I hope the above file works. I haven’t put audio on it yet but you can run it as a slide show.
Below is the introduction to the political book as I’ve been calling the file for quite some time. It’s a project that’s been in the works (and with as many deleted files as any other project I’ve ever done). It’s taken me a while to find the hook but please note I don’t plan on ranting and raving. Instead, I want to talk it out and let each reader decide for themselves.
We Ride at Dawn:
Peeling Back the Layers of Fear and Political Rhetoric
The Story Behind the Title
November 7, 2018
I’ve been wanting to write a book like this since the 2016 Presidential Election but it’s taken me two years to find the hook I needed to start with. A few months ago, the term ‘peeling back the layers’ came to my mind and it hasn’t left. And when something sticks around like that I start to look at it closely.
What I’ve discovered as I look at politics just over the last thirty years is how many layers have built up over not just the issues, but the political process itself. It’s like complex discussions are turned into thirty-second sound-bite commercials or screaming rhetoric that drowns out any real discussion of the details of the issues at hand. Because of this reduction of complexity and extreme amplification of fear, we have the huge divide in our society today.
I have faith in people, though. And I have faith in our political system even as it’s been terribly abused by those in power right now. What I want to do with this book is peel back the layers of rhetoric, fear, and all-around bullshit to get to the heart of the issues at hand. I’m not a scholar, or a policy wonk, or a professional pundit. I’m a very average, working-class Jane who’s never been rich, or very successful. I’ve always had to work for whatever I had and even when I did start to make some money and get on my feet, life kicked all that out from under me.
I will say right here and now that my political views and positions are what are referred to as Democrat, Progressive, Liberal, and Leftist. I accept all those labels and embrace the ideals and positions behind them. This book will explain why because I have challenged myself to really think through the issues at hand to arrive at the positions that I have. But I want readers of this book to think for themselves, and to work through the issues in their own way and arrive at the conclusions they do. I won’t tell anyone what to think or feel even if it’s different from me because I think everyone has to figure things out for themselves.
The title ‘We Ride at Dawn’ is from a series of poems I’ve written about politics. I write poetry to think things out in single lines and find ways to organize my thoughts in prose. This series of poems are a rallying cry, though, a rally cry for people not only to get involved, but to think things through and peel back the layers of fear and bullshit to get to the true heart of the matter.