Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr.
What do these 3 people have in common? Three extraordinary individuals who changed the world, they also all won the (perhaps formerly) prestigious Noble Peace Prize. When you hear these three names you think of change you can believe in. When you think of this year's recipient you think of the slogan "change you can believe in."
This is the difference between the world then and now. To congratulate Barack Obama for winning a Nobel Peace Prize is like congratulating Miley Cyrus for her No. 1 single "Party in the U.S.A." Both are pretty much useless, irrelevant and created via fabrication of an "image." But both make us feel good in different ways without any actual results. We feel good about Barack winning the prize because we think finally, people are loving them some America again, and Miley ... well she is just reminding us how big of a party America has turned into. Plus she is still in the cute innocent phase of her transition from Disney child star to walking tabloid publicity machine.
Nothing anymore is about results or actually living what you speak. Mother Teresa was honored because she lived her life for the poor, not because she talked about it in an eloquent fashion.
To ensure that the Party in the U.S.A. continues we have to pretend that everything is fine. Forget that we're a trillion dollars in debt, and in several wars where our soldiers are dying daily. These things don't concern us. What concerns us is the latest apps for our iPhone and four-hour erections on Viagra. Our president has bailed us out, but it's only a temporary bailout. At some point we are going to have to pay, but as long as we can postpone it, let's keep the party going.
Even "Saturday Night Live," which worshipped at the altar of Obama, has finally started making fun of his lack of results. In a recent sketch Fred Armisen plays Obama and continually talks about how he has done nothing in a year's worth of presidency but talk. If you haven't seen it yet you should Google it. I'm pretty sure it's on Hulu.
Maybe we shouldn't expect results, maybe all rhetoric is just fine. After all we don't want to hurt the wittle pwesident's feelwings now do we?
Politicians and pastors have become one and the same, people who demand power and respect for their words and ideas but have no firm results: These are the leaders who lead us now.
The next Mother Teresa hasn't made headlines yet because she doesn't have a publicity team to spin her efforts. She's too busy actually doing something. When I actually stop and think about the way things are going I do get kind of nervous.
But Miley, thanks for reminding me that even though we are all working jobs we're underpaid for (if we can even keep them), without health care, in debt to corporate America, and getting fatter and unhealthier by the second, that the Britney song is on, yeah the Britney song is on. I feel so much better Miley. Yeah, yeah, there's a Party in the U.S.A.