Ever since the election it’s been harder to write this blog. Not that there’s any lack of topics—au contraire; the ideas come fast and furious. I’ve got so many unfinished drafts for new posts that it feels overwhelming.
Why so many unfinished? Well, they’re all pretty gloomy. And somewhat redundant, in a way. I’m torn between putting them all out there and depressing my readers, and writing about fluff or art or so many of the other things that interest me and are more pleasant topics to take up.
For example, not long after the election it occurred to me that Hillary Clinton would be unbeatable in 2016, and why. I wrote a big long (as yet unfinished) draft about it, and was waiting for a slow day to publish it. While I waited, “Hillary’s unstoppable in 2016” seems to have become the meme du jour. So others beat me to it.
I still might publish it some time. But what stays my hand even now is that it may just be more of the same “woe is us, all is lost” business that doesn’t seem the least bit helpful. I’d rather point to possible solutions (for Hillary’s candidacy, by the way, that might be trumping her as the possible “First Female President” with the possible “First Female and Hispanic President Combined, and Younger As Well” card, in the form of Susana Martinez. Remember, you heard it here first—I think.)
And boy, how I hate identity politics, and how I hate playing that game. And maybe it’s a losing one. But Martinez has a lot going for her in addition to being a Hispanic woman: articulate, personable, and even charismatic. I can already see the coming Democratic attack though: she’s pro-life, anti same-sex marriage, and against medical marijuana.
I know this is a rambling post. But I’m in a rambling mood. And I don’t see what purpose it serves to continually beat our breasts and rend our garments. I’d rather cast about for solutions, and also enjoy a bit of levity and distraction in the meantime. But sometimes I think people think that means I don’t get how dire things are.
I get it. Believe me, I get it.
[ADDENDUM: I just saw this. Pretty relevant.]