Topic: "Tokyo Rush" (5)
Iva Ikuko Toguri developed an existing American import business, which continues some 61 years after she last went on trial for treason. "Tokyo Rose" was the moniker given to the voices that drifted across lines of battle separating the "Greatest Generation" from the homeland they defended. History has proven that there was no single voice dubbed "Tokyo Rose," in fact, the title itself was created by the soldiers who were subject to the broadcasts from behind enemy lines. After the War, Toguri admitted to being "Tokyo Rose" in order to receive food and consumer products from reporters and military investigators (perhaps adding credence to the fact that one will admit to almost anything if enough pressure is applied).
Frodo has long contemplated the impact of radio on the psyche of those who spent countless hours listening to it. Frodo has commented often on his long trips by motorcar, in the dead of night, listening to "John R" and "Jerry" . It was the music that drew Frodo, but it was the romance of faraway places with strange sounding names that kept him tuned in. Similarly, it was 78 RPM records in English played to lonesome boys in trenches halfway around the world that made an audience for "Tokyo Rose." Today however, there is no music at all.
Frodo commits about 10 minutes a week to the airings of Rush Limbaugh. Over the past couple of years, Frodo has come to believe that a goodly number of the call-ins to Limbaugh come either from those at work who travel by car and use their cellphone, or are "shut-in" for any number of reasons. The universe that responds to the verbal diatribe have rejected the call of music during mid-day, and instead seek to voice the frustrations which accompany daylight hours. Frodo does not seek to carry this theory to all of "talk radio," only to the Limbaugh audience to which he has paid attention.
Frustration is a breeding ground for outrageous behavior. A simple germ of veracity, wrapped in the preposterous, is the formula used by Limbaugh to extend his influence. Although he plays no music, he offers the entertainment that comes with the self-righteousness to which all are susceptible. Who among us, dear reader, doesn't occasionally feel "put upon" by elements of our world, beyond our control? This, argues Frodo, is not a great deal of different from the Hobbit dreaming of kisses in the dark or a soldier boy who wanted to go home and make babies. It is "those guys" who make it difficult for us in radioland, and Rush Limbaugh keeps reminding people that they lost a sale, or have arthritis, and he alone understands their pain.
Tokyo Rush. Call a spade a spade. Pass it on.