Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Obama is Winning and All the Stars Keep on 'Dancing'
Don't you see? It's already happening. We're already changing. Obama hasn't even won yet but it's already begun. We can quit blaming our Main Stream Media now; they are merely our mirrors, our alter-egos, our servants and our entertainers, and our all-too-convenient scapegoats. It's not them, it's us. They have looked deep into our eyes and they have perfectly defined us. They know just what we want and just what we don't want. They've recognized the obdurate denial, the easy complacency, the deep shallowness and the all-pervasive attention deficit disorders. They've seen us for what we truly are, not for what we pretend to be; and they are giving us precisely what we've asked for.
"Rocco and Karina are still dancing, They should have gone home, but were granted a reprieve due to Misty's departure".
On March 12, 2008, Fox News Channel announced that they would be replacing John Gibson's The Big Story with a program more directly geared toward following the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The hard-hitting and controversial Gibson joined the Fox News Channel in September 2000. He also wrote the New York Times bestselling books Hating America: The New World Sport and The War on Christmas. Gibson's immediate replacement was the pleasant and attractive blond Heather Nauert, who began by showing up unannounced as Gibson's Big Story co-host. Soon the fearless and combative but always informative John Gibson disappeared from view altogether (John Gibson? What John Gibson?). Next, without fanfare, our pleasant and blond Ms. Nauert similarly disappeared from view, to be magically replaced by the glamorous Ken and Barbie team of Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly, and all is right with the world.
Now, think about this for a minute. Fox News isn't really stupid. What do you suppose they see in us that suggested this radical change in their appearance and venue? It certainly wasn't our increasing appetite for the truth, for in-depth, hard-hitting, informative journalism, was it?
I can barely bring myself to watch these two deliver the news with that imperturbable cheerful upbeat enthusiasm. The hard-boiled truth-talkers are going now, they're being quietly replaced by our glamorous young Kens and Barbies. And I suspect we've gotten just what we've asked for. Smiling, imperturbable enthusiasm. This, my friends, is just the beginning of the Change We Can Believe In. We are all to be upbeat and cheerful now.
This is how it begins. Fox's resident arch-conservative Charles Krauthammer is now acknowledging Barack Obama's obvious intelligence and poise; while our fearless two-fisted Bill O'Reilly is busy assuring us that Senator Obama is a decent man and a true patriot: he's been assured of this fact by his good friend and Fox News contributor and erudite social commentator Al Sharpton.
Oh, I know, there are still a few journalists left, and Megyn Kelly can give a tough interview; but don't you see what's happening? One by one, all of our mainstream media has succumbed to the Pied Piper's tune. One by one, the cable news networks followed in their tracks. Then there was just Fox News, all by its lonesome. And now --
It isn't that dissent has been prohibited; it's just been marginalized, we angry right-wingers haven't been arrested (not yet anyway), we've just been ushered quietly off the stage and put into that special room in the back reserved for smokers and conspiracy-theorists, naysayers, and crotchety old doom-and-gloomers.
America only gets upset now when the subject is money, our money, our interest rates, the price of gasoline, or our increasingly vulnerable portfolios. This is what truly moves us, what gets our undivided attention. All other news, all other threats and impending crises are secondary. The American people have spoken. And once again the foremost issue on their minds is the economy, stupid. Those growing existential threats from militant Islam, our blind march towards an atheistic internationalistic socialism, the loss of our American sovereignty -- these issues are okay to talk about for a little while, but let's not obsess over them. Let's be nice to each other and have a nice day and let the world take care of itself. The main thing is to keep your spirits up, to not let the doom-and-gloomers get you down.
Meanwhile, this just in: Source confirms Hefner, Holly Madison ended romance, sleep in separate beds.
Do I sound cynical? Discouraged? Disillusioned? Maybe. I know I'm getting tired. Aren't you? I'm getting tired of shouting 'Fire!' in the crowded theater. And the people in the theater are getting tired of my shouting. I'm interrupting their movie. And that after all is why they came here -- not to listen to some crazy old guy shouting 'Fire!'
I'm getting tired of arguing, of doing other people's homework, people who are just too damn lazy or indifferent to do their own. I'm getting tired of trying to convince people that we're heading for disaster, that they should be afraid of the future.
Whoopie Goldberg and my fourteen-year old granddaughter want Barack Obama, so who are we to argue.
Then again, maybe I just need some more sleep.