Two Songs

by Jay Nordlinger

In Impromptus today, I quote and link to the Beatles: their song “Taxman.” A friend of mine thinks it ought to be the Tea Party anthem. According to some readers, the Stevie Ray Vaughan performance of “Taxman” is better than the Beatles’. You be the judge: The original is here, Stevie here.

Me, I’m not nuts about the song — though I enjoy the lyrics. The Taxman says, “If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street. If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat. If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”

As I say in my column, sounds like Dr. Seuss — Hayekian Dr. Seuss.

Speaking of songs, you probably know “You’ve Got a Friend,” a Carole King song. I thought of this when reading a post by Bob Costa last night. His subject was the Massachusetts Senate race. He noted that “President Obama, Vice President Biden, and other favorites of the Left, including singer Carole King, campaigned for Markey.”

Oh, yes. Some years ago, King trooped down to Cuba, as all of them do, to pay homage to Fidel Castro, one of the bloodiest, cruelest dictators in modern history. She crooned to him “You’ve Got a Friend.”

He sure does — lots of them, in the Free World, which is sickening.

Thanks to Joe McCarthy, we’re not allowed to talk about the relationship between American “liberals” and vicious Communism. But I’m pretty confident that, if you could slip them truth serum, most of the Massachusetts delegation would admit to preferring the Castro brothers over Goldwater, Reagan, and the Bushes.

Hell, some of them might do it without the serum.

P.S. They weren’t from Massachusetts, but two Democratic congressmen recently hosted a reception for Castro activists, campaigning for the release of Cuban spies imprisoned in this country. To read about it, go here.

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