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August 17th, 2005
Rejoining

It seems like an age ago. In many ways for us, it *is* an age ago – another life. When the president announced we would be invading a sovereign country back in 2003, DH and I lived in Corvallis. We’d finished school, both of us having earned BS degrees (mine especially being a true BS degree… I mean, it was in ART for crying out loud! That’s really BS all right!), and both of us looking for work in Portland. I spent some five months unemployed, just beginning to form Soap Dreams and selling at the Portland Saturday Market. I watched the war start on CNN, and thought about how bizarre it was that we’d come to a point in human history when wars start on TV, like entertainment.

I wrote a great deal about politics back then, on this blog. I cruised my favorite sites, Salon and Common Dreams, posted links to particularly good articles, expressed my outrage.

Then we moved, first to Lebanon, and then to Portland. I worked a lot, made a lot of soap, and continued to write occasionally. Things were pertinent – we had no health insurance, I couldn’t see doctors when I got sick (and we sure did get sick, with sinus infections and nasty flus, etc) or needed happy pills, I was outraged at the plight of the working poor, since we WERE the working poor. We depended on some very kind charities to help take care of us (here’s a shout out to Outside In and William Temple House!). It makes you grateful, and humble, and angry too – angry that health care isn’t a basic human right in this country.

Eventually I think I burned out on politics. Not even the 2004 election really made much of a dent in my willingness to start writing about politics again. Oh sure, I thought about politics a lot, would occasionally discuss politics with friends. But in the last six months, my own life has been more than I can occasionally handle and I have really tuned out.

But things have changed. It’s 2005 and the war still goes on, that crazy thing I watched start on CNN an age ago. So many untruths and half-truths and bendings of the truth have been revealed.

What really has happened though is the realization that the families of the men and women serving in Iraq *can’t* tune out. They can’t forget what is going on, they don’t have that luxury. We shouldn’t either. Until those men and women are no longer in harms way, we shouldn’t tune out. It should matter to us why they’re there, and we should demand to know what noble cause it is they are dying for. We should demand to know what the plan is to bring them home. We should care about them. I may not start being all political again on my blog, but I sure as heck will start paying attention again.

Posted by Claire at 10:26 PM | Politics | Comments (1) | Tweet This Post

One Response to “Rejoining”

  1. Betsy says:

    You’re right. Thanks for the reminder…

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