Woody Wednesday


By beginning with Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and then switching to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is your Land,” Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta, 30) engaged in a subtle but very radical critique of the immigration and other policies of Donald J. Trump. Her switch at the end to quoting the pledge of allegiance with the ending phrase “with justice and liberty for all” was a further critique of Trump’s latent white nationalism. For all.

Ms. Germanotta knew that Guthrie, an American leftist and radical, had written “This Land is your Land” as a satire on Berlin’s “God Bless America,” which he considered insufficiently alarmed, and narrowly nationalistic. He first wrote the lyrics in February, 1940, before he took an epic train ride across the country to New York. Ronald Briley, in his article “Woody Sez”: Woody Guthrie, the “People’s Daily World,” and Indigenous Radicalism,” California History 84.1 (2006): 30-43, shows that Guthrie had a regular column in the West Coast Communist newspaper, The People’s Daily World, in the year leading up to his composition of the lyrics (the tune was lifted from the Carter family).

Guthrie was born and brought up in Oklahoma. His father had been a small town realtor who opposed socialism, but who lost his business in the mid-1920s. Then after his mother developed a severe mental illness that made her a threat to those around her, Guthrie went with his father to Texas, where Guthrie Sr. got a job managing a boarding house.

Juan Cole


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29 Responses to Woody Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Well the puggers slid DuFus under the wire and corked Warren all in one day. Emboldened by their domination of Congress they feel they can control everything regardless of right or wrong. The Supremes will get the Muslim ban issue after Gosuck gets the nod to wrap up the entire government in a neat little pugger package, remove any checks and balances there is, and welcome in a Fascist Dictator rule that will eliminate opposition by force.

    Like I have said before, it is going to get ugly.


  2. Den says:

    The Muslim ban appears to be a setup for a false flag intended to allow full authoritarian rule, suspending rules of law, they will come for your property and take it by force.

    Enjoy the time we have left.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    The point Lady Gaga made was too subtle for the likes of The Donald.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Took 28 minutes through the slush and in a light rain to the Foundry.


    • David B. Benson says:

      And then home by the same route for 55 minutes of stick walking today. Light drizzle and the slush not as bad.

      Incidentally, there are a few birds in evidence. Day before yesterday a covey of 5 fat quail.


  5. º¿carol says:

    Attempting to post a video:


    • º¿carol says:

      Ooo, goody. Just had to paste the URL thing here. This is my favorite boxer video. He shows the boxer personality, at its best.


  6. º¿carol says:

    Our friends on the old David Corn blog.


  7. º¿carol says:

    Jill’s 1993 Corvette


  8. David B. Benson says:

    How does one pronounce Mankiw?


  9. º¿carol says:

    I’ve got the hang of putting pictures and videos on here! Cool!

    Got up to 38° here, snow gone except by the snow fence Pete installed for us. That proves the fence works, the only snow around. And it didn’t rain today so it was dry and brisk, I was able to walk Quincy around the ranch. Sure wish I could find my black gloves. They are just nowhere. I never take them anywhere, they HAVE to be in this house. I don’t wear gloves in the car, I only use them to walk Q or when I was going for walks in the evening. Jill got them for me last winter after my constant complaining about the white ones she gave me years ago having holes in a couple fingers on the left hand. She told me they were gloves she had when she was in high school, that’s how long I’ve been wearing them. No wonder they’re worn out.

    I thought maybe I set them down in the garage, can’t find them anywhere in there. If anywhere, they should be on the work bench, but nope. I’ll have to whine to Jill again, maybe she’ll find me another pair. They have to be knit, and they have to have leather/vinyl palms for gripping beer cans. 🙂


  10. º¿carol says:

    Jeff Sessions got in. Of course. I did read today that just about all cabinet picks get in, no matter the president. Perhaps when Trump goes, his bunch of pricks picks will go with him.

    Now we’re waiting for the 3 judge panel to make a pronouncement about Trump’s Muslim ban. From all I read today, they should rule against Trump. He doesn’t seem to have a leg to stand on.


  11. David B. Benson says:

    Mother Jones is magazine of the year.


  12. David B. Benson says:

    Maybe you would like to go next year, Den:

    All that gadgetry.


  13. Den says:

    Sir, please remain in your vehicle…oops


  14. David B. Benson says:

    Dern. I missed the string quartet performance by several of my favorite students. Walking conditions probably weren’t that bad, either.



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