A DECADE OF SCHMALTZ UND GRIEBEN: Hard to believe, but it was ten years ago today that we put up our first post.
What's the old saying? "Time flies when you're having fun."
Sam Muldia and I are still friends, although I've never met the man and he's moved back to Estonia (from Winnipeg, which isn't all that far from here). And I still thank Sam for getting me started blogging, even though he admits he's lost all interest in politics these days—and who can blame him?
It's a lonely world for bloggers now. A lot of my favorites have long since taken down their shingles and vanished into the ether. Blogging seems to have become the province of Tea Party neo-nazis (they were always a little behind the curve, but they've finally figured out how to use a computer) and angry high-school girls with an axe to grind. And that's a sad thing. We used to have a hell of a lot of fun out here in the "blogosphere."
I take 100% of the blame for the fact that we've lost our readership over the past couple years. I, like most Americans, always kind of assumed that we'd kind of blunder along as Americans no matter what. So my commentaries (and those of my erstwhile co-bloggers Klaus and Deb) were always directed outward, at the America we saw outside our windows. I never in a million years would have imagined the things that began to happen here in Wisconsin in 2011... the fascist takeover of an American state, complete with suppression of free speech, suppression of the right to vote, and every single election being bought by untold millions of dollars spent by shadowy right-wing lunatics.
These are not good times, folks. I sometimes have fleeting dreams of waking up in Canada and staying there. (Estonia doesn't sound so bad either, Sam.) I would only warn other Americans that your "dream" can be over before you know it; one day, without a shot being fired, you can wake up in a world a lot more similar to Nazi Germany than the America you once knew and loved. A world where you don't have a voice, and speaking up too loudly will land you in jail. That is the world we find ourselves in ten years after the inception of this (thankfully anonymous) blog.
I'm going to take the rest of this week to celebrate our survival. There might be a few whimsical turns, but I think we've earned them.
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