Thursday, August 28, 2008

Right Wing Misses Symbolism


Well, it shouldn't be surprising that people who hate arts and culture wouldn't understand the idea of symbolism. The right wing blogosphere is up in arms because they think Barack Obama is giving his speech in front of a mock-up of a Greek temple. That isn't quite the imagery he's going for. If you were, you know, thinking and not just angrily reacting you would realize that Barack Obama is delivering his speech on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. Logically, they aren't a constructing a temple to their new god, they are reconstructing a temple to a REPUBLICAN president, namely Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial, of course, being the site of Dr. King's famous speech. It doesn't matter whether or not the pillars are in a straight line or not. They're on an angle because its a stage, not an actual building. Greek temples had their pillars in a straight line too. The image they are going for is at left. It is wholly appropriate for the first African-American nominee of a major political party to honour Dr. King on the anniversary of his famous speech. It is also wholly appropriate to honour the president who ended slavery in the United States. Apparently, the right wing can't see this. Yes folks, the Republicans now see fit to attack the Lincoln Memorial.

3 comments:

Joseph said...

Great Post. Let's just hope the democrats do a good job of explaining that and making them look like jerks.

Most people will get it once its pointed out. Otherwise they'll just buy the spin.

Red Tory said...

Good catch!

Brilliant, simply brilliant.

penlan said...

Joseph is right - unless this is "explained" people won't get it. There are many on the left who don't understand this platform either & are also making fun of it. To be honest I didn't "get it" at first.

Thanks for elucidating.

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