Friday, May 21, 2004


Remember Reagan's successful campaign theme -- Morning in America? In the wake of Abu Ghraib and the beheading of Nick Berg, the Kerry campaign has responded with the answer to the question "what will be the central theme of your campaign?"

It was announced yesterday (or maybe the day before -- who knows?) that the Kerry campaign theme will be:

Let America Be America Again?*

* The title of a poem by Langston Hughes, an African-American poet whose work was first published in the 20's and 30's. The poem itself is a protest written from the perspective of an African-American who has not participated in the "American Dream". A sampling:

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we've dreamed
And all the songs we've sung
And all the hopes we've held
And all the flags we've hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay--
Except the dream that's almost dead today.
. . .
Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain--
All, all the stretch of these great green states--
And make America again!

That'll pump everyone up.


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