Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yellow Brick Road: A Political Rant

For those of you who have seen the movie, The Wizard of Oz, as a child, you probably should see it again as an adult if you haven't already. It has all sorts of 1800 historical, political overtones, which are still prevalent today. Some things never change.

Now I know why I was afraid of some of the characters in the movie the first time I saw it. It represented the political leaders of the time.

Just a quick overview:

  • We all know who the Wizard represents.
  • Oz is another name for gold. 
  • Dorothy represents the American people and their values, honesty, loyalty, and resourcefulness. 
  • The Cowardly Lion could be any politician; a load roar with no power or bite. He was looking for courage.
  • Scarecrow, even though he wanted a brain, represents the American farmer who is an adept problem solver, hard worker, and gets paid squat for what s/he produces.
  • Tin man represents the industrial workers who often feel dehumanized especially after losing their jobs. He was looking for a heart.
The Emerald Palace and the Emerald City is the White House in Washington, D.C. Everyone thought if they followed the yellow brick road it would lead them to riches and power. It worked for  politicians because their riches were made on the backs of the farmers and the industrial workers.

Dorothy, Scarecrow, and the Tin Man saw the Wizard very differently, which is a classic example of how politicians change their stories depending on who they're talking to and who the largest contributor is to their campaign chest.

Bottom line, the Wizard was declared a fraud by everyone who followed the yellow brick road to Oz. My point is politicians aren't going to help us because they're too busy helping themselves. We really don't need most of them.

All the searching we do for that yellow brick road, is nothing more than a ruse. You find what you need within yourself. 

Follow the paved road to Jenny's for more "Y" fun.


lightly said...

well my childhood is ruined, and there i just thought it was a children story.

next thing you going to tell us is vampires sparkle.

Esther Joy said...

Since my husband used to be a state senator, I just had to check out your post. I do agree that MANY politicians get sidetracked from their original dreams and promises, but I never thought of comparing them to the Wizard of Oz!

Pondside said...

Things aren't that different up here. It's just so darn disappointing.

Pride In Photos said...

Well This was a very unique post I might add. I will agree with you that a lot of the government is on their own agenda.

Splendid Little Stars said...

much truth!
I do believe that L. Frank Baum intended this story to have political undertones.

debra @ homespun said...

Interesting post!! :)

Naperville Now said...

and the good and bad witches represent who?

gsb said...

I suppose they could rename the road to "Horse Pucky" road but then the smell would give them away. Even those that go there with the thought of doing things right end up in the barrel.

Pam Beers. said...

NN: Good and bad witches represent warring political parties with their differing points of view.

Or...good and bad witches symbolize our own internal struggles between right and wrong.

SLS: Baum did write this as a political metaphor.

EJ: We won't hold that against you.

lightly: Sorry to spoil your childhood fantasy.

gsb: I like the idea of a horse pucky road. H m-m-m.

Stacia said...

Amen. I'm so sick of politics! I think we should rename it gridlock, which sounds like a good wizard name, doesn't it?

Pam Beers. said...

Stacia: Gridlock is a perfect wizard name. I have a few others but they'd be censored. Thanks for the fun comment.

Jenny said...

I really, really try to avoid politics.

I get so frustrated with the views and entitlement so many politicians embrace.

I really liked the uniqueness of your post.

I'm sending it along to my husband to read as well.

I think he would enjoy it.

Thanks for linking.

This was excellent.


Annesphamily said...

This was very thought provoking and very truthful! Glad I am here!