The Point of No Return

The collapse of the republic
Is happening right before or eyes
There is chaos in the streets
A disproportionate response
From the man who would be king
Leading to a society in which
Cultures collide
And from which there will be
No exit

Some believe this is but
A temporary aberration
Yet I see no way out
It’s inexorable
We’ve reached
The point of no return

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (collide), Ragtag Daily Prompt (next), The Daily Spur (temporary), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (inexorable).

Who Won The Week? 09/20/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

I’m sorry for running late with today’s Who Won the Week post, but I am still reeling after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thus, I’m feeling hard pressed to come up with someone or something to select.I would hope that RBG’s passing could serve to energize Democrats and liberals by making it painfully clear what having a 6 to 3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court would do to the future of our nation. Her death makes very real the choice American voters have in November as perhaps no other issue can.

For those on the left, the Notorious RBG’s death is potentially disastrous, opening up the possibility that her seat on the Supreme Court could be filled by someone who would cement a far right conservative majority for years.

For those on the right, the vacancy presents the opportunity to fulfill a decades-long drive to change the nature of the court for a generation, including putting judges who oppose abortion at the top of their list.

Ginsburg’s death also changes the dynamic for the campaign between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The Supreme Court has long been the voting issue for some conservatives, particularly evangelical Christians. Trump will undoubtedly be counting on the prospect of expanding a conservative majority on the court to further energize that part of his base.

But that same possibility of a potentially decades long conservative majority on the high court is just as likely to have an impact on Trump’s opponents. The history of the abortion debate suggests that when the right to an abortion is seriously threatened, as it would likely be with a 6 to 3 conservative majority, pro-choice proponents become activated. Because of the role Ginsburg played in empowering women and in fighting for women’s rights, her loss could galvanize those on the left to show up big time for this year’s election.

So sorry folks, but no Who Won The Week pick from me this week. What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — O Canada

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adams has given us the theme Canadian Music. Okay, I assume that what Jim wants us to do is focus on Canadian artists who write, play, and record music. So, to that end, I have chosen the Canadian rock band, The Guess Who. And the song I’m going to feature on this tribute to Canadian music is the song by that Canadian band, entitled, of course, “American Woman.”

“American Woman” was written by the band’s lead singer, Burton Cummings. It was released by The Guess Who in January 1970 as a track on their sixth studio album of the same name. In March 1970, the song was released as a single, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was virtually written on stage and came about almost extemporaneously. Randy Bachman explained that the band was playing a show in Ontario when he broke a string on his guitar. In those days, that meant stopping the show until he could replace it. His bandmates left the stage, and Bachman put a new string on guitar. The next challenge was getting it in tune, so he went in front of Burton Cummings’ electric piano and hit the E and B notes to give him reference. As he tuned his guitar a riff developed and Bachman said, “something magical happened.” He started to play the riff on stage and he looked at the audience and saw their reaction, so he kept playing the riff on stage all alone.

The band’s drummer, Garry Peterson, jumped on stage and started playing. Bassist Jim Kale heard the ruckus and joined them, and finally Burton Cummings came up and grabbed the microphone. “Sing something!” Bachman implored him. Burton obliged: the first words out of his mouth were, “American woman, stay away from me.”

An interesting little factoid is that after Cummings completed his ad-libbed vocal performance of the song, he discovered a kid in the crowd who was bootlegging the concert using a portable cassette recorder. The band asked for the tape, listened to it, and jotted down the words that Cummings had extemporized. It did go through several relatively minor revisions before it was actually recorded for the album.

The song’s lyrics have been the matter of debate, often interpreted as an attack on U.S. politics. Cummings, who composed the lyrics, said in 2013 that the song had nothing to do with politics. “What was on my mind was that girls in the States seemed to get older quicker than our girls and that made them, well, dangerous. When I said ‘American woman, stay away from me,’ I really meant ‘Canadian woman, I prefer you.’ It was all a happy accident.”

But Cummings later did admit that it was “an antiwar protest song,” explaining that when they came up with it on stage, the band and the audience had a problem with the Vietnam War. The lines where the anti-Vietnam/anti-American sentiment are most apparent are “I don’t want your war machines, I don’t want your ghetto scenes.”

The Guess Who were invited to play at the White House on July 17, 1970, shortly after the song’s release. Because of its perceived anti-American lyrics, Pat Nixon, President Richard Nixon’s wife, specifically asked that they not play “American Woman.”

Here are the lyrics to “American Woman.”

American woman, stay away from me
American woman, mama let me be
Don’t come a hangin’ around my door
I don’t want to see your face no more
I got more important things to do
Than spend my time growin’ old with you
Now woman, I said stay away
American woman, listen what I say-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

American woman, get away from me
American woman, mama let me be
Don’t come a knockin’ around my door
Don’t want to see your shadow no more
Colored lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else’s eyes
Now woman, I said get away
American woman, listen what I say-ay-ay-ay

American woman, said get away
American woman, listen what I say
Don’t come a hangin’ around my door
Don’t want to see your face no more
I don’t need your war machines
I don’t need your ghetto scenes
Colored lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else’s eyes
Now woman, get away from me
American woman, mama let me be

Go, gotta get away, gotta get away now go, go, go
I’m gonna leave you woman
Gonna leave you woman
Bye-bye bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye
You’re no good for me
I’m no good for you
Gonna look you right in the eye
Tell you what I’m gonna do
You know I’m gonna leave
You know I’m gonna go
You know I’m gonna leave
You know I’m gonna go-o, woman
I’m gonna leave you woman
Goodbye American woman
Goodbye American chick

FOWC with Fandango — Inexorable

FOWCWelcome to September 20, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “inexorable.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.