Jonah’s Threads

by Steven F. Hayward

Regarding Jonah’s sensible bias against Woodrow Wilson, it is worth noting something Churchill told the New York Enquirer in 1936: “America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the world war. If you hadn’t entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by facism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty which has enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war all these ‘isms’ wouldn’t today be sweeping the continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government, and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over 1 million British, French, American, and other lives.”

Before people start throwing back anti-Churchill arguments (I know them all) or the dubiousness of post-hoc counterfactual history, recall that at the moment Churchill said this (1936) even he was having grave doubts about whether parliamentary democracy could survive even in Britain.

Now, as to Jonah’s suggestions that Bush simply read off Phish’s “Fee” for his inaugural address (by the way Jonah—how many Phish shows did you ever see anyway—hmm? hmm?), may I suggest the better idea is moe’s “Captain America,” in part because of the intrinsic fitness of the lyrics, and in part because the first time I saw moe (e.e. cummings-style lower case on purpose for moe) at Club 9:30, I squinted and said to Allison, “Why, isn’t that Jonah Goldberg on the bass??” On closer look, no, but for a minute there. . .

Anyway, here’s excerpts from moe that would drive the Left out of its mind (Complete lyrics here ):

Captain Captain America said you gotta be like me
Or you’re gonna wind up dead last
At the end of your rope
Flat broke
Down and tired
You sleepy head
Won’t you go to bed
Let me run your life

Clark Kent ran for president
No one knew about the secrets locked in his head
Friends tried to take his life
Accusations flew
Flew like Kryptonite
Clark still looking good
What you gonna say
To make everything alright


May be right
May be wrong
I’m in the middle anyway
May be right
May be wrong
I’m in the middle anyway
Stuck in the middle anyway

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