Friday, May 06, 2011

Politics: a shabby infomercial you can't turn off

So it dawned on me. Infomercials are the closest phenomenon that the private-sector offers to politics. Fraudulent clowns, skilled at lying, promise gullible audiences something for nothing.

The difference, of course – and it makes all the difference – is that no one is forced to buy (either figuratively or literally) whatever it is the infomercial clowns are selling. And those of us who don’t buy these clowns’ offerings aren’t forced nevertheless to suffer the consequences of the fact that large numbers of our fellow citizens do consistently, even eagerly, fall for the idiotic claims and promises and assurances offered by these greedy imposters posing as our friends.

At the very least, it’s a regrettable fact that all of us have much of our lives ‘governed’ by people who watch infomercials. Those viewers vote. And so politicians obviously appeal to these fools for their votes. And everyone suffers from the resulting absurdities that emerge as “public policy.”