November 2008


Author’s note: Click on the song title and band’s name at the end, of this post to listen to this song in its entirety and to visit a Web site dedicated to the band.

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You don’t need any more evidence of the signifigance of Death of the American Song, than to turn on the radio and hear stations across the dial cluttered with superficial musical offerings lacking substance, sung by singers who need extensive studio enhancement and augmentation to make their voices marketable, yet still dominating the airwaves, while this song sadly resides in obscurity.

-B

 

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So beat the drum slowly as they carry her away
All wrapped in white linen just as cold as the clay
I see Tammy and Patsy they’ve got their long black dresses on
Mourning the death of the American song

The radio is playing
Got the latest top ten on
The kind you hear today
That you know tomorrow will be gone

Stone Coyotees, Death of the American Song

 

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*Author’s note: Click on the words in green throughout this article for links to related video clips and supporting articles.

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Opening Bookend 

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by Bob Langham

There couldn’t have been a better demonstration of the American people’s rejection of the illegitimacy and the colossal failure of the Geore W. Bush presidency and the damage it inflicted than the two significant but sparsely covered events that bookend his eight year reign.

The opening bookend was in January of 2001 at his first inauguration whenThe People came in huge numbers, lined the motorcade route, and told the world in their loudest most angry  and certain voices, that they did not accept George W. Bush’s rule.

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The People, who were not blinded by party alliance, knew voters had been illegally removed from the voter rolls in order to eliminate the voters most likely to vote against Bush. They also knew a heavily partisan Supreme Court appointed  Bush to the office of President against the will of the people. They knew that he had cheated to gain this office and they were determined not to stand by in silence.

The entire motorcade protest aired on C-Span as it happened live. C-Span, to its credit, covered the protest in its entirety without pundit commentary to cloud the interpretation of the symbolism of the event. Viewers were able to see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears, the motorcade route packed with angry citizens of all ages, races, and walks of life, waving signs and screaming to the world to express their rejection of this leader that had been forced upon them.

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it was a powerful mandate that The People knew what they did last November and they were not going to stand for it.  

There was a sliver of hope at that time that it would effect some type of change, or a reversal of the election. At the very least, there was the thought that any human with any ounce of decency or honor would have accepted this overwhelming rejection by The People and walked away in defeat, his head bowed in shame, realizing he had not achieved the highest office in the country from the will of the people. The world soon tragically discovered that honor and decency were not in the make up of George W. Bush’s character.

Unfortunately, this massive protest was seen by only a few because the networks and cable giants neglected to cover it. Everyone knows, if the news organizations don’t report something, then it never happened and history and reality disappear down the memory hole. However, a brief clip of this rejection of Bush by the The People did end up in Fahrenheit 911 (refer to the link at the beginning of this post) to be seen by a larger audience and to be saved for posterity.

Closing Bookend

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 The closing bookend to George W. Bush’s presidency occurred on November 4, 2008, as The People surrounded the White House celebrating not just Barack Obama’s victory in the election, but the end to eight years of Bush’s disastrous reign over America and the world. The pundits tried to spin this symbolic event as just a victory celebration for Obama, where the celebration became the story as opposed to what was being celebrated. However, America and the world knew it was much more than that. The People were ecstatic that a person never invited into the White House (The People’s House), would now be evicted from that house.

If history does not betray the truth, as it so often does, these bookends will succinctly sum up the overall unpopular and unwelcome presidential legacy of George W. Bush.

-B

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*Author’s note: Click on the song title and artist’s name at the end of this post to listen to this song in its entirety and to visit a Web site dedicated to the singer.

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What a different turn history might have taken, had Michael Franti sang this song at the United Nations in 2003, instead of Colin Powell making his infamous fabricated case for war against Iraq.

 

-B

       

We can chase down all our enemies
bring them to their knees
we can bomb the world to pieces
but we can’t bomb it into peace

Michael Franti, Bomb the World

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