I didn’t expect to run out of steam during the final days of NaBloPoMo. Then again, I didn’t expect to sprain the muscle on the back of my knee on Thanksgiving Day and windup in bed, leg elevated with ice on it. It seems that boredom empties the brain. Even choosing ‘interesting’ things to read from the bookshelves in front of me hasn’t sparked any interesting thoughts to share.
Yesterday’s post was, as they say, ‘random’. And it is rather odd that I’ve found myself referencing two presidents this month. I really don’t know much about Ike (Dwight D. Eisenhower), except that he was a successful WWII general and looked like a grandfatherly man of his generation. I had also forgotten that RMN was DDE’s vice president, setting the scene for his eventual election.
‘Tricky Dick’ Nixon, on the other hand, played a significant role in my young adult life, from the Vietnam War to Watergate to his resignation. After searching for a photo of him, I found myself singing “Dick Nixon, you’re never gonna kill us all… Dick Nixon, your genocide is bound to fall… Shoobie doobie Ag-en-ew.”
Searching for the lyrics to that song, I found a lengthy and wonderful list of anti-war/anti-Nixon music from the 1970’s and 80’s.
There were Nixon references, from critical to scathing, in songs by everyone from Gil Scott-Heron to Jefferson Airplane to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to the Steve Miller Band to Country Joe and the Fish to Stevie Wonder to Randy Newman to Pink Floyd to the Dead Kennedys to Tom Paxton to Funkadelic to James Taylor to Elton John, Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs. And there I found The Red Star Singers album, Force of Life, which contains the song, Pig Nixon:
“Who’s that eating out of the White House trough?
It looks like that pig Nixon…Hey Nixon
You’re never gonna kill us all, your genocide is bound to fall…
Jobs are pretty scarce, welfare payments getting lower…
Now Nixon says it’s getting better, but the people know the score
Because with inflation, war and Watergate, he just can’t fool us anymore”
Apparently I had replaced the word ‘Hey’ with the name Dick.
It seems that the current PEOTUS, DT, is being compared to Richard Nixon…
DT to New York Times during a highly publicized meeting on Tuesday: “As far as the, you know, potential conflict of interests, though, I mean I know that from the standpoint, the law is totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”
… footage from President Richard Nixon’s famous interview with David Frost. “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal,” Nixon said at the time.
“Trump and Nixon: just a couple of tricky dicks,” Seth Meyers said.
Dare we hope for a creative outpouring by contemporary musicians (heck, most of those guys are still around…) skewering the latest pig at the trough? Is it time for a folk revival? I, for one, could use a few catchy tunes and pithy lyrics to help raise my spirits during this dark and depressing time, not to mention the next four years. Anyone?