In 1957 Andy Griffin starred in a movie called “A Face in the Crowd.” The story line charts the rise of a raucous hayseed named, “Lonesome Rhodes” who went from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble rouser, only to become a TV superstar and a political power. The innocent female lead, “Sarah Lawrence,” is the girl who discovers the simpleton of a man in a back country jail and is the first to fall under his spell.
Lonesome Rhodes is just a Manipulative and Power Hungry Country Boy. A drifter who becomes a dangerous, power hungry, and an out of control political power. It does not end well for all who signed on to his con.
The lesson of this movie back in 1957 was a warning of allowing and falling for, “Simple Minds Gaining Political Power.” Once again, today in 2012, it is obvious that many have yet to learn this lesson.