Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Few Changes

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Some of the regular readers may have noticed a few changes here at Michigan Redneck. In March I started blogging about Mike Huckabee, through my genealogical website Kallis Ancestry. That website no longer exists. Depending on whatever happens after Michigan's January 15 Primary, I may start the website back up. In order to get more traffic from people who were interested in Mike Huckabee I started this blog, in May.
I have been doing some soul searching. At current, I can not support any one particular presidential candidate. I am going a little unorthodox and veering from the "traditional." While most political blogs, be it Republican or Democrat, either blog about just one specific candidate or are completely neutral and blog about all of them in their own party or each and every one from both major parties I am going to blog about the ones that I do like.
As you can see at the side, I have buttons to click on for Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson and John McCain. These will be rotated every other day. There are things that I like and things I dislike about each one. But in all I wouldn't mind seeing either one of them be our next POTUS. With these three candidates I will only blog about the positives and/or neutrals. Although everyone else is fair game.
Since I am still unsure as to who to specifically support, I feel it only fair to give my readers a chance to check out the field. Granted, I am not including all the candidates here. One, I support the Republicans. Two, I do not support all of them. If you want to check out any of the ones I that are not mentioned on this blog, it is a free country, all you have to do is go on any search engine. I prefer Yahoo Search or Google. Again, free country, you can choose whichever search engine you prefer.
The only bad thing about my being unsure is that one thing I love about campaigns is that I love the volunteer grassroots aspect. Due to the current aspect of this blog not supporting one particular candidate, I feel it unfair to do any volunteering for any one candidate. Thus, I must stay out of the volunteer system, for now. Sure, I could volunteer for all three, but what purpose would that serve? Plus, I have a life, not much of one, but still I have a life. Many of my longtime readers will recall that I am not a fan of hawking for contributing to the campaigns. While I understand that the campaigns need money to keep the campaigns going, my thought is that you can visit the websites and decide to contribute through there, without my help. Plus right now it would be a conflict of interest. I am signed up to receive email alerts through all three of the campaigns. If I get an email alert that I feel is worthy to post here, that is more than just to hawk for money and it does have links to contribute I will provide those, in full entirety.
Some of you may be wondering why I am posting about the changes. Well, originally I was going to leave "as-is" and just keeping posting the way I feel. The reason for this babbling post? I was checking my stats. Since posting about Fred Thompson and John McCain, some of you have clicked on the tags regarding these two gentleman and coming to some past posts in which I may not have said flattering things about either one. I have decided to keep these posts standing. I do not want anyone to think I am playing games. I am just trying to be honest, something that is sorely missing from politics. I wrote those posts on how I felt at the time, like it or not they are staying. Not only that, but I did send an email out to the Huckabee campaign letting them know that if they want to take me off the blogroll, for obvious reasons, they can do that. I left it up to them. They kept me on the blogroll and I am still getting traffic from the site. I want Huckabee supporters to know what is going on when they see that I have posts for Thompson and McCain. For it is only fair. I just want everyone out there to make informed decisions on everything they read. The future of our country is too important to just be narrow minded and not look at all sides.
I have learned more in the past few more months through blogging than I have learned in the past fifteen or so years. I have learned quite a few lessons from friends, online and those I know in person. I have said it here before and I will say it again, I was a Romney supporter through encouragement from a friend I know in person before becoming a Huckabee supporter. Early on this same friend said that Mike Huckabee would never make it. I did get a bit upset with him and acted immature towards him once or twice. I have learned to respect his choice. Who knows what may or may not happen? Perhaps Romney will make it. Perhaps Huckabee may make it. Perhaps neither will. Only time will tell. Another real life friend has told me to blog what is in my heart, regarding this change. And that is exactly what I am doing. Some online friends have supported me in different ways throughout the ups and downs within my blogging process. Some have been supportive some have not, through this current change. I have learned that friends are not the people who have the same exact ideas as you or I, or even support the same candidate, but those that are willing to listen and offer advice. To all of you who have been so supportive "I luv y'all." Not like in a huggy kissy way, but I am sure you know what I mean. I hope to one day be able to repay that kindness. I welcome any comments, negative or positive, regarding this new change. All I ask is that you keep it relevant to the subject at hand. Any negative comments should be why you do not like what I am doing, not just attacks. Attacks will not be posted, relevant criticism will be posted. I would prefer at possible that you leave a name, even if it is not your real name, ex: "Reader2008" or whatever you wish. When you are "anonymous" I don't know you from Adam or any other "anonymous. Thank you for your time.

God Bless From the Upper Peninsula in Michigan!
PS For the Michigan readers out there, I will be posting more Michigan stories, political or not. Mostly Republican politics.

7 comments:

Larry said...

Kathy,

I have enjoyed your blog and will continue to do so. You have to do what you feel is right and if this is it, so be it. I would be curious as to why you have pulled back in your complete support of Huckabee, if you would care to share that reason. If not, I understand. Good luck in all you do.

Larry
My Take

Michigan Redneck said...

Larry,

Thank you for your comment. I do not feel it is proper to talk about what made me pull back my support, due to the fact that there are some good things about Huckabee, that I do like. Let's just say my beliefs in some issues, such as crime and immigration, are more passionate than Huckabee's.

Larry said...

I understand and I respect your decision to not discuss your reasons. I still wish you well and I will still enjoy your blog.

Michigan Redneck said...

Thank you for your understanding. I am realizing that this new "format" is harder than I thought it would be. All three of the candidates I am blogging about have their good points and their bad points. I just want to get the good out. I just want those out there to make informed decisions.

SR said...

Kathy,

Thank you for the open and honest explanation of where you are at. I can appreciate how it feels to suddenly be unsure of who you might vote for, especially in such an important election.

Peter said...

Please call Bill Donoghue at the Catholic League and tell him your disgust for his trashing of Huckabee.

(212) 371-3191

DR said...

Peter,

I think you are not accurately portraying Donohue's comments. I feel everything he said was accurate. Donohue and the Catholic League supported Huckabee when his supporter made bigoted comments against Catholics earlier this year and all he is pointing out now is that Huckabee is now involved in the trashing of yet another candidate's religion. All Donohue said is basically that it is too much of a coincidence.