Sunday, April 17, 2011

Too Much Going On

As Marvin Gaye used to sing,
                                               "Picket lines and picket signs,
                                                Don't punish me with brutality,
                                               Talk to me so you can see,
                                               What's going on, Ya, what's going on.
                                                Tell me what's going on,
                                                I'll tell you what's going on."

A friend of mine, who is also a mother, made a comment the other day that sort of stuck with me. She told someone else that, these days, "adoption was the last thing" on her mind. I can understand her meaning.

I hate to say it, but I have been so derailed by all the horrible things that have been going on with the budget debates, tea party viciousness, the middle east becoming a powder keg with a lit fuse, the natural disasters here and abroad, that I am on frustration overload. There is too much happening to concentrate on just one issue.

To say that I am afraid of the idea of people like Trump, Palin, Huckabee, Beck, Romney, Paul, Gingrich, etc., inciting the fundies, the fearful and the ignorant is putting it mildly. While they rail against a bit of socialism, they are diving deep into fascism. They preach hate, fear and all the things that we fought against back in the 60's. They are trying to undo all the progress that was made and take us back into Reactionary Heaven. That any of the above-mentioned might actually make it into the White House is a thought that makes me nauseated. I would not want to live in this country should that happen.

The idea that a budget debate should include anti-choice riders stunned me. The misinformation about exactly what Planned Parenthood does is unbelievable. Here it is again, folks. Only 3% of what PP does has anything to do with abortion services. What abortions are provided are, as the law demands, paid for with private funds, NOT taxpayer funds. Are we clear, now? Some nice people, among them the Gates, who believe women should have access to needed care in that area, have donated monies for that purpose. OK?

Just a few short weeks after tens of thousands lost their lives in Japan, our country was under the gun of Mother Nature. The tornadoes struck and lives and homes were lost. They are still studying the Chernobyl-level disaster at Fukujima and the effects it will have on Japan and the rest of the world.

In the middle east, students, women and people who are not afraid to open their minds and question are pitting themselves against despots and theocracies. People are dying so that some powerful leader can hire Beyonce' to perform at a birthday party and add another yacht to their fleet. Of course, we have to worry about the Taliban stepping in and using what these people are doing for their own purposes.

IF we survive all of this, then the environment needs immediate attention. We have abused our home, this beautiful, blue planet, for too long and she is going to strike back. Spaceship Earth is under attack from its passengers.

I had my two oldest children taken for adoption 49 and 48 years ago. We have been reunited since 1993. I have learned and grown in my knowledge of this crime against mothers and babies. I have also come to the realization that this is just one abomination among many. If there is a way to abuse, use and exploit others, the users will find it.

I unsubbed from a few alert groups, like Care One. I can't be all things to all people and I cannot support every cause that comes down the pike...some of them sounding absurd, though true. "Stop Painful Breast Ironing in Cameroon?"  Yes, that does indeed sound horrible. But someone else is going to have to step up to the plate on that one. My plate is full to overflowing.

There's too much going on.


Jenn said...

When it rains, it pours. There is sooo much going on in the world today that it's hard to keep track of it all. I totally understand this. Trying to navigate through the minefield that is adoption with everything else that's going on is very hard. So thank you so much for your efforts and fighting the good fight when it's easier to give up. I don't think anyone blames you for not taking on the entire world as it's falling apart. One can only do so much...

Jane said...

You have summed up my feelings on the subject well. I am a state employee living in Wisconsin, where we had a lovely visit from Sarah Palin yesterday praising our fascist governor and announcing the Tea Party has (I prefer Tea Baggers as I have always loved tea parties) "won" in our state. The fact that Tea Bagger protesters were shipped in from out of state and outnumbered 4 to 1 never made the national press, not even the NYT.

We've also just had extremely suspect election results, in which a Republican County Clerk magically found enough votes to change the outcome of the election for state Supreme Court Justice--on her personal computer no less. The Attorney General of our state, also in the governor's corner, cannot be counted on to investigate.

Yep to all the things you described on the national and international levels. I know it all seems to come out of nowhere at times, but the genesis of our current political scene began decades ago while an awful lot of good folks (left-leaning and centrist and what I consider the more traditional Republican party) were essentially sleeping. Now we are playing catch up and I worry that it is too late. If at least half of the US population is in favor of this leadership (if you can call it that) then I don't want to live here either. However, so many of us will not have a choice.

I am traveling to the Adoptee Rights Demonstration in San Antonio later this summer. I want to connect with some wonderful folks I've not yet met (many who give me much hope) because I believe that securing civil rights for all is an important step toward progress and healing. I hope one day my partner of 17 years and I can be married. There is also so much to be done in my own community! And I feel a real responsibility not to saddle the next generation with this mess.

I am wordy as usual, but you are not alone. I think that what is important is that we do choose something we can do to contribute and not succumb to the overwhelm. We surely cannot attend to all the world's ills. Our conservation groups here are extremely strong, so I am letting those folks go forth. I am concentrating on what we can do to help our schools.

I have only been in reunion since late 2006 and had been obsessed by adoption issues for more than four years. While it deserved to be on the front burner for some time, it didn't need to obliterate all else. A lot has happened while I was sleeping.

Von said...

I so agree and have had to do the same.
I fear for America's future and for all of us as the religious fascists become more prominent.

Lori said...

Sometimes it is just overwhelming what the world has done to itself.... scary too.

Chris said...

Robin and Jane...I can only echo all of your concerns. I too am troubled as well, on so many levels. I can only hope that sanity will prevail and win out soon...most assuredly come 2012. If sanity does not prevail..then I for one will believe the Mayans will have had it correct..the worlds we live in, will end as we know them.
Right now I liken it all to.."Brave New World", "Fahrenheit 451", "1984", "The Boys of Brazil", and "Handmaid's Tale".
To me these authors' were real Thinkers, with what they knew at the time, using what they knew and applying to the 'what if' of the future. I wonder if the 'what if', is finally upon us. I sincerely hope not.

Anonymous said...

I hear you. All of these issues are on my mind too. I can't even sleep at night anymore....