Suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous entertainers…

It annoys me that entertainers have a greater influence on politics than the average citizen. While I believe all citizens have a duty to participate at some level in this democratic republic, I do not think that entertainers should have a greater voice than other average citizens–and I do think of entertainers as average citizens. Like average citizens, entertainers can be intelligent, informed, and committed to the duties of democratic citizenship. Also like average citizens, they can be ignorant, ill-informed, and dangerous. Barbara Streisand belongs to the latter group. The only reason she has any forum at all is that she is a singer of some note. That’s it. There is no indication that she has any more understanding of politics and policy than, say, the average plumber, stock broker, or check-out clerk. Oh, but she does have money and star power to draw money. Is money worth this embarrassment?