BEN CARSON ENCOUNTERS
THE MINDSET OF THE LEFT
There was a time when liberals had a sense of humor; when they enjoyed ironic wordplay; when they recognized that the reality of malice or evil could be suggested subtly but powerfully by a wry expression.
Remember that old Randy Newman song, “Sail Away” (featured on an album of the same name in 1972)? Here’s Newman’s sardonic comment on slavery — presented in the form of a sales pitch for leaving Africa and seeking a fresh start in the New World…
“In America you’ll get food to eat
Won’t have to run through the jungle
And scuff up your feet
You’ll just sing about Jesus and drink wine all day
It’s great to be an American”
Newman’s benign invitation to sail away capsulized the essence of slavery satirically, by presenting wickedness as betterment.
Everybody understood what Newman was trying to say. In a sense, he was playing on St. Paul’s insight about, “the glamor of evil.” And his humor carried the message.
Fast forward to 2017…