"The devil finds work for idle hands."
In my youth that was so often repeated to my tender ears that it scared me to no end. Naturally, not wanting to do even the slightest thing the devil desired motivated me to fill my hours like an intrepid lawyer determined to have no un-billable hours, minutes or seconds for that matter. From time to time I realized that I engaged in some activities not so much out of compelling interest but instead to simply fill my time and leave not a moment in which the devil could even think about to wedge himself. News mongers should do the same.
The trouble with 24 hour coverage by cable news, at least in one aspect, is that they have to find work for idle hands--I mean tongues. They have all the time in the world and nothing to say so they allow themselves to say what they will and the devil gets in the detail. CNN for example, while purporting to be experts as they dialogue about the horrendous oil spill, which incidentally is a great deal more than a "spill," runs out of things to say. In their idleness, they begin an exploration of whether the president is angry enough. It is even suggested that perhaps he should show much more emotion. That, we know, would solve the problem--or at least de-oil the feathers of the birds of the air that have been grounded. Right! Perhaps he should adopt his street persona, that we all know he has, and tell the m*****f****** BP brass what to do and where to go. They actually said perhaps he should shake his fists. Remember when premier Nikita banged his shoe? How about hip-hop artists raising their fists? Should the President get Amadinijab angry or Hugo Chavez angry or maybe Kanye West angry?
Here is a man, the leader of the free world rationally looking at this huge problem trying to learn, to listen, to direct, to decide and to calm. I have always learned that to do critical thinking or problem solving one needs best to be composed and cover the range of possibilities while not go off half-cocked blaming, scapegoating, and being pissed off. He said he was upset but I suppose that just is not good enough. The people who need things to say to kill time if not kill the flow would destroy him if he really got angry. And angry at whom? BP, or Halliburton, the Tea-baggers, or Dick Cheney?
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