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(Blogged by Chris Durang on the Huffington Post)

This is a free associative rant, triggered by a friend who wrote me asking me why I'd been so silent for a while (both in email and on the Huffington Post). I hope it's of interest. If it isn't, please cut me some slack (and/or stop reading).

My friend offered me several choices to explain why he hadn't heard from me, and they included "worried, really worried" and "uninspired" and I checked those two. (I did not check his options of Giddy, Pregnant, New Puppy, or Becoming a Lutheran.)

But "worried, really worried" (about the world, and the country) is the main thing I've been feeling, and it permeates my daily wanderings about. And "uninspired" because I haven't been working on a play I've started (alert the media!), and because I haven't written anything on the Huffington Post.

I mean, my writing a post isn't significant, except I feel that the more voices that get out there with "worry pay-attention-damn-it" the better. But I have felt paralyzed about adding my voice lately.

I feel like a person who is in a community where first one house is on fire, then another one, then there's an earthquake, then there's a mud slide, then there's a witch burning ... politically there are so many issues that tumble into each other, I am tongue-tied.

I think of writing something, and I become overwhelmed, both with anger and then with a sort of despair that I can't get my mind around how to communicate. (Plus there are so many articulate people posting on the blog who are indeed writing about the very issues I would write about, much of the time I don't seem to know how or why to add my voice.)

And sometimes I think about trying to write about the above -- the feeling of OVERWHELM of there being so many issues.

Among them, waterboarding and the new attorney general. (And Schumer and Dianne Feinstein's disturbing/distressing votes of yes for him.) The Democrats have held some good hearings, but their follow through has been dispiriting. I know they don't have the votes to overcome vetoes, so I sometimes cut them slack. But they need to fight much harder, to fight tenaciously, and they're too laid back, and it makes me despair of them.

They have to explain why their positions are important on FISA and on the President breaking laws. The American people need to have things like this explained with clarity and passion. Instead, the Dems let the Republicans "win" by sound-byte or yelling "you're weak on defense," and lie down and play dead. And recently they ducked a real debate on Cheney and impeachment. It's a discussion worth having.

So many of us need the vast wrongness of this administration forcefully protested and addressed by our representatives - the behavior of this administration was not and is not business as usual.

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asqmh
Nov. 14th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
Do you ever sleep?
ajodasso
Nov. 14th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
I feel like a person who is in a community where first one house is on fire, then another one, then there's an earthquake, then there's a mud slide, then there's a witch burning ... politically there are so many issues that tumble into each other, I am tongue-tied.

Boy, do I hear him on that one.
n3m3sis42
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
I honestly feel like our government at the moment is more a reflection of our society in general than anything else. Which puts me in the "worried, really worried" category, too, I guess.

BTW, I am a BPAL forumite, and I hope it's okay that I added you. Congrats on your wedding!
kambriel
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Just another side-effect from everything else there is to be frustrated/concerned about with the way the nation's been heading:

http://kambriel.livejournal.com/123971.html

Oh, and I'll be in LA next month for a few days ~ email or give me a call sometime so we can possibly get together!
vivalda
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Indeed, it gets more disturbing as the days go by.
alicia_stardust
Nov. 14th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
In terms of political issues and the administration, this is me:
I think of writing something, and I become overwhelmed, both with anger and then with a sort of despair that I can't get my mind around how to communicate.

That said, I am anxious about the upcoming election. How's that boiling water feel to you? I sure don't like it. =/
sunihiroku
Nov. 14th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, is that why I've been feeling so helpless and sporadically bursting into tears lately?

:(
stellans
Nov. 15th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
As recently as a a few months ago, I contributed another in a long line of letters to printed in our local newspaper's editorial section. But lately? There's just so much that outrages, worries, and flat-out terrifies me (Blackwater wants to be the nation's go-to for disaster management!), that I just don't know where to start any more.

And the Democrats in Congress are such a heartbreaking disappointment! Really should have known better, I know, but I had such hopes...

Edited at 2007-11-15 12:07 am (UTC)
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