I confess to having an unhealthy addiction to news of this circus side show that used to be the United States. The first two weeks of watching Il Douche firebomb our constitution, our way of life, our government – was like watching an old fashioned horror movie – the dread, the shock, the feeling of despair rising from the pit of the stomach – but of course, it was much worse than that. The redistribution of power, the denigrating of the institutions which have kept us safe from dictators and the power-hungry, the blatant disrespect for the truth and for our collective intelligence. If you’ve been watching and paying attention, I don’t need to go on – if you disagree with what I’ve written above, there is no need to try to convince you – it won’t work and it’s not why I’m writing.
I read a word the other day that was new to me, but which needed no defining: outrage-fatigue. Two weeks in, it was clear that it was happening and it also seems clear that it was happening b intent. Completely blow our minds in the first two weeks and then tone it down a notch and let everyone breathe a sigh of relief and say ‘Ah, that’s better’ even though it’s not – it’s just the difference between Jerry Springer and old school Geraldo – so the outrage fatigue plan seems to be working – my Facebook feed is no longer all politics all the time – even though the things still happening would have been huge headline news during any other administration.
So, we have all gotten a little numb to the outrageous coming from the Republican mainstream and the Il Douche camp. It’s not as shocking as it was before when they blatantly lie, violate the constitution, or use tactics that go against the very idea of who we are as a people. And – and this is a big and – they have intentionally toned it down. They have stopped throwing gasoline on the flames and as a result – stopped making huge headlines….and that’s a good thing, right?
I’m not so sure. No news is not really good news. Just because your electricity bill doesn’t make it to you, doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay it. The power will still get shut off if you don’t take care of it. The bill is still there and it still must be paid. The Republican party and the cronies of Il Douche (and Il Douche himself) have already revealed a strong penchant for lying to the American people, for concealing the truth, for obstructing the way we process things, and for working for the highest bidder regardless of what is good for the United States. They have cheated on us in broad daylight, on camera, in front of reputable witnesses, before the world – and then denied the truth of the evidence and told us that we are overreacting. They have lied without a shred of decency or the barest attempt to even hide that they are lying. They have shown their contempt and hatred for the media and the freedom of the press and journalistic integrity – they have clearly demonstrated that they will use bribery and intimidation and lies to suppress stories about who they are and what they are doing. This is the wealthiest and most corrupt government in the history of our country and they have no compunction about using every tool within their reach to increase their power and wealth.
So, back to the title “No News is Good News” – I admit my news addiction but I can’t close my eyes to what is happening in this country. I woke this morning and scanned the headlines and found nothing that set me on fire – partly because of outrage fatigue, partly because of a newfound numbness at what the Republican senators, representatives, and administration are willing to do to increase their power – but under all of that – what I realize is that the power bill is coming. We may not be seeing the bill and we may not be seeing the machinations of this hideous beast – but the bill is coming and it’s addressed to the American people – we will have to pay it or we are going to have our power shut off.