I have a lot of interesting Deep Thoughts while I’m running, Modern Philosophers. They’re mostly limited to the usual suspects…
Why do I hating running so much? Why do I torture myself like this? Why is that guy in the hockey mask still chasing me with a bloody machete?
Today, however, I had an interesting new thought as I followed the blacktop along the Penobscot River:
When Dorothy followed the yellow brick road to Oz, was she accompanied on her journey by three Republicans?
Think about it. Her three traveling companions were missing a heart, a brain, and courage. Wouldn’t that make them textbook Republicans?
And don’t they look just a bit like certain Republican politicians that we see on TV far too often lately complaining about life without their former great and magical leader?
They also complained a lot, didn’t seem to enjoy following the lead of a female, were scared of the one character with the colored skin, and believed a conspiracy theory that all their wishes would come true if they stormed a building without an invitation.
And who would grant their wishes once they found a way inside the walls of Oz? A boastful and larger than life leader who made great promises, never really delivered on them, and believed he was great and all powerful.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, but I bet if Twitter existed in Oz, he would have been tweeting constantly about how he was the greatest leader that the people of Oz had ever known. And he’d be promising to build a wall to keep out the green skinned witches and the caravans of flying monkeys, while also threatening to lock up the Munchkins.
I’m not saying that The Wizard of Oz is Trump because I don’t need to do that. You’re already thinking it.
Didn’t the man who declared himself to be the Wizard descend upon Oz in a hot air balloon? It’s no golden escalator, but it’s close enough. And do I even need to draw parallels between a canvas sack full of hot air and the forty-fifth President?
Remember, Dorothy’s three companions were convinced that this great and powerful ruler could grant them the very things that would make their lives perfect.
They had no proof of this, of course. They had just heard it from other Repub…I mean… people who were loyal to the Wizard.
So they put all their faith in one man to save them, and followed him blindly.
Hmmm. What does that sound like to you?
Follow the yellow brick road…
You nailed it on this run, Austin.
I just followed the yellow brick road, and this is where it led…