At a protest Monday evening to urge puppet President Joe Biden to extend the eviction moratorium, Sen. Ed Markey praised songwriter Woody Guthrie as a “communist” before leading other Democrat congresspeople, including lifelong communist Sen. Bernie Sanders and radical “Squad” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush, in singing Guthrie’s collectivist anthem, “This Land Is Your Land.”
“A great socialist, who wrote a great song, which a lot of people think is an anthem for our country, but it was written by a socialist, okay?” Markey proclaimed. “Back in the 1930s. A communist. He was a communist. He was a socialist. He was a radical. And you know what that song is? ‘This Land Is Your Land. Can we sing that? Who can start that?”
A Capitol policeman then interrupted, instructing protesters to gather their belongings and not leave them unattended.
Guthrie’s 1940 song “This Land Is Your Land” was actually an angry retort to Irving Berlin’s popular “God Bless America,” sung by Kate Smith. Unrecorded lyrics show that the song is an ode to abolishing private property:
There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me.
The sign was painted, said ‘Private Property.’
But on the backside, it didn’t say nothing.
This land was made for you and me.
In another verse, Guthrie wonders if “God blessed America”:
One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple,
by the relief office I saw my people.
As they stood hungry,
I stood there wondering if God blessed America for me.
In 2009, activist singers Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang the anthem for then-President Barack Obama’s inauguration. The Democratic Socialists of America also embraced the song’s radical lyrics: “Woody Guthrie was a fellow traveler with the American Communist Party… For Guthrie, real patriotism meant celebrating workers and their communities.”
It says everything about today’s Democrat party that its leaders openly praise communists and lead crowds in singing a communist anthem instead of our national anthem.