“Of Thee I Sing” – The Historical Connection

By: MJ

Various media and press releases have announced a book written by President Obama will be released around November 16, around two weeks after the election.

CBS news announced the release on the evening news on September 14.

The title of the book is “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters,” which is 40 pages long with illustrations by Loren Long, “an award winning author and illustrator. According to Barnett, Long has spent much of the past two years creating the illustrations, each one a carefully executed painting.”

According to the Telegraph, “President Obama is the first president to write a book for children in office,” while many sources report that the book was completed prior to Obama taking office.

The book is getting rave reviews by publishers and consumers alike.

From ABC News:

Random House children’s president and publisher Chip Gibson lauded the new Obama book, which is intended for readers ages 3 and up.

“It is an honor to publish this extraordinary book, which is an inspiring marriage of words and images, history and story,” Gibson said Monday in a statement. “‘Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters’ celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans — the potential to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths.”

One source says that people are pre-ordering the book:

Less than 48 hours after the announcement of President Obama’s forthcoming children’s book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” the title is a bestseller – landing in the top 25 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com as of Wednesday morning based on advance sales, reports AP.

The book celebrates figures including the first president George Washington, Jackie Robinson and artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

The article, “Obama to Publish Children’s Book” explained that, “The title is taken from the lyrics of “My Country, ‘Tis of thee” an early American patriotic song.”

Interestingly, the title of the book, “Of Thee I Sing,” was also the title of a Broadway musical by Gershwin in 1931:

The original Broadway production, directed by Kaufman, opened in 1931 and ran for 441 performances, receiving critical and box office success. It has been revived several times in the U.S. and in London. Of Thee I Sing was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in 1932.

Apparently, the musical was so popular that it became the “longest running musical of its decade.” A synopsis by Brian D. Sweeney includes this description:

The play mocks the ineffective politicians with their empty campaign slogans, but even more so it points the finger at the American populace that is willing to accept them and even elect them to office. Wintergreen’s road to success is a tribute to surface politics; he excites the voters out of apathy with his “love” campaign; he avoids impeachment by appealing to his appending fatherhood; and in singing his ballad-anthem “Of Thee I Sing, Baby” he woos both Mary and the nation, as the ambiguous lyric suggests.

As I uncovered more of the story of this musical, the more interesting it became to the current political climate.

From the Of thee I sing [song collection]:

It was one of the first Broadway productions to deal with the serious subject of the American political scene, satirizing inept politicians with limited vision and the voters who elected them.


Recovery, Recovery, Of Thee I Sing

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sings “Recovery, recovery, of thee I sing,” a reference to the popular “Of Thee I Sing” in this cartoon. His sheet music credits him as author of the “words and music.” Dame Democracy plays the piano while an old opponent for the Democratic nomination, Al Smith, sits glumly aside. By midsummer 1933, the first year of Roosevelt’s presidency, Congress had passed a record amount of New Deal legislation.

My how history repeats….


Letter to National Republican Senatorial Committee

By: Wayne Leeper
From: A Land Called America

You clowns still don’t get it!

Obama is the best thing that has happened to America in many years. He has shown us the face of evil and of socialism. He has drawn our attention to what is going on in Washington and We the People have had all we are going to take. We are going to take back our country and guess what? There is nothing you, or anyone else in Washington, can do about it.

You think We the People will vote based on the letter behind a candidates name and that you can choose that candidate. Those days are history and most of you are history too! You have allowed bills to pass that were detrimental to our country, which you could have filibustered. You have allowed far left Justices to be appointed to the Supreme Court whom you could have filibustered. Yes, you have chosen to represent the elite in Washington rather than the people who sent you there. You are a disgrace to America and to our founding principles.

Within minutes of her win in Delaware, you announced that you would withhold support from Christine O’Donnell. Big mistake! Our fellow patriots in Delaware have selected their candidate. What makes you think you have anything to say about it, or that you are her only source of support? Don’t be surprised when your contributions begin to dry up. You may be able to control a few fat cats, but we number over a hundred million. If you will not support our candidates, we will support them ourselves rather than supporting your committee. Beginning now, our money will go directly to the candidates of our choice. You can no longer be trusted.

You need to read the Constitution as modified by the 17th Amendment. We the People have the constitutional right to elect whomever we see fit. There is no requirement that our contributions be filtered through committees, pacts or any other organizations. Nor is there any requirement that we support the candidate of your choice. You have ignored the Constitution long enough. We the People intend to enforce it! In the future, every one of you will be judged by your actions and by your vote. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just about Christine O’Donnell. It’s about you and your arrogance. It’s the height of stupidity to believe you can pick and choose who you want in congress, then ram that person down our throats. Those of you who hold that attitude will soon find yourselves on the outside looking in.

Nancy Pelosi proved unwilling to drain the swamp, so it is necessary for We the People to drain it ourselves. We will be watching closely between now and 2012 to determine which additional swamp rats need to be eliminated. Those remaining after 2012 will be eliminated in 2014. Get ready for a new day and a new era. We are taking back our country and those who refuse to stand with us will be history. This nation was founded by statesmen. We don’t intend to have it run by sleazy politicians.

We will not make the mistake of creating a third party. We will take over the Republican Party and return it to its roots. You have no source of funds, or votes, except from We the People. If you refuse to support our candidates, you will find yourself without funds to support any candidate.

Oh, and have a nice day.


She’s The Boss – The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Purchase your copy here…

Recently, I picked up a copy of She’s The Boss – The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi by Rochelle Schweizer. This is a riveting expose on one the most power hungry, brutal female politicians of all time and as you will see after reading the book, it runs in her family. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is no retiring, kind and meek grandmother. She is made of Baltimore steel and she has been forged in the boiling corrupt vat of politics in a never-ending quest for power and status that she feels is her birthright.

Pelosi came from a family that bears a striking resemblance to organized crime. She will ruthlessly use and discard any one in her way or who will forward her agenda. She rules the House with an iron grip and she is simultaneously feared and hated by most politicians. Those who claim to support and adore her are sycophants that are in the DC game for money, power and prestige. Her minions are made all the more dangerous due to Pelosi’s powerful reach and thuggish policies. No radical agenda is too outrageous if she deems it worthy. Pelosi’s hypocrisy knows no bounds and she feels no shame.

An elitist’s elitist, Pelosi is cunning in the extreme. Her entire political career has been virtually choreographed and painstakingly planned. You won’t hear apologies from her and most likely, you’ll never see the attack coming if you are in her sites.

Pelosi’s vision for this country is horrific. Instilling Marxism and power for the elite, she envisions an America under her gavel and powerful oversight. Americans will be condemned to poverty and slavery to the state if she has her way. She will not be stopped unless Americans stop her tyrannical rule and the hideous progressive policies she pushes forward. She has risen to the most powerful position held by a woman ever, simply by scaling the political ladder and she is far from finished.

I am currently doing thorough research on Pelosi and this book is a wonder – it will be added as a listed documented tool that has added incredibly to our piles of information on Nancy Pelosi. I would recommend every American read She’s The Boss. Then go over to KeyWiki and read our research on Nancy Pelosi. It is my opinion, that next to Cass Sunstein, she is one of the most dangerous idealogues in our government and evil as a descriptive term, just doesn’t do justice to Pelosi’s agenda.

From Andrew Breitbart:

Rochelle Schweizer presents compelling evidence that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a political boss operating on overdrive and has turned her House into a corrupt institution by pulling the levers of political power for her benefit as well as that of her allies.


Financial News Update – 09/15/10

PA Homeland Security Puts Anti-tax Protesters On List of Terror Threats

Greenspan Calls for Tax Hikes to Curb Soaring Deficit

EXCLUSIVE: Outlook Gloomy at Secret Billionaire Meeting (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Bullion Soars Despite Cramer’s Endorsement

IMF: It Falls Apart

Where Krugman Went Wrong

Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

GOP unveils tax proposal

US military chief warns on spending

Health care challenge moves forward

Morning Bell: The Obamacare and Obama Tax Hike Double Whammy on Seniors

Tax Hikers Senselessly Stuck on Saving

Unemployment Up, Crime Down

Here’s Why You Should Blame The Great Depression On France

This Chart Destroys The Logic Behind Obama’s Business Tax Cuts

Small Businesses Are Seeing “Recession, Recession, Recession”

Greek PM Inadvertently Explains The Real Reason His Country Is Bankrupt

SEIU and NUHW Goes Head-To-Head in Big Labor Death Match

The Obamacare Inquisitions: A brief, brutish history

Japan May Sell Yen for Second Day to Protect Economy

Obama Said to Consider Placing Elizabeth Warren at Treasury

U.S. Home Prices Face 3-Year Drop as Inventory Surge Looms

Solar-Panel Prices May Decline Less Than Expected

Naked Short-Sellers, Derivatives Traders Face EU Restrictions

Production in U.S. Cooled in August as Automakers Scaled Back

Japan’s Solo Run on Yen Exposes Flaw in World Export Strategy


Gov’t say banks should share FANNIE, FREDDIE costs

CHASE Site Still Crippled; Angry Users Vent on TWITTER

Are poll workers being used to inflate jobs totals?

States cutting benefits for public-sector retirees

Rock Hill to cut off water despite residents’ pleas

BANK OF AMERICA warns of new fees after financial ‘reforms’

Chicago cops plan massive protest against manpower shortages

WVA considers tax on food at drive-thrus

CT Health Insurers Seek 20% Rate Increase

Retirement on Hold: American Workers $6 Trillion Short

Tensions rise as French pension reform passes


China to USA: You will lose a trade war

Merkel calls for global financial market tax


…fever strikes mom and pop prospectors


$649 billion in HELOC loans nationwide with most in California.

Two Years Later: The U.S. Economy Still Needs a Spark Plug

Stocks, Treasuries, Gold Gain on Fed Bond-Purchase Speculation

‘Too Big To Fail’ Author Weighs In the the Financial Crisis: Then and Now.

Gold Prices Surge to Record High

US Outlook Prompts Warnings by Japan, Australia Central Banks

Market Gains as Economic Outlook Brightens

SEC Expands Stocks Under “Circuit Breakers”

Nervous Americans Want Easy Access to their Cash

Homebuyer Tax Credit: 950,000 Must Repay

US Joint Forces Command Warns that Huge US Debt Might Lead to Military Impotence, Default or Revolution

1 In 10 Banks on FDIC Problem List



By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

Several years ago I heard the word paradigm for the first time and hadn’t a clue what it meant; glad I took the time to learn this one. A friend explained how he’d observed a woman and her out of control children on a train while on his way to work. The woman seemed oblivious to the fact that her children were misbehaving and, by appearance, were unkempt to say the least. My friend came to the opinion that the woman needed to do more than simply sit staring off into space, her children making everyone on the train miserable.

He was about to give the woman a piece of his mind when something from within told him to hold his tongue, approaching her and noticing that tears were dripping down her cheek. He asked if he could help, not knowing what may have happened to cause her to break down in public.

She handed him her toddler to hold without looking up, wiping away her tears. It was then she explained how her husband had been in an accident earlier in the morning. She’d rushed to the hospital, taking the children without having time to give them a bath or feed them properly. She wondered aloud, unintelligibly most of the time, how to cope with all of it; figure a way to support the family until he got out of the hospital, take care of the children and everything else that had come crashing down on her.

It was at that moment he saw life from her perspective. He found it in his heart to gather the other children and have them sit close to their mother, all the while continuing to hold the toddler and reassure the mother that everything would work out. He reached into his wallet and handed her his business card and enough money to buy groceries. He’d had a change of attitude, a paradigm shift. He no longer saw her as negligent; rather she was someone who needed help and compassion.

Paradigm – the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time…
Applications of the term in other contexts show that it can sometimes be used more loosely to mean “the prevailing view of things.”

FoxNews had a headline story on their website this afternoon, House May Bolt Early, Abandoning Work Schedule to Campaign Season. The opening line read:

“Just days after returning from a five-week break and with a mere 16 days before a new budget year begins, House lawmakers are mulling whether to bolt Washington a week earlier than planned so they can work on saving their own jobs.”

That, my friends, is “the prevailing view of things” in Washington; our Congressmen are more concerned with keeping their cushy jobs than in serving the public. I shouldn’t complain too loudly, we’re probably better off when Congress is out of session and they aren’t destroying what’s left of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Compare “the prevailing view of things” inside the Beltway today with sentiments expressed by George Washington in his Farewell Address to the nation in 1796. I was tempted to copy and paste the entire text; it being difficult to exclude any part of Washington’s carefully worded admonitions and concerns for this newly created union of states.

“Here, perhaps, I ought to stop. But a solicitude for your welfare, which cannot end but with my life, and the apprehension of danger, natural to that solicitude, urge me, on an occasion like the present, to offer to your solemn contemplation, and to recommend to your frequent review, some sentiments which are the result of much reflection, of no inconsiderable observation, and which appear to me all-important to the permanency of your felicity as a people. These will be offered to you with the more freedom, as you can only see in them the disinterested warnings of a parting friend, who can possibly have no personal motive to bias his counsel. Nor can I forget, as an encouragement to it, your indulgent reception of my sentiments on a former and not dissimilar occasion.”

Washington didn’t see elected office as a job with a matching salary; it was his sacred duty, service to his fellow citizens which came with a tremendous weight of worthiness, an eternal bond having been forged with liberty loving people. Washington was torn between his knowledge that much needed to be done while at the same time recognizing someone other than himself should perform that service as he addressed his fellow citizens.

Can you picture George Washington abandoning his duties and responsibilities just to get re-elected? The idea is nearly as preposterous as believing our current crop of elected representatives would lay down their lives to preserve our constitutional protections, to insure inalienable God-given rights uniformly and without exception for all individuals. How many of our current Congressmen would stand up for virtue and morality with their last mortal breath, their sacred honor tested in service to their country?

Now you have a better understanding of “the prevailing view of things.” Please make your vote count this next time around; who knows, maybe there are still a few folks willing to turn the paradigm around to where it ought to be. At one time I’d have given you my two cents worth; but inflation has raised the stakes, now it will cost you a pair of dimes.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”