Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Of pelicans and politics

Shocked and awed by the harsh response of the conservative pundits to Bobby Jindal's opposition response to the Obamamessiah. Of course, they may've just been cranky, having wasted all that time watching the One. We didn't. We DVR'ed Homeland Security USA and NCIS and cut straight to the chase. [By the way, how many times do we have to tell you to watch Homeland Security USA? That 300 dollar sandwich! Never mess with the Beagle].
From our own little part of Dixieland, where the major city and county of the state are both facing corruption charges worthy of ...Chicagoland, it was nice to hear that in Louisiana it is no longer "politics as usual." Couldn't help but be envious.
Although the FOX All-Stars panned the non-theatrical setting of the governor's mansion, we couldn't help but stare at the Louisiana state flag. Yes, the pelican is the state bird, but why THAT particular image? Hint: haven't you seen it before carved in marble or in a mosaic under an altar? How about here.
Weren't you subconsciously mumbling something to yourself? Something from, of all people, St. Thomas Aquinas? Something that went ....
Pie Pelicane, Iesus Domine. O loving Pelican! O Jesus, Lord. Unclean I am, but cleanse me in Thy Blood; Of which a single drop, for sinners split, Is ransom for a world's entire guilt.
Ah, the REAL response to the Obamamessiah. Now, we're talking. There is only One who saves us, and by his own blood no less. How masterful....the opposition message staged in Louisiana on Fat Tuesday. Those who panned Jindal, don't know much about the real response to idolatry. For that matter, they don't know much about real stagecraft.
Bonus: Another translation... Once a nesting pelican gashed herself to blood, For the preservation of her starving brood; Now heal me with your blood, take away my guilt, All the world is ransomed if one drop is split.
Extra Bonus: Haven't yet seen Mira Nair's excellent Mississippi Marsala featuring a young Denzel Washington? All about different aspects of yearning for one's homeland, making a new start in a new land, and, well, racism. Specifically, the film follows a family of Indian background exiled from their home in Uganda (for not being Black African) and making a new life in Mississippi were they are subject to prejudice from both the white and black population. (Warning: movie is not for the kiddies).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting, too, that the non-violent civil rights movement also began with an Indian, Mohandas (or Mahatma) Gandhi. Fifty years before the American civil rights movement, Gandhi fought for the rights of Indians living in South Africa. Later, he would fight for the rights of the lower-castes of India, and for Indian women.

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