The Shawshank moment for America

Red parole scene from The Shawshank Redemption

There is a scene in The Shawshank Redemption where Red is up for parole after serving forty years of a life sentence. A video clip is here (sorry, it wouldn’t embed.)

It occurred to me that this is the American People. We are tired, beaten back and “institutionalized.” No matter how passionately we care, how many hours we engage ourselves in politics to be a responsible citizen, how much we strive to play by the rules or play the game, we end up demoralized and tired.

So, Washington, go ahead and stamp your bills and play politics with our lives and livelihood. There ain’t a damn thing we can do about it anyway out here. All we are doing is wasting energy getting all tired out and all you need to do is keep up frustrating us until we give up.

You win, Washington. We just don’t give a damn any more.

But don’t forget how the movie finally ends. Red and Andy eventually win out as they found a way to live out their lives without any of the institutions that tried to control them.

I think I’ll start checking out as well. Keep stamping your forms and railing against those who “don’t love America” and quit wasting my time. I’m over here, busy marginalizing you.

2 Replies to “The Shawshank moment for America”

  1. Julie and I dumped cable last year in an effort to save money and our children’s brain cells.

    We rarely catch the news.

    Whether this is good or not, I don’t know for sure.

    Ignorance is bliss I guess.

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