R.I.P peace of mind

16 thoughts on “R.I.P peace of mind”

  1. An impeachment trial in the senate requires a ⅔ majority. It’s probably going to take a while. I’m ready for November 6, my voter’s card is poised to go. I’d like to turn some Republicans but none of them that I know is undecided. The nature of this country is changing right in front of our eyes.

    1. My son and DIL are Republicans and for the most part we avoid political discussions. If we do discuss anything political, it’s very tentative and careful. We value family more than politics and make no effort to “convert” each other. I suppose I’m partly to blame for my son’s Republicanism, since I was a Republican during his formative years.

      I wonder if the change we see in society is not as apparent to younger people because the present may seem not that different from what they’ve always known.

      1. It really gets scary hearing my grandson (age 16) talk about the angst and depression among his friends and and classmates. They’ve known nothing but anger, disrespect, bullying, mass shootings, school shootings, and student suicides. The number of suicides among students in the greater Denver area is alarming.

      2. Social media, like news media, can blow an issue completely out of proportion to reality. If you aren’t mature enough to look elsewhere for information (and, often, even if you are), life and the world can look very, very bleak. People our age have known sunshine and good times. Too many kids can’t even imagine it.

      3. It’s what they’ve always known–including the nastiness of political “discussion” on social media–much like how today’s college kids have only known a post 9/11 USA. Sometimes I catch myself thinking “when everything goes back to normal.” Then I realize this horror show IS the new normal.

      4. As I quoted below, “I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope.” There’s not as much hope as there used to be, but I haven’t managed to completely abandon it. It keeps hanging on, if only by a thread.

  2. I blame both political parties for making everyone justified for believing they are victims because of unequal outcomes. Remember the social umbrella that (didn’t) existed in the 1940’s and 1950’s? Self reliance and victim-hood began it’s rise with Texan’s own crook, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” The perceived value of something is proportional to it’s perceived cost. Replacing a bunch of lying, unethical Republicans with a bunch of equally corrupt Democrats isn’t going to change a thing. But, we never seem to learn.

    1. Frankly I don’t know how the current mess will ever get straightened out, short of replacing everyone in Congress with moderate, middle-of-the-road individuals who are willing to listen to and compromise with the other side for the good of the country. And I’ve no idea how we find people like that, much less convince them to get into the dirty, dirty business of politics.

... and that's my two cents