I have been trying to avoid the early election shenanigans. The mutant right is constantly making headlines with total insanity. I don’t mean to infer that to condemn anyone that is a Republican. I am simply referring to the freak pack that seems in control of the national party at this point. (Scott Walker being one of the many in this realm.) I am someone that believes in voting. I don’t think voting is enough if you really care about what is going on. However, I don’t think disengaging from the political realm due to dissatisfaction is an option. I am not a big fan of the Clintons and would rather see someone like Bernie Sanders capture the nomination. Bill, in his term, was actually a rather right leaning corporatist Democrat that did many things that I believe harmed this country. (NAFTA, Telecommunications Act of 1996, and so on.) However, if you can’t see that there is a difference between Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz, or Hillary Clinton and Scott Walker, than I don’t know what to tell you. (Those that believe that all politicians are the same only need to look at recent headlines having to do with Iran and then imagine what those headlines would look like if “Bomb,bomb,bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” John McCain had won in 2008.) But what I think is important is that it is okay to disengage until it matters. I don’t need to be paying attention to the right wing horse race, as I will certainly not be voting for anyone that wins that. I can’t help, in trying to keep up with the news, catching a headline or two. I mean I try to pay attention enough that if I am having a conversation with someone, I can refute whatever insane argument someone might be making on whatever policy issue, but having a deep emotional investment in who is ahead is only going to destroy my health, make me angry, and burn me out on this whole circus before there is really anything I can do about it. The news is really good at destroying one’s soul, only to have you speaking gibberish by the time it comes down to canvas for an issue or candidate you believe in. Also, please keep in mind that I am talking about ignoring the election and not what is going on in general. It is important, extremely important, that a citizen of a democracy stays informed. But at this point in the election cycle it is much more important to pay attention to what is going on, rather than who is saying what, if you get my drift. So try to keep abreast of current issues, but whenever a circus animal like Donald Trump gets paraded out on TV, instead of turning your mind into rat soup, exercise one of the very few freedoms you have and turn the damned thing off.
I can’t say that I am either surprised or euphoric at the fact Hillary Clinton has declared to run for President. We have all known that this was coming for some time. Hillary is competent, far more so than the goons running for the Republicans. But as long as she has been in the public eye, I have no true sense of what she believes. If you know American history, one will see that Bill was too often willing to sell out the working and middle class. Like Reagan and Bush before him, and like W. after him, he took steps that helped lead to the financial meltdown of 2008. In many ways he was a conservative democrat. Hillary, if entrusted with power, may be different, but there is no way to know that until she is entrusted with that power. I am still hoping that Elizabeth Warren runs, though I am willing to listen to what Hillary has to say. But anyway, any misgivings I may have about her are nullified by the complete insanity of the modern day GOP. If it is between her and any of these flat earthers the Republicans are putting up, I will not only vote for Hillary, but canvass for her.
Above is a link to an article at The Nerdist that reviews and recaps the book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. This is a book that all Twin Peaks fans should read, especially as we await the new season in 2016. (Yes I have read it.) 22 year old Jennifer Lynch, daughter of show creator and director David Lynch, wrote the book. It provides a view into the life of Laura Palmer leading up to the events in the Twin Peaks movie Fire Walk With Me which itself was a prequel to the series. (I can’t remember if any events from the movie are specifically hinted at in the book. It has been several years since I read it.) Those that are particularly fascinated with the darker side of Twin Peaks will find much to dive into here.
A special TWIN PEAKS announcement: http://youtu.be/nNHsA4WIFvc
My flight just got delayed slightly, but guess what? I don’t give a shit because Twin Peaks is coming back to TV! In 2016 nine brand new episodes will air on Showtime. David Lynch and Mark Frost will be writing all nine episodes and Lynch will direct all nine. The story will take place in the present and will be a continuation of the original series. This is a great day!