Just got back from a weekend in D.C., filled with the warm 'n fuzzies over the history and grand intentions of our great nation. Honestly, I had thoughts of fleeing recently; first, when faced with my dismaying freelancer health care bill each month and second, having to have the face of an insane, blathering t.v. idiot shoved in my own face everywhere I looked, along with the inanities of imitators and followers, grunting cruel lies, personal slurs and vague threats. (No, not Sarah Palin.)
It's a mark of how hard it is to disagree with the basic premise -- our health care system needs an overhaul -- that folks have to resort to incendiary, ridiculous stunts, instead of any kind of real discourse.
But D.C. reminds you that we have and will endure. Plus, I read the Dalai Lama's latest book, or one of them: The Little Handbook of Inner Peace, which is all about getting rid of your anger by finding compassion for fellow humans. I would try, I vowed, to find some common ground with this rabble, because I'm an idiot every now and then, too.
Then I read about this, and I'm right back in a nasty place of rage and contempt. Why do we cross the line, time and time again? Why are we so uncouth? Why are we always drinking the K*ool Aid? Is it just in this country, and if so, why? I know parlimentarians shout at each other in the U.K., but that's amusing rather than this, which is scary and primitive.
As we lined up for our scheduled tour of the White House last weekend, we were told there was a "delay" due to security reasons, which explained the crowds, guards with oozies and general angst. We are heading for a police state. Is that what you want? Thanks, yammering yokels, for handing this victory to Bin Laden.
The complicit silence of our leaders in all of this is even scarier. They're indirectly responsible, if not overtly getting into the act. Shame on all of you, on all of us. I should be protesting all of this myself, in the street somewhere with a sign, instead of plonking away at the keypad in the safety of my kitchen.