This entire year, we have been inundated by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin claiming to stand for the common man against the so-called conspiracies of "those who want to remove what makes this country great." They claim to use simple folksy common sense to combat the intricate plans of "anti-Americanism."
From time to time, in the back of my mind, I knew I had heard something like this before. And today it struck me.
In 1957, there was a movie called A Face In The Crowd which told the story of how a backwoods con man (Andy Griffith), with the help of the media, became a popular national spokesman. He is loved by millions and his endorsement is sought by sponsors and Congressional seekers. That is until he gets consumed with his own power and destroys himself.
Is it just me or are do these two scenes look familiar when it comes to certain current right-wing spokespeople.
A con man manipulating the media to become a powerful national figure? In 1957, it was a motion picture. Today, it's a sad reality.
Message to the Tea Party - What took you so long to get angry?