Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sara Steals Slogan: Power To The People!

Sarah Steelman's new campaign slogan, "Power To The People" was used by radical groups of the 1960s, including the Oakland, California based Black Panther Party. Surely Sarah is not, by use of this slogan, calling for armed resistance to societal oppression caused by the slash and cut policies of the now very lame duck governor! But I would bet big bucks, if I were a betting man, that there are groups who live in her neck of the woods who are calling for just that, but not for those reasons! Power To The People! Sarah Steelman's announcement yesterday that she would seek re-election to the office of state treasurer was greated with ho-hum-ness. Then, in political life, a minute later Matt Blunt announced he would not seek a second term. That changed everything. Now, everyone is coming out of the woodwork to run for governor. A lot of positioning is going on. Lincoln Days shure oughta be fun this year!I was going to blog on this yesterday, but other things happened. Several blogs mentioned Steelman's video in her parent's kitchen and her two boys unfurling blue banner with "Power to the People" on it. The political blog of the Columbia Tribune:

Steelman, the wife of former Rep. David Steelman, made the pitch with her parents and family. Her sons helped unfurl a blue banner with the words ‘Power to the People’ striding across a blue background.

One noticeable thing missing on the banner was Steelman’s Republican Party affiliation. She said there was no particular reason why such a designation was left off.
No particular reason, but one major reason: People in Missouri aren't going to elect Republicans this year to statewide offices, especially the Governor's office. As an incumbent, Steelman had a good chance to get re-elected. She ran a pretty good ship as treasurer and, as Bob Holden knew, she has great name recognition, she signs all those checks we get for income tax refunds. But that's about it. Oh yeah, and she doesn't want to draw attention that she is a Republican. So what does she do? She adopts the Black Panther slogan as her campaign slogan! Power To The People!
Sara Steelman uses the Black Panther Party slogan, "Power To The People" in her campaign for state treasurer or governor of Missouri. Black Panthers plan protest in Rolla?

Maybe she's channelling Patty Hearst, I mean Tania and the SLA?
Or maybe she's a James Brown fan? Or maybe she's a big James Brown fan?

How Bizarre!
John Lennon, not only have you been co-opted, but you've been co-opted by a Republican!
Power to the people

Say you want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street

Singing power to the people
Power to the people, right on

A million workers working for nothing
You better give em what they really own
We got to put you down
When we come into town

Singing power to the people
Power to the people, right on

I gotta ask you comrades and brothers
How do you treat you own woman back home
She got to be herself
So she can free herself

Singing power to the people
Power to the people, right on
Now, now, now, now

Oh well, power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Yeah, power to the people
Power to the people, right on
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on -John Lennon March, 1971
Power to the people

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