power to the potato

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The car was covered with rows and rows of potatoes. Each potato had wires attached to it that went to the engine. It was the weirdest-looking car I ever saw.
“You built a car powered by potatoes?” Ryan asked.
“It can also run on pickles,” Mr. Docker replied. “But I thought a Picklemobile would sound silly. Do you want a ride?”
“Sure!” we said as we climbed in
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We turned the corner, and there were Andrea and Emily on the sidewalk.
They were staring at the potato car with their mouths wide open, like they were looking at a ghost.
“Check it out!” Ryan shouted out the window. “We’re riding in the Spudmobile!”
“Power to the potato!” shouted Michael

Source: Mr. Docker Is Off His Rocker, Dan Gutman

In the last sentence, does the preposition “to” mean “of” or “from”?
 

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"Power to the potatoes" means "power goes to the potatoes". There is no equivalent preposition.

Have you heard of this song by John Lennon?
 

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Power to the people is a rallying cry conveying the idea that something must be done to ensure that (ordinary) people have power.

Power to the potatoes is a humorous echo of this idea.
 

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Somebody who is not a native speaker probably doesn't get the humor in that. (I could be wrong. I am often wrong.)
 

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Grammatically, Power to the people! resembles such exclamations as Joy to the world!, Praise to the Lord!, and "Woe to the rebellious children" (Isaiah 30:1, KJV). One might postulate a "covert" (;) ) subjunctive like be; however, I doubt that John Lennon thought that Power to the people! was a reduced form of Power be to the people! Still, it is possible to find the "expanded" form, as in Bob Dylan's line "Praise be to Nero's Neptune; the Titanic sails at dawn" or the line from the Book of Revelations with which Handel's Messiah concludes: "Blessing and honour, glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne."
 

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One might postulate a "covert" (;) ) subjunctive like be; however, I doubt that John Lennon thought that Power to the people! was a reduced form of Power be to the people!

Or a covert (;)) Let there be.

Let there be power to the people!
Let there be praise to the Lord!


I suppose you could read to to mean something like 'bestowed upon' in this case and some others.

Alternatively, I think a that-clause would express the same sentiment:

That the people may receive power!
That the Lord may receive praise!
 

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Could I take “Power to the potato!” to mean “Power belongs to the potato!”?
 

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Yup:

All power to the potato, the fuel cars need.
 
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