Monday, June 15, 2009

A Tale Of Two Riots

Following the results of alleged election fraud, riots broke out in Iran. Stupid Iranians. It's just an election, not like it's anything important. I mean, when vote fraud was discovered in the US presidential election, Florida in 2000, and Ohio in 2004, Americans didn't take to the street. Of course, many of them didn't even hear about the fraud until way after the election, but that's beside the point. Americans don't really take to the streets unless it's for something really important and life affecting.
Like a basketball championship. Elections are only every four years, but the NBA playoffs, they hold those every year. And winning those is really important because it determines bragging rights for a bunch of beer swilling television watchers until next year. So it's no surprise that Lakers fans rioted after their team won the NBA championship. Now those official Laker jerseys mean something, at least for another year, and really what's more important anyway?


C Woods said...

I was thinking exactly the same thing while watching my hometown go crazy on TV because of winning the Stanley Cup. My husband and I must be the only people in a 100 mile radius who didn't watch the games, nor care who won, and postponed a trip to Pittsburgh on Monday to avoid the gathering (estimated at 375,000.) When I saw the news with the masses in the streets in Iran, I thought about how messed up our priorities are in this country. Most people think our freedoms are already won here, but we have seen them erode since 2001. We must remain vigilant.

Tom Harper said...

I don't follow sports at all, so I can't imagine rioting because "my" team won or lost. I used to follow baseball back in high school, but that was a long time ago.

American Idol, now that's a different story... :)

libhom said...

Spectator sports in this country is part of a socialization program to get people to follow and obey.