No Politics Here

Some time back I posted a poll asking whether politics should be discussed in this blog. The number of responses was quite small but the comments offered were thoughtful. I asked five questions and I will synopsize the responses.

Should discussion of politics have a place in this blog? Almost all responders said no to this though several said a political discussion in a separate site would be good. One said yes but in a separate section of this blog. Comments indicated concern that political discussions could disrupt the sense of community in Armory Park.

If politics is discussed, should the blog advocate for a certain position? The majority said no. Most wanted only subjects related to the neighborhood and seemed to be concerned again about divisiveness. One thoughtful comment: “While most of AP is probably “liberal” leaning, not everyone is. I would not be in favor of a spatially defined enclave of people who all think alike. That would be a bubble, which is part of our current problem.”

If the blog advocates for a position I would like it to align with the following: conservative, moderate, liberal, other. While most seemed to think AP is liberal leaning, even those seemed to feel that taking a position along the political spectrum would be divisive. A couple wanted a liberal position but nobody wanted a conservative alignment.

If the blog discusses politics, it should emphasize what level of government? All responders wanted any blog discussions to be about city/county politics.

What is your greatest concern regarding politics today? Responders expressed a variety of concerns. A frequent theme was concern over the polarization, anger and conflict in the current American political scene. Another was the greater prominence today of racism and religious intolerance. Public apathy and a lack of compassion in some circles were also cited.

My conclusion was that discussion of politics in this blog would not be a good idea. Poll responses confirmed my concerns that the subject would be divisive rather than helpful for the community. If I feel the need to step into the political arena, it will be on another site or in another way. My main objective for this blog is to make Armory Park a stronger community so I will stay away from distracting issues. If anything appearing here has a political flavor it will be because the matter has a direct impact on Armory Park.

Thanks for those of you who took the time to respond. I can’t thank any of you personally because the survey software provides no identity information, protecting your privacy. That is a good thing.

Author: Ken Taylor

I am a relatively recent Armory Park resident (2/16) along with my wife, Donna and our little dog Lulu. In our 7+ decades, Donna and I lived over 30 years in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Arizona. We have been Arizona residents for 16 years before coming here including 12 in Green Valley and four in west Tucson. We love the neighborhood for its history, walkability and interesting residents. Lulu insists on walking every day so you may see us following her around and picking up trash to keep our neighborhood presentable.

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