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Nightly Nothing News
All week I've been sitting, hours after I wanted to be asleep, looking at words and pictures that make me sad and mad. I want some rest. I want this surging inside me to subside. But all I'm able to do is stare at the screen. I know it's wrong to make the 9/11 analogy. Yet my feelings are a mixture of how I felt back then, how I felt after the Rodney King verdict, and how I felt after the Loma Prieta quake of 1989. This disaster has so many sides that you can make analogies until you pass out from exhaustion and still not come close to exhausting the depth of the madness. Something needs to change in the United States and soon. Because even trusting people who go out of their way not to think too hard are going to be thinking hard about the fact that they can no longer trust their leaders to perform even the most basic of governmental tasks: protect its citizens from harm from which they are not able to protect themselves. The right-wingers have been rebelling against the profligate use of their tax dollars since the 1960s. Now, though, even progressives -- see samifo for one example -- are questioning whether it makes sense to pay one's taxes. What do those District of Columbia license plates say? "Taxation without representation." And they aren't the only Americans for whom that applies.
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From: e4q Date: September 3rd, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
well lets hope this is big enough to be a catalyst. this is not a time for jingoism and lazy thinking, and that seems to be the response of thinking americans from all over the political spectrum
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 4th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
One can only hope. But I feel pretty hopeless today. Thanks for the songs!
From: e4q Date: September 4th, 2005 08:53 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
you are most welcome. you know i don't like to watch too much tv news, especially about stuff like this where it becomes a rolling pornography of repeated images of suffering, it becomes *not* news, something else, so i have heard radio updates and seen a little telly, but most of my info has come through livejournal. i have read a lot from american friends, but also groups, and seen opinion from all over the political spectrum, and i can't help feeling quite impressed by how much serious thinking is going on. if thinking americans of any opinion get on a roll with this then i can't help feeling it could have amazing potential. of course the actual suffering and loss of life is dreadful, and there must be plenty lazy thinking jingoistic rubbish going on, as well as all the shortcut racist thinking, but i even feel a bit repoliticised myself about it and i am all this way away and not american. i know you feel bad about it but take heart. i am almost scared to send you this link to a friend's lj, but i thought it was so beautiful i want to share it with you http://www.livejournal.com/users/mckennl/199332.html?#cutid1
yr welcome to the songs, a bit of silly fun
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