Hol­ly­wood cul­ture

The Covington News - - OPINION -

The Kennedy def­i­ni­tion of pol­i­tics was that it “ain’t bean­ball,” but as the Demo­cratic de­bates on CNN the other night showed, pol­i­tics ain’t even pol­i­tics any­more — it’s show busi­ness a la Hol­ly­wood. Among the Democrats, the cul­ture of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics has suc­cumbed to the cul­ture of the cokesnort­ing, booze-soaked Hol­ly­wood of Paris Hil­ton and Lind­say Lo­han and the rest of Tin­sel­town’s deca­dent and far-Left celebri­ties.

Back when my mom and dad were act­ing, we also had blondes such as Jayne Mansfield and Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, and even though they were hardly role mod­els for de­cent be­hav­ior, they man­aged to show re­straint, even when ca­vort­ing with a pres­i­dent of the United States, as in Mon­roe’s case.

The cur­rent lack of re­straint was on dis­play the other night when CNN aban­doned any pre­tense of se­ri­ous­ness and turned the ques­tion-ask­ing func­tion of the de­bate mod­er­a­tor over to a weird con­glom­er­a­tion of clown­ish in­quisi­tors via YouTube.Com.

In­stead ofwalk­ing off the stage at this degra­da­tion of a process al­legedly de­signed to help vot­ers de­cide who should carry their party’s ban­ner into the 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign, the can­di­dates went along with this sham of a de­bate, du­ti­fully play­ing the role of straight men to a cast re­cruited from Looney Tunes.

On dis­play was the cul­ture of Hol­ly­wood — the cul­ture of Paris Hil­ton and Lind­say Lo­han, the Hol­ly­wood that marches in lock­step with the mil­i­tant Marx­ists who dom­i­nate the Demo­crat party to­day.

Think about it. In an era when the very sur­vival of civ­i­liza­tion is threat­ened by ter­ror­ism or­ga­nized on a global scale there was not a sin­gle men­tion of the on­go­ing war on ter­ror­ism, which is cost­ing lives ev­ery day.

In­stead we have a ques­tioner dressed as a sock pup­pet ask­ing about global warm­ing. Now that’s bad enough, but what is even­worse is that he was taken se­ri­ously.

Idon’t blame the de­baters for this de­ba­cle as much as I blame CNN for al­low­ing what was meant to be a de­bate to be­come a venue for Hol­ly­wood-style show busi­ness.

CNN also man­aged to in­clude a ques­tion about gun rights from what they would like the au­di­ence to be­lieve was a typ­i­cal sup­porter of Sec­ond Amend­ment rights to gun own­er­ship — an AK47-tot­ing fa­natic who re­sem­bled an av­er­age Amer­i­can Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber about as much as Cindy Shee­han re­sem­bles an av­er­age Gold Star Mother.

When the cul­ture of Hol­ly­wood dom­i­nates pol­i­tics, the real is­sues are sti­fled — the pub­lic is de­nied an op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand that the real un­der­ly­ing is­sue is the strug­gle be­tween a party that wishes to im­pose their Marx­ist poli­cies and pro­grams on the na­tion and the Repub­li­cans who don’t. Democrats want big gov­ern­ment and Repub­li­cans in­sist that the best gov­ern­ment is the gov­ern­ment that gov­erns the least.

When spec­ta­cle edges sub­stance aside, you get such aber­ra­tions be­ing taken se­ri­ously as one can­di­date’s pro­posal to give free med­i­cal care to il­le­gal aliens or an­other’s idea of giv­ing sex ed­u­ca­tion to fiveyear-olds.

When the cul­ture of Hol­ly­wood dom­i­nates the po­lit­i­cal dis­course, you end up hav­ing de­bates that tell the Amer­i­can peo­ple noth­ing of sub­stance.

Pol­i­tics be­comes a spec­ta­cle some­thing like the Academy Awards where the par­tic­i­pants show up in their most glam­orous at­tire, mut­ter a lot of mean­ing­less di­a­logue, cel­e­brate each other’s celebrity, while the me­dia ogles from the side­lines.

The Hol­ly­wood-ized de­bates are stupid. The other night, CNN went a step fur­ther and made them asi­nine.


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