Richard Carnes: Time to move on |

Richard Carnes: Time to move on

Where is the outrage?

Where are the riots in the streets and all the other wrath of magical-being-of-choice type stuff? You know, fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, rivers and seas boiling, 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! (Thank you, Dr. Peter Venkman.)

The only nonsense I have heard on a local level is a few sour grapes from friends and neighbors who temporarily refuse to accept reality. I remind them that sour grapes only produce sour whine, so shut up and deal with it.

On a national level, however, the tart wrath takes spiteful immaturity to a new low.

I see two distinctive types of smugness at the moment: those that cross their arms with a disgruntled “Harrumph!” followed by a “You deserve exactly what you’re about to get,” and those that cross their arms with a fully-gruntled “Harrumph!” followed by a “You deserve exactly what you’re about to get.”

Both need to grow up and move on.

Seriously, the pettiness from either side is entertaining at times, but for the most part makes me cringe more than Dr. Peck during my annual exam when he says, “OK, Richard, bend over.”

He doesn’t even say please.

In Obama’s first official press conference, the president-elect was quickly condemned by some for not picking the FOX news correspondent for a question, as if the fairness fate of the world depended on his selections.

Not that I can blame the man for holding at least a tiny amount of temporary grudge, but anyone who bothered to pay any attention would have noticed that 98 percent of the journalists in the crowd did not receive an opportunity to ask a question either, including those from MSNBC, Bloomberg, USA Today, Al Jazerra, or Comedy Central for that matter.

The Nancy Reagan “seance” line? For real? The Sean Hannitys of this world take this as a truly offensive remark?

Perhaps they have forgotten the reality of Sydney Omarr and Joann Quigley, both of whom shared 15 minutes of fame (or better yet, shame) when it was revealed, and then confirmed, that Nancy Reagan planned almost all presidential travel, press conferences, and even President Reagan’s cancer surgery based on astrological information she was receiving, and sadly believing, from these two quacks.

We have enough trouble with the magical being sects attempting to influence public policy, and now a political leader can’t even poke a little fun at silly pseudo-science followers?

Give me a rational break.

It appears obvious Obama is not going to catch an ounce of break from those eager to weigh him down with pointless bags of babble, or those rushing to the gun store to protect themselves from the liberal bogeyman. Sadly, it will probably take another national tragedy of some sort for those on the bitter side of life to get a clue about how we really are in this thing together.

And now his very first executive pick quickly became the epitome of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

In a bizarre twist like a college graduate being told he does not qualify for a job because he has no experience at that job, Illinois U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanual being chosen for White House chief of staff has been condemned because he is an experienced veteran of the White House, so a very particular segment of the population demands to know “what happened to all the brilliant change you promised?”

Yet if Emanual were a newbie on the national political scene he would be condemned by the very same angry, bitter mob for not having any experience. “What kind of childish change is this?” they would demand to know.

For Pete’s sake, now is the time for serious people to come together to solve serious problems for America and the rest of the world, not stand in their respective corners pretending to bitch-slap one another over school yard issues.

Remember when candidate Obama was chastised for saying certain groups would be clinging to their guns and religion as opposed to rational thought and common sense during troubled times?

I’m not saying some of these people are predictable, I’m just sayin’ …

NOTE: The preceding opinions belong to Richard and are not necessarily shared by this newspaper … but for moving forward reasons, he thinks they should be.

Richard Carnes of Edwards writes a column for the Daily. He can be reached at

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