The Center Of the Left...
I love my country, but I don't know what else I can do? I'm gay, liberal, want rights for the poor, women should be able to have the right to their own bodies, taxes should pay for health care for all... etc.
But who is showing me this? Everything seems so muddled sometimes, it's hard for an "outsider" like me to see through the clouds. I've been on DU since 11.04, yet post rarely.
I love learning here, and you all are so great... but I'm so discouraged. I don't want to give up, and won't... but after our bridge collapsed last week and a friend of mine survived a forty foot fall floating down the Mississippi, and puking through Bush's "visit"... I just don't know anymore.
Do you all sometimes bury your head in your hands and just cry? I try and reach out to people, yet it all seems so deaf. I want so much to make a difference for my brother's children, even though he's a Bushie.
So often I just feel like a zombie...like, is this real? Is this the world I'm supposed to be living in? I need someone to help me out of this... I think our entire country needs that.
Thanks for hearing me vent. I'm a faithful reader, and you all offer so much. Keep it up. It gives me strength every day.
xoxo Matt (MinneapolisMatt)
I agree, Matty; your post is, indeed, confused... but don't worry; one day, hopefully you will grow up and realize how special America is. You will realize that it is just your little batch of doomsayers that wish to play 'Ain't It Awful' and 'It's All Bush's Fault!'
As you get older, you'll see that nobody is 'deaf', there are plenty of people listening. Things really aren't 'muddled'--and those of us that are all 'gwown up' don't simply put our heads in our hands and cry. It's hard to do that when you live in wonderful America. It's like crying while you carry cake in both hands--only kids do that.
The first thing you can do is drop the term 'Bushie'--and don't make your nieces and nephews into second-class citizens for having some conservative thoughts. Second, you can stop 'puking' through a President's visit--ANY President of the United States. Perhaps you can remember why he's there and think of those folks and it'll help you get your mind off yourself for awhile...
You're not a zombie (and leaving all those blunts alone will help you feel less like one) and, 'like, this IS real'. This IS life--and it's just fine.
You obviously need help, but our entire country doesn't. We're strong, we work, we think the right thoughts, we rely on God, we try to support each other--and we know our raison d'etra on earth is more than simply hugging a tree, making sure a woman gets to abort her baby, or taxing the bejaysus out of everyone just to pay for hairbrained Democrat social programs.
Stand up for your country, quit feeling sorry for yourself, and realize you live in the best country God ever made!