Okay, I was going to NOT write about politics but then I turned on the news. Channel 11 led with “Fahrenheit 911” and channel 13 led with attacks in Iraq.
This is some election year. I can’t recall seeing anything like this before in my short memory of election years. The war, then the Democratic primaries. That was an interesting ride. Everyone expected it to last late into the cycle but instead we ended up with a nominal candidate months in advance. The 9-11 Hearings were an interesting twist. For the life of me I still can’t figure out how the Bush adminstration managed to manipulate their way around and through that as deftly as they did. Amazing.
More recently, Reagan’s death gave a boost to conservative causes and riled up emotions. Strange but true, the pomp and circumstance actually resulted in Bush’s polling numbers – approval rating, I think – increasing by a few points.
A week and a half after that Clinton’s book came out and riled up more emotions. The publicity he’s getting has all kinds of political overtone. By the way, Bill Clinton is a brilliant man. He’s flawed for sure and he may be a lot of the things that people accuse him of, but he has the kind of mind that a president should have. Sharp, quick on his feet, highly engaged in current events and world politics and able to mix it up with just about anyone.
I’m not trying to be mean or anything, but President Bush does not demonstrate the mental presidential attributes that one would hope for.
By the way, if I can point out some hypocrisy here, the conservative supporters get irate when people put down Bush. Understandable, I guess, especially when people are on the news calling the President an idiot. When it was pointed out that Bush was AWOL at best and a deserter at worst … whoo boy. People got heated. But the Right couches the criticism in terms of patriotism. I did not hear them complaining at all when the guests on their radio shows and such repeatedly called Clinton a murderer, a traitor and even a pedophile (regarding Ms. Lewinsky even though she was 21 years old at the time).
In four days, the U.S. will hand over control of Iraq to Iraqis. In theory, anyway. The reality will be far from it, though, and the violence and insurgencies will most likely intensify. I tell you what. I would not want to bea part of any Iraqi ruling council right now. Those folks are marked for death. But good luck to them.
And of course, Michael Moore’s movie just came out and is having a strong first weekend at the box office. When will people learn? If you tell the public that you don’t want them to see or hear something, they’re going to run out as fast as they can to see or hear it. And they may come back with a friend just to spite you.
I wonder if it really will affect the election at all. And will Ralph Nader have any effect?
Regardless, everything between now and November (and beyond) will be politicized. My prediction is that, somehow, the low carb movement will become fodder. Ha. That would be great. I wonder who would fall on which side of that debate. Actually, the left would be anti-low carb because the Atkins Diet’s popularity has led to an increase in beef and other meat. So the Vegetarian set and all….
I sincerely believe that the Fifth Column, the media and media empires, are deleteriously affecting politics and who knows what else. From the early call in the 2000 election and the spinning of facts into political lies to the unhealthy concentration of mass communication power in the hands of an arrogant few.
The rush to imitate the Fox News Channel is just scary to me. A news organization should not be a purveyor of State-sanctioned propaganda. That should not be the way of things. And it’s certainly not healthy for a democracy or democratic republic. The media should provide a check on the power of government and even corporations. When they become bedfellows, the public is kept ignorant and in fear.
Anyway, I’m going to sleep. I should go to sleep. In truth, I’ll probably putz around for another two hours doing whatever it is that I do when I should be going to sleep but feel to antsy to actually do it.