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Thursday, November 5, 2009

"Rebels without a Cause!"

Folks on the ground at the Bachmann event in D.C. have just reported in. The "Iron Bard" was one of the first people on the steps this morning. According to reports, one person in the nearly 45,000 people estimated at the event, intentionally got themselves arrested, papering Nancy Pelosi's office and the hallway with papers from the 2,000 page health-care bill. At the risk of being crass, I can only say that if that had been a Jolly Rogers papering job, I would have used rolls of Charmin - because it's "baby-soft."

However, the rest of the event went peacefully except for a number of arrests of those protesting the protesters - so we know that "pro-bill" folks made some trips to the pokey.

The Iron Bard says it was a tight squeeze there on the steps with the crowd chanting "kill the bill." The press from the crowd behind her was amazing, she said. John Voight was there, Mark Levin, made an appearance as well as some others. There were also many Republican Congressmen who came out to speak to the crowd.

They actually did get their walk up and down the halls, as promised. Mary Ellen Burke, Communications Manager with Americans for Prosperity called the number of people closer to 20,000, but said "I think it's hard to ignore 20,000 people who show up at your office door."

Rep. Jerry Connolly (D-VA) had 300 to 400 people show up at his office. George Burke, Connolly's assistant said Connolly spoke directly with folks and made staff members available to answer questions. Most folks were polite. Connolly has not yet made a decision on how he will vote.

White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, called them "Rebels without a Cause." It would be wise for Gibbs Blob to remember that a British Army Surgeon in the French and Indian War, wrote the original tune "Yankee Doodle" to ridicule the New England forces. Despite becoming a widespread insult used by the British, the colonials took that song and used it as their own. And when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, his accompanying music was played by the Americans - "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

I wonder what music will be playing when Gibbs and his ilk are thrown out of office.

It will become a kind of anthem for me.


Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Gooding
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.

Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

And then we saw a swamping gun
Large as a log of maple
Upon a deuced little cart
A load for father's cattle.

And every time they shoot it off
It takes a horn of powder
It makes a noise like father's gun
Only a nation louder.

1 comment:

  1. I've always known that tune as "Yankee Doodle" -- "Yankee Doodle Dandy" was the George M. Cohan song ("Oh, I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, Yankee Doodle do or die...").

    I have often been told that the song played with Cornwallis' surrender was "The World Turned Upside Down" (for which I've seen two completely different sets of music).

    Of additional interest is how "Yankee Doodle" became fodder for parody by both sides in the North American war of 1861-1865 (choose whichever popular name you prefer).


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