(Note: Apologies for my absence…I’ve been over at The Widdershins.)
I’m still processing what I experienced on Friday night at The White House Project. It was quite exciting to be around those 100 women who are considering running for office, to hear the passion, trepidation and hope in their voices. It was also a privilege to hear the wise words of the women who have been successful (and who have failed) in the brutal world of politics. I got a good “get” from the event, too: I will have an interview with a fantastic lady, New York State Senator Liz Krueger for you in a few weeks, as well. Teh kewl!
I’m also processing my thoughts about blogging, the Interwebs, and what they’re really good for. Seems to me, the best thing we do is opinionating, and organizing for action. We’re trying to do a little of both here at TW now, because my opinions are a little dark these days, and I’m having a really hard time trying to keep a positive attitude with all the idiocy that’s going on.
I mean, what planet was the Nobel Peace Prize Committee on? Even the Obama-supporting pundits I’m reading are having a hard time defending the complete clusterfuckiness of that award. Some, like Glenn Greenwald, are not defending it at all; others seem to be resorting to the tried-and-true tactic of skimming over the obvious ridiculousness of it all, blaming the Republicans and, in the case of the DNC, calling those who criticize the award “siding with terrorists.” (I have to admit, I find that “reporter’s” assertion that Ronald Reagan, Mr. Iran-Contra, should have gotten the award, to be quite hilarious.)
Although I sometimes can chuckle at the absurdity of things, in general, I find I have lost my sense of humor. Obama seems bound and determined to make sure that nothing benefiting the needy ever passes through Congress, all the while (successfully?) blaming the Party who is out of power and who literally can do NOTHING to prevent him from doing anything he wants to do. It is really fucking depressing, and the idea that a Republican President and Congress might be taking over again in four years hardly seems bearable, or a remotely desired outcome.
So, the last thing I want to hear right now is the smug cluckings and crowings of the Right, as Obama swiftly throws any chance of real change out the window with both hands. I’ve had to put up with those jackasses and their lying, criminal, anti-American activities for the past eight years. I don’t want to hear what they have to say, not now, not ever. I will never forgive them for Bush, for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, for the destruction of the Constitution and the economy, and most of all, for being in bed with the corporations who have ruined a far-from-perfect, but well-meaning attempt at democracy, and who have now taken over the Democratic Party leadership as well. If I have been oversensitive about that because of my red-hot hatred towards these bloviating gasbags, I do apologize.
In addition, I can’t take any pleasure in the utterly substance-free nature of our Presidential Product and how he is flushing our country down the toilet by extending what he constantly called “the failed policies of the Bush Administration” on every issue I care about. I would rather have him magically turn into a liberal, experienced, Democratic President and prove me wrong 1,000 times over with a simple wave of a wand. Brrrrinnnnnggg! But no matter how many times I wish for unicorns and ponies, they just aren’t gonna happen.
I don’t care that I told them so. It’s too late, folks. It’s TOO FUCKING LATE. No one will be allowed to primary Obama in 2012. You think he’s going to let go of being President in four years? A guy who accepts a Nobel Prize that the least-clued-in four-year-old knows he doesn’t deserve? PLEASE! So, the way things stand right now, our choice in 2012 will be either Obama, who is a DINO, or some Republican f*ckwad like Mitt “Magic Underwear” Romney. Um, hooray?! Which do I pick, vanilla or white chocolate? Strawberry or raspberry? What’s the fucking difference? Nothing is going to change. The corporations will still have a stranglehold on our country. The gap between rich and poor will continue to grow. Women’s rights will continue to be eroded until they completely disappear. Americans will get dumber and dumber as science is replaced with religion and programs like “No Child Left Behind” remove any critical thinking from core public school curriculum. Meanwhile, cynical manipulators on both sides of the aisle will continue to whip us all into frenzies over nonsense while America becomes a Third World Country.
See? I toldja. Dark, man! Who the hell wants to read that?
So, what to do till I find my snark again? Well, I am trying to find my inspiration elsewehere. Specifically, in action. That is why I have been posting some think pieces, and some action pieces. I’m hoping that somehow, somewhere, we’re doing some good; that people will get their feet in the street, will meet with other people, and start building a REAL opposition to the status quo. We were helpless against Bush, in my opinion, because we expended most of our energies in getting Democrats elected. Now that that’s done, and we’re still not getting what we want, maybe we will be motivated to join with other like-minded lefties and build a critical mass of protesters that, in time, will usher in REAL change.
Or maybe I’m just opinionating.
This is an open thread.