I think it says something bad about our culture that people like the Hiltons and Kardashians can vault into celebrity status without having accomplished anything.-Stephen M. Bainbridge, on what I call the continued dumbing down of America.
But I think it says something even worse about our culture that we are starting to pick our leaders this way. We face serious problems and a growing list of serious threats. We need leaders who are serious people. Not leaders who are famous for being famous.
I mean, think about it: Sarah Palin is straight out of reality TV casting. She hasn't an ounce of intelligence and she blathers on without making an iota of sense. She is a reality-TV show junky's wet dream - and her party's current front runner for the 2012 presidential nomination.
If the Miss America pageant can morph into a month-long reality TV series, who's to say the presidential contests won't do the same within the next couple of election cycles.
If they haven't already.