As the discourse surrounding our government and the entertainment industry descends into further inanity and juvenilization, it seems appropriate our politicians should see fit to ape our cultural “elites” in some ways. But only the most superficial and un-serious ways, that is.
“Democrats are already plotting ways to protest during President Trump’s State of the Union later this month,” The Hill reports.
“At least one lawmaker plans to boycott the speech entirely, with more Democrats possibly opting to skip the event as well. Female Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plan to wear black to show solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct, just as Hollywood stars did at an awards show over the weekend.”
On Tuesdays we wear black!
“Female Democrats are hoping that their display of black will help bring the “Me Too” conversation about rooting out sexual misconduct and women’s issues to Trump’s State of the Union on Jan. 30,” the report continues.
But . . . these are elected officials. Shouldn’t they be doing more than just bringing about “conversations?” Aren’t these the people that American voters gave power to enact . . . legislation?
Or is it perhaps just more power plays and political games Democrats are planning with this stunt? Surely that’s not why some are purportedly inviting victims of sexual assault to be their guests at the address, right? Because the fine men and women we elect to serve in our bicameral legislature obviously have a very serious, impressive track record when it comes to protecting the rights of victims of sexual assault.
The State of the Union Address is in itself, to some degree, an exercise in political theater. But Democrats are certainly trying their hardest to give it the serious, issues-based nature of a Hollywood awards show.