Quote of the moment, and Rick Santorum: Langston Hughes, “Let America be America again”


Rick Santorum, CBS News image

Rick Santorum: Running with . . .

Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes

. . . political philosopher, and Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes?

News item: Rick Santorum is running for president. No, seriously — he is. In order to run, a candidate needs a catchy slogan.

Santorum’s campaign announced he is planning to use “Let America be America, again” as his slogan.

It’s a phrase borrowed from Langston Hughes.  One wonders if Rick Santorum reads any poetry, let alone someone from the Harlem Renaissance.

Did Santorum really intend to borrow from Hughes?  Does he think Hughes would approve?

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose–
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

Full text of the poem here, at the American Academy of Poets.

No, it appears Santorum did not wish to affiliate with Langston Hughes. One more reason to vote against Santorum, as if anyone needed more.  Santorum even admits not being much of a poetry fan.

How about this for a Santorum slogan:  “All santorum, no guts or brains.”

Tip of the old scrub brush to Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars.

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2 Responses to Quote of the moment, and Rick Santorum: Langston Hughes, “Let America be America again”

  1. Jim says:

    You know, I’ve been busy with the move and all. So I missed this the first time around.

    But my irony meter just went on full-tilt overload.

    Rick Santorum plagiarizes Hughes. HUGHES? Hey, whatever the experts say about Hughes’ sexual orientation (sound minds disagree); there’s a sweet and ironic justice in the fact that old “Man on Dog” is the guy caught here with, err, his pants down.

    Well done, Rick.

    But tell me pal, doesn’t Opus Dei have some sort of self-flagellation device you can use to subdue the demon of pathological untruthfulness? Or intellectual theft?

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  2. Nick K says:

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/documents/2011/04/president-obamas-long-form-birth-certificate.php?page=1&ref=fpblg

    Now…if someone can kindly show me Rick Perry’s long form birth certificate? Along with Trumps, Palins, Bachmanns, Pawlenty’s, Romney’s, Huckabee’s, Barbour, Boehner, Cantor….

    Ah hell..the entire Republican party leadership, thank you.

    Fair is fair, right?

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