Thursday, March 29, 2007

What Is Our Business?

When I turned on my computer this morning, a headline flashed before me "John Edwards talks about his son's death," and got me to wondering:

Why is the death of a political candidate's son, and his wife's spreading cancer our business?

Why is it that ongoing genocide in Darfur, starvation, and homelessness not?

Why is the sex life of teenagers our business, but

implementing programs to provide the tools required to ensure safer sex not?

Why does Katie Couric cross-examine a prospective president about his capacity to cope with grief, and function as commander in chief, and NOT question the current chief executive about his delusions of grandeur, and how it affects world peace, as well as stability at home?

Why so much concern about eight fired U.S. attorneys, and so little attention paid to the fact that, " new data also shows that the top 300,000 Americans collectively enjoyed almost as much income as the bottom 150 million Americans. Per person, the top group received 440 times as much as the average person in the bottom half earned, nearly doubling the gap from 1980," as reported by David Cay Johnston in today's New York Times?

What skewed priorities when we, as a society, no longer distinguish between that which is private, and that which we have a right to know.