…perhaps Morning Joe & the MSM would have remembered & celebrated her the day she died as they did Pete Seeger today.
Mr. Seeger’s career carried him from singing at labor rallies to the Top 10 to college auditoriums to folk festivals, and from a conviction for contempt of Congress (after defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s) to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama.
For Mr. Seeger, folk music and a sense of community were inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action.
Pete Seeger defended communism during the cold war and aided our enemies at a time when Americans were fighting.
During that same time Communism slaughtered 100 million people living under it and enslaved hundreds of millions more.
On the show they mentioned Seeger as a “Communist with a small ‘c’ ” Perhaps Democrat National Committee member Bill Connor should have described himself as a “KKK member with a small ‘k’ ” or Riefenstahl as a “Nazi with a small ‘n’ “?
I will acknowledge his skill as a singer & a songwriter and influence on American Music those are historical facts but I would no more celebrate his life than I would Riefenstahl
I’ll close with an exchange I had on twitter with a person defending those who are communists:
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) January 28, 2014
Remember there is no ideology so murderous that your association with it will make you unacceptable as long as you are of use to the left.
He’s serenading Stalin in heaven now. #PeteSeeger
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 28, 2014
As Pope Francis continually reminds us the mercy of God is available for all those who seek it sincerely and needing mercy myself I would be delighted if Mr. Seeger or any person seeks and receives the same mercy I hope for at the hour of death from God. There is however a huge difference between hoping for a soul’s salvation at death and using the desire as an reason to celebrate and excuse horrible decisions/associations made by someone in life. Update 2: American Power blog:
Historian Ronald Radosh writes: “Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Seeger called for peace, peaceful co-existence between the United States and the Soviet Union, singing songs like Put My Name Down, Brother, Where Do I Sign? — a ballad in favor of the Soviet Union’s phony international peace petition that favored unilateral disarmament by the West while leaving the Soviet atomic stockpile intact. He would sing and give his support to peace rallies and marches covertly sponsored by the Soviet Union and its Western front groups and dupes — while leaving his political criticism only for the United States and its defensive actions during the Cold War.”
If you are enabling the Soviet Empire that murdered millions and enslaved even more without critique and doing their dirty work for them denials of your support for them ring hollow.
Update 3: Instalanche I wonder if Carlos Henriquez the Boston Democrat still serving in the Mass House 568 days after his arrest & 14 days after his conviction for Assaulting a woman who refused him sex is taking notes that if you support the right side politically anything can be ignored, even a war on women.
Update 4: American Power links and get the full treatment from the left including this classic tweet:
— Peggy Brava (@PeggyBrava) January 28, 2014
The 100+ Million slaughtered under Communism during Mr. Seeger’s lifetime could not be reached for comment.
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) January 28, 2014
Update 5: Speaking of Nazi’s via the Examiner:
Pete Seeger song on involvement in WW 2 before the Nazi’s attacked the USSR:
Franklin D, listen to me,
You ain’t a-gonna send me ‘cross the sea.
You may say it’s for defense
That kinda talk ain’t got no sense.
Pete Seeger song after Hitler invaded the USSR
Now, Mr. President
You’re commander-in-chief of our armed forces
The ships and the planes and the tanks and the horses
I guess you know best just where I can fight …
So what I want is you to give me a gun
So we can hurry up and get the job done!
Coincidence I’m sure.
Update 6: Rick Moran writes at the American Thinker writes:
But for many of us, we can look beyond his misguided, even childish notions of politics to glory in his music.
Thomas Lifson responds:
Sorry, but he was an unrepentant communist. He was part of a movement that saw art as a servant of politics, so that is how[sic] his art must be judged. I would no more honor or mourn Seeger than I would an unrepentant “small ‘n’ Nazi.”
I’m like that with the Adventures of Robin Hood TV series. I enjoy it but have contempt for those who wrote it.
Update 7: Reader Richard Shuford notes this sentence “supports the right side” and thinks I should clarify that by “right side” I mean “the side the media / left thinks is correct or ‘right”
Update 8: Ed Driscol links
Update 9: Linked by Jim Lundgren at the Washington Post the new home of the Volokh Conspiracy who remembers a particular performance attacking LBJ on the Smothers brothers show:
I guess part of what I like about his performance of “Waist Deep” is that here he sings as if he really means it.
Well of COURSE he really meant it, the United State was at war with A communist regime backed by the USSR he knew what side he was on.
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