As I stated in my other article, there is more to the Michael Jackson story above and beyond the death of Michael Jackson the person. The second story in fact has less to do with Michael the man and more to do with those now morning him.
The second story helps show why people looked at Jackson as a wacko. While it did have a lot to do with him (he did try to by the bones of Joseph Merrick and hang around with a pet chimp), it also had a lot to do with those around him. The Jackson family after all isn't the Cleavers.
Considering this it is no surprise to see the resulting circus arise from his ashes, insanity that even reaches the halls of our Federal Government.
Enter Sheila Jackson-Lee, Democratic Congress woman from Texas. While our county spirals into massive debt, states around the nation spiral into deficit spending, unemployment sours into double digits (regardless of which figures you believe), companies fold and tumble into financial problems... Sheila has found that her time and efforts are best spent on House Resolution 600. A long rambling resolution honoring Michael Jackson as a "noted humanitarian".
This resolution contains a laundry list of humanitarian efforts Michael Jackson did over his life ranging from:
Whereas, on April 9, 1984, David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy suffering from cystic fibroses was invited to Michael's home, in response to a dying request to meet Michael. David passed away 7 weeks later;
Whereas, on January 28, 1985 Michael and 44 other artists met to record `We Are The World', written by Michael and Lionel Ritchie, a project devoted to fighting global hunger. The proceeds of this record were donated to the starving people in Africa;
Whereas on April 1988, Michael Jackson ensured that free tickets to three concerts in Atlanta, Georgia, were specifically set aside for the Make a Wish Foundation;
etc etc etc...
Now I don't mock what Michael did. He did good things over his life that impacted a lot of lives. However, even if all the accusations against him were false and even if the true things he's admitted to never took place, is it worth our governments time, money and effort to pay tribute to this man?
This is a perfect example of the problem with our government. We have people in office who feel it is a worth while effort to waste the tax dollars taken from our wallets to discuss and debate rubbish such as this.
There are a lot of people who do a lot of good for humanity. Some like Michael Jackson have the wealth and fame that allows them to have a much larger impact. Personally I see those "little people" who make an effort on local levels doing things like donating clothing to the homeless or poor, help in blood drives and marrow donations, who give time with projects like homes for vets etc as real humanitarians. These are the people who should have a spotlight shown on them but often times because they only impact one or two lives or only help on a local level, they don't attract enough attention to be noticed.
That said, if these people did do their humanitarian acts to attract attention and to get the praise then they are doing it for the wrong reasons.
Michael is gone. Let forums and groups around the globe honor the man if they feel but do not compel a nation to support such things as that should not be the duty of the Government.