Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be!
Will Rogers was a world famous native American with wise cracks making everyone happy. “For the American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.” The world may laugh at how we choose to spend our money, but they want our money! The roping cowboy traveled the world spreading the word about how we see things.
We see the campaign for president as entertainment in the USA. It is exciting, just like when the circus posters are plastered around town letting us know the big top show is coming soon. The world watches us nervous if we really are that crazy as the candidates campaign promises. Just like when the circus comes to town, the children are practically floating on air. Some candidates warn women they will go to hell if they don’t vote for a woman. Some candidates promise the delirious children that college loans will disappear in their utopia of free stuff.
We are puzzled at times as we try to follow what our federal government is really doing. “I don’t make jokes. I just watch our government and report the facts.” It is especially entertaining to see our current president reminisce on how he changed the world during his years and years of office. Why would anyone want to brag about doing nothing?
The tax penalties for not buying health insurance you cannot afford is a great invention. We all love paying taxes? “Income tax has made more liars of American people than golf.” Some of us do try to fill out our income tax form as accurate as the crazy rules require. “Even when you make out a tax form on the level, you do not know when it is through, if you are a crook or a martyr.” We got to see the whole country jump through government hoops with a crazy computer enrollment system that gives more head aches than a room full of monkeys.
My favorite nostalgia is coming in 2017. I can hardly wait for the chance to bore people on explaining “That is not the way Obama did it!” The real puzzle right now is trying to understand how Obama has done anything! The genius of our political system, is that somebody will be able to talk for hours like they really know something worth hearing.
The millennials own the future, but have to deal with our nostalgia for race riots burning down Baltimore like in the good old days, as well as a new cold war inviting in Iran and North Korea with new nuclear rockets. Our president has elevated doing nothing into a career. It will be funny to see him imagine more accomplishments he never did on his nostalgia tour. Will Rogers wishes he was here to make more jokes.