An encapsulation of America

In Tennessee, one candidate for a U.S. Senate seat grumbles about election-day rain because “You don’t know what kind of variables that brings into it,” while his opponent declares that a more ancient and vainglorious version of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is in charge of the results.
Meanwhile, the party desperate to maintain control of Congress urges U.S. voters to ignore trivialities such as the longstanding cover-up of a House member’s predatory sexual proclivities and the 2,800 Americans killed in a galactic failure of a war (including 105 in October, the highest monthly total in nearly 24 months) that was supposedly brought to a successful conclusion a long time ago, and instead focus on the real issues: bulldyke marriages, the best material for building a 700-mile-long wall to keep out brown migrant workers (probably Legos), and whether it was really God who told Pastor Ted Haggard to have sexual congress with other males.
A less partisan reflection of how we in this country see things: A team of medical researchers discovers that a substance found in red wine may offset the effects of high-calorie diets in mice. The media’s happy consensus? Never mind that obese people aren’t the only ones eating a lot (think Tour de France riders) and that resveratrol is found in red wine in very small amounts; fat people don’t need to lose weight, they need more booze!
One warped benefit of the latter brand of thinking might be that Americans will ultimately become too enfeebled to either run for office or form political views. Anyone who perceives this as unduly cynical apparently doesn’t realize that those who can look around at this shambling mess of a mentally flatlining populace and react with anything less than alarm are the true cynics.

2 thoughts on “An encapsulation of America”

  1. Anyone who perceives this as unduly cynical apparently doesn’t realize that those who can look around at this shambling mess of a mentally flatlining populace and react with anything less than alarm are the true cynics.
    *claps* Bravo!!

  2. “One warped benefit of the latter brand of thinking might be that Americans will ultimately become too enfeebled to either run for office or form political views. Anyone who perceives this as unduly cynical apparently doesn’t realize that those who can look around at this shambling mess of a mentally flatlining populace and react with anything less than alarm are the true cynics.”
    I saw “Supersize” me the other day and concluded that any enemy of the USA who wanted to see its demise, would do better to give away free meals at McDonalds than buy guns.

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