I wasn’t at all surprised when a temporary break turned into a full scale retirement from blogging by the proprietor of Shakesville. I’m a believer in metaphoric illness (physical manifestations of a non-medical problem in a person’s life) and goal directed illness (illness as a way of meeting goals that cannot be met while the person is healthy). I also sort of believe in emotional weather and collective esp but those are ideas for another day.
Anyhoo, ever since the defeat of Hillary Clinton by Donald Trump in 2016 the blogger in question (no link cause we all know who it is) quickly descended into an unhealthy verbal cesspool. Every few days there would be a round up of ‘resistance’ links, all preceded by an unhinged copy paste block about all the ‘horror’s Trump was unleashing on a daily basis. There was a group reading of Hillary Clinton’s “I don’t blame me, you shouldn’t either!” book. There were many long posts about deteriorating emotional health at the hands of Trump and how the results of the election should have been nullified… somehow.
There wasn’t a single realistic appraisal of Trump’s presidency – below average and ineffective and even better than Obama in not bombing the middle east (and certainly better than Hillary who’d would have gotten the US mired in three wars by now).
There’s no way that any person could inhabit this worldview and this language environment (and internal monologue) for months and months on end and not end up with a ton of undiagnosable symptoms and in almost constant physical pain.
To top it off, the last month or two must have been devastating with the revelations about Clinton pal Jeffrey Epstein (and Hillary Clinton’s consistent indifference to the sex scandals bubbling all around her) coming out. Everyone has a personal limit of how much cognitive dissonance they can bear and she must have reached and passed hers.
Or course it was all too much. While I was banned from comments there a long time ago (for mentioning that the ‘accused’ rapist in the famous Rolling Stone story did not actually exist) I don’t bear her any ill will. I hope she can find a better way to engage with the current political reality and find a healthier internal monologue.