Month: July 2024

The Wizard of Oz Dons
‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

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I’ll let you evaluate what I’m about to write based upon which side of the Woke spectrum your views fall, but few observers of any political persusasion think Joe Biden aced his first debate of the 2024 presidential campaign. In fact, the universal verdict seems to fall somewhere between professional embarassment and dementia.

To me, the spectacle brought forth recollections of two literary classics. You can choose whether the president or the nation’s predominant (left-obsessed) media fall into which one. The first literary reference I drew from the debate was to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” wherein a vain ruler hires tailors who create imaginary clothes to update his wardrobe, the results of which he wears in public. The public goes along until a child (leave it to the mouths of babes) blurts out that “the emperor has no clothes.”

The other literary touchpoint is “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which became a Judy Garland-starring movie titled “The Wizard of Oz.” This children’s tale by L. Frank Baum consists of several characters, many of them being the creation of the fictional Wizard himself, who ruled over Oz, or what was also called The Emerald City. Toward the end of the story, the Wizard is exposed as a phony and his creations — the Tin Woodman, the Lion, the Witches and the Scarecrow — are revealed as likewise.

As I mentioned earlier, both Joe Biden and the nation’s media masters could fall into either or both tales/camps. I guess we will have to leave it to Judy Garland to find the answer for us somewhere “Over the Rainbow.”

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