Diary

I Pledge...

Of all the arrogant things I’ve seen…

I just saw a video organized by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.  (see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51kAw4OTlA0)  It has all kinds of Hollywood types telling what they pledge to do now that President Obama has been sworn in.  Things like, “I pledge to smile more,” “I pledge to laugh more,” “I pledge to love more,” “I pledge to never give anyone the finger when driving again.” You get the idea.  If that was as far as it went, I woudn’t really have a problem.

It’s when they start saying things like, “I pledge to help free 1 million people from slavery in the next 5 years” that I start to wonder where these pledges were for the past 8 years.  Was someone in the room with a gun to their heads telling them they weren’t allowed to help out at all…on any problem…anywhere?  Did they only wake up this week to see that these problems even existed?  It’s amazing to me that these self-righteous do-gooders think we won’t notice that they’ve refused to do anything to help over the past decade – in fact, they’ve actually hurt things instead of helping.

That being said, there was something much more subtle and bothersome that I heard a couple of times in the video.  Anthony Kiedis (of Red Hot Chili Peppers) said this, “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama.” (while kissing his tatooed biceps).  Demi and Ashton said it this way, “I pledge to be a servant to our president and all mankind.”

What I want to know is…since when did the American people (or any of us as individuals) serve the President?  Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?  Isn’t he supposed to be serving us?  Didn’t we (as a nation, not individually) elect him to do just that?  Now these self-serving, wanna-be-important people have the nerve to say they’re going to serve, when they spent the past 8 years bad-mouthing our President and our country?

That just makes my blood boil…