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  •  I'm so so so sorry... (4.00)
    I have been mad for about a year.  5 weeks ago I had a breakthrough.  I went to Ohio for my sister's College graduation and my parents and I were on the same flight from Miami.  On the way there I asked my dad to read an article written by Bobby Kennedy Jr. in the latest Vanity Fair.  The article was a very detailed description about how the right wing has systematically taken over the media.  

    My dad's hero was Robert Kennedy Sr.  But as usual he found the three things wrong with the article and on them he focused.

    My father is a life long liberal but also an attorney.  He has this monster inside him that has to be the devil's advocate no matter how much he agrees with you.  I found myself in a screaming match with him by the time we got in the rental car.  I could not take it anymore.  Why he always has to disagree with me.  Always has to say things like "Nixon was so much worse."

    My mom and I left the car while my dad parked.  I stood there in the middle of the covered parking garage with tears streaming down my face.  Tears for all the solders in Iraq who would be scarred for life.  Tears for all the dead Iraqis.  Tears for all the working poor in my own country.  Tears my "liberal parents" who were trying to live a life of purpose in their 1.7 million dollar house while ignoring all the real problems in the world.  

    Of  course, I'll probably end up like them.  I'll provide for my own children, take them on European Vacations and send them to expensive private schools.  I'll write a check and mail it to the United Way to keep my conscious at ease.  What else can I do? I'm powerless.  We all are.  

    Ever since that horrific melt-down with my mom in the middle of that damn parking lot I've ignored politics.  I realized it was eating me alive.  I can't do that to myself anymore.

    I understand why you are angry.  I wish I could do something about it.  I promise to vote and give money to democrats but other than that I think I am powerless.

    •  You are not powerless (4.00)
      A quick story to relate:  my wife and two other Kossacks started DowningStreetMemo.com one month ago.  Since then, it's been visited over half a million times by people who want to find out about the document and what it means.  I was drafted to be spokesperson and in the last three weeks have been interviewed on TV, in print and online.  This project IS making a difference, and the kicker is:  anybody could have done it.  

      I've never done anything like this in my life, but I can tell you I have truly seen what difference one person--or a few people--can make.  I still get depressed about the war, the lies, the public's apathy, and in fact I've had a couple arguments with my dad about it too.  But the sense of purpose I've discovered thanks to this enterprise has been a revelation.

      Don't despair.  You do yourself good by knowing when to say "enough" but you don't have to close yourself off completely from politics forever.  Take it on your own terms, do what you can and want to do, and leave the rest for the career activists.

      •  Wat to go!! (none)
        Read about you in the WaPost this morning.  Check out the Style section.  Of curse the editorial section had a lame editorial about how this was old news.  If it was old news and they knew intelleigence was fixed, then why the hell didn't they try to stop it.  keep up the good work and Thank you.
    •  YOU HAVE THE POWER TO ACT... Wake Up !! (none)
      lawstudent922 said,"I wish I could do something about it."
      *****
      "The loud little handful will shout for war.
      The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first...The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes, and will try to make out why there should be a war, and they will say earnestly and indignantly: `It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war.'
      Then the few will shout even louder...
      Before long you will see a curious thing:
      anti-war speakers will be stoned from the platform, and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men who still agree with the speakers but dare not admit it...
      Next, statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and
      every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them;
      and thus he will by and by convince himself
      that the war is just,
      and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
      -- Mark Twain

      Enjoy your sleep.......

      "Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell

      by Breeze54 on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 09:42:23 AM PDT

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