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Monday, April 21, 2008

We are sooooo screwed

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain using WWE Pro Wrestling to pimp themselves.

America really is turning into that movie Idiocracy, isn't it?

What a contrast. Last night we watched the finale of HBO's John Adams, which conveyed the virtue and nobility of the Founding Fathers as beautifully as any production that possibly comes to mind. And less than 24 hours later, we see what has become of the fruits of their labors and sacrifice: three of the worst possible candidates for office of President of the United States, using metaphorical bread and circuses to reach out to what is supposed to be an enlightened constituency.

Some smart-alec is probably going to say that this is nothing different than when Richard Nixon appeared on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. But I disagree. Laugh-In was a smart show, and had serious cultural relevance. And that was just a gag anyway. This presentation by the three "front runners" smacks too much of serious campaigning.

John Adams, I'm sorry: we couldn't be responsible with the freedom you and your friends gave us.


Anonymous said...

You cant be old enough to remember Nixon on Laugh-In!

Chris Knight said...

True, that was before my time. But I've watched it plenty enough times over the years. It became a classic spectacle in so many ways. I'll always wonder if Nixon unintentionally botched that delivery or whether he was serious with it :-)