Skip to comments.Cancelled in Berkeley (Veterans Day)
Posted on 10/23/2005 11:17:14 AM PDT by USMC Veteran
Berkeleys Veterans Day ceremony, scheduled for Nov. 11, was abruptly canceled on Monday because the volunteer organizing committee split over the political content.
At issue was a proposal by the chairman, singer/songwriter Country Joe McDonald, to have Bill Mitchell, a co-founder of Cindy Sheehans organization, Gold Star Families for Peace, as the keynote speaker.
You can read the complete article here.
Country Joe McDonald. A name that returns me to the Vietnam days. Somewhere in the basement or garage, I have a box or two of old record albums. One of those albums is Country Joe and the Fish. It has a version of Joes Veitnam anti-war protest song, Feel Like Im Fixin to Die Rag, recorded at Woodstock. The most popular aspect of this verision is the cheer at the beginning, which, in case youre curious didnt spell FISH. Hey, when youre a teenager, youre liable to listen to anything without thinking of its indoctrinating effects.
And its one, two, three, what are we fighting for dont ask me I dont give a damn, next stop is Viet Nam And its five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates aint no time to wonder why, whoopee were all gonna die
For everyone who has been looking for a connection between Vietnam and Iraq: here it is. The same pot heads that protested then and humiliatated returning American Soldiers are willing to do it again. They long for their glory days.
Come on mothers throughout the landpack your boys off to Viet Namcome on fathers dont hesitatesend your sons off before its too lateand you can be the first ones on your block to have your boy come home in a box
I think its clear how Joe would prefer to honor Veterans on their day and welcome them home. Same as he did then. Actually, I discovered Joes newest song at his website. Yes, the website with great links like Pot News. <> Support the Troops is what Pot fan Joe calls his newest anti-war tune. Im just not sure whose troops Joe supports.
Some day soon, dont know whenWe?ll see the wounded women and menLining the walls of American streetsHands out begging for something to eat
Thats Joes impression. Veteran same as vagrant.
Hey Joe, since youre such a gifted writer and poet, maybe youll recall this verse from Rudyard Kiplings Tommy.
For its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an Chuck him out, the brute! But its Saviour of is country, when the guns begin to shoot; An its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an anything you please; But Tommy aint a bloomin fool you bet that Tommy sees!
Like Tommy, we see. Some of us old fogies also have trouble forgetting.
Joe is also proud of his perfomance as a witness in the Chicago 7 trial. The 7 started as 8, but Bobby Seale, Black Panther and murder suspect was removed from the trial. The 7 were charged and tried with inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He talks about playing at the Electric Theatre in Chicago. I was there more than once in my misguided youth. The hippies and yippies rioted, and Joe got his nose broken by a guy with a crewcut 3 years before I enlisted in the Army.
Come on all of you big strong menUncle Sam needs your help againhes got himself in a terrible jamway down yonder in Viet Nam soput down your books and pick up a gun were gonna have a whole lotta fun
Just in case you?re curious, I checked the Berkeley City Community Calendar and there are no Veteran oriented events scheduled on Veterans Day. So I went back and finished reading Joes latest tribute to Veterans. Do you reckon he would have played it at his Veterans Day event? He couldve started with the cheer and it would have been like the good old days.
Chicken hawk, draft dodging, son Of A Bush Look at all the damage you did!American war in the Holy LandBlood for oil, not in my name!Oh, not in my nameOh, not in my nameOh, not in my nameNot in my nameAmerican shameNot in my nameAmerican shame
Thanks Joe, for not letting us down.
Truly disgusting pieces of human debris inhabit that city.
fighting for the...
Freedom of others,
those who train them and...
their loved ones who...
wait for them...
to come home...
Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965
What our American Soldiers...
are doing on behalf of the...
Freedom of others in...
Iraq & Afghanistan...
Director, Co-Producer, Screenwriter-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" ..in an interview on the Laura Ingraham Talk Radio Show
I had heard the Mayor was trying to mediate and get it restarted because of the bad publicity.
I just returned from Sunday morning Mass (Catholic). I live in Southern California. At the end of Mass, the priest welcomed home a soldier who had been serving in Iraq. He had come home temporarily because his wife is about to deliver their baby. The entire congregation gave him a standing ovation -- I don't remember ever hearing such applause in church.
You can't tell me that Americans do not support this war or our men and women who are fighting it. We love them, and are willing to show it!
It has been my...
direct experience that the...
one thing the LOVE Itself needs...
more of in this world,
(GOD is LOVE),
This makes our Hero American Soldiers who are bringing Freedom around the World,
and their loved ones who...
wait for them to...
...intruments of GOD's LOVE here on the Planet Earth.
As He smiles upon them broadly...
whispering in their ears...
straight to their loving hearts...
We need a Veteran's Day March in Berkeley!
We DO NOT NEED A PERMIT!
Let's see if those cowards have the guts to arrest Veterans!
Oh...and wait and give the media 30 minutes notice.
No need to publicize it ahead of time.
Semper Fi, Semper Remember.
Country Joe and his FISH weren't all that popular way back then, either, but it's pretty low that he's still trying to garner energy from a failed position. Point is, it's always been a failed position. There are people who will cheer hand puppets, and do.
That is a GREAT idea. I'm in Northern California and would be glad to bring family and friends. Heck, I haven't been to Berzerkeley in a long time (for obvious reasons) but I'd make an exception for this!
PS. I'm tired of the DC Chapter having all the fun. We need a West Coast MOAB!
And these people will still try to tell me they "support the troops"? I'm still wondering HOW they support the troops.
These people give more respect and privileges to people that want to loot and kill us than they do to America's fighting people. They deserve to be out of power.
You are very welcome. It is with my utmost pleasure that I head back over for a second time. I leave monday morning (24Oct05).
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
This is prety old news now.
The media and the pop-left sold us out during Vietnam and then blamed us for it. They have been living off that evil triumph ever since.
They have picked the losing side in the current war, however, and their well-deserved extinction will be the final result.
There will be justice for our fallen brothers, and we will see it in this lifetime.
God Bless You and keep you safe! Thank you for your service to this country. People like you keep me safe and secure and FREE.
(All we have to do is make sure the RATS don't ever get in power again.)
So? Do you want people to forget our veterans or do you want to do something about it?
Never, ever let people forget.
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