The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved family movies of all time.
Growing up in the 1950's and 1960's, the annual showing of The Wizard of Oz was a much-anticipated event for many of us. It usually aired around Thanksgiving weekend and would signal the start of the Christmas season. I remember being little and my family gathering in front of our black and white television set to watch the movie. I was always confused by the beginning announcement that there was nothing wrong with our TV set because the "first half of the movie was supposed to be in black and white." When our family got our first color TV set in the mid-sixties, I can still feel the thrill of witnessing the glorious colors of Munchkinland as Dorothy opens her door after the tornado.
But putting fond memories aside, did you know that there's more significance to The Wizard of Oz story than what appears at first glance? L. Frank Baum published his famous children's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in 1900; and underneath the surface of the story, with all its whimsy and childish delights, is what some literary historians claim is a very thinly-veiled allegory.
In 1964, American author and educator, Henry Littlefield claimed that the children's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was political satire. He argued that L. Frank Baum was a populist who created his story as an allegory of the political events of the 1890's. You can read his theory here.
So, let's have some fun.
Here is my look at the characters in this beloved children's story, as I view them through the lens of today's political environment...
Dorothy Gale, as played by Judy Garland, represents the quintessential middle-class American citizen. She lives on a farm in Kansas. She's a dreamer, an optimist, and outspoken with a streak of boldness and spunk. She displays a willingness to stand up for truth and will speak out against wrongdoing. She is kind-hearted and loves her family. And, because she's from Kansas (a "red" state) and wears red shoes (obviously ultra-MAGA), she is considered by the current administration to be a domestic terrorist.
The Scarecrow symbolizes the American Midwestern farmer. He is very vulnerable. Not only does he have to battle natural forces like the weather; but he also has to battle the economy, climate activists, AND the government. The Scarecrow figures that, if he had a brain, he could figure out how to overcome everything this administration has stacked against him.
Since the Scarecrow is made of straw, he is, by definition, quite literally a "straw man." According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a straw man is an "opponent who is set up to be easily refuted or defeated." Joe Biden always says he "looks out for the little guy"; but when it comes to governmental policy, the Scarecrow is constantly getting the stuffing (straw) knocked out of him.
The Tin Man represents the average working man or woman who literally has worked themselves to the point where they have nothing left but a rusted, frozen body. They've worked hard their entire lives to do what is right and they are good citizens who pay their taxes. In fact, in 2023, the Tin Man (and every other average working American) has to work from January 1st until April 18th JUST to pay the taxes they owe the government. hat's why he is a TIN Man (Taxpayer Identification Number).
Oh yeah, and he needs a heart transplant. But today's medical profession won't let him get one because he hasn't gotten the jab.
The Cowardly Lion represents a lot of today's Republican politicians. They make big, bold promises when they campaign for office; but when it comes time for action after they're elected, they fold up like a cheap lawn chair. They lack the courage of their convictions, and are Republicans In Name Only (RINOs). They're afraid of their opponents and the mainstream media characterizing them as being racists, homophobes, xenophobes, and/or transphobes. Instead of standing up for the people who elected them, they turn tail and succumb to pressures from lobbyists. It looks a lot like this:
Wicked Witch of the West
The Wicked Witch of the West (and East) represents the corporate elite on both U.S. coasts. On the East Coast, that would be the banking sector and Wall Street. On the West Coast, it's Big Tech and Hollywood.
Like the elites, the Wicked Witches controlled through fear and intimidation. They enslaved the Munchkins (the little people) and controlled the Flying Monkey police (the activist judges and lawyers in the Department of Justice) to intimidate their enemies and administer two-tiered justice on anyone who interferes with their plans.
We also know the Witch wasn't nice because she didn't like dogs.
The Emerald City
The Emerald City is the de facto seat of all power in the Land of Oz. It is here that the "great and powerful" Wizard of Oz resides. It's certainly not too much of a stretch to compare the Emerald City to Washington, D.C. After all, the color green represents money. And what leads to the Emerald City/Washington, D.C.? A road paved with gold bricks. And how is gold measured? By the ounce. And what is the abbreviation for ounce? Oz.
The Wizard of Oz personifies the Deep State, the Biden Administration, and the globalists. He uses magic, smoke, flames and holograms to push compliance to his commandments through fear. But it's all tricks and illusion, because the Wizard only has false power and authority.
In the end, the Wizard is exposed...by a little dog.
Yes, it was Toto who exposed the whole sham.
It was Toto who pulled the curtain back on the Wizard, revealing the levers of false power and control. Toto was so small compared to the size of the great palace and the Wizard, that he wasn't noticed. Toto was fearless. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain," the Wizard bellowed. But Toto kept barking until everyone finally paid attention. He had just pulled back the veil laying bare the fiction of false courts, fake news and corporate cronyism.
Toto, in Latin, means "in total, all together." So, essentially, Toto represents all of us. WE are the ones who can expose the Deep State, the globalists and the false narratives. We may feel small standing up against a Wizard as great and powerful as Oz, but our barks WILL be heard if we all bark together--"in toto."
Glinda the Good Witch
Glinda the Good Witch represents what we, in modern lingo, refer to as being "red-pilled." This phrase means having one's perspective dramatically transformed by learning the truth about a set of circumstances/situations/events. In other words, a great awakening.
The advice Glinda gave to Dorothy when she wanted to go back to Kansas, applies to all of us:
"You've always had the power, my dear. you just had to learn it for yourself."
-Glinda the Good Witch
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