Days of Change

Day 385 – Glass Houses | November 24, 2009

I can destroy you.

Given enough time, resources and media attention, I can make you look like an awful human being. Most of the time I can do it by exaggerating the truth. Rarely will I have to resort to outright lying.

When I consider this, I don’t think about Joe the Plumber or Richard Jewell, I think of Herb Tarlek. An episode of WKRP was my first childhood lesson in character assassination. In an episode within an episode, Herb applied to be on a show called “Real Families.” Before tabloid TV or fame whoring, he wanted to be on a national TV program. That program, in turn, learned that getting ratings was a matter of digging into a family’s life and exposing the less desirable aspects.

It’s surprisingly easy to twist anything unseemly into a moral failure. I have things that could effectively discredit me. Jackass was largely free of this problem because of two things. He had very little in the way of a paper trail and a media that was unwilling to be labeled racist or do anything to disparage the man-child. No one has seen his medical records, college transcripts or birth certificate (yep, I wrote that. electrons do not equal paper). He has no friends or acquaintances with personal anecdotes. No one talks about the gay bars he went to as a state senator in Chicago while at the same time never attending a gay pride parade (I wrote that, too).

One blogger I read tends to take the moral high ground on people she doesn’t like. Christian conservatives who have affairs get rough treatment. Every politician is greedy or immoral. And if one does something she especially likes, they’re off the hook.

The fact is that politicians are cogs in a machine. They are not paragons of virtue. They are not gods. You hire them to do a job. If they don’t do it, you fire them. Right now, job #1 is stopping this Jackass. Any other complaint is like throwing stones in a glass house.

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  1. “Right now, job #1 is stopping this Jackass.”

    So I’ve been urging for a year. You seem to be the only other one who understans that the dire straits in which jackass and his masters are drowning us call for a life vet–any life vest. Whether or not one party is as bad as the other is not the issue. The point is getting rid of Hitler in blackface and his Congressional heel-clicking fascisti. The only lawful way to do that is to vote for anyone who isn’t them. When, please God, we return to politics as usual–which non-lefist liberals mistakenly seem to think is what’s going on now– we can deal with those who don’t measure up.

    P4, I wish to God we could shake some sense into these people.

    Comment by Mary — November 24, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

  2. Make that, “I wish to God,” as He/She does spell His/Her name with a capital letter.

    Comment by Mary — November 24, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

  3. Mary, I corrected your comment. I’m glad you show the respect to use God’s properly capitalized name. So many nitwits online modify it as if writing the name of God would turn their insides out.

    Comment by 1539days — November 25, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

  4. Thanks, P4. See my comment for your Thanksgiving Day post.

    Comment by Mary — November 26, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

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