2014 Midterm Elections: A Tough Climate For Positivity

I have to tell you, as I said in this week’s Dustinland comic, after last week’s midterms, I was ready to blast voters for being dumb enough to vote Republicans back into power, but then I realized there’s no point in that. Sure, I could make fun of brainwashed Fox News watchers who ignorantly vote in corporate puppets that will do more to benefit the Koch brothers than the people voting for them, but why bother? I’d preach to the choir, get a bunch of angry liberals to forward something around to their friends, and maybe rile up a few people who disagree with me, who will them flame me in comments. Basically it would achieve zero thoughtful dialogue and contribute further to the current state of cynicism on the left, and rage on the right.

So I tried to stay positive. It’s hard. It really easy. Like I said, I’m more or less a one-issue (climate change) voter at this point, and since the people who were just voted into office don’t even acknowledge that the issue even exists, it’s easy to get depressed. And worst of all, we can’t even hold solace in the fact that one day we’ll be right and we’ll be able to rub it in. But what’s the fun in rubbing it in when you can’t eat, it’s 100 degrees out every day, the world is fucked, life sucks and the future of the human race is at risk. HAHA I WAS RIGHT! Yeah great.

But anyway, yeah, think positive! I for one am pretty positive the only solution will come from science in the form of a miracle technology. If that doesn’t happen, well, we’re probably screwed. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to cash in their chips. We still need to try. Fight. Make a difference. Do what’s right. I only wish I could do more—and I don’t mean moving off the grid and eating what I hunt. That’s the fallacy conservative climate deniers go to every time. “You’re so worried about global warming, well how come you use hot water to wash your hands! You should clean them in a river!” Always black or white. That’s the way to win the argument. Mock and exaggerate. Stoke fear and anger. By the end, facts and reason are out of the picture and we’re left with what Stephen Colbert once referred to as truthiness.

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5 responses to “2014 Midterm Elections: A Tough Climate For Positivity

  1. Human overpopulation is the worlds number one climate problem. Even Bill Gates has come right out abd said it.

  2. “First, we’ve got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3.” – Bill Gates

  3. at 49, I have decided to live by my conscious terms leading primarily by example not getting as worked up as I once did. the facts are clear and those who deny do so out of ignorance and/or selfishness. I can no longer negatively affect my happiness, if after using my own bags at each & every store (not only grocery) since 1993 plastic bags are still omnipresent. if one feels inconvenienced to use their own bag then ‘change that can alter’ will not happen as modern society is ingrained such that only a core conservation values shift would have been successful (and that didn’t go over too well for jimmy). not to worry, the earth will survive just fine and as much as I love being human, it’s not all about us.

    • I know what you mean. I get less angry these days as well. Hence less frequent political Dustinland comics. Climate change is really the one issue that still riles me up because it’s ultimately like someone putting a gun to my head.

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