Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Prince William to Wed

I guess the big news of the day is that Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced their engagement and they plan to wed in the spring or summer of 2011.  It must be big news because for the past two nights it seems to have been the big story on the news broadcasts.  Personally, the announcement means absolutely nothing to me.

I have nothing against the Prince or Miss Middleton.  They seem like a perfectly lovely couple.  Both are attractive young people and seem nice enough.  I guess I just don't understand the whole fascination that we seem to have for the Royal Family.  After all, we fought a revolution a couple hundred years ago to gain our independence from the crown, and besides, the monarchy is just a figure head anyway.

I guess it all comes down to the fascination that we have of celebrity in general in this country.  How else can you explain the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States.  He became a rock star/celebrity/politician, and he was elected.  Think of it as the American Idol culture of the country.

It extends far beyond the election of Barack Obama.  How else can you explain how the daughter of a former vice-presidential candidate, who had a baby out of wedlock, can become a "celebrity" and appear on Dancing with the Stars?  You really have to wonder how much the popularity of Sarah Palin has contributed to Bristol's success on the show.  From what I hear, there is no way she should have made the finals based on her dancing ability.

I usually come under the camp of leaving the kids of politicians out of the media spotlight.  However, when you put yourself out there like Bristol Palin has, you then become fair game.  While we are on the subject of Sarah Palin, she has become a rock star in her own right.  As much as I like Sarah Palin, much like Barack Obama, I don't think that is enough to qualify her for the highest office in the land.
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