Bernie’s excellent video

Friday, 29 January, 2016

The prize for the best presidential campaign video so far goes to Democratic Party hopeful Bernie Sanders. The appeal of “America | Bernie Sanders” is heightened by the use of the song America by Simon & Garfunkel from their Bookends album. According to Marc Eliot, author of Paul Simon: A Life: “America creates a cinematic vista that tells of the singer’s search for a literal and physical America that seems to have disappeared, along with the country’s beauty and ideals.” (That was 48 years ago.)

“Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together.
I’ve got some real estate here in my bag…

…Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come to look for America.”

By the way, Bookends was released in 1968, the year of the Olympics in Mexico City, where Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two US medalists, gave the black power salute during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Also in 1968, the Black Panther Party declared that every member had to study Mao Tse-tung’s Little Red Book “to advance his or her knowledge of peoples’ struggle and the revolutionary process.” Bernie Sanders has never publicly expressed admiration for Mao, but he joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth affiliate of the Socialist Party of America, while at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. You’d never think it when looking at “America | Bernie Sanders”, though. The “peoples’ struggle” has changed, but the song is still the same.

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