“Sex, Lies and Videotapes” Revisited
Let’s see, there’s school winding down, the week or the month winding down, life winding down—but hallelujah, this miserable presidential race is actually winding down. Remember the “Sex, Lies and Video Tapes” of bygone days? Well, we have all of that back, and in spades. When Sarah Palin arrived on the scene the media went off their assorted rockers: sexist comments, condemnation of her for choosing to give birth to a Down’s syndrome baby; the lies, whether by omission or commission; video tapes of sneering detractors and imitators. This is progress?
Does it seem to anyone else that we are in a time warp? Shades of Starwars. There’s a headline in our newspaper this morning that says: CANDIDATES WILL SAY ANYTHING TO WIN. No kidding? Really? Golly gee. The poor dumb electorate couldn’t have figured that out by themselves, could they?
The editorial page of the paper is a joke. Two black columnists rant and rave (albeit with adroitness) against Whitey and support the black candidate, while several white and one Asian columnists go at it for the other side. Oh, I don’t want to forget Kathleen Parker. She is now surprisingly schizoid, ratcheting up doubts about McCain ever since he chose Palin as his running mate. A few days later she comes out with a semi-patch-up column to ease the pain. Please! Give us a break.
Sarah Palin is going through a “trial by fire” before possibly taking office. Do any of you remember any candidate for vice-president who has taken this much abuse? Even the “potatoe” man (Dan Quale) can’t come near her statistics. But you hear almost nothing about Palin’s doppelgänger, Joe Biden. Yes, he’s flying under the radar but once in a while (like during every speech) his gaffes come through. We don’t get to hear about most of them because—well, we all know why. But, make no mistake, they are gaffs that dig to the depths of goofiness. What presidential material. How safe and comfortable this makes me feel.
And, last but not least, we have Allan Greenspan. He’s on the hot seat, testifying before a congressional committee. “Not my fault (this financial crisis) but there was one flaw.” Uh huh. Big as the Grand Canyon and could be bigger. All it takes is one big one, Mr. Greenspan. I cannot wrap my mind around giving all of these institutions and people at the top of them carte blanche with the wealth of our nation. Can you? Our government was set up with great pain and heart-wrenching effort by the founding fathers to give us checks and balances in the branches of our government. Why should the financial institutions not have the same? I’m certainly not as smart as Mr. Greenspan (especially since I assumed that there were c’s and b’s in place). Even I know that c’s and b’s are necessary for human beings—cunning, conniving, greedy creatures that we can be.
Forgive me, whoever reads this. The wealth of our nation is not our financial institutions. Our wealth is our people—hard working, caring, God-fearing, loving people. People who are quick to help each other and also the rest of the world. Let’s never forget that. And let’s not forget to vote.