When I came up with this tagline two years ago, I never could have imagined how appropriate it would be for the 2016 election cycle. I created it because of the success of my first novel, The iCandidate. The main character, Michael Bennit, is anything but conventional. His journey into Washington’s halls of power in the four book series could only best be described as “unusual.”
Fast forward to today. Let’s face it – Trump vs. Clinton has NOT been a typical presidential contest. Part of it is the personalities involved. Both candidates have equal parts passionate supporters and detractors. They are polarizing figures in a county that already has enough of it.
“Politics as Unusual is not about choosing sides.”
The second reason is the state of America itself – media driven divisions (yes, I lay much of the blame on their doorstep) has divided the nation in a way not seen in the forty-plus years since Vietnam. Some of this division is understandable – we are a nation of free thinkers with strong opinions. But this is different. And it’s toxic.
As such, the world does not need one more blog from some political fiction author espousing one point of view over another. What it needs is a voice that seeks to unite us, not further divide us. We need to rediscover our identity as a nation, and although I don’t expect my words alone to ever do that, I hope a chorus of voices will join me.
Politics as Unusual is not about choosing sides. It’s not about weighing the merits of one politician or ideology over another. While posts will be made about our political leaders, I promise that they will not have the tenor of what comes out of the mouths and from the keyboards of the charlatans we call “journalists.”
We must get back to a place of civil discourse. We must return passionate disagreement without it becoming a personal affront. It will be a long journey. It will be a hard one. Some have been waging that battle for a long time now. My fight begins today. Welcome to Politics as Unusual.
Mikael Carlson is the award-winning political fiction author of The iCandidate and the Michael Bennit Series of political dramas. He has also written the thriller The Eyes of Others. His current series, The Black Swan Saga, are epic dystopian political thrillers that showcase a world of corporate governance dominated by elitists. The first two novels, America, Inc. and America, Inc.: Bounded Rationality are available now. He lives in Danbury, CT.