So last night, I'm sitting there watching President Bush address the nation and thinking--as a blogger shouldn't I be taking notes on this so that way I can write a clear, concise post on my thoughts surrounding this speech and the entire situation? But as I watched, I honestly didn't feel all that moved by it either way...I wasn't ready to throw things at the screen and declare Bush, the incarnation of Satan on earth, but neither was I ready to run to New Orleans and give him a high five or jump up and down screaming, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" like I did about this time last year when the field goal went through the uprights and UT beat Florida.
And I sometimes wonder--does this mean there is something wrong with me? Am I failing my as a blogger because I just can't get that worked up either way about this speech and because I rarely, if ever, post about politics? Or is it more along the lines of--well, there is a lot of rhetoric and debate out there, by people who I honestly feel are a lot more qualified to discuss in a reasonable intelligent manner than I am.
I think a lot of it is that as I think about it, I'm not sure I have anything to add to the overall debate. I will say that I thought Bush did a good job with his speech and that it was encouraging to see the man acting presidential, which I think is what all of us have wanted since this whole mess began. We needed him to be the calming voice that he was on 9/11 and he was a bit late in picking up that ball and running with it. Also, to hear him say that we will rebuild and learn from these mistakes was good. And to admit that there was still work to be done to ensure that all of America is safe gave me some sense of hope and an overall feeling of security.
But again, I'm not sure those thoughts are the most original in the world. Nor do I think they are going to add a lot to the overall rhetoric. Don't get me wrong--I care about politics. I care about who our leaders are and how the policies they impliment will affect my life and the lives of my fellow Americans on a daily basis.
But it's also hard to sit by and see my fellow bloggers get tons of hit and lots of debate about these issues on their sites and wonder--I am really pulling my weight as a member of the blogging community?
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/16/2005 11:33:00 AM