September 02, 2009

I AM UNSETTLED

I envision an ugly future.  Despite the fact that I have joked with my mother that I was born during the Carter administration and everything turned out OK, I worry.  I see my child being born into an America I can't even recognize.

I find myself channeling my inner Sarah Connor lately.

I used to think that we were living Atlas Shrugged.  But lately, I think we're seeing a different ending.  I don't see the politicians kidnapping Galt and asking him to fix it fix it fix it; I think they want the broken system.

I don't know how to live in a broken system.  I feel like I need to spend some time learning how.

And even the plains aren't enough to calm my soul.

Posted by: Sarah at 08:32 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 I think your answer lies in key words in your post: "my child"(grand words to see you write by the way). When we can afford people to have great intentions while not being held accountable for results, freedoms erode. When we can't afford it, our country's citizens don't roll over. They wake up and fight, through educating themselves and others, and ultimately through the ballot box. I have optimism because people, like you, are willing to fight hard for what is fundamentally important to them.

Posted by: HChambers at September 02, 2009 11:17 AM (v5r7Y)

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I share your worries. I try to comfort myself by remembering some history...in the dark days of the Depression, many believed the only question was whether America would go Fascist or it would go Communist. In the Cold War era, global thermonuclear war seemed like a real possibility. Yet we came through these things okay.

I'm not sure I believe myself, though. I'm concerned that something very bad may have happened to the American spirit.

Posted by: david foster at September 02, 2009 05:09 PM (uWlpq)

3 "channeling my inner Sarah Connor" -- heehee There's a reason why our son's middle name is "Connor." Oh, yes, that is his namesake... I agree, it's wonderful to see those words, "my child."

Posted by: Lee Anne Mitchell at September 02, 2009 07:29 PM (N5ZmR)

4 the DH and I (who are much older than you and your DH) were just saying the other day that for the first time in our adult lives we are not only afraid FOR our country, but we are afraid OF our government. we worry more than we ever have not only for our children, but so much more for our grandchild (who is your child's contemporary)... and those are the scariest thoughts for us outside our own mortality.  I used to think the survivalists were "fringe"... now? sarah connor indeed.

Posted by: Some Soldier's Mom at September 02, 2009 10:19 PM (DBUVT)

5 There seems to be a lot of this going around. I have a great sense of unease about the future. If the sh*t does hit the fan, I am not prepared to deal with it, nor is my immediate family. Can we get The Gulch up and running somewhere, soon?

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at September 02, 2009 11:37 PM (paOhf)

6 Of course the politicians want a broken system. It creates crises that can only be 'solved' by more government - meaning more reelections. Disasters keep them in power. It's the broken window fallacy on a national level. Leaders break windows and the masses applaud regardless of not-so-hidden costs.

Posted by: Amritas at September 03, 2009 01:41 AM (h9KHg)

7 This is why I would have named a blog surrealities if I had started one several years ago. Now it is scary and surreal and I didn't name my blog that because it is too close now.
I knew he was going to be bad, I just didn't know how quickly he could act and get  so much done to ruin the country.

Posted by: Ruth H at September 03, 2009 12:53 PM (KLwh4)

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