We live in an age of short attention spans. That has amounted to good news for people like Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, whose brash rudeness and displays of contempt were forgotten once the events of 9/11 took place. Short memories and limited recall have worked wonders for elected officials such as David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, Elliot Spitzer and others who have managed to carve out very lucrative careers after finding their names in the news next to the word ‘scandal’.
That lack of focus isn’t working right now, people. We’ve spent the past week caught up in bullcrap like Weinergate while the official paperwork is being submitted by governors across the country to eliminate unions’ collective bargaining rights. As we’re caught up Googling dick pics, and wondering whether the Democrats will throw Weiner and his little weenie under the bus, plans are being crafted to scrap Medicare, place Social Security in the hands of Wall Street, distort what healthcare reform is all about and allow fracking which will make our drinking water unsafe while providing more millions for oil and gas companies. In some areas, people are even being subjected to fake foreclosure notices that are sending them into a state of panic — and it’s reminding people that when banks and mega businesses focus on what they want, they often get it, even if it means tossing home owners out on the street to fend for themselves.
Wake the hell up, people!
I know this isn’t the 1960s when it was much more obvious for people to know when they were under siege; there was nothing like dogs and water hoses, blatant groping and sexual discrimination on the job and a televised war to make folks aware of all the ills that surrounded them. Do we need to return to those days before people realise that we are not now, nor were we ever, in some kind of paradise?
It’s painful watching the news spew nonsense knowing that most of their audience will eat that spoon-fed crap up — all the while never questioning what they’re being told. It’s all noise. Distractions….and all of this extra bullshit is taking our focus away from the fact that inequities have grown larger, the gap between the haves and the have nots has grown wider, and many are being dumbed down into acting against their own interests.
Oh Lawd…all of these distractions are exhausting…and in the meantime, we as a nation, are accomplishing nothing.