There is an interesting theory, the jist of which is that the populace is conditioned to accept a desired future outcome (in politics and culture) via TeeVee shows that habituate or normalize the desired future outcome, effectively making it inevitable.
One example: The TeeVee show 24 – which famously featured a black president, pre-Obama. Is it coincidence that just before the Illinois senator came out of nowhere to become America’s first black Dear Leader, an extremely popular TeeVee show popularized the idea?
A current example may be the new TeeVee show, Madam Secretary. Have you seen the promos? Who does the lead character remind you of? That billowing blonde hairdo. The pants suits. The poses. Just happens to secretary of state. Hmmmm… who could it be now?
Granted, Tea Leoni is vastly more appealing than the person she is predictably programming into the minds of the masses. You know.
I think they are laying the groundwork for her Dear Leadership. It has been decided. The show is intended to make it real in the minds of the masses before it actually becomes real.
It is an incredibly effective tool in an era when people are programmed by what they see on the TeeVee.
If you don’t believe me, here’s Dennis Haysbert – the guy who played President David Palmer on 24:
” “As far as the public is concerned, it did open up their minds and their hearts a little bit to the notion that if the right man came along… that a black man could be president of the United States,” Haysbert, who believes that Obama is the “right man,” said in the January 21 issue of TV Guide. “People on the street would ask me to run for office… when I went to promote .” ”
Hillary’s a harder sell, of course.
But, they are working the problem.
I think they stand a very good chance of success, too.
Which ought to worry people who aren’t so easily programmed.
Though none of the Dear Leader prospects are appealing, Hillary is especially alarming. She seems in thrall to a barely controlled blackness of soul – a vengefulness against perceived enemies – that recalls The Chimp.
Only she’s smarter.
And a smart psychopath is more worrisome than a simple-minded one.
The Chimp enjoyed torturing frogs as a kid.
Hillary’s more sophisticated than that.
I’ll modify the sage of Baltimore’s prediction – that one day, Americans will get their wish and an outright imbecile will occupy the White House. That has already happened.
Next time, we’ll get an outright sociopath. Because America has become sociopathic. There is a meanness afoot. An indifference to horror. So long as “we” aren’t on the receiving end.
Hillary is the woman for such times.
And that programming is very predictable.
Throw it in the Woods?