The New Normal Author: BobRDate:04/07/2021 12:51:12
For the past year, our "normal" has been masks, hand-washing, social distancing, hand sanitizer, and avoiding people indoors. Before the pandemic, our normal was 4 years of a nightmare president, who was a firehose of outrage. Everyday was a challenge to pick which one to write about. Before that we had 6 years of one of the best presidents in my lifetime, who had to contend with a Republican Congress when trying to get anything done.
And now?.... Now the pandemic isn't over, but Spring is in the air, and there is a spring in our step. A huge number of our fellow countrymen have been vaccinated. There is a competent, level-headed man in the White House, a woman as vice-president, and Congress is in Democratic hands. We can see plenty of good things happening over the next couple years. What a great feeling (almost like 2008-2010).
But that leads to a dilemma for those of us writing these blogs. What to write about? We have gotten so used to griping about all the bad things happening that it's difficult to shift gears and write glowingly about everything that's actually going right in the country.
This is me today. What to write about? The Gaetz thing is done to death. McConnell is mumbling idle threats, but he's mostly been rendered impotent (phrasing!!). There are small stories about individual bad behavior, such as nearly anything Gov. DeSantis does in FL. There are those horrendous Jim Crow laws in GA.
However, I am in too much of an upbeat mood to get bogged down in those stories. The sun is shining, the air is perfect, and I am looking down the calendar at a date where my lovely wife and I can actually go out and do things again. I don't want to wallow in the filth today, and so I have nothing to write about.