Thursday, August 25, 2005

US Politics are weirder than fiction

Yep. Not only is it possible to predict senatorial race results 70% of the time simply by quickly looking at the candidates' faces, now actors are entering the field in droves.

The latest in the actor-driven politics in the US is: Christopher Walken for president. Not only is he using the power of photography to appear suitably presidential (as far as I'm concerned, he looks more like a Capone look-alike than a president-- maybe he should read the article above) but he's also touting some backyard philosophy that attempts to sound profound, but sounds just plain stupid, like:
"If you want to learn how to build a house, build a house. Don't ask anybody, just build a house."
Ah, yes. The old trial-and-error bit. Let's not consult experts. Let's not take advice from more knowledgeable people than us. Let's make our own mistakes, which, by the way, were made by others before us, but we'll ignore that. We have the right to screw up all on our own.

Mr. Walken is also in favour of stem-cell research because he met Christopher Reeves (gee, another actor). How deep. I'm not diminishing Reeves courage. All I'm saying is that there is more to the issue than wanting someone to walk again.

And then there are the last words on his site's page about his own politics:
"We appreciate the great response you've sent us, interested in more information about Christopher Walken's policies and platform. Please have patience as he puts his ideas into words, and as soon as they're available, we'll put them here. Thank you for your support."

You mean to tell me he still doesn't know why he's running for president? What he wants to do for the country? Mr. Walken must be a method actor. He must have infused himself in the role of president, believed himself to be the president, dressed himself as president. Therefore, he could be the president. No need to think.

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