Sarah Palin was elected mayor of a small town in Alaska unknown to the world then somehow jumped from that job in record time to becoming Governor of the whole state and then on what has to be the biggest blunder of any presidential candidate in history is selected to be his running mate for Vice-President of our country.
She then proceeds to show everyone how utterly lacking in skills or knowledge of not only the world but our country and its citizens as well and when McCain’s presidential bid fails she is suddenly hired by Faux News to be a political pundit based simply on the fact that she ran as part of a failed ticket for the second highest office in the land.
The facts of her stupidity actually led to her being considered a qualified pundit on world affairs and the fact she was part of a failed political ticket made her an instant expert on politics. But that’s nothing new in a country which creates celebrity out people who have no credentials of any kind as to anything they have done.
Case in point is the Kardashians. They are famous for being famous. Their every utterance and whim gets splashed all over television. It doesn’t matter that they have nothing intelligent to bring to the table just the fact that they can speak and put more than one sentence together makes them instant fodder for that vast wasteland that has been created by 24/7 endless channels.
We now have news about people who do nothing more than exist in a vacuum and who have absolutely nothing of any redeeming social value to say or do.
Sarah Palin is a created celebrity who lives simply for the celebrity that was created for her by the simple fact that John McCain decided to select her as his running mate for reasons that only he and maybe God knows why! She knows nothing concrete about American Foreign Policy nor about American or World economics but she because of her instant celebrity of being a Vice-Presidential candidate is awarded a mantle of knowledge that she has never had and now there are millions who hang on her every word as gospel according to Sarah.
We have people who overdose on the Kardashians and the Duck Dynasty Fakers even all the while knowing that these people are simply using their hero worship to became rich. We have people who hang on every word they utter and believe that just because they have celebrity status that makes them instant experts on all things. People who are educated and knowledgeable and should know better but buy into the hype surrounding these people hook, line and sinker and consider them harmless as a best case scenario.
It makes absolutely no sense but one 15 second sound bite these days even if it is a stupid gaffe can suddenly make an expert and a celebrity out of someone who has no previous knowledge, intellect or known ability to do or say anything meaningful.
We are creating a whole generation of people who are simply in love with celebrity and whether or not they have any ability doesn’t matter whatever they say is given an immediate segment on the evening news and suddenly they are being asked about the Crimea and about things they have no knowledge of whatsoever. And whatever they say is given immediate credence while the real experts and those who really know what is going on in the world are ignored because well they aren’t celebrities so how could they know anything.
I believe it was David Susskind who warned that television would one day become a vast wasteland. He was scoffed at and his words debunked but I have come to believe television and its endless channels filled mostly with stupid drivel from people whose only credentials rest in the fact that they have gained celebrity status simply for being a celebrity is working to dumb down our nation and its people. Truth today is simply one’s perceptions and most of our perceptions comes from whom we watch and what we see on the vast wasteland that is television.
We are being distracted from the real issues by shows that are pushed as being real and yet have no correlation to reality whatsoever. It is a scary scenario in that we get most of our news from sources that have no reason and no requirement to as Howard Cosell used to say, “Tell it like it is!” The truth has become whatever one’s perceptions say that it is. And in my opinion the unwillingness for many of our citizens to actually fact check what they hear and see is our road to perdition!
In January, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus told reporters“We’ve promised that in 2014 we’d continue to pound away at Democrats and Obamacare, and that’s how we’re starting the year.” Would the GOP attempt to link every issue back to health care reform, a reporter asked. Adopting a jocular tone, Priebus rejoined, “The answer is Obamacare.”
Black History Month just ended. It got me to thinking about my dad’s old friend from his days working for the Calvary during WWII. My dad tried to enlist right after Pearl Harbor but they wouldn’t take him and rated him 4F. Dad had a couple of different stories why they wouldn’t don’t know it either one was true or not, but he decided that since they wouldn’t let him go and join the fight he would do what he did best and go to work as a wrangler for the Calvary (still had the Calvary until I think 1946 when the finally disbanded it altogether) breaking horses and mules, since they needed a lot of those animals as pack mules and for other uses in remote areas where army would sometimes find itself.
He started out at Fort Reno which had been re-commissioned when WWII broke out. It had been a fort since around 1974 but the army had stood down after WWII I believe and it was used during most of its time as a remount station and a place to give some of the tribes who had reservations nearby their monthly allotment of beef. Which is where the onerous term ‘Blanket Butt Indian from, but that’s another story.
After a time the army decided to open other remount stations and my dad agreed to go to Fort Pierre South Dakota and work up there for a little more pay. When he got there he didn’t like so when they opened a remount state in Montana he went there. That’s where he met Dusty. When he got off the train in Montana there was this little bow-legged Black man with a big wide-brimmed dusty hat standing next to a beat-up old ford pickup waving to him. It was Dusty. He had come to pick my dad and take him to the remount station, Standing Butte Horse Marine Remount Station which as Dusty told him was 45 miles from almost anywhere and 50 miles further on from nowhere. It was true as my dad told it to us later.
Dusty was born and bred to be a cowboy and he was one of the best that ever was according to my dad. What Dusty didn’t know about horses wasn’t worth knowing that also was according to my dad. They became lifelong friends.
After the war Dusty used to come stay with us every once in a while, just show up out of the blue unexpectedly and stay for a few days. He always slept with me and my brother since we had a limited number of beds or sometimes if he came during warm weather my Mom would let us go sleep with Dusty in the barn which we loved to do for two reasons, it got us out of the house at night and we could stay up as late as we wanted to listening to Dusty’s wild west stories.
He was an orphan and started working on ranches at 9 didn’t know anything else and was the most bow-legged person I ever knew, but like my dad said wasn’t no one in the world knew more about horses than Dusty. Taught my dad every thing he knew about horses and how to gentle them rather than break them. Never knew how old Dusty was pretty old we guessed almost as old as grandpa but you just couldn’t tell. The last time he came for a visit we lived on the Rafter O Ranch near Lela Texas in the windswept Texas Panhandle.
He came stayed a few days told us a few hundred new stories and one morning hopped into his old beat up ford pickup and headed out down the road. we never saw him again. Later my dad learned Dusty had died working on a ranch in southern New Mexico just keeled over one day. But dad sad as he was said they told him Dusty got a real cowboy funeral and send off. Dad eventually went to visit his gravesite to pay his last respects to the man who taught him pretty much everything he knew about horses. I still think about Dusty a lot and wonder what he would make of the fact that a Black man was our president. I miss him too!
She shows her lack of compassion when she admits that Obamacare is here to stay but she won’t still do the right thing and come to the aid of the most vulnerable citizens in the state. That says a lot about her character and her so-called Christian values.
Tonight in Arizona the governor of that state Jan Brewer is trying to decide whether to veto a bill passed by the Arizona State Legislature that will allow business owners and others to discriminate against people who enter their establishments based solely on the premise of whether or not they (the people who work in and/or run the business) believe someone who has entered their place of business violates their religious beliefs.
The primary reason is to deny a person whom they decide is gay (how they will be able to determine that is simply their belief or even their feeling) the right to be served or even allowed to enter their place of business. As I understand the law they could also decide to deny service for other reasons based on their own personal religious beliefs.
You might say well that is Arizona and we know how crazy their legislature can be. But Arizona is only the first state to actually pass such a law. Similar laws are being considered in a number of states from Hawaii to Ohio to Georgia and yes even here in Oklahoma. So no it’s not just the crazies in Arizona who are pushing this it’s also the crazies in Oklahoma, Georgia and beyond.
By even the consideration of such laws we are rushing headlong down the slippery slope towards fascism. When Hitler assumed power in Germany he and the Reichstag (German Parliament) which was under the control of his party the National Socialists (NAZIS) moved to enact a number of laws of a similar nature. Laws that sought to discriminate against not just Jews, but Communists, Socialists, Religious Leaders who disagreed with him and his policies and even members of Trade Unions whom Hitler feared could possibly through their organizations lead revolts to try and overthrow his government.
One after the other Hitler began rounding up these different groups who sometimes didn’t agree with each other and either imprisoning their leaders and shipping them off to consentration camps or in some cases executing them. In the case of Jews he begin immediate plans to ship them off to camps with plans for their mass extermination.
When a government begins to institutionalize discrimination as a right of one segment of its society over another segment it is when it starts to become fascist in nature. We abolished slavery as an institution over 150 years ago and we must not now allow any government to institutionalize laws of discrimination simply as a matter of course for any reason especially on the grounds of religious beliefs.
It is mindboggling that people who profess to be Christians and keep harping about this nation being founded as a Christian nation to be so narrow minded and bigoted in nature as to be willing to pass a law that would allow discrimination for any reason. How anyone could vote for such a law and still call themselves a Christian is beyond my belief of what I know about Christianity. Jesus was the Prince of Peace. He practiced tolerance and love of all and in all of his teachings I can find no evidence of him condoning the discrimination any segment of society.
The attempts to enact laws of discrimination are egregious and without any merit whatsoever in a free society. Our nation has had a bad track record in the past when it comes excluding whole segments of our society from enjoying the same rights and freedoms for all but we should have long been past that. And to discriminate solely on the basis of religious freedoms is not a practice any one who calls themselves a Christian should ever be engaged in. It violates everything that Jesus and Christianity stands for!