Another CPAC is history and Rand Paul won the lottery. That is to say he was picked as the one right wing nut job most of those in attendance would like to take home or maybe run for president? And Michelle Bachman allowed CPAC was a group of intellectuals? Really? But, I was impressed that Michelle could actually pronounce the word. As to whether or not she has any clue as to what it means, well I doubt that but miracles can happen I suppose.
CPAC as usual lived up to its billing as being an overdose of ego splashed about by a wide array of intellectual types like Rush Limbaugh, Michelles, Malkin and Bachman, the new Queen of Mean Ann Coulter, and Rick Santorum and of course the queen mother of all CPAC intellectuals Sarah the Palin, who closed the pick me Monty fest with her best Beauty Queen speech. Although she did leave out the standard beauty queen contestant line of wishing for world peace.
What a cabal of anti-government sunshine patriots most of whom ended not only trashing our government, and our president but praising Putin for being a bully and calling President Obama a weak sister. I have to assume they may have all got a primer course in courage from James Mattoon Scott from Seven Days In May!
The irony of their hatred for all things American and all things American government, makes me wonder why they aren’t leading a mass exodus to Russia to join forces with Vladimir Putin and the Russia Federation, who appears to be trying to reinvent the Soviet Union in his own image and whom they praised to high heaven for his leadership abilities seeming to be totally lacking in the knowledge that Putin was a communist who worked many long years for the KGB.
But let’s face it an inherent knowledge of real facts about our nation, the world or the history of both is severely lacking in the world of CPAC superstars. They bandy about a lot of rhetoric but one can find very little truth or any real offering in meaning and context. Ramping up the rabble that is their base and overdosing on the adulation of an intellectually starved mob is what sells at CPAC.
The stars are hard to pick out of the crowd there up on the podium but Mitch McConnell got some big time mojo with his Charlton Heston ‘Dead Hands’ holding in the air of a rifle he carried into the proceedings to present to Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn who is retiring from public office. Wayne La Pierre the NRA nut job of a president cranked up the crowd with his fiery speech on guns, guns and more guns in the hands of every nut job who can afford to own one. Wayne’s idea of a safe America is every man, woman and child armed and dangerous.
Those were just a few of the many and Sarah the Palin got the most coveted spot at the conference when she got to close out CPAC as the very last speaker. But Rand Paul as expected won the coveted straw poll as the guy most likely to win the 2016 nomination.
CPAC loads of scary people claiming to be patriots whose main mission seemed to be, drawing a blue print to destroy the very government they are a part of and seem to hate so. I wonder how do you call yourself a patriot when you hate the government that has nurtured you and you have sworn an oath to defend?
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.”