James Anderson writes from Washington: How about that vice-presidential debate, eh? Here in America is has been already forgotten, naturally, even though it was more exciting than the first TV debate between President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney. But then again, who cares about vice presidents? They don’t decide anything anyway, apart from those hypothetical occasions when the vote splits in half in the Senate and their voice matters.
Anyway, Vice President Joe Biden supposedly did well at the debate last week, as those opinion polls that were conducted by all the usual suspects confirmed later. Democrat supporting commentators and bloggers praised Joe for his robust attacks on Republican hopeful Paul Ryan, even though the former came across as pretty arrogant and kind of weird really, what with all those smirks and smiles and exclamations and interruptions. I’m not implying that Paul was all that great. He looks strange, that man. And follows the text way too closely, if you know what I mean.
But my point is this: imagine if Biden were a Republican VP, with all his faults and gaffes and other stuff too libelous to mention here, wouldn’t he’d be having a hell of a time during his stay in office? I can just imagine for a moment Saturday Night Live, that left-wing biased ‘satirical comedy show’ having a parody on poor old Joe in every episode. And the Daily Show with Jon Stewart would have mentioned Biden a lot. Jon is big supporter of the Democrats, so he would not have wasted any time in having a go at the great man. I would even go as far as supposing that the comedy lot in America might have hounded Mr Biden from his post by now.
The thing is that in America the entertainment and broadcasting industries are seriously partial in favour of the Democrats. And when I say ‘seriously partial’ I mean they are like 99 per cent supportive of the Democrats. That is why in the past 70 odd years the Democratic presidents and vice presidents got away with murder and are either enshrined in history textbooks as outstanding and farsighted or pretty good at what they did. If you don’t believe me, just have a read about the disastrous Jimmy Carter, who should have been turned into a laughing stock but is actually considered a respectable statesman and, once he kicks the bucket, there’ll be lots of praise showered on him.
President John Kennedy also had a pretty easy ride, even though his election was marred by some pretty serious controversy, such as the mob throwing its weight behind him and some fancy vote-counting in several states. Not to mention that he nearly started a third world war, made the Vietnam war a reality and handled communist Cuba badly. Womanising was another problem that Mr Kennedy had, but for some reason it was considered something of a cool thing. Still, the history books are filled with praise for Kennedy and lots of hints are given that it was the CIA that bumped him off, for supposedly being too progressive. No one wants to assume a much more realistic version that it was the mob that did it, once it found out that it would get the benefits it was hoping to get when it helped the vote to go John’s way.
And then there’s Bill Clinton who is supposedly one of the greatest presidents ever. Why is it so, no one really can explain. But the leftie academics and the so-called ‘public opinion’ makers give him a lot of credit for reviving the country and improving its economy. So laughable are all those assertions that it makes no sense to even contradict them. Although one point I need to make here: the only reason Al Gore lost the election to George Bush was because the American people could not stand Clinton and this revulsion rubbed off on Gore. There could be no other explanation why he lost to that buffoon Bush.
President Barack Obama benefits a lot from being a Democrat. Had he been a Republican, he would have found it much tougher to get away with things like getting that Nobel Peace Prize for pretty much nothing, failing to close down Guantanamo prison and sending all those hundreds of drones into Afghanistan, Pakistan and other exciting places to whack people indiscriminately. Not to mention his obsession with playing golf way too often and generally taking it easy.
So what I’m saying here is that it’s much tougher for Republican politicians to get elected and avoid criticism than it is for Democrats. And that is pretty strange for a country that boasts about its freedoms and a sense of fair play. Not to mention that it makes the whole process of choosing the best candidates for the top jobs in the land that much more difficult. And if you consider that America is the only superpower left in this world, it sort of raises disturbing questions about the whole electoral process and the choice of people who keep their finger on the nuclear button and can cause economic mayhem all across the world.
It’s time for Americans to see to it that their entertainment and broadcasting industries achieve some sort of ideological balance. Fox News is all very fine, but it’s just one TV news channel among many and it’s not even properly conservative. As for entertainment, I bet you’d struggle to name a single mainstream comedian or performer who could be called a Republican supporter. And that’s not good.