By Timothy V. Gatto
Nov. 7, 2010
This isn’t goodbye; it’s just a “See you later”. You see I’ve had enough. I’ve been writing for over six years now and I feel like I just haven’t gotten my point across at all. I’ve tried to explain that there isn’t a difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. At one time there was, but not today. The moneyed interests have co-opted the two parties that most Americans believe this country was founded on. The truth couldn’t be any different. Not one of our “founding father’s believed in political parties until at least 10 years after we won our independence from Great Britain. The whole stinking mess is what an old friend used to call “A bucket of worms”. These political parties work for the same people that most of us love to hate. The really sad part is that most people can’t see through the hyperbole.
They play a great game. They get you to hate each other over “straw man arguments” that most of us could care less about, gay marriage, immigration, religion and prayer, legalization of drugs and other issues that really don’t mean anything. These are States’ issues and the States are responsible for regulating these things.
The truth is that we are waging a World War for conquest of the world’s resources. It’s a sad fact, but it’s true. The Democratic Congress could have denied funding for all our wars but didn’t. Have you ever wondered why? Now we have a Republican House and everyone is shaking in their boots. Why? What will they do that the Democrats haven’t already done? Do you honestly believe that things will get worse? How much worse will they get? We already have an overreaching federal government that reads our e-mails and takes cursory looks through our computers and taps our phone lines! What’s wrong with this picture? Where was Obama when they legislated all of this? Mr. Innocent he isn’t.
I’m going to take a few months off. I need to get in touch with my wife and family. I need to do the things that will make me a more thoughtful person, I’d like to read some novels and pay more attention to my grandchildren. My voice won’t be missed; you all have your “political parties” to rail against, even if they are controlled by the same people.. I’ll be back, but not for awhile. I’m tired of screaming at the wall. It doesn’t answer me back. As Dylan said “Goodbye’s too good a word so I’ll just say “Fare thee well”. I’ll see you again when you catch up.
Contact Tim at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read Tim’s Complicity to Contempt and Kimchee Days or Stoned Cold Warriors from Oliver Arts and Open Press.
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Remember that change takes a long, long time. Ralph Nader was talking about Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee more than two presidential elections ago.
People still don’t see the difference. I don’t know what it is going to take to wake people up. Too many listen to Rush Limbaugh and it is impossible to discuss opposing views with them.
I look forward to your posts if only to know that someone else feels a sense of rage with what is happening in America.
hope to see you around soon tim . as Dylan sings in Ever Grain of Sand –”there is a dying voice within me , reaching out somewhere . toiling in the danger zone and in the morals of despair ”.
My sentiments exactly. I remember a movie that won a number of academy awards not too many years ago. In it a family is captured and taken to a concentration camp by the Nazis. The father adopts as his last sole purpose in life to hide from his young son–even as all around them the Nazis are killing and persecuting people–that anything is wrong or that the world has become some sort of hell. So the father pretends that the bizarre sadistic behavior going on around them is all a joke as he clowns and makes fun of the world they have entered. He keeps his innocent son laughing. And so, if my memory serves, the son survives this ordeal without ever experiencing the worry, depression and chaos that existed all around them, the father having determined that, given there was nothing he could do to change his circumstances, he could, nevertheless, keep his son believing that the world is a happy place to be for as long as he can.
I’m beginning to think that this is the only thing left for us to do. That there is no chance that people will wake up or change even though we can see and have outlined in great detail the impending doom that we can see looming on the horizon, headed our way, and for which we refuse to prepare ourselves.
It’s hard to let go, but life is short. Those who refuse to see what’s happening at least for the time being are able to go through their days excited and happy about their little joys…. their team has won the playoffs, dancing with the stars is on tonight, who should I vote for… time to put up our Christmas decorations, send out our holiday cards and pick up gifts for the kids. Should we go to aunt Millie’s for Thanksgiving or have it here?
Why not leave them alone to enjoy whatever moments are left before the storm comes in because nothing we say now looks like it’s going to make any difference at all?
WELL. You feel you have shown up, told your truth, and now you let go…BECAUSE you perceive “not enough” believed you?!?!
Blessings and curses abound when one sets sail to enlighten the realm.
Inasmuch as you are a talented, prolific writer, enjoy the unique storylines you’ll hear in your grandchildren, and be not surprised when you pick up again your passionate pen.
May you find refreshment in your sabbatical, Tim Gatto.
Sorry to see you take a leave of absence. I fully understand your position. After this election despair has certainly set in. This is not the country that I was born into. It has become an international pariah.
The only thing that I can do considering my stature in society is to talk to people and try to instill some sanity into their lives. I, like my country are on the downhill side of life and I, unlike my country will not go out in a warlike manner. Peace to you and I look forward to your return.
I know exactly how you feel. That is precisely the reason I don’t write more op ed pieces. See you online later ….
Thinking the same thoughts myself … As the Chinese curse goes : “May you live in interesting times” …
Best of luck to you Timothy Gatto …