Why I am writing about politics

It’s not a decision I made lightly. Friends and colleagues both warned me not to jump into the political arena this year. “You’ll alienate your reader base,” they said. “You’re a romance author. You’ll sound like you’re trying to be an expert at something you’re not trained in.”

What did I do? I ignored them. And there’s a very simple reason why. This year isn’t about politics at all. Politics are about policies, and there must always be some give and take about policies. This year is different. This year is about defending our country’s values, principles and freedoms. They are in danger, and Donald Trump is the threat.

I started my crusade on Facebook at the beginning of the year, trying to encourage friends and family to truly look at what Donald Trump had said and done since launching his presidential campaign. His off-the-cuff remarks about Mexicans being rapists and drug dealers, his horrible comments about women, his passion for waterboarding and other forms of torture, and the worst of all, to me at least, his advocating for killing the families of terrorists. And let’s not forget his promises to limit both freedom of the press and freedom of religion. Any of the other Republican candidates would have been better for our nation. But they didn’t become the presidential nominee. Trump did. And so I vowed to keep posting until Donald Trump was no longer a threat to my country.

Well, he’s still out there. And I’m still writing my articles for whatever they’re worth. And that’s part of why this blog has been so neglected. I’ve only let my politics sneak on here once or twice before. But with the election less than a month away, I’ve made a decision. I hope it’s not a dumb one.

I hope it doesn’t make you hate me or decide not to read my books. If it does, that’s my loss.

In an attempt to reach more voters, I’ll be posting on here now. You’ll see what I believe in right up front. There’s nothing romantic about politics, but there is passion. Passion for preserving our country’s founding principles. There is love. Love for our country and our fellow man. There is desire. Desire to make our country a better place for everyone.

And that’s why, for the next month, I’m dedicating this blog to anyone who believes that we must defeat Donald J. Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election. I’ll post my #StopTrump articles here and then to Facebook. If any of my other talented, like-minded fellow writers wishes to join me, I will welcome them.

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4 responses to “Why I am writing about politics

  1. Unfortunately, this fight won’t end on Election Day, even if Trump goes down to the ignominious defeat he deserves. The movement he has unleashed will remain, and will continue to pose dangers to our democracy. Trump has proven himself perfectly capable of spreading lies about a sitting president, and inciting violence against Clinton, should she be elected president.

  2. I’m sorry, but I think you probably made a mistake.

    1) A lot of people simply don’t like celebs, authors, and other public figures to try to influence them regarding topics like politics and religion. Case in point – there is a very popular national sportswriter whose column I used to read every week. He started covering a particular political issue that he felt strongly about. His readers email him and complained. He basically said, “It’s my article; I’ll write what I want.” I’ve never read another word of his since he posted that. If he doesn’t care about what his readers want, why should I, as one of his readers, care a lick about him?

    2) It’s likely to have almost no impact. Your articles are sure to resonate with people who already believe as you believe.

    3) (This one is probably only likely to be felt by me.) As an author myself, I really, really respect writers who can put themselves into the head of all their characters, no matter their worldview. By being so partisan on the issue of the presidential election, it makes me feel that you’re probably not talented at putting yourself inside the shoes of another person.

    • Thank you for commenting. All very fair points. I’m hardly a celeb, but I do agree with the sportswriter you refer to. Writers need to write about what they’re inspired to write about. At the moment, I feel very strongly that I need to write about this. I respect your right not to read it. As to whether or not I’m talented at writing my fiction, you’d have to read it to make that decision, I would hope.