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sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-06-02 04:10 pm

I'm deep in debt and now it's much too late

I keep feeling I should say something about the political news, but there is enough incoherent screaming in the world already that I don't just want to add to it. I feel a little presumptuous handing 45 the prize for worst American president when a historical overview of the office can feel like a race to the bottom (both Andrews, Reagan, W alone) and the violent rightward trend of the country leaves me cautious of tempting fate, but then I don't know how you rate a president who'd rather kill a planet than actually read the terms of the global agreement he just pulled his country out of to no one's benefit but a bunch of robber baron wannabes who could easily be confused with villains from '80's children's cartoons. I don't care so much about the American century because city-on-a-hill rhetoric has always made me twitchy, but I do care about being able to breathe. The idea of my niece and my cousins' child inheriting the kind of scorched earth that should belong to science fiction makes me feel physically furious in ways I am not even sure how to direct at present. I am heartened by reactions like Pittsburgh rejecting 45's attempt to claim it as an industrial heartland. I was just sent the news of Bloomberg promising to make up the U.S. shortfall with his own $15 million to the UNFCCC, which at least demonstrates that some people with ludicrous amounts of money know what to do with it. Tomorrow is the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention and I'll be there as an alternate delegate for my ward, although I may have to skip sleeping if I want to be in Worcester and conscious at ten in the morning. But I can't think of real solutions that won't take years if not decades to implement and in the meantime the world is full of people who really would rather see it all burn down than have to acknowledge that they are not the supremely entitled center of the universe after all. It does not make me feel charitable. Lately I dream of literally fighting for my life; I dream of discovering that members of my family were Nazis. I lived for a long time with the feeling that my life had been knocked off its track into an alternate course where everything I had thought I would be was gone. It doesn't feel any better when it generalizes to the rest of the world. I know there's no going back: I just want to be reassured that forward is a direction that still exists.

[edit] At least this month I get to send a nice letter to Governor Baker: "A day after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord, Governor Charlie Baker . . . joined the governors of New York, California, and Washington state to form the 'United States Climate Alliance,' which they said would strive to stick to the nation's commitments in the Paris accord."
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[personal profile] choco_frosh 2017-06-02 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
If you need a ride to Worcester, just let me know!
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[personal profile] choco_frosh 2017-06-02 08:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Ten pm? Or if you're not leaving til sometime after 9 tomorrow, any time.
I'm not sure what the heck I'd do in Worcester all day, so if there were any way to make it a one-way ride for me that might be better; but regardless, the Delegate must get there!
PS: Assuming I *am* driving you, what time would I pick you up?
(Oh, and remind me that I have some of your stuff.)
Edited 2017-06-02 20:36 (UTC)
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[personal profile] choco_frosh 2017-06-02 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Also a dvd
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[personal profile] asakiyume 2017-06-02 08:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Way to go, Bloomberg! I hadn't heard that.

And yes, I understand your feelings, and share them--not the particulars, but the general tenor.
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[personal profile] asakiyume 2017-06-03 12:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I saw city hall in green, but what great news about Massachusetts now being part of the Climate Alliance--thanks for breaking that news for me.

... can't quite bring myself to use a cheering icon because everything's still so dire, but still. I'm glad!
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[personal profile] isis 2017-06-02 09:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Have you been to a state convention before? I'm very involved in our local party and have attended two of our Democratic conventions here in Colorado, and it's always a wonderful shot in the arm to make me remember just why it's so important and how amazing our people really are. It's like a rock concert for politics!
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[personal profile] kore 2017-06-02 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
I lived for a long time with the feeling that my life had been knocked off its track into an alternate course where everything I had thought I would be was gone. It doesn't feel any better when it generalizes to the rest of the world. I know there's no going back: I just want to be reassured that forward is a direction that still exists.

In spades, man. Yeah.
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[personal profile] kore 2017-06-03 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
And the Attorney Gen filed against the Muslim ban! Bob Ferguson, who does not look old enough to shave. Or maybe that is just my wizened perspective now.
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[personal profile] kore 2017-06-03 02:51 am (UTC)(link)
He said on Rachel Maddow, quite bemused, that he was walking down the street in Olympia? and people were honking horns and stopping their cars to give him a thumbs-up and actually knowing who he was. It was great.