It’s media driven. It’s superficial. It’s pathetic. It’s the return of Tiger Woods. And now, just in time for the Masters, a company that makes athletic apparel has resurrected the voice of his dead father Earl in a commercial, questioning Tiger like he was a small child with the inquiry, “Did you learn anything?”
How sad. How humiliating.
Rarely has the perspective on any one issue been so expanded beyond the limits of reasonable thinking.
The man is a golfer. He has not:
-Provided cover for subordinates who molested children, so that they could avoid prosecution and move on to molest again.
-Lied to a nation about a threat which did not exist to drag that nation into an unnecessary war costing thousands of lives and billions of taxpayer’s dollars.
-Repealed laws that protected the United States against an economic meltdown and then awarded financial institutions that lobbied for the law’s repeal with billions of taxpayer’s dollars after the meltdown occurred.
-Lied through his teeth to get elected and then lied about the original lies to stay in office while accepting millions in bribe money from lobbyists.
-Smeared others lives with lies to get elected.
-Did next to nothing for days while a major American city flooded out.
-Looked the other way while the rest of the industrialized world pays less for health care and pharmaceuticals and continued to lie to Americans about the quality and cost of what they’re getting and why.
He has committed none of these, or any number of other egregious acts. What did he do? He had sex with women other than his wife and then drove his car into a tree. God help us all. Saints preserve us. Tiger Woods fooled around and then hit a tree.
Sure, he’s a role model, but he has admitted his mistaken ways and apologized. And hey, he’s a golfer. A great golfer, but just a golfer. Stop acting like the guy is mankind’s last best hope for salvation. Get over it. There are other issues that actually deserve our attention. Like the fact that a third of our kids aren’t graduating from high school.
(Sound of gears grinding and wheels squealing, as I fly into an abrupt u-turn and head the other way, back again on the road to reality.)
All of this would be perfectly logical were it not for the fact that it violates the dictates of our national holy grail. In America, profitability trumps all and Tiger Woods is more than a golfer. He’s a profit center, pulling down more than $100 million a year in endorsements alone.
It’s all about the money, stupid. It’s nearly always all about the money.
Probably better to just let it go. Take another pill to help you forget all that other stuff. All those troubling issues that are too complicated for us regular folk to understand anyway and go back to watching your 52-inch mind numbing flat panel tv. Tiger is about to tee off and it’s in high definition. Sleep…..sleep……it’s good to sleep……