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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Rod Blagojevich As A Symbol Of America's Indictment Upon Itself

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rod blagojevich symbol of american idealismHere we see an idealized portrait of indicted Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, surrounded by baseballs. While Blagojevich has in a way won the heart of the media because he makes for good TV, the general consensus is that he is a crook and probably belongs in jail. What is sad in the story of Blagojevich is that he loves many things that have grown to become symbols of America and yet here we have to witness the fall of such an American at a time when the country is also going through such economic turmoil. Blagojevich was accused of bribing the Tribune Co., owners of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Tribune, into firing journalists at the paper who were critical of him, in exchange for state help in the financing of Wrigley Field. Blagojevich said that the just loved the Cubs and wanted them to remain in their classic stadium, so perhaps he just loved the American past-time of baseball too much. He loved America too much. The ex-Illinois governor has also expressed his love of such quintessentially American things as cowboy westerns and Elvis Presley, the latter of which being the inspiration for his great American hair-do. So it is that Rod Blagojevich loved America too much and that his overzealous affection for his country and its symbols led to his downfall and charges of corruption. It does make you wonder, though, especially in light of all the corporate banks and insurance giants in America being labeled as crooks and being given government hand-outs, that perhaps this CORRUPTION, also, is a symbol of America, is very American in its essence and that the demise of Rod Blagojevich is, in reality, America's indictment upon itself.

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The Celebration Of Latino Influence In A New Great American Iconography

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mexican american iconographyHere we see a young Mexican man stepping into the batter's box. In the background is the Obama logo as this aspiring Latino baseball player looks into the pitcher's eyes and readies to try and hit the ball out of the park. You'll notice that this baseball player has the colors of taco ingredients in his uniform. Yellow to represent the cheese, orange to represent the hot sauce and green to represent the fresh green crispy lettuce. This young man has recently immigrated to America and his heart is full of dreams, many of which have been inspired by the recent election of President Obama, a black man, as this brown-skinned batter has hopes of hitting the ball and getting on base, a symbol which could represent many things. It could mean his getting a good-paying job. It could represent his buying a home for his family. It could symbolize his getting an education or it could even mean, if he hits a home run, that this young man may some day grow up to be President of the United States just as Barack Obama did. There are many iconic symbols of America such as the bald eagle or apple pie, but I hope to see more evolve with a multi-cultural flair such as this one. I personally look forward to more and more Latinos living in this country and more and more mixing of the races which, in turn will help create a more beautiful collective iconography that consists of such inspiring symbols such as the bald eagle wearing a sombrero, the Statue of Liberty wearing a pancho or more tacos being sold at baseball games than hot dogs. Hot dogs are disgusting things, anyway, and tacos have much more powerful metaphorical implications than the American hot dog whose interpretation beyond its literal meaning pretty much stops at crude comparisons of it to a certain male sexual organ.

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