How nice of Google — which often ignores days of special significance to patriots — to acknowledge Independence Day:
Wait a minute, the song referred to in the graphic (“This Land Is Your Land”) was written by Woody Guthrie, a communist who wrote for The Daily Worker and has been described as “a Marxist disillusioned with the America of fable.”
If there is a diametric opposite of the American ideal of liberty and independence, it is the universal slavery of communism. Once again left-wing Google makes its point.
Guthrie’s song has been used for subtle subversion before:
On January 18, 2009, two days before Barack Obama’s inauguration, close to half a million people gathered for a free concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. They were sung to and spoken at by a handful of musical artists, actors, politicians, and other prominent figures, including the President Elect and the illustrious Bono. Near the end of the concert, Pete Seeger, his grandson Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen led the crowd in a rendition of that old patriotic chestnut “This Land Is Your Land.”
Whereas Bono is a garden variety posturing moonbat, the Seegers and Bruce Springsteen are dyed in the wool, hardcore leftists.
The performance of the song at an ostensibly patriotic event was
remarkably subversive, as a symbolic act and as a form of agitation. Consider the basic function of the inauguration concert: it was a typically slick piece of nationalist propaganda, intended to project the myths of American exceptionalism and obscure real divisions of social power behind star-spangled appeals to patriotic unity. Seeger and company interrupted this narrative with an image of capitalism’s dispossessed, the people with hungry stomachs in the richest nation in the world. Even more astoundingly, they depicted private property not as some god-given “right” but as a social relation — an unjust one that should be swept away by cooperative ownership.
Maybe Google should just go back to ignoring patriotic holidays.
Republican Party Animals has five 4th of July logos that Google passed over in favor of the Woodrow Wilson Guthrie graphic, including this one:
…and this one:
On tips from Marci and David Stein.