February 7, 2010

“Every man a king…”


“Every man a king but no man wears a crown.”
       Huey P. Long (1893-1935)
       Louisiana populist politician
       His campaign slogan from 1928 until his assassination in 1935


“I’m a cracker
And you are too
But don’t I take good care of you?
...Here comes the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Everybody sing
Here’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Every man a king.”

       American singer/songwriter Randy Newman (b. 1943)  
       In his song “Kingfish” (1974)


“Every Man a Rembrandt”
       Max S. Klein (1915-1993)
       Marketing slogan for his “Paint by Number” painting kits


“Just remember what Huey Long said — that every man’s a king — and I’m the king around here.”
       Stanley Kowalski to Stella and Blanche
       In Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (1947 play; 1951 film)


“Some desperate Democrats want the president [Obama] to regress even further — past Clinton, all the way to Huey Long. Flog the fat cats; every man a king. But inauthentic populism in a politician is as painfully obvious as a child trying to muster fake tears.”
       American columnist Michael Gerson
       In his Washington Post column, Jan. 27. 2010

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