I wasn’t going to write anything in this column today, there are just some times when I think that’s best. Usually those times are when I want to write something that is either entirely political or would be political commentary; this is one of those days, I’m afraid.
Yet there’s a little voice in the back of my head that prompts me. It says I should go ahead, that the “rules” for this column say that I can write anything I want here, that this column can be as far off-topic as I want it to be. Of course, that is entirely true, and has been published and advertised, so no one who reads this column should be shocked at what they find here.
And that’s where I seem to lose control…
Then I came across a post by paulfg: We do not need (more fear) moral outrage and now, I simply can’t stop! (It’s all your fault Paul!)
Shocked? Outraged? Horrified? Mortified?
Give me a break!
“Don, what the heck are you talking about?”
Fair question. I am sick and tired of phony outrage, I have had it up to here with people who are simply horrified and shocked at trivial things whenever it suits their purposes and who will sweep a real outrage under the rug when it doesn’t suit their purposes to be outraged. As I listen to the “news” accounts from this latest incident, I find myself thinking back to a movie from years ago. Maybe you remember it… It starred Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton and Dom DeLuise, and it was called The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In a nutshell, there is a brothel headed up by a Madam played by Dolly Parton that everyone in the world knew about. When watchdog reporter (Dom DeLuise) decides to “break” the shocking news of its existence, everyone pretends to be horrified. Since the movie is a musical, the “Watchdog” goes on television with his shocking report in the form of a song and dance routine; this is the audio from that report:
As I was watching news accounts this week about Mr. Trump’s latest comment, I must admit that this song was playing in my head!
If you didn’t hear the story (good for you!) Mr. Trump referred to certain countries as “s***hole” countries from which so many people flee to enter the USA illegally, and naturally the result of this has been an international firestorm of “outrage”. How dare the President refer to these countries. full as they are of corruption, violence, poverty and oppression as “s***hole” countries! Obviously he’s a racist! He’s deranged, using such offensive language! How can Trump talk like that in public?!
Texas has a whorehouse in it!!!
Isn’t it about time we grew up?
First off, a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office is private. The protocol for such meetings is that what is said there stays there and to have United States Senators running to the microphones to leak the story is a real outrage. That one of those senators, the senator from South Carolina, called the same countries “hellholes” in an open committee hearing of the United States Senate back in 2013 for exactly the same reasons, to feign shock now… is a real outrage.
As for Mr. Trump and his apparent inability to get his big mouth under control, sir it’s time for you to grow up too.
As for the rest of us, when are we going to stop being outraged at the trivial while turning a blind eye to the truly outrageous? When are we going to stop calling real outrages tragedies? A violent crime is not a tragedy, it’s an outrage, a terrorist attack is not a tragedy, it’s an outrage… see what I mean? A stupid Tweet or a gaffe is a dumb move, not an outrage, at least not to a grownup.
One more thing: Here’s another actual outrage for you to think about this Saturday… tabloid gossip and scandal mongering being passed off as actual journalism. Yep, that is a real outrage, at least for a grown up.
Grow up America!
“Well Don, that’s all the time we have for this session, I’m so glad you’ve shared your real feelings. Same time next week?”
Yeah doc, see ya next week.