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Time Magazine List Mixes Pop and Politics

April 30, 2010
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Time magazine, one of the major mouthpieces of the left, has come up with its list of the world's most influential people.

Two on the list are notable for wielding multigenerational influence.

The bizarrely costumed singer Lady Gaga is on the Time annual list as is former President Bill Clinton.

Also on the list is new TBS late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien, Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and daytime TV queen Oprah Winfrey.

If you wonder why Time is lumping together pop singers and former presidents, the magazine explains its wide-ranging selections this way, “Time 100 is not about the influence of power but the power of influence.”

Funny thing about this highly influential guy, the former president, he seems to surface when needed as the Obama-czar in charge of the department of demagoguery.

Not content with merely associating Tea Party people to Tim McVeigh, as he recently did, Clinton weighed into the so-called debate on immigration and the new Arizona law protecting its borders by asserting that America needs more immigrants to reduce the deficit.

The former prez was speaking at a symposium on deficit reduction, and said that more jobs and more people working would reduce the deficit, which, he said, “to me means more immigrants.”

“I don't think there's any alternative for us but increasing immigration,” Clinton said. "I just don't see any palatable way out of this unless that's part of the strategy.”

Was Clinton thinking of the Social Security system that gets extra money from illegal immigrants who violate the law by using fake Social Security cards?

Meanwhile, three pop singers have weighed in on Arizona’s new law that protects citizens because the federal government refuses to do so.

Singer Ricky Martin enlightened the audience at the Billboard Latin Music Awards concerning the Arizona legislation

“This is not in the script," he said. “You are not alone. We are with you. Put a stop to discrimination. Put a stop to hate. Put a stop to racism. Long live love, long live peace.”

He may sound a little bit like a beauty contestant, but it’s not every day that public figures courageously stand up for love and peace.

Singer-songwriter Linda Ronstadt will attend a rally against the Arizona law that will have attendees asking a single question, “Who is Linda Ronstadt?”

Shakira, the semi-nude belly-dancing singer from Colombia, will meet with the wimpy Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. He’s the guy that called the new law unconstitutional and, like the president, may sue on behalf of the city to stop the law from taking effect.

Shakira is known for her hit song, “Hips Don’t Lie.”

But she certainly has proved that lips do.

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