Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
Greenest state in the Land of the Free
Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree
Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three.
Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier!
Reading the news this morning about Fess Parkers death was somewhat shocking, but only because the NYTimes talked about the ad campaign for Disney that used the coonskin cap that was so coveted by all my friends, ( I can still remember Louis Jullien arriving from Hawaii decked out in his buckskin jacket & coonskin cap, looking extremely dapper for a 7 year old. I could not have been more jealous.). Was there ever a time of innocence in this country, a time when stuff just happened as a natural consequence of events? I guess not. Certainly not today.
For the past few days while the health care bill was being debated, there has been some serious name calling going on in Washington–in the halls of congress. It’s these crazy tea party folks again. But what’s even more frightening is Tom Coburn of Oklahoma called the passage of health care “the greatest assault on liberty this country has ever had.” This kind of language is unacceptable, but the underlying behavior is even more disturbing. The notion that a United States Senator would say such nonsense would be really amazing if we had not just lived through eight years of lies, half-truths, and exaggerations all told in an effort to further the political fortunes of one party–not for the betterment of our country–but for the financial and political ends of the Republican Party. When do we start impeaching these morons? More than four thousand soldiers have died because of lies. Hundreds of thousand of Iraqis, and Afghanis have died over lies. Carl Rove can call it whatever he likes while he attempts to rewrite history. I believe that saying we probably would not have invaded Iraq if we’d known there were no WMD is possibly the greatest understatement ever made by a politician.
The Bush doctrine to invade a country if they even appear to be threat would be my vote for the ‘greatest assault on liberty this country has ever had.’
I believe that a supreme court that says a corporation has the same rights as an individual and allows those corporate entities to then parlay their somewhat greater resources (ha!) into supporting candidates or issues that will benefit said corporations financially is ‘the greatest assault on liberty this country has ever had.’ These people are selling America out to the highest bidder.
And now these losers, the Republicans, the minority, the ones who were voted out of office, are inciting near riots. Are they hoping for another presidential assassination? What comes next? This is simply unconscionable behavior. What really does come next? They have lost the election, and now the prevailing Republican attitude is to simply not participate in governing, but to spread more fear and more lies.
Davy Crockett would be rolling in his grave, but Fess Parker was all too aware of Disney’s marketing tie-ins with the makers of those nifty coon skin caps.