May 18 2005
Who is AJStrata? Well for one thing I would like to remain anonymous for a while until I see what I am getting into here!
I was raised a democrat since my grandfather, on my mother’s side, was a democrat US Congressman from Ohio many decades ago. That was a time when the democrat party was the party of FDR and Kennedy. A party long gone and now only a memory. Today’s democrats are not even a shadow of the people from the middle of the last century, and it shows all too well.
I left the democrat party for good to become an independent (for good it seems) during Reagan’s first term. When I realized that not only had all the Chicken Little predictions from the democrats not come true, but that Reagan was demonstrating what conservatives principles and ideas could create. I would never allow myself to be manipulated by any political party again. I am an unabashed conservative, but The fringes worry me and I am glad to see that the political and independent middle now determine which way this country will go. I broke with the hyper conservative movement on April 14th, 2009 for the same reasons I left the Democrats.
I was born, raised and still live in Northern Virginia. Therefore I have known the political class up close and personal. And I know they are simply people trying to do the right thing, but that does not excuse excessive and immoral means to their ends. I think this is true for most people. I am not impressed or cowed by anyone’s position or power – only by the results they achieve.
I am not politically active, but actively follow politics. The wife and I have had the fortune to live through the Internet’s evolution. We can recall the day when I first brought home the Mosaic software (first web browser) and ‘surfed’ the pages (all Mosaicâ€™s of course). It was a huge leap from the days of Internet billboards and message boards. And look what has happened since then. The world has been transformed by communications, and soon by the weblogs. I am proud to join those pioneers who established the electronic pamphleteers of our time – those who are listed in my BlogRoll (and many more I still need to add!).
The wife and I have four kids (at this writing on our debut date of 05-18-05 they are 25, 20 and twins at age 10 – yes, we know…) and started our own small company only a short two years ago. We both are software System Engineers in divergent fields, and our company has a few contracts with the Federal Government (hence my reservations about going public all at once). With the launching of our Weblog, we now only need to figure out how to fit in family, company, blogging.
I hope people find this site of some value to them and to the serious political debates of our times.
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