Faye Dunaway awoke this morning weighed down in a sudden attack of ennui. Glenn Beck was off the air, nothing to watch before seeking refuge in Turner Classic Movies with the hope of maybe seeing William Holden, young in Picnic or Sunset Boulevard.
All the televisions have been smashed in the street. The monkey is dead and Williams Holden floats, dead in a pool of black and white... Diana Christensen roams the corridors of the mansion...
The American corporate media took a few hits this week. As an industry it has been on a death spiral rivaled only by the 9/11 hijackers. I am not sure who caused more damage, but our media’s terror attack on our nation is not over, so they still have time to catch up.
One of the elite super-pundits, a man whose stance bridges both broadcast and print, the upper echelons of American journalism… called the President of The United States a ‘dick’ on television. Now if he had a picture of the President’s dick, that would be an outstanding scoop, but alas… We are left with Greta Van Susteren to fill our large, 16x9 aspect ratio television screens and therefore our living rooms with the strange rantings of the intelligentsia.
Remember, she is the one who guided us through the endless hours of the OJ Simpson TV season season.
Politicians from both political Parties are arguing over who can take away your pensions, social security, health care, Medicare and Medicaid and public education more efficiently. It is down to a compromise of numbers and sound bites that will make one Party look tough or the other Party look somewhat compassionate… COMpassionate, not to be confused with passionate.
And there is the President, a man who refuses to use the power of his office. He keeps it in his desk drawer and refuses to bring it out… why? What could his reasoning be at this point in, not only his Administration, but in history?
If ever there was a time for a President to act audaciously and courageously for the cause of protecting the American people it is now. Hell, it was two years ago.
The Democrats have no power, even when they are in power. The Republicans and the Media set the agenda, frame and edit the argument. The Democrats can only try to defend their position and it always seems to come from a position of weakness.
There is no passion in the Democratic Party’s message. That is because the Democrats do no act on their passion… they may have it, but we don’t see it.
And the people, suddenly for the first time in a generation, have to take to the streets after it is too late.
In New Jersey, in Ohio, in Pennsylvania, in Michigan… to try to get back what Republicans… yes Republicans they voted for… have taken from them… their Americanism... their American nationality.
These are the people who have to turn their televisions off… open their windows and shout. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.” And throw the televisions out. Turn FOX News and MSNBC and CNN off. Get local. Find the websites and blogs and political groups in your neighborhood or town and visit them. Get involved in your future, the future of your kids and grand kids and this country. Because if you don’t it is obvious that someone else will.
Help Faye Dunaway put Diana Christensen to sleep.