Erick Erickson Makes A Good Point … Also Concerning My Recent Absence

January 22, 2013

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.

More via The Loyal Opposition | RedState.

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.

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  1. Clayton in Mississippi says:

    People you will never meet, in the privacy of homes you will never enter, in towns you will never visit, have prayed for your recovery.

    Welcome home.

  2. Mary Bryant says:

    Dan– you are an important voice to those of us who care deeply about our cause and the direction our country is heading in. With clarity and humor, you add valued perspective. Thank you for what you do…. Glad to hear you are putting your own health and well being ahead of what is sure to be a long fight for our side. We need you! Be well and know that you will be in my prayers. God Bless…. And God Bless the America we are fighting to preserve.

  3. kakypat says:

    “Outrage pimps”…that’s perfect! Frankly, I’ve turned off the news, have only one ear on talk radio, and rely on a few sensible blogs (without reading the comments) for my news.

    In fact, I’ve been hitting your blog, wondering where you were. I figured your absence was related to your recent illness.. I’m thankful to see that you are on the mend. Refusing to be needlessly outraged will help your recovery along very nicely. It’s very good to see you back here. 😉

  4. Cindi says:

    Been thinking about you Dan. Each day I have been checking here at RWV looking for some news of you. Nothing until tonight. You remain in my thouhts and prayers. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. 210-748-0060.xoxox. Cindi

  5. angstly yours says:

    Glad to have you back, Dan in whatever capacity.

  6. Ragspierre says:

    Considering that I singlehandedly kept this site going during your absence, a little gratitude might be in order.

    • Ragspierre says:

      Dan, this is a sock-puppet post.

      You can easily ascertain that.

      Glad to have you back in the fray, btw.

  7. joethefatman™ (@joethefatman1) says:

    I’ve been checking in everyday and had been wondering where you were and if you were okay. I didn’t tweet you because that seemed a little stalkerish.

  8. Good wishes, Dan, from this side of the pond. I have always had the greatest respect for you as a commentator – forthright, honest and independent. nobody has to understand a secret code in order to read your blog (unlike some other “big names”….understanding the sometimes rather arcane world of US politics is not always the easiest task for a Brit but I always tell my friends here to read your stuff on a regular basis because you provide an excellent litmus test for conservatives….if Dan R doesn’t like it, no matter how sweet it smells there is something wrong with it

  9. Garym says:

    Welcome back Dan.

  10. Sindilater says:

    Easy does it Dan.

  11. David says:

    Feel better. Take your time.

  12. FeFe says:

    I concur, doctor. At a time when Davos concedes defeat, it seems so odd we are not pressing our case. They are rewriting history to turn failure into a win while we gossip.

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  14. tripledotter says:

    I will be the First to Admit that after McCain in 2008, it was “Shame on you, Republican Party, for giving us such an Unelectable Candidate.” Fast Forward to Nov 6th 2012: “It was Shame on US for allowing these same Moderate Republican Establishment Types to feed us a repackaged version of their 2008 Kool Aid and it imploding in front of our eyes again.”

    That is the root of all the negativity: In the end, Romney Lost this Election by Going Soft on Obama in the last 2 Debates. Throw in Chris Christie + Sandy + All the Democrat Lies and it’s really hard to be positive after getting duped by a Republican Establishment that wants to blame Talk Radio for this loss.

    Gun Control is a Call to War with Liberal Gun Banners and it always will be for Gun Enthusiasts. However in the age of Social Media where their Lies and Misrepresentation can be disputed on an ongoing basis and that’s having a positive impact.

    Finally, the DC Circuit Ruling on the NLRB was a reminder that Obama will not have dictatorial powers for 4 years and if Judicial Watch gets a hold of the Fast and Furious Docs via FOIA the light will be fully shined on the Lying Cock Roaches for the world to see.

    Kudos to Ted Cruz, who is quickly emerging as the Defacto Voice for Conservatives in Washington and that is a positive thing.