Thursday, May 19, 2011

Arnold and America's sick obsessions

According to recent admissions, Ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a child out of wedlock with a family staffer prior to becoming Governor. It has made huge headlines and has been the talk of the Hollywood, Politico and News outlets. My biggest question in all this is, why does anyone care?

Who CARES about Arnold and his women? Infidelity is nothing new in politics and extramarital children is nothing new in Hollywood. Why is this news? Americans should not be shocked at all by any of this. When Gavin Newsom slept with his staffer's wife back in '07 or even in recent news when Congressman Mark Souder resigned over news that he had an affair with a female staffer no one should be shocked or surprised. Even Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich seems unfazed by his past infidelities, some that even occurred while probing Clinton on his peccadilloes.

Arnold's situation should come as no surprise for anyone who has had any knowledge of the inner workings of his tenure as Governor. Be it the "grope gate" or the stories of his aids physically separating him from female legislators to prevent continued inappropriate behavior, it is almost laughable to be asked, as so many news outlets have already, "were you shocked?" Personally, when I worked in the Legislature I saw some questionable things occurring around his cigar filled tent out in the Governor's courtyard but again, it is politics and people with people.

I am not even going to go into the hundreds of instances of illegitimate children that have been seen in the Hollywood world or the countless stories and instances of infidelity. This entire situation should not surprise anyone and really should not be given the focus it has. This situation has ruined a marriage, broken a home and possibly ruined the lives of the child in question and his mother.

I am not trying to make any apologies for the former Governor here, this is a situation that I find aggravating and disappointing from many angles.

In the end this is another private matter of dirty laundry between individuals that the American public feels compelled to bury their faces in.

Put yourself in the shoes of the child. You didn't ask for this attention, yet now all eyes are on you and your mother. You are already shaken from your recent bout with cognitive dissonance
and now the media is ridiculing your mother.

I am more shocked at the American Media and public for continuing this practice when there are real issues and dangers to report on than I am with an actor/politician being unfaithful to his wife. Shocked, but not surprised.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bin Ladin Dead

Last night in Abbottabad, Pakistan, United States Naval Seals, the same group once called Cheney's "death squad" and while there are mixed accounts of what actually happened, the death of the figure head of Al Qaeda will obviously have some implications.

The death of Osama bin Laden means a lot, mainly closure to victims of 9/11 and some political clout for Obama. On the other hand the death of this one man, it did not end America's "war on terror" though there are many that believe that this should be the end. Osama's death did not mean increased financial future for the united states, nor did it change our terror alert and above all else it does not make America Great. The world seems to be in a bit of a state of shock, like the strange silence in Boston the first hour after the Sox won the series for the first time in memory so many years ago. Some have a sigh of relief like certain moderate Muslim leaders and some are happy yet hesitant to celebrate for fear of the upcoming retaliation. My big question, what's next? This has been the highest priority of the intelligence community of the United States' since Bush's first term. Now that they have accomplished this task they have to be looking further down the list of "Most Wanted." There is obviously still a lot to do but my wonder is how to repair our ailed relationship with the Arab world and how to steer the course with that changing world since the Arab Spring which has been amazing and awe inspiring.

I find it very amazing that this hopeful revolution has gone throughout the Arab world and affected so many areas. While I am Jewish and support the State of Israel, unlike my Israeli friends I am overjoyed by the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah in Palestine as a result of the push of the people. I really hope that all players realize that legitimization also means responsibility and expectations, I am excited and on pins and needles and hope that the Osama death will fall to the waysides to the bigger and more important story of the changing of the face of the Arab world.
There is this really great fake Martin Luther King quote spreading around the internet, and while it is not a good or direct quote, it is poignant none the less.
"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
~ (not) Martin Luther King Jr