I have a secret: I gave up the news about a year and a half ago. The “news” and “news media” have been long taking a drastic turn toward the bizarre, the negative, and the untrue. My life is already fairly bizarre, and if I look hard enough, I’m sure I can find some negativity and falsehoods in there, too.
The Internet and cable TV bring it all in front of our faces within seconds of events. We have failed, self-destructive pop stars, wayward celebrity personalities and drugged ex-Guess models and actors headlining alongside wars and acts of God. (Speaking of acts of God and other forms of weather, where else can one find a job where you can be wrong more than 50% of the time and still be employed?) There came a time when finally I had to decide that I don’t need a continuous stream of instantaneous crap filling up my head. So I took a sabbatical from “news,” gathering my information from weekend newspapers and books. If I needed a weather report, I just stuck my head out of the window.
My abandonment of the news media doesn’t mean I’m living under some rock in the thick of the backwoods. I’m watching my state with an eagle eye, mainly because I think we’re going to go down in flames. I know what’s going on in the world, including the upcoming presidential election. I’m an avowed independent, so I like looking at everyone with the same jaundiced and cynical eye.
Now that "we’ve" narrowed the presidential field down to just three candidates, I decided this weekend to check in with the news. After a day of listening to this pundit or that one over-analyzing each candidate, I’m ready to go back into my cave. I’ve been sufficiently politically overdosed for the rest of the campaign.
Let’s see… We have Barack’s people calling Hillary a monster. We have Hillary being just as evasive and secretive as she was back in the 1990s. We have John McCain flip-flopping and otherwise fading into the background.
Don’t get me wrong. I think there are some good characteristics in each one. That being said, I think Obama, Clinton and McCain would each make a decent president. In fact, I think all of them would make the same president. This is because no matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican or the Man on the Moon, my belief is that once you are in office, the power will ascend into your head and you’ll fall prey to those who pander to your every whim. In addition, being President doesn’t mean you’ll get everything you want, including all those things you promised the poor working stiffs when you were running for office. You may get some things, but you won’t get everything. If you could get it all, you'd be called something other than President. How about dictator?