Numbing to the Pain of Outrage

Ten years in DC and 6 years of G.W. Bush have made me pretty numb to politics, outrage and decency in general. Really, it’s just better for my blood pressure at this point to toss up my hands in feigned-apathy and make a joke or two.

So when I first heard about this story about the NSA tracking the domestic phone records of millions of innocent Americans I was surprised by my outrage.

I knew they were doing it ever since Total Information Awareness and Jet Blue gave your travel records away. This government basically views your personal information as mere variables in their own dubious private statistical experiment, in my humble opinion. And I mean, phone records were really the next logical step, right? And I am not surprised that AT&T, Bell South and Verizon gave away, unwarranted, the phone records of millions of innocent American citizens.

So why the outrage for his humble, numbed-cold, ex-political junkie? Maybe it’s just because, 1. they’re totally going to get away with it, 2. this Congress will never hold them accountable, and 3. some innocent stooge will probably get canned for doing their job?

Or maybe it’s because, when you vomit, really really hard, even then, after 6 years, there’s a little bit of upchuck left at the bottom of your tired, sickened body.

My question to everyone is, how long does it take a person living in DC to be numbed by politics? And I’m talking cross-party here: at what point to you just stop caring?

6 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 11:09 am


  2. Eric (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 11:12 am

    Whose birth? Do I have to impregnate someone?

  3. Don (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    you ask as if it’s such a thankless task!

  4. Eric (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

    Caring is a totally thankless task. Carefree/Apathy 2008!

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

    Yeah, this one took me by surprise, and the President’s lackluster remarks at noon today had me ever so gently throwing up in my mouth.

    Are we that fucked on the intelligence that we have to spy on everyone?

  6. Don (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    What else do they have to do now that they’ve captured Osama, quelled the trouble in Iraq, guaranteed gender equality in Afghanistan and balanced the budget, Tom??

    Why do you hate America?

    And did the style sheets for comment formatting change or did my brain tumor expand again? They seem to run together more than they used to…

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