For over seven years, I’ve written this column. There are months when I know way ahead of time exactly what I want to write, and the words fly onto the paper. Other months, like this one, I struggle to narrow my focus onto any one topic. I toss and turn ideas around but cannot seem to interest myself in any one subject. It’s as though I am living in my very own stream of consciousness novel where I can’t decide what is most important to write about.

Spring allergies are partially to blame. They seem to worsen for me every year making me feel as though I am caught in a perpetual sea of fog that I cannot pull myself out of. I struggle to focus both mentally and literally; it’s as though my eyes are always coated with some type of plant film. Another culprit is the impending end of yet another school year. My mind is preoccupied by all of the end of school/activity events that are on the horizon, as well as the scheduling of an entire summer for two kids.

I pondered quite a few ideas this month. For example, two weekends ago, I was both seething and saddened by the appearance of white nationalists at a DC bookstore. The title of the book they chose to protest is, “Dying of Whiteness, How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.” Without a hint of irony, these young men show up to prove the thesis of the book while singing a Woody Guthrie song that does not mean what they think it does. As amusing their stupidity may be, it’s shameful that these people feel the need to broadcast their hate and ignorance to the world. What was the expected result they hoped to achieve I wonder?

Another topic I tried to focus on is the recent Measles outbreak. My grandmother was a nurse back in the 1940s and 50s. As a child I would flip through her old medical textbooks and peruse the pictures, descriptions, and treatments of the various diseases. I always remember the Measles and Smallpox pictures, for they were truly horrific. One of the greatest achievements of the 20th century is the development of vaccines that eradicated the suffering I saw in those photos. One charlatan publishes a bunch of falsehoods and all this progress has started to erode. No matter that numerous studies conducted worldwide have shown no correlation between the MMR shot and autism, the doubts still continue. Come on folks, this problem has been solved. It seems as though we are going backwards on so many issues lately. It’s exhausting to ponder it all.

Thankfully there are good things to get me through the mess. My family and I returned from an enjoyable trip to Boston and spring flowers and summer vegetables grace my yard. My children had a successful year at school where they have grown intellectually, emotionally, and physically. (Thank you, teachers!) And, a new kitten bounds through my house, bringing smiles to us all. Hopefully the summer brings more time to focus.

Shannon Green writes from Frederick.

(26) comments

des21

I realize that the looming threat of "white supremacy (or nationalists)" along with the "attack on abortion" are huge fund raising cash cows for the Democratic Party but, similar to the 36 doofuses walking around with tiki torches- tiki torches for God's sake! in Charlottesville, I'm guessing the "white nationalist protest" (why would they be protesting a book that appears to argue their cause?) at the DC bookstore was actually 6-8 very pale guys who ventured out from their parents' basement for an outing. As always, these losers are always outnumbered by the far more violent and destructive Antifa numb-nuts wherever they appear (see Charlottesville) but no one ever comments on their hate-filled drivel. Odd.

Rest easy Shannon, America is safely and joyously multiracial and multicultural and will remain so. Abortion is protected by precedence and convenience (although it may have to be pushed back to 5 months since premis can now exist outside the womb at that time- you know Joe Lieberman brought that up in 2001 and they drove him from the Democratic party. Hopefully we've evolved a bit.

Life is good! Celebrate Shannon. The economy booms, interracial marriages continue to increase as does those who self-identify as "other". we are truly one human race. [beam]

public-redux

Even more cause for optimism:

Bigotry is dropping across the board.

https://news.gallup.com/poll/254120/less-half-vote-socialist-president.aspx

public-redux

I suggest that your readers consider a comment about something that gave them optimism.

I am pleased that Max Boot, a conservative Republican, has a column in today's WaPo saying it is time we had a president who is openly atheist.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Mr Boot does not touch on what would change with an unapologetic atheist (Antichrist) as POTUS. Care to enlighten us and tell your hopes and change.

public-redux

Not today. My purpose today was to encourage people to post something that gave them cause for optimism.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Not today! Maybe tomorrow ? Next Week? Next month? Next Year? Max Boot wrote and you commented optimisticly that an unapologetic atheist POTUS would be an event that woud spread optimism across our nation. You and Max don't want to share potential scenarios of your optimism with others? Aren't you showing the negative side of your optimism?

public-redux

No, I'm not.

public-redux

"you wrote... an unapologetic atheist POTUS would be an event that woud spread optimism across our nation."

No, I didn't write that at all. I said it gave me cause for optimism. I can't speak for others.

public-redux

My cause for optimism that is that conservatism has, in my opinion, allied itself too closely to a subset of the population that seeks to use government to impose its religious views on others. As the fraction of Americans that have no religious identification increases, conservatives might find their political influence wane if they are associated in the minds of voters with religious nationalists. I was glad to see a fellow conservative raise the issue. Had a liberal Democrat done so, I wouldn't have mentioned it.

You appear to have glommed onto to the atheist part of it. I was focused on the conservative part of it.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Oh well no optimism to be found with an unapologetic atheist POTUS . Just alot of talk.

Obadiah Plainsmen

So there is optimism? You base your optimism on a negative trend. The conservative religious voter statistics are declining, giving way to an upswing trend in conservative nonreligious voters. A conservation voter is one who votes for small government and fiscal responsibility. Now add the religious factor into the equation and poof we have a problem. You don't want a unapologetic atheist, you want a fiscal / small government conservative/ social liberal as POTUS. Why didn't you just come out a say so? Now who fits that description?

public-redux

Funny, you're the only one to mention an "unapologetic" atheist POTUS. I'm don't even know what that means so you shouldn't be too surprised I had nothing to say about it.

phydeaux994

OP, would having a closet atheist for President who professes to be Godly be worse? Or people who profess to be Godly openly lie to support an un-Godly President? In my opinion my first sentence is true of Trump and my second sentence is true of Pence and Sanders and many of his “Base”.

public-redux

"The conservative religious voter statistics are declining"

No, no, no. You're confusing two groups: conservative religious voters and religious voters who are allied with political conservatives but who are not themselves conservative because they don't like small government. I don't think there is much evidence of a decline in the second group (except for the one-funeral-at-a-time variety).

Obadiah Plainsmen

Two responses in one, first unapologetic atheist was mentioned by Max Boot in his article that you told everyone to read, Didn't you?

How many subgroups to you want to define? Conservative religious who are right handed? Left handed? Those who are religious only on Sunday and election day?

Obadiah Plainsmen

Ok phydeaux you can play so I'll ask you, what would change by having a unapologetic atheist POTUS ?

phydeaux994

I asked you first. Just trying to get a clue of your place on the political spectrum. BTW, welcome to the FNP Opinion Forum.

public-redux

Obie -

Thank you for pointing out my error about Boot's use of "unapologetic athetist". I stand corrected. I still don't know what it means. Do you?

Now let me correct your error that I suggested everyone read Boot's column. I said no such thing.

veritas

Max Boot is a self important neocon war monger and an idiot with a good vocabulary. What difference does his atheism make? My guess is none.

des21

OB- just for information's sake Phy is a self-identifying Republican who hates all things Republican. The water of the FNP comment site are nothing if not murky.

phydeaux994


“Trump, speaking at a rally in West Virginia on Saturday night, said both leaders took tough positions at their June summit.”

"I was really tough and so was he, and we went back and forth," Trump told an adoring crowd of thousands at Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling. "And then we fell in love, OK? No, really, he wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love.” I rest my case des, he’s no Republican.

des21

As I have written here so man times I've lost count, you are correct. To build in NYC one has to pay the political machine which- like in all major urban centers- you know those centers of great and efficient government in America- is Democratic as was Trump until he was 60. You hated Bush too don't forget. You haven't said a kind word about a Republican in all the years you've been here yet you still call yourself a Republican. "There must be more to the story that you're not telling...……."

des21

First wrong thing you've said to my knowledge. The exception in this case proves the rule of your usual infallibility no doubt![wink]

(Although he certainly is a neo-con as am I. We support Democratization throughout the world. As always, don't believe what the media asserts. I found the few journalism majors I had (and they were very few, it's a dying industry) were none too bright.)

public-redux

I didn't suggest his own atheism made a difference to anything. Perhaps you were responding to someone else?

des21

That was directed to veritas Pub.

des21

Love Max Boot! Brilliant guy. His- or any other public servant's religious beliefs- or lack thereof are- of course, no concern of mine. "Render onto Caesar what is his...…"

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