"Upon the news of the conservative leader`s passing, many marked the occasion by tweeting, `Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,` appropriating the refrain shouted out by the joyous, newly freed residents of the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz. Taking it a step further, a campaign was launched to make the song -- sung by Judy Garland -- the top song on the various music sales charts in the UK."
Led by a Facebook page (which has been home to a contentious back and forth), the song has shot up to the top ten on the UK iTunes charts within 24 hours, and number two on the Amazon download chart."
When a person dies we develop selective amnesia forgetting the character flaws and misdeeds of the dearly departed, and remembering only his virtues.
When it`s a family member or friend who passes away, it`s all good because there`s no good to be served by dwelling on the dead person`s faults.
But when it`s a public personality who gives up the ghost, it`s imperative that we remember both the good and the bad: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
In America the media are pi**ing all over themselves commemorating the life and death of Margaret Thatcher. It`s not just Fox News that is gushing over the legacy of Thatcher; even CNN and MSNBC`s coverage has been laudatory to the extreme.
Thatcher was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century, she`s the only woman to have held the office and you can even argue that she rescued Britain from the verge of economic decline, but the poor didn`t fare so well under her reign.
Ironically the UK media have handled Thatcher`s legacy in a more balanced way. Thatcher wasn`t exactly the Wicked Witch, but the Iron Lady smashed trade unions, supported International dictators, and intervened in the Falkland Islands crisis.
When Thatcher`s funeral is televised in the UK I suspect there will be more folks singing "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead", than there will be bereaved souls singing hymns.
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