Your crusty chronicler quickly becomes cranky after way too many memes about the upcoming election have been posted on his wall. Every election we—the majority—elect a leader. All too soon after, another group of us decide to badmouth the dude for which most of us voted.
The internet—also known as the worldwide web—stretches across the planet. Does the American right of freedom of speech extend that far? Should it?
The USA is the best country in the world. Why do you think all those illegal aliens can’t wait to come here legally? Why do you think performers and artists of all sorts come here to work?
Consider this: some people think your mom is a whore. It might be true but do you really want the neighbors privy to this? We may not be perfect but do we really need to air our dirty laundry everywhere? No, we do not. (Do you really want those flag-burning foreigners in those other memes to know we can’t choose a good leader?)
But this is America. We have the right to say anything no matter how stupid. Your weary writer agrees. In the hopes of getting more thoughtful and creative reactions to the election, however, he posed the following challenge to numerous Facebook friends:
“OK. I surrender. If you are all going to insist on posting all the political stuff then we are gonna do this MY way. Here is your chance to send a message to Obama and/or Mitt Romney. One catch: it must be in the form of a song. Send me the following info:
NAME of Candidate: (OBAMA or ROMNEY)
- SONG TITLE:
- OPTIONAL: ONE–ONLY ONE sentence of explanation in case your choice is too clever! “
Here then, in chronological order, are the final results of this “like-pulling-teeth” experience:
California-based singer-songwriter Natasha James dedicated her 2011 song “My Country Has The Blues” to both Obama and Romney adding: “Our situation as a country is the same no matter who’s looking.”
Massage Therapist Jennifer Zeigler Keller doesn’t mean to rub any democrats the wrong way but she dedicated AC/DC’s 1979 hit “Highway to Hell” to our elected incumbent Obama.
Scrotum, PA resident Jeanmarie Coyne suggested Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic “Us and Them” as am “ode to both” candidates. (No doubt she is hoping the victor doesn’t leave us stranded on The Dark Side of the Moon.)
“Swexy” Kittie Shaughnessy offered up “Eve of Destruction” to Obama. This hit protest tune was covered by several artists including the Turtles in 1970.
Burbank babe Irene Tregaro suggested one song that could work for either candidate: The Who’s 1981 track “You Better You Bet”.
Recording artist Kent Crawford dedicates the ditty “Piece of Crap” to both Obama and Romney. It’s a 1994 tune by Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
Quality Manager Shelly Youngbloom Carswell suggested the titular track “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen. She dedicates the 1984 cut to Romney “because he was born here for sure no doubt!”
Former Taft High School Tootsie Tina Miller mulled it over and came up with 1989’s “Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins for our current leader and this year’s “Pontoon” by Little Big Town for Romney.
“More” Maureen Howell-Baune says: “In my opinion this fits either the Republicans or the Democrats: ‘It’s My Party’ by Lesley Gore.” (This song goes back to 1963 and is almost as old as your rascally reporter.)
It was wonderful to see some folks put some thought into this as opposed to attacking parties and posting pre-manufactured memes. To the above participants: thanks for putting your music where your mouth is. Politics can be fun when you musically mock the vote!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.