now I'm gonna party like its 1999
After some time off and reflection, I've decided to keep up with Word Around the Net, but with a different approach. I had been treating WATN as a job, plugging away at it no matter how I felt or what was going on, and driving hard to get regular content out every day. I don't want to keep doing that, because the job wasn't paying and I need my energy for other things.
So my plan is to post here irregularly, when something comes up or I have ideas. And the tone will be different as well. I don't want to follow or examine politics any longer, save when they touch on culture or ideas indirectly. They're depressing and frustrating and honestly politics are irrelevant to my life now.
Call me a crazy man or a demented conspirator, but I see America as a write off now. The grand experiment of the constitution, liberty, and democracy has failed. Over and over the founders and other writers such as DeTocqueville and even Heinlein warned that a democracy can only survive as long as its members are virtuous.
The reason for this is plain enough. Once the voters become selfish, greedy, hedonistic, and short sighted, then all they will vote for is goodies for themselves, whether poor people demanding they not need to work or earn their pay or rich people demanding government help them get richer and stop competitors.
And there's a flip side to this. A virtuous government will avoid corruption and do what they are supposed to, follow the constitution and act honorably. One without virtue will do whatever it takes to implement what they want to see, embrace corruption, work with cronies to enrich themselves and those who help them do so, and most of all will break the law, cheat, and violate the rules because they know when they're in power nobody but them can investigate.
According to a recent news story, UN elections monitors and European press were astounded that the US has no Voter ID. They could not believe that anyone would go on the honor system for an election at the national level. In the past, a more virtuous people and government could be trusted to be honorable and vote more honestly. Not so today. It isn't that voter fraud is new, its that it was more limited and not so much national.
All that is over, and with it, the Republic. America still stands in effigy, a sort of burnt out shell of its former self, but the experiment has failed. The culture is the problem, not politics as such. Politics reflects the popular culture, who leads and is in power is a direct reflection of the people. Even if they cheat outrageously to gain power, they can and will only do so if the culture is willing to let it happen.
So I'll be looking at other things instead of politics, because its too late to change anything and time to pull back to friends and neighbors, to your family and community. Those of us who are more conservative-inded should look to how Jews survive the lands they lived in and ready ourselves for a day when, God willing, the rebuilding can begin.
I'm sorry if this is depressing or sounds like I'm about to walk in front of a bus, I'm not. I'm just very, very sad and disappointed. So instead I'll be focusing on other aspects of life. Movie reviews, songs, culture, depression survival stuff, food, funny things, beauty, and especially my art and writing.
When I dabbled with Twitter, it was all about my writing and other things, I deliberately avoided almost all political issues because I was trying to avoid annoying potential customers and readers. That's what I'll be focusing on at Word Around the Net. If you came here for political analysis, such as it was, I am sorry, but there are ten thousand other blogs out there and they will continue to wage a futile effort to influence the political realm in America.
So I won't be pouring out the multiple posts a day like I used to, and days may go by with nothing at all. That's so I can get more energy into other things that need doing. I would have just written WATN off, but it gives me an outlet for certain kinds of writing and keeps me in touch with at least a few people who might be interested in something else I write.
I keep reading that the use of social media expands your customer base, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to do that. I'm just not that kind of thinker or man I guess, I just am not good at selling myself. I don't even really know where to start. But I'll keep plugging, maybe I can figure something out over time.
In any case, thank you for the few emails I got encouraging me to keep going. I'll give it a try. Assuming anyone even ever checks back here.