America: Sex, Lies And Politicians

Once again, while facing catastrophic problems such as: floods, tornadoes running amok across the land, the second round of a recession which could make the 2008 crash look mild, a precipitous decline of the US dollar, a real estate market still in free fall and millions of  Americans unemployed, America and its sad excuse for media is focusing mainly on sex scandals involving some of its politicians.

Across the board, the United States is a border line schizophrenic country living in delusion and lies. On policy issues, the US claims to support “freedom and democracy” while the real concerns are to secure resources, they transit routes and to maintain the empire by the use of either its military or economic power. The United States (especially in the Obama era) talks endlessly about its positive role in world affairs, while supporting repressive and authoritarian regimes worldwide. It was the case under dictator Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt before the Arab revolution. It is still the case, in a flagrant double standard, in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

On sexual matters, America’s pathological contradictions are just as acute. In many ways, America is still a puritan country which has been left behind  the 1960s sexual revolution. But yet, America has an obsession for sexual topics when it comes to its celebrities and politicians, and quite often the distinction between the two has become blurry. A few weeks ago, former governor Schwarzenegger started a nightmarish journey of public humiliation and private hell when it was revealed that he had a “love child” with one of his staffer. Now, US news outlets are relentlessly headlining on the “rage” of his wife. She is apparently planning her revenge by ruining his life and allegedly wants to take away from him the bulk of his fortune.

On Friday, former presidential hopeful, John Edwards, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to his efforts to cover up the affair and child, which he had when his wife was fighting cancer. Edwards was allegedly using campaign donations to fund the cover up of the sex scandal. Another meaningless sex scandal Americans are dwelling on is the one concerning Congressman Anthony Weiner. The Weiner scandal -it is already called by some “Weinergate”-started last Friday when an underwear picture was allegedly sent from Representative Weiner’s tweeter account.

What is truly pathetic, in all this, is that what Americans call media and journalists are paying attention to side stories of this nature. Editors are putting all this meaningless non sense as headliners. There is one thing that the American press knows well: Americans can not get enough of sex scandals. The US has a housing market in the toilet, a job market collapsing, another major financial crisis on the horizon due to a more than 14 trillion national debt, yet most so called reporters and media organizations are talking and writing about underwear photos, John Edwards’ indictment and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s marriage on the rocks.


4 Responses to America: Sex, Lies And Politicians

  1. antifa_action June 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Great commentary, as usual, but nothing new I’m afraid. When I first saw the movie ‘Idiocracy’ I thought it was a travel documentary on America. : ~)

  2. Gill Bates June 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    While still a “puritan” country America is also big on being hypocritical.
    There are all sorts of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do laws and rules.

    The media is just a tool of the corporatocracy to distract the masses and to NOT cover any stories of real importance – like jobs and the economy.

  3. James June 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I think people try to learn about life from whoever, whatever, and wherever they can. Most people are not heroes, or villains, but are somewhere in the middle. Which is generally fine. The problem is that, being in the middle, we have difficulty telling the two groups apart, which is why many movies, books, myths, etc., are based around the idea of: who’s the villain? Both heroes and villains are both very dedicated to… something we probably don’t quite understand. They act as though it is very important. They act as though THEY are very important. And they both work very hard to convince the majority of the rest of us to agree. So which is which? Well, perhaps one way to tell is that heroes don’t usually sleep with their housekeepers. So when a fact like that comes out about someone we were previously convinced to support, the people want to re-hash the details of the person’s life to try to be more careful in the future. Tabloids, political celebrities, movies, folktales… Understanding truth — one way or another — is important. And sometimes seeking for that truth, for many people, is more important and vital than the economic and political crises going on out there. The crises will likely continue… who will we select to overcome them? A hero? Or a villain?

  4. Jess June 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Well I think it’s not…unintentional. Distract the general public about the benign, trivial stuff, and nobody pays attention to the important items. It’s easier to focus on if that’s Andrew Weiner’s manparts than if our government is going to raise the debt ceiling or not. Typical. Ignore the problem, and it will go away or not bother you…and if it continues, distract yourself with something amusing.

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