You know it's bad when Bob (aka cheneyslovechild) tosses in the towel . I guess it's hard to be passionate about something when reality slaps you in the face.
But I think my days of working hard on national races are over. I can't compete with the moneyed interests. And the quadrennial lip service our national candidates pay to the notion of "changing the culture in Washington" rings as hollow as a Cubs manager talking up potential World Series success during spring training.
I've been (rightly) accused here of a lack of passion; perhaps it's never been so much a lack of passion as an overabundance of reality. Campaign promises are cheap, while greed and the desire for power rule Washington. If the Libertarians get anything right, it's this: giving more money to the federal government, for whatever honorable reason or cause, usually just increases the influence of the moneyed interests and decreases the likelihood that the government will respond to the needs of the citizenry. Sad, but true. And so much on display during the debate which is no longer about "healthcare reform" but about "health insurance reform" that even passionate liberal Bob can no longer stomach it.
Is it this the cause of the malaise on the blogs, this unpleasant reminder of how our political system really works? That even with possession of all three legislative bodies, the Democrats too are failing to follow their stated philosophy and party platform? Swords Crossed is not the exception; many blogs are seeing a decrease in activity. Passion for debate is waning. Disillusion with one's party is surely part of it. It's hard to call the kettle black when one more clearly sees the color of one's own pot.
But rather than bemoan the current state of this blog, let's celebrate what it was. One of the few spots on the web where all sides tried to talk with one another. And sometimes succeeded. Where anger at the other, instead of being screamed into the sky in frustration, could be directed at a person who would actually respond. Where posters from all walks of life could put their two cents out there, in the truest sense of democratic participation. And where ultimately, some of us walked away realizing that the other might hold some screwy ideas and use appalling judgment in the voting booth, but was still a person, just a fellow traveller in this mixed-up thing we call life.
I feel for Bob. Something tells me though, that he'll be back in the game. He just needs a break.
As do most of us, apparently.
I've enjoyed reading what you all have had to say. Everyone who's ever bothered to take the time to post here has contributed to the joyous noise of democracy in action. It's been real, and it's been fun.
I'll keep watching the site until Ender decides to turn the lights off. Here's hoping that we will still have something to say once these doldrums pass.
This is an open thread.