31. januar 2014
I mandags døde den amerikanske visesanger Pete Seeger. Politiken og DR Online giver tårene fuld skrue med Ritzau’ske mindeord, der blandt andet fortæller, at han “som følge af sin kamp for borgerrettighederne blev… stemplet som samfundsfjendtlig kommunist i McCarthy-tiden”. Den aktivistiske musiker var stalin-tro til 1995, og forblev kommunist til sin død. Fra National Review – Totalitarian Troubadour.
“For some liberals, there really are no adversaries to their left. President Obama’s statement Tuesday on the death of folk singer Pete Seeger at age 94 was remarkable. Seeger was a talented singer, but he was also an unrepentant Stalinist until 1995, when he finally apologized for ‘following the [Communist] party line so slavishly.’ You’d think Obama might have at least acknowledged (as even Seeger did) the error of his ways. Instead, Obama celebrated him only as a hero who tried to ‘move this country closer to the America he knew we could be.’
‘Over the years, Pete used his voice — and his hammer — to strike blows for worker’s rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation,’ said Obama. … When Seeger sang ‘If I Had a Hammer,’ what he really meant was ‘If I Had a Hammer and Sickle.’
The late John P. Roche, who served as president of the liberal Americans for Democratic Action in the 1960s and was a speechwriter for Hubert Humphrey, once told me that the success American Communists had in the 1930s by wrapping their ideology in the trappings of American traditions had to be remembered. … Roche vividly recalled how American Stalinists suddenly flipped on the issue of Nazi Germany after the Hitler-Stalin pact of 1939 brought the two former adversaries together. …
The next year, Pete Seeger, a member of the Young Communist League, lent his support for the effort to stop America from going to war to fight the Nazis. The Communist-party line at the time was that the war between Britain and Germany was ‘phony’ and a mere pretext for big American corporations to get Hitler to attack Soviet Russia. The album Seeger and his fellow Almanac Singers, an early folk-music group, released was called ‘Songs for John Doe.’ Its songs opposed the military draft and other policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Franklin D, listen to me,
You ain’t a-gonna send me ’cross the sea.
You may say it’s for defense
That kinda talk ain’t got no sense.
Just one month after the album was released, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. The album was quickly withdrawn from circulation, and Seeger and his buddies immediately did a 180-degree turn and came up with new songs:
Now, Mr. President
You’re commander-in-chief of our armed forces
The ships and the planes and the tanks and the horses
I guess you know best just where I can fight . . .
So what I want is you to give me a gun
So we can hurry up and get the job done!”
(Pete Seeger og Occupy Wall Street, 2011)
“I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.” (Pete Seeger, 1995)
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