Political Theatre…

I had a friend of mine say to me the other day something that slightly offended me.  For anyone that knows me, I have to say it takes A LOT to offend my sensibilities.  Call it whatever you like, desensitization or ignorance or even choice, it doesn’t matter.  What others say of me isn’t something I can change, so I figure why worry about it.  I know that there will always be someone with unkind words.  That’s okay.

But what my friend had said to me was that he didn’t watch movies or trust actors because he equates them with politicians, whom he doesn’t particularly like.  Not that I blame him, politicians are like leeches on the taxpayers’ wallet.  What with their lifetime salary and all that crap.  But don’t let me get off topic. He also said he feels like actors don’t know themselves and that’s why we gravitate to this profession.  I’ll give him the slap down the next time I see him.  Let’s tackle the politician thing today…

His reasoning is sound.   He says that politicians are just actors that focus on gaining parts in the congressional theatre instead of parts in movies or on stage. Okay, so maybe those aren’t his exact words.  But he did plant the idea.  He says that we aren’t any different from the politicians.

While on the surface he has a point, I didn’t know how to sit him down and tell him the difference between the lies that congress-people tell and the “lies” that actors tell without keeping him outside the dance studio for hours.

Politicians influence the lives of people by passing their laws and rules which never seem to benefit the entire country as a whole. I’ve said it before that the only thing that congress does is fight for the people who have and those who have not.  Every once in a while one side or the other wins a battle in the war of power.  But like our “war on terror,” it’s a war that will also never end.

Politicians lie to get the public to buy into their propaganda so that they get voted into their cushy new job.  That’s all. It only serves one person really.  The politician.  Of course, there are the people who buy into their rhetoric and therefore feel like the politician is their “friend” in congress.  In truth, they don’t care.  They’ve already got their money. What do they have to worry about?  So they wait it out and see who’s got the best deal for them.  Which of the lobbyists will have something in exchange for their vote?  That’s where their allegiance can be found.

Rarely, one will come along with a conscience and will try to do the right thing.  So far, he’s left a lot to be desired.

Actors are merely instruments.  Harry Connick Jr. wouldn’t be able to make some of the great music he’s made without a piano.  B.B. King wouldn’t have been able to move people with his blues without his guitar.

Actors influence the lives of the public by making them talk about humanity, love, or philosophy and whether or not they agree with the play.  The lucky ones get a paycheck and when the show finishes it’s run, those finish up as well.   So it’s clearly not for the money that theatre actors pursue this life.

A play cannot shine it’s light on humanity without the actors to give it voice.  We are merely there to bring to life the message that someone took great measures to put to paper.  To raise up in harmony the issues that plague our world and beliefs.   I want to be a key on the piano that helps to play the tune.  I want this life because I think mankind is better than what we are doing on the Earth right now.

People think that being a politician is a noble profession, but as I watch all these scandals and all of these attack ad campaigns, I have to laugh at how wrong they are.

I think its more noble to inspire with creativity and emotion than with money/corruption and separatist tactics.  If you agree, leave a comment…or if you disagree I dare you to leave me a comment.

So Funny I Forgot To Laugh…

The other day I had to mail something via snail mail.

Since it was about that time to by some more stamps, I headed down to the post office and bought another book of them.

I didn’t think much about it when I saw that it was the good ol’ stars and bars on it.  So I peeled off one and stuck it on the envelope that was to be put into the mail slot.  Then I noticed the words on them.  LIBERTY, JUSTICE, FREEDOM, and…EQUALITY???

Who’s sick idea was this!!!??

If there is anything that is synonymous with America, Equality is not it!!  Let’s think back a little bit shall we?…

Native American Suppression (still happening BTW)

Slavery

Women’s Movement

Segregation

Japanese Internment

It seems that this country can’t exist without some group of people being less than equal to someone else.

Right now there are still groups of people fighting for this so called equality that our USPS falsely touts.  Same-sex marriage, women’s reproductive rights, the 99% and undocumented visitors are all in some way fighting to be recognized as equals in a country that is as hypocritical as the people who run it.

I feel horrible that there are people who are trying to decide what’s best for women’s bodies and condemning the women who stand up for themselves.  What’s really irksome is that the majority of the people who are pushing this issue are men.  How are we, “the people” allowing this to happen?  The “funny” thing about this is that these are the same people who scream that the government should keep out of people’s personal lives, but here they are doing exactly what they are crying about.

Speaking of crying, there are all kinds of people crying that people from Mexico are coming here and trying to make a better life for themselves.  Some do it illegally, some not, but these people are taking the jobs that “Americans” are too high and mighty for, like janitors or fast food workers.  There is nothing wrong with those jobs. It’s an honest living, but people think they are entitled to some fancy shmancy job rather than a short order cook in a greasy spoon somewhere.

Then, there’s the religious right saying the typical ignorant blabber that if same sex people can get married, then people will start to marry animals.  Or my favorite is that it would ruin the sanctity of marriage.  That is a crock of hot crap.  It has never been a sanctimonious event since King Henry VIII, when he created his own church and printed the bible in English for the first time!  He created his church just so that he could divorce his wife.  Now unless I am completely retarded, I believe sanctity means sacred.  Clearly not to this guy.  Being in a committed relationship myself for 16 years is better than 75% (possibly higher) of “traditional” couples, and yet, should my partner need to go to the hospital I could be stopped from seeing him.  Oh no, someone in that hospital may die.  Just sayin’.  Luckily our families are both pretty awesome and welcoming of us so I don’t fear it as much.  But what about the people that don’t have that same support?  How is this fair to them?  Marriage is just a word that comes with legal rights. I can care less about the word matrimony.  Being a heathen myself, I don’t get caught up in the religious part of it.  So what’s the big deal?  It doesn’t affect anyone one else, but again, I refer back to the equality situation that this country has always maintained.

Whatever became of that little thing called Separation of Church and State?  I think they all conveniently forgot it.

I saw an awesome bumper sticker on a car as I was driving to dance class yesterday.  It read “The solutions to our problems cannot be solved by the people that created them.”

I say we overhaul the whole government.  Fire the entire lot.  Destroy the labels of democrat and republican and simply use the term representative.  Burn the law that says a corporation is a person and fine ALL business contributions to congress.  Make being a representative a $20.00 an hour position.  Then let’s see how many of those MF’ers are gonna want to “serve the people.”  Once you are out of the position, you don’t get a nice cushy pension to live off of the rest of your life.  You need to find another job or go homeless. Take away the money and the power and then we will find out who will truly serve to better this country and the world rather than force us as a nation into needless wars and privacy intrusion and a state of fear.

Psshh…

Equality my ass!