It has certainly been an interesting year as far as awards go…
We have seen President Obama receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and accept it the day he sends 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. No one was really sure why he received the prize, but it turns out that it is simply a popularity contest. Remember Al “Carbon Footprint” Gore won one to go along with his Academy award for his part in what is unraveling as the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the people of this country and the world.
I was also announced that the chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernacke is the Time Person of the Year. Time describes him as a “professorial leading scholar of the Great Depression. He knew how the passive Fed of the 1930s helped create the calamity — through its stubborn refusal to expand the money supply and its tragic lack of imagination and experimentation. Chairman Bernanke of Washington was determined not to be the Fed chairman who presided over Depression 2.0.”
This must be why our debt ceiling has reached epic, unprecedented proportions, the dollar is as weak as it has ever been, unemployment has reached historical high levels: 10%, it has been a year of escalating layoffs, an ever increasing number of bankruptcies and a wave of foreclosures that is washing over the country, bailouts to his buddies on Wall Street, and the drive for nationalization of the auto industry, the financial industry, and the health care industry. Way to go Time Magazine, Ben truly is Man-of-the-Year.
Who’s next… Tiger Woods of course.
Tiger “Where Da Women At” Woods, despite being exposed as a philandering, womanizing sex maniac has been given the distinction of “Top Athlete of the Decade” by The Associated Press. On and off the field of play this dude knows how to score.
One reporter said this about his vote: “I looked at him as an athlete, I really did. I separated him a little bit. If this had happened three years ago and his performance had dropped off, that’s a different factor.” I guess we shouldn’t be surprised; Kobe was on trial for rape, O.J. was on trial for murder and is now behind bars for various other crimes, Sean Kemp of NBA fame was notorious for fathering multiple children with a multitude of women, etc, etc, etc… Now it has been leaked that Tiger may have been the cause of the break up between Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys and Jessica Simpson of… uh… . I hope Tiger appreciates the collateral damage that his actions have.
Here is how the voting came in: Tiger “received 56 of the 142 votes cast since last month by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. More than half the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity.
Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor who won the Tour de France six times this decade, finished second with 33 votes. He was followed by Roger Federer, who has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man, with 25 votes.
Record-setting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps came in fourth with 13 votes, followed by New England quarterback Tom Brady (6) and world-record sprinter Usain Bolt (4). Five other athletes received one vote apiece.”
It seems that what we are awarding people for these days is simply being in the spotlight. We have become a world obsessed with fame, despite its fleeting nature. We all want our “fifteen,” and we will do what ever it takes. Bang a golf pro and then tell about it, pretend our child has fallen down a well, or been swept away in a hot air balloon, live in a house or on an island with eleven other strangers, and trick each other into behaving badly, get on stage and sing despite having no talent and have a cast of has bins critique and belittle them. It goes on and on….
With a 24-hour news cycle, hundreds of cable channels, thousands of pod casts, and other internet-based outlets, we have become a world of fast-food sound byte consumers. Much like the Super Sized Triple Decker butter-McCheese with bacon, we have given up on substance. We are all about the flavor regardless of the contents. We have elected a President with little or no experience based on an empty tag-line; “Hope and Change”, just so history could be made. Our so-called sports and Hollywood heroes are over-compensated to outrageous levels for hitting a ball, or pretending to be a comic book character, while off the field they cheat on, or beat on their families, because we have lifted them up on a pedestal that makes them feel above the law and above basic levels of human decency.
We award excellence and we revel in failure. We are whores for the sound-byte and the scandal. Are our own lives so empty, that we need to live vicariously through these people? I hope not. I am as guilty as anyone. I am a Vikings fan and I get real joy from seeing Brett Favre lead “My Team”, though I have no ownership stake, to one of the best seasons in a decade.
I think as my new years resolution I am going do something different. Every past year I have lied to myself about getting in shape, and working out. I am not going to do that for 2010. For 2010 I am just going to focus being good. Good to myself, good to my wife, good to my kids, good to my siblings, good to my business, good to the country.
Maybe if we all set our sights for 2010 on something simple like being “good” we would fall less often, and less far, and maybe we could give an award to someone who truly earned it and really deserved it.