Partisan blogging. When I have posted particularly anti-Bush or partisan views, many people have complained in the comments or by email. Some of the most intelligent comments on my blog have come from conservatives and some of the most stupid from liberals. In order to keep some of the more intelligent conservatives involved in the dialog, I’ve tried to generally steer clear taking strong stands on the war in Iraq and on the presidential election.
I thought about it and I’ve decided that this is stupid. I don’t want Bush to be re-elected and I think going into Iraq was wrong. I will try to be thoughtful about how I make my assertions, but I’m going to stop pretending that I’m non-partisan. I hope that Republicans or people who do not agree with me will continue to read this blog and disagree openly with me. I have just decided that it’s getting too close to the election and there is too much at risk for me to just sit here and act neutral. By Joichi Ito joi_nospam_@nospam_ito.com. [Joi Ito’s Web]
One of the commenters, Justin Jessup, makes a good point:
bq. The rest of the world hardly cares about how US citizens govern themselves. It’s US foreign policy that the rest of the world worries about.
Outside of the US it’s rather disturbing to discover how vast numbers of people regard American interests as a threat — and I’m not just talking about Bush either.
There seems to be an assumption that Joi speaking against Bush means that he is for the Democrats. I can’t speak for Joi personally, but to many other people outside the USA the differences between the two candiates, and the two parties, are seen as minor. Commentators are often critical not of the particular President, but of the way the American system as a whole affects people outside the US that don’t get a chance to vote.
If you’re inside the US and don’t like it, there’s always the possibility of leaving, but when you are already outside and the US comes to you, what can be done?
Joi, I hope you’ll step up to the plate to bat for those who are outside the US as much as you do for those inside it who see politics as either picking Democrat or Republican.