Ain’t That America!

Even in the wake of mass destruction, heartbreak and abandonment, 84 year old Milvertha Hendricks wraps herself in the hope of America.

Milvertha Hendricks, 84
Milvertha Hendricks, 84, center waits in the rain with other flood victims outside the convention center in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. Officials called for a mandatory evacuation of the city, but many resident remained in the city and had to be rescued from flooded homes and hotels and remain in the city awaiting a way out. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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4 Responses to Ain’t That America!

  1. kj says:

    Hoosier born John Mellencamp’s song “Pink Houses”

    There’s a black man with a black cat livin’ in a black neighborhood
    He’s got an interstate runnin’ through his front yard
    You know he thinks that he’s got it so good
    And there’s a woman in the kitchen cleanin’ up the evenin’ slop
    And he looks at her and says, “Hey darlin’, I can remember when
    you could stop a clock.”

    Oh but ain’t that America for you and me
    Ain’t that America somethin’ to see baby
    Ain’t that America home of the free
    Little pink houses for you and me

    There’s a young man in a t-shirt
    Listenin’ to a rockin’ rollin’ station
    He’s got greasy hair, greasy smile
    He says, “Lord this must be my destination.”
    ‘Cause they told me when I was younger
    “Boy you’re gonna be president.”
    But just like everything else those old crazy dreams
    Just kinda came and went

    Well there’s people and more people
    What do they know know know
    Go to work in some high rise
    And vacation down at the Gulf of Mexico
    Ooh yeah
    And ther’s winners and there’s losers
    But they ain’t no big deal
    ‘Cause the simple man baby pays for the thrills, the bills,
    the pills that kill

    Oh but ain’t that America for you and me
    Ain’t that America somethin’ to see baby
    Ain’t that America home of the free
    Little pink houses for you and me

  2. Nick says:

    I’ve had that Mellancamp album for years (its called Uh-Huh, released in 1983). Wanna hear something almost as scary as President Cheney or President Hillary? In 1984 Ronald Reagan actually wanted to use this song as a camapign song for his re-election effort. Fortunately, Mellancamp told them they couldn’t do that and didn’t give permission.
    It’s safe to assume that the Reagan folks only heard the chorus. Really, what incumbent president (particularly a conservative) would want to campaign using a song that says

    “And there’s winners and there’s losers
    But they ain’t no big deal
    ‘Cause the simple man baby pays for the thrills, the bills,
    the pills that kill”. I was akid when this came out and understood Mellancamp was talking about the hard times Americans faced and their attmepts to cope with it with good ole American optimism. Why can’t elected GOP officials do a basic analysis of lyrics? And why do we elect them to solve the problems of the country when they can’t get song lyrics, let alone defense or health care policy?

  3. Ginny in CO says:

    Nick,

    Poppy did the same thing in ’88. His campaign wanted to use Bobby McFerrin’s
    “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” hit. (Bobby also refused)

    It’s a Republican thing – not being able to understand words, It’s why you can give them all the facts, statistics, reasons & logic til you are out of breath – they still only get it if it fits their frame. Keep the refrain – it fits. Ignore the full message of the song.

    It’s what they do with science, disaster planning……

  4. Nick says:

    Ginny,

    LOL, don’t I know it. Of course nothing tops Ronald Reagan trying to use virtually half the Bruce Springsteen catalog in 1984. Dole tried to use Born in the USA in 1996. Thankfully, the Boss stopped that.