So popular is the Broadway musical revival that in 1994 the Tony Awards added a new category, “Best Revival of a Musical.” Such classics as West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and Gypsy are perennial crowd pleasers that have gotten this nomination in recent years. And now, for your consideration. . .
by Chris Shugart
Bear with me as I relate an incident I witnessed a couple of years ago; an important point lies at the end of this true story. I was standing in the checkout line at a Barnes & Noble bookstore when I noticed a mother pushing her two toddlers through the store in one of those tandem strollers. One child began moaning, not loudly, but persistently. I’ve raised two children, and I’m familiar with the sounds they can make to express their feelings. This wasn’t an expression of pain, hunger, tiredness, or any kind of stress that I could sense. The child almost sounded bored. The moaning continued. The mother then handed him a bag of Cheetos. Well that shut the little tyke up immediately as he dug into his tasty snack. Then the other toddler started making the exact same noise and immediately got an identical bag of Cheetos for his non-verbal effort.
I’m about to use a word I’ve never used before: infantilize. It means to treat someone as a child or in a way that denies their maturity in age or experience. It’s become the preferred tactic our government uses to manipulate the public. Worse, many citizens have consented to this manipulation. And even worse still, as a trend over time, it’s become conditioned behavior passed down from generation to generation.
by Chris Shugart
Every time we get a new story about another disturbed wretch shooting innocent people, the demands for increased legislation immediately follow. The most recent incident in Las Vegas that took the lives of two policemen re-energized national efforts to reduce gun violence. Sadly, the anti-gun rhetoric remains emotional and reactionary, and serves no real purpose other than to provide politicians with their own arsenal of ammunition: public posturing, finger pointing, and the shameless exploitation of tragedy to further their political agendas.
At first I thought this was a parody. It took a couple of times to realize that this was for real. Childish, naive, and a little bit creepy. Sort of what Sesame Street might have looked like if it had been directed by Leni Riefenstahl. Singing animals urging me to enroll in Obamacare? If there’s anybody that actually takes advice from their pets, I don’t want to know them. But what most concerns me is that such people probably vote.