Letter: Political situation similar to ‘Oz’

From: Bob Pitman


Mired in our current national political “swamp,” my mind somehow wanders to that American classic, “The Wizard of Oz.”

In it, Dorothy and her strange entourage set out for the Emerald City in search of the wizard who can grant their wishes. The wizard is initially depicted as a large head surrounded by fire. But when they finally get to the Emerald City, Toto pulls back the curtain, revealing “a wizened old man whose power is achieved by elaborate acts of deception.”

The Great Oz is shown frantically pulling one lever, then another. Plumes of smoke arose, and bells and whistles sounded. But nothing happens.

Upon learning this fact, the good people of Oz are dismayed and feel betrayed (except for a few who simply refuse to believe it). Is this story sounding at all familiar?

We can only hope that awakening from our alarming and surreal dream will be as simple as clicking our heels three times together.