I knew that I wasn’t feeling well last night. I should have stayed home and tried to fight off the effects of this crud, but that would have meant watching the teleprompter voices, so I headed out to a comedy show and had a great time. When I made it home, I took some knock-off Nyquil and headed to bed. And now? Now I am a hurting unit.
So no, I did not watch the teleprompter readers live. I anticipated that I would get plenty of tweets, texts, and posts that would keep me up to date. But I found myself wondering what happened when it basically went silent.
I figured it out this morning while watching the replays and realizing that politicians are not immune from the robot-ification that comes with trying to read a speech off of a teleprompter. Any passion, any feeling, any reason for anybody to pay attention to these blowhards went out the window…
What I came away with is the confirmation that what I said the other day is true: this shutdown has nothing to do with money or morals. It is 100% a power struggle. That’s all it is. One side or the other will eventually blink, and when they do, the other side will shove the knife in between their ribs.
There was a time when “polarization” meant whether or not you wanted to pay extra money to have it on your sunglasses or not.
Now it applies to the politics of the day and the so-called” extreme positions taken by either side. So why are we so “polarized” today, and is this really “the worst it’s ever been?”
Of course not, but there is something different about it today. And you can see that difference in the discussion over the “murder” of Justice Scalia and the “apples to oranges” comments of Senator Chuck Schumer.
And it all comes down to how we see “news” reported and consumed. We aren’t looking for information from which we can make an informed and well considered opinion. We’re looking for confirmation of what we already believe. And we accept the manipulation of our opinions and emotions to achieve that goal, without ever considering whether or not this is the real problem with America today?