in and checked out our updates from Superior Music Studio this weekend as we laid down two hot new tracks for our upcoming release.  The feedback we get really does help us feel connected to our fans and supporters so keep it coming, here at the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.  Now onward…

Politics.  I’m aware that not everyone is interested in politics.  Many feel separated from the political process due to their representatives being out of touch with the needs and lives of working Americans.  Others feel that the personal ideological squabbles that captivate newspaper headlines and tv debates make the whole contest impossible to watch.  There are also many of us (and even some that are included in the two above categories) that see the importance of this presidential race and are closely following the words and actions of the four remaining Republican candidates.  With all these things in mind, this is the first in a series of entries on the remaining Republican primary race and the general election.  I’ll be focusing on the things that intrigue and captivate us, alienate and confuse us, the issues that are close to own personal lives and the climate, rhetoric and substance of the men who are fighting to be the leader of our country (I would say men and women but thankfully that crazy b*tch Michelle Bachmann is gone…).  The political process is a enigmatic beast – for the People, by the People but with such a widely varying range of involvement from the People that its importance and impact on our lives can be easily overlooked.  A hip-hop blog talking about politics?  Yeah, kids, time to go to school.

I do assume that a majority of ‘Life of the Lime’ readers are liberal and/or Democrat, as are, I believe, a majority of the JPL team.  For most of us it derives from liberal sensibilities and opinions about racial/social inequality and financial disparity, generally open-minded social views (e.g. homosexuality, marriage and relationships as a whole), a close association with members of the (illegal) immigration community (and thus, liberal-minded opinions about deportation and citizenship), a proclivity towards pro-choice, a growing tendency towards atheism (without the dark tone added to its connotation) or at least a growing affinity for religious beliefs not dictating political action and policy.  These and a host of other issues roughly align us as liberals and Democrats.  As such, even for those of us caught up in the political process, a Republican primary can hold little desire to keep up with the race.  But the instinct, felt no more acutely than in my own leftist brain, to vilify, mock and diminish the views of those on the political right can be a dangerous thing, primarily because it keeps us from looking at the larger picture.  Just the same way that most of “us” consider people who think homosexuality is a choice to be backward and insane, many conservatives consider those of us who support a continually-ballooning Welfare State to be weak and financially foolish.  And you know what?  We’re probably both right.  In a time of national change and rebuilding, understanding that the most complete view of the big picture comprises concepts we may not instinctually agree with (for both sides) is essential for the next step in our country’s future.

I had intended to discuss last night’s debate from Jacksonville, FL but I think I’ve been long-winded enough for this introduction.  Check back within the next few days for our next installment as we dig into the differences between the four remaining Republican candidates, we take a look at the State of the Union Address and Obama’s road to November just now beginning, and we continue to discuss the mighty machine that is the political process.  Never forget, the only way to have your voice heard is to speak up.  Get yourself involved in the conversation.

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