Those who follow me on Facebook or Twitter know that I hold some strong political opinions. I used to be pretty careful about not explicitly stating my opinions for fear of alienating readers. Lately, though, my philosophy is “Fuck it. If people can’t take a different opinion, they aren’t worth having as readers anyway.” And frankly, the way things are going in this country, I don’t want to have to explain to people in twenty years why I didn’t use the platform I had (as limited as it is) to speak out. Why didn’t you speak out when the government locked up innocent people at Guantanamo? Why didn’t you say something about the government destroying the open Internet? Why did you stand by while the Bush and Obama administrations gutted the Constitution? These are not questions I want to hear from my children and grandchildren. And no, gagging them is not the answer, according to my wife.
On the other hand, I get that you’re probably here because you’re interested in my books, not because you want to hear me rant about our overlords’ latest crimes against humanity. So I’m going to do my best not to overwhelm you with political stuff. To that end, I’m going to be channeling most of my rants through two channels. The first of these is Gitmo North, a community dedicated to raising awareness of the advance of the police state in the United States and elsewhere, including secret prisons, government-sanctioned torture, police checkpoints, incarceration of drug offenders and warrantless surveillance. Currently we have a Facebook page and a Twitter account. There’s also a website, but it’s still under construction.
I am also going to be posting regularly on The Blaze. I had some initial reservations about posting on The Blaze, because the site leans a bit more toward the right-wing conspiracy theory set than I’m comfortable with, but there’s a lot of good conservative/libertarian commentary there as well. And I figure if they’re willing to let me use their platform to address issues I care about, then why not take advantage of the opportunity? My latest post, about Obama’s convenient impotence on Guantanamo, is up on their site today.
This is not a promise not to post political stuff here or on my personal Facebook or Twitter accounts. I reserve the right to post whatever I want. But as always, I try to do so respectfully, without hitting people over the head with my own opinions. In the end, it’s about finding the truth, and everybody’s got to do that on their own. Thanks for listening.