Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hawks on Peace?


Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck -- the modern-day Three Stooges.

None of them would ever fight in a war themselves, but all of them love war. All of them believe in an Enemy, and without an Enemy, they would have nothing to talk about. Their whole worldview is wrapped up in an "us vs. them" mentality.

They spend 99% of their time talking and 1% listening; they think they know all the answers, which means they don't value asking questions.

Millions of people listen to what they say every day; I used to listen to Hannity and Rush, too, and it's amazing how they can fill 3 hours every day and say basically nothing, over and over again. And yet, the limited amount they do repeat over and over sticks in the minds of their listeners.

What did Lenin say? "A lie told often enough becomes the truth."

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We shouldn't be surprised that the Three Stooges attack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Frankly, they don't believe in peace, they don't believe in Obama, and they probably don't even believe in Norway.

What exactly is the Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck vision for world peace? Can they ever imagine a world without nuclear weapons? For something to become a reality, you have to be able to imagine it first. These men lack imagination. A nuclear-free world might not happen in our lifetimes, but that doesn't mean it's not possible, that it's not something worth striving for.

We have better things to do with our billions of dollars, by the way, than fight wars, kill people, and create ill-will across the world. Obama understands that. And so does the Nobel Peace Prize committee that awarded him this honor.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Letterman Affair -- Writer's Poke #262



David Letterman admitted having sex with some female members of his staff. That fact in itself didn't initially bother me, but I did feel disappointed in his behavior.

I don't think I registered why I felt disappointment when I first watched his apology. But now I've identified that I am most disappointed not because he cheated on his wife, and not even because he used his power and his position for sex, but because he has now been outed as a major hypocrite.

Letterman fans, and yes I have been one for over 25 years, are, not surprisingly, quick to defend him. Everyone makes mistakes, and no one is perfect. Sure, sure. But this is a guy that's made his living poking fun at the flaws of others -- including the sexual flaws of others.

In other words, I thought he would know better. And, I still think that he did know better, but he decided to listen to his sex drive rather than the one or two tiny parts of the male brain that don't think about sex 24/7.


Everyone wants to have it all, and the pursuit of trying to obtain it makes victims of us all. I, weirdly enough, am a victim of Letterman's affairs -- a victim in that I've learned that another one of my childhood heroes is simply a flawed, hypocritical human being.

We all are, of course, but it's nice to pretend that some of us aren't. It's what perpetuates hope and makes belief possible.

In what ways are you a hypocrite? How have the flaws identified in others caused you to analyze your own flaws?

"A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't?" -- Don Marquis