Political exhaust

posted by Jeff | Saturday, September 21, 2013, 11:54 PM | comments: 0

I've been looking for things to write about this month, in part because I want to get back to a point where I'm averaging one post per day. I haven't hit that stride since March, and before that, last August. I started to realize then that I rarely write about politics anymore.

There are good reasons for this. The first is just exhaustion, I would say. After last year's presidential race, I think it sucked all of the politics out of me. It wasn't because I felt strongly for the guy I voted for, it was more because of the reality that both guys weren't that great, and everyone else seemed hell bent on picking a side. And both sides were weak.

But the other problem is that I started to feel like I was just another blowhard with a cable modem. Why should my opinion count any more than others? (Well, that I actually read into the facts and research might be one reason.) As much as I try not to talk out of my ass, honestly, I might often be talking out of my ass.

I'm still very much interested in politics, and I think everyone should be. The thing is, once you've taken the very correct approach of not picking a side, there's less reason to start aggregating your thoughts into a platform. Your reality is that there are a ton of intellectual fuckwits battling it out for not the right thing, but the opposite thing of the people they don't agree with. That's not politics, that's stupidity.

I've been thrilled to see some solid discourse lately though. Heck, even on CoasterBuzz, we had a pretty solid discussion on healthcare. I really enjoyed it. If only the rest of the world could come along for the ride.


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