Joel Houtman, in his letter dated July 12, wrote that he is amused that people in the Tea Party would sing a song written by a communist union supporter.
For the record, Woody (Woodrow Wilson) Guthrie wrote hundreds of political, traditional and children’s songs, ballads and improvised works. According to Wikipedia, the first version of “This Land is Your Land,” written in 1940, included several political verses. Those verses were not included in the 1944 recorded version or in the first-known professionally printed publication by Ludlow Music in 1956.
And by the way, Woody’s son, Arlo Guthrie, who originally followed in his father’s footsteps, is now a “Libertarian” Republican!
So, for the people in the Tea Party to sing “This Land is Your Land” is no more inconsistent with their principles than when they say “The Pledge of Allegiance”; which, by the way, was originally written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, another socialist!
The Tea Party’s three principles are: limited constitutional government, fiscal responsibility and free markets.
These three principles allow people the freedom to own this wonderful land that we live in. Remember the phrase, “We The People …” ?
If Joel Houtman read the lyrics, he might gain an understanding of how appropriate the song is for the Tea Party.
“This land is your land, this land is my land … this land was made for you and me.”
The writer of the song may have written the words for another purpose, but words, once written, take on a meaning of their own. That song is now an American Classic, and “The Pledge of Allegiance” is repeated coast to coast.
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