Erick Erickson Makes A Good Point … Also Concerning My Recent Absence
Erick made a good point via RedState the other day.
What I am finding is that among conservatives there is too much outrage, piss, and vinegar. It makes our ideas less effective. We have become humorless, angry opponents of the President instead of happy warriors selling better ideas. We are not even selling ideas.
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I’d probably phrase it a bit differently than Erick does in part but it’s a legitimate observation. After nine or so years out here, to a good extent, things appear to have taken a disappointing turn. I see more grievance mongering, sensationalism and yapping for attention and site traffic coming from many quarters to the point it’s become off-putting. It doesn’t look representative of a movement going anywhere. It looks like one that’s lost and flailing, or interested in nothing more than trolling up bottom feeders with outrage after outrage that advances nothing but traffic stats fed all but entirely from an echo chamber of sorts.
It reminds me more of some early blogging that mostly fell away as better sites developed in time. I assume some of it is driven by sheer frustration with Obama – the GOP in part – and Beltway politics, as a whole. The November election certainly didn’t help matters at the national level. On the bright side, things have been going much better from the conservative perspective at the state-level in many places. So, I’m by no means writing off conservatism.
I believe the majority of Americans still hold from conservative to libertarian views and a movement that represents something of a fusion of the two can accomplish some important goals. There’s a strong future for it with the right leadership, leadership we currently lack to a good degree, though not completely.
Killing two birds with one stone – many, especially on Twitter, have been kind enough to inquire as to where I’ve been. For the most part, it’s related to my recent hospitalization and recovery. It’s been a tougher, slower road than ideally anticipated. I don’t want to go into too much depth here about that. The goal was to get to a point where I didn’t need any medication. The good news is, I got there, the bad news is, no one would want to live like that for very long. LOL
Seriously, it’s about getting the right balance – which changes as I rehab – and I had an important follow up in that regard today. So, I’m optimistic.
Unfortunately, as I’ve felt rather less than well for a stretch while moving through a complex treatment plan – that combined with seeing the same thing Erick has been observing made it very easy for me to just back off and take a break for a bit. Things have seemed so out of balance, I’ve been wondering if the movement is simply going in a direction I’ve no desire to go.
We have too many outrage pimps on both sides of the aisle whipping the respective bases into a frenzy and fury against the other side. I don’t have enough time or energy to be outraged about it all. There are things to be outraged by, but not everything, and certainly not with full energy dedicated to every perceived slight and grievance.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of people out there doing good work and we do still have some existing leadership, with some promising new leaders emerging. Things could easily look much better a year from now both for me and for the movement. For now, stepping back a bit, observing without saying too much has continued to look and feel like a good idea. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. Thanks to everyone who has bothered to ask.