I wrote this yesterday morning on a flight from NY to Austin, but am glad I saved posting it until now because Nicholas Kristof's piece in The New York Times is a good place to start.
There is obviously something in the water.
I’m not sure why, but there’s something in the water that is making the current 12-month cycle we’re in one of the worst in the history of public discourse.
Think about it: the NFL lockout, the budget fight that nearly led to a federal government lockdown, the latest round of attacks on Planned Parenthood being lobbied by conservative Republicans, the looming players strike in the NBA, the Libyan political turmoil, the CBS-Charlie Sheen situation and the fallout from recent breakups experienced by yours truly and several of my friends.
Must I quote Rodney King? Can’t we all just get along?
To the NFL players seeking a larger slice of the TV contract pie: Please keep in mind that the owners are richer than you and can probably afford to lose a million or two by holding out.
To the NFL owners seeking to hold onto their large slice of the TV contract pie: Please keep in mind that you are richer than the players and can probably afford to lose a million or two and still make money.
To Democrats in Congress (and the White House) not wanting to cave to budget cut demands being made by Republicans: Please realize that you can still remind Americans that Republicans have already supported hundreds of billions of dollars for two wars in the Middle East.
To Republicans in Congress wanting to slash billions from the federal budget: Please realize that the Department of Defense has one of the biggest budgets ever maintained by our federal government and that’s probably a good place to start if we’re trying to cut the deficit.
To conservatives who want those budget cuts to include cuts to Planned Parenthood and family planning funding: Please realize that 90 percent of those funds are for preventative measures such as family planning education and access to contraception so next time you talk about preventing abortions, you may want to start there, not pulling funds.
To the NBAs players and owners: Please pay attention to what’s happening in the NFL situation. If we get to June and there is still no deal in place for the NFL season, do the opposite of what NFL Players Union Chief DeMaurice Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are doing because if the NBA goes down the road that pro baseball and hockey did in the ‘90s and ‘00s, it’ll be years before fans come back.
To Libya’s political fighters: Please keep fighting, keep pushing, keep up the pressure on Gaddafi. It can’t be much longer, can it?
To Charlie Sheen: Please don’t call what you’re doing “winning” because you’re not. You may be too high to realize it, but you’re the talk of Hollywood (and America) because Americans are in a point in television history when we need someone to point to and either laugh at or stare at (think Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, etc.)…not relate to.
To the exes: Please. That is all.