Contrary to popular belief…

America does not “got talent” and it’s evident on just about any channel you might choose. I tried to watch last night. Emphasis on tried. The show (America’s Got Talent) was so bad that I eventually decided to turn it off in favor of watching a recorded episode of Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh that I had already seen. Now, that’s bad. Not saying anything bad about Drake and Josh, but really, I hung in there from the extreme clogging to some really goofy looking dude that tried to sing “She Bangs”, but that was all I could handle. How many versions of this terrible song should one person ever have to hear in her lifetime? And what was with the little girl who wanted to be a stunt woman? I wasn’t really impressed with her ability to act like she was beating up those men. Hell, I can act like I’m beating people up. How has this show managed to stay on for so long?

To make matters worse, the whole time I was switching back and forth between this show and the Democratic Convention listening to their discussion about alternative fuels. The whole time, I’m shaking my head because I just don’t believe that we’ll be able to accomplish anything without Hillary Clinton in office. I’m not sure which was hurting me more, being subjected to David Hasselhoff’s lack of wit or listening to a bunch of people who think they have all of the answers, but that’s another post. I actually went to bed by 9:30 for the first time in months.

The contrast between the two shows was not all that clear. On one hand, I’m watching people who think they are doing something spectacular by impersonating Britney (talentless) Spears and on the other, I’m watching people who are trying to convince me to vote in a presidential candidate who won’t even say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States. And they all think what they are doing is ok. I, obviously don’t. In both cases, they were simply trying to pull the wool over our eyes and make us think that what they are doing makes perfect sense and should be rewarded. My take on this is that no one should be rewarded in any way for acting like Britney Spears and no American citizen should vote for someone who conducts himself in such an unpatriotic manner.

This is an unpopular stand for a Democrat to take, for some reason, unbeknownst to me. Aren’t we supposed to want our president to take pride in being an American? Isn’t this some kind of requirement for taking that office? Granted, he doesn’t have to like it, but shouldn’t he at least go through the motions of acting like he has some respect for those American traditions? What he is saying and doing is sending a clear message to the young people out there that it is ok to buck tradition and to place no value on patriotism if you believe otherwise. How then, will he ever convince them to stand up for our country if he won’t even sing our National Anthem? How does he propose to stand up for the United States if he can’t even get behind those simple principles?

It’s like when you tell your children not to do something and then go and do it yourself. The old, don’t do as I do, do as I say cliche. He’s not even encouraging others not to follow his lead. In fact, he’s counting on the fact that we will follow him. I don’t want to be standing at a baseball game on the day when no one in the crowd is willing to stand for the National Anthem. Not that they will still be playing it at that point, anyway. It’s all very scary to me. If he has no allegiance to our country, then whose side is he really on?

I’ll wrap this up by saying that I feel that my participation in last night’s viewership has cost me valuable brain cells and I want my money back. See, I’m not even sure why I said that. God knows I wouldn’t have paid to see any of that stuff. Not willingly anyway.

Until next time…

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