Am I getting smarter or is the rest of the country. . . um, never mind. Don’t pay any attention to me. I’m here in the corner, googling HANDBASKET patterns.
A couple of weeks ago I turned on The Today Show as Matt Lauer hyped their leading features: Madonna and her adoption of her Malawian baby, Mercy; Sarah Palin and David Letterman and the bad joke saga; and Donald Trump sacking firing Miss California, who he said was nice to him but no one else. (Gee, I’d have bet that would move her to the top of his list! I suppose she did, too.)
Hello. . . ? War? Health care? Jobs? Economy? Hunger? Shouldn’t we be hearing about those things whether they’re sexy or not? And oh yes, when we DO talk about them, shouldn’t we have someone who has a working brain leading the discussions–pro and con– instead of the party extremes shooting off canned lines? As my grandmother used to say, I’d rather be put behind a mule and farted to death than to have to listen to James Carville and Mary Matalin one more time.
The same day Lauer was hyping the hurl-worthy, I opened the newspaper to see that Sonny and Cher’s daughter, Chastity, plans to have a sex change operation. I would think it will also entail a name change. Unless she’s dating one of my grandchildren, I wish her luck, but this already gives me more than I needed to know.
I like Matt Lauer. I like diversion and entertainment. I just don’t like it served to me before breakfast as NEWS. Perhaps I can help him guide his network in their selection:
Jon and Kate? Eliminate.
Hear more on Madonna? Don’t wanna.
Miss California/Donald Trump? Don’t be a chump!
Letterman/Sarah Palin? My patience is thin; not EVEN on a bearskin!
John Edwards, the mistress, and the “maybe his” tot? My interest in him is diddley-squat.
Gov. Sanford and the Argentine divorcee? Calgon, take them BOTH away!!
If we’re going to have a Congress that votes a straight party line and if we insist on VOTING along straight party lines without regard to…oh, say, INTELLIGENCE… why don’t we simply eliminate all the expenses entailed therein and have representatives at minimal salary who can receive the party e-mail about how to vote and simply phone it in? I’m tired of hearings AFTER the fact to give them a forum for their pontification and posturing. Can’t we find senators who’ll think and reason beyond the 15-second sound byte?
I believe our President IS thinking. I may not like everything he does, but I believe he’s seeking opinions from men and women of intellect and knowledge of the situations they’re discussing. If neither party likes what he’s doing, he’s obviously not toeing a party line for either.
And oh yeah. . . I think Rush Limbaugh is nuts. I hope he leaves his brain to science. Something is askew.
When I read the newspaper these days and don’t know the “celebrities” they’re telling me are divorcing, having a baby, going in or out of rehab, hitting a cameraman or a girlfriend, I don’t feel “old” that I don’t know them…I feel smart! My brain can only hold so much and I’d like for it to be something besides the object of Paris Hilton’s latest snit or even which one of the Jonas Brothers is diabetic. I can’t take the risk that my grandkids’ names might spill out in the overflow. Heck, I already have trouble with their birthdays.
I want a President who is smarter than I am, wise Senators and Representatives who hold the interest of somebody besides themselves foremost in their decisions, investigative news reporters who seek clarity on issues that matter rather than gossip, and oh yes, those 24-hour news channels. . . ?
I don’t want those at all.