Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
NBC, Massachusetts, and some American voters walk into a bar that they have all researched, been to before and liked, and mutually decided upon. And then they leave, without even ordering drinks. Why would they not even give the bar a chance? Why so fickle, friends?
Conan O’Brien was given less than 8 months to achieve the ratings it took Jay Leno almost 18 years to establish. This month, Massachusetts elected a Republican to the Senate for the first time since 1972, reportedly because they wanted to send a message to Obama that they were unhappy with the “slow” speed of change. Barack Obama entered the White House with a 78% approval rating; by April it had fallen to 62%, and by the latter half of 2009, 53%.
Something is wrong here. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity. It is a country renowned for giving people a fighting chance and rooting for the underdog. Why, then, have we become so quick to abandon those to whom we afford a chance? We side with someone, only to turn on them. It is happening at the personal level, the corporate level, and the political level in this country. We are quick to judge and quick to be persuaded. Instant gratification is taking on a life of its own and will become horribly destructive if we don’t turn things around, and soon. So give peace (and Conan, and Obama, and health care reform) a chance. Don’t say you support someone just because it’s popular, and don’t give up on someone just because it’s not. And try to remember that faster isn’t always better, familiar isn’t always safe, and fickle is never flattering.