This time this is my fight song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care
If nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got
A lot of fight left in me
–Rachel Platten, Fight Song
I’ve decided that I also want another blog to talk about politics. I will also be updating my China blog regularly, but I wanted the blog about my experiences in China and the blog about politics to be separate. For the record, this blog will be about American politics and issues. It may touch on international politics from time to time, but I will avoid discussing Chinese politics, and I will not approve any questions about Chinese politics. Just as you don’t go into someone’s house as an invited guess and tell them how to set their table, it is not my place or job to talk about Chinese politics. China may be mentioned, but only as an aside as part of a story on US politics.
Disclaimers done, here is what I will be talking and writing about. I feel that I shouldn’t disconnect from American politics while I’m over here, as I know I am not planning to be in China forever. I feel I have a powerful perspective and voice on politics, and I feel that I have a duty to making America a better place. It may be naive to think I can make a difference from over here, but I don’t care. I also just enjoy it!
As for the format, I am inspired by a lot of things. One thing that inspires me often is music (as those of you in my grad school program know), so there will many times be song lyrics that start a post. Some of the posts will be very clinical (I think that’s the right word?) about issues, and some will be very personal. Some will be well-supported, and some will be rants. Most will be my thoughts, though I may turn to reposting from time to time. If I write a post in the Onion-style sarcasm, I’ll make a note.
The inspiration from this came from two songs that came up today: Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” and Katy Perry’s “Roar”. Fight Song talks about still having that fire in your bones, not caring what other people think of you, and fighting no matter what. Roar talks about knowing your strength and knowing that you are a champion and that, despite being held back by circumstances, other people, or yourself, you have the power to roar. You see the influence in the blog title “Roaring Left” and in the first thing I post being the “Fight Song” chorus.
“One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”– President Barack Obama
My political career (if you want to call it that), has shown that one voice can change a city. My goal is to roar my way to changing a state, a nation, and the world. And I don’t really care if nobody else believes, I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.