|Posted by Tsach Gilboa on June 5, 2012 at 4:05 PM|
George Will and I don’t agree on much. As a matter of fact, we probably don’t agree on most things. However, I was feeling the love when I heard him refer to Donald Trump as the “Bloviating Ignoramus”. Overwhelmed by a sense of well being, albeit temporary, I rushed to the computer to share the good news and pay the love forward.
There is very little comfort available in today’s rude, mediocre, self-absorbed and voyeuristic culture. One cannot turn on the TV without being slapped in the face with some other idiotic “Reality” show. The unwashed have taken center stage and thinking people of maturity and self-awareness are better served running for the hills.
This milieu, however, provides the perfect platform for the army of Bloviating Ignoramuses that are out there, Donald Trump merely one of many. With another mediocre and unwatchable reality show of his own to fuel his already overinflated ego and a basement intelligence (yes I am being generous here!) small audience that cares to listen, Donald has resurrected the “critical and meaningful”, albeit false and infantile, argument that the President was not born here. I, for one, expected no better considering the source. What is of concern is the play this has been getting in the media and the fact that another mediocre individual, running for the highest office in the land, chose to partner with Trump for cash and “Fame”. Mitt Romney is an non-entity as one can get and exemplifies what is wrong and annoying about our culture where making money is an end in and of itself and the means to get there are all valid, regardless of consequences to others.
However, reality is a little different. There still is compassion and community out there. There are still random acts of kindness done for the doing and not for the expectation of rewards and self-promotion. People still seem to care about their fellow man and woman and will still go out of their way to help and make things better. The problem is money and its corrupting and corrosive nature, in the wrong hands. Big picture and culture wise, Gordon Gekko was wrong. Greed can be a motivating force and promote achievement and excellence, although still the wrong motivation, but this is far outweighed by the negative consequences and sheer volume of pain and destruction it usually creates. In the post Citizen’s United world, a handful of extremely wealthy people can fund any and all political campaign’s, put their drone of choice in office and influence those already in power for their personal benefit at the expense of the rest of us. And lets not forget the other big problem of the army of wealthy individuals and corporation funded lobbyist who have been corrupting our democracy for decades.
I am all for success and accomplishment and like living well like the next guy. However I do not believe it should be at the expense of and in creation of misery for others. There are rules of engagement in business and fairness and fair play must be the golden rule. You award hard work and excellence and make a best effort to provide a level playing field.
One or a few Bloviating Ignoramus’s is not the issue. It’s the “Good men that do nothing” which makes evil prosper and take our country down.
Categories: Age of Rudeness & Mediocrity