Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This Year’s Smokescreen

Obviously, this year’s smokescreen for not getting anything that needs to be done dealt with, or at least given a serious look at, is the emotionally charged topic of homosexuality and whether it needs to be a guaranteed and protected right in Hawaii -- so that the real business of taking and spending the taxpayers’ money can pass without notice, abetted by all the usual suspects -- especially the same-sex loving media.

That’s how the politicians of Hawaii have learned how to play the game -- and then people will wonder too late, how is it that everything is so messed up -- despite the fact, that they wrote lots of letters and attended many rallies -- about things that really didn’t matter, while everything that did, escaped their notice.

Those are the tricks modern communications and journalism have become very adept at mastering, and why these “watchdogs” in the media, invariably go on to work for the special interests they previously reported on.

If one has a little bit of talent and ability to cultivate a following, they can usually parlay it as the spokesperson for a special interest group, while those remaining in “straight media,” are left to marvel that they could have taken such a deal if they weren’t so honest, and so timid. The spoils go to the most ruthless and capable of saying anything others want them to say -- because that is what they are getting paid for, and to do, they rationalize. Somebody has to pay their bills or how else can they have the home that is the envy of everybody else on that hilltop?

The other hot topic is the resistance to modifying the taro plant to improve its productivity and survival -- as has been done with every commercially successful plant -- or for that matter, every animal that has been domesticated for higher value through natural selection. But by that method, it either dies out as most species have along the way, or they have to improve dramatically and substantially to justify their claim as king of all crops. Otherwise, they’ll no longer be feasible as the staple of that society and culture, and be supplanted by the cheaper and more abundant staples of corn, wheat, rice.

Meanwhile, the grave problem of the schools in which the children each year fail and become less adept at adapting to change -- ultimately resulting in the homelessness and loss of all sense of meaning and purpose dominates the landscape, with the only recourse being, to move higher up on the hillside so as to have as little contact with those realities as possible, and sending the hope of the promising young elsewhere to flourish, because Hawaii has become a place only for those to spend their twilight, and not to usher in the dawn of a promising new age.