You may have noticed I haven’t had many political posts in the last few days. I scan the headlines every day. After all, railing against the outrage of the day is sort of my schtick. But for the last few days all I see is “same old, same old.” The FBI raids Trump associates. Political polls from Left and Right claim advantage for their side in the mid-terms. Economic indicators and business events reinforce that we’re in a recession and statements from politicians on both sides confirm that we hate each other’s guts. You, see? Same old, same old.
There have been some stories about CNN firing some frothing at the mouth Trump-haters. That I consider newsworthy. That’s something different going on. So that’s an example of the kind of thing I’m looking for. New developments. News! When I see a story about someone on the Left waking up to the anti-freedom excesses of the current regime, I think that is newsworthy. Anytime I see some establishment type waking up to the reality of what our government has become that’s sort of newsworthy.
But outrage for the sake of having something to say is becoming boring and even painful to write. We all know it’s bad. Only the brain dead could miss the fact that things are awful. Only the hopelessly clueless don’t see where the awfulness emanates from. Only a Democrat flak can listen to a Joe Biden speech and pretend that what he is saying resembles reality.
But what I write has to have some freshness, some life to it. Even for me it can’t just reiterate the same old thing. So, you may see some days when my post will be a review of a movie or a book. Or it may be about something else I’m interested in like photography or beekeeping or some aspect of science and technology.
And this is all to the good. Just banging the same old drum doesn’t really accomplish anything except wear out the reader’s patience. There are always plenty of things going on in the world and there are even the beginnings of alternative cultural and social organizations doing things in the world. These will give us things to talk about.
So don’t be alarmed if I haven’t ranted in a week or so. It’s simply that there’s nothing new worth saying about life in Oceania. I can’t record every last word and deed of Big Brother. I may have to say I love him but I can’t claim he isn’t boring as all hell.