Spinning my wheels.

William Brafford

William Brafford grew up in North Carolina, home of the world's best barbecue, indie rock, and regional soft drinks. He just barely sustains a personal blog and "tweets" every now and then under the name @williamrandolph.

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  1. E.D. Kain says:

    Haha. I have very similar concerns and an entirely different strategy. That’s why your posts always come off as well thought out and intelligible and mine are like the ramblings of a bi-polar drunkard. :0)Report

  2. 0whole1 says:

    >from the “Afro-centrist Marxism” set to the “competent and pragmatic” set

    Maybe instead of looking at ideologies to start with, look at his resume to figure out where he’s coming from: community organizer; teacher. In both, you’re trying, possibly through indirect means, to lead a group or individuals to figure out how to lead themselves.

    Personally, I think one of his over-arching goals is to teach us to be citizens again.Report

  3. I think E.D. accurately elludes to two different posting styles. One is to wait until you have made up your mind and write with conviction. That’s sort of like college, when papers should never use phrases like, “I think…” or, “It is my belief…” Writing as you think (thinking out loud) is sort of like journaling. That’s the way I blog. I’m like E.D. in that I just sort of say what is on my mind and I guess I have dreams that someday my kids or grandkids could read the breadth of my blog and it would document a slow but deliberate evoluton of my own beliefs.

    One great thing about the League, for it’s members, is that you all have the luxury of not having to write every day. There are times when I would KILL for that. But as a slave to traffic, the monkey is on my back. So I guess the League is accomplishing one of many goals that I know you all had with its founding which is that it accomodates a variety of styles of blogging and merges them all well.

    As for trying to understand this President..he remains, for me, a very hard person to predict and see any real pattern with. In some respects a like that. I like that his responses aren’t predictable. But of course the boring conservative in me likes a certain degree of certainty.Report

  4. Will Wilson says:

    You have no idea how much I sympathize. Of course, my escape for now is just to write about abstractions.

    A friend of mine in his 40’s who’s been a journalist for a while is totally unsurprised by this. As he puts it: “Young people can do investigative journalism and they can write about ideas. No way in hell they can do political or cultural analysis. They just haven’t lived long enough or seen enough elections.”

    I’m beginning to think that he might be right.Report

  5. I have to sort of agree with your friend. I have a blogging friend who is in his early 20’s. His take on things is brilliant but often lacking historical context. At 34, maybe I’m finally getting old enough that the ‘big picture’ is coming into view.Report

  6. E.D. Kain says:

    I don’t know. Age helps to be sure, but I know a lot of older people who just ain’t all that bright or analytical or good at big picture stuff. Then again, I’m 28 and so when I look back on all this silly writing I’m doing now a few years down the road, I’m sure I’ll be embarrassed as hell by all of it….Report

  7. Ha! I’m embarrassed by stuff I wrote 6 weeks ago!Report