Frank Deford commentary on NPR’s Morning Edition in 2008

February 6, 2008

I was quite enthralled by Frank De Ford’s comments as to the state of the NBA today. I could not help noticing the similarities to the “Super Tuesday” that just occurred.

American culture probably always been obsessed with the “Star Search / American Idol” approach.. Nowhere is this weakness in our culture more devastating as in our political process. As entertainment becomes the centerpiece of the the media’s assault on our daily life. We base our judgments on who runs our world in terms of the best quotes or who appears sincere.

Look at the prolongation of the nominating process. The seasons of sport are blissfully timed. What we are experiencing is an endless bad (or good) playoff run. It certainly leaves substance behind.

 As a long suffering New York City sport fan, I have watch the poorly run corporations who own and mis-manage our teams. Couldn’t we say the same thing about our government and private industry?

 It is good to notice the evolution of Mr. DeFord’ s comments over the years I have heard him on NPR. He has ceased his sarcastic tone and now contributes stronger criticisms. His new contributions are appreciated.

September 10. 2012

It’s seems to me that the political process in the world’s largest democracy is unfix-able. The quantities of money that are dedicated to electing and retaining power are so vast and seemingly uncontrollable. What hope do we have to oppose those who do not let their moral view of the consequences of their actions to achieve a more inclusive discussion to find some solutions to our massive American problems.

Like many I tune out all political advertisements, and seek my own facts as I perceive them as flawed as that might be.

 The invasion of Iraq and the badly thought out “rebuilding” of it seem to be symptomatic of America’s inability to to manage itself.

About Andy Polon

Long time professional guitarist. Currently a computer techie. I came of age in the 1960s. (Successfully avoided being drafted for the Vietnam War). Raised in a "left of center" cultural household. I was very lucky in that Manhattan was a true melting pot. Lost my use of my right hand and arm in late 2003, due to a TBI Still love singing and older songs.
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