Shoe Throwing (Political Piece)
All right, so I'm a liar. I said I didn't want to be political at all in my blog, but I'm going to make an exception in this one case. I hop onto my laptop, look up the morning news, and guess what? Another jerkwad journalist has thrown a shoe at a world leader.
This time it was Indian home minister for refusing to comment on a recent appointment. The journalist in question was unahppy about the appointment, and about the minister's lack of an explanation. So, he threw his shoe at him. It seems like the logical conclusion, right?
I'm not very happy that North Korea launched a rocket despite international prssure not to. Let's go throw our shoes at Kim Jung Il! Heck, women's rights aren't looking so hot in Afghanistan right now so Karzai had better be watching for shoe laces being untied. If some cute girl says something I don't agree with in class, perhaps I should just throw my pants on her (wait, what?).
This is a slap in the face to me. If I have a problem with the wa things are, I vote. If voting isn't enough, I take an active role and volunteer. It's what I did. It's what I intend to do in the future.
Of course, hard work isn't for everyone. Working through the system is too hard. Who cares what other people think, so long as I get my five minutes of fame? I just managed to throw a shoe at a famous person, something that a five-year-old could do. I'm so in tune with my inner rebel.
Now, I realize hat many people don't have the right to vote, or the same personal freedoms that I do. Of course, shoes aren't being thrown in those places. They would be sentenced for a very long time... at best. So, as I make my points against this act, I willdo so under the assumption of a degree of rights existing.
1) The right to speak is not the right to be heard. Just because you can stand on a street corner and say whatever political view you can muster, does not mean that people have to listen to you. I could tell you that ducks must wear pants. You could just walk away. Both our rights have been maintained.
By throwing a shoe, you take away the right for someone to ignore you. Some shmuck thinking that world leaders should be taking his lead is ridiculous.
2) World Leaders > Us. Listen, I'm not saying every world leader is right, far from it. I'm not saying they're any smarter. Still though, these men and women have put put into a position of power, and now represent their respective coutries.
I'd like to think that people have the dignity and self respect not to impose themselves upon other countries. Like I said above, I'd like to think people are willing to earn the right to engage with world leaders. I'd like to think tha.
3) "That really hurt! I'm gonna have a lump there, you idiot! Who throws a shoe? Honestly! You fight like a woman!" -Austin Powers
Aside from rights, and arrogance. It's just stupid. It's not cool. You are not a hero, you're just an idiot. A lazy idiot who is so full f himself that throwing a shoe at someone seems like the an all right thing to do. You can raise your fist up? You can't start a chant with a cool motto? You can't wave a flag around? Unveil a master painting of the leader in question being a jerk? Start a rally? A protest? Wait, what's that? You want to throw your shoe? How awesome.
So, hopefully this is my first, and last political piece. I'd like to hear others' thoughts on this. For now though, I find it insulting. I can't even say I disagree with the reasoning behind all the shoe throwing, but the action itself is nonsense.