The Republican Party has spent a very long time winning elections on the basis of obfuscation and scapegoating, instead of winning on facts and superior policy. But they can’t spin the reality that people are hurting, and they want the pain to stop already.
This post is excerpted and adapted from a longer post from ten years ago, on my other blog, hungryblues.net, about loving music that my father loved. In pulling out this part about Pete Seeger, I realize it’s also about how, in a very personal way, I’ve come to see Pete’s rendition of Abiyoyo as an allegory for the famous message written on his banjo, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.”
I haven’t quite known what to say, but I had to say something. A little homegoing for Pete on the blog. Songs led by Pete of course.