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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Celebrities in politics

Congratulations to Lance Armstrong on winning his 7th Tour de France. It's an amazing accomplishment particularly considering he had to overcome cancer to do it. ran an article today discussing the possibility of his political career. Is fame all it takes to be a leader these days? His success in cycling certainly demonstrates he possesses some qualities that might make him a good leader, but the fact that he's popular because of his cycling success does not mean he can lead.

What's really comical about this article though are the quotes by his girlfriend Sheryl Crow concerning war:
"War is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow," she explained. "I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is not to have enemies."
Yeah. O.K. Thanks Sheryl. It was certainly the answer to giving America freedom and the answer to keep Hitler from ruling the world and the answer to giving the Kuwaitis freedom. but you're right, let's just all be friends. That works great in celebrity land, but in the real world it takes wars to keep peace. So stick with what you know best: singing. That brings to mind the question: if it is so great being a celebrity, then why are so many of them looking for second jobs as political activists to find "fulfillment"? Just keep entertaining us and let the wise lead.


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