Wednesday, November 07, 2012

And, about blogging...

Fausta, a longtime compatriot, just posted the following missive.

I am considering ceasing to blog on politics.

For eight years I have posted on serious issues taking place in our hemisphere that affect our everyday lives, and, to be honest, I’ve about had it. Every post on Latin America takes time researching sources from the country in Spanish, French or Portuguese, plus English-language reports. And what for? The American media and the American public would care more if the Iranians were making deals with Martians than they care if Hezbollah makes deals with the Zetas right in our own country.

The American politics posts draw more traffic but are clearly out of the mainstream of a coddled, self-absorbed electorate that thinks their vaginas, their abortions, and their welfare checks are more important than national security, chronic unemployment and respect for the Constitution.

Half the country doesn’t even pay federal income taxes. They do not value the effort of those of us who do.

The reelection of Obama ensures a weak economy, which in turn ensures that I will remain unemployed as a translator. At the same time, I have always been interested in literacy. Therefore, I’m considering blogging my Spanish-to-English translation work so it’s available for free for whoever may want to read it or not.

...And to hell with politics.

The Blogmistress General, Tabitha Hale, wrote back to Fausta with some words of wisdom:

Take a couple days. I called a friend last night and said I was done as well. It's hard to figure out why we do it sometimes - I am still struggling with it. It's a huge commitment, one that takes time and energy away from other things we love. For me, I realized that the truth was that I cared too much. I need to do this. I love the people, I love freedom and I love my country. Even if I quit tomorrow, I don't think I could really quit. I wrote this in an email to another list this morning. Maybe it'll help:

The Morning After

This is just one election. We will still fight. We have to.

Thanks for everything you do, Fausta. Whatever you decide, I hope you don't disappear.

I responded as well.

Agreed. Give it a couple of weeks of contemplation. Write a work of fiction. Relax and try to decompress.

We still live in the greatest country on Earth.

Our forebears went through hell to create this great land. They risked everything: life, limb, property.

They knew that defeat was certain only with surrender.

"Give me liberty or give me death"?

Our ancestors' sacrifices were too great and ours too meager to surrender.

Not now. Not ever.

Winter is coming.


Ritchie Darling said...

I simply do not have the energy to fight the left anymore. I came to the US in 1969 from Ukraine to escape socialism. Now, I think I will have to leave the US to escape it again!

Matthew W said...

I have to say, I feel the same way.

FlyoverRed said...

It's too depressing to be depressed. This is still a great country, with a long, proud, rich history. And there are still many of us...millions of us...who care about serious issues and serious candidates for elected office. As the rabbis say, "Sometimes G-d says 'no'." let's start planning for 2014 and 2016. Let's keep educating friends, family and co-workers. We weren't all born conservatives...we had to develop an understanding of economics, global politics, and the history of national conflicts. Others will learn too. Keep smiling!

Fausta said...

This is beautiful, Doug. I am moved, and truly honored. Thank you.

Reliapundit said...

if we expect the russians to once again throw off their tyrant putin and the chinese to cast off their dictators and the iranians to rise up and win the next time then we have no eight to cry over an electoral loss to obama.

we are certainly headed for worse times with less liberty and less of the prosperity only liberty creates.


so we gotta roll up our sleeves and work harder.

defeatism won't help.

neither will merely attacking the left as idiots.

we need to deprogram them by showing them the light.

the coming catastrophes - vis a vis iran and china and the eu and israel and sequestration and obamacare - will provide many teaching moments.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure glad the majority of America doesn't buy the wacko stuff posted on conservative blogs...holy cow! 8 )

Steve D said...

'Now, I think I will have to leave the US to escape it again!'

Go to Canada.

I'm from Canada and the first time in my life I think my country may be more free than the US.

Our prime minister is a small l libertarian. The true north strong and free.

Reaganite Republican said...

Going Galt, and continuing the fight...

Anonymous said...

I used to build log homes, sometimes
we'd make a mistake and have to
disassemble a day or more's work to
go back to fix the problem, it is always depressing to face the truth
but you have to do it and it's better
to forgive yourself so that you turn
it into a learning scenario rather than a bitch fest. Man up and let
the reconstruction begin.
Joe Mudd

JaneLovesJesus said...

Yeah .... I wonder about all the time I spend READING blogs, books, and listening to news, when dopes who never even heard the word "Benghazi" can swoop in and take the election. But . . . the WH Occupier got 6 million fewer votes this time around.

You who write what I read got through to 6 million. Pathetic that there are still so many more, but don't sneeze at the 6 million. Six million kudos to you.

Anonymous said...

My dad went from the blistering heat of the Mojave desert and continued the fight through the frozen forests of the Ardennes.

Take two weeks, take a month.. but keep your head down as we step over you with our blood soaked boots.

Frodus said...

Be thankful when the crap hits the fan which it will,Obama and the left will be blamed.

This is the only hope we have,because they will run out out of other peoples money for sure.

Anonymous said...

The G.O.P. has lost two presidential elections in a row because it forced its candidate to run so far to the loony right to get through the primaries, dominated by its ultraconservative base, that he could not get close enough back to the center to carry the national election.