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Well. . . You asked!!! LOL!

I call this Political Satire ala Musical Comedy! LOL! :D

Meet Randy Rainbow! He's been around for a while, it seems. But his notoriety has grown since Trump took office. He's now doing tours of his schtick! Amy and I are going to see Randy Rainbow perform in Provincetown, MA, next month. He's also coming around our neck of the woods and will be performing at The Egg, in Albany, NY (which is a bigger venue)! We might see him there, too. Amy and I haven't been in Provincetown in YEARS! It's a fun place, to say the least! This video is just one of MANY. I wonder if Randy Rainbow will perform this song during his live show. It's based off one of Gilbert and Sullivan's well-known songs. It's biting, and it's freakin' funny! LOL! :D

I was hoping this thread would be a way, through the arts, to attempt to bring people together to see each others points of view and learn from each other. I am not sure this "comedy routine" that makes fun of the president will do that. If our country is to succeed I think we should all try to remain civil for a common good. I appreciate the way MLK protested because it was done civilly, peacefully, and respectfully. In my opinion this is not very respectful. I am afraid if 'we the people' cannot be respectful when discussing politics then nothing will ever be solved, and because of that we will leave quite a mess for our kids, grandkids etc. Just sayin..

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THANK YOU DAISY4RN!

Great video, great song, great message.

I'm a big fan of Merle Haggard. This song from before 2008 is still good.

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My Rainbow Race by Pete Seeger

One blue sky above us, one ocean lapping all our shore

One earth so green and round, who could ask for more?

And because I love you I'll give it one more try

To show my rainbow race, it's too soon to die

Some folks want to be like an ostrich

Bury their heads in the sand

Some hope that plastic dreams

Can unclench all those greedy hands

Some hope to take the easy way

Poisons, bombs, they think we need 'em

Don't you know you can't kill all the unbelievers?

There's no shortcut to freedom

Go tell, go tell all the little children

Tell all the mothers and fathers too

Now's our last chance to learn to share

What's been given to me and you

One blue sky above us, one ocean lapping all our shore

One earth so green and round, who could ask for more?

And because I love you I'll give it one more try

To show my rainbow race, it's too soon to die

I sang along with the Clancy Brothers alone at my laptop. It was nice.

I once got to sing it with hundreds on the Huntington Beach pier.

Edited by herring_RN

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Too bad this 1941 song is still topical today. I thing we can help them lose with activism and votes, not another war.

Woody Guthrie with Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry

All You Fascists

I'm gonna tell all you fascists, you may be surprised

People all over this world are getting organized

You're bound to lose

You fascists are bound to lose

Race hatred cannot stop us, this one thing I know

Poll tax and Jim Crow and greed have got to go

You're bound to lose

You fascists are bound to lose

All you fascists are bound to lose

You fascists are bound to lose

You fascists are bound to lose

You're bound to lose, you fascists

Are bound to lose

People of every color marching side by side

Marching across these fields where a million fascists died

You're bound to lose

You fascists are bound to lose

All you fascists are bound to lose

You fascists are bound to lose

You fascists are bound to lose

You're bound to lose, you fascists

Are bound...

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I was hoping this thread would be a way, through the arts, to attempt to bring people together to see each others points of view and learn from each other. I am not sure this "comedy routine" that makes fun of the president will do that. If our country is to succeed I think we should all try to remain civil for a common good. I appreciate the way MLK protested because it was done civilly, peacefully, and respectfully. In my opinion this is not very respectful. I am afraid if 'we the people' cannot be respectful when discussing politics then nothing will ever be solved, and because of that we will leave quite a mess for our kids, grandkids etc. Just sayin..

Interesting. . .

The original post requested the following:

Please post any poetry, visual art, or music about our political situation(s)

There's a distinction between people respectfully discussing/debating politics (which, admittedly, is a rarity nowadays) and political commentary through art and music. There's a long-standing history of rather "biting" political commentary through art and music. I have no doubt that what I posted ain't "everyone's cup of tea". But it sure does fall into the LONG TRADITION of political satire, or "poetry, visual art, or music about our political situation(s)". If anyone would like to engage in a respectful political discussion/debate that is focused on facts, values and concerns, then please start a thread directing that such a discussion take place.

Just an FYI. . . I hold deep roots in musical-comedy/musical-theater. I find great joy in discovering biting and irreverent political satire ala Randy Rainbow! My loving wife and I, both music-theater lovers and performers, are SOOOO looking forward to seeing and hearing Randy Rainbow live next month!

By the way, Gilbert and Sullivan's "Major-General's Song" (which Randy Rainbow uses for his political satire) is, itself, political satire!! The original lyrics to this song "satires the idea of the 'modern' educated British Army Officer of the latter 19th Century." Much of Gilbert and Sullivan's musicals are political commentaries of their era. I LOVE it! LOL! :D

Major-General's Song - Wikipedia

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I was hoping this thread would be a way, through the arts, to attempt to bring people together to see each others points of view and learn from each other. I am not sure this "comedy routine" that makes fun of the president will do that. If our country is to succeed I think we should all try to remain civil for a common good. I appreciate the way MLK protested because it was done civilly, peacefully, and respectfully. In my opinion this is not very respectful. I am afraid if 'we the people' cannot be respectful when discussing politics then nothing will ever be solved, and because of that we will leave quite a mess for our kids, grandkids etc. Just sayin..

I'm sure you were just as distressed about all the protesters who carried signs of Obama with a bone through his nose, dressed in native African dress, who burned him in effigy, and said such horrible, racist things about him and Michelle Obama. Or was that different somehow?? I used to be respectful toward even the politicians I disagreed with, but I've learned from the Right that that is completely outdated and unnecessary, there is no limit to how unpleasant and inflammatory you can be when protesting. I found the Randy Rainbow song quite civilized, esp. in comparison to a lot of protests I've seen from the Right.

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Interesting. . .

The original post requested the following:

There's a distinction between people respectfully discussion/debating politics (which, admittedly, is a rarity nowadays) and political commentary through art and music. There's a long-standing history of rather "biting" political commentary through art and music. I have no doubt that what I posted ain't "everyone's cup of tea". But it sure does fall into the LONG TRADITION of political satire, or "poetry, visual art, or music about our political situation(s)". If anyone would like to engage in a respectful political discussion/debate that is focused on facts, values and concerns, then please start a thread directing that such a discussion take place.

Just an FYI. . . I hold deep roots in musical-comedy/musical-theater. I find great joy in discovering biting and irreverent political satire ala Randy Rainbow! My loving wife and I, both music-theater lovers and performers, are SOOOO looking forward to seeing and hearing Randy Rainbow live next month!

By the way, Gilbert and Sullivan's "Major-General's Song" (which Randy Rainbow uses for his political satire) is, itself, political satire!! The original lyrics to this song "satires the idea of the 'modern' educated British Army Officer of the latter 19th Century." Much of Gilbert and Sullivan's musicals are political commentaries of their era. I LOVE it! LOL! :D

Major-General's Song - Wikipedia

I understand what the title of the thread is and I also appreciate the arts. I just don't think that this type of art is very helpful to the country and 'we the people' as a whole. I have seen many things done in the name of art that I would also feel the same way about, on both sides of the political spectrum, because it tends to divide instead of come together to find common ground. Just my opinion, and of course, you are entitled to yours as well, respectfully agree to disagree.

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I'm sure you were just as distressed about all the protesters who carried signs of Obama with a bone through his nose, dressed in native African dress, who burned him in effigy, and said such horrible, racist things about him and Michelle Obama. Or was that different somehow?? I used to be respectful toward even the politicians I disagreed with, but I've learned from the Right that that is completely outdated and unnecessary, there is no limit to how unpleasant and inflammatory you can be when protesting. I found the Randy Rainbow song quite civilized, esp. in comparison to a lot of protests I've seen from the Right.

I don't see how anyone can discuss civility without calling out the behavior of the current President. His office, money, ego, etc. does not give him a pass. His followers seem to lap that all up, yet will be quick to criticize those that speak out against it.

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I'm sure you were just as distressed about all the protesters who carried signs of Obama with a bone through his nose, dressed in native African dress, who burned him in effigy, and said such horrible, racist things about him and Michelle Obama. Or was that different somehow?? I used to be respectful toward even the politicians I disagreed with, but I've learned from the Right that that is completely outdated and unnecessary, there is no limit to how unpleasant and inflammatory you can be when protesting. I found the Randy Rainbow song quite civilized, esp. in comparison to a lot of protests I've seen from the Right.

Hmmm, just a little judgemental for someone who doesn't even know me!

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Hmmm, just a little judgemental for someone who doesn't even know me!

So, what's the answer to the question? Were you just as offended by the right wing venom toward the Obamas, and were you lecturing them about "we the people" and "coming together to find common ground"? Or were you not bothered by the open racism and hatred?

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So, what's the answer to the question? Were you just as offended by the right wing venom toward the Obamas, and were you lecturing them about "we the people" and "coming together to find common ground"? Or were you not bothered by the open racism and hatred?

Yes, I was offended by racist and disrespectful comments made to the Obamas. I am offended by any racist, disrespectful, venom, hatred, toward any people by any people. There is not any political stance on either side (or any other stance) that makes being disrespectful OK. People can (and always will) have differences of opinions etc., the only way to to find a common ground, which can hopefully lead to some resolution, is to be able to have an open, respectful dialogue. When people speak and/or behave disrespectfully to others it tends to make one defensive and no true communication will happen. We (as human beings) are all in this together. We (as Americans) have had differences of opinions since circa 1776 (and prior), this will never change. What has changed is the way some people feel free to be disrespectful (to a higher degree) to others whether in person or online. I just think that we should all try to remain civil while discussing our different opinions (which we are all entitled to). I really do worry about the country, we all live here and I think the incivility is hurting us all personally, and together as a country.

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Yes, I was offended by racist and disrespectful comments made to the Obamas. I am offended by any racist, disrespectful, venom, hatred, toward any people by any people. There is not any political stance on either side (or any other stance) that makes being disrespectful OK. People can (and always will) have differences of opinions etc., the only way to to find a common ground, which can hopefully lead to some resolution, is to be able to have an open, respectful dialogue. When people speak and/or behave disrespectfully to others it tends to make one defensive and no true communication will happen. We (as human beings) are all in this together. We (as Americans) have had differences of opinions since circa 1776 (and prior), this will never change. What has changed is the way some people feel free to be disrespectful (to a higher degree) to others whether in person or online. I just think that we should all try to remain civil while discussing our different opinions (which we are all entitled to). I really do worry about the country, we all live here and I think the incivility is hurting us all personally, and together as a country.

So what are your thoughts about the daily incivility of Mr. Trump?

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