A recent incident in my daily activities reminded me of the old 60s staple, the Arlo Guthrie ballad of Alice's Restaurant. In researching this, I made an incredible discovery: Arlo Guthrie deserted the ranks of the Democrat party and became a registered Republican! In fact, he endorsed Ron Paul in the last presidential
In earlier years, at least from the 1960s to the 1980s, Guthrie had taken a decidedly leftist approach to American politics. In his often lengthy comments during concerts his expressed positions were consistently anti-war, anti-Nixon, pro-drugs and in favor of making nuclear power illegal. However, he apparently regarded himself as more an individualist than the major youth culture spokesperson he had been regarded as by the media, as evidenced by the lyrics in his 1979 song "Prologue": "I can remember all of your smiles during the demonstrations, ... and together we sang our victory songs though we were worlds apart."
In 1984, he was the featured celebrity in George McGovern's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in Guthrie's home state of Massachusetts, performing at rallies and receptions.
More recently he became a registered Republican; Guthrie endorsed Texas Congressman Ron Paul for the 2008 Republican Party nomination. He said, "I love this guy. Dr. Paul is the only candidate I know of who would have signed the Constitution of the United States had he been there. I'm with him, because he seems to be the only candidate who actually believes it has as much relevance today as it did a couple of hundred years ago. I look forward to the day when we can work out the differences we have with the same revolutionary vision and enthusiasm that is our American legacy." He told The New York Times Magazine that he is a Republican because, "We had enough good Democrats. We needed a few more good Republicans. We needed a loyal opposition."
About once a month, Guthrie posts short writings to the Announcements area of www.arlo.net, often sounding libertarian themes. However, on February 1, 2011, his post was to promote the cause of the public employee unions being opposed by Wisconsin Republicans, and to favor the cause of labor unions in general. Previously Guthrie had made comments in public disparaging musicians' unions and stating that he had refused to join one.
..well, on that last paragraph, you can't win 'em all, I suppose. But the way Mr Guthrie is going, I fear that his politics and mine will merge sooner than most Democraps what with Marco Rubio going all weak-kneed and joining that drooler John McCain and Limp-dick Lindsay and John Boner and the rest of the spineless GOP currently selling out conservative principles to the highest bidder in D. C. -- the dirty, rotten bastages.
By the way, here are a couple of riffs from some comedians who have passed into the great beyond that you might find interesting. The common theme, of course, is pointing out what a Charley Foxtrot good ol' liberal causes really are:
And another more timely, but no less piquant:
And, for those wanting to re-live their drug-fogged 60s, here is Arlo's Thanksgiving tour de force for the sake of old times:
And, finally, one final taste of those wonderful forgotten years:
(Sure brings back memories, don't it Odie?)