So, ScrapJam loves Phineas and Ferb. At first, I was against it. Its a modern kids show after all, and that’s pretty much a recipe for crap. But over time the show has grown on me. I can now say I genuinely like the idea of Phineas and Ferb. I don’t like the show, but I do like the idea behind it. Allow me to expound.
The show is about two young boys who honestly believe they can do anything. They don’t, unlike most kids these days, believe they can do whatever they want. No, they believe they can do anything. Flying car, check. Teleportation, done. Build a robot rodeo, drew a great crowd. Its their belief that allows them to do it. Now, I imagine most kids these days, if they were honest, would relate more to P and F’s older sister Candace, who’s always trying to bust them. But American kids get to live vicariously through two boys who believe they can do anything, and usually do.
Why do I like this idea so much? Here’s why.
America can’t balance the budget, much less pay down our national debt. And, even worse, people are starting to believe we never will be able to, as recent events would suggest. Why is that worse? America was, at one time, a country that believed it could do anything. On May 25th, 1961, President John F Kennedy said an American would walk on the Moon before the end of the decade. People didn’t laugh, they believed. At that point, we could do anything. And guess what, July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind. Because we believed.
These days, kids are told they’re fine just the way they are. They don’t have to try to be better, because they’re fine. We tell them this because the thought of our kid NOT being fine scares the shit out of us. Not really to any benefit of the child, but because that would suggest there’s something wrong with US. This kind of fear permeates everything in our modern lives.
We don’t take chances at work for fear we might fail and get fired. Politicians are the same way, they don’t take the chance to do what’s right, because they might tick off the small number of people who pay for them to be re-elected. So we muddle along, not getting anything at all done, because if we try to actually do something, we might anger the people who keep us in cushy positions.
And its killing us. Someone needs to stand up, do what’s right and to hell with re-election. No, wait, not someone, EVERYONE. Congress needs to collectively man up and do the job that needs doing. Raise some taxes, cut some spending, cut out all the loopholes in the tax code so the rich people actually pay their taxes and to hell with people getting pissed off. If you only do the things that anger the smallest amount of people, or the people with the least power to harm you, you will never do anything that matters.
Is that what you want? To be a nation of do-nothings? Muddling along as our once-great country falls farther and farther into decay? It can happen. It will happen. The Roman Empire. The British Empire. The American Empire fits the same mold and is failing in the same way. Wake up and see the obvious, and have the balls to do something about it.
So, in retrospect, Vote Phineas and Ferb in 2012.