First posted 10/17/2016 as “I Like Ike”
The GOP ‘establishment’ bemoans our divided Nation as its Right Wing
PACS produce political ads designed to frighten and enrage its base.
The montage is mix of modern and archival footage of brutality against people of color and civil rights activists that plays out as Donald Trump speaks wistfully of the good old days.
In that spirit I thought I would juxtapose two very different political ads produced by the GOP.
Below is a political ad made in the ‘Good Old Days’.
I’m sure there are plenty of people still alive who remember this ad.
The year is 1952.
The ad is for Eisenhower
Donald Trump might remember this ad; he was six when the ad came out.
Hillary Clinton was four.
The ad was produced by Roy Disney and Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon.
Its target audience is the post war working class:
The ad below was made after the first presidential debate of 2016.
It is funded by a Right Wing PAC with a curious name: Future 45.
Future 45 describes itself as follows: “Future 45 is an independent organization devoted to educating voters about the challenges facing our country as they prepare to elect the 45th President of the United States.
Our next president will shape the Supreme Court in a way that will influence the direction of our nation for decades to come. The strength of our economy and the security of our nation depend upon electing a strong, proven leader.
While Donald Trump is a proven businessman with a plan to reignite our economy and recover American strength through peace, Hillary Clinton is a politician following the Obama model that has landed us in a fragile economy with slow growth feeling less safe than ever.
Americans understand this and are speaking up”
The Obama model that has landed us in a fragile economy with slow growth feeling less safe than ever?
The sentence reads like it makes sense but upon closer examination it’s says nothing.
We are in a fragile economy that feels less safe than ever.
Who made this ad? Putin?
The ad was published September 27, 2016
It aired on the following stations:
all Materials found on the Internet Archives
Updated 5/31/2017 to include this RNC ad released November 1st, 2016 after the FBI was rumored to have re-opened the Email Investigation.
I was playing with a screen shot of paintings of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in a Moscow shop window.
It was from a November 9, 2016 article in the New York Times.
I thought the idealized ‘Trump’ in the painting was funny so I brightend
the image to get a better look.
The painting is a triptych.
Here, I made a little video of it.
We don’t need anyone to tell us what we can clearly see with our own eyes.
Footsteps: an affair.
“You’re late.” says Felique.
“Ten minutes.” Marcy replies.
“I cannot kiss on an empty stomach.” Felique orders à la carte
and gazes fearfully into Marcy’s eyes.
“What bothers you my little bon-bon?”
“Nothing, Mon cher. Try these snails.”
Yet the fear remains…
“Oh Marcy!” Felique feels suddenly silly, “Will I die if I make
love to you?”
Marcy giggles, “Only If you forget to breath!”
Tragedy replaces the fear in Felique’s eyes . “Breathing reminds me
of my mother.”
“Is your Mother still alive, dear Felique?”
“I was ten. Mother chased some wild geese and drowned in the Seine. This is why my love for you is so painful. Everything reminds me of Mother, which makes me cry. Oh my poor stupid Mother!”
Felique sobbed as they hopped the E Train for Harlem; she sobbed for
her poor Mother.
Fellique turned to Marcy, her face as grey as the Moon.
“I’m a troubled woman.”
“Lamb.” Marcy replied.
“I do nothing but need.”
“Lamb.” Marcy repeated.
“Have I told you of my Mother?” Felique asked.
Marcy’s head throbbed with love; she gripped Felique’s shoulders: “Did your Mother drink?”
“Wine…White.” Felique replied.
“Alcohol has wrecked your life!”
Felique offers a dry cackle: “Ah, that it was that simple my wise, merciful,
long-suffering woman. She said she loved me.”
Marcy was strong yet gentle: “Denial! Make love to me now!”
“In the road?”
“Nothing sullies those who love!”
“Not even history?”
What it is about love? As if a conquered people had gathered to rewrite history.
Felique moves with the purity of a child who spies a new perception: all mothers are one Mother and the World is one big Mother
Hot tears dribble onto Marcy’s mound, whose love expels the ghost of Felique’s affliction.
“O! Que j’aille à’ la mer,” sighs Felique.
To be continued…
(c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved