When something happens in local politics, so many of us seem to feel the need to have an opinion about it.
When someone is elected, we have to find something we don’t like about this person, or why your candidate would be so much better.
We don’t actively log into social media accounts to leave three-star reviews and statements of mild approval of our electeds – that’s just not the suburban Maryland way.
For the disgruntled electorate, I’ve started the YouTube channel, The MoCo Millennial, where I interview candidates, elected officials, and activists to provide them with a platform to explain, in depth, one or two issues that matter most to them personally or to their campaigns and causes.
Too often we are presented with sound bites or tweets that extract a nonrepresentative fraction of a complex issue and churn out digestible tidbits that feed our diminished attention spans. Unfortunately, these bite-size features fail to get the point across and enable statements to be taken out of context.
Case in point, Marc Elrich’s comment about ethnic cleansing.
I may appear to mirror the views of those whom I am interviewing at the moment, and while I often have been in alignment with their views, my role in the interview is not to argue with them, but to let my guests make their points.
Here, however, the views expressed will be entirely my own. I’ll address some of the interviews I host, and I’ll provide my personal take on other matters. I may provide commentary on recent events, but I will likely link to coverage of a developing news story rather than attempt to provide the full coverage myself. In other words, this is not a news blog. It’s more of a discussion of issues, largely political, that matter to the under-35 demographic in Maryland and D.C. – though I may branch out.
All views are mine and mine alone. They do not necessarily reflect the organizations of which I am a member (Progressive Maryland, Montgomery County Young Democrats, the Women’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County) and they most certainly do not reflect the views of my employer.
So, here goes, enjoy the ride. (It has to be better than a 495 commute).