Do nations really get the leadership they deserve? What sort of country ends up with someone like George Bush in the White House? It was as if Randy Newman could read my thoughts. He offers a unique defense of America in a song that the NYT ran (in abridged form) as an Op-Ed this morning.
I’d like to say a few wordsWho was worse? Well, Newman goes on to point out, George Bush is no Hitler. He's no Stalin. And he's no Caligula, who was said to have thought about making his horse a Roman consul. Made me feel much better.
In defense of our country
Whose people aren’t bad nor are they mean
Now the leaders we have
While they’re the worst that we’ve had
Are hardly the worst this poor world has seen...
The song will be available on iTunes Jan. 30. There's more information at Newman's website, along with a link to the unabridged lyrics of "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country," which include some lines about the Supreme Court the NYT apparently found too tasteless to print. Imagine that -- Randy Newman, tasteless.