I had a friend. For the sake of protecting his privacy I’ll call him “Mark Pond.” I liked Mark. We had a lot in common. We both loved science fiction. We both still read comic books. We both had cute kids (mine are totally cuter, though!). And then I started paying attention to politics.
As I’ve mentioned before, my political awakening only came in the last few years. Early 2008 to be precise. I had quit my awful, short lived, management position at Blockbuster a few months before the birth of my first child and my wife and I had decided that I would work part time and be a stay at home dad. She was making enough money for us to afford it and we had discussed it during the pregnancy. Why work full time and pay most of my paycheck to have someone else raise my child?
As anyone with children of their own knows, newborns don’t do much other than sleep and eat (and poop and pee) so I found myself with a fair amount of down time. So I started to read political websites. A lot of political websites.