everybodys rights are everybodys business!

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

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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