Sail away

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 encapsulated the essence of slavery satirically, by presenting wickedness as betterment.  In a sense, it played on St. Paul's insight about "the glamor of evil." Everybody understood what Newman was trying to say.  His humor carried the...(Read Full Post)