Saturday, September 19, 2009

Why I Started This Blog

There are probably many (hopefully) of you that happened upon this blog and are probably wondering just exactly what "Crimson Conservative" means, and what this is all about. I can answer the first part. The second part...well, I'm finding that out as I go.

As noted in my "About Me" blurb, I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Silicon Valley. I had a typical upper-middle class upbringing (or so it seemed to me) in a cozy suburb just minutes away from the headquarters of most of the titans of the tech industry. I identified myself from an early age as a conservative, somewhat of an anomaly in the otherwise relatively left-wing Bay Area. Yet as I matured and my breadth of life experiences broadened, I found I also didn't fit in with the Red Kool-Aid drinkers that instinctively prattle off the talking points of "global warming is a myth", "everyone should drive SUVs", and the virtue of conspicuous consumption.

However, I have little patience and tolerance for the Cassandras of the left that are constantly trying to guilt us into submission to their grand plans. Am I a bad person because I don't drive a Prius? I mean, I already cut up the soda can rings, I recycle anything with the triangular arrows on it (to the point of driving my wife crazy going through our trash and transferring said items to the recycle bin), have CFLs throughout most of my house, turn the air conditioning off when we're out of the house, and only run full loads of laundry. Though to be truthful, that last virtue is our household's collective vice of only doing laundry once every two weeks. 

Although it seems the strident fringes of both the right and the left are the ones that get all the attention, I have the feeling I'm not the only one that finds their own personal philosophy somewhere in the purple middle. So..."Crimson" is red with just a slight tint of blue. Which I think describes me pretty well, if using the now-accepted color scheme of the political spectrum.

Okay, so now the "what" part is mostly answered. The "why" I'm still figuring out. I guess being a trained journalist in the pre-Web 2.0 era, and having at least somewhat of a knack for writing from a young age left me with a yearning to write. So when I made the transition from magazine staff editor to online content manager, I felt somewhat restricted and restrained by the routine of reguritating content written by someone else onto the website. My job became increasingly technical, and less creative. Secondly, even though I'm a life-long automotive enthusiast, and most of my "official" career has been in automotive publishing, I find my interests have moved beyond strictly four-wheeled transport. Geopolitics, environment, religion, public policy all intrigue me. So you'll likely see my unique brand of commentary across all those subjects and more.

I promise not to bore you with the minutiae of my daily routine, such as what I ate for breakfast, my thoughts on the latest celebrity scandal, or other "noise" plaguing contemporary society...unless it illustrates a broader, larger point I'm trying to make. So...strap yourselves in. This could be one interesting ride.

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