I’ve held this post for a week thinking I may be suffering from incurable Washingtonitis, but …
Did Lady Gaga actually role model the foundational concept for a new political party during the opening of her Super Bowl performance?
Hear me out before you claim that yes I have, in fact, had a politics-induced breakdown.
Gaga opened metaphorically on top of America’s passion, sang a calmly gorgeous mash-up of positivity: “America the Beautiful”, Woody Guthrie’s subtle protest song “This Land is Your Land” and then recited an excerpt from the embattled “Pledge of Allegiance” simply stating, “One nation. Under God. Indivisible. With liberty and justice … For all.”
She did this in front of patriotically lit drones (we mostly use drones for war) invoking our flag, and then leapt into the heart of Americana … all while wearing purple, the color that results from a true blend of red, white, and blue.
The Gaga then went on to both sing of LBGTQ rights and say hello to Mom and Dad.
And for the past week I have been thinking that, in a very real way, she may be the answer to the question, “What ultimately emerges from all these protests and marches and calls to elected officials?”
Perhaps this entire, historic movement is the birth of a new party, a Purple Party, one that actively recruits and supports centrist Democrats and Republicans who demonstrably and reasonably discuss and support “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice … For all.”
Perhaps we are seeing the birth of a party which shuns politicians who subsist on smear campaigns and fear mongering, who instead embrace realistic, reasonable progress of the glorious tapestry that is America.
Maybe we are seeing the formation of a party which runs a blended ticket of those who were Democrats and Republicans but now opt to be Reasonables, a party that supports only those politicians and businesses who promote down-the-middle, reasonable American ideals.
And Gaga may have given that party its foundational philosophy.
Is this where this New American Revolution is heading? I don’t know, but the marches and protests in front of the homes of elected officials from both parties, and The Gaga American Prayer… all of that gives me hope.
Whatever the answer, I remain awed that we live in such a great country. Right here, right now. No matter what others say.