For this election, I choose Oz the Great and Powerful, a 2013 prequel to the 1939 musical, Wizard of Oz.
The quality of the prequel surprised and delighted me. James Franco in the title role is a circus magician and cad who is mistaken for the savior of Oz, and plays along. Eventually, he has to admit the truth to Glinda the Good Witch.
OZ: You know, I should tell you. I might not actually be a wizard.They turn and face the crowd that is anxious to get reassurance.
GLINDA: Yes, I know.
GLINDA: Well, at least not any kind of wizard we were expecting.
OZ: Uh, you could tell?
GLINDA: Yes. I can also tell you’re weak, selfish, slightly egotistical, and a fibber.
OZ: I see. Anything you don’t know about me?
GLINDA: Whether or not you’ll save my people.
OZ: Uh, no. I just told you, I’m not the wizard.
GLINDA: But they don’t know that. If you can make them believe, then you’re wizard enough. These are desperate times after all.But he does save the people. The oddball collection that Oz puts together pull it off. They dethrone and unmask Evanora, the wicked witch, and regain Emerald City.
And so it goes with Donald Trump and the election of 2016. On Tuesday, he closed a speech in Pennsylvania by saying:
I am not a politician. My only special interest is you, the American people. The guiding rule of the political class in Washington, D.C., is that they are looking out only for themselves. They will say anything, and do anything, to cling to their power and prestige at your expense. I’m running to change and reverse decades of failure, and to work with the American people to create generations of success.Trump is wizard enough. He is no politician, and yet he has the political skills to stop a real life Evanora.
He has his money, his charm, and his Blarney (although his ancestry is German and Scot). For all his bluster, he has a lion's heart. Like Oscar Diggs, he may think he is no wizard -- that he is a humbug -- but Trump knows the four magic words.
Make America Great Again.That is all this election is about. We have on the one hand an indoctrinated group of people with B.A.s who do not know jack. They regurgitate the communist tripe about America being a genocidal, slave-owning nation filled with all the deplorables on Earth. There is no god but government to these poor lost souls.
Then there are the rest of us.
The polls, the pundits, and the press are wrong because they concentrate on personalities, and ignore the real issue of this campaign:
I'm With Her, or Make America Great Again?
Underneath it all, Oscar Diggs was a good man. Readers of my book know that about Donald Trump as well. Be brave. We have six days to go. Our movie has a happy ending.
Please read "Trump the Press," a fun romp through the Republican nomination that uses the deadliest weapon to skewer the media experts: their own words. "Trump the Press" is available as a paperback, and on Kindle.