NEW THEME SONG OF THE WISCONSIN RESISTANCE: As I did with our new State Song (Zappa's The Chrome-Plated Megaphone of Destiny), I'd like to nominate Joe Cocker's Woodstock version of A Little Help From My Friends as the new rallying anthem of the resistance.
There are several reasons for this nomination.
One, the times: I thought we had been through all this before. Yeah, maybe the Summer of Love and the hippie movement had a downside (the burnouts sniveling about any war whatsoever that the United States fought in, including our war to bring the terrorists who perpetrated 9/11 to justice, was a case in point). But Kent State and the Chicago riots and Martin Luther King's assassination are not so far in our past that we can afford to make light of those who would trample upon our civil liberties and make us slaves to billionaire industrialists who care nothing about their country or the people who live here--or, indeed, the millions who have died for the freedoms we now enjoy;
Two, the laws: "I get high with a little help from my friends." Wisconsin continues to be one of the stupid-assed states that likes to prosecute pot smokers to the limit. Long after our more enlightened neighbor Minnesota decriminalized pot, we continue to play directly into the hands of drug cartels that have inflicted serious damage upon our country, while drunken drivers in Wisconsin exact an almost unbelievable toll every year upon our people;
Three, the weather: I find something symbolic in Cocker's spirited performance as the ugly thunderstorm that all but ruined the good times at Woodstock looms over his shoulder. That might say something to all of us in the resistance right now.
Four, we friends fighting the fascist evil need all the help we can get.
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