Bush’s theme song: “Over There”

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.


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.


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.


  1. Shirley

    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.

  2. beccy

    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.

  3. Ray

    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. Shirley Blaylock

    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.

  5. Richard Gatto

    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.