Are you fatigued? Really, are you just exhausted with the news?
The Czar is, and he realized some time ago that you could take two weeks off, with no contact with the outside world, come back, and find that none of the headlines have changed.
The Washington Post could have a standing headline every single day of its week: “Russia Investigation Tightening Around Trump.” That whole story is like watching a lawn grow, except that a lawn eventually does.
The media’s obsession with finding every flaw in Donald Trump is hardly the extent of it. Aren’t you just exhausted watching people discuss immigration? So few people understand the insides and outsides of the immigration issue, and sadly it’s hard to hear them talking over the ignorami shouting all the time. And what’s stupid is that if you subtract the politicians, journalists, lobbyists, and elites from the discussion, you’re left with the American people…who are pretty clear what reforms they want. And they’re pretty good, bipartisan ideas.
Or health insurance. Dr. J. found a social media posting today in which a person (presumably a liberal) celebrated the State of Oregon’s ability to pass its own health insurance bill…something the United States couldn’t do. Obviously lost on the poster was that state-run health insurance is what conservatives have been asking for. That’s how it’s supposed to work, ding-dong! It’s exhausting trying to explain this stuff. It’s also fatiguing to hear that Republican senators have no stomach to really repeal and reform the existing disastrous law—although one of the Czar’s personal gripes is that the GOP politicians aren’t explaining why they keep voting against a replacement. Many of them have excellent reasons; instead, we just hear they’re getting nothing done.
Tiresome, tiresome, tiresome. The glacial advance of the news is not a worrisome thing: it’s the way the world works. What makes it tiresome is the hurry-up-and-wait reporting of it. Yes, the Czar is, per usual, blaming our media morons for this. Breaking news is already a running gag in popular society, although the media doesn’t seem to get the joke.
And yet, that’s only half of it. Social media is other reason: some days, reading Twitter is like sparring two boxers at once, and you have no head gear. Or arms. And Facebook—the Czar stays off Facebook, because it’s so overwhelmingly self-indulgent. It’s what Twitter would be without a 140-character limit: endless rants.
Like the one you’re reading now. The Czar’s off to take a nap. Tomorrow he will work on his lawn, and probably grill some food, drink himself into a relaxed state, and watch a couple of old movies on the DVR. And maybe check the news on Monday morning, only to find out there’s nothing new about it.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.