As most readers know, I’m super interested and involved in politics. After all, I started a political publication in 2014 where I do the majority of my writing and podcasting, and I even studied political science in college. But as much as I love politics and government, the one thing that has always made me uncomfortable is how negative, sensational, and divisive those things can be. Regardless of who you supported in 2016, I think we can all agree that it was a nasty year that brought out the worst in us, and to a large extent, that attitude has remained with us far past the election.
Because of this, I have generally avoided political conversations with my friends and family. It makes family dinners tense and awkward, it makes friendly outings suddenly hostile, and it ruins dates that were otherwise going great. I found myself in the position of an exhausted and hopeless infomercial actor thinking, “there has to be a better way!”
A month back, my friend and co-worker, Curtis, told me about an idea he had for a campaign of sorts: a political initiative designed to offer an alternative to all of the problems that currently exist within politics. It didn’t take much convincing to get me on board with it.
The fun thing about Curtis and I is that we are political opposites. He worked on the Obama campaign in 2008 and I liked Bob Barr (the mustached Libertarian candidate). But, even with our vastly different political viewpoints, we are able to have constructive and robust conversations without getting angry or negative.
Flash forward to today, and I am excited to share the first episode of a new YouTube-based video series that Curtis and I have started with the hope of having positive and constructive political discussions.
In this pilot, we introduced the five core beliefs of our Make Politics Positive series:
- Politics can be positive
- Politics can be authentic
- Politics can be empowering
- Politics can be accessible
- Politics can be fun
If you have a spare 15 minutes, feel free to check out the pilot episode. If you enjoy it, make sure to subscribe and share it with your friends.