Thursday, September 8, 2011

“The Golden Boy” and Politics Perspectives

I have been reading the Sandman Comics Series by Neil Gaiman in the past few months now and it has been personally enjoying. The concept of dream in this series was extended and in fact every story line is packed with creative lines drawn from both reality and myths. This present blog entry will not attempt to critique each of the Sandman Series’ storyline but will only focus on a particular issue of Sandman (which, by the way, is the last issue I have read so far).

The Sandman issue 54 entitled “The Golden Boy” is part of “The World’s End” storyline, a place where different stories are told by the people stranded by storm in their respective worlds or time.

The term “The Golden Boy” refers to the main character in this issue, Prez Rickard who grew up to become the president of the United States of America. Just before he becomes the president, he was visited by the current president (Nixon) and the two indulged in a verbal swordfight regarding the running of the government. The president was a pessimist. He said to Prez that if he ever gets the presidency, he would be seen (negatively) by the people just like the other presidents and that later the same people will regret their actions. In the words of the president: “You don’t get to make a difference.” But Prez was an idealistic person. And he went on to become the president and fulfill his desire of making a difference to the America he came to know.

That verbal swordfight I mentioned was particularly striking as it conveyed a fact of the common conception (or is it misconception?) of the people on politicians: that they are corrupt and they are no good to make any difference. The ones who conceptualized this particular issue laid down this “political” conception which may have still been dominant during their time (90’s period). But it is obvious that such conception is still present today. It may have been shown through comics primarily for an American audience but surprisingly, it applies too here in the Philippines. The story compels one to think back and understand how we really see our politics and our politicians as well.

In the end I wonder, can any person (no matter how adept one is on the mechanics of politics) really know if a politician is keen or not in making a difference on the place in which he is elected?

* Photo credit: screenshot from the front cover of The Sandman 54
* Quote snippets from: THE SANDMAN 54, October 1993, Published by DC Comics

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