You know you’re outdated right? Your era ended long before the advent of the VHS tape. Know how long ago that was? June 1976 in these United States.
I bring this to your attention not to say that I don’t like the idea of you. I do. But you’re just not feasible to carry out in today’s America.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve have thought about launching you on Maury Povich, the BCS Championship Game and all Mark Cronin-produced reality television. So have many others. Thing is, you rarely work on the grand stage anymore. Too many Americans have the attention spans of hyperactive Miniature Pinschers or wheel mice. Plotting to shut down such visible and money-driven entities of American life is laughable. It’s Mission: Not Gonna Happen.
Think about it like this: If the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were ever to sway Black America to stop buying/listening to all rap music (this will never happen, but work with me), it wouldn’t matter. Soulja Boy Tell’em’s next ringtone would still go gold on the dime of white 15-year-olds alone.
You starting to catch my drift? You don’t work.
This couldn’t have been more evident than in the past few weeks. Some well-meaning citizens have rallied together to try boycotting The New York Post for its infamous chimpanzee cartoon and chimp-wannabe Rush Limbaugh for being asinine enough to say he wants the president to fail.
Seriously, how can anybody think boycotting the Post will work? I know you were either *chuckling under your breath* or *shaking your head* at every quasi-boycotter who couldn’t resist the temptation to click the link about Michael Strahan’s stalker-ish tendencies concerning Nicole Murphy. I know I couldn’t. The Post provides the real drama of New York stars. Why would anyone give that up? That’s outstanding work.
And Rush Limbaugh? Boycotting GOP Captain Pop-a-Pill (preferably Xanax or Oxy-Cotin) or his sponsors might be the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. People don’t realize just how many people voted for Sen. John McCain (59,934,814 according to Wikipedia).
Moreover, if Limbaugh had decided to go on the air and tell those nearly 60 million voters to fast from the polls on Nov. 4, 2008 in hopes of an election miracle from God, half of them would have been crazy enough to follow his instructions. Too many Americans willingly call themselves Dittoheads. Attempting to avoid Limbaugh or his sponsors will NEVER work.
I write all of this to say what to you? Honestly, I don’t know. I haven’t a clue as to how we should progress concerning the actualization of necessary change on such a grand level (Google: Charles Hamilton Houston and/or the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott).
Maybe we should just realize that we have to individually ween off the unnecessary ignorance that troubles our moral codes. Then allow those personal boycotts to pay off for us as individuals, and be living examples for others. Seriously, I have VH1 blocked on my television, and it has done wonders for my life/sanity/productivity.
Wishing you still worked,
P.S. The anthem to this letter is undoubtedly a sweeping rendition of “We Shall Overcome.”