I started this blog on June 3, 2003. Yesterday was my 650th post. Today I am asking myself why I even bother.
American presidential politics has always been a knuckle-bruising, knock-down, drag-out fight to the death. I have seen some outrageous television commercials, horrendous media bias, and outright falsehoods knowingly perpetuated by respected academics, all in the name of winning the White House. I thought the 2012 election was going to go down in history as the worst of the worst. It was so bad I was certain the end result would be civil war.
2012 was nothing compared to this year: childish insults, sexual innuendos, sexual scandals, pornography, pornographic satire of candidates, deliberate falsehoods, sycophantic devotion to one candidate by a worshipful press, grassroots supporters walking around in a religious fervor dedicated to hunting down and burning at the stake anyone who dares beseech the reputation of their idol. And it's on both sides of the aisle! The level of insanity in this campaign is unprecedented. People I thought were good friends have resorted to calling me names, insulting my parentage, and responding with derision to every opinion I offer, regardless of how carefully and rationally I present it.
As I outlined on August 15th, "War is Coming", we stand on the precipice of a global thermonuclear war. The international tensions and pressures between the three prevailing superpowers have not been this bad since JFK's assassination. No one in America even cares that China has captured 3.5 million square kilometers of open ocean and claimed it for their very own. Russia is accusing the United States of supporting terrorists and threatening to attack our military installations in Europe and the Middle East. Putin is not even trying to be subtle or diplomatic. He flat out threatened attacks on American military installations and the President brushed it aside without even a mention. The American media won't even report it! I had to read about it in an online British publication! And nobody in America cares. They are too busy arguing over which corrupt, self-centered narcissist is less qualified to be president! No one even mentions their preferred candidate's strengths, all they do is bad mouth the opposition!
Thirteen years. 650 posts. My most popular post is six years old and has barely 400 views. Apparently the world has judged my viewpoint meaningless and irrelevant and I am beginning to wonder if they are right. Meanwhile, a musician with a love of Karl Marx and a hatred of the Constitution earned 5,000 views on his very first blog post, even though he has never produced a record and never performed in front of a audience larger than a few dozen drunks in a sleazy, lower Manhattan beer joint. 5,000 views for a post praising drug dealers and pimps while condemning farmers and factory workers. What the hell is wrong with our nation?
I'm 55 years old. I'm tired. I don't know why I bother writing. No one is reading it anyway. They're all too busy watching The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, and Game of Thrones.