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Worrying More and Enjoying It Less

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Teabaggers, now those folks really scare me. How could there be so many people in this country resolutely incapable of understanding the facts? Maybe they just choose to ignore them, which is equally alarming. How can so many rabid activists lie so brazenly, and be so full of vitriol as to condemn an eleven-year old boy whose mother died from cancer for lack of health insurance because he spoke out in favor of health care reform? Honestly, if Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh aren't held accountable for that one, I don't know what it will take for America's right wing to muzzle them. And what will it take for elected officials, at every level, who disagree with the administration's mission to behave civilly and tell the truth, let alone own up to their responsibility for past political failings?

All in all, it's a pretty frightening time. Many of our systems and institutions are failing in unprecedented ways and the world seems to be edging toward some kind of inevitable collapse. I don't think you have to be Jewish (although perhaps a little guilt is warranted) or a chronic worrier, to see that. I just think it's time to deny denial and get on with the hard work of saving ourselves.

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Elayne Clift is a writer,lecturer, workshop leader and activist. She is senior correspondent for Women's Feature Service, columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and Brattleboro (VT) Commons and a contributor to various publications internationally. (more...)
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