This Political Theater Lost Me in the 2nd Act03.12.10
I almost didn’t comment on my silence here on Agree to Disagree. I thought maybe I should let my silence speak for itself. But, what’s a blog when there’s nothing being said?
I don’t consider myself jaded. I just feel rather numb by all the major items in politics right now. Perhaps I’ve burned myself out. If this were a movie, I’d say that the screenwriter completely failed at finding the second act climax, continuing to add plot twist after plot twist after plot twist in hopes of keeping us on the edge of our seats but in reality boring us to death while waiting for that much-desired release.
Watching drama unfold, you need moments of levity. They call these “comic relief.” Not necessarily needing to be funny, these are breaks in the action where the audience gets to catch their breath after the exhausting and exhilarating chase scene or tense interrogation or riveting race against time while the bad guys close in and there’s just no way possible that our hero… okay, you get the picture. In our current drama that we call American politics, we haven’t had many of these moments, nor many resolutions. Stories are best told with a beginning, a middle, and an end. And when the middle drags on to long, you lose your audience.
That has officially happened to me. I’m over it. Don’t misunderstand me: I still feel very passionately about much of what’s happening right now. I just don’t have the interest in dissecting every little development along the way. At this point in the murder mystery, I just want to know who the killer is; I’m willing to fast forward to the end just to get it over with faster. (Oh, I knew it was the boyfriend all the along.)
There will always be another anti-gay politician who gets caught being gay. Or another idiot claiming that torture is necessary to keep America safe. Sarah Palin will continue being uneducated and possess a scary sense of self-righteousness and religious certainty that she’s supposed to be doing what she’s doing right now. Rush and Beck will be assholes.
Okay — I guess I do have some vitriol after all. I just haven’t felt the desire to comment on the latest scandal with Massa, the latest takedown of Thiessen by Jon Stewart, or the latest vulgarities by Liz Cheney. It’s politics as usual. I’ve written about it a million times before, it seems.
So until something changes. Until something actually HAPPENS. Like, for instance, health care passes. (I called my Representative today and told her that she had my support. It felt good actually taking part in politics aside from just writing about it on this blog.) I have a feeling I might be quieter than I have in the past.
Of course, I say this now. Just wait until someone does something that really gets under my skin and we’ll see how quiet I remain. Somehow I don’t think that’s too far off.