There is so much to comment on, and so little to comment on. I thought about Obama’s ‘slow-burn’ of political advocacy, as one friend described his style. I had just criticized our president for not defending, more aggressively, the kind of change many of us voted for last year. Obama, lay it on the line, and punish those who don’t support you, from the left or the right. Be practical, be bold, but please don’t be gone.
I thought about the Senate-election debacle in Massachusetts, and how ‘democracy’ is not the great ideal it’s held up to be. Do right-leaning Democrats truly think going back to George W. Bush’s deregulated, ‘pirate economy,’ as the New York Times’ Gretchen Morgenson aptly described it in last Sunday’s business section, will help this country create jobs, protect consumers, lower the boom on banks, big pharma, or wasteful government? I don’t like high deficits either; what was Bush’s record on deficits, anybody remember?
It’s incredible to me the myopia, the forgetfulness, the stupidity of much of the populace, as well as the ‘news’ that isn’t news anymore, but loud and ignorant opinions. I mean, is anybody else with me on this one? What happened to not being a Democrat or Republican first, to not thinking about just ‘winning,’ or ‘us’ versus ‘them’? What happened to us? We’re on this death cruise together, and China’s eating our lunch. They’re not the only ones. Anyone want to stand together and fight back? I am patriotic, and I do love this country. But our politics are dysfunctional, Congress is a joke, and how we talk to each, the vapid ‘news’ of cable, talk radio, and the like, simply foments the same idiotic behavior that got us into this mess.
That’s right, I’m pissed. We need practical people. We need to stop the moronic dog-chasing-its-tale on television and radio. In fact, if it were up to me, as a dictator, I would destroy all the television sets and radios, and force people to read. Even the New York Post is thoughtful compared to cable.
The problems with our culture go beyond the national politics and media. I see what's wrong on the street every day, whether it’s El Paso, New York City, Kansas City or LA. I am often the strictest parent in their schools, my kids don’t fail to remind me. What do I do? I make sure my kids do their homework, every night. I am there to help them, if they need it, every night. I encourage my kids to read books, every week. Friends who are wild, disrespectful, they are not welcomed in my house. Period. These are the values of my father and mother, Mexican immigrants. These values work. My kids are excellent students. They work hard and achieve the highest grades. They are proud of themselves, not for false accomplishments, but for true ones. Isn’t everybody like that? What happened to us? Jeez.
I am angry at the Supreme Court. What the hell is wrong with them? The majority just made the little guy feel even smaller than before. What happened to ‘non-activist conservative judges’? These hypocrites just overturned decades of precedent, in favor of mega-corporations with billions of dollars. Wave the flag for ‘free speech.’ Lower the flag for more influence for lobbyists and for rampant political corruption. The little guy doesn’t matter to these clueless Solomons. Sotomayor, you matter. We just need more of you.
Work hard. Take care of your family. Save money. Pay your mortgage religiously. Love the variety of people you see on the streets of Manhattan every day. And get kicked in the ass. What a week.