Less than a month after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the satirical website The Onion featured this headline (Warning: profanity): “A Shattered Nation Longs to Care About Stupid (B.S.) Again.” The parody was accompanied by images of the trivial pop culture figures, like Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.
The spoof undoubtedly reflected most Americans’ cultural cares, which is further reflected by the people they elect to represent them. After Wednesday’s collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis, it’s appropriate to highlight the priorities of the politicians who for years have cared about “stupid (b.s.)” more than core government responsibilities like infrastructure, public safety, and education.
Here, without prejudice against federal, state or local political leaders, is an incomplete list of excrement favored by one or more self-servants that they deemed as more important than, say, the survival of commuters:
* The Sparta Teapot Museum.
* The Vulcan Monument.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?