The above is the title of a song referred to as the 'real' American anthem, sung all over that great country in schools, community halls and on picket lines, written by a guy called Woody Guthrie.
The song, along with many others is frowned on by the establishment because Guthrie was a communist and union organiser who agitated throughout the forties and fifties through the medium of music, to great effect. A true American hero, someone who would have been hated by Bush and the crooks who now run the USA, while watching Bush the other night telling us how great America was and how they were bringing peace and democracy to other lands I wondered what Woody Guthrie would have thought now, today, about his beloved country America.
Native Americans ( Indians ) have a life expectancy which is 8 yrs less than the average, 90 thousand are homeless or in terrible housing conditions, unemployment for them ( the real Americans ) stands at 46 % and up to 65 % in places, drug addiction, alcoholism and suicide are rife, this is the land of the free !
It ain't beer and skittles for some others either, 37 million below the poverty line ( up 5 million under the crook Dubya) 25% of blacks and 22% of Hispanics live below the poverty line, for whites it's 8.6% - 46 million have no health insurance - 82,000 homeless in L.A. alone - 18,000 children under 5 yrs homeless in New York alone.
America is now the world's number one jailer - 565 out of 100,000 in prison over 2 million in total - black males 8 times more likely to be in prison - 1 in 10 black males in jail or probation or on parole.
Is this the America that poor people want to get to ? or is it this America ? The town of Rancho Santa Fe California, average income $100,000 per yr. average house price $1.7million and, somewhere in America there are 269 billionaires.
People still ask me why I'm a socialist and why for instance I believe that Cuba is a better more decent society and I ask again, why is America so afraid of Cuba, the above facts should give a clue.