Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Oh well, Nevermind

I can’t take anymore.

They have lied, stolen, and murdered. Instead of fighting terrorism and protecting us from the terrorists they have made matters worse and left us more vulnerable. They are destroying our environment and our livelihoods while simultaneously speaking about freedom, peace and Christ. Blatantly, recklessly and without remorse. Regardless of the polls, just the sheer numbers of Americans who don’t see it, don’t want to see it, don’t care about, support it, defend it etc. is too overwhelming. I can’t bear it.

I have to take a break from politics.

I just have to.


Anonymous blue girl said...

My husband said this very same thing this morning. Not exaggerating -- almost word to word.

Hang in there, Al!

1:16 PM  
Blogger fgfdsg said...

I reached this point a couple of weeks ago - bobby sounds on the verge of it. Is it despair? Futility? Sheer exhaustion? Or just complete and utter helplessness and inability to make any impact upon the world around us - to make people See.

Hell, if an American city being destroyed through government neglect and inaction didn't wake up the populace, what can we possibly say?

Hang on mate. Spend time with your family and recharge. Nothing's worth causing you this kind of despair.

5:29 PM  
Blogger fgfdsg said...

I just remembered this article from the Onion:

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Decatur Dem said...

Al, I reached this point a couple of weeks ago. Too much aggravation, life's too short, no point anyway. Just gonna read Bleak House, maybe try Gravity's Rainbow again. Think about planting roses before it gets too warm.

Lasted about a day.

Osama doesn't know a cave so deep, nor Cheney a location so undisclosed, that complete disengagement is possible. Hell, we were in Windhoek, Namibia when Bush launched the invasion of Iraq. It was by far the biggest story there.

The solution may be just to keep it in some kind of perspective, or to set aside a period each day to get away from the internet, TV, papers, radio, and read a novel or a biography or whatever nonpolitical whatnot that strikes your fancy. Listen to Brahms or Mingus, without any news-related reading material in reach of your chair. Go for a hike or a bike ride. Trying to keep up with the latest knavery out of Washington is like trying to sip from a fire hydrant: it can't be done. Ya gotta pace yourself. Ya gotta stick to your principles, but a person can withstand only so much outrage at one time.

Keep the faith.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

Agree with Decatur Dem. Pace yourself.

I didn't watch Bush's State of the F-Upped Union address, I started a post about the next day coverage but didn't finish it, and ended generally letting the whole idiotic event roll off my back. The fight can wait one day, I guess...

7:25 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Yeah, we could all use some time off from that Butthead.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Liberal Grrl said...

I periodically take "news blackouts" for 7 days. It does me a world of good and then when I get back to being engaged I can think clearly and I'm not so overwhelmed with depression that I can't react positively and with intent. For me its yoga and children's literature. Take a break. You'll comeback with a new and stronger perspective.

4:52 PM  
Blogger XTCfan said...

I agree with grrl, and would add that they want you to get depressed and fatigued and give up. You've got to fight them all the time. Embrace your outrage. If you don't, their lies seep into your system like tendrils, and pretty soon you find yourself saying things like, "Well, he is the president, maybe he knows what he's doing."

No he fucking doesn't. And he's not my president. He stole the election. Twice.

Al, sign up with your local Democratic party and focus your anger. Even if the Dems don't make any gains in the upcoming election, you will have tried. Remember, you'd do anything to protect your children, right? We're doing this for them, so they have a world to live in.

Be a fyhtr (I swear I didn't make that WV up ... shit, I didn't even see it until I was done with the post!)

6:20 PM  
Blogger Neddie said...

Me, I'm storing it aaaaaall up. Every last insult to my intelligence, every lie, every how-fucking-stupid-do-you-think-I-am outrage -- and then one day, when I'm 55 or so, I'm gonna waste somebody. Maybe even more than one. Absolutely grease 'em. Show 'em all what a semiautomatic weapons collection's for.

I think that's healthy, don't you?

Meantime, I'm keeping the whole thing tamped down, smoldering nicely, with plenty of booze and codeine.

nqftodi -- the only kind of todi to have when you're having more than one.

9:55 PM  
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8:10 AM  
Blogger M.T. Vanus said...


I don't blame you for disengaging occasionally; we all need a reset now and again. Time off won’t alter the political landscape significantly. The future of democracy lies not upon your shoulders, V.

The Democratic Party must stand up and kick ass. If they post no opposition, no light to the Republican’s dark, how can they expect to win? They had a golden opportunity to show a stark contrast (in the words of Tom Paine) to Bonzo’s State of the Union “chimp” speech (kudos to Surf Daddy) and delivered I’m really nervous in my role as someone with a spine kind of rebuttal. Can someone get me a Perrier?


I would offer xtcfan’s message to the Democrats:

Shilling for the fellow who said: Embrace you outrage.

Elected officials-Republicans and Democrats alike-had better take notice.

8:16 AM  
Blogger cali said...

Breaks are good. I took a much needed break from politics when visiting Austin over Christmas. Saw three films: Syrianna, Brokeback Mountain and the Townes Van Zant bio-doc. Went out to eat, listened to music and played card and board games, read a book. Therapeutic.

1:53 PM  

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