Monday, April 04, 2005

This blog has become too political

Or so I've been told by my wife, a former, avid reader. (Sidebar: that's my current wife, who's a former, avid reader, not my former wife who doesn't even know the blog exists...) Says Jenny, when I started out, I kept close to the description posted to the right:
These are my musings, ruminations, rants, & raves about the swirling haze around me: politics, poetry, life, war, peace, conflict, love, crisis, news, leadership, organizations, the Coast Guard, sons, confinement, family, friends, ideas, and relationships.
Now, she says, I'm just ranting about politics. I don't know; perhaps. If politics is "The art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs" or "social relations involving authority or power," then, perhaps. I guess I'm caught up in it: the art of governing. Frankly, I don't think two decades ago I would have thought I'd have any interest in governing, but, I guess, I do.

But the worst is she said the blog is boring. Boring! Damn. That's the worst insult she could heave in my direction. Boring? Eagads, I don't want to be boring! So what should I do to make this less boring? Talk about Elliot & how he's growing like a string bean? Perhaps about Andrew and how he's becoming a young man? Or Richard and his wicked sense of humor? Or perhaps I ought to blog about Jenny and her new, purple accented hair?

Or perhaps I'll just blog about what I know: people and relationships. Oh, right, politics would be a subset of that.

Here's a little bit of spice-up-my-life news. You may remember that Phil (my brother) and I are involved in putting together a peaceful demonstration against the Nazi gathering slated for June 25th at the National Park in Yorktown. I've been slightly outspoken about it. Well, in a quiet manner, anyway. So, anyway, those on the otherside of the debate (that would be the neo-Nazis, the Klan, and other white supremacists, have decided to put out name, home address, and phone number on the web. See what Google gives you when I'm googled. Yesterday, the posts in question were on page one of the results; today they're on page two.

I've been asked, "Why do anything?" If we ignore these hate mongers, they will just go away. Hmm. Yeh, that's worked before. Not. So, if we do something like this rally, aren't we giving them what they want. No, what we're going to do is suck the energy away from them; they're going to be left alone, and we're going to have peace, fun, truth, and love. (And, just so everyone knows, we're not paying protesters $100 to show up and protest against the neo-Nazis; no that's a figment of someone's very vivid imagination.)

Why do it? Why risk? Because it's not a risk; it's the right thing to do. It is right and good to speak out against hatred; it is right and good to create a peaceful alternative.

And, as to the neo-Nazis and their warped posts: I'm not concerned. They can hide here in the internet; I'm living life in the real world. I only blog here.

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