Since I've started reading blogs and then began to work on my own, I've gained a renewed commitment to keeping informed and to giving thought to what I can do to make a difference politically and socially. I am so encouraged that it is from other people that I've gained this renewed energy and not just from some left-leaning publication. The information from alternative press sources is important and needed but I also need the human connection to regular people who, like me, are fed up.
If the truth be told, I actually hate politics. It takes a strong effort on my part to stay informed and not be lazy about analyzing that information. It's often deeply painful for me to witness our government's actions and their impact, particularly on people and our planet. I often feel paralyzed, angry and despondent. I have a dear friend, a man, who frequently cries with frustration and shame over the actions of our government. I have a beautiful, brilliant, loving daughter of 20 who is gay and wishes to attend law school in Canada and hopes to stay there because a potential marriage to the young woman she loves will not only be recognized nationally but will be as legal as any marriage can be.
The last eight years have been hellish for those of us who value freedom and human rights issues; who appose war, who don't like to see the religous doctrine of the radical right take over public policy, who want to see the needs of ordinary people put back on the agenda. Political analysis is not my forte' and I don't pretend it is. I just want to make the contributions of an ordinary citizen; of one who loves her country but deplores the actions of its government. For the Bush administration has not only not acted on issues of importance to its citizens, it has downright acted against the interests, needs and freedom of its people. It has lied to and manipulated us and has given us nothing more than a very bitter taste in our mouths.
I know this is a very serious and sober post. It's hard for me to be funny about these topics, though I admire those who can laugh at it on a regular basis and I do often laugh with them. I'm laughing less and less, though, I'll tell you. It's becoming less and less humorous to me that my president is not only dumb but downright stupid. I guess it would seem more funny if the stakes weren't so high. I often wonder if the neocons hand plucked this stupid, ridiculous man to represent their hateful agenda, in an effort to take the edge off and distract us from what's behind the "lights on; nobody home" persona. Political satire has its place but political action does its part.