So, now what?
Michael Jackson has been found not guilty. I know this because the headlines are huge, on every US news network. The headlines are bigger than they were when we rolled into Baghdad. They're bigger than the Runaway Bride, or the missing Aruba girl. The networks think this is big, big news. They should know, since they run on money, what the American public really, really cares about.
I guess this is what we care about. This is who we are as a nation. I've always thought that things like this were a sideshow, a distraction from the real issues of the day, that sooner or later, the American people would demand better from their news and information providers. I always hoped that eventually the charlatans, thieves and bullies of the right would be exposed, naked for everyone to see just how morally and intellectually bankrupt they are.
And then we would move on, having learned to pay a bit more attention to those who propose to lead us. A wiser nation, a more cautious and skeptical nation. The current conundrum of Iraq doesn't have a good solution. It doesn't. It should be a profound lesson to us. It should scare the crap out of us, this thing that has been done in our name. We should be aggressively searching for a way to shake this burning bag of dogshit that Geoge W. Bush left us off of our shoe. This issue should be dominating the national conversation. There is nothing more important to us as a nation than this single issue and all of its consquences.
It needs to be dealt with, now. There needs to be an honest appraisal of how this happened, and there needs to be a reckoning, with real analysis, real conclusions and real consequences. We are poorer. We are less safe. We have taken our vengeance for the 9-11 dead dozens of times over, almost entirely from people who weren't even involved. The world has long suspected, and now knows, that our rationale for the Iraq war was a load of crap. It was fabricated, and now everybody knows it. The proof is there for all to see. And the world is watching to see what we will do.
What we'll do is to look for missing pretty white girls. Peek into movie star and pop star bedrooms. Watch scripted and rehearsed reality shows. Complain about gas prices. Watch our jobs wither slowly away.
And sooner or later, we will watch, shocked and horrified, without really understanding why, when the towers fall again.