Politicians ought to reflect who we are as a country. We’re where Miley Cyrus is famous and rich.
I am so disappointed. I watched the entire Miley Cyrus video expecting to see her do some good twerking. I did not see any. Not one proper twerk.
Am I the only person in the world who now wonders what percentage of people are “left-tongued?” I believe I myself to be predominantly left-tongued, when my tongue’s outside my mouth, but right-tongued when it’s inside.
The New York City primary was also a crushing disappointment. I thought New Yorkers had spirit. What kind of people would turn down a chance to have Anthony Weiner, aka Carlos Danger, as New York’s first ever fake Hispanic mayor?
Let me get this straight, America. A former child-star brought up by Disney feels the need to spice up her career by dancing around on stage with her tongue out to her ear, eyes painted half shut to look like she’s drugged, and rubbing herself on the pants of a singer play-pretend spanking her, because that’s how you make a living in in this country.
And Carlos Danger couldn’t make it out of the primary, because he did something naughty online?
I can understand NYC voters turning away Eliot Spitzer for comptroller. First of all, what’s a comptroller? Who needs a silly comptroller? Why have any at all, that’s my opinion. But secondly, he paid a prostitute a thousand dollars to spend two hours with her. That’s absurd. Everyone knows you’re supposed to pay prostitutes for sex. If all he got was two hours face time for that much money, he can’t be trusted with public funds.
Really, though, I thought New York would go for Mayor Danger. I mean, c’mon, they elected Michael “No-32-ounce Pepsi-for-you” Bloomberg three times, changing the term limit in order to do so. Weiner’s at least as sane as Michael Bloomberg and just as funny. He knows how to use the Internet. Plus, he has a healthy self-awareness and self-acceptance that is a relief in this age of phoniness, having described himself as “an argumentative, perpetually horny middle-aged man,” which I’m sure is highly accurate.
This country needs people in public office I can count on to do weird things I can write about. But more than that, we have to acknowledge who we are as a people. We’re the country that buys the albums that keep Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke rolling in cash; we should have politicians that reflect that cultural richness.
I think Vladimir Putin is onto something. It’s true, we’re not exceptional — yet. We want to be exceptional, but we haven’t successfully pulled it off. We need to think this thing through and figure out what we have to do to be the country we keep pretending to be.
In other countries, like England, or thereabouts, the Weiner affairs would not even be considered sex scandals. It’s not a real sex scandal in England until someone puts on a rubber suit and has been properly introduced to a sheep. It’s not a real sex scandal in Germany unless the cleaning woman has to work overtime.
In Putin’s country, it’s not a sex scandal until the horse is drunk and the pig has been sheared. Also, someone has to die. Someone always has to die, even if there isn’t a sex scandal.
We can’t be exceptional until we earn it, by rising above the standards of other countries. So for starters, we should have the world’s best sex scandals, on a scale matching our stage spectaculars. We can’t do that if every time some politician has just the beginning of a sex scandal we nip it in the bud.
People can’t be exceptional until they have freedom, and by freedom I mean from their shorts.
If we want the world to look at us and think we’re special, we have to make it happen in every way, from twerking to sex scandals, from healthcare to education, from sea to shining sea.
Commentsdr wes, your column this time is very meta-operational. not since the days of the infamous stan stapp have i looked forward so eagerly for a local weekly column. writing is superb as usual, well done. you might enjoy this link written by a friend of mine about housing justice http://cloudtransit.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/problem-solvers/
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