Time to Cull Celebrity Campaigners

I can't be your Facebook friend. i just can't

One of life’s most basic lessons is never to assume. Check your facts. And never, ever assume you can win your audience with arrogant self-importance.

Hillary’s leftwing press failed dismally in this regard. And so did she. What both parties assumed was that everyone believed their spin. That eloquent words shape a nation’s attitudes. That Hillary’s fraternizing with Hollywood was lauded. And Hollywood was even more misguided. The ordinary people clearly didn’t care when singer Katy Perry stood up and in a spectacularly condescending manner, dictated who people should vote for.

What must have come as a crushing shock is that she just wasn’t that important. What Katy did … or said, just didn’t cut it. Similarly, people did not care when Beyonce and Jay-Z ran a free concert (which, incidentally, they only half-managed to fill) and Hillary embraced them with gushing rhetoric. The sexist, racist trash that emanated from Jay-Z’s mouth should have been enough to turn off the most avid Hillary supporter but that aside, again, why do these celebrities in their opulent bunkers not get it that the world does not generally give a toss. When did they start believing their own press? Just because Vogue endorses a Kardashian doesn’t mean the world takes note.

And just like badly raised children unaccustomed to not getting their own way, post-Trump victory, many of these same celebs had a toddler tantrum.

Emotional intelligence was severely lacking. Many expressed a desire to flee to Canada. Not Mexico, mind you. Too risky. Canada obviously sounded more comfortable. As far as I know not a single celebrity has left yet. They’re throwing tweeting tantrums because this is the first time they’ve had to deal with the fact that beyond their privileged lives, no-one really cares. Tweeting – and encouraging riots is their mature response. Saluting democracy? I think not.

And Lindsay Lohan? A recount? This is your carefully considered opinion? Miley Cyrus, who claimed to care passionately for women’s rights was another star campaigner.  Hard to take someone too seriously when they’re pictured cavorting on stage with a giant blow-up penis. Or riding nude on a wrecking ball. Somehow I don’t see young girls aspiring to be just like her. Not once have I heard my own daughter express any vague adulation. Miley can sing, yes, but it ends there. And Hillary was happy to be endorsed by her? And assumed the masses would listen? Big mistake.

While celebrities have perhaps behaved with scant regard to maturity, mere mortals have acted no better. The most wanton and immature threat of which is; “I can’t be your Facebook friend anymore. I just can’t.” Sounds unbelievable until you realise that it’s really happening. A friend’s American relative did just that, daring any of her Facebook friends to show their hand. If they didn’t, it hinted at their Trump allegiance and for this, she would defriend them. Shocking but true. I can only be your friend if your opinions mirror my own. Free speech at its best.

Eating humble pie when things don’t go your way is tough. But it’s the mature thing to do. It reveals true character and resilience. I applaud you for doing just that. One of a handful of pro-Hillary supporters, Australian journalist Joe Hilderbrand, admitted the ‘Lefties blew it‘.

Politicians would do well to follow suit. Take Australia’s Labor leader, Bill Shorten. Perhaps he’s regretting calling America’s new president ‘barking mad’.  In fact, at the precise moment (delightfully caught on camera) when he heard the ‘barking mad’ Trump had the top job, his expression mirrored my son’s when he realizes his younger brother has beaten him to last night’s leftovers. Crestfallen. A sense of total betrayal and disbelief. How could he? Or in Bill’s case, “What do I say when I eventually meet this guy face to face?” Here’s the thing, Bill, every single human being is flawed. You should know. Perhaps you should acknowledge this publicly.

Not that Trump will be without his regrets. A serial motor mouth, he needed to put a lid on it plenty of times. This campaign turned darned ugly. And I’m sure encouraging wife, Melania to grace his customized Boeing 727 in a GQ magazine spread 15 years ago is among his regrets. Not to mention hers. Melania may reportedly speak five languages, but the nude shoot featuring her languishing on fur with little but diamonds to hide her well-honed form, has definitely come back to haunt her.  And the nightmare will return every time she tries to get too serious. I don’t suppose it was even a vague consideration that she would one day be America’s First Lady when she suggestively bared all. What to do? Perhaps give a deep and meaningful Vogue interview on ‘things I regret’. A message to young girls perhaps? I’m sure her press will put a positive spin on it.

Just don’t expect this ever so slightly cynical old hack to believe a word.

© Jessamy Owen 2016

Ten Resolution Revolutions

Resolutions

FEELING DAUNTED about making New Year resolutions?

Well, here are some suggestions …

  • DO NOT … compare yourself to others. A big no-no. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and as much as we’d all like more talents, not everyone can be a neurosurgeon. Embrace what you have and quit worrying about what you don’t have
  • DO NOT … tell everyone about your resolutions. This sets you up for failure and there’s a danger that bossy britches may decide to make some more on your behalf
  • DO NOT … give up chocolate. Again, setting yourself up for failure. Life’s surely too short
  • DO NOT … clean out your wardrobe. Something in there is bound to have a fashion rebound
  • DO NOT… assume your spouse is a mind reader. Christmas should have taught you that you need to verbalise your wish list throughout the year. Even better, write it down and stick it on the bathroom mirror
  • DO NOT … repeat last year’s resolutions. How depressing
  • DO NOT … wear old, faded undies/knickers that are well past their use-by date. Again, life’s too short
  • DO NOT … look back. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife? In case you’ve forgotten, she turned into a pillar of salt. What’s done is done – let it go
  • DO NOT … hold off complimenting someone because you’re too embarrassed. Compliment away! Everyone needs encouragement
  • DO NOT … give the finger to an idiotic driver. The best revenge and by far the most annoying for the said driver, is a hearty wave and a dazzling smile. Works every time …

What resolutions will you drop in 2014? Tell us in the comments below.

The Trouble with Mitt, America and the 2012 Election

Just before I talk about Mitt, here’s an astonishing statistic – America has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population. I’ll come back to that.

There are lots of problems with Mitt Romney but the biggest is that he is a liar. Not your average run of the mill let’s stretch the truth a bit liar. But a huge, hairy hairball of a liar. Like Richard Nixon, it seems he lies just to practice. The more I listen and read the more appalled I get.

His lies are well documented but let’s just list three.

And let’s remember the disaster Obama inherited from W. Remember the budget deficit W left?

1) Romney has accused Obama of raising taxes. LIE. Taxes have reduced under Obama in large part due to the stimulus bill.

2) Romney has accused Obama of doubling the deficit. LIE. LIE. The deficit has reduced under Obama. Worst case statistics is that it is about the same.

3) Romney has taken credit for the success of the auto bail out. MASSIVE LIE. This one really makes me angry. Romney wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post titled – “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”. Since Obama took office, corporate profits and industrial production are up and bankruptcies are down.

Okay. This is an election campaign. And campaigns are like advertisements. They are not reports. We expect exaggeration and we expect candidates to pick the figures that strengthen their argument. Mitt has gone much, much further. And he doesn’t seem to care. He’s like the naughty schoolboy who seems to enjoy getting caught in a lie and then tells an even bigger lie to show how clever he is. In fact he just might be Richard Nixon reincarnated. If you believe that sort of thing.

Let’s rewind a bit. Quite a bit. To 1854.

When the Republican Party came into existence to combat slavery. Specifically the Kansas Nebraska Act which was to extend slavery into the territories. First Republican President? Abraham Lincoln. You get the picture. The Republican Party has a noble history, born out of the noblest of intentions and one of the finest presidents in American history.

Now let’s look at the candidates who were hoping to be the Republican nominee:

Rick Santorum – believes that same sex marriage leads to human/animal marriage. Specifically dogs in fact. Is against contraception and wears horrible sweaters.

Rick Perry – wants creationism taught in schools as science.

Newt Gingrich – where does one start? Yesterday’s far right rubbish and a serial wife cheater.

Ron Paul – wants the government out of peoples’ lives. Totally. Unless sex is involved in which case the government has an absolute right to interfere.

Jon Huntsman – who? Exactly.

Sarah Palin – a useless, ambitious, far right candidate with no useful attributes.

Michele Bachmann – absolute loony tunes. I am tempted to quote her at length but that’s for another article. Okay just two quotes from Michele:

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” What??

“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”  She’s obviously never put her mouth to an exhaust pipe.

And there was a rich pizza guy and some others. Where are all the quality Republicans? They must be out there. These people can’t represent the best that the Republican Party has to offer?

And now there is Romney. Romney doesn’t even know who he is. We accept that any candidate represents a party and not just his or her own opinions. But there is a question of authenticity. Does the candidate have any core values at all?

Did you see the video where Mitt and his wife try to persuade us that Mitt is a regular guy. Buys shirts in three packs from Costco and does his own ironing. Come on.

There are two problems here.

One is that Mitt feels he needs to represent himself as something he clearly is not. He is not a regular guy. He is a super rich financier who wants to be president.

The second problem is why does he think we need a regular guy as president. I want the president to be brilliant and different. Not the guy I bump into at the pub.

Now let’s come back to America’s prison population.

This is from Wikipedia:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2010 — about 0.7% of adults in the U.S. resident population.[7] Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or on parole.[4] In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probationparolejail, or prison) in 2009 — about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.[3]

Can you imagine the waste this represents? Lost taxes, lives and increased crime. Do Americans commit more crime or does America just love sending people to prison. Is drugs use a criminal or a health issue?

But this will not be discussed during the election campaign. Because on almost all issues the Democrats and Republicans have exactly the same views.

This campaign is about the tiny differences between the candidates. Both funded by the same companies and both having much the same outlook.

What will Mitt Romney do to fix Wall Street? Nothing.

But neither has Obama. He had an opportunity to tear down Wall Street and re construct it.

NOT tear down business but Wall Street. NOTHING.

No one has gone to prison. Four years after the 2008 economic crisis, not a single top Wall Street executive has gone to jail.

None of the Government regulators who oversaw the financial debacle were sacked by Obama. This guy is so keen to compromise and be reasonable, is so middle of the road, he has white lines running down his back.

We often hear people complain that it doesn’t matter who you vote for.

Nothing changes.

Maybe they are right.

Opinions expressed in this article are those of Freelance Writer, Hugo Wobschall.