Twenty centuries ago and beyond, the Romans knew the best way to keep the drooling masses happy – Bread and Circuses. As long as the Great Unwashed had the government slinging freshly baked loaves (or family size bag o’ pork rinds) at them and they were treated to lots and lots of blood and gore, the mouth breathers and knuckle draggers wouldn’t delve into such dangerous activities such as becoming politically aware or civilly active.
Earlier this year it came to light that even though the numbers of those classified as unemployed technically came down, the amount of Americans who are factually having both loaves and cracklins paid for by the government (aka: you and me) went up. Way up. As The Weekly Standard noted, the amount of Americans on the federal food stamp program is a mere eyelash south of the 50 million mark. At this point, we all should have a flashback to the scene in “Gladiator” where government officials were throwing bread to the crowd at halftime.
Enter Bo and Luke Duke. With all due respect to the acting chops of John Schneider and Tom Wopat, the real star of the show was the General Lee. Americans just couldn’t get enough of that ’69 Dodge Charger jumpin’ cricks an’ such. Despite the knowledge that it was make believe, there was just something about the faux-danger associated with ’em Duke boys as they outwitted the decidedly dimwitted Sheriff Roscoe Peeeeee Coltrane and the other dullard employed by Hazzard County, Deputy Enos Strate.
And the same faux-excitement sends a Chris Matthews-like thrill up our collective legs we see the grainy videos of supposed ISIS facilities get blown to smithereens. But then reality sets in when we find out that more than a few of the pin-prick airstrikes ordered by Barack Obama are destroying empty buildings and abandoned training camps.
To add insult to injury, the Obama Administration inadvertently slipped and revealed to CNN on Oct. 7, 2014 that the American taxpayers have dropped $62 million in this very short lived commitment of American troops to combat. Interestingly enough, CNN happened to bury the bombshell revelation at the very end of their article.
But I digress, I guess my Dukes of Hazzard analogy just may not be completely fair. At least we haven’t been subjected to Michelle O sportin’ a pair of Daisy Dukes. *Shudder*