We have officially become the Infatuation Nation. Our obsession with celebrity has permeated the political process, our lives, and the lives of our children.
Millions of words and hours of video are now devoted to the tragedy which is Brittney Spears' life. The pointless stories about celebrity lives share the same importance as matters of national security, the economy, and environment. No, wait... actually celebrity stories are usually given more priority than issues that actually affect our lives. The conglomeration of the media is an ugly stew of entertainment companies, news organizations, appliance manufacturers, military defense contractors, all under control by the same Board of Directors and shareholders. The line between news and entertainment, and subtance and celebrity, is blurred in the interest of profit.
And now we have Candidate Obama. Unless you're a luddite, you recognize him as the leading candidate for President of the Infatuation Nation. He is a celebrity. It makes no difference to many that his speeches have rehashed paragraphs from another candidacy (written by the same staff they both employed.) It makes no difference that his words (actually not his words) lose their punch when he is left without a teleprompter and lighting and sound technicians. It makes no difference that his plans are often rehashed from those of other candidates, being "introduced" months after theirs. It makes no diffrence that his verifiable accomplishments are lacking in comparison to the other candidates in areas that really matter in returning America to health. It makes no difference that his fans cannot articulate his positions or experience with issues that matter in every day life. It does not matter that David Axelrod, the architect of Obama's candidacy and that of the mirror candidacy of Devaul Patrick, will no doubt occupy the same position that Karl Rove did, in Bush's Infatuation Nation White House.
What matters in the Infatuation Nation is celebrity. What is important to the people that pack the caucuses is celebrity. Obama is famous. And like many celebrities, he is famous not for what he's done, but for who the public perceives him to be. Like an actor, he is only judged by the words he says and the set on which he says them. Websites and blogs are devoted to proclaiming him to be a "messiah." Murals and paintings of him are springing up around the Country with his face along side MLK, Nelson Mandela, and other men with years of sacrifice and of accomplishment. What has Obama done to earn his place amongst those men of accomplishment, other than speaking their lines and adopting their style of speaking?
The Obama movement has jumped the shark. When George Bush was vaulted into celebrity by adoring fans, and when the media fawned him into the office, I couldn't help but think of Chauncy the Gardener, of Being There. While Barrack Obama is obviously more intelligent and capable than George Bush, the process and result is the same in our Infatuation Nation. Perception is reality. The media need only proclaim that you are (fill in the blank) and it is so.
The Infatuation Nation requires only that their leader be whatever they project him to be. He is saintly, he is inspirational, he is god-like, he will lead us out of our problems. The Infatuation Nation only cares that crowds swarm their new chosen one, that people scream and cry when he speaks. That is enough for the citizens of the Infatuation Nation. They don't want a manager to clean up the country, they need a saint.
The ugly side of the Infatuation Nation turns on those that do not support their chosen one. We are villified, we are marginalized. We are categorized as poor, uneducated, racists for not seeing the beauty and perfection of their chosen one. Like a 12 year old that does not like Hannah Montana, we are outcasts in our own Party. We can no longer sit at the "populars" table.
And if the Obama is elected as the new leader of our Infatuation Nation, the Congress will not be weeping as he speaks, the Republicans will not faint nor cry when he comes into the room, and the leaders of Rogue Nations will not care that he has his own ring tone. Global warming will not reverse because of the chills it receives when Obama speaks. The children of our country cannot eat fame, they cannot get well from celebrity, they cannot save their house from foreclosure by touching Obama's hand.
The Infatuation Nation must go. Long live America!