Scathing remarks by presidential hopeful Newt (I’m not a Gecko) Gingrich during the most recent dwindled debate regarding past personal actions seems to have jumped into the mainstream of decency and morality in the widespread media onslaught. Granted, the former Speaker of the House is an articulate orator and has a way of twisting words (his own included) into another world of questioning and interpretation, it seems that if you can’t win by your actions – you might be able to win with words.
Violently misleading and alterations of truth are filling the airways smearing any attempt of credibility that may have been considered. Through the years political ads have tried to degrade the credibility, morality and decency of candidates while making it look like their opponent is the savior of the American people. Not much has changed. Now, if the attack ads aren’t coming from the candidate themselves, they are coming from undisclosed donors and mega-million dollar super-pacs that have a free hand to change the face of a political race in just a matter of moments. You don’t have to tell the truth to win, you just have to suggest improprieties and indiscretion about the other candidates and watch the ferocious media hounds sink their teeth into the flesh of opportunity. So goes the media of free press and the search for the truth – no matter what and to whatever cost.
Do you really care about Newt’s ‘open marriage’ or Cain’s extramarital affairs? Of course we do! Of course we chomp at the bit to get more information about the last time someone snarled at an old lady and spit out the rest of the fried butter stick at the state fair. TMZ gossip is king – too bad it’s just about celebrities – it would be more interesting to turn the prowling paparazzi at every politician in America and have every step of their ‘public office’ scrutinized, photographed and video taped – then shown to the public, exposing what really goes on. You know what would happen then? You’re politicians would force a bill through so fast curtailing the rights to free speech so fast you’ll think the Patriot Act is a whining baby of decency.
Piss off enough people and they’ll force a change. If the youth of America have no direction in the Occupy Wall Street and generalized Occupy movement, they may have a hard time coming together to stop the government take-over of every part of American lives. The Mid-East seemed to get it in 2011 when they toppled dictatorships and governments throughout the region – it’s just not gonna happen in the USA. We think we’re too good for that.
Characteristic of comedian’s Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, the lead up to the GOP primaries and the mockery of the American political system is being brought into the spotlight again. This time, Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert is not supporting the Democrats, but the Republicans and making an ‘exploratory’ run for the President of the United States of North Carolina (indicating that North Carolina IS the United States when it comes to the state of the USA). It’s not the first time Colbert has pushed the political forefront by bashing the commonplace and challenging the status quo. Unlike his liberal counterpart Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert has taken the conservative right wing persona to the “Nation’ and called on his followers to collect in masses and make a statement of political and social change – albeit with comedy and tongue and cheek smirkiness.
Surprisingly, if you listen through the absurd comedic banter and peer through the slickly polished persona – a real statement is being made about the contestants in the GOP race for control of the country and how they can rise and fall based on the influence of Super Pack money out-buying commercial airtime 2 to 1 over actual candidate. Not surprising, former Colbert Super Pack “Americans for a better tomorrow, tomorrow” was ceremoniously transferred to Jon Stewart before running advertising in North Carolina claiming Mitt Romney is a ‘serial killer’ becasue of his corporate affiliations and experience when ending jobs as the head of a corporation. How will this play out in the south? How will the rest of the candidates survive when the south rises again? It may be hard to believe the southern hospitality will accept Romney as a viable candidate even though he has been the tortoise in this GOP rabbit race.
And now officially John Huntsman has pulled his hat back from the proverbial ring. With his exit, conservative evangelical’s have no choice but to throw support to the inevitable front runner. Mitt Romneys’ last failed attempt at the White House run in 2008 fell to John McCain and now infamous Sarah Palin. If Romney does pull ahead as a front runner, his demise might be the selection of the running mate and just how the rest of the states perceive his opposition approach. Tearing down the commonplace may be just what this disconcerted country needs…