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.
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,
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.”