Is Bristol Palin winning "Dancing With the Stars" part of the new GOP legislative platform? Will the administration have an answer to keep her from winning? I believe this controversy demonstrates the collapse of our society.
Is Bristol Palin winning "Dancing With the Stars" part of the new GOP legislative platform?
Will the administration have an answer to keep her from winning?
I believe this controversy demonstrates the collapse of our society.
This young woman became a "star" when the John McCain campaign made a poor decision to pick her mother as his running mate. Unfortunately for Bristol, she had some pretty poor timing when it came to becoming pregnant outside of marriage.
Incredibly, the aftermath left her a quasi-celebrity.
That was enough to let her shake her moneymaker on the reality show.
Once she was seated a blogger at hillbuzz.org started a campaign to keep the Palin progeny on the show despite what judges on the show determined to be less than stellar performances.
When the fix was discovered, the show's producers began to assure their audience that voter fraud was not influencing results.
Immediately, Fox News and the radio echo chamber took to the airwaves to defend the right-wing royal family and extol the virtues of Palin's dance moves.
Now failed Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is tweeting her votes and encouraging others to follow suit and I even have a FaceBook friend who was a Republican State Legislator in Oklahoma who encouraged his friends to vote for her to "get back at the libs."
Our society has collapsed under the weight of Palin's politico-celebrity.
When "Dancing with the Stars" becomes a national referendum on political ideals, we have no further to fall.
All of this faux-controversy reminded me of a couple of decades ago when I would threaten my graduate school adviser that I was going to write my master's thesis on how professional wrestling villains mirrored societal ills. Even at Oklahoma University, that was deemed an inappropriate topic for a master's level discussion.
But think about it.
The professional wrestling promoters sold style over substance.
With the spread of television after the cold war, wrestling heels were all named Nikita Kruschev or Nikoli Volkov and brought their Soviet beliefs with them to the ring.
Later, in response to the Middle East oil crisis, the Iron Sheik who loved Middle East countries and leaders who were hostile to the good old U.S.A.
In the 1990s, the villain took the role of Irving R. Scheister (I.R.S.) and he carried a brief case to the ring.
Now, the storylines have become tribal nonsense and basically just high-intensity soft-core porn.
But even at that, they mirror society in many ways.
Whether or not the Baby Grizzly wins a reality show, the fact that she was deemed a celebrity and had the opportunity to lead the great conservative rebellion by dancing the jive on national television is proof that we need to reboot the system.
The path we are on is the road to nowhere and we need to make a quick u-turn before it is too late.
Kent Bush is publisher of the Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.