I prayed for the people of Egypt. Government of the people is not easy. I wish they had a process for impeachment rasther than government controlled by the army.
I remember watching the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) with my Dad the first year we had a TV. My Daddy explained to his girls and our older cousins what it was about.
My dad wasn't a fan of banjo music, but he came to admire Pete seeger during those hearings.
Pete said,"I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it."
And another answer was, " I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody. That is the only answer I can give along that line. If your definition of a communist is one who loves all humanity no matter their situation in life, the color of their skin, or their opinions than you may wrongly infer that I am a communist."
More from the transcript:
Mr. SCHERER: Let me understand. You are not relying on the Fifth Amendment, are you?
Mr. SEEGER: No, sir, although I do not want to in any way discredit or depreciate or depredate the witnesses that have used the Fifth Amendment, and I simply feel it is improper for this committee to ask such questions.
Mr. SCHERER: And then in answering the rest of the questions, or in refusing to answer the rest of the questions, I understand that you are not relying on the Fifth Amendment as a basis for your refusal to answer?
Mr. SEEGER: No, I am not, sir.
Daddy explained to us that Pete did not plead the Fifth. He relied on the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Later my Daddy said in the presence of my Mom, her mother,brother, and sister, and all the kids with Oklahoma Wheat fields waving and the ribbon of highway, "I think some day Pete Seeger will sing for the President of the United States."
He didn't live to hear it, but he was right. We held a conference call as we cousins, my aunt, and our children watched and listened to uncle ******'s prediction come true.
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Egypt has a long history as one of the first great civilizations. I hope the people of Egypt somehow create an excellent government.