With the 2008 election come and gone, now is the time for me to start my path into politics. The journal is being created with a two-fold purpose in mind.
First, to document the rise into politics from someone who does not have the "wealth" of experience in the political realm. I plan on documenting here my complete ups and downs as I try to become a State Representative for Colorado. It's going to be an interesting trip, whether successful or not. I can only hope that readers can empathize and enjoy my own account of this adventure.
Secondly, to get out the word. The internet today is a viable force to be reckoned with, one that young people like you and I use without even a second thought. Harnessing our cooperation and determination, we can together work for a better and stronger America.
I don't have a speech writer, so everything I write here is purely off the cuff. Maybe later, should success come this way, I can have someone who knows what to write for me to say. For now, however, I'll use the plebian approach and simply write my thoughts, my goals, my... well, everything.
Theodore Roosevelt, a great President and one of my role models, said it beautifully many years ago. I will end this on his quote:
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt, "Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910