I’m tired. I’m tired of all of the infighting and backbiting going on in Washington, and in our state capitol, and at City Hall, and in the newspapers, and in the blogosphere.
I’m tired of having so few good alternatives in dealing with so many issues.
And I’m tired of the perennial game of “Gotcha”.
I’m tired of people proposing alternatives to serious problems that we don’t really have. We don’t have the alternative of going to a hydrogen economy. At least not for the foreseeable future. We’ll be burning a hydrocarbon-based fuel in our vehicles for as long as I’ll (and, probably, you’ll) be alive.
I’m tired of environmentalists who aren’t. I had it up to here with arguments with so-called environmentalists on the subject of nuclear power fully 35 years ago in which I explained why their opposition to nuclear power was short-sighted. They won. Why aren’t they happy?
I was argued out on Viet Nam, too, nearly 40 years ago. I was neither pro nor con. I thought that we should be more cautious about entering into treaties but once we had ’em we should honor ’em. Even if the results were unforeseen. I never understood (other than the race of the people in the countries involved, of course) why NATO was so wonderful and SEATO was so bad. I don’t want to talk about it at all anymore and why the subject should be dragged up again in a presidential election in 2004 baffles me.
I’m tired of people who find principles when their pensions are secured and people who are all for free trade (except for the trade restrictions that benefit them, personally). I’m tired of Fortune 1000 CEO’s who make 100’s of millions of dollars when there’s not a doubt in my mind that an Indian CEO every bit as competent could be hired for a fraction of the cost.
I’m tired of companies like United and Ford where the employees hate their jobs while there are other companies (sometimes in the very same industries) like Southwest and Costco where the employees love theirs—even with lower salaries.
I’m tired of our leaders making nice with the cliques of thugs running the most horrible countries in the world because they think there might be a buck in it for an American company somewhere.
I’m tired of false equivalences. Neither we nor our government are as bad as the mullahs in Iran or the religious police in Saudi or the gangsters in the Chinese Politburo. George Bush has lots of shortcomings (where do I begin?). But he’s not a Hitler or a Kim Jong-Il and claiming he is just makes me angry. And tired. Clinton wasn’t as bad as his detractors made out, either.
I see I’m not alone. A lot of the bloggers on my blogroll have left, some just because they were tired. Jack Grant of Random Fate is the most recent great blogger who’s stopped because he’s tired.
I’m not tired of blogging. But I’m tired of the intellectual and moral bankruptcy I’m seeing.
So I’ll keep on keeping on. And I plan to keep right on blogging. I just wanted to warn you: I’m tired.