Saturday, March 18, 2006

I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters

Fron the Department of Unintended Irony, we have Mickey Kaus in Slate:
A Springsteen/Seeger album seems entirely pitched to a subset of the already-converted--no red-state audience there. And Seeger's a bit of a self-righteous twit, no?

Ahem. You see, Bruce has announced an album and tour featuring long-time political activist Pete Seeger's music. You know, Pete Seeger, the guy who
  • wrote "If I Had A Hammer"
  • wrote "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"
  • wrote "Turn, Turn, Turn"
  • along with his group The Weavers was blacklisted during McCarthy's HUAC
  • founded The Clearwater Group, which cleaned up pollution in the Hudson River
  • served in the Pacific in WW II
  • left the Communist Party long before other socialists did, when they found out about Stalin's crimes
  • said "I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other."
So Seeger, who is and was a genuine folk hero and political warrior, who actually made a difference in the world during his life, is a self-righteous twit?

Jeezus, Mickey, look in a mirror.