Politics Up and Down explores policy, governing and campaigning at all levels of government.  We will dig deeper than the typical political site pushing an ideological agenda.  While the content of this site comes from an unapologetic liberal perspective, it also recognizes that progress can only be made by navigating today’s polarized political reality.  This blog will advocate for Democratic policy but will also attempt to analyze political strategy and the “inside politics” game that must be played to achieve lasting progress.

Politics Up and Down posts content while considering the following words of wisdom: “Never question a man’s motives, question his judgment.”  This came from Joe Biden’s farewell speech to the U.S. Senate prior to him becoming Vice President.  It was advice given to Biden early in his Senate career by Senator Mike Mansfield.  We assume that political officeholders, appointees or any other person discussed are acting in a way that they feel is in the best interests of those they represent.  This doesn’t mean that words and actions that we disagree with won’t be met with strong criticism.  It also does not mean that political third rails will be avoided.  Issues such as racism, civil rights and women controlling their own bodies are just as or even more important as how much we pay in taxes and government spending priorities.

If you are looking for an argument that the progressive agenda must be pursued without compromise, this site is not for you.  If you are looking for ranting that the time-honored institutions of the United States of America are broken beyond repair, this is not the site for you.  If you are looking for a barrage of personal insults aimed at dehumanizing those who we disagree with politically, this site is not for you.

Finally, Politics Up and Down promotes the idea that civic engagement is critical at all levels of government.  Our conversation doesn’t stop at Capital Beltway.  We look for opportunities to demonstrate how important decisions at your state capital, city hall and school board have equal, if not more impact on your daily lives.  Do you know who decides how your children’s school district will distribute funds?  Do you know what your local state representatives wants to change on tax policy?  Do you know who picks the members of your local public utility commission that may have the power to regulated carbon emissions from power plants?  If you answer “no” to any of these questions, you may want to look it up.