I don’t have much interest in politics — mainly because I don’t think I’m very good at it, a realization that’s stuck with me since high school (and which I’ll explain in detail in a future blog article). I may be a registered Republican, but I’m neither a left-winger or a right-winger — which should give you a clue to how I personally feel about politics in general.
Today’s politicial climate is far more confusing and disgraceful than anyone would care to admit — and one that lacks the common sense that helped shape our country’s government, which would cause the Founding Fathers to turn over in their graves. That’s one reason why I don’t listen to WTIC AM — the Connecticut radio station that my family has enjoyed for over fifty years — that much, mainly because it’s mainly dominated by would-be Conserative Republican talk show hosts who really don’t have much of a clue, and who only have visions of weekly paychecks dancing in their heads. It’s also the main reason why I don’t watch MSNBC and FOX News’ nightly political programs (I prefer CNN) — cold, hard facts don’t mean much to MSNBC and FOX executives, especially when all they’re concerned about is profits and high ratings. When people like Glenn Beck, Ann Coultier, and Rush What’s-His-Name use their influence to bend the minds of the American public by distracting them from the issues that affect us and truly matter — just like so-called “Reality TV” shows distract us from the real-world problems that we should be focusing on — it’s a sure sign that America’s reputation as both a democracy and world power is already suffering, and probably has suffered for a long time. It may also be why the Tea Party movement is doing more harm to the country than helping it — if show-offs like Sarah Palin can torpedo John McCain’s presidential ambitions, it’s a sure bet that she’ll eventually screw up the Tea Party’s plans, just like her daughter Bristol’s appearances on Dancing With The Stars is already staining the Palin family’s reputation. Then again, if I were Bristol Palin, I’d steer clear of any so-called “Reality TV” shows — mainly because they’re not entertaining to begin with.
Whether or not the country’s political climate will change for the better is something that nobody can answer. Fortunately, I suspect that there are those with common sense who know better than to give in to the bread and circuses that today’s political pundits are giving to the majority of today’s generation. Luckily, you can only go far with bread and circuses — and it might not be long before they actually bring about the would-be political know-it-alls’ fall from grace, just like they caused the downfall of the ancient Roman empire. And maybe we’ll see them, not for the image that they project to the public, but as who they really are — and who’ll they be remembered as. Now that’s something I’d really love to see.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com/), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65).
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