I've come to the conclusion that Americans, or at least those living in the United States, are either insane or stupid. My preference would be that we are insane, but my common sense tells me that stupid is more likely. Having said that, I now wish to find a cabin on a mountain top that would be inaccessible to anyone but me and a very few others that I think might possibly still have some brains. OK, so I'll let Hubby and Butterscotch come with me. I love them, they can be whatever they want to be and I won't say a word.
I need to get away from all media for the rest of my life or at least an hour or so. I am at a point where I want to take this idea of American Exceptionalism and shove it where the sun don't shine. We're so busy believing we're exceptional that the rest of the world is outstripping us in almost every category except bullshit and we're freaking blind to it.
I ask this in all honesty. Tell me please, if you can, why we're stuck on gossiping about Anthony Weiner's wiener pics and not discussing the $800,000 income that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "forgot" that he made and never claimed on his taxes? What about his refusal, so far, to recuse himself on healthcare challenges when his wife is a lobbyist for people who might want to overturn the healthcare reform?
Oh no, we have to display our righteous indignation over Congressman Weiner's "Weinergate". Shouts of "He's a LIAR" or "He's a PERV" ring loudly and are drowning out those of us who want to discuss the issues facing America today. His behavior was shameful, stalking all those women. Oh! Wait! He said he "EXCHANGED" pictures of himself with several women. So, what kind of pictures did they send to him? Frankly, if these women didn't like it, they could have asked him to stop. They could have reported him years ago, or they could have blocked him.
I am not, in any way, shape, form or manner excusing him. What I'm saying is that we, the "exceptional" American people allow the sex lives of the rich and famous to overshadow the narrative about what should be more important. Like the state of our economy. How about the cost of our healthcare? How about a Supreme Court Judge that also, if you remember, was accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill when he was being examined as a potential Supreme Court Judge? One who now appears to be a tax cheat and a con man with few ethical standards. So far, Weiner is just...well...a wiener.
So, Anthony Weiner has now joined the ranks of powerful Washington players who seem to have difficulty keeping his pants zipped up. And that appears to be what's most important to the people of America. That and getting a date with Kim Kardashian. Excuse me, I need to go find my cat. He doesn't say anything but he makes a hell of a lot more sense than people do.