Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Gone Fishin'

I'm tired, folks.

For the past two years or so I have been putting my opinions out there, with the intent of generating thoughtful, civil debate. Instead, what I get is a bunch of right-wing lunatics shrieking that I am a gay Muslim atheist communist deep state operative who likes nothing better than urging Democrats to kick puppies, or something.

It's ridiculous, and I'm done with it for now.

It's also ridiculous the way both sides are trying to weaponize anything coming from the other side. For example, when covering the G-7 summit CNN reported that the summit was in Charlevoix, France, instead of Charlevoix, Quebec. The Right Wing Shriek Factory immediately jumped on this as proof positive that CNN is in the tank for liberals and are only trying to make trump look bad, even though it was clearly an honest mistake, probably made by an intern who didn't bother to find out where it was and just assumed that, because the word looked French, it was a place in France.

I am taking a break. I may comment here and there on some political post, but for the most part I will be focusing on other pursuits. Writing plays. Working on a book I started last year. Recording tracks for an album of cover tunes. That kind of stuff.

I just need a break, and a summer vacation from politics seems like exactly what the doctor ordered and that I will be focusing on other areas. I've got a great interest in astronomy and cosmology, for example, or I may blather on about developments in medicine, or the arts, or cuisine ... the sky's the limit.

However, for the sake of my own sanity, I am stepping away from trying to make any sense out of the trump administration. It's too depressing. It's too much negativity. Our country is being marginalized and shredded, and trumpeters seem to view this as a positive development for some reason, and quite frankly I don't have enough gas in the tank to cover that much stupid, so I am calling a temporary retreat.

It also happens that this is a period of major transition for my family. Our youngest is starting high school. Our middle child starts driving this year, and the car we have needs a LOT of work. We're selling a house. There's a lot going on.

I recently read an article about "news exhaustion" ... that people are simply shutting down because of the endless stream of crises, scandals, missteps, gaffes, insanity, bigotry, hate, and general unpleasantness spewing from Washington these days. And I totally get it. It's exhausting trying to keep up. Every time I think I've gotten my head above water -- BOOM! The orange idiot bleats about how we're getting screwed by Canada (that's right. Canada), or how the non-binding, completely voluntary Paris Accord was unfair because "we're footing the bill for everything" (we weren't), or that Russia should be brought back into the G-7 even though they were kicked out for illegally annexing Crimea ... it just never stops.

It. Never. Freaking. Stops.

So I'm taking a break. I have plenty to keep me busy, but this ain't gonna be part of it.

I gotta lie down.

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