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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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