February 2, 2009

AND ISN'T THE ESSENCE OF MODERN LIBERALISM...:

Life without Bush: What's a liberal critic to do without his most beloved target? (Mark Morford, January 30, 2009, SF Chronicle)

Here's the thing: While it was often tremendous amounts of fun -- and also hugely rewarding, in terms of response and awareness-raising -- to repeatedly expose and satirize Bush as the destructive cretin he so obviously was, it was also a deeply toxic practice, openly dangerous to mind, spirit and soul alike. Much like working with spent nuclear fuel rods every day, or in an anthrax lab, or a place where they test NASCAR cologne on baby chimps. Spend enough time in that room, you're bound to get cancer. Not to mention inexorably depressed.

A few years ago I wrote a column in response to a distraught reader who asked why I wasn't writing more about the latest massacre in Rwanda (or maybe it was Darfur, or Haiti, or...). My reply was simple enough: I just couldn't. There was no way I could write about the various atrocities of the world every single column and still hope to keep my heart, my humor, my sanity intact. It was just too painful, too lopsided, like manning the phones every day at a rape-crisis hotline. Gratifying and helpful, yes, but do it long enough and the world quickly turns bleak and hateful indeed.


...that your own mental health is more important than helping millions? That's why folks like Mr. Morford preferred hating on W to removing Saddam.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2009 9:34 AM
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