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Bush’s theme song: “Over There”

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April 10, 2007

The president, if he believes what he says, should admit it and tell us that our troops won’t come back till it’s over, over there. If we are fighting al Qaeda terrorists there to keep from fighting them here, the country should rally behind the president just like they did in the two world wars.

041007overthere.jpg“Over There” was one of the two or three most popular songs, and rallying cries, for Americans during World War One. It was written by the great George M. Cohan.

If this war, this cause, is worth continuing to sacrifice American lives for, the words of this song should be applicable.

Consider:

Verse 1

Johnny, get your gun, get your gun, get your gun
Take it on the run, on the run, on the run
Hear them calling you and me
Every Son of Liberty
Hurry right away, no delay, go today
Make your Daddy glad to have had such a lad
Tell your sweetheart not to pine,
To be proud her boy’s in line

Bush is telling our young people, now both daughters and sons of liberty, not to delay a moment, but to hurry to get their guns.

As the nation’s “Daddy” he must say clearly to all those capable of fighting: “Johnny, get your gun, Jane, get your gun”, and even “Mrs. Smith with two children, get your gun” to make him “glad”.

You will make your families and sweethearts proud, not sad, that you are risking death for the most noble cause of liberty.

Verse 2

Johnny, get your gun, get your gun, get your gun
Johnny, show the “Hun” you’re a son-of-a-gun
Hoist the flag and let her fly
Yankee Doodle, do or die
Pack your little kit, show your grit, do your bit
Yankee to the ranks from the towns and the tanks
Make your Mother proud of you
And the old red-white-and-blue

In a war worth fighting and dying for like World War I, which the country truly believed was the war to end all wars, the country wanted show “the Hun” that the American soldier was “a son-of-a-gun”.

Just like now, probably more, in 1917 we were far more of a gun culture being much more rural and not that many years removed from the era of the old west. The average non-urban American male knew how to shoot. So the song was a real warning to our enemy.

In fact, Sergeant Alvin York who learned to shoot growing up in the Tennessee hills where his family lived by farming and hunting became most decorated American soldier of World War I.

If al Qaeda is the 21st century Hun and we are battling them to the death once and for all in Iraq, indeed we should sing loud and clear that that we are not to be trifled with. Tell them that they will stand with our flag in far away Iraq, Yankee Doodle, do or die.

Our troops should pack their no longer so little kits, and show their courage because they are true Yanks. They will fight and make their mothers and their country proud of them not just because they are courageous and loyal, but because they are protecting hearth and home.

Chorus

Over there, over there,
Send the word, send the word over there
That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming
The drum’s rum-tumming everywhere
So prepare, say a prayer,
Send the word, send the word to beware
We’ll be over, we’re coming over
And we won’t come back till it’s over, over there.

If we are fighting the al Qaeda over there, an enemy that would if they could destroy us, we must send the word that we, the Yanks, are coming, not just in a surge of 30,000 more troops, but with as many as it takes to tell them they had better beware.

They should hear the drums rum-tumming everywhere.

They should be saying their prayers.

If, and this is a big if, we are really fighting al Qaeda in Iraq so we can defeat them once and for all and protect the homeland, the last lines of the song should be endorsed by the president:

We’ll be over, we’re coming over
And we won’t come back till it’s over, over there.

If not, we should get the hell out of there.

14 Responses to Bush’s theme song: “Over There”

  1. Richard Gatto

    April 11, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    All of this might have made sense when we belived that Saddam had WMD, and was a threat to the West. It might have made sense if Saddam had had connections with Al Queda. It might have even made sense if the war was about oil, which we have been assured that it was not. At this point in time though the current theme seems to be “Lets continue this war because of the sacrifice of 3,000 plus U.S. soldiers, and so that we will not have to fight off hoards of Al Queda attacking the local Walmart in downtown St. Lewis.” Now that does not make any sense at all. What we are really doing in Iraq is attempting to keep two religious groups from killing each other in a religious war that goes back to who shall be the religious leaders of Islam, the decendents of Mohammad, or a bunch of self proclaimed religious leaders, and of course the blood fueds which have gone on since that time. Why we are now involved in this I have no idea except perhaps because of the few members of Al Queda who wish to take advantage of this situation. If Bush really wanted to stop Al Queda he would realize that neither side wants Al Queda there, and we should step aside and wait till one side, or the other wins because we are not going to stop it, rather then draining our resources. and our manpower on a lost cause.

  2. Shirley Blaylock

    April 12, 2007 at 12:42 am

    If we are going to fight terrorism we must find a new way to use our military resources. We can’t define our enemy as a country anymore. These people are loose nuts crossing all borders. If we’re really fighting terrorism we must identify our targets and go for them specifically. Some training from the Israeli’s in the way they tracked down and eliminated Nazi war criminals would be in order. Invading a country that did not attack us, killing thousands of innocent people, is unacceptable – those who are defending themselves are not terrorists or insurgents – they are doing exactly what we would do if Russia or China wanted our good agricultural soil and decided to invade us to get control over it. An agreement is made and the Pres. and his buds get a percentage, the remainder going to those foreign developers. It makes me gag. The fact is, we are not fighting terrorism, we are fighting to get control of the resources of another country.

  3. Ray

    April 12, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Shirley, you recognize one reason for our farce in Iraq, but you miss the real reason. We are, that is, Bush and his neocon zionist minions are following the wishes of zionist leaders to purge Israels supposed threats. Bush will likely bomb Iran for the same reason. He has been told to do so. AIPAC owns congress. If you don’t believe that, just review the records. Whatever Israel wants, they get. Thier leader is even quoted saying that Israel owns America and America will do whatever Israel commands.
    Zionism is behind the new world order. Not the Jewish people, the criminal government. Like us, the Jewish people have been duped and evil agenda has taken control of thier government. This has nothing to do with being anti-semite and everything to do with reality and where the true enemy resides. The US is being used to do the dirty work of zionist elites.

  4. beccy

    April 12, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    If king george is such a hero, why didn’t he go to VietNam when he had the chance. It’s time to bring our children home.

  5. Shirley

    January 12, 2008 at 7:08 am

    No, Ray. I recognize The reason. Our “representatives”
    are not representing us. Our elite have money/investments in war related industries, taking over the assets of other countries, and destroying our Bill of Rights. Israel is an ally in that area but if they interfered with our “royalty”/ruling elite making profits, Isreal would be spot dead in a heartbeat.
    Our elite have investments in the medical field, which is not in the best interest of the average person. I don’t think much of rich people or religious people.
    There is more here – but everyone knows anyway.
    They are the main predators no matter where they live and that has always been so.
    It is clear that we are no longer a democratic republic when the “free speech” decide to exclude Kucinich and others who are not of the status quo, bury truths and print falsehoods.
    Those we must choose from make me have thoughts I would rather not have.

  6. Sandy Price

    April 10, 2007 at 10:17 am

    I remember a book written about the horrors of war entitled “Johnny Got His Gun.” This book was banned and put Dalton Trumbo on the “no fly list” at the time the book came out. It exposed the hell of war and instead of banning Trumbo, it should have been on the “required reading” list for all high school students. Trumbo was labeled a Communist and ended up writing movie scripts by another name.

    I was fortunate to come from a book-loving family and no books were off limits but it took me a number of years to find the time to read it.

    America never seems to realize that there are other ways of dealing with our enemies and e must lose the mindset of the Bush Administration that killing our enemies is the best way. We prove nothing and simply keep killing until the enemy gets smart and fires back.

  7. upChukker

    April 10, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Johnny get Your Gun? We are a nation defined by war and killing. Can you think of a time since the beginning of this nation that we have not been involved in killing? “We kill, therefore we are a the Yanks” We have let the peoples of this world know that we kill to solve our problems whenever the going gets tough. Just ask the native indians, the Mexicans, the Spaniards, the Germans, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Koreans, the Hondurans, the Libyans, the Slavs, the Iraqis, and so forth!
    Now we have the greatest killing machine in the world. Bang! Bang! Bang! That’s us.

  8. The South Point

    April 10, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    “If not, we should get the hell out of there.”

    Sounds good to me. Besides, Iraq is now a radioactive hellhole from all the uranium dust, anyway. Iraq is now damaged goods that will be so for billions of years. And who wants damaged goods?

    What? I’m not verified? Well, *I* verify that I’m me. I mean, come on, who the hell else sez the things that I do, things that no one else in all history has said? Yes, I verify that I’m really and truly me and not a spambot shilling get-rich-quick schemes and cheap prices for viagra. However, I do have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll sell for a low, low price to the right person but only if you call now. Yes, call now. Operators are standing by because I’m too cheap to provide them with chairs to sit in…

    I still say that Jenna and Not-Jenna and Mary Cheney should be sent Over There, with M16s in hands, blasting away unwashed hordes of barbarian TERRORISTS so those TERRORISTS won’t trifle with our comfy zone Over Here. Oh, what an inspiration to us all those gals would be!

  9. james rodgers

    April 11, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Dalton Trumbo’s grim novel was made into an excellent and grimmer anti-war film in ’74 or ’75. There wa a lot of howling over it, but it is worth watching if you can find it.

  10. Joe Sexton

    April 11, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Wouldn’t it make just as much sense for Afghans and Iraqis to launch attacks in our country to keep us here so they don’t have to fight us over there? After all, they’ve had to deal with us a lot more–both in time and in intensity–than we have had to deal with them here. Oh, please stop me! I think I’m beginning to make sense!

  11. Ray

    April 11, 2007 at 11:28 am

    There isn’t much heroism in fighting a contrived enemy on the basis that was used to illegally invade, destroy, and occupy the socalled enemies country. Our troops are being wasted for nothing but a sham. A sham designed to bring insane proffits to the war machine, to secure the oil resource, to eliminate Israel’s opponents, and to reform the american way of life into one of a police state. Where surveillence and wire taps are common. What we have witnessed since 911 is the enactment of Orwells 1984. The New World Order is strong and is in control at this very moment. The question is not when or if, it now becomes how and where do we begin to stop the coming end of America. At this point in the grand scheme, we are losing ground rapidly. Way faster than is visible to most sheeples who are afraid to see the truth and to act in thier own defense. Lemmings bests describes most americans. The troops should quit and come home to fight the real threat that we face and that threat comes from within influenced from zionist powers, the true NWO

  12. ron kay

    April 11, 2007 at 11:30 am

    …that’s right, cuz we keep forgetting you gotta staff 14 permanent military bases in Iraq, with at least 2,000 people per base….maybe more.

    …and that 100 acre american embassy can hold at least a few ambassadors, and 2000 staff to be sure they live the life of leisure….

    …so …..for sure…at least 30,000 or more won’t be going anywhere but there, for quite some time.

  13. Ross

    April 11, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    While the facetiousness was obvious, it seems you really believe World War I was a war worth fighting. Which means we have learned nothing. It seems we learned little more from Vietnam, either. And if we’ve learned nothing, then we’ll learn nothing from this war, and we will be tricked just as easilly the next time around.

    World War I was fought for the same BS reasons that the war on terror is fought: money.

    Not oil, not territory, but banks and money. This is to make people rich at our expense just like the “Great” war. If you think it was worth fighting, visit London, where every place of business that was around back then will have a monument that reads something like this:

    “Dedicated to the 4,059 workers at this bus depot who died in that senseless chaos of war between 1914-1919.”

    I’m not exaggerating those numbers, either, though I don’t remember the exact figures. But these were everywhere, each place in at least the hundreds if not thousands. Think about that: 3200+ American soldiers have died in about the same amount of time that such a number from one employer died back then. And they nearly all characterize it the same way; brutal, senseless, chaotic, meaningless. And this in a country that could possibly have been invaded.

    The governments of Europe were inept and created a war out of nothing, sending millions of young men to their death. And we only got in on it because of trade and because we knew we would come out on top, and our corporations made billions(1919 dollars). A war worth fighting? What have we learned?

  14. Donna

    April 11, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    who had spent time in Fallujah and told us their meals, water, and other supplies were being provided by Haliburton. When the fighting turned heavy, the suppliers simply stopped making runs. They were days without food and water and had to make stealth trips to the Euphrates River for water. He went on to say if they had been military personnel, they could have been court martialed for failure to perform their duty but as it was a private contractor, there was simply no accountability. And of COURSE, Haliburton didn’t lose the contract even after failing to do their job and exposing our soldiers to starvation and danger.

    And now these poor SOBs are being told they will fight on and on with no end in sight? Just because Bush can’t admit he screwed up royally?

    If you really support the troops, do all you can to talk them out of reporting for duty, pass the hat and send them on a world tour, or down to Mexico to study Spanish, or hide them in your basement. And vote Democrat in 2008.

    Nobody has to die so that I can have cheap gas.