What with removing statues of Confederate Civil War generals being so prominently in the news, I thought I would do a kindness for all those so upset about it and present a joyful Broadway musical number on behalf of one such statue. It's the wonderful "Jublilation T. Cornpone" from the show Li'l Abner. And keep reading because, believe it or not, there's an even funnier and more pointed connection to it all...
But first, to give credit where credit is due, the song is performed by Stubby Kaye, and written by Johnny Mercer , who did the words, and music by Gene de Paul.
Okay, now the loopy part.
To make this all the more whimsical, pointed and, yes, even bizarrely newsworthy, I take you to the plot of the show.
One of the storylines is that this tiny, nothing, backwoods of a hamlet, Dogpatch U.S.A. has been deemed so useless and unnecessary that the government has chosen it to be the site for testing an atomic bomb. At the very end of the show, government officials arrive to clear out Dogpatch, and as the villagers prepare to leave, they... remove the statue of Jubiliation T. Corpone! And -- when doing so, they discover a plaque that had been hidden away underneath which shows that Abraham Lincoln had honored this Southern general for being so incredibly incompetent that his ineptitude helped win the war for the North. As a result of finding this plaque, it's determined that the site is a national monument, and so Dogpath is saved.
In other words...removing the statue of a Confederate general saved the day!!! Saving the town of hundreds of fictitious people.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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