Note: This post is not about listening to the news. It is about America's maturity level as we go toward the most important election in the nation's history. That is, this election is important if we do not want the Republicans to finish what they started under Bush.
I have the news on while I'm writing in case something real happens. MSNBC and CNN are my two usual spots. I tune it all out until something catches my ear. Then I pay attention to get the gist of the breaking news.
The current judge in the Trayvon Martin case has recused herself, for example.
Dick Clark has died at age 81.
I do not pay attention to Chris Matthews on MSNBC. He is the kind of person who talks so compulsively that it is impossible to listen to him.
He brings up past Presidents like Harding and Hoover. Yes, yes, those two relevant men would definitely be able to fix everything that is going wrong right now, you betcha!
But Matthews was so over the top in high pitched shrillness yesterday that I had to find out what he was so worked up about.
He was doing his normal schtick: tossing out so many sports analogies that I finally understood his condition.
Chris Matthews views the world through the brain of a child who only understands mid century political history, Blue Dog Democratic party values, the Clinton era, and sports.
This made me wonder. Has our concept of the national interest become a matter of who can slam the showiest dunk?
Do Americans actually reduce the most pivotal election in our nation's history to little more than a series of "Hail Marys", "Ninth Inning Stretches" or " Slam Dunks"?
I had to look at Matthews' face. Yes. There it was: a certain wild gleam in his eye that meant he was having an episode of narcissistic internal fantasy trip sans connection to reality.
Here was a compulsive talker, an emotionally and intellectually arrested, attention deficit, closeted Blue Dogger who lost the ability to restrain his internal dialogue.
"You're on TV, my man. People are watching! Snap out of it!" I thought.
This made me wonder. Does this nation need an intellectual hail Mary, full of grace?
Is there a mental and emotional state of grace for the mass of American voters? How does the average to below average intellect parse out the facts these days?
Has our political system become too much for us to handle? Is it true that the charismatic creeps of the world can exploit so many that a majority o voters will consciously decide to hand him or her the power to rule? To write legislaton? To exercise power?
Was Sarah Palin the last charismatic creep to fail at such ambitions? Will any more of her ilk be able to claw and lie until they have grabbed all of the power over our affairs of government, law and state?
That makes me wonder. How will life be when we are judged by the league that we play in and not by the truth of a matter.
Chris Matthews, a pink man who served in the Peace Corps, worked as a cop, then a Senate climber and go between, once said,
"I'm more conservative than people think I am. ... I voted for George W. in 2000."
Yeah, and there are a lot more like you, Chris. Closeted Blue dogs posing as something else. You really didn't want a Black president, did you?
Blue Dog Chris is a true hawk of war who once wore a police badge and a Peace Corps "Hi! My Name is Chris" name tag. All with the mentality of a kid at a high school football game.
Matthews is a man who wants both Romney and Obama to each grow a dozen pair of balls and really duke it out like Men!
Men! Warriors who know real battle the way that only the Michigan Wolverines could know real battle. I mean when Michigan trounced Notre Dame for 8 games between 1887 and 1909!
This makes me wonder. Is Matthews calling for blood to entertain his inner child until someone runs out the clock?
Has this never ending stream of wild eyed cheerleaders and nasty "birthday gifts" started our election season on the way toward bloody demonstrations of "Fight Club" style nihilism and mock-existentialism ?
It makes me wonder. Have our nation's split personalities finally driven us to the very split-ends as a nation?
There's a war on women. Matthews is not telling us how we fit on the playing field. We are ready. We are about to let men know what a "blitz" is truly all about.
Has the pivotal and fateful election in American history become a game for women to watch from the sidelines, gazing idiotic and Nancy Reagan-like? Did Nancy Reagan not gaze like that when her husband told America to "Give a big welcome to my good friend, crack cocaine!"?
Who believes that we will sit, silent and submissive, gracefully dodging the blood droplets that fly from minor field injuries?
Who, for a minute believes that we will wave our scarves while heads are chopped off?
Chris Matthews does not know that we are the greatest of chop blockers when we want to be?
Hail Mary, full of grace. It makes me wonder.