The President, Palin, Polanski and Michael Moore
You may or may not have noticed that much of the general metro Atlanta area was basically underwater over the last few weeks; don’t worry, I don’t think President Obama noticed either. But during that time, a lot happened in the rest of the world and while I wasn’t busy fighting old ladies for the last pack of bottled water at Publix, I was watching the news, taking notes on the last few weeks’ hot topics and I have a few things I’d like to say about them.
1. We’ll start with the United Nations. Particularly Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. After watching the world’s kooks and dictators take stage – you know, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama, among others – it was refreshing to see a leader take the stand and, well, lead. Not only did Netanyahu speak with the passion of someone who truly cares about his country, he spoke with substance. He denounced Ahmadinejad for denouncing the Holocaust and condemned the United Nations for allowing such a person a platform. He was tough, he was firm and he was proud. He did not apologize for Israel and he did not back down from his message. More importantly, he actually had a message. What’s a country gotta do to get a leader like that? Kind of makes me miss President Bush.
2. It didn’t take long for word of Sarah Palin’s yet-to-be-released book, “Going Rogue” to spread across the internet and become the number one best-seller on popular book-selling websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book is being ordered in numbers so large that it’s already pushed past popular authors such as Dan Brown, Mitch Albom and a book by the late Ted Kennedy. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t actually come out until mid-November. So why is this important? In my opinion, it only furthers the idea that the former governor and her ideals (small government, conservative values) still have a strong presence in this country. She’s popular with a large segment of the population and almost a year after leaving the national scene, that popularity hasn’t died down at all. Rush Limbaugh recently said that liberals and the media would let us know who they feared, who the true voice of the right is, and I can’t think of a bigger sign than the treatment of Palin. I don’t care what anyone says, name another political figure, republican, democrat or anyone in between, who is still making that kind of impression? Go on, I’m waiting. The truth is Sarah Palin represents what so many Americans believe in and want in a leader and I don’t think she’s going anywhere, anytime soon.
3. This person is probably the most irrelevant on my entire list and I’ve yet to figure out what exactly he’s contributed to our common good, so this shouldn’t take long. Michael Moore has released a “documentary” about how capitalism is not good. Not much to say other than does no one else realize the irony here? The man directed three of the six highest grossing “documentaries” of all time! Where exactly has capitalism failed him?? Why do we let people who are walking balls of hypocrisy shape and mold our ideology?
4.This wasn’t so much political but it immediately screamed “bigger picture.” Director Roman Polanksi, who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl over thirty years ago and then fled the country, was arrested a few weeks ago, upon entering Switzerland for a film festival. Good, right? This is a black and white issue – no gray area. The man broke the law, took away a little girl’s innocence and he should pay for what he did, right? Not so fast. At least, not if you live in or around Hollywood. Fellow directors, actors, and actresses took to their soap boxes and came up with every reason under the sun as to why Polanski didn’t deserve this. From the old “but it’s been so long” excuse to my favorite, Whoopi Goldberg’s “it wasn’t rape-rape” (what does that even mean)? They were signing petitions and calling into radio shows and letting the world know that Hollywood is so far out of touch with the rest of the country, that they believe being a creative and accomplished person puts you above the law and general civility. Why is it we worship these people again? Why do they get any credibility when it comes to elections or major decisions that affect our families?
5. Now, back to our leader or lack thereof, Barack Obama. With the unemployment rate rising like crazy, a giant health care debate dominating Congress and the Senate, and another crisis or two brewing in the Middle East, you’d think the man would have better things to do than see to it that his good ol’ hometown of Chicago gets the Olympics, right? Wrong. Not long after that whole United Nations ordeal, our President, his wife, and Oprah Winfrey set off for Europe to convince International Olympic Committee that Chicago is not nearly as bad as it seems on the news with all that corruption and crime and stuff, and that allowing the city to host the 2016 Olympics would be a fabulous idea. Fortunately, the IOC had other plans and Brazil was the “lucky” recipient of the Olympic games. Given the President’s lack of interest in promoting United States relations with the rest of the world 99.9% of the time (see: the constant bad-mouthing and apologizing on foreign soil), I really think we need to look into just why, exactly, the President was so intent on helping out the great city of Chicago. It couldn’t have anything to do with him owing any favors to any number of Chicago’s most famous thugs and crooks (aka their politicians), could it? Nah, if I recall correctly, the friends the President keeps aren’t important; at least that’s what the media kept telling us during that goofy 2008 election cycle!
6. Finally, this is just an observation I’ve had, living in what is probably the town that was affected most by the Great Atlanta Floods of ’09 (or whatever nonsense the local media has been breathlessly calling it). We have, last I heard, over 137 roads and bridges that need to be rebuilt and/or fixed, and in some cases, that’s not going to happen until next year. Admittedly, it’s slightly annoying and wastes a lot of gas to drive way out of my way to get anywhere and I imagine many people feel the same. I assume the hold-up is that there is simply not enough man-power and funds to fix every little back road that got washed away, but there’s something that sticks in the back of my mind. Remember when the POTUS said all that stuff about stimulus money going to fix roads and bridges and give people jobs? Every time I drive by one of those big fancy “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” signs, I remember. Those signs, at least in my town, are placed at intersections and on sides of highways that haven’t seen the slighest bit of work since they were placed there several months ago. So, my question is, where’s all that money? Where are all those workers the money was supposed to create jobs for? Can’t that money be taken away from some of the previously allotted projects and be redisbursed in areas where the flood damage is so bad that people’s cars are sinking into the road? I mean, I’m not a rocket scientist but the President spent so much time talking about damaged roads and bridges back in the day, and how that was the key to fixing unemployment, yet here I sit in a town with over 100 broken roads and bridges and a ridiculously high unemployment rate. Something just doesn’t add up.