I think Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce had it right when they penned the scathing, anti-establishment Cream classic “Politician.”
Sings Cream vocalist and bassist Bruce, “Hey now baby, get into my big black car. I wanna just show you what my politics are. Political man and I practice what I preach. So don’t deny me baby, not while you’re in my reach. I support the left, though I’m leaning to the right. But I’m just not there when it’s coming to a fight.”
I would imagine that New York State Congressman Anthony Weiner’s wishing he’d pulled out a copy of Cream’s 1968 release, Wheels of Fire (and took a listen), before he began firing off images and messages to all those young ladies from his Twitter and Facebook accounts. I’d like to think it would have made some kind of a difference, but then again, when it comes to politicians these days, well, nothing should really surprise us anymore.
What I find truly laughable is that Weiner continues to insist no government resources were used while he was sending photo tweets of his ... er ... you know, to God-knows-how-many young ladies (while married, no less). Why am I laughing, you ask? Because it really doesn’t matter if he was tweeting from his government-issued smartphone or laptop, what he did was still wrong. And it certainly doesn’t change the disgusting nature of his actions. Add to that the fact that he’s completely willing – and welcomes – a government probe into his actions. Guess what? You don’t really have too much of a choice, now, do you buddy?
Sometimes, the lack of common sense exhibited by those representing the American people – on every level – is, how shall I say, comedic at best. And you know as well as I do that this is only the beginning. Chances are, there will be more women, more evidence and more lying. Hey, this is America, right?
Just think former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former President Bill Clinton, one-time presidential candidate John Edwards, former Senator John Ensign, former Texas Judge Samuel Kent, former Governor Eliot Spitzer and, well, the list goes on and on (and on).
And the comedy will (sadly) continue – trust me.
Representatives and supporters of the GOP, of course, are taking the Weiner scandal and using it as an opportunity to slam their Democratic brethren. Which is funny, because last time I checked, they had this guy, I can’t seem to remember his name ... oh yeah, Newt Gingrich, who’s not only running for president of our nation, but has had his fair share of extramarital affairs himself.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop laughing (or am I crying?) at the absolute hypocrisy of it all.
And then there are the people out there – good, hard-working Americans – who say Weiner’s lies (that’s the worst part if you ask me, he had to lie about it) aren’t the biggest issue facing our country today. In a way, they’re absolutely correct, as there are plenty of other, more pressing concerns facing our nation. The problem, however, is that these elected officials and God-fearing Christians (most of them do claim to be Christian) have very little to worry about other than getting re-elected.
So why is it so hard for them to be moral, responsible, ethical human beings?
They don’t have to worry about feeding their families, putting gas in their cars, paying the rent or keeping the electricity on. They’ve (again, most of them) never had to hit-up the local food pantry just to get by, give up a favorite hobby because they just can’t afford it or cut down the number of meals they eat per day because the bank account simply can’t cover breakfast, lunch and dinner (not to mention some Ben and Jerry’s for dessert).
In other words, they have it pretty damn easy compared to most. And yet we continue to believe, unbelievably, each and every one of their campaign lies. Even worse, we continue to act surprised when they act inappropriately. Hell, Weiner insists he did nothing wrong.
I hate to say it, but, maybe the joke’s on us.
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