Linked be he who first cries, “Hold, enough!”

That would be Brad Neese:

When I started this particular incarnation of my personal blog, my intention was not to have politics take up as much of my blogging space as it has in the last month or so. It was to be more of a light-hearted, observational type blog — more along the lines of my blogging idols Dustbury or Okiedoke. And for the most part, I stuck with that formula until last month.

As the presidential campaign hit high gear in its final stretch before the election, my attention turned increasingly toward the political insanity that has ensued. Especially after having some conversations with friends and family who may not understand why I feel the way I do, I wanted to share some of the thoughts and concerns I had. I also shared the perspective of others far more knowledgeable on the subject.

My intent all along has been to go back to my original formula of blogging once the election ended. But, these circumstances have prompted me to scrap that plan and abandon the political discussion altogether. It’s just not worth the trouble.

I don’t blame him for backing away from it. Myself, I’m not so concerned about the reaction of friends and family: as Teddy Pendergrass once noted, “If you don’t know me by now, you will never, ever know me.” But I’ve tried to keep political references fairly light, mostly because I’ve become persuaded that not giving a damn is not only a valid position, but the only one I can defend in this age of Politics as Comic Opera. (Your mileage may vary.) Example: I still haven’t looked to see what damage may have befallen my 401(k), which fact caused one of the Office Babes (this one, in fact) to look at me as though I were Nero trying to drown out the fire alarm with pizzicato.

This is not to say that I’ll have no political content for the next few weeks; in fact, I’ve already weighed in on this year’s batch of State Questions, and I have a few — very few — endorsements coming up. But I refuse to let this stuff be the be-all and end-all of my online existence. Besides, I never was any good at any aspect of idolatry, incoming or outgoing.





5 comments

  1. Jeff Brokaw »

    15 October 2008 · 4:55 pm

    I’m going through the same conflicts right now. These last few years I’ve stayed far, far away from anything remotely close to politics, but lately, it’s on everybody’s mind so much, it’s become topical even in a pop culture sense.

    But the “don’t give a damn” model is appealing. I’ve been operating under the “throw the bums out” model, or as I like to refer to it, “they’re all corrupt, which should be more important to us than whether D or R is after the name”.

    And FWIW, Chaz, your blog is a model for me when I need to practice self-restraint in my writing, which is often. My natural tendency is toward hyperbole and sarcasm, at least when I get exercised about something. I like the way your writing sort of says, “yeah, here’s some stuff, I have some mild opinions, maybe, but I could be wrong, so there you go”. The internet could definitely use more of your style. I guess some folks like to scream and yell at each other though. There sure is a lot of it, even on sports blogs. Sigh … I thought it was mostly a political blogging thing, but it isn’t.

  2. CGHill »

    15 October 2008 · 5:41 pm

    It’s a belief thing, based on one’s willingness to defend such. My current state of mind — and it took entirely too long to get there, if you ask me — can be summed up this way: “Credo in unum Deum. Everything else is at least arguable.”

    (And for those who want to argue the Credo bit, that’s fine with me — I won’t take it personally and I won’t get preachy — but they will change no minds at this end. Some of my best friends, as the phrase goes, are nonbelievers.)

  3. unimpressed »

    16 October 2008 · 3:59 pm

    Not arguing, but I fall into the category you specified. Most of the time, anyway.

  4. Kay Dennison »

    1 November 2008 · 5:18 pm

    I’m only backing Obama because the alternative is too horribly stupid. I congratulate Obama and Biden for sticking to the issues instead of getting down in the mud.

    I’m not stupid enough to believe that anything anyone does as president is make my life better.

  5. CGHill »

    1 November 2008 · 5:26 pm

    Actually, having once been a small boy, I have a certain affinity for mud, though numerous lectures from the parental units have more or less cured my desire to play in it.

    And, well, I’ve always had a soft spot for Joe Biden; yeah, he’s making it up as he goes along, when he’s not cutting and pasting from somewhere else, but he’s always at least slightly entertaining. Think Bill Clinton with a different accent and less horndoggery.

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