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 Texas : Features : Columns : Letters From North America :
A Nation of Fools
by Peary Perry
Peary Perry
Sometimes it makes sense to me to change the title of this column to something along the lines of ďA World Gone MadĒ or simply ďA Nation of Fools.Ē

There just seems to be so much to write about that defies sanity in the world we are now living. Iím wondering if this is normal or is a function of getting older? Itís hard to decide.

Take political correctness for instance. Last week, there was a protest from some group or another over the fact that their race (I wonít mention it, since it wouldnít be politically correct) comprises 5% of the population of this country, but is represented in TV and movies only 2.5% of the time. First off, who calculates these kinds of statistics in the first place? Second, their argument makes absolutely no sense. Their point is that all entertainment media should reflect the racial makeup of our society in every presentation. How can this be? If someone were to film a movie or TV program about the battle of Waterloo, in order to be accurate youíd have to use actors and actresses that were representative of the population at the time. Not what is in our country at the present. Likewise, if someone produced a film about some Japanese warrior, should the majority of the actors be Caucasian, since they constitute the majority of our nations racial mix at this time? I donít think so. Granted, if you were doing a program that was based in our current time period, you should consider making the cast as reflective of our current racial mix as possible, but to impose those restrictions on all entertainment media is ridiculous.

Cheerleading in Texas. Is this a joke or what? We have huge problems to deal with in all of our states. Education being one of the largest. Our kids are getting out of school without the basic tools needed to compete in a global society and work environment. We are falling further and further behind other nations in the world because we donít want to impose learning guidelines on these little darlings. You can choose to believe that two and two can add up to anything you want. This might be ok for your school and your answer might allow you to graduate in spite of being incorrect, but it wonít fly in the face of commerce when you are competing against other graduates who know the correct answer. Instead of directing our focus on cheerleaders and what they do or donít do, what about directing some focus on reading, writing and arithmetic? I donít know about you, but I was under the impression that unless you made good grades you were prohibited from participation in any extra curricular activities, so maybe these are the honor students who are shaking their booties in some obscene manner. This is a problem for the local school board and the parents, not the state legislature. What a waste of time.

Speaking of children, the other day there was a news article about some 5 year old who had to be restrained in handcuffs by the school bus police because he or she (I canít divulge what sex they are, due to my being politically correct) went crazy and could not be controlled by the bus driver. The parents are suing, even though it was captured on video. What kind of a world are we living in where a five year old can get out of control so badly they have to be placed in handcuffs for their protection? Imagine the kind of behavior this child is allowed to get away with at home. Arenít the parents concerned over how their child acts?

My final madness report item for this week is actually in two parts. One, some enterprising farmer or rancher is charging $100 to each person to allow them to set fire to his fields in a controlled burn. He has a waiting list of people who want to come and watch the fields burn. American capitalism in action. The second item concerns the gambling on cow poop, which took place somewhere (another pc situation) in the country last weekend. It seems it has been the practice of this community to feed some cow and then turn it loose on the local football field. The field is marked off in grids, which are bought for some dollar value. Waiting and watching for the cow to poop is considered great sport. The grid square pooped upon determines the winner of the prize. I feel fairly certain this event will make it to television before too long. I just hope they remember to balance the audience watching this momentous event according to generally accepted politically correct racial guidelines.

These are indeed strange times we live in.


© Peary Perry
Comments go to pperry@austin.rr.com
Letters From North America
- May 10 , 2005 column
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