Blog Cynicism Disease

I'll update my blog on my favorite denture paste!

I'll update my blog on my favorite denture paste!

Right now Punditdad is nearing 20,000 words in his great American novel for the National Novel Writing Month contest. I’ve been disciplined and writing pretty much everyday.  The book sucks, has terrible spelling and no punctuation.  I harbor no belief that it will ever be read by anybody other than my wife.  Its the doing, not anything else that is important. Some days are more fun than others but I can see what’s going to happen next and I’m confident I can get it done. Good stuff.

I’ve been tracking some of my bookmarked blogs these days after the election to read how people are feeling and where their heads are at, it’s an excuse to think about parenting and something other than my book.  I like to leave comments and read comments. Unfortunately, I’ve come to the conclusion that all blogs suck.  This one included.  This isn’t just self-effacing misdirection, I really mean everybody, this blog included.

I know, that’s harsh and most people in the personal blog community spend all their days waxing other blogger’s dicks so they can get a hyperlink on their blogroll or they can get the “Bloggers’ Choice Awards”. It’s just not right to say that all blogs suck…but they do.

Why do they suck? Because they lack true originality or thought. They are really just contrived and sometimes unhumorous snapshots of people’s uninspired lives.  Check that, people do live inspired lives but they are sharing the WRONG parts of their inspired lives.  We feel comfortable sharing the funny uncomfortable moments that make us look like jackasses, but we rarely reveal the tough parts of our lives,  the parts that make us look greedy or self centered or mean spirited. The parts of our lives that make us something more than a superficial vanity mirror, created to impress our friends and gain followings.

Again, this blog included.  Why did I start this blog? Three reasons: I wanted to increase my feeling of self worth since I wasn’t bringing home a paycheck, experiment whether I can write complete sentences and investigate the blogging world.  So far the writing is the only thing that seems to be worth a damn.

I’m hoping that my current state of Blog Cynicsm Disease fades soon because I enjoy the people who are blogging, but sometimes I just can’t stand their posts, this blog included. I can’t stand MY POSTS. Nothing is said that is daring, original or piercing.  People’s topics are simply a replacement for the kinds of conversations we used to have before the internet sucked our time away standing around the water cooler or at the bowling alley.

What about the days when people wrote LETTERS to each other, letters that were so compelling and thoughtful that people put them into books over the years to be read by fucking scholars. Now I blog about going to the fucking store. What gives?  Is my life so small and pathetic that I need to impress you by writing a funny little ditty about shopping at Ikea? I pray not. Maybe I should talk about how I think I’m going to explain to my daughter that my father killed himself because of schizophrenia after living like a hermit for nearly 20 years and the angst I feel for not seeing him for those years?

But is that what we want to read? Is that a day brightener? Not really. It’s closer to the truth than me rueing how not to curse in front of my toddler though.  Maybe blogs are just like real life, two parts pepper and one part sugar and we like to focus on the sugar to keep making it through the days and the nights.  But it’s the harsh pepper that makes up the REAL part, the part that needs tempering.

Now, you’re a blogger reading this post thinking,”My blog doesn’t suck, it’s an honest reflection of who I am as a person and what I want to portray to my readers. Besides Punditdad, who the hell are you to criticize since your blogs sucks and nobody reads it.”  I’m not going to disagree with you and probably I read your blog on a consistent basis because of your excellent judgement. But right now I have Blog Cynicism Disease. Sorry.  If you suffer from occasional B.C.D, please let me know how you overcame it. I’d really like to know. I’d like to blog about Playground Moms…a very serious topic.

5 Things Liberals Like Me Should Do Next

539w15. Revel in the victory and rub conservative’s faces with it until January. No really. Those bastards have been praying at the alter of the worst president in recorded history: make sure they know that a black dude with a crazy sounding name is the new president and he KICKED ASS over the POW and anguished hero of John McCain.   Palin and McCain’s terrible brand of hate politics didn’t work and the Republicans need to go back into the woods and think about what the future of their party is. I certainly hope that moderates like Mitch McConnell can wrest it from the religious conservatives who have been the loudest fear mongers.  They really do need to be the Teddy Roosevelt party, not the David Duke party.

4. Hold Obama to his bipartisan promises. If you were like me, you may have glossed over Obama’s rhetoric of “working across the aisle”.  You were thinking,”Yah, working across the aisle while I stick a knife in your throat and a grenade in your pocket.” Revenge is a dish best served cold. But really, this country for all it’s “progress” could turn on Obama in a second like a hungry feral dog and start blaming him for the cloudy weather and the 49’ers losing season. Believe it. He needs a Republican in the Cabinet. He needs some market based approaches to health care reform. He needs to use language that appeals to the middle of the road voters who sent him to the White House.  When Clinton told the nation that we should, “Save Social Security first,” Republicans literally shit their pants because the guy was laying a well placed kick to their balls. It can be done.

3. Admit that Obama is arrogant, egotistical, cold-blooded, and ruthless.  Face it, the guy broke on public financing and should have taken McCain up on some aspect of townhall meetings. That’s what the bleeding heart liberals would have preferred. But then he wouldn’t have won. Sometimes being right and winning are two different things completely.  Enter governing and the difference is even more dramatic. I spent many a time defending Bill Clinton’s quirks when I really should have been talking about wealth and job creation, low crime and the LACK OF WARS.  It’s not how you do something, it is what you get done and 4-8 years isn’t nearly enough time to make the changes we need, especially if you are worried about hurting someone’s feelings.

2.  Be reconciled that Obama’s presidency needn’t be GREAT but that he must do great things for a majority of Americans. Think about the wealth of the middle class created under Clinton. Think about the criticisms he received from liberals about welfare to work reform.  In retrospect, did Clinton do more harm than good to working families?

1. Celebrate with our children and our loved ones that the promise of America is really burning stronger than ever and those fucking idiots in Europe will never have a leader half as cool as ours even though they get free health care. Nationa pride is not nationalism or jingoism despite what some of my harsh liberal friends think. I really do love America and today, on November 5th, I love it even more for what it has shown to its own people, the generous and loving heart that we all share despite our fears.  We can and will do better. You betcha!

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