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Turning off the news (briefly)

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I am exhausted by politics.

I’m sure it’s a feeling shared by many. There was a “Saturday Night Live” sketch last week where Donald Trump took his travel ban case to the “real court” – the People’s Court. The judge, played by Cecily Strong, said at one point, “Mr. President, you’re doing too much. I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me, all right? I just want to relax and watch the Grammys. And no one has ever said that.”

Racey Burden

Racey Burden

It’s a joke, but also it’s not. I can’t even go to sleep without waking up to a list of notifications from what seems like every news source in the world breaking something monumental – “Federal judges block travel ban,” “Flynn resigns,” “Pruitt confirmed,” “Trump calls Russia ‘fake news’ in press conference.” I was happy to read some of these stories, mad at others, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s hard to keep up.

I’m a big believer in staying informed, and I will continue to read the news, but man, I’m tired. When I think, “OK, I’ve heard all the national news I can take,” I turn over to Texas news and still feel the sting of disappointment in our state leaders. Dan Patrick is pushing that pointless bathroom bill and sticking to his guns on an educational accountability system that was panned by professionals in the field. A Republican from Cypress introduced a resolution that would instruct Texans to stop using the Chilean flag emoji when talking about the state of Texas (no joke, look up HCR 75 – this is what lawmakers are spending their time on).

I don’t think there’s any excuse for ignorance, but sometimes everybody just needs to take a step back from the madness for a little while. I came into the office today expecting to write another column on Trump or a member of his entourage (So many options to choose from! So many crazy things going down!), and I’m sure I will write one of those columns in the near future (just in case y’all think I’m going soft – I’m not, and I’m not afraid to say that my belief that Trump is doing damage to this country is 100 percent still there).

But you know what I want to do right now? Go home, read a book. Watch a funny TV show. Maybe bake cookies and play with my dog. Unlike the judge in that SNL skit, I don’t care about the Grammys, but I am determined to get through at least one episode of “The Crown” without checking my Twitter feed for the latest scandal. Politics getting you down, too? Netflix and pets are the cure.

The world is wild and honestly pretty scary right now. But I’m going to enjoy my weekend anyway.

Racey Burden is a Messenger reporter

One Response to “Turning off the news (briefly)”

  1. says:

    Racey, Thanks for the wise counsel. Fake news or not, too much news especially confusing and bad news is not good for the soul. I find peace and quiet a good way to restore balance.

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