Nothing Gold

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost

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Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

I am a white American middle class suburban housewife trying desperately to tell herself that that is not who she is. One time I was a glowing young ruffian. Oh my God it was a million years ago.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Evil is Being Done in Our Names

I was thinking of coming here and telling you how Schuyler and I shoveled snow for a combined 4 hours this morning and that I still have an hour or so of shoveling to do and how I hate Michigan. Then I sat down at the computer, clicked a bookmark for reddit and saw this picture. I changed my mind about what to write here, once I stopped sobbing. This is our fault. All of us. What are we doing to stop this? This is wrong. And we are doing nothing about it. It is all happening in our names and we let it. We are terrified that our kids might be exposed to lead tainted toys or that they might be kidnapped if we let them walk home from school. Meanwhile someone else's kids are being killed because of our presence in their country. A majority of Americans are against the war, but a majority of Americans are not voting for candidates that will end the war. Why the hell not? If you voted for (or are planning on voting for) McCain, Romney, Huckabee or even Clinton, please reexamine your priorities. Why did you cast that vote, and is it really worth it? On top of voting for an anti-war candidate, I feel like we should do more. I guess we should protest and make sure that they know we want it to stop, but that doesn't feel like enough. If it was our kids dying, we'd have a revolution, I don't think that's what we should do now, but when? At what point does it become appropriate? Is there something in between?

If you're angry or offended by what I've written, go ahead and let it out in the comments. Don't hold back. I can take it. I want to hear it.