Things as they stand

This is why I’ve been quiet recently: While the mass shootings are definitely an emergency, and so are the concentration camps, and so is climate change, we’ve been conditioned at every mention of North Korea or Iran to spend a few days biting our nails about war. And then there’s that business of proclaiming “we’re doomed!” about this or that (that may make the writer feel better for a minute, but it’s not helpful).

That’s not to mention all the other manufactured worries and outrages, including the EXACT same crap the Russublicans pulled on the Democrats in 2016 happening all over again, and no one in the media is really paying much attention to it because they’re too busy salivating over ratings. Yeah they’re businesses, but they’re also the “fourth estate,” so that’s NOT an excuse and let’s not hear it anymore.

Anyway, here’s a quote from Dan Rather that pretty much sums it up for me:

“The headlines are often very grim, not to mention one’s Twitter feed. We see crises that have been manufactured, exacerbated, even actively cheered by a president who seems hellbent on division. We see a culture of shameless and taunting corruption. When will it end?”

It will end, folks, when we end it. The trouble is that it needs to end sooner rather than later, and instead of that it seems to drag on and on while Washington plays parliamentary games. My hint for Washington is that you can’t slavishly follow the rules when you’re dealing with a bunch of people who are openly defying them. Okay?

Anyway, In the meantime we need to pay attention to the real matters out there, and North Korea and Iran, (among other things), are not among them. We also need to insist that the media stop giving a voice to various right-wing extremists like *name an Evangelical preacher* and the latest varmints to voice useless opinions, which as of this writing are Rick Santorum and the lieutenant governor of Texas.  I could plug two other names into those slots tomorrow, and it could go on and on and on, and still nothing they say would be true or worth our time.  To put it bluntly, ignore them and they go away.  They have no importance; stop giving it to them.

We need to insist that the media cover the important things, not the photo ops, the stupid sound bites, and the invented scandals and divisions. This will take some of the bite out of the Russublicans’ antics.

And somebody needs to twist Pelosi’s arm and get her to move before Trump just shrugs and has her put in jail, or else has her assassinated (while he probably can’t start a war, he can manage this much), and the media gets to merrily yammer for weeks about that and get such good ratings!

Okay? This isn’t a fucking game. We realize it. Our greedy media does not. Our Congress is a bunch of crooks ( #MoscowMitch ) and girl/boy scouts, and that doesn’t help, either.

But we are not doomed unless we choose to be. We are only helpless if we convince ourselves we are.  We have to change ourselves before we can change anything else, and we are capable of that.  That is the hard truth, but it is a necessary statement.  Get off your ass and stop falling for what is easy, cheap, and shiny.  Do it now.

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