Monday, April 18, 2011

When Can we Just Call a Racist a Racist? Santorum!

Today we've got a two-fer: a regular post AND a Take It Back.

Hey, remember when this happened?




For some reason it just fit here:




So then, this last Thursday, Think Progress pointed out that Santorum's (campaign? exploratory?) slogan is "Fighting to Make America America again" which is awfully close to a line in a poem by Langston Hughes that states "let America be America again"

Arguably one of America's most amazing poets, Langston Hughes also happened to be African-American and gay. Ouch. Not only that, but the stanza
O, let America be America again-
The land that never has been yet-
And yet must be-the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine-the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME-

clearly turns the Republican stance on looking back at Great America on its head, saying that that America never existed in reality.

At first when confronted with the similarity, Santorum said he didn't know the origin of the phrase, that he had nothing to do with it, that it might be on a website or something.

And now he's disowned it, distanced himself, and don't wanna talk about it. Somewhere in the last 48 hours in a back room somewhere the words "It came from a black faggot?" were spoken and taken very, very seriously.

The only thing scarier than this story is the fact that this man still thinks he can be president.

UPDATE: And then he turns around and says he's going to reinstate Don't Ask Don't Tell. AhhhhhHhh!

6 comments:

GoofyGirl said...

"only thing scarier than this story is the fact that this man still thinks he can be president."

Really? I don't find it scary so much as gut bustingly funny that a person can be as ignorant, cretinous, and delusional as that wingnut.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

"Santorum" has already been forever immortalized by Dan Savage. Langston Hughes would approve, I'm sure.

Sioux said...

Santorum...to be affiliated with a poet like Langston Hughes---one of the most gifted writers of all times and gay on top of it. How awful!

Dr. Monkey Hussein Monkerstein said...

No chance in hell he'll ever be elected in 2012.

Chris said...

Love it! Santorum is a douche.

Back in the (?) The Call had a song Become America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGX6_I7ctr8) that was similar to the poem.

It's about living up to those ideals we cherish but have failed to meet.

Ricky Shambles said...

GoofyGirl- you're right. I misspoke. It doesn't frighten me and I do laugh about it. But it makes me sad sometimes.

Debra- Hell yes. He will never make it based solely on Google search.

Sioux- I know! A gay fag who writes poetry? How ...vary.

Dr.- Amen. And *spits on the ground* to Donald Trump!