that you just had to shut up ’cause you couldn’t say anything coherent?
Yeah. Me too.
I’m sure part of that is my thrifty approach to taking Zoloft… that shit is expensive, man, I’m not taking it every day. But quite a lot of it is spurred on by Recent Events.
Like… U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib videotaping the rape of young boys in front of their families, done in an attempt to get them to ‘fess up to something.
Or… Paul Cameron, this fuckin’ stain who published the most spurious collection of bullshit "statistics" ever trying to prove that gays are subhuman monsters who love nothing more than corrupting children with their nefarious "agenda."
Or, hell… just watch this version of John Lennon’s "Imagine" starring GWB. If that doesn’t give you a sore heart, I don’t know what will.
So I spend my evenings in this poisoned funk, unable to believe how sick and wrong things are in the world, snarling needlessly at my husband and children.
And when I do that, the terrorists win.
So I was watching "The Daily Show" last night, thoroughly enjoying the interview with Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel: God, The Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation. And it hit me:
This is what THEY want me to do. THEY want me to be so pissed off that I’m just plain ineffectual. THEY want to be able to do whatever they like to this country and the world with impunity, able to point to the opposition as a bunch of shrill, fuzzy-thinking Chicken Littles. And THEY want to turn this country into their own private Christofascist hypercapitalist playground.
Know what? I’m not going to roll over and let ’em.
The U.S. was founded as an admittedly imperfect system by admittedly imperfect men. But the kernel of an idea was there: an idea of equality which has grown and flourished at times, withered and become endangered at others. Yet the ideal of a polyethnic, polyreligious, polyopinionated, and hell, polysexual society still remains… and it’s up to people who don’t think like THEY do to preserve and nurture that idea.
So sure, I’m still pissed. And I’ll probably stay pissed. But I can redirect that energy into positive channels. I can work to build bridges, to start dialogues, to spread the word that not only are THEY betraying us with our evil and self-centered rhetoric, but that WE have ideas to make the world a safer, happier, healthier, more equal, better place for everyone.
Reading List for Liberal Patriots:
American Gospel (see above)
The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders
Crashing the Gate
Please let me know what else I should add here…
Now off to beat our local anti-gay bigots with an American flag!