A whimsical look at pageants and government reveals that the two are not so different. They both provide us a song and a dance and when you remove the make up and lip stick what we have left are ordinary people.
We run our elections much like a pageant. We take not so perfect people, hide the flaws with makeup and present them to the masses as images of perfection. We later find out after they win about their not so perfect actual lives and again are entertained by the scandal.
Our government and pageants both started out as a means to highlight our best and brightest but have evolved into distractions from good sound role modeling. Both pageants and government are plagued with scandal and this could very well be a systemic issue that plagues our society. Have we become a society of instant gratification with reckless disregard for anything lasting and good? Do we only care about today’s happy ending and not what we wake up next to? Have we been bombarded by the media and entertainment, with their images of reality while our realities don’t seem to match theirs?
Maybe pageants and government should be ruled by natural ordinary working people who understand the life of the masses because they are real Americans involved in the real struggles of everyday life. Maybe we should choose those who represent us from a pool of non plastic surgeried, non image consulted, self dressed, self spoken, ordinary people.
It appears that many of we the masses has fallen for the bait of hoopla and grandeur fed to us by media and network television. We get involved in their song and dance, smoke and mirrors, and forget that most of our lives are not represented by them. Maybe we the masses should be more prudent in choosing those who represent us and at least chose those that resemble us, not someone based in a made up fantasy image projection. There is a cliche that fits where we Americans are in terms of social direction, “You can put lipstick on a pig and it will still be a pig.”
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