Wednesday, September 22, 2010

American Evita

My wife and I watched Evita on Netflix this past weekend. We like the music, but I have never seen the movie or the musical, and she had not seen the movie for almost a decade. She had fond memories of watching the movie and feeling "girl power." She described her feeling this time very differently, saying it seemed like politics gone awry and a lot like the tactics of some modern politicians in America.

Eva Peron Sarah Palin
Eva Peron Sarah Palin

The GOP just released a so-called "Pledge to America," which is really a pathetic attempt to keep the Tea Party from splitting the vote. Neither the GOP nor the DNC leadership seems to really get it, and most of the Tea Party spews forth more hateful vitriol than Smaug.

There is apparently a scandal from the White House that some of Obama's senior policy-makers and top generals do not agree with him. I can see how that can be spun as a negative, but think about it intelligently for a minute: do we really want our Chief Executive Officer surrounded by yes-men? How could a few people willing to stand up for what they believe in be a bad thing?

Of course, I am putting my own spin on things. It is hard not to. It seems like nobody cares about what is right anymore, only what is good. Good is subjective, right is fact. Do you seek out what is right, or only what is good?