(1000+ posts) Mon Sep-26-11 02:17 PM
Original message I miss Bush. There, I said it.
I meet monthly with a group of writers. We're all Democrats, mostly hard-core, with a couple of us holding mildly conservative Ps of V on a couple of issues. But Democrats we are, no question.
When Bush was in office, we were ANGRY! Our meetings were full of ire and outrage. We dissed and dissected; we lampooned and lambasted. No topic was off limits and discussions often burned far into the night, fueled by our simmering fumarole of discontent. We voted with our feet. We protested. We wrote letters. Some of us stood for office. We knew who the enemy was, and we howled with rage.
Now, when someone raises a political issue, the others weakly wave it down. We are too depressed and demoralized to even broach the subject most of the time. We feel the shame of having been sold out and disappointed. We cannot summon the energy to speculate about the bleak future we all face.
At 50, I am the youngest member of the group. Some of my elders are working in their 80s. The woman who taught first grade for 30 years has seen her pension dwindle, her children's and grandchildren's futures shrink down to the size of a postage stamp.
I want my anger back. Go ahead, DU. Flame me. The worst that can happen is I might get mad.