Friday, October 01, 2004

Why a blog?

Mommypundit correctly pointed out in her first post that much of the inspiration for starting this blog came from Hugh Hewitt. In fact, it would be safe to say that one of the most affirming signs for me was reading his book If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It. His book was really more affirmation of our recent involvement in politics (more about that later) than about blogging. However, it was our interest and involvement in politics that really served as the impetus for starting the blog.

Let's face it, there is only one issue we really need to be concerned about in this election. Who will keep us safe? Will it be Republicans or Democrats? A quick review of recent events will show you that Republicans truly understand the threats our country faces and will do everything possible to eliminate the threats before they come to fruition.

So back to how we recently became involved in politics. We've always had an interest in politics and have tried our best to stay abreast of what's happening in the world. But it has only been in the last few months that an opportunity to really be involved has presented itself. It's been almost 2 years since we moved to Southwest Virginia. Of the many people we have met and become friends with are Kevin and Jill Triplett. When we first met them we were only vaguely aware of his campaign for the U. S. House 9th district seat in Virginia. As we got to know them better, we discovered that Kevin and Jill decided to raise their family where they both grew up. Then Kevin decided to run for Congress against 22 year incumbent Rick Boucher. Never before had we personally known someone who was involved in politics and certainly not on the federal level. Here was an opportunity to get involved in a campaign. Here was an opportunity to do more than simply say we support Kevin. We were being called to get involved.

That's really the message of Hugh's book. It's time to get involved. It's time to do everything we can to make sure that Republicans are elected. Which brings me back to why we started this blog. A couple of weeks ago, mommypundit was doing some research on Rick Boucher's voting record (research which incidentally became her post on Southwest Virginia Values. After spending a great deal of time researching this issue and coming up with lots of interesting information (testimony to the power of the Internet - you can find just about anything) she was left frustrated at the end of the evening not knowing what to do with all her hard work. This blog is the result of that research.

Of course, not everything we write about will be political. We expect in the coming weeks to write about a whole variety of issues. We are also realistic that we're probably not going to be as widely read as Hugh Hewitt, Kerry Spot, Powerline, Instapundit, Best of the Web, or any of the many other blogs that we read on an almost daily basis. So we won't get hung up on whether lots of people read what we have to say. What we hope is that folks will drop by to see what we've posted and take the information we've found and share it with others. That's all we can ask for.