The United States is facing some very serious problems—catastrophic debt, destructive spending, nearly non-existent economic growth, high unemployment, super-high gas prices, a stalemate despite our military engagement in Libya, the Middle East in flames, complete with tyrant-directed slaughters and the rise of the Islamists, Iran’s continued march toward nuclear weapons, the growing assertiveness of China—-all of which I discuss here, on television, and on my radio program.
These issues are only getting worse and creating ever-more dire circumstances for America. They must be dealt with urgently and seriously by urgent and serious people. Oh yes, we’ve got a dearth of those. Add “lack of serious, thoughtful leadership” to that list above.
But every once in a while, you’ve got to check out: see a movie, read a good novel, watch reality TV. You’ve got to do something other than ruminate on our problems to give your brain, heart, and soul a break. To recover and rest for the battles ahead. There’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, it’s hugely healthy.
That’s why I think the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was marvelous. The Prince has been in the public consciousness for nearly 3 decades. Most of us remember when his parents married in a most glamorous affair, although it turned out that the affair was really taking place between Prince Charles and another woman. The fact that the marriage of Diana and Charles collapsed most spectacularly has a lot of us rooting for his son and his new bride. Kate is adorable, and the two of them look like they really are marrying for love and not for some palace-directed purpose.
There is a lot of hate flying around these days. It’s nice to see some true love once in a while. It exists. It was on our televisions (very) early this morning. President Obama once talked of “hope and change.” I think William and Kate represent it more truly: hope that their union survives and thrives, and a generational change to a hopelessly stuffy monarchy.
Government spending, debt, weak economic growth, Middle East crises: they’ll all be there tomorrow. Today, let’s escape into a little storybook romance.
It was a beautiful dress, wasn’t it?
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