May the President of the USA have a “battle hymn”? Why not? Countries, sports teams, cheerleaders, gamers, mathletes, you name it…they all have their battle hymns. Surely even only a contender to the top seat of the USA – arguably global – government is entitled to his (or her) own song.
As an ABC, i.e. American Born Chinese who no longer is American, I have enjoyed the rapid, wild and unexpected ascendance of The Donald to the lofty heights of Presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee. You may not like him – most people in and outside the USA do not – but you have to “respect” his willingness to say what he thinks regardless of whether or not he really has given the particular subject much or any thought.
As I watched The Donald bash the “sleazy” journalists (perhaps a generalisation, but often appropriate) regarding his donations to veterans’ groups, I started humming the Charley Daniel’s Band oldie but goodie “In America”.
Check it out on iTunes: In America – Charlie Daniels
The Donald argues the USA is getting beat, losing all the time and no longer is “great”. Flip to the first verse of “In America”, where Charley – perhaps foreseeing The Donald – sets the scene:
“Well the eagle’s been flying slow and the flag’s been flying low
And a lot of people’s saying that America’s fixing to fall
But speaking just for me and some people from Tennessee
We got a thing or two to tell you all.”
Charley continues, in similar fashion to The Donald (of course The Donald does not limit his anger to the Russians), is quick to point out to anyone and everyone, including God:
“This lady may have stumbled but she ain’t never fell
And if the Russians don’t believe that they can all go straight to hell
We’re gonna put her feet back on the path of the righteousness
And then God bless America again.”
More importantly, Charley sallies forth with the strength of a unifying force as he points out that all families have their little internal issues, but Americans will pull together to smack hard any “outside people”. Some say The Donald is divisive. I think he is a unifier just as long as you are not a member of a class he deems “outside people”. Just read Charley’s message and think of The Donald onstage with a Pittsburg Steeler – more likely New York Jets – fan:
“From the sound up in Long Island out to San Francisco Bay
And every thing that’s in between them is our home
And we may have done a little bit of fighting amongst ourselves
But you outside people best leave us alone
‘Cause we’ll all stick together and you can take that to the bank
That’s the cowboys and the hippies and the rebels and the yanks
You just go and lay your head on a Pittsburgh Steeler fan
And I think you’re gonna finally understand.”
I get chills down my spine when I think of The Donald ending a stump speech with Charley’s chorus:
“And you never did think that it ever would happen again
In America, did you?
You never did think that we’d ever get together again
Well we damn sure fooled you
We’re walking real proud and we’re talking real loud again
In America, you never did think that it ever would happen again”
Well, I guess i did think it would happen again…perhaps the reason I renounced USA citizenship. God Bless America…and everyone else be damned…after all, the Brits, French, Germans, Russians, Mexicans, Chinese and all the other “outside people” do not get to vote so who cares what they think!?