And I ask Why?

Is it any wonder that more people can tell you the names of Brad and Angelina’s baby and Tom and Katie’s baby than they can tell you the name of a soldier over in Iraq sacrificing his life for our country when we have the media giving more time to celebrities like they are the heroes. Who is to blame?

In one way we have to blame the media for succumbing to the public’s greatest interests which undoubtedly is that of celebrities.  How sad is it to think that people are more interested in the lives of celebrities and look at them as heroes when they are getting paid millions and living a life of luxury with no worries of where their next meal is coming from or if they will be able to pay their next month’s rent, yet our troops are getting paid a pauper’s salary compared to what the celebs get and are fighting and sacrificing their life for our country.  And I ask why……

If any of you have ever watched Jay Leno and The Tonight Show and have seen the segment called “Jay Walking” you will understand what I’m about to say.  For those who have not seen it, I hope that at some point you will get a chance to watch it and see for yourself. 

His “Jay Walking” segment is a reality check for the future of our country.  In some segments he goes out on the street, stops people and asks will ask random questions as tonight asking about who would take over if the president died, a few did say the vice president but after that they have no idea.  Then he asked someone who said they were a republican and asked them who they voted for in the presidential election, they said they didn’t know their name but it was the one who was republican.  Half of the people couldn’t even name where the war was only saying “in that country over there by Saddam.”  The clincher was when he asked someone if they knew the name of Brad and Angelina’s baby and they answered that correctly.  And I ask why……

I know in my home town newspaper “The Orlando Sentinel” on the inside of the first page there is a section titled “Celebrity Update” in regular font size.  On the opposite page in much smaller print (you almost needed a magnifying glass to read it) was a list of local servicemen who had died.  I found that so disgraceful that I wrote the paper and told them so and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it but I have noticed that the size of the print has increased and you can actually read it without a magnifying glass.

Our Patritoism seems to last for the moment in time such as 9/11 but how quickly we revert back to the way it was before that dreadful day.  And I ask why?


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