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How you too can become famous

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Throughout the ages there have always been people who pick out a popular subject and use it as a bandwagon to promote their own personal agenda, namely their own aggrandizement.

They come out thumping their chests, promising to make life better for all of us, while in reality, they’re only trying promote themselves.

We had Ralph Nader and the Corvair.  We had Joe McCarthy and the Hollywood subversives. There was Jim Garrison and his Kennedy plot, and so on. Now we have Ted Cruz and his attack on The Affordable Care Act, which he only refers to by what he considers to be a pejorative: “Obamacare”

When these types start to make headlines and appear on television, we can listen, but we have to maintain the same attitude toward them as we should have when listening to a shady used car salesman. Is he selling you a shiny paint job and stereo, or is he unloading a sawdust–packed fautlty transmission?

There is such a thing a righteous indignation, but in only too many cases of publicity hungry persons, their indignation is something less than righteous. We have to watch for that sneaky smile they get on their faces when they think no one is paying attention.

Famous Last Words…Famous? Maybe. Last? Never.

Why is it that when politicians realize they have to bow out of the race, they get more television time and make a speech longer than Academy Award winners?

It’s more than I can bear to watch and listen to one of these tedious muddled speeches during which the politician not only thanks his wife and children, but his parents, his mailman, his neighbors, the UPS driver and every person connected to his campaign and goes on and on as if in actuality, he was the Big Winner instead of the person who just couldn’t get enough support to go on.

At the Academy Awards and/or Golden Globes, et al. I’ve yet to see one person step up and go through the above-referenced press conference to thank the world for not having received an Oscar. Nope. Not one.

But politicians…ah, that’s another story. Perry’s probably thinking even now, “Boy, why couldn’t I have been governor of Wisconsin where I could’ve cut a deal with the Kochs?

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