For many Baby Boomers raised on the Rock music of the 60s and 70s, "The Man" symbolized the authority of government, parents, the police, and the military; things to rebel against for change and reform. Nowhere is this charicature better described than in Jack Black's speech to a class of prep students in the movie School of Rock:
Give up, just quit, because in this life, you can't win. Yeah, you can try, but in the end you're just gonna lose, big time, because the world is run by the Man. The Man, oh, you don't know the Man. He's everywhere. In the White House... down the hall... Ms. Mullins, she's the Man. And the Man ruined the ozone, he's burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock 'n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV! So don't waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome 'cause the Man is just gonna call you a fat washed up loser and crush your soul. So do yourselves a favor and just GIVE UP!
For liberals this unwinnable fight against 'the man' came to be a unspoken rallying cry for "Community Activists" like Obama against Republican insensitivity and white male power. but what happens when the activists come to power? In five months of complete control of government, the Progressives have been unable to fix the economy, stabilize the banking system, or fix the environment. Most of their policies have placed extra burdens on businesses, individuals and families with much, much more in the works in the name of "fair" health care. The liberals have become "The Man," interfereing in American's daily lives more and more with each passing day. Like the pigs on Orwell's Animal Farm, they eat and drink in the "man's" house, while others do the real work. Obama himself sounds more and more like the character of Napoleon:
"No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"- George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 5
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