Inaugural Post

Thank you for visiting my new blog called Political Discourse.  I have established this site as a means to organize and express my political thoughts and views during this very divisive election cycle. I wish to encourage civil political discourse, something that has been lacking in our society. As fair warning and as a disclaimer to anyone reading this; this blog is being written from the perspective of a conservative Republican; however, I have no intention of making this a controversial or an offensive blog.  I fully intend for this to be an open-minded forum, one respectful of all perspectives, and one dedicated to addressing important questions and issues (from my perspective) such as ‘what does being a Republican mean in 2016?’, ‘how should the GOP re-brand its political party to broaden its appeal for future success?’, ‘what should a Republican’s core values be today?’ and ‘what should a traditional GOP presidential platform look like?’ I will also address the main question that could be hanging in people’s minds at this time: ‘who to vote for: Trump, Clinton or Johnson?’  My answer on that just might surprise you. If I receive inquiries or suggestions about various other topics of interest, I will consider discussing them as well in future blog posts.

In times such as these, I feel that encouraging a free exchange of ideas is something that is necessary to help overcome the anger and hate that is running rampant today on the national stage, and to promote a general understanding and tolerance for new ideas and perspectives. And hopefully, we can come to some agreement on the most important matters that are facing our nation. Ultimately, I believe we need to heal our society of the deep partisan divisions that have taken root, and start to see each other again as neighbors and fellow citizens, and not simply ‘a faceless opposition,’ from the other side of the proverbial aisle that must be defeated. We need to stop shouting each other down in vitriol-filled protests and stop turning our anger into riots, and learn to humanize each other and begin working together again for a common good. We need real solutions now more than ever. I truly believe our great nation, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, deserves far better than what has been happening in today’s world, and that is why I am here, writing this blog.

So, in this inaugural post, I want to layout what I hope to do with this blog. My first goal is to have a deep reflection on the Republican Party and what it stands for, or at least, what I feel it should stand for. Every four years, this discussion takes place at the Republican National Convention (which I have never attended). For me, this conversation is far too important to limit it to only four years on this national stage.  As a Republican, I find many of my fellow Republicans don’t give enough time to thinking about what our party should be, and where it should be heading. I would also imagine that not enough people pay attention to the official party platform. Before this, I personally have not spent time to read the party platform (and I used to work in government in a congressional office), and I can only imagine that the same is true with a majority of my fellow Republicans. But this document is very important to those of us that call ourselves Republicans, and we need to be aware of what is in it and to have a healthy debate about it.  I fully intend in future blog posts to go over the party platform and discuss the things that I strongly agree with and the things that I see must be changed, for our party to become stronger and to be able to compete for and appeal to new voters, and to educate them on the core principles that we stand for, and to get them engaged and excited about joining our political party. For the Republican Party to be successful, it needs to reach out and be able to attract new voters.

I would hope that as you read this, you would approach the content on my blog remembering that every person has their own set of priorities, values and opinions, and they should always be treated with respect and treated in ways that show we care about what they value. We need to listen to each other, work to find solutions and compromises that we all can live with on the most important of issues.  We need to be able to learn from each other. My ultimate goal is to educate people on political ideas and principles, and to get people to think about what they value and hold dear, and ultimately, get them to think about what they want this republic of theirs to look like in the future. For our nation to be great again, we must have a clear vision for what we want, understand the direction we want to go in and be involved. Future generations depend on us for the decisions that we make today, and to get it right.

So hopefully you’re still with me, and haven’t reached the point of ‘tl;dr’ (too long, didn’t read).  So let me tell you about myself. My name is Michael Wich. I have always been what you would consider a ‘political junkie.’ In high school, my favorite activity was writing opinion pieces for the high school newspaper that dealt with political or current issues. In college, I interned in my Congresswoman’s district office in 2001. For me, that opened my eyes to what happens in our government. My experiences were further broadened when a year later, in 2002, I was hired on as Congressional Aide to now Former Representative Heather Wilson. I served in the capacity of military and veteran liaison/constituent liaison from September 2002 until January 2008. During the course of this blog, I hope to share some of my stories about my experiences in that role, and I what I learned. But now, in the next blog entry, I want to take on what I consider is one of the most important issues I need to talk about, ‘what does it mean to be a Republican in 2016?’

Again, thank you for visiting, and I hope we can have a good debate on what is happening in our country, and what needs to be done!

–Mike

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