July 3rd, 2009

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Music for the Fourth

I have a canonical set of music to listen to on the Fourth of July: Fanfare for the Common Man, New England Tryp--er, Trip--uh, Three-Part Whatchamacallit, the 1812 Overture, "Stars and Stripes Forever"...

..and Steppenwolf.

Probably not too many of even the shrinking portion of the population that remembers "Born to Be Wild" or "Magic Carpet Ride" remembers their album Monster and its title cut, their very quick overview of the history and then-current problems of the US (remember, this was back in the time of the Vietnam War and Nixon), but in this time, amid the festering, corrupt obscenity that is the Obama administration, the last chorus is more applicable than ever:

America, where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now,
We can't fight alone against the Monster...

I'm tempted to put it on a sign for the Tea Party event tomorrow.

UPDATE: How could I have forgotten Copland's A Lincoln Portrait? I have a version narrated by Katherine Hepburn. By the time it was recorded, her voice had acquired that wobble that was so heartbreaking to hear, but strangely, it is perfect for the piece; she's the feminine equivalent of that implacable bearded fellow on the Kansas album cover. The quote from the last Lincoln-Douglas debate is appropriate to our time:

It is the eternal struggle between two principles, right and wrong, throughout the world. It is the same spirit that says 'you toil and work and earn bread, and I'll eat it.' No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation, and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.
  • Current Music
    New England Triptych, just to show I can spell it, at least after Googling
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Things to look forward to under ObamaCare

Massive cost overruns, of course. Just look at Medicare for an example--but let's look to a recent example from a land with government-run health care of the kind the left drools for:

Hospital patient so shocked at dirty ward she climbed out to clean it herself

After 12 years cleaning care homes and private houses, Tereza Tosbell has a keen eye for a dirty room.

But the last place she expected to need her skills was in hospital - where she was a patient.

The sick 48-year-old was so disgusted at the conditions after three days on a 'filthy' ward that she grabbed the antibacterial fluid dispenser at the end of her bed and some hand towels from the bathroom.

She set about cleaning her four-bed ward, even going down on hands and knees to sanitise the floor as she dragged her drip trolley behind her.
  • Current Music
    "Welcome to My Nightmare," Alice Cooper