Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nelson, Martin, Mahatma and Me

I was just reading the newspaper this morning and saw an ad for the circus coming to town. Used to be the circus was a big deal. Elephants, people being shot out of cannons, sword swallowers, clowns; it was and is great entertainment.
Over the past decade or so, the circus has become an also ran in entertainment value. For some reason, these things that used to intrigue us no longer hold the place in our hearts they once did.
I think I understand why. Just look at TV. The weird, stupid, crazy, unbelievable happens right before our eyes on 24 hour news stations. I googled "blago" and was able to come up with a bunch of stories and photos of impeached governor Rod Blagojovich. I didn't even have to know how to spell his name.
I guess, when a guy who tries to sell the old senate office of the new President of the United States to the highest bidder, eyebrows will be raised, even in Illinois. And, when the same guy imports drugs not approved by the FDA for its citizens, or holds up funding for a children's hospital until those campaign donations come in, one can think something must be up. And of course, when he compares himself to equally dubious characters like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, and Nelson Mandela, one must take notice. Governor Rod is the new Barnum and Bailey.
P.T. Blagojovich; isn't he the one who said "There's a sucker born every minute"? The old style circus doesn't have a chance when we have one this good.

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