Topic: "Right Not Privilege" (4)
Neil Diamond starts one of his most famous songs with "a hot August night," and then he warbles into the traveling salvation show of "Brother Love." Americans, Frodo supposes, have always enjoyed being stirred up by somebody capable of winding their stems, and this night was no exception. As Frodo and Sam sat before the black-and-white together, contemplating the fewest of days before the final confrontation with Sauron, the stage was set for the last grand entry of American nobility. Frodo stood, for one minute and fifteen seconds, saying nothing, simply waiting for the applause to end. Pity it is, that it must.
Bruce Springsteen has always had a habit of wrapping unforgettable words around unintelligible lyrics, and if we weren't "dancing in the dark," then we "walked the streets of Philadelphia." More than anything else though, United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) can be characterized in Springsteens' "running against the wind." The time for populist reform always seemed to be a tide that met Kennedy head-on, and his battles, with an amazing number of victories, were classical studies in political cooperation. Reviled by many, for apparent cause, he did not let any of that deter him from the principles which guided his brothers before him.
Frodo always looked upon Senator Kennedy and his family as bearers of the "gold star." He, indeed, received much. He also lost a hell of a lot. Middle Earth is richer because of the path he trod. It has made all the difference. Frodo pays homage to the "gold star."