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Was this textbook case of narcissism an isolated incident, in which a single overrated performer's ego grew to outsize proportions? Or did it speak to something in society at large? It's easy to blame the media for overexposing douchebags, and thereby rewarding them. No such thing as bad publicity, right?
But all I really needed to do was to take a look at the series of stunts and shenanigans dominating the news these days to see the grim reality: We have truly become a nation of assholes. As Glenn Beck might say, contradicting exactly what was just said, that doesn't mean we're all
assholes. But you wouldn't know it by watching CNN.
Take Joe Wilson
, who called the president a liar in the middle of his address to Congress, when it's been proven again and again (it's there in the text of the damned bill) that Wilson was the one who fibbed.
Or the hysterics surrounding Obama's visit to the kiddies--a common practice among presidents. His speech was devoid of partisan politics. It was simply an admonishment to take education seriously. A number of parents lost it beforehand, calling it an indoctrination into socialism. They deprived their children of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see our first black president discuss the value of learning. Sacred Cow Reagan talked about lowering taxes and his achievements in office. One Texas school (which shames me, being from Texas and all) declined
to allow students to watch Obama's televised speech.
There were no boycotts like this previously, so partisanship doesn't sound like the only culprit. Maybe Jimmy Carter is right.
It seems more and more that we live in a country where there is no common ground. The voices we hear are those of demagogues. Either you share their opinions, or you belong to some sinister subset of Others. Ambiguity is intolerable. Everything is black and white. Gray is for commies.
In this new and noisy minority, found shouting down lawmakers in town halls, inarticulate rage reigns. None of them seem able to provide a cogent reason as to why the current administration angers them so much. The same shouters were mum when Bush led us to war on false pretenses, and when he shredded sacrosanct conservative ideals and expanded
the scope and reach of the federal government. Where was the blind aggression we see today back in 2005?
I want to believe that these people aren't America. That most of us are thoughtful and willing to engage in mature dialogue. If this nation is founded upon the principles the teabaggers claim it was, I hope that we realize health care reform is a moral imperative. That the kind of health care our public servants, our men and women in uniform and our grandparents receive is a right, not a wrong. Here's hoping the America represented by the Teabaggers
organizing the show at Municipal Auditorium this Friday isn't actually the real
America. Peace out, Kanye.