Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dipping My Toes Back Into The Water


Dear readers of The Blowhard Pundit,

Y'all may be wondering where I went and why nothing new has appeared here for over a month. There have been a couple of reasons for this, but the main reason is that it just got to be too depressing. Republican intransigence. Democratic cowardice. Incompetence. Dishonesty. Hypocrisy. It got to the point where I realized that I was taking things a little too close to heart, and it was negatively impacting my life. So I stopped.

I not only stopped writing, I stopped paying attention. I knew something happened with Harvey Weinstein, but I didn't follow the story at all so that, when one of my conservative acquaintances tried to suck me into another attack-ridden "debate" (blaming it on the Democrats and liberals -- sort of his trademark) I had to tell him in no uncertain terms that a) I didn't know what he was talking about, and 2) I had no intention of finding out.

This was not the right approach either, as I discovered. Writing this blog has been a necessary outlet for me, and by just quitting I deprived myself of this outlet. Sure, I tried a couple of other things -- short stories, a play -- but nothing ever gelled in quite the same way that venting my spleen about the monumental level of stupid in modern politics has.


I am at the age where I am realizing certain things. That "reasoned debate" and "Facebook" are often mutually exclusive. That the number of people who have actually had their opinions swayed by online postings is near, or at, zero. That endlessly bitching about trump and his coterie of idiots is about as effective as a flyswatter against an erupting volcano.

So I will be coming back, albeit slowly and tentatively. I need to look out for myself first, but I will be voicing my opinion. And for those of you out there who want to try to get me involved in some sort of flame war over my status as a "hack journalist," let me put you on notice right now that I'm not playing. First off, I'm not a journalist, this is an opinion blog. Second, since some of you apparently ignore that fact, I AM NOT A JOURNALIST. THIS IS AN OPINION BLOG.

All that being said, I will do my best to maintain my usual level of snark and sarcasm ...

I gotta lie down.

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