Government Shutdown Scores Only 37% on Rotten Tomatoes

As far as theater is concerned, the U.S. government shutdown last night scored only 37% on Rotten Tomatoes.  For those unfamiliar with  Rotten Tomatoes, it provides viewer ratings for TV programs and films.   A 100% rating is considered a “once-in-a-lifetime” cultural experience, while 0% suggests that it is a media event equivalent to taking your garbage to a recycling center.

Even renown film critic, Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, commented on the low Rotten Tomatoes rating by saying that “this tribal tragedy has been replayed many times, but hardly rises to the level of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.”  While I don’t often agree with Manohla, her assessment is spot on.   What I can’t understand is how the government shutdown received such a high rating in the first place:  Perhaps, there were no great NBA games on live TV.

As theater, the government shutdown would have closed on Broadway before it opened.   The inane plot consists of  two war tribes painted in blue and red articulating patriotic positions to appeal to the “American people.”   With silly sound bites rather than soaring monologue, these tribal leaders are simply staking out their ideological territory in preparation for the next election.  It is far easier to be loved by tribal members with the same war paint than the American public who recognize “real” theater (read sport).

Cartoon from Salt Lake Tribune

For those in doubt, consider the smug smiles of these pontificating bureaucrats at Intermission:  They still receive their paychecks whereas “non-essential” government employees will be laid off.

I far prefer the words of the Bard

“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow”

. . . rather than entertain the vision of these morons (masquerading as leaders) returning for Act 2 to clean up the mess that they have created.

While the larger-than-life blond Quetzalcoatl currently sits off stage with his finger to his Twitter App rather than the Red Button (fortunately), rest assured that we will once again be treated to much “sound and fury signifying nothing” in the next Act.  Like most of the audience, I won’t be on hand for the second Act.  Rather, I will be watching a steady diet of college basketball and the NFL semi-finals.

As Red and Blue tribal members bruise each other to a purple compromise, this silly charade that masquerades as “government of the people” is little more than a poor encore for a well-staged confrontation between the Capulets and the Montagues or (more recently) the Sharks and the Jets.

If you have seen this story before, this modern day media abomination is rightly relegated to the garbage bin:   the Congress of the U.S.

Welcome to “reality politics U.S.”:  It ain’t pretty, but Americans sell it well.

Editor’s Note:  I would like to apologize to Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, who said no such thing.   In today’s limited PC lexicon, this attribution to her is little more than FAKE NEWS.    From my own perspective, I consider it satire.

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