everybodys rights are everybodys business!

BLEEDING HEART LIBERAL PETITION TIME: I  just signed another petition—a gay teacher getting fired from a Catholic school for marrying his partner—and added a personal statement to the body of the general petition. I said, “Everybodys rights are everybodys business!” (Yeah yeah yeah the apostrophes are missing but it’s more effective on the ‘Net this way . . .)

So, did I just coin a new slogan for the ‘new left’ of the new century? Or is it old hat or, worse, too vague and easily co-opted by the THEYs (as in “They did it”) of the world?

Remember Reagan co-opting Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA—never knowing the song was a complaint about injustice in America? It should be funny—ironical even!—but it’s not because it worked for Reagan and his followers who love a good, catchy slogan but apparently never look past those few repeatable words for content and context . . .

Born down in a dead man’s town,
the first kick I took was when I hit the ground.

End up like a dog that’s been beat too much,
’till you spend half your life just covering up.

Born in the USA, I was born in the USA.
I was born in the USA, born in the USA.

Got in a little hometown jam,
so they put a rifle in my hand.

Sent me off to a foreign land,
to go and kill the yellow man.

Born in the USA, I was born in the USA.
I was born in the USA, born in the USA.

Come back home to the refinery,
hiring man said, “Son, if it was up to me . . .”

Went down to see my V.A. man,
he said, “Son, don’t you understand . . .”

I had a brother at Khe Sahn,
fighting off the Viet Cong—

They’re still there, he’s all gone.
He had a woman he loved in Saigon,
I got a picture of him in her arms now.

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary,
out by the gas fires of the refinery,
I’m ten years burning down the road.
Nowhere to run, ain’t got nowhere to go . . .

Born in the USA, I was born in the USA.
Born in the USA, I’m a long gone daddy in the USA.
Born in the USA, born in the USA.
Born in the USA, I’m a cool rocking daddy in the USA.

 


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