Politics: I Bid Thee Farewell


I posted a bunch of tweets about why I’m giving up talking about politics (or dealing with it), but the Google+ version more effectively says what I want to say here:

I’m going to give politics a rest for as long as I can. That doesn’t mean I won’t talk about issues of gender or sexuality or race, because those are things that I am not willing to bend on when it comes to fair treatment, but I’m not going to play the Democrat vs. GOP vs. Tea Party vs. Socialists vs. Whatever Stupid Political Party B.S. that has been going on. Conversations among such groups are repetitive, pointless, mindless, and generally serve no function other than to make me angry. Intelligent conversation is dead in the realm of politics. I’m not wasting anymore energy on it. 

What I am going to do is write more, blog more, talk about things that don’t make me angry, do things that make me happy, and do everything I can to make my life as good as I can without screwing someone else over (on purpose). I’ve got science fiction and fantasy to write. I’ve got votes to cast. I’ve got a life to live. I’ve got children to have and a family to raise and lizards to tend to. 

Which means, from this point on, I won’t be following people who serve no purpose other than to babble about which GOP candidate is being a dumbass or which Democrat got his wang shot on camera or why Nancy Pelosi sold her womb to harbor the devil’s mutant offspring or why John Boehner is orange and smells suspiciously like Cheetoh’s. I’m not interested in politics as usual, because it’s infuriating what such things have done to this country, to the dialogue, to our ability to talk to one another about anything, to make REAL compromises on REAL issues that matter to REAL people.

It’s time for a better world, and I’m going start making it better by not playing the Political Mambo anymore. You’re free to join me if you so choose.

That’s basically where I’m at right now.  With all that garbage going on in my life, I need relief, and I’m not getting it by participating in the world of politics as it currently stands.  And so, I’m taking a break, if not forever, then at least indefinitely.

Now it’s time to write…

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

2 thoughts on “Politics: I Bid Thee Farewell

  1. Yeah. No more of it here. I mean, I'll still talk about things like gay rights every once in a while, but I'm not doing the partisan politics nonsense. I'm not contributing to the atmosphere that makes Republicans and Democrats despise each other or makes "liberal" or "conservative" a dirty word (an insult). I don't have the heart for it anymore and it does nothing but turn this country against itself.

    I want progress, and the only way we're going to get that is for people to STFU and start talking to each other like regular people. And if you can't do that, then I'm going to ignore you (rhetorical "you" obviously).

    As for this blog: lots of stuff about writing, SF/F/H, and things I love, because I need more love in my life with all that crap going on in it…

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