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10/01/2018

Following the Golden Globes and a speech by actress, reality TV host and luvvie Oprah Winfrey

There has been considerable media speculation that Winfrey may seek to run for the US Presidency in 2020.

Pete George at Your NZ takes a look at this.  

Rightly he takes a highly sceptical view likening Trump and the media furore around Winfrey to a 2006 movie

Idiocracy is a 2006 movie, described in Wikipedia:

The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military human hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant, and which is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.

Worth reading the whole post.

He quotes from an LA Times editorial:-

We don’t know whether the idea of Oprah Winfrey for president, inspired by Winfrey’s eloquent speech Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards, will prove an ephemeral excitation or a movement with staying power. But we find it depressing.

We mean no disrespect to Winfrey, who strikes us as much better informed and more intellectually curious and presumably less reckless or dishonest than the incumbent president. But it’s bizarre that Americans who are appalled by Trump’s oafish and ignorant conduct of the nation’s highest office would gravitate to another television star untested in politics.

That’s what many of them did Sunday evening. Twitter throbbed with speculation that Winfrey’s speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award was the beginning of a presidential run.

Mainstream media have been alive with speculation about the possibility of Winfrey running

Pete George concludes his comprehensive post:-

Trying to sell common sense and actual relevant experience to the media or the voters could be a tough task. Not all media and not all voters have become obsessed with ‘celebrity’, but enough have to make a difference.

The road to Idiocracy may be paved with Celebritoxicity.

Celebritoxicity – the degree to which an obsession with celebrities can harm humans.

Adam agrees. He would add that Talleyrand’s famous comment re the Bourbon Kings of France, and amplified by Albert Einstein comes to mind:-

“They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.”

The quote is attributed to Talleyrand in speaking about the restored Bourbon dynasty after the abdication of Napoleon, and subsequently used against the French socialists and others. It comes close to Einstein’s definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. ( A useful discussion re this may be found here)

Or to sum it all up in one simple phrase – America – Bend Over Here It Comes Again

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