"Elmer Gantry," one of the nation's primal stories — a totally awesome cautionary tale given full hot-blooded life in the movie [that's what we used to call films back in the day] starring a larger-than-life Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons, that we happen to be watching this very minute for the umpteenth time — the flip side of the Founding Fathers' vision of fiercely independent, educated thinkers charting their own course. A Hollywood version of our country's prototypal Great Awakenings where the con man/woman suckers the unwashed, now being ushered into the 21st century via the latest technology with Baracko Bama as Simmons's charismatic character, Sister Sharon Falconer. It's killing us, but we're trying to learn to love it 'cause it's part and parcel of the nation's heart and soul. Utopian dreams are ever ready to capture the imagination of our weaker willed, more suggestible fellow citizens whenever the nation dozes off.
If this historic inauguration of our first mixed-race president has anything to do with racism, Obama himself set the tone way back in December of 2006 when he implied we were racist if we weren't buying what he was selling. But the worst for us, beyond his presumably left-leaning, big-government politics, is the cynical disingenuousness of the fundraising line the imminent Leader of the Free World has been feeding us little people. As we quoted his email in a previous post, "Just like we did on the campaign, we're relying entirely on supporters like you — ordinary people giving whatever they can afford to make this an event for all Americans." 'Wonder how many of the grassroots types are picking up on ABC News's latest horror story:
Most Americans here to see President-elect Obama make history crammed onto buses and trains, slept on floors and fought crowds and cold. But the wealthiest Americans coming to see the event are enjoying all the perks their money and power ever warranted.
Want access? Want influence? George Soros and four family members gave a quarter of a million for the inaugural alone. It seems unseemly to us.
Update: Maggie's puts in a good word.