While Paul was sailing, his men all around
God told him that not a man should drown
If you trust in me and obey I will save you all today
It was sad when that great ship went down. ~ Pete Seeger
Thirty nine years ago in Morgan City Louisiana, I found myself staring into the barrel of gun pointed at my head by a man who at one time was Al Capone’s personal bodyguard…a man they called “The Grinch”. Three years ago in Beacon New York, I found myself staring into the friendly eyes of Pete Seeger at a gathering of Hudson Clearwater friends. Both men were my hosts…and could not possibly have been more opposite one another if one stood on the South Pole while the other stood on the North Pole. The former knew me, the latter did not. I loved them both.
I had just returned from a Tea Party gathering in Washington to protest Obamacare on the eve of the House vote. Within hours I was singing and playing in a song circle with Seeger and company…only in America! I played my original “Devil in Me” (linked below) in the key of G which they were on to in a heartbeat. I was struck by Seeger’s youth (91) and his every-man-ness…it was all a bit surreal. If I didn’t have to think about it, I’m sure I’d make a great Communist!
I honestly believe that it is my Liberal Heart that makes me a truly good Conservative. Not many Liberals can say they used to be Conservatives, but there are many of us Conservatives who finally found the steady ground of Conservatism in the course of life’s trials and errors, successes and failures. I imagine it’s much easier for a Communist to make music in a Capitalist country than it would be for a Capitalist to do so in a Communist country. I’m sure there are taxpayer-funded studies…
Like the repeating cycle in Pete’s “Where have all the flowers gone?” Flowers>Young Girls>Husbands>Soldiers>Graveyards>Flowers…We’ve been here SO many times before! How many lifetimes of ginning up the “everymen” to hate the “1%” by $4 million-vacation-loving Presidents and $25 million-per-year Daily Show Hosts will we endure, like lemmings to the same old cliff? The President called for “Action” last night…they always do. Where will the everyman be then? Maybe Pete knows…now.
Titanic decks are getting wet from icebergs of misery…Devil in Me