“This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.”
Those lyrics were written by a man named Woody Guthrie 73 years ago. Considering the political chaos our country is currently enduring, they were never more important and prophetic than they are today!
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born in Okemah Oklahoma, in July of 1912. Little did he know that what he wrote about as a young man would be lessons it seems we all still need to take time to learn and possibly relearn. Indeed, I think if Guthrie was still around and forced to listen to the political bilge du jour coming out of Washington DC over immigration reform, headstart programs for kids, huge cuts in food stamp programs for the poor while giving tax cuts to the wealthy, he might have rewritten the closer line to his tune and dedicated it to the socially privileged so that it goes………… “This Land was made for me not You!”
Woody Guthrie was a hero of mine growing up, (along with Bob Wills, John Steinbeck, Art Buchwald, Louis Armstrong, Willie Nelson, and about a zillion others!) If I had to admit the truth, I imagine the political values I parade around with today are all bits and pieces of theirs, and it cuts me to the core to see Washington politicians, (those paragons of moral and ethical virtue) acting like schoolyard bullies for their handlers, attempting in their most self serving manner, to tear apart those values we hold near and dear!
Ideally, everyone has a picture in their mind of how a Democracy ought to work, and no doubt Guthrie did as well. Opposing sides come together to thrash out the pros and cons of an issue and after the dust settles, finally come to an agreeable conclusion which, if they dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s, becomes the law of the land right? Sounds like a solution until somebody or something with a lot of money steps into the picture and says “No no, that doesn’t work for me and here’s a few million dollars to make you see things my way.” (The few million dollars is like the thirty pieces of silver after inflation!)
Now we get to the part that’s really scary and would probably have Guthrie spinning in his grave!
Like a slithering invisible snake, the money begins to slide into the pockets and wrap itself around the brains of those politicians who probably were never all that wild about having a black man as president in the first place! (Even though they wont admit it!) They really don’t give a damn about Bin Laden or Qaddafi or scaring the pants off Assad or talking disarmament with Iran for the first time in 30 years or anything else Obama’s done! On top of that, the whole idea of Universal Health Care is just Socialism, plain and simple which ought to prove that he wasn’t born here in the first place! It needs to be stopped dead in it’s tracks! Besides, when Mitt Romney did it, it was OK but that was different! On top of that, politicians’ health care is already paid for by the government so……… “This land was made for me, to hell with you!”
And so we approach the abyss. We’ve plunged through craziness on our way to insanity and poor old John Boehner looks like he’s drinking his tanning lotion rather than rubbing it on his little body! The doors of government are getting ready to slam shut as all kinds of entities we normally take for granted prepare to shut ‘er down. Even parts of FEMA which was almost the last hope for some of our flood victims here in Colorado are SOL until we solve our problems. Sleep well Woody. It’s not your fault we’ve got this thing all screwed up.
RIP my friend, some day we’ll all sing “This Land is Your Land, This Land is my Land”…. again.
As usual send me your critiques and comments. I’ll be sure to read them and use them if I can.
Posted by All Around Seniors at 10/1/2013 3:17 PM