The popular TV satirical show Saturday Night Live, on for over 40 years, now ratchets up its satires of the new Administration in our country.
Now, even the Super Bowl, which once was a championship football game eagerly awaited by fans, who partied and watched the game and commercials (and non-fans who partied and watched the commercials) has become political.
Here is a comprehensive list and links to some of these (and other) Super Bowl commercials.
If you don't have the time, here are a couple by themselves:
A commercial originally aired in 2014 by Coca-Cola was rerun, to much controversy.
Then, there was a commercial so controversial that the TV network showing the Super Bowl required an edited version. The full version (above) is available on You Tube and runs a bit over five minutes. Over 10 million views, and if you want to see the Internet in action, just read the reviews (or, perhaps, don't.)
February 12 used to be celebrated as the birthday of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. We haven't forgotten that Lincoln was President during a time when the United States was at war with itself. Over 700,000 dead later, the states that seceded lost the war, and, today, we are a nation of 50 states.
Days after the war ended, Lincoln was assassinated by someone who sympathized with the rebels.
What we call the Civil War, others The War Between the States, and still others (still) the War of Northern Aggression is in our DNA.
The United States is at a crossroads. More than ever, those who supported the man who is now our President and those who did not are at odds with each other. So much so, that families and friendships have been torn apart. People debate at work. I find myself resenting those who voted a certain way, and I'm not the only one. On both sides.
Our country has been in terrible situations before. Perhaps, from history, we can learn some lessons before we tear ourselves apart.
I am therefore going to restart my Civil War Sunday feature, which ran from 2011 to 2015 (the 150th anniversary of that war) with two new Civil War Sundays. The first one, next Sunday, will be on Frederick Douglass (because, apparently, some in our country think he is still alive. Another Mandela Effect situation?) I may continue this into March, with some selected reruns.
I can promise no less on Lincoln's birthday.