sarah palin's face carved into corn crop, Toledo, OH

"Sarah America"

Just when you thought this election season couldn’t get any more absurd!

POP QUIZ

Let’s just say for the moment you’re a farmer in Whitehouse, Ohio, and you’ve got some extra time on your hands.

Do you:

  • a.) Take up a new hobby
  • b.) Visit the folks
  • c.) Spend your days carving a far larger than life image of Sarah Palin into a field of corn, and title it:  “Sarah America”.

If you chose answer C,  Congratulations!!  You’ve won…

A plate of vanilla yogurt where I carved in John McCain’s image with my pinkie finger!  (I even captured the evil smirk on his face!)

Just when you think the majority of Americans are concerned about the real issues, you come across a gem like this that undeniably speaks to the vast group of people who actually don’t give a damn.  And you can’t help but be fascinated by it.

Are there people out there who worship this woman?  Are there people who are somehow unable to tell that she is a merely a well-polished pawn in a big game of chess which Americans lose every day in the form of bailouts, inadequate health care and unaffordable housing?

This photo brought to mind three words:

Bread and Circuses.

The Roman satirist Juvenal, who lived in the late 1st and early 2nd century AD used this phrase to characterize the imperial leadership’s way of placating the masses in his work Iuvenalis Saturae.

“…The public has long since cast off its cares; the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things — bread and circuses.”

Essentially, this was a commentary on the role of the Roman Senate in keeping the people and their opinions at bay.  If their bellies were full, and there were games and sports around, they wouldn’t notice their freedoms being exorcised. Hence, Bread and Circuses!!  Or, as Obama accidentally (and more accurately for our times) called them, “Guns and Religion!!”

It is my sense that people who are excited about Palin being on the ticket have been downing a serious amount of Wonder bread.  I have taken steps to determine the mental faculties of folks who plan to vote for McCain with the following poll:

What percentage of people who plan to vote for the McCain campaign:

Watch 25+ hours of reality television per week?
85%
Can distinguish between there, their and they’re?
7%
Can identify Iraq on a (clearly labeled) map?
3.2%

Scary numbers*!  But why the hell would you bother to deal with issues facing your family if you could stuff your face full of bread and take a ride on the tilt-a-whirl?   Besides, you can always blame those damn Democrats when you hurl.

*Of course, I didn’t do a poll.  Those are just rough estimates.  Probably pretty close though.

Tomorrow:  Vetting John McCain’s voting record (with respect to Veterans).   We take a look at whether or not he actually “takes care” of the Vets, as he so proudly claims to do.

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