When we started the blog in 2007, The DC Dispatches was a collection of random musings from folks who lived in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We slowly carved out a niche based on reader input and ideas. Our goal then, as it remains today, is to give readers another window on how things really happen in the political and public policy arena.

Many of our early contributors wanted to remain anonymous. In some cases, they had to. And that remains the case today. Some would have lost their jobs if their identities had been known, others would have been widely unpopular in their offices for coming out politically.

While most of our contributors are ideologically and politically conservative, we welcome posts (i.e., Guest Dispatches) from folks of every ideological and political bent. Be warned: if your on the Left, be ready to defend yourself. There have not been many takers on this offer from folks on the Left.

Politics and public policy is a contact sport, but it is not what you read or hear in the media or Hollywood.  It is much less dramatic. At times, boring. What you see on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABCCBSNBC, talk radio, or read in many political blogs and some newspapers, is just part of the story. It is never as cut and dry as the media makes it out to be. Sometimes, it is just plain wrong.

There are differences between politics and governing. Big ones. While you cannot have one without the other, you must sometimes temper the former to advance the common good.  And you can only do that if you have the votes and supports to do so.

In the meantime, spirited debate is a good thing. Like a filter on a coffee maker, once its done, if done right, you’ll always have a fresh brew of ideas. That is what we enjoy doing here for you. Don’t be shy. Speak up.

Make your world better, one idea at a time.

P.S., just because there is a lawyer or two posting on this site, nothing posted should be interpreted as “legal advice.” Contact your lawyer for legal issues. 

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