Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Something I never thought I would feel

Anyone who doesn’t think our country has gone way down the wrong road and is still going at breakneck speed just isn’t paying attention or just doesn’t care. In my life I never thought I would say this, but lately I find myself thinking, thank goodness I am as old as I am. I know this sounds selfish as hell but I’m just not sure I want to be around to see how this story ends.


Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

No, there not paying attention. The US is more obssessed with idols, reality shows that aren't anywhere close to being reality, politcal propaganda disguised as news, and how nour national skanks are spending time in jail or rehab, or what their not wearing under their skirts.

I'm ashamed how easily the US public can get their attention diverted while our country is stolen from us by nationalists and corporations who make greed and murder their top priorities.

The story will end with the 2008 elections. If another neo-con gets elected, it'll be obvious that the elections are fraudelant. Will the US public finally open their eyes and revolt, or will they just try to figure out who the next Idol winner will be?

August 07, 2007 4:29 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Although I tend to view most things from a pessimistic perspective, I still manage to muster up a bit of optimism about the future of our country. But I'd feel alot better if this were based upon some hard evidence and not just wishful thinking.

August 07, 2007 5:03 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

and the way the media treats this election -- like a horse race -- today on the Today Show, Meredith Vieira (who i actually like) was SO not interested in what Newt Gingrich had to say about issues (then again I sure wasnt either since he is about as skanky as it gets) -- - but ALL she wanted to know - are you running or are you not.

like him or hate him (i vote the latter) -- the least the media can do is talk about issues -- but for all the talk about how trashy the president campaigning has become -- the media is the prime culprit

the fracking presidential race might as well be an episode of Big Brother

i am with you Patricia -- the children of today are gonna be left with some country after President no-genitalia gets through with us

August 07, 2007 5:04 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I get the same feeling when I see young families out and about with a couple of young ones. It kind of makes me sad when I think about what the children and even the young parents are going to face in the not too distant future.
I am doing my best to maintain my optimism but it gets harder every day.

August 07, 2007 5:23 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

I have to say I am optimistic- I have lived thru ups & downs with the govenrment, as with most things and life. I just hope this down is just about to go on the way up.

August 07, 2007 5:33 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I was just thinking the other day that I would hate to starting a family today.

August 07, 2007 6:04 AM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

i feel some optimism and also what i think is a healthy amount of skepticism. my faith says all will be OK. But there are so many discouraging signs. i think it's well past time to elect a real, energizing leader who can inspire us, but i don't know who that person would be. maybe john edwards. this country needs an infusion of hope. somebody who knows how to NOT do business as usual.

August 07, 2007 6:38 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I caught myself feeling optimistic the other day, I think it was after hearing John Edwards answer a question about health care. It was a fleeting feeling that left quickly.

August 07, 2007 6:45 AM  
Blogger Time said...

I don't have much longer either, but I really hate to go before I see some sanity back in our government. As much as one man (Bush) can destroy things, I think one person can turn it around.

We have become convinced by conservatives that government can't do anything. In fact, government is evil, according to them. Unless we change that perception, we are lost. How do these neocons think we became the greatest country in the world, by ignoring our government, our Constitution, and the Bill of Rights?

I feel sorry for kids today. I don't think there are allowed to be kids. Seems we spend a lot of time protecting (hiding) kids from reality. Must be quite a let down when they finally become aware. No wonder cynics are so abundant among teenagers and young adults.

August 07, 2007 7:04 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I think you and I will be around long enough to watch something wonderful happen. There are more Americans upset and angry with our government now than for a long time. I believe Americans in general will put up with a lot of shenanigans, but when it goes over a certain point - WHAM! Wait for the Wham!

August 07, 2007 7:44 AM  
Blogger DoctorBoogaloo said...

When you get to be my age, you are comforted by the fact that the last train is ready to leave the station.

August 07, 2007 8:31 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I am with JM

"I still manage to muster up a bit of optimism about the future of our country. But I'd feel alot better if this were based upon some hard evidence and not just wishful thinking."

I wonder where this country will be when my toddler is an adult and it scares the sh*t out of me, but I am hopeful....if there is no hope well then we might as well pack it in now ;o(

August 07, 2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Unfortunately, I believe I will live to see this country become a semi-theocratic dictatorship. I do not expect to see elections in this country ever again.

I watched as the Berlin wall fell - and marveled that something that had been such a solid, permanent structure of my childhood was gone so quickly - within my lifetime. I watched the Soviet Union crumble into myriad tiny states - the great Bear that threatened my youth, gone in a heartbeat.

I now grieve, because I am watching the last great political experiment of mankind disintegrate in less than a decade of horrible mismanagement.

Farewell, America - it was nice while it lasted.

August 07, 2007 9:41 AM  
Anonymous momadness said...

Never give up and never give in. That;s what they want and what they are hoping for. Somehow we must ban together and stop the madness. It takes commitment. But, which is the right path to get the most result?

August 07, 2007 11:05 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

I am generally optimistic but I must agree here... WTF? Is anyone even remotely aware of how fucked things are?

However, isn't that why we are all here?

Distributorcap is right to say- even when issues CAN and should be discussed, they are not.

Top line, headline, shortcut, soundbyte, dumb down.

As long as I have my nice house/car/vacation/accessories/etc I guess it doesn't really matter seems to be the order of the day.

Sadly, very sadly.

August 07, 2007 12:41 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

dear PoP, i just finished re-reading 'Brave New World' and near the end the thought came to me that the future will be nothing like we imagine it to be. this is a paradox because it means it won't be as bad as we imagine, or as good, but different for sure. the BUSH huggers are too short sighted, too self centered and greedy. peace, peter

August 07, 2007 1:02 PM  
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August 07, 2007 1:26 PM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

Hey, at least we still have "American Idol." Talentless hacks making it big.

Isn't that the epitome of the "American Dream?"

August 07, 2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

Not much to say POP except that I feel the same way....I mean about my getting older not about your getting older....

August 07, 2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

Unfortunately, our children and grandchildren will have this future to behold!

Thanks Dubya for a heckuva tomorrow for our kids!

August 07, 2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

I've got it! What all of you need to do is elect ME to be the Supreme Ruler of the Nation. I'll take care of the rest.

August 07, 2007 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

I found myself having the same sentiment today, reading about how coral reefs will be 2/3 depleted by 2030; I won't be doing much snorkeling then. Gotta shake this torpor.

August 07, 2007 10:23 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

I'm with Sewmouse. We're on the slope downward...and I think the Bush madministration will find an excuse that he'll have to crown himself like Napoleon did in the near future. They no they are in jeopardy of losing the conservative hold forever...so if they make this move they can guarantee that they can hold onto it. Much to our misfortune...and I would love to be wrong.

August 08, 2007 12:55 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Uh...they know they are in jeopardy!!

August 08, 2007 12:56 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

I'm with Peacechick Mary on this. I believe that ultimately, something good will evolve. We just don't know what it is yet.

But we could also make PTCruiser Supreme Leader, and he'll make everyone drive PT Cruisers or something.

August 08, 2007 7:27 AM  
Blogger American Scot said...

In a world where American Idol et al, are the new Roman Circus, we are probably doomed!
I agree with you, perhaps being in the down side of 40 is a good thing...

August 08, 2007 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...thank goodness I am as old as I am. I know this sounds selfish as hell but I’m just not sure I want to be around to see how this story ends.

I often have a similar thought... "Thank goodness I decided not to have children."

Of course, everyone knows I'm a selfish bastard, or at least that's what my in-laws tell me.

August 08, 2007 1:32 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I agree that it all sucks and we're on a downward spiral, etc. But I'm trying to be optimistic and hope that we'll make a turnaround. Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy couldn't destroy the country. There was almost a rightwing coup in the 1930s to overthrow FDR, but it went nowhere.

Call me a pollyanna, but I think we'll survive this.

Who Hijacked Our Country

August 08, 2007 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Jim DeRosa said...

I'd I'd like to see it from afar. The United States isn't kind to the elderly.

August 09, 2007 8:46 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

I was reading a post a few days ago (you had been there ahead of me) and thought the same thing.

I'm almost 70 and if it weren't for still trying to make a difference for the great-grandkids, I'd give up.

August 09, 2007 8:02 PM  
Blogger Naj said...

Me neither!

August 10, 2007 6:52 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I try to look at things with the long perspective. Surely people from previous generations have had this same feeling, that the country is going to hell in a handbasket and they're glad they won't be around to see the future. Yes, there will be things in the future we wouldn't like, but there may be some good surprises too.

August 10, 2007 9:08 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

F---ng A, Patricia, my husband and I say that all of the time and I say that to others, for the exact same reason. I just knew we were soul sisters! I do not ever want to gain a single year and I celebrate each birthday with gratitude, and now I want to not be around any longer than my average life expectancy age because I do not believe this world will improve anytime within my lifetime, and that is my optimistic view!

August 11, 2007 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's kind of like Ben Franklin replied at the end of the Continental Congress. As he was leaving he was asked by someone whether what they had done would give the country a republic or a monarchy.

He replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."

I worry about that now.........

- oddjob

August 12, 2007 9:52 PM  

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