Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Prisoner… Why McCain is Losing, and ‘Losing It’…

 

McCain, sounding a bit like Colonel Saito in the Best Picture of 1957, ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’, essential told a rally this morning: “You Are Not Citizens, You Are Prisoners!”

 

I now know why McCain is losing this election: He has seen this movie a dozen too many times and is basing his campaign on it.

 

All he needed to explain his economic policy was another line from the movie: “Be Happy in Your Work.”

 

The Bridge on the River Kwai ranks as one of the greatest films of all time. The movie opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of wills rages between camp commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and newly arrived British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness – yes, that’s the guy who later played “Ben” Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars ). Saito insists that Nicholson order his men to build a bridge over the river Kwai, which will be used to transport Japanese munitions. Nicholson refuses, despite all the various “persuasive” devices at Saito’s disposal. Finally, Nicholson agrees, not so much to cooperate with his captor as to provide a morale-boosting project for the military engineers under his command. The colonel will prove that, by building a better bridge than Saito’s men could build, the British soldier is a superior being even when under the thumb of the enemy. As the bridge goes up, Nicholson becomes obsessed with completing it to perfection, eventually losing sight of the fact that it will benefit the Japanese. Meanwhile, American POW Shears (William Holden), having escaped from the camp, agrees to save himself from a court martial by leading a group of British soldiers back to the camp to destroy Nicholson’s bridge. Upon his return, Shears realizes that Nicholson’s mania to complete his project has driven him mad.

 

Great movie (destined to be remade someday), but not a campaign strategy.

 

However, the film’s closing line: “Madness…Madness” seems appropriate.

 

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2 responses to “Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Prisoner… Why McCain is Losing, and ‘Losing It’…

  1. O …good deal then. I didn’t know the Maverick was in that movie!

  2. Bushgirlsgonewild

    God, I hope you are kidding…

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