American Graffiti

Saturday, September 16, 2017
by Patrick Dorinson

When asked what section of the newspaper he read first, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren was quoted as saying, “I always turn to the sports page first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the frontpage nothing but man’s failures.”

Today the sports pages are indistinguishable from the front page as they both now chronicle “man’s failures”. Although in this PC world I suppose I should say “people’s failures” so as not to be sexist, homophobic, transphobic or any other kind of “phobic” that is currently in fashion.

When you read the sports news on Mondays after Sunday NFL football games we still see the scores of the games, stats and standings.

But we are also told how many players didn’t stand for the Star Spangled Banner, who has been suspended for performance enhancing drugs, and who has been arrested for any number crimes including domestic violence or weapons or drug possession.

And if you are foolish enough to turn on ESPN to get sports news you are treated to the political diatribes of those who have decided to use their exalted perch to preach to the rest of us how we are just a bunch of racists and misogynists and that our President is unfit to lead.

Man’s failures have now taken over the sports pages.

Hollywood is no different and in many cases even worse.

Jennifer Lawrence, another actress with limited talent who will soon fade into history, says that Hurricane Irma and other natural disasters are a result of Mother Nature punishing America and by extension Americans for electing Donald Trump.

These are the same Americans she expects to buy tickets to her movies

Movies and TV shows have been so politicized to the left that conservatives should ask for equal time to present an alternative view.

In every aspect of our society anything and everything that can be politicized has been.

An as this trend gets worse we are also treated the cheapening of the real meaning of historical events and the people who shaped them.

History has been distorted to fit narratives not serve as lessons as to how far we have come and yes how far we need to go.

Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus and now even George Washington are judged by one aspect of their lives not by the totality of their accomplishments.

They are judged by today’s ridiculously nauseating politically correct standards with nothing taken into account as to the times they lived and what their society looked like and was willing to accept in terms of change.

Who among us wants to be judged 150 years from now based upon one aspect of our lives?

Getting back to sports, does home run hitter Barry Bonds want to be judged by how many balls he launched into the bleachers of baseball stadiums across America or that he cheated and was juiced up on so many steroids that he looked physically grotesque?

And does Bill Clinton want us to focus on his accomplishments as President or on the fact that he debased the Oval Office with the orifice of an intern young enough to be his daughter?

Finally, we have cheapened and coarsened our language so badly that it has become nothing more than graffiti.

We don’t even spell the words anymore so as to fit the culture of texting. LOL, LMAO and OMG are the rule not the exception to the rule.

Grammar and spelling are no longer universally taught in our schools so as not to upset the delicate psyches of the children who might get marked down for their incorrect usage.

But the point of grading students on such things is not just about whether or not they can tell the difference between and pronoun and a preposition. It is to teach the learning discipline that will be required in more difficult subjects.

 We also abuse language with superlatives and the use of hyperbole in conservations or Tweets.

“Trump is the worst president EVER” or “Trump is like Hitler!!!” have now become a regular staple of what passes for political commentary on cable news gabfests and the Tweets of Hollywood celebrities.

But the constant drumbeat of superlatives and hyperbole are nothing more than cheap rhetorical devices used by those who don’t have the ability to make a cogent argument for their position and have resorted to schoolyard taunts.

As a result of all this, American culture is descending into a place where morals and ethics no longer form the backbone of our society.

It has been replaced by the situational morals and ethics of the “anything goes” society that began in the 60s and 70s and has only gotten worse since then.

So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week and it comes from that prophet from the Louisiana Bayou, the Duck Commander himself Phil Robertson.

“We’re trying to infuse a little good into the American culture. Love God. Love your neighbor. Hunt Ducks. Raise your kids, make them behave, love them. I don’t see a downside to that”.

And American culture could use a little good right now.

I think most Americans try to follow Phil’s advice. Unfortunately the loud voices make most of the noise while the quiet ones go about their lives trying to do what’s right.

The only thing I would add to Phil’s words is this.