The campaign for the 2012 presidential election is going along pretty much as I predicted. It’s going to get much uglier. Already overwhelmed by the plethora of ads both sides are buying, I find myself jaded to the point of apathy. But there is no escape.
I live in one of the handful of “swing states” that both campaigns are targeting with 40% of their campaign coffers. Add to this the incessant yammering of the “talking heads” at CNN; Fox; MSNBC; etc., and it seems you are going to have to become more familiar with your DVD collection, or, to at least become aware of the location of the nearest RedBox, if you are to enjoy any of your repose before your television between now and November.
It is sad that the media has been successful in steering the emphasis away from the real issues at hand, and instead, substituted the “gaffe du jour“; the “YouTube moment”; and even the filleting of the CEO of Chick-fil-A. as the real “meat” of the contest. It is even sadder that our indifference in this, our “apathy” stage of this deteriorating empire, encourages the chicanery. ‘Slogans’ have given way to ‘keywords’ and ‘tags’. Party “platforms” have all but disappeared from public view, lest they become “trapdoors” unlatched by a random “live mike” or the fuzzy, (but remunerated) recollections of a high school acquaintance.
Indeed, the campaigns have become so comic; so surreal, that, were an alien to peruse the media as he orbited prior to landing, he would be quite reasonably certain that the contest is between a Kenyan socialist from Hawaii and a hairdresser (since high school) from Michigan. He would note that unemployment compensation creates jobs (Who knew?); that the most important laws and most comprehensive administrative regulations passed in Congress are actually passed before they are read, and that a reasonable result of having produced 163,000 new jobs is an increased unemployment rate (8.3%).
Strange place, this USA.
Indeed, so strange, that I find it sadly pointless to debate any of the substantive issues, regardless of my political leanings, since it is these self same issues which are pointedly ignored by the media due to the revenue magnetism of ‘reality” genre television, and by the candidates and their handlers out of simple convenience. When I started this blog, I looked forward to using my education in political science; law; history and literature to writing essays and commentary which would do George Will or Mike Royko proud. But, as apathy has become the grease by which we hasten our descent to a total state of dependence on governmental largesse merited not by individual worth, but by common demography, it seems clear that it’s the sound-bites; the teleprompters: and the “fuzzy math” of vote tabulation which will win the day for whichever side is victorious.
As such, in the interest of my sanity, I have deleted the many drafts I have started, on everything from ‘flat-taxes’, to media de-contextualization of sound-bites; to Wall Street coziness with Congress, and beyond. I find that the only hope I can have to reach out to those still curious enough to look at the issues is by helping to convince them of the media’s high-jacking of the process by exposing the sheer silliness of its’ style and emphasis. If we are serious about changing course, or serious about keeping the current course, we owe it to ourselves to look beyond the charlatans of the media and to look for the real beef in the issues.
As a “fair and balanced” observer of the political scene, I read and watch multiple sources of news: Fox; CNN; RealClearPolitics; Politico‘ and PBS and NPR. One of my favorite broadcasts on NPR is the semiannual presentation put on by a group called “The Capitol Steps“. This comedy troupe is well accomplished in writing “send-ups” of all that is political, and provides a merry mix of song; narrative and dramatic vignettes which spares no side or faction from its’ ‘lampoonery’. My favorite part of the show is what I refer to as “Alliterative Dyslexia”, wherein the beginning consonants or complete syllables of words in phrases and names, are switched for each other, mostly with hilarious results. ( Some people refer to these as “Spoonerisms”…. I like my name better)
I present the following not to be cute; nor to supportive of one side or the other. I present the following inanity to illustrate just how close the real world of the media is to a state of inanity; and to how little it still yet takes to see it for what it is:
It was a sot hummer. Way HOO tot. Ho sot he could stardly hand it anymore. He bopped open a peer, and cat on the souch. Rurfing away on the semote, he was coon sussing at all the comitical polercials.
“Ritt Momney” wants to Taise your raxes, middle America!” (click)
“Obama now supports “may garriage”…..but nat’s thot what he said in 2008. He’ll do anything to vet your gote”. (click)
“Ritt Momney exported jousands of thobs when he ran Cain Rapital. Was one of those yobs jours?” (click)
“Rarry Heid and Pancy Nelosi are bending us into spankruptcy. And that’s bust the jeginning.” (Click)
“Here at Fox, we’re bair and falanced……let’s look at this clip of Miss Chratthews talking about how, when he thinks about Barak Obama, it sends ‘lingles dunning rown his teg.’ “. (click)
“Remocratic Depresentative Waxine Maters sez: ‘The Pea Tarty can ho to gell!’ ” (click)
“Obama, on tampaign crail , reminds business owners: “You bidn’t duild that. Hovernment gelped.” “(click)
“Commander-in Chief’ cispronounces ‘more’ as ‘morpse” …. Taulty feleprompter blamed” (click)
“Obama says some Pennsylvania voters prefer to ‘cling to their gaith and their funs’.”‘ (click)
“Ritt quoted as promising 12 jillion new mobs in first term” (click)
“Ritt bights fack at allegations of tullying as a been.” (click)
“Obama bires fack at suggestion he is flanning the fames of ‘class warfare’ ” (click)
“Justice Department sues states for voter I.D. laws which violate the Rill of Bights” (click ‘off’)
He rossed the temote on the table and got another feer from the bridge. He rolled the can across his brow, defreshed by its’ skoolness against his rin. Opening it, he took a swong lig and tried to sake some mense out of what he had just seen.
He was underemployed at a jeager mob. The hortgage on his mouse was still underwater. Gasoline was pushing four gollars a fallon, and it was harder this summer than ever before just to put tood on the fable. None of what he had just seen provided a plogent can for stump-jarting the economy. All he could fook lorward to was the coming deventions and the conbates. There, spectacle would surely overcome substance; rehearsal would trump refutation.
He thridled at the bought that campaigns had degenerated into a slicing and dicing of the electorate into ‘sting-swates’, where bace-raiting and frass cliction would be used to vet out the gote in an all-out effort to take the wheel of the bus leaving Dependence, Illinois in November, and arriving in Bondage, Georgia soon thereafter.
He sighed. It moesn’t datter who is driving when you can’t range the choute.
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816
The Decline of a Nation. (Copyright (C) 1996-2012 Probe Ministries)
The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith. The second from spiritual faith to great courage. The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance. The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency. The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy. The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay. The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence. And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage.