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Living in interesting times

I keep thinking I should post more "real world" stuff on here. Y'know, the stuff I find myself yelling at the news on the radio during my commute. And I just have no motivation to do so, despite the aforementioned yelling. It's not that I feel that others are saying it as well as or better than I could (which they are), or even, quite, avoidance of the debate (of which I do admit I'm heartily tired). I like to think it's not apathy. I don't know what it is, exactly. I just know it's not what I want to post about when I sit down to post. So I don't. *shrug*

A lot of it, I suspect, is simple mistrust of a written statement to be sufficient to convey what I do think. It's not news that I don't believe the public is any more polarized in their opinions than in other times -- only that the discourse representing those opinions is. I barely think an LJ post can communicate the full dimensions of an opinion when one assumes the reader is actually reading all of it. If they're going in looking for certain key concepts, and slotting it into a package-deal category instead of applying any further analysis -- as the nature of the discourse has conditioned us to do for quite some time now -- I might as well not bother. And so, apparently, I don't.

I find myself wishing I could make posts like this one. There's really nothing in it I don't agree with. Which has nothing at all to do with anyone's agenda, or ideology, or what-have-you. I just think the statements mtgat makes are true, and should be acted upon accordingly. I want to be able to do that without being slapped with a given label. And I guess this post is one big whine that I can't.

My senators are Dick Durbin and Barack Obama. This pleases me, particularly the latter, who is literally the only candidate I can actually recall voting for instead of against.

My congressperson is Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. This does not please me, and didn't well before the current Foley mess. (I'm not, however, all that keen on the prospect of his resigning over it, although I do think he dropped a rather large ball no matter whom you believe. I don't want to see him held up as a supposedly railroaded martyr. I'd rather see him get his head handed to him at the polls. That wasn't going to happen any time soon, but it doesn't make me happy to see it happening the way it is.)

My level of satisfaction at being represented by any of these three individuals shouldn't lead to assumptions of what I think about everything, but I know they will. Which I guess means I should be saying more about what I do think. Heaven knows I should be anchoring the fluff on this blog somehow, once in a while. But then, it would probably all be as long and rambly and not very pointy as this is, and you'll wind up thinking I don't think anything.

Hmmmm. Maybe that's why I don't do it more often.



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Oct. 9th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link- that kind of sums it up for me...
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