Friday, June 10, 2011

Life Is A Comedy of Errors

“What America Needs” in an era that proves life is a comedy of errors.

UPDATE: As a reader points out in the comment thread of Dana Milbank, a Washington Post columnist, swore off writing about Ms. Sarah Palin for at least a month. The pledge went something like this:
“I hereby pledge that, beginning on Feb 1, 2011, I will not mention Sarah Palin – in print, online or on television – for one month. Furthermore, I call on others in the news media to join me in this pledge of a Palin-free February. With enough support, I believe we may even be able to extend the moratorium beyond one month, but we are up against a powerful compulsion, and we must take this struggle day by day.”

FURTHER UPDATE: As astute readers know, February, 2011, has long passed us by and the drought-ridden hot summer awaits those of us on the plains. While the former half-term governor of Alaska is still the hottest item in every newscast and entertainment segment available on television or in magazines.

I know not how the pledge-maker of last February is doing. Seems not to matter if reports of the Star of the North (S.P.) continue fluffily and brazenly showing herself as being possibly as smart as a fifth grader. It also shows an over-the-top or up-the-wall shame-faced ignorance of those who picture her as what America needs.

At one time folks thought Mae West was what we needed and on and on.

At one time all America needed was a five-cent cigar.

Cigars have disappeared and Mae West is but a life preserver and some still think America needs something.

MORE RECENT UPDATE: I will vote for “What America Needs” to be led by men and women dedicated to integrity, especially if they are running for some political office.

My vote goes to the person who does a good job, if just flippin’ burgers or cleaning sewers, or trimming trees, and the good job, however unpleasant makes other folks life easier.

My vote goes to those who after doing a good job do not have to go on television and tell us how humbly grateful for what they did. They do it and sit down, not expecting a gold chain or medal.

One thing I find hard to do these days is to stop writing about S.P. for she is so full of stuff we never expect a person would express so openly. Like when she was blessed by her pastor to take out demons. All that talk about President Barack Obama’s former pastor and never a word about this Alaska preacher S.P. was spiritually guided by. (Like many fundamentalist Christians S.P. believes humans and dinosaurs were on earth at the same time.)

FINAL UPDATE: How Mark Twain and Will Rogers would have had a field day had they lived with the rest of us in this glorious 21st century. They would have us rollin’ in the aisles as they humored us along.

If only William Dean Howells, the unsurpassed master of urbane comedy were with us today. His characters’ mutual misunderstandings in “Indian Summer,” make for an unrivaled comedy of errors.

Apparently life is more fun when seen as a comedy of errors. What America may need most of all is a good rockling sense of humor --- while revealing to us once again there is a real world out there—somewhere.


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