Comments: Why I have been so quiet of late

If you think things are worrying in the US, think again. It's much worse in Britain and ten times worse than Britain just across the Channel in Europe. Remember: in the Netherlands there are politicians who are forced to live on military bases, along with their entire families, because of the current threat. Imagine if John McCain or Joe Liberman were held up in Fort Benning, GA along with wife and kids, all normal existing coming to an end. There are many people, both in Europe and America, who are willing to be exceedingly brave personally, but the mere thought of harm coming to one's family is the most frightening thought. Being a family man yourself you can no doubt sympathise with them.

Posted by Andrew Cusack at March 10, 2006 03:15 PM

I agree with you RP. What has this country come to?

Posted by jules at March 10, 2006 04:05 PM

This post resonates with me, and I know exactly how you feel.

BUT, I also try to remind myself that history is replete with turning points that, more often than not, ultimately bring this old world to better place.

In the struggle to establish justice and to secure freedom and opportunity for every man and woman blessed to be born into this rediculous wonderland, there are going to be bold advances, measured steps and setbacks. But the struggle goes on not toward some silly idealistic Utopia, but toward a world where the struggles are for success in life, not simply for life itself; a struggle to make the most of one's freedom, not for freedom itself.

We seem to be at a turning point upon which hinges the future of freedom and the value of life itself. Will the champions of freedom and the value of life defend them with all vigor, or will they cower and give up the struggle because it's too hard, or doesn't seem to matter to anyone anymore?

I'm not frightened of the future. I believe that we are seeing a three-way confrontation between the forces of oppression, tyrany and intolerance on the one hand; the forces of freedom, optimism and security on the second hand; and the insidious force of apathy on the third hand. But, it's always been this way!

There does seem to be a lot more shamelessly callous "spin" these days, but there's also a lot more exposure of that rot. F'rinstance, no DNC chairman before Howard Dean has ever said something remotely like "I hate Republicans and everything they stand for", but, then again, no DNC chairman before Howard Dean has ever looked so rediculous.

This technology at our disposal has shoved the tribulations of every corner of the world into our faces, but it'll also bring the wisdom from every corner of the world to every other corner, and we'll be better for it, I trust.

The times they are a-changin'. I've often said that we're strong because we're rich and we're rich because we're free. Tyrants, therefore, always lose. They may kill millions in the process, but they always lose.

It ain't over yet. Not by a longshot. Keep the faith, my friend!

Posted by Tuning Spork at March 10, 2006 10:24 PM

Oh, I do so understand. The Republic of Kathyland looks better and better everyday. You and the fam can come and join us if you want. The smokes and booze will be duty free and everyone will mind their own business if it kills them.

Come on Powerball!

;)

Posted by Kathy at March 11, 2006 01:54 AM

Hey RP. I haven't been around much due to my own lack of feeling very gregarious lately; sorry. It hasn't been due to any lack of fine posting on your part. :-)

But I do relate to your State of the World impressions.

It's why I'm glad/sorry my sister gave us a year's subscription to "The Week" magazine. Now I'm all up to date with how we're all going down the tubes

....yay.... :-(

Posted by Amber at March 13, 2006 03:16 PM

I've been pretty much the same, RP I completely sympathize. I don't post much about the world, because it's too damn scary and depressing these days. The thing is, events are turning out like I predicted they would and I don't like it when my own predictions come true because I tend to be a negative bastard.

I think there are a lot of people sitting back waiting and hoping for normalcy to kick in, but I don't see a future where it will, or at least not the kind that we are familiar with. I was hesitant having children and even now I worry about their future.

I don't agree with you on the recent election here in Canada, the only positive thing about it is we are seeing the real Stephen Harper now that he's in office. One example, his plan to dump the ethics commissioner when he found out they were going to investigate his own actions. I feel like both our countries are being run by the great deceiver, and that there are blinders on many of our eyes.

Posted by Oorgo at March 13, 2006 04:41 PM

Agree.
Agree.
Agree.
Agree.
Agree.

Multiply times three.

Posted by Mark at March 13, 2006 11:12 PM

Hear, hear. It got to where I couldn't even be a freakin' Pollyanna at my site anymore due to raging stupidity.

It's enough to make me wanna cry. But I'm not gonna.

And besides. . .there are a lot of free blogging sites where I can be incognito. Right?

Please don't give up, sweetheart. You're one of the Good Guys.

xoxo

Posted by Margi at March 14, 2006 02:05 AM

I am so dispirited by the lies.

I think I'll go back to watching the news. 'Cause that line pretty much sums up every day in *my* life with the 17 year-old from hell. Your headlines up there are very nearly...refreshing...in comparison. Or at least they remind me I'm not the only one who's got it bad. Or something.

Posted by Jennifer at March 14, 2006 10:46 AM

Yeah, what you said. Then I look back at the moments when Great Events happened, and the times before them, and I think to myself "I wonder if this is how people felt before X happened, that sense of an impending change, that I may be seeing a possible Great Event on the horizon." Almost feels like tornado weather--immense pressure, uncertain winds, and the possibility of something touching down that you can just make out in the distance. I don't think it's the first time in our history that the kinds of events listed have happened, but it doesn't make me feel any better.

Posted by Mandalei at March 15, 2006 09:26 AM

I know. I just... I don't know. Focus on the good things, I guess.

Posted by Hannah at March 19, 2006 09:34 AM

You hit the nail on the head. The silver lining on my cloud o' "too busy" is that I only get 2 to 3 hours or so of news coverage a day now (in the car whilst driving). It has done wonders for my outlook on life.

My new favorite bumpersticker: "I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than driving with Ted Kennedy."

Posted by Jim at March 21, 2006 05:32 AM
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