I’m a person who has always considered herself a rebel, even a radical, and I’ve always voted. I’ve been of the liberal Democrat persuasion all my adult life. (I’m 68.) I loved the sixties for the dramatic social change that was brought about by young people and activists. I was an active participant in the Feminist and Gay Rights movements in the ’70s, and I moved on to Democratic Party politics. I lived in Houston, and learning politics in Texas is the way to experience what a rough sport that process can be. I left Texas in 1987, and I’ve lived in several states and cities/towns since then. I didn’t get involved in anything in the ’60s. I’d chosen alcohol and drugs as my priority. In 1988, I got sober and clean, and that’s what I was involved with for eleven years. Now, I’m retired, learning to use a computer, experiencing the Internet, and trying to be an activist through communicating online. Newtown made me sad, angry and guilty. I didn’t feel I’d made much effort to do whatever I could to improve our society. Now, I’m becoming afraid that wealth and corruption are controlling our government and us, Obama is a disappointment, and I don’t much like this country any more. I’ve come to believe that our situation is hopeless. Someone please tell me what I can do. I’m not a person who gives up easily. I’m just sad.
Apr 29 2013 - 2:41am