Crazy

Writing about politics sends me into a spiral of despair so I have mostly been avoiding doing so lately, but I still read the political blogs obsessively. And lately I've been wondering about my fellow citizens who still support the war in Iraq. What are they thinking? I ask myself. This, at Hullabaloo, puts things in perspective, like when the sixth grade teacher says, "If the sun were the size of a basketball, the earth would be the size of the head of a pin." Speaking of pinheads, I reproduce Tristero's post on that subject in full:
Bush's Approval Remains Ridiculously High In Viriginia
NY Times: "Representative Tom Davis told Mr. Bush that the president's approval rating was at 5 percent in one section of his northern Virginia district."
So. . . You're driving along the streets in Tom Davis' district, enjoying the scenery of what I'm sure's a lovely place - Tom's district includes Mt. Vernon, after all. There's an all-day Stevie Ray Vaughan festival on the radio and you - why, you're feeling just completely safe. Traffic's moderate, not so bad. Coming your way down the other lane are, I dunno, something like 10 cars a minute. In other words: Five drivers are hurtling your way every ten minutes that are so batshit crazy they actually approve of George W. Bush. Five drivers every ten minutes who can't (or won't) meet the most basic requirements of consensual reality - such as evaluating the performance of the worst president ever, let alone agreeing to drive on the right side of road! Five drivers every ten minutes whose cognitive and moral judgment is so impaired they might create a head-on collision just for kicks. Get it? When you actually think about what those stats mean - that people who still think well of Bush are actually behind the wheels of cars, capable of doing godknowswhat for no sane reason at all... well, all of a sudden, that 5% percent approval rate seems dangerously, unacceptably high, doesn't it, now? And let's not forget that nationwide, Bush is at 28% approval. Nearly 1/3 of this country - voters, anyway - think Bush is more than alright with them . . . The world is a very scary place indeed.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

1 thought on “Crazy”

  1. I think it is empirical evidence of the innate insanity that clings to our innate humanity–the idea that two people could see basically the same thing (i.e.: a car crash or a chimp-emperor) and come to two different conclusions, while having similar backgrounds, is proof, is it not, that the age of reason is dead?

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