June 2009

So, I am not a huge reality television fan, unless we’re discussing Top Chef, Project Runway, Top Design, or What Not to Wear.  I have little patience for most of the variety of reality television going on.  Recently, there has been a minor “uproar” over Jon and Kate plus 8.  The couple is sadly getting a divorce.  I find myself having the same reaction I did when I heard that Jessica Simpson and her husband were divorcing.  It’s the same reaction I have when I see couples getting slammed in the grocery aisle tabloids, TMZ, and other media forums before, weeks or months later, separating. 

Sometimes the world does not need to watch.

Honestly.  How many intimate relationships suffer because a camera crew is always there, a host is putting a spin on the situation or the pressure of “being ‘on'” all the time pushes one or both partners too far?  Even shows like Housewives of (name that city), which my best friend loves, or any number of the “bachelor” competitions show friendships, morals, and boundaries stretched past all limits.  Even in my favorite shows, like Top Chef, you see contestants doing things behind the scenes that they admit are out of character.

From borderline cheating to anger management issues, I wonder – is that what these people are really like on a daily basis?  Then you see them at the reunion shows or in an interview recap months later and they are mortified by their portrayal.  Family members say, “I don’t even know who that was.”  Is it any wonder marriages end and families fall apart?  In the case of Jon and Kate, don’t you think having 8 children to raise is stress enough on a marriage?  Did you really need a nation following your every move, judging your decisions, and tempting you to forget why you married and had a family to begin with? 

I think the answer is a resounding no.


The American President was elected to run the United States of America (and it’s affiliates, he he).   No seriously, he was elected to run one country.  A country with a myriad of issues and troubles right now.  Now, he has some diplomatic international responsibilities, yes, but his focus (not even a year in office) really has to be THIS country.  You know, the one we live in that put him in office. 

Now I understand that Iran is having a hell of a time.  Imagine living in a country where you have an election and you thought you voted person A into office and yet person B seems to have won by shady means.  Imagine that.  That could never happen here, right?   Land of perfect democracy that we adore.  Now imagine, in that unbelievable circumstance, that another country – any country – tried to tell us what we should or shouldn’t do to resolve the matter. 

Now, comparatively, we do process things a bit differently.  We recount, send issues to the Supreme Court, protest, use the media to express out opinions and if we don’t get our way, take every opportunity to point out why the guy who won sucks and should never have been in office.  That’s just how we roll here. 

Note:  Iran is not the USA.  They don’t work the same.  We can’t make them work the same.  All the rhetoric, stern warnings, badmouthing in the press, and nasty Twitters in the world won’t make them do what the President we elected to run THIS country tells them.  Maintaining vigilance, waiting to see if there is a crisis requiring intervention because of crimes against humanity, and working cautiously with our allies while encouraging a fair voting process and the rights of people to protest without government brutality seems like a very smart thing to do in this situation.

After all, if the President is doing his job in this country correctly, he doesn’t have much time, money, power, or political pull to do much else.  We’ve got our own internal wars to wage – let’s keep an eye on that battleground folks.  I’m more interested in what his plans are domestically, with the wars we’re already fighting, and the future plans of our place in the international financial world. 

Aren’t you?