Above you will find the new Democratic theme concerning the war in Iraq, Wake Me Up When September Ends.
I should probably go off on a long rant about how this proves we’re at a generational crisis, and the Nixon Thesis, and blah blah blah, but I can’t. I’m sick of it, exhausted by it, my outrage fires feel out of fuel.
By capitulating to the White House on funding, Democratic leaders have made themselves complicit in the ongoing murders, both of Iraqis and our brave fighting men. It almost seems as though the government is determined to destroy the Army. There is no strategy, no end in sight. And Democrats are now part of it. John Edwards is right on this, but speculating on what this does to his candidacy feels ghoulish.
I would love to feel outraged, but I can’t.
Heck, I can barely breathe. The South Georgia wildfires,
which have gone on for a month because we don’t have the equipment
needed to stop them, came to Atlanta yesterday in the form of intense
smoke. Since they started in Georgia, and Sonny Perdue is our Governor,
I told people it was Sonny’s BarBQ, but my heart wasn’t in it. Neither were my lungs.
These are not the only issues where I feel a sense of outrage exhaustion:
- We now have more proof of how the U.S. is falling behind in broadband,
with a non-competitive market, while right-wingers demand ever-more
subsidies to the monopolists and decry critics calling for network neutrality as being "anti-market."
- All your Internet activities now seem subject to surveillance by government, with activists trying to end anonymity completely, and there seems very little momentum on the other side of that.
- In a New Hampshire case, a federal judge has ruled that hospitals have a First Amendment Right to sell your medical records to data miners. Meanwhile, in the same state, four government workers were fired for gossiping.
I’ve spent part of the morning listening to the Monica Goodling hearing,
where Republicans Ric Keller and Darrell Issa were defending the
absolute right of any Administration to politicize Justice. Watch them
do a 180 when they become the targets. They’ve already done the same on
so many issues I’ve lost count.
It sometimes seems a deliberate plot, the idea that if outrage can be
piled upon outrage upon outrage, in ever-higher profusion, that those
of us who simply want decent government will wind up buried so the rats
can devour the rest of the American system.
Today America has no credibility, its finances are a complete mess, its
military is a shambles, its system is becoming Sovietized, and our
assets are being sold-off to Chinese or Arab interests with barely a
I would love to feel outraged. But I can’t. Wake me up when September ends.