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Is This Land Made for You and Me - or for the Super-Rich?


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Kit
- 963 days ago - truth-out.org
Woody Guthrie wrote tough yet lyrical stories about the men and women who struggled to survive, enduring the indignity of living life at the bone, with nothing to eat and no place to sleep. He traveled from town to town, hitchhiking and stealing rides->



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ellen m. (233)
Thursday January 12, 2012, 10:30 pm
If anyone can translate what and how all this turmoil has come about in a way that not only informs us but touches us, its Bill Moyers.
I am looking forward to every and anything he has to say..and starting off with Woody Gutherie included just sweetens the deal and proves my point.
Thanks so much Kit, i've been distracted and might otherwise have missed this little gem.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Friday January 13, 2012, 7:13 am
I still believe : "all the people who still believe this land is our land will begin to take it back."
 

Natasha L. (19)
Friday January 13, 2012, 7:49 am
Thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 13, 2012, 7:50 am
WE MUST LIGHT UP THE DARKNESS knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered to change.
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Elizabeth P. (102)
Friday January 13, 2012, 7:55 am
Hoping for the best for the people. Good read.
 

Sandi C. (242)
Friday January 13, 2012, 8:30 am
That song will be stuck in my head all day!
 

Kari Knabe (14)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:11 am
It is still ours, we just need to realize it & fight for it!
 

Douglas S. (1)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:42 am
Thanks
 

michael sullivan (1027)
Friday January 13, 2012, 11:22 am
i can visualize the hungry people standing by the relief office in the often left out verse in woody's national anthem, "this land is your land" -- the critical question is, "is this land your land and my land?" -- as bill moyers points out so unequivocally, the answer is, "no longer" -- this, of course, is my translation of what he says -- we can still take our country back, but it will take awareness of what is going on, courage and determination to change what's happening, and hard work and sacrifice -- are we up to it?
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday January 13, 2012, 11:32 am

I am fond of your hopeful attitude, Patty. I don't believe that things will grow and change for the better; I look around see things getting worse. There are still just too many that will defend the status quo. Those who chose to believe this is all temporary and we will all come together to force the change. I wish that were possible but, Americans have allowed themselves to be tricked and deceived over and over, so there is a deep rift of distrust among ourselves.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday January 13, 2012, 11:41 am
This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie


This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


** As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


** In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.
****

Tell me now, if that is not as relevant today as when it was written in 1940?
 

Val R. (239)
Friday January 13, 2012, 12:17 pm
Nice ending to the song Kit- I agree with you - too many still follow the status quot - like my daughter - who is busy taking care of 3 young kid, going to school full-time, working full time and who's father deserted them. Not to mention she had surgery this past Oct on her should.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Friday January 13, 2012, 1:37 pm
Made for ths super rich. To think otherwise is to stick ones head in the sand.
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Friday January 13, 2012, 3:12 pm
I love the opening line, "The traveling medicine show known as the race for the Republican presidential nomination..." The GOP candidates are all a bunch of hucksters trying to sell us fake goods and false promises. .
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday January 13, 2012, 3:22 pm
Article said: Woody Guthrie has been rediscovered.

He was never forgotten by the residents of Massachusetts where I was raised and lived. His son Arlo kept up the tradition of his Father during the VietNam War protests, we learned of his famous Father and knew all too well, nothing is given freely, it must be watched over and hard fought to keep.

I suppose living in Massachusetts we lived around the history, the Boston Tea Party happened there, the shot heard around the world in Lexington/Concord. We got Bunker Hill Day off and Patriots Day, which now this is being used for Sept. 11th instead of what we consider Patriots Day to be.

Those of us recall the Lawrence Mills and the workers who suffered greatly to get Unions, the song of Bread and Roses was still known to us. But now living in Florida I have come to realize there was a reason we in the Commonwealth of Massachuetts were as Liberal as we were, not everyone has those constant and consistant reminders around them.

Elizabeth Warren should do well. Re-awaken Massachusetts, don't know what happened to you who voted in Romney after I moved away. Wow, couldn't believe it. What happened to you? Wake up the only State in the Union that voted for McGovern while everyone else went with Nixon. Lead us again, with Bernie Sanders in your corner nearby in Vermont.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday January 13, 2012, 3:38 pm

Boston has to be the most wonderful place for history. I spent hours just sitting in the quite by Walden Pond, my refuge from the busy world of reality. Every road, every corner, the yellow footpath or freedom trail, the cemeteries of the gallant and extraordinary, side by side with common folk. All these things and more is the a story of the building of this country by people who just wanted to be free to live and die with dignity.

It's so sad to see this country become nothing more then fools fighting over ideology and not standing side to side to prevent the erosion of freedom.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday January 13, 2012, 4:05 pm
We can start turning this country around by getting the Republicans out of office in the next election.
 

jayasri amma (10)
Friday January 13, 2012, 4:10 pm
thanks
 

Steven Finch (9)
Friday January 13, 2012, 8:34 pm
In the beginning this land was the indians land then the english came and took over thus it started to become everyones land,then some where along the line it started to become the land of the rich and super rich so what all the people need to do is begin telling the rich this land is our land to and start taking it back if what it takes is for people to get a person who is neither republican nor democrat nor a tea party member and get them running for all kinds of political offices then we need to do it not just stick our heads in the sand and let politicans run this country into the ground.
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 4:45 am
This land was made for those willing to work....
 

John Gregoire (255)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 6:10 am
Woody never went away but has been immortalized by those that follow folk music. Yes, I too hope Bill Moyers will say some great things. Maybe my attachment to folk is the same as I also grew up in a Mass mill town and worked in those horrible conditions. However, we worked and collecting welfare was a disgrace.

Here's to Woody. Arlo, Pete, Peggy and the many others who sing the real news!
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 7:00 am
Is all fine and well if the jobs were not shipped overseas with the help of NAFTA and Vulture Capitalism. I do not equate not willing to work with those who are unable to find employment even at the lowest wages. Low wages that will not keep a roof over the head with the rents that are charged, so "living wages" are needed.

Too many employers cut back on help working to death the few that remain or turning a full time job into two part time jobs so the employer isn't having to pay into a Health Care plan. I really don't see how the ones who are making the most money with their credit default swaps and and other scams is really considered work.

I'd say it was more like in a gambling casino with others monies, the mortgage holders, the pensions, you know the ones who do "work" with the taxpayers money who "bailed out" the gamblers. I'm mostly tired of the one line statements of people who have not done their research and will get us nowhere out of this mess, because they hang onto the lies and propaganda.

If one really wanted to get deeply into it a self sustaining system would allow much more free time to all the masses to be able to enjoy their families, make music, dance, and enjoy their life in a pristine setting, while still being warm, have enough to eat, and receive medical treatment. But the Elites, the Rich, the Powerful, those who will have you "work, work, work, work" from sun up to sun down just in order to survive don't want that to happen. They want it all.....you next to nothing....and a destruction of this planet as the final ending.

So this land was NOT made for those willing to work.......as slaves and serfs......

But you can stick with that concept, too many have been conditioned to an unworkable economic disasterous ideal that was pushed upon them. So if that is the ONLY premise one can come up with......there still needs to be jobs......enough jobs......at living wage.......and there are not. If you do not understand at least that concept then you've been living in la la land or you've been very fortunate.

In any case I'm tired of bashing of the fellow citizens of this Country who, by no fault of their own suffer under this mess, and the other citizens who have managed to escape it, thus far, assuming that "if I can do it so can they"......it equates with the "I got mine so to hell with you."
 

Arielle S. (317)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 9:31 am
It's the apathy that worries me - too many people who are so busy with their own lives that they just aren't paying attention. Some of my least favorite words in the world are: "oh, that's too depressing - I don't bother with that." Woody Guthrie also said, "All you cowboys, fight for your land." We need more cowboys willing to fight...
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 12:42 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

monka blanke (74)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 5:03 pm
Would be great to vote for the occupy movement....this would be a real alternative; a party for "you and I"..Thanks Kit.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 6:39 pm
Is This Land Made for You and Me -

Yep, but we've been robbed.
 

Darlene B. (290)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 8:14 pm
Thank you for the article. We need to go back to the old days where 'the people' worked together. Hank Jr. is not too far off when he says 'The United Socialist States of America'. You can't eat money and when it comes down to the brass tacks, just who do you think the survivors will be---US because most of us are surviving now without money. And when they ask us for our help at that time, hmmmm, I wonder what the answer will be.
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 8:30 pm
Thanks, Kit! I am SO glad to see Bill Moyers on PBS again! I have to choose to hope or I will go mad, and grab at the little piece of it I get with Moyers being back and the songs of a great man! And thank you especially for your comments, Dandelion!
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 8:59 pm
You are welcome Bonnie.....I call it as I see it.
Join your local Occupy Movement. If you do not know of one, google, Occupy Together and find one. If none nearby, create your own. All you need to do is make a sign and stand outside....it is a start.
 

Mary P. (157)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 10:03 pm
Thank you Kit. This earth, its beauty and wealth was made for every lIving creature. All
human beings were entitled to enjoy this beautifull land together; but some individuals, robbed, stole
and killed to get to where they are today. Greed, Selfishness, Corruption and Wars, robbed the ordinary man on the ordinary man on the street, of almost all chances of even a basic survival and to ending up as
slaves of the Rich.

Its sad that the 99% has only woken up now to face the onslaught
Of the 1%; but its NEVER too late to stand up and overthrow and remove the Corrupted
Republicans and Democrat Politicians. NEVER lose HOPE. Where there
Is a Will there's a Way. Fight tooth and nail to get back what belongs
To WE, the People and Our future Generations. Destroy the empires of those(1%), who wish
to destroy our livlihoods and survivals with the intention of leading us
To slavey(of the Rich).

WE, THE PEOPLE CAN AND WILL TAKE BACK EVERYTHING THAT BELONGS
TO US!

Remember WE ARE THE 99% ; THEY ARE THE 1%.

They may have the dollars and weapons; but We have the NUMBERS!

Together we CAN attain the IMPOSSIBLE!

Together we CAN perform Miracles!

Power to the 99%!

Destruction to the 'Corrupt' 1%!
 

New G. (8)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 10:06 pm
Thank you.
 

Myron Scott (70)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 12:24 am
Thanks for the timely post, Kit!

There's also a variant on the private property stanza on a March, 1944, recording in the Smithsonian (maybe headed for the Kaiser Foundation Center?). This is the earliest known recording of the song. The 1944 recording with this fourth verse can be found on Woody Guthrie: This Land is Your Land: The Asch Recordings Volume 1, where it is track 14.

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
This land was made for you and me.[7]

This version was sung by Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger, accompanied by Seeger's grandson, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009. The verses were included at Pete's request.
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 3:45 am
HAPPY ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE WORLD. its not for the rich nor for the poor, it is for everyone NOW...THAT PROVES TO BE WORTHY OF IT.
 

Gina M. (0)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 6:55 am
We need to get together and take our country back!
What ever it takes, we must do it now, before it is too late!!!!!
 

Mary M. (29)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 8:32 am
I always enjoy watching Bill Moyers. He explains things in a very good way, not being aggressive or angry like some of the Faux news we see today. He is a great moderator as well in a debate.
 

Teresa S. (0)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 10:11 am
Just watched the program on Vermont TV. I'm so glad Bill Moyers is back. He is a voice of leadership and sanity that we all need, since the main stream media is just going along with the status quo, probably so they won't lose their jobs. We must stick together and show continuous support. Keep attending the rallies and think about running for ofice. We live in a new world where we can get the word and the vote out without needing a lot of money. We have a short window of time where this Internet is open to all for free. Let's use it while we still have it.
 

Steven Finch (9)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 7:41 pm
since i joined care2 i have posted some of my thoughts on different issues and i have read alot of different comments from other members one just recentley said we must take this country back no matter what it takes well as i told another member before reading the last comment i am seriously going to think about announcing my intent to run for the office of govenoer of the state of calif. sometime next year now all i need to do is find people who are willing to hear what i have to say and to support me in this,this is not a campaign to get votes its just me letting everyone know what i intend to do to start taking our country back one state at a time
 
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