Here we go again?

What part of “bring the troops home” do our elected politicians not get? During the past 20 years or so we have spent trillions of dollars on what? Are we better off after thousands of dead and tens of thousands of wounded? How would victory be defined? Why are we still in Afghanistan? Are the healthcare and mental health needs of our existing veterans being cared for in a world class manner?

What reason have we been given to trust the people making these decisions? During the past three election cycles the winner promised to get out of these wars. What happened?

Is the power now invested in the Executive Branch in the post-9/11 era justified? Is it legitimate that the Iraq AUMF is still being used as a license to conduct warfare in 2020? Is the Legislative Branch asleep at the wheel or acting in the interests of corporations?

Is it “isolationist” to be skeptical of our ability to affect a meaningful outcome in that region?

A return to blogging?

Happy New Year!

Let’s do some old school blogging. With the return of dangerousmeta and with the recognition that Twitter is all snark and/or mostly an echo chamber, I’m eager for something better.

I think self-censorship really took off in earnest when we saw people lose their jobs and get their reputations/lives ruined by a single tweet. God forbid we say something that could be construed as “wrong” by the folks who define such things.

I’m a fan of what Carlin said of himself as being a Free Speech absolutist. When I was younger this seemed like a default position for Americans. I’m not so naive as to think that speech shouldn’t have consequences. But we’re living in a time in which what we see online is not a reflection of how people truly feel on the issues of the day. What is the solution?

It’s tempting to use my voice for negative things, for criticism and condemnation. I view that as perhaps cathartic but not helpful. I would much rather praise what I admire, or elaborate on what could be called a solution to a challenge. Let’s have more speech in 2020!