About the Author of YourDoubtingThomas.com
YourDoubtingThomas.com was created by Brian C. Thomas. After years of rigorous study of his Uncle Tim Russert from afar (adopted– he never knew I was his nephew), and watching the likes of Anderson Cooper, Keith Olbermann, Bill O’Reilly and even Sean Hannity on television (watching Sean Hannity is part of a game I play to see how long I can watch without yelling profanities), it was time for me to get myself on CNN and tell the world what I thought about politics like it actually mattered.
Although my television pundit persona has not yet been defined: Will I play the indignant right-winger, afraid of homosexuals, women not in skirts, Spanish speaking people and blacks (and therefore half my family and some of my friends)? Maybe I’ll be the bleeding heart guy who wants to raise taxes and throw money at all of our ills, expecting that the people who run our government will wisely spend it?
I have to create new persona because those guys aren’t me. I’m socially liberal while fiscally conservative and I do not let ideology drive my politics. If a republican has the right answer to a question, fine with me. I’ll nod, smile and agree with comments made by Joe Scarborough and vote for Barack Obama the same day. There are two things I hate about politics: that people actually believe what Sean Hannity yells on his programs is news and not commentary and that I’m not on CNN giving my opinions.
I grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, about 15 miles west of Chicago. Like our current President, my mother is white and my father is black.
After finishing up at York Community High School in Elmhurst, I moved down to Champaign-Urbana for undergrad and after graduating in the mid 90s, moved to Chicago for law school at DePaul University. Now, I’m a trial lawyer, working for individuals against insurance companies. I’m fortunate, in that I love what I do and I’m proud to do it.
The true goal on the site is not to get on CNN– hopefully, the site will drive more people to get interested in the local and state politics, so we can make informed choices at the ballot box rather than just selecting the most familiar name. Driving more informed people to the polls will make our elected officals more accountable to us, rather than beholden to money from special interests. Feel free to tell me what you like, what you dislike, what you agree with and what you disagree. Feel free to email me at Brian@yourdoubtingthomas.com