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May 21, 2004

Let America Be America Again?

A little background on John Kerry's new campaign slogan, from CrushKerry.com. The phrase is taken from a poem by Langston Hughes. One wonders if this is how John Kerry sees America:

(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek--
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one's own greed!


O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath--
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain--
All, all the stretch of these great green states--
And make America again!

My goodness - sounds like Kerry's having Winter Soldier flashbacks... Another hat tip to EconoPundit. Perhaps under a Kerry presidency, we can finally confess our sins and have them washed clean in the pure and limpid waters of the United Nations.

- Cassandra

May 21, 2004 at 09:57 AM | Permalink


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The Man has asked me to post this message:
"Mea culpa, Senator Kerry. I had no idea how I poorly I was treating you."

Posted by: KJ at May 21, 2004 10:10:23 AM

The Man is also mad at me for putting a typo in his message. It should read:

"Mea culpa, Senator Kerry. I had no idea how poorly I was treating you."

Posted by: KJ at May 21, 2004 10:11:32 AM

Yeah! Let America be America again!
MAKE America be America again!
I want a DeSoto and a bomb shelter in the backyard!
I want Reingold Beer and Friday night fights on a black and white TV!
I want housewives in frilly dresses and aprons!
I want egg-creams from a soda fountain and some Turkish Taffy.
I want a good Ten Cent Cigar dammit!
I'm on strike until America starts being America again.
"Helk NO! We want Mo! Helk NO! We want Mo!"
Get hoppin' people! And don't forget to get my monthly check out to me on time.

Posted by: spitwad radiator at May 21, 2004 11:50:16 AM

Ain't that America
for you and me
Ain't that America
something to see
Ain't that America
Little pink houses
for you and me.

Let's paint it pink.
That'll fix it.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at May 21, 2004 12:13:05 PM

America when I was younger.
Walking down the street with a Mossberg 12 Ga. shotgun and .30 cal Redhawk and no one taking you for a threat because they know you`re just going out to the woods to do some shootin`.

Going to the hardware store and buying dynamite and blasting caps to blow up stumps.

Being able to buy M-80s almost anywhere.

Learning from your dad how to make carbide bombs, beer and moonshine.

Having you dad buy you a Studebaker truck for your 14th birthday and saying "There it is, learn to drive" but letting you learn on your own with no supervision.

After watching "Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn" with a friend, deciding that we could be adventurous too, swimming across the Ohio river. (We were 12 and didn`t realize that it was over a mile wide and that the current would take us 12 miles down river before we got to the other side) Having to ask a farmer to take us back in his boat be cause we were too tired to swim back and to walk was about 40 miles around.

In the winter,waking up at 4 A.M. to chop a cord of wood, shovel a ton of coal to the furnace and then walking to school in 3 feet of snow with a wind chill of forty below zero, 15 miles, up hill both ways.
(This last one is in honor of my parents)

Posted by: joatmoaf at May 21, 2004 1:04:43 PM

God I thought that poem was from Ranbutan!

Posted by: Purple Raider at May 21, 2004 2:17:24 PM

When you were walking through the snow uphill to school in 40 below weather,
were you barefoot too?
Ha! I thought not.
Coddled were you, Jedi.

Posted by: spitwad radar at May 21, 2004 2:29:39 PM