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News and Politics …. I Can’t Anymore.

I’ve never been much of a “news” person. Hell, in my 20’s & 30’s I got all of my news from the E! Channel & TMZ.

I’ve also never been much of a “political” person, either. I didn’t even know all of the previous presidents until my 20’s & 30’s.

Now that I’m in my 40’s, I’ve finally become a news & political person. And I’ve never been more upset. I cannot turn on the TV, radio, or any social media, without being heartbroken & sick to my stomach – daily.

That being said, as a realistic & responsible adult, I understand it’s my duty to be informed. Informed to make educated decisions and able to construct reasonable opinions.

But lately?

I just want to go back inside my “bubble” of “ignorance” – when the biggest source of conflict & the only thing to protest was the newest fashion trend, or, gossiping over which celebrity was having an illicit affair.

Between the upcoming election, America’s Never-Ending War in the Middle East, gun control, women’s rights, weirdo food issues, ISIS, terrorism, racism, homophobia, the recent tragic events in Florida, and the current unnecessary shootings – I’m ready to barricade myself at home, lock the doors, close the blinds, and refuse to emerge until the world figures out how to resolve itself.

In the meantime?

I’ll be watching Bravo and/or Netflix & Hulu – in my pajamas, under the covers, with the AC blasting, while enjoying a non-stop I.V. pumping cocktails full of alcohol & antidepressants into my veins.

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  • agg79

    Amen sister. Seems like the movie Idiocracy come to real life. No matter what you say or think, you are going to piss off someone or be castigated on the net. Best strategy is to either move to disconnect completely from the net, shut down facebook, turn off the news channels, log off twitter and move to a remote mountaintop. Lord help all of us over the next few months.

  • AGG! YES! EXACTLY.

    I am legit TERRIFIED and HORRIFIED these days. And there is NOTHING we can do to fix/help/change things. NOTHING. We have like NO choices. NONE. Which is even MORE scary. We can’t even “joke” about it.

    In an upset rage, on FB, I posted this as a comment [ see below]

    “WTF with this no GMO, “clean food”, anti-carbs world? Um… it’s like you can’t even order a sandwich without pissing someone off. And
    now you have to be worried that person you’re pissing off might be
    wielding a gun and shoot you dead for ordering the wrong sandwich, and then
    a riot will break out in a completely different state, blaming that sandwich, and then people
    will want to build walls, to keep those sandwich makers out, and/or align with actual criminals for presidency because of that sandwich, but there are no
    other choices on the menu, so you just inhale a 1/5th of tequila because FOR FUCK
    SAKES!”

    – which was truly meant to “lighten” things up…. but if course, it only caused MORE drama.

    I am so DONE.
    Waving my white flag.
    Tapping out.
    DONE.

    – I no wanna be edumacted no mo! –

  • agg79

    Yea, sadly that’s what we’ve become today. No matter what you say, no matter how you say it, regardless of your intentions, someone is going to get all butthurt about it and jump your shit. Really makes me want to check out as well and open up that bait shop I keep talking about.

  • I agree. While part of me wants to be aware, engaged and involved…every time I turn on the news I see people acting like grade schoolers. Name calling, back-biting, he said, she said.
    How sad it is that we have come to the point that we only hear the voices of the lunatic fringe because the common man is keeping their head down. AND rightfully so. Whatever a normal person might say in passing, is taken out of context. There is just so much anger out there. AND RUDENESS…what the hell has happened to civility????

  • for reals!

  • I am truly afraid for ALL OF US.

  • Same here… and I was pretty active on politics and news but the trend of events points to nothing improving for the better, it’s depressing at best. Thus my social network posts are mostly whimsical nonsense, there is much of the “other” already – I have blocked countless of posts, so tiresome to see some stuff (left and right, pro and con) invade the timeline 🙁

    Best regards Meleah!

  • hamishjoy.com

    I can relate so much to this.

    Back in the blissfully ignorant days, life was so much more carefree. Stupid, but happy – I was stupid levels of happy, and that showed on my posts. I could just sit down and write at any point and I’d get a happy little post at the end of that.

    Not anymore. Before I write, I have to exorcise my demons. I have to constantly fight the temptation to just throw out obscenities till I exhaust myself. I try to tell myself that Ha.. lots of stupid things happening in the world; this means the world is just funny. But that chant’s not working out anymore.

  • “Thus my social network posts are mostly whimsical nonsense” and THANK GOODNESS for THAT!!

  • I’ve found by avoiding political posts on FB and only watching the morning news, I’ve been A LOT happier. But, this world is definitely getting scarier, every minute of every day.

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