Hello, everyone!

I’m extremely excited to be here, meet all of you, and get to work together. A bit about me: I’m a musician, a writer, and an organizer. I came to blogging through my colleagues here, Alex Thurston (who you’ll hear from soon) and Lance Steagall. Blogging was the start of my political awakening in 2006. Before then, I was a music student in the midwest. Now, politics is my full time job.

I work for Health Care for America Now in the online department. I blog for the campaign, so you’ll be seeing a lot of those posts here at The Seminal. While I won’t deny that these posts represent an institutional viewpoint, I try to make them as engaging and truly useful as possible. Seeing as health care is such a big issue right now, I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about, and I’m looking forward to getting into the nitty-gritty with people here. I’m a fan of the horse race, but I like getting down into the policy even more.

My interests outside of health care range from foreign policy (Alex and I have been very active in talking about our mistakes in Afghanistan) to media consolidation and criticism, so expect some discussion of those topics from me.

Mostly, however, I’m interested and excited about this community and the progressive movement at large. It’s an honor to be able to help grow a site that has such an active community, and I hope I can help make this a bigger part of the progressive conversation. I’ll be reading diaries written here closely, and we’ll be featuring a lot of your writing here on the front page. Discussion is what makes the progressive movement better, so that’s what I’m looking for here.

I can be reached at seminal@theseminal.com. Feel free to contact me at any time.

And thanks for the warm welcome!

P.S. The diaries are back up and working. So have at it!

Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.