No, I didn’t get anything done on the symphony all weekend. Leave me alone.
However, I was struck by an ad on the TV. You may have seen it. In it we are told that “we [the U.S.] didn’t wait…” to be told or shown how to do a string of wonderful things, and now we’re not going to wait before solving the global warming problem.
Okay, I just googled it and have discovered that this is an ad from Al Gore. The mind boggles. How this got out of the brainstorming phase is beyond me, because…
We didn’t wait…
- …to storm the beaches at Normandy. Actually, yes, we did. Hitler invaded Poland in 1939. We didn’t bother getting involved until everyone else was waist-deep in that particular Big Muddy.
- …on civil rights. Hello? What??? Then where exactly did all those images of thousands of people clogging the Mall come from?
- …to put a man on the moon. Well, after Sputnik captured our attention, certainly, we worked our ass off, but until then we had no such ambition.
Sorry, Al, baby, you lost me on this one. Admirable sentiment, but historically illiterate. Abysmally.