As you likely know, I announced my candidacy for the Milwaukee County Board on November 3. And that is the predominant reason I’ve been quiet on the blog front. Perhaps if I had one of those newfangled “smart phone” thingamajiggers, I could blog while knocking on doors. But that almost defeats the purpose. (I can see it now: “Hi, I’m Jason Ha– oh, hang on, somebody commented.”)
Long-time readers of my blog — I know one person has been reading me since I started blogging in 1996 — know that I sometimes prefer to view the world through a long-term perspective. Such a prediction almost runs against the everything-is-instant mindset of so many blogs. But I think it’s a useful skill to have.
For instance, as the structure of the county board, and quite possibly the county government as a whole, will be changing in the next two years, critical thinking and broad, long views will be quite important. A lot is at stake. The county has a few thousand employees, but it makes it possible for tens of thousands of Milwaukeeans to get to work in a day. Even more have had a higher quality of life thanks to the steady functioning of the government. And yet there has been a decided push against having the government operate in a normal manner. The reasons for that should be discussed, perhaps in another forum. Suffice to say I am now more interested in helping ensure this steady function than in microanalyzing the origins of the anti-government air-apparent.
That’s why I’m doing doors, meeting my neighbors. It’s been a fantastic experience. Perhaps some day I could blog about it.