Monday, December 03, 2007

Apparel for the Immobilized

Re-Hab Will Be Painful

It's been "hard work" mounting a quick comeback from this surgery. In the moments where my previous 24-7 blogging routine is triggered, I have felt myself recoiling in pain. Keyboarding is painful and full of errors and the mouse-movement even more so. Soul-searching has satisfied me that my quietus is not about avoiding issues which earlier had impelled my writing. In those recurrent sleepless 2:30 a.m. moments, ideas come to me and the spirit says, "Yes! YES!". But the flesh protests in favor of comfort and procrastination.

I find some consolation in my confidence that I have said in these pages just about everything I can say or that can be said. I feel tempted to say that just as I have had my fill of Busheney, I have also just as fully had my say. Having spoken up, I could now shut up and sit down. Spend some time and energy on physical rehabilitation and reconditioning: maybe say nothing more and let politics take care of itself.

The facts are that our nation is locked into a policy immobility over Iraq.It's similar to the immobilisme of Algérie française which eventually nailed the 4th Republic and to our own political paralysis during the Vietnam War which eventually nailed LBJ's 2nd term. In all these cases the sides - pro and con - of the debate were long-settled and well-rehearsed. But the politics were not adequate to forcing the debate into a timely cloture. The resultant costly and slow bleeding continued onto the threshold of Fascism in the case of French-Algieria, into the aborted Nixon administration of the 70's and, in our current circumstances, toward continuing irresolution of our prospective Clinton administration.

I have been gifted by friends and relatives of the reverse Bush countdown gags such as the reverse clock and the EndOfAnError 01.20.09 sweatshirt. They are treasures only in that they signify that people feel my pain. These do not amuse or encourage me; in fact this shirt is discouraging every time someone asks me what happens on 1/20/09? How can any one be oblivious? But more than that, these novelties are for me merely brutal reminders that in exactly 414 days Bush and Cheney get to blow town with their legacy assured because their Overton Window will be firmly in place. Preemptive pardons, maybe. But no indictments. No impeachments.

For me to stop posting at this point could be misconstrued as being patient or passive. I'd rather be accused of being repetitive or redundant.

12 Moderated Comments:

Blogger MadMike said...

I am in favor of comfort and procrastination Vigil. As to writing blogs I am in a burnout phase as evidenced by my lack of participation these last few days. I hope you get well soon.

12/03/2007 01:26:00 PM  
Blogger Urbanpink said...

I've missed your observations and thoughtful analysis so I'm glad to see you writing again! Thanks. I hope you're healing comfortably soon.

12/03/2007 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Boris said...

Vigilante, I understand your frustration. And, you won't be happy to learn that later editions of the 01.20.09 shirts caved in and added a hint:

"End Of An Error"

As you say, too many need extra help with that shirt.

12/03/2007 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger Non-Partisàn said...

If Mad Mike isn't going to blog any more, maybe he could serve as Condoleezza Rice's fashion consultant. She needs one!

12/03/2007 06:07:00 PM  
Blogger Cold War Vet said...

Damn good to see you Vig.

Take it easy. You'll be on the speed bag in no time.

12/03/2007 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

I agree with MadMike, comfort and procrastination are the best things right now. For good or bad events will have to be played out on their own. Maybe the best thing to do is step back and wait to see how things transpire.

12/03/2007 07:39:00 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

"The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman."
~Swift (of course)

Welcome back, vigilante. If you take it easy and let yourself heal, you'll come back a lot stronger.

It IS damn good to see you're back. Take care of your self.

12/04/2007 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous HILLBLOGGER said...

Hi Vigil,

Take it easy. Blogging can wait.

Wishing you quick recovery.

12/04/2007 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger the WIZARD, fkap said...

Welcome back! Your lengthy entry is testimony to your strength and courage.

There's no keeping you down.

Do what ever makes you feel best!

12/05/2007 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger DB Cooper said...


12/05/2007 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger M.D. said...

Hey, welcome back, Vigilante!

12/06/2007 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Thanks guys. Sorry I haven't been able to make my normal rounds. Typing with my newly bionic shoulder is slow and full of dyslexic typos!

12/10/2007 09:58:00 PM  

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