There’s a reason Congress’s approval rating is below 10 percent and the President’s is plummeting. It’s not because they can’t work together, as some may think, it’s because the American people don’t trust either party anymore.
The 1958 American sci-fi flick, “The Blob,” a classic and one of my wife’s favorites, has a storyline that could very well be an analogy of what Washington, DC has become. The film depicts a growing amoeba-like creature from outer space terrorizing a town.
The star, Steve McQueen, and his girlfriend see a meteorite crash. An old man living nearby finds it first and pokes the meteorite with a stick; it breaks open and the small jelly-like blob inside attaches itself to his hand. The creature won’t let go and eventually consumes the man whole. The Blob grows in size every time it eats something.
That monster is comparable to the United States government - it consumes life and liberty as it feeds.
Steve McQueen’s character discovers the creature is a carnivore, consuming every living thing it touches, and he recruits some of his teenage friends to warn the town folk. Steve and his friends set off the town's fire and air-raid alarms, but the townspeople and police still refuse to believe and dismiss it as nothing more than a prank.
The Tea Party is representative of Steve McQueen’s friends trying to warn many towns of impending doom.
Meanwhile, the Blob enters a Theater and devours a number of people. Steve is finally vindicated when screaming people flee the theater.
The horror of it all is the Blob is much like what the U.S. Government has become - it tries to devour everything. Ordinary citizens try to run away from it, but some gladly choose to run back inside to be consumed by that monster called DC.
The creature then migrates to a neighboring diner and the occupants of the establishment are trapped in the basement. The Blob’s now an enormous red mass from the people it’s eaten and engulfs the diner.
The diner could very well symbolize a nation.
The monster then begins to ooze through the cracks and crevices trying to devour who’s left inside - it’s much like what the government tries to do in every aspect of American life.
The diner catches on fire and a CO2 fire extinguisher is used on the blaze. Steve’s character notices the Blob is recoiling; the creature’s vulnerable to cold. Some extinguisher-armed people drive the Blob off and freeze it, saving those in the diner.
It’s determined the blob can’t be killed, only subdued, and it’s transported to the Arctic.
Although some would like to kill that monster called government, they can’t entirely, they can only try to subdue it, shrink it, by using an extinguisher called a ballot come primary time or in November.
My wife and I went to Washington, DC once. We envisioned it to be like Camelot that Jacqueline Kennedy described - it was anything but.
Statistically, some of the richest ZIP Codes in America are located right around Washington, DC. Over half of the members of the House of Representatives are millionaires and almost all Senators are - most weren’t before they got there. That monster called DC is siphoning off the lifeblood of a country. The capital of America has become an auction block for souls, a nightmare, and a horror for many.
Politicians typically lie, and the fright of it is they’re praised if they become good at it.
Polls show more Americans are becoming independents and abandoning both parties. More and more candidates will come to label themselves independents, if the Tea Party doesn’t become a third-party in the future.
Politicians talk a lot, but say very little. However, if you’re a candidate running for office at the federal, state, or local level, who’s against the status quo, or anyone representing such individuals, take heed of what I say. Brand your opponent with this: “They’ve Become Like Washington.” I’ll be the first to coin the phrase. I guarantee the ad will be an effective one.
If you’re a candidate, political consultant, or manager of a campaign who’s willing to run back into the theater to be consumed by that beast called DC ignore the advice.
Don’t let the media, or anyone else, convince you that creature is harmless.
Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bi-monthly. He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor. He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org or follow him on Twitter @GregAllencolumn.