The title above is taken from what I think is the choicest quote from Peggy Noon’s WSJ opinion piece today, “The Adam Lambert Problem.”
I agree with her — and most of you likely would, too — that something deeper than the economy or health care is at the heart of what’s currently wrong with America. However, I don’t know if I agree that the majority of Americans are truly aware of it or not. I hope she’s right.
Her article is worth a read, though I should warn that she does describe in brief specifics some of the vulgarities present in Mr. Lambert’s recent television performance, though in doing so she is only quoting news sources that covered the perversion the next day.
As for Mr. Lambert’s complaint about the complaints, his “idiot’s logic that was nonetheless logic” (as she terms it) is worth pondering for those who seem to somehow feel as though the only problem with the perversion on display in his performance was that it wasn’t within the realm of publically acceptible perversion.
Her final comment (my emphasis): “But maybe as 2010 begins and the 00s recede, we should think more about the noneconomic issues that leave us uneasy, and that need our attention. Not everything in America comes down to money. Not everything ever did.”
Sister, you ain’t just whistling Dixie. In fact, we have a television program and a free magazine devoted to that very idea.
For now, I will add to her commentary only this short comment: “It doesn’t stay in New York. It never does.”