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May 23, 2014

Behind the curtain

NORMAN — Hey Kids. It is Midterm Elections time. Are you excited?

As much as you may wish it to be true, you have not fallen asleep and awakened in the beautiful Land of Oz. However, there are similarities between the Great and Powerful Wizard’s shenanigans behind that simple curtain and what passes for political campaigns in our world.

Oz was a charming snake oil salesman. Oz was an accomplished actor. And finally, Oz became a politician in charge of an entire kingdom he had no idea how to run. Consequently, the real man behind the pomp and circumstance, the smoke and mirrors was reduced to cowering behind the invented image.

What about our common, feedlot variety of politicians? They fight for our votes which, if they win, will empower them to do as they please, while hiding behind a curtain of lip service and no action.

Is there no end to the relentless and ruthless political blather from people so old that they might have been with us since the country began? Will the denture clacking, incontinent, drooling and senile unclench their wizen claws from the seductive power they hold? Sadly, the answer to both is a resounding never.

Political shenanigans have been around since OG, the Ugly and Powerful Caveman, decided to become the alpha male of his group of cave dwellers. In his case, the club proved to be the most persuasive campaign platform. But surely, you say, things got better as caves were replaced by castles.

The “men who would be kings” were equally as ruthless and primitive when the prize was a crown. It was a simple process. A lord desires the crown with several choices to reach his goal. There were countless poisons around which could easily be dropped in the existing king’s cup by paid-off servants. Perhaps a knife in the king’s back was more to the aspiring king’s taste. Or, if all else fails, he could always invent a reason to go to war.

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