Be The Change – Don’t Be The Ass

25 01 2009

I found this new video very disturbing:

Britney Spears was [rightly] excoriated for saying “I think we should just support our President in everything he does.” I expect to hear at least as much criticism of this stupidity – which brings Oval Office hero-worshiping to a new and nauseous level.

I totally agree with the “be the change” concept – nothing new (although still very rare).

But Ashton Kutcher (not the world’s brightest sociopolitical bulb) and Demi Moore pledge to be “servants” to President Obama. What the fuck are they talking about? Kutcher is the same moron who recently referred to President Bush as our “commander”.  Is he channeling jungsturm or something?

Who are these people?

And how many of them do you think could actually sit down and engage in a substantive, nuanced conversation about the important issues they’re pledging about?  Two, three, maybe?

This new Harpo Productions video feels right out of a 1930s propaganda machine. I truly sympathize with President Obama – a human facing inhuman expectations. He will have a very hard time living up to the high-style, breathless absurdity of fluff like this.

Hey idiots: pledge loyalty to ideals, or goals, or foundational principles that stir your heart and soul. Respect others, hope for the best for them, empower them, agree and disagree with them, but don’t worship them.  Pledging to be a “servant” to a single person is called a cult.

Hollywood needs political cluefulness, not a new branch of Scientology.

Here’s my pledge: I pledge to fight against blind, unquestioning loyalty of any kind. It’s what got us into the mess we’re in – and it’s certainly not going to get us out.

11 responses to “Be The Change – Don’t Be The Ass”
25 01 2009
jeremiah (21:48:21) :

amen, brotha. this blind loyalty is particularly unhelpful while obama packs his administration full of defenders of the status quo and chicago school supply-siders.

26 01 2009
Josh (04:45:11) :

This is really scary – pretty soon we be told it is unpatriotic to question the collective good.

An individualist is a man who says: “I will not run anyone’s life—nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone—nor sacrifice anyone to myself.”
– Ayn Rand

28 01 2009
Kristen (13:17:44) :

I truly feel that one man can not accomplish the undoing of all that needs to be undone. It is very true that we all are responsible for making the changes needed here. I wholeheartedly agree that we all need to be the change, it's true. It was true even a year ago, but has been overcast by the war. Everyone makes excuses, using that as one of them, as to why they can't really do a thing about any of it. We all know it's not true. So many people are just so lazy and without aspiration that they blame everyone else for the ruination of this country–and the world for that matter–so they can try to avoid their own responsibilities to themselves and mankind.

On another note, does anyone else feel there is a little irony in the fact that this predominantly white group of people are pledging to be a “servant” to Obama, when they themselves mention that one of the pledges is to abolish slavery once and for all? That's a little confusing and I hope you understand my meaning. I think the video could have been worded a bit differently and thought out a little better. He's not the only one making the change here. We are all responsible. I agree.

6 02 2009
thepete (13:55:37) :

Patriotism? Work hard?

Hey, Barry–what do you THINK we've been doing?

It's the frakking bankers and bigbusinessmen who aren't actually rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty here.

It's hard to support a guy who has the gall to ask We The People to work harder. Dude, this mess isn't our fault!!

You're the president now, YOU fix it.

And don't tell me I'm not being patriotic by being critical. We got enough of that crap from the last guy.

6 02 2009
Anthony Citrano (16:04:10) :

First of all, whoever would say you're not being patriotic by being critical is a fool. The best way to be patriotic is to be critical. Blind allegiance is the opposite of patriotism – that was my point above.

But I disagree that this mess is not our fault. We absolutely have ourselves to blame.

6 02 2009
thepete (20:57:47) :

How is it our fault? Negligence at most, I'd say. We trusted our leaders. That was our mistake–but it's our leaders' fault. We call them “leaders” for a reason.

8 02 2009
thepete (16:38:23) :

I just (tried) to watch that again. Could only make it through the whole thing by muting it. If I had the time, I'd add some graphics and make fun of it. Or maybe a good MSTing is in order? 🙂

8 02 2009
Anthony Citrano (23:56:59) :

we: supported imperialist war policies that cost us trillions of dollars and thousands of lives

we: borrowed huge amounts of faux money to finance nearly-worthless real estate investments out of our own personal greed

that's a start. blame the leaders, sure – but from whence do they derive their power and authority? The buck should stop at the top – the People.

9 02 2009
thepete (11:55:39) :

Isn't that a little like blaming the victim?

Our leaders derive their power from being smarter than most of us. Generally, We, The People, are undereducated, lazy, overweight people who care more for our own immediate gratification than we do any serious issues facing us–largely because we're just not educated. Hell, wasn't it something like 70% of Americans thought Sadam was behind 911? You can't expect people that stupid to do anything but trust their leaders, like Britney Spears told us all to do.

I agree that it's possible for We, The People, to take responsibility for what is going on–but the blame should lie squarely on the shoulders of our leaders, in my opinion.

We've all been raised to believe that our government is just and moral. But if you look at history (real history, not the fables they taught us in school) you'll see that, in many ways, the US government has *never* been just or moral.

We've all been conditioned to not care. Sure we “care” but remove the quotes and we've got bills to pay, mouths to feed, DVDs to buy.

The “good” news is that America's world seems to be quietly falling apart. We're being forced to think about our actual survival to a certain degree, which is good. Hopefully we can reprogram ourselves to be more vigilant.

9 02 2009
thepete (14:55:39) :

Isn't that a little like blaming the victim?

Our leaders derive their power from being smarter than most of us. Generally, We, The People, are undereducated, lazy, overweight people who care more for our own immediate gratification than we do any serious issues facing us–largely because we're just not educated. Hell, wasn't it something like 70% of Americans thought Sadam was behind 911? You can't expect people that stupid to do anything but trust their leaders, like Britney Spears told us all to do.

I agree that it's possible for We, The People, to take responsibility for what is going on–but the blame should lie squarely on the shoulders of our leaders, in my opinion.

We've all been raised to believe that our government is just and moral. But if you look at history (real history, not the fables they taught us in school) you'll see that, in many ways, the US government has *never* been just or moral.

We've all been conditioned to not care. Sure we “care” but remove the quotes and we've got bills to pay, mouths to feed, DVDs to buy.

The “good” news is that America's world seems to be quietly falling apart. We're being forced to think about our actual survival to a certain degree, which is good. Hopefully we can reprogram ourselves to be more vigilant.

9 02 2009
thepete (19:55:39) :

Isn't that a little like blaming the victim?

Our leaders derive their power from being smarter than most of us. Generally, We, The People, are undereducated, lazy, overweight people who care more for our own immediate gratification than we do any serious issues facing us–largely because we're just not educated. Hell, wasn't it something like 70% of Americans thought Sadam was behind 911? You can't expect people that stupid to do anything but trust their leaders, like Britney Spears told us all to do.

I agree that it's possible for We, The People, to take responsibility for what is going on–but the blame should lie squarely on the shoulders of our leaders, in my opinion.

We've all been raised to believe that our government is just and moral. But if you look at history (real history, not the fables they taught us in school) you'll see that, in many ways, the US government has *never* been just or moral.

We've all been conditioned to not care. Sure we “care” but remove the quotes and we've got bills to pay, mouths to feed, DVDs to buy.

The “good” news is that America's world seems to be quietly falling apart. We're being forced to think about our actual survival to a certain degree, which is good. Hopefully we can reprogram ourselves to be more vigilant.

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