When we discussed Chris Evans kicking Tom Brady’s MAGA hat to the curb, I mentioned that Chris was developing a political website. He wants to encourage bipartisanship by representing both sides of the aisle on policies and issues. Chris has been increasingly vocal about his politics these past few years. Fortunately for all his fans, he doesn’t just sound off, he also educates himself on the issues. This has led to a larger civic engagement (his words) project that is his website, called A Starting Point, that he’s co-founding with Mark Kassen and Joe Kiani. The idea is to ask the same questions to politicians from different parties and for visitors to weigh both sides of the argument. Last Friday, Chris sent a video to the members of Congress asking them to participate in the project and explained the idea behind the site. Here’s that video:
Chris’summation of his project from the video:
Hi I’m Chris Evans. If you’re watching this, I hope you’ll consider contributing to my civics engagement project called A Starting Point. It’s a website designed to provide succinct answers to common questions by presenting both the Democratic and Republican points of view on dozens of issues across the political landscape… I want to make it clear that this website has nothing to do with my political opinions. It’s not about my political opinions, this is about yours. This is a chance for you to talk about the issues that matter to you.
Remember that this was made and played for politicians, so the ‘you’ means members of Congress, not you you. Although, he might consider opening it up to us once this thing takes off. We could talk about what matters to us, like if a person should or should not shave off a beard. In all seriousness, this sounds like a well thought out project. It would be a great resource for people who vote the issues. It’s well thought out because Chris repeatedly mentioned they are looking for succinct answers (something that makes every politician he spoke to blanch). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to know a candidate’s take on an issue only to wade through 12 paragraphs of fluff on their website trying to find it. So one minute answers to questions provided by A Starting Point will get to the heart of the matter. I love it. And he asked them to provide links so if the reader did want more information, they could find it. It’s smart, I’m really impressed. I should mention that all the politicians on the video seem truly supportive and welcome this project as a chance to present their views. But they’re politicians, what else are they going to say publicly?
Websites, no matter how noble, take money so let’s focus on Chris’ day job for a moment. The latest Avengers: Endgame clip is here:
“We owe it to everyone not in this room to try.” Watch a brand-new clip from Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame.
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) April 8, 2019
I could write another post on my thoughts on this. I won’t, because I’m sure you’re having them too. So I’m just going to watch it again, and again, and again…
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