It can’t hurt.
This has been on Patheos for quite a while: Nothing Feels Normal Anymore. Case in point:
You know what I’m talking about. You scroll through your facebook news feed or turn on the news. Every day is a new adventure in shock and horror. I won’t even touch on the various scandals in DC. You, like me, are trying not too hard to think about it all at this point.
You have no idea.
Truthfully, I can only handle an hour of news a day. Anything beyond that and I start to get irritable. Sure, I listen to the news when I first wake up in the morning but I try to avoid it for the duration of my day. It’s too much. There have been days when I’ve fought the urge to shout at the radio; it’s that stressful.
Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve dealt with insanity in politics. I have eight years of Reagan, four years of H. W. Bush, and eight years of W under my belt. The Reagan years took place during my childhood, but I thought the guy was a jackass. Hell, I figured that out in kindergarten. Then there was the first Bush–and his vacations to Kennebunkport–which was stupid, but brief. W was a different story.
During W, I was blogging. I was pointing out the massive displays of stupidity and hypocrisy on a weekly basis. Some of the things I was denoting were ridiculous–like the faith based bullshit–and it got tiresome fast. But what I was decrying back in 2006 seems tame compared to now.
The news now has me frightened. In the back of my mind, I worry that the Grand Nagus might tweet the wrong thing and get us involved in a nuclear conflict. I haven’t had that fear since I was in grade school. If it’s not that, then I’m completely embarrassed to admit that I’m an American, due to the ridiculous stunts our glorious leader has pulled. It would be hilarious under any other circumstances.
However, this is reality and it’s not. Which is why it can be so difficult to drag myself out of bed in the morning.
But this too shall pass.
So what to do? It’s always darkest just before dawn and all that, right? We have to resist and we have to keep working for progress and we have to VOTE. Change is an ugly process at times and the coming decade is going to be one of great change. It’s how we approach it that will define who we want to be as a country.
Very true. We have midterms coming. There will be another election in 2020. I will be voting in both. I got through W; I can get through this.
It may not feel normal right now, but that will change in time.