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All content © 2002-2005 Anne Zook

May 27, 2005
Nothing To Talk About

I dunno. I've been surfing around, reading internet content (new and old), pondering my mood.

At first I was going to write about the state of public education in this country. Not about the Bush Administration's stupid NCLB legislation, but the real stuff. bigger problems around individual states and communities failing to adequately fund education and the problem around too many absentee parents in the system. (The PTA isn't a social mixer, you nitwits. It's where you start when you're trying to get your child a good education.) But then I realized that since I have no children of my own, it's not really my personal issue.

So then I was going to rant and rave about the welfare system and pitch some more abuse in the direction of the people who think welfare recipients are living high and wide on the fat of the land and other people's tax dollars. Because the perception that these people don't want to be independent and self-sufficient just Drives. Me. Bonkers. But then I realized that Iím not on welfare and never have been and am unlikely ever to be, so it's not really my personal issue.

After that, I was going to have a little hissy fit about the stalled economy and the failure of the Bush Administration's massive tax giveback to the incredibly wealthy to produce any jobs or any real economic improvement, but we already knew it wouldn't, so what's the point? I have a job where I'm paid far more than I should be on days when I spend too much time blogging. Also, I'm not incredibly wealthy but I'm nowhere near poor enough that an extra $100 or $250 off my annual tax bill would have made any difference to my life, so it's not really my personal issue.

Of course, I could always have gone back to Iraq and said, for the nine-thousandth time, that it was the wrong war fought at the wrong time and controlled by the wrong people who had the wrong motives, and then I could have pointed out the valid (although not overwhelming) Vietnam parallels, but no one I know personally is fighting in Iraq, I don't understand half the intellectual arguments over it, and I'm certainly not going to be drafted myself, so it's not really my personal issue.

I considered doing a little more shouting about Darfur and wondering why a country that can lose its sanity over a runaway bride or a brain-dead woman's feeding tube can face with indifference the idea that there are tens of thousands of people in danger of dying every single day for lack of a meal. Much of the "civilized" world is big on mourning disasters after the fact while being indifferent to the sustained effort a commitment to trying to prevent a disaster might take, so I'm skeptical of lavish new aid commitments I'm not hungry though, nor ever likely to be living in a third-world country, so it's not my personal issue.

I could complain about the Walmartization of our economy where even people of ostensibly good morals still can't resist shopping at the evil giant if it saves them 10 cents a roll on toilet paper, but I do understand that the poorer classes in this country have to shop there because they're working for Wal-Mart wages and they need to save a dime anywhere they can so they can pay for their healthcare costs. So maybe that's not my personal issue.

What else is there? Torture, toxic waste, healthcare costs, the environment, corporate fraud, our food (and water) supply, transparent voting systems, nuclear proliferation by this country, a woman's right to choose what to do with her own body, government lies and secrecy, gay rights, racism, media responsibility, and conspicuous consumerism. I've blogged about a lot of things over the years.

Of course, I'm not likely to be tortured, don't live near a toxic waste dump, have healthcare, work for a company too small to be a candidate for big-time fraud, am able to be careful with my food supply, don't have any trouble voting, am not likely to need an abortion, am not gay, and have an apartment too small for really excessive consumerism. The world is full of issues but I live in a protected little bubble of privilege and all of those are Someone Else's Problems.

I wonder why I'm not a Republican?

Posted by AnneZook at 07:51 AM


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