During the current pre-primary campaign season, we have been bombarded by the ads for the candidates who are fighting it out in our sister state to the north. They bleed into each other. Hilary and Jeb and Chris and Kasich and whatever, all the same. They almost seem to suggest the Holy Father should be opening a case for canonization as the subjects are too good for earthly office.
If the pope sees them, of course, he will have to fight to stay awake. The commercials are boring.
One ad has broken out and is inspiring or at least enjoyable.
I am old enough to remember when Simon and Garfunkel came on the scene. Enjoyable enough and a bit more than elevator music. their music has probably not crossed my mind in decades. Simon, occasionally I'll think, "Hop on the bus Gus" but seldom is that. His South African stuff, interesting but passé.
So another tv spot comes on. The background music is America by S & G. My first thought is what are they selling, Middle America. No, they are selling Bernie to MA and they are doing it well.
If Goebbels could see this from hell, he'd be saying, "Perfect, Not the Horst Wessel Lied, but time and place, it works. It got the jaded guy writing a blog to stir, at least a little. They might not be yelling "Ein Reich, ein volk, ein Bernie" but it works."
And it does.
Don't get me wrong, Bernie is one of the better candidates even if I don't buy his socialism. He is less likely than Christie or Hilary to start a war and he was and is right on the banks.
My problem is direct election of the president is the search for a führer Actually, the would be führers are searching for a volk.