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  •  Go or stay in a dysfunctional relationship? (12+ / 0-)

    The U.S. government doesn't have our best interests at heart.  It lies about where it's going at night on those secret rendition flights, it cheats on us with Syrian torture chambers, and it borrows money from China without telling us in order to maintain an elabortate check-kiting scheme to fund those big venture capital  projects in Afghanistan and Iraq that it told us were short-term volunteer activities for humanitarian causes.  It snoops through our sock drawers and luggage and listens in when we call our Aunt Miriam, but then doesn't pay the bills for the wiretapping and leaves the whole thing in our laps.  It doesn't show an ounce of compassion when we're sick, and oftentimes even makes matters worse by collaborating behind our back with the insurance gatekeepers who refuse to cover the medical care we pay for.

    We've gone through peer counseling at sites such as dailykos.com; we've attempted interventions with Congress; we tried some tough love in the 2006 elections.  We've threatened to end the relationship a few times, but it's hard to get anyone in Congress to enforce the restraining order.

    It's tough to end an abusive and dysfunctional relationship.  There's always this hope that because we have a long history and there were some good times, things are going to get better.  We believe the promises that the government is going to change, that it's going through rehab, that it really does love and care about us or it wouldn't work so many hours at the office to keep us safe from terror.

    But at some point, the promises and lies all fall flat and we start looking into legal means to end things.  Like divorce/impeachment.  Or moving out and starting up a new life in another place.

    I hear ya.  Sometimes we've given so much to a bad relationship and gotten so little back that we have to spend some time healing ourselves and getting the things we need until we're a little stronger and have the necessary support resources to hold the line against abuse.

    •  That's a poignant rant. Diary stuff. (1+ / 0-)
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      MsSpentyouth

      Peer counseling. I like that.

      Divorce/impeachment. Gotta wonder if Nancy Pelosi would ever say that we should abandon the thought of divorce if they guy she was married to was the kind of unrepentant, shameless liar who we've been hitched to since 2001.

      George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

      by snafubar on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 04:33:15 AM PST

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    •  Well said (0+ / 0-)

      But do we just give up the fight? Injustice is not unique to here. I was just thinking, thanks to some of the thoughts here, where could you go where government was not run by corrupt power hungry people, or there wasn't a totally different set of problems. Maybe one of the Scandinavian countries. I don't know.

      I tend to suspect I have "grass is always greener" syndrome. Most of the world is climbing over each other to come here, and maybe I don't appreciate what I have.

      •  Everyone has their own threshhold (1+ / 0-)
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        spencerh

        As with any relationship, we each have to choose for ourselves the point at which we can no longer accept the terms of the relationship.   We all have a breaking point.

        Certainly most governments are corrupt, or greedy, or power-mad, or incompetent.  Or all of the above.  But now and then we should all take stock of whether there's a better choice to be made -- as in the area of health care.  If most countries are fairly similar but one country offers affordable health care and that's a huge priority for us, then we might feel called to think about whether we're living in the right place.

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