This is AMERICA to Me!

From the Internet, a comparison of the crowds present at the last two Inaugurations for a new President

From the Internet, a comparison of the crowds present at the last two Inaugurations for a new President

In our Writing Group last week, the prompt was “This is AMERICA to Me!”
We had five minutes to write about that,
To Heal our Souls through Writing,
To say Something.
Here is what I said, and it seemed a good day to share it…

Truth as Truth, not as Truthiness or Post-Truth or MisSpeaking or what we used to call simply “LIES”
The wretched Gollum Spin-Doctor…
Daughter of RONALD REAGAN’s HateJuice
HILLARY CLINTON who was brought down by Russia, WikiLeakes, the RNC, the FBI, the CIA, and Mysogynistic Fearmongering WhiteMails Everywhere, in an Election she STILL won by 3-Million Votes!
This is AMERICA to Me!
I don’t grab anyone by the Pussy!
No offense, but I just don’t do that.
I mean I wouldn’t!
I Mean I wouldn’t Anyway!
Even if I…
OH GEEZ, are these the conversations we are meant to have now?

MELANIA TRUMP I feel bad for.
I really do.
She is in a Life for which she didn’t sign up,
Though one does wonder how Anyone could Fuck That.
I mean, FUCK THAT!

But the Class and Grace and Dignity I see flying out the window today…
That is AMERICA to Me!
And Freedom
And Healthy Disagreement
I know.
I’m in Show Business!
But Still!
She said it!

And it was like when JAY LENO two nights after 9/11 mocked OSAMA BIN LADEN with the “Dancing BIN LADENs”
And we recovered through Humour
HUMOUR eradicates Fear!
Why do you think tRUMP wants SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cancelled?
He knows this!
We Laugh in the Face of the FearMongering Monster
We laugh at how he cowers to PUTIN holding “the Pee Pee Tape.”
And like the Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ, before DOROTHY arrives —
when he has No Courage —
He whimpers, and cowers, saying, “Awwwww! Ya’ didn’t have to hit me!”
Our Laughter Eradicates our Fear!

We recover through Laughter and Tears!
The Fearmongering Monster has No Courage — He is deClawed and deFanged,
And he holds No Power over us!
This is our recognition of Freedom…
Through prophets

And now there are Prophets again:

MICHELLE OBAMA inspiring us, and reminding us, “We Go High!”…
SUE BOARDMAN’s story of over two thousand GrandMothers, standing to save the world…
ELENA SIMON reading the Constitution out loud in the Gallery of BARD GRADUATE CENTER today after learning of their severe budget cuts brought about by tRUMP gutting the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES yesterday…
BARACK OBAMA leading the people in singing “Amazing Grace” during his Eulogy of slain South Carolina State Senator and Charleston Pastor, CLEMENTA PINCKNEY…

Everyone Marching
Everyone on Social Media
Speaking Out!
Dissent is Patriotic!

What would a World be like with No Borders?
If instead of building our Militaries to defend ourselves from one another,
We put all that money and resource into Education and Arts and the Edification of One Another, Developing as One World — One People…
How far would that advance Humanity?
Well the Greatest Experiment in what that could manifest is going on right now!
That Experiment is called the United States of America,
In which fifty independent little countries (we call them “states”) pool their resources and Come Together to Support One Another.
The result?
The Greatest SuperPower in the History of the World.
But it’s still less than two-hundred-and-fifty years old.
So we don’t really know yet how it’s going to work out.
We’re finding that out.
And We — US Today, Here, Now — are a part of that Experiment!
It is up to US to make it work!
That’s’ why it’s called the “U.S.”

Tomorrow is the March.
A Woman here wanted to go.
So I am working her shift so that she can.
I want to be there.
But I am sacrificing that so that someone else can be there.
US Together.

We the People
Surviving this!
We the People
Making our Voices Heard!
We the People
Rising to Protect the Children of those who choose not to protect us!
We the People!

This is America to Me!

Note: I wanted to end with Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” but I could not find a recording of the original Lyrics, as they have been heavily censored over the Years.
So here are two recordings, the first of Woody, with the second half of the song clearly censored, but at least it’s his voice.
The second is from the documentary, WOODY GUTHRIE, HARD TRAVELIN — it’s closer, but still not exactly the protest song that he wrote.
So the Lyrics from are printed below…

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

Also, did you know that DONALD tRUMP’s Father was WOODIE GUTHRIE”s LandLord?
GUTHRIE wrote this poem about him:

Old Man Trump
Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Ryan Harvey

I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate
He stirred up in that bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed that color line
Here at his Beach Haven family project

Beach Haven ain’t my home!
No, I just can’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain,
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower
Where no black folks come to roam,
No, no, Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!

I’m calling out my welcome to you and your man both
Welcoming you here to Beach Haven
To love in any way you please and to have some kind of a decent place
To have your kids raised up in.

Beach Haven ain’t my home!
No, I just can’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain,
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower
Where no black folks come to roam,
No, no, Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!

And here’s a Video of it set to Music:

Here’s a report about it from The New York Times:

WOODY GUTHRIE performed with a sign on his guitar which read, “THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS.”
WOODY GUTHRIE is America to Me!
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