What if we are a nation rocked to sleep? (A McCain/Palin inspired nursery rhyme redux)

As I was trying to formulate a post analyzing McCain’s manic blinking[i] and eerily robotic performance from Wednesday night’s debate, I thought back to the veep debate and Palin’s winking[ii]. Then, an old nursery rhyme line popped into my head: “Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod, one night, sailed off in a wooden shoe.” As these candidates are acting like children, perhaps a nursery rhyme in their honor is quite fitting.

While Palin and McCain (Winkin and Blinkin) are like schoolyard bullies, the corporatized media machine is giving a big ‘Nod’ to the fascist turn their candidacy bodes. And, unfortunately, vast numbers of the populace seem as if they’ve been rocked to sleep in the arms of the MSM. These arms encircle the inhabitants of the US, smothering and crushing them. They are not the arms of the ‘good mother,’ but of the domineering patriarchal father, the bad dad. These arms are composed of muscles and joints that work in tandem – corporate power, corrupt politicians, and “special interests” (i.e. AIPAC) that control the MSM and give a ‘nod’ to whatever furthers their power mad agenda.

Many nursery rhymes are meant to soothe babies to sleep and stop their crying. The lullaby we are being collectively rocked to sleep with in the US does much the same thing, although with a sinister rather than a benign purpose. Carly Sheehan wrote a poem a few years back after her brother Casey was killed. Her poem was entitled “A Nation Rocked to Sleep.” Like this earlier piece, I too feel we are being dangerously rocked to sleep, that “The leaders want to keep you numb so the pain won’t be so deep.”

So, here it is, my revised version of “Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod.”[iii] Happy wake up Friday!

Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod, one year, set to sail off with the win
Sailed off on a river of lies on a sea of corporate spin
“Where are you going and what do you wish?” no one asked the three
“We’ve come here to hate and oppress, to hang that one from a tree,
Water boards and propaganda have we” whispered Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod
Many ignored songs of hate as they were rocked asleep by Nod’s news
A nation rocked to sleep could guarantee they woudn’t lose
Now the citizenry is like a herd of sheep that live in a grassy sea
“We believe” the sheep bleeted, unaware they were no longer free,
“Maverick!” they cheered to the corporate three, Winkin, Blinkin and Nod
So all election long the nets were cast to the sheep in their mindless sleep
‘Til down from voting machines the verdict was set: “The house is yours to keep”
‘Twas all too horrible a nightmare; it seemed as if it couldn’t be
Some folks say twas a planed coup*** in the so-called land of the free
From they who aimed to be the fascist dictators three – Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod
Now Winkin and Blinkin are two candidates, and Nod is their BIG BROTHER
And the stolen election is set to be just like the ’04 other**
If you close your eyes while the Nod lies you won’t see
That thanks to DRE machines* the vote ain’t free
And this country is rocked to sleep by the fascist dictators three – Winkin  Blinkin and Nod


*DREM stands for Direct Recording Electronic Machine. These machines have no paper trail. Hint: this is a BIG problem. For coverage of voting fraud issues, see Bradblog.com.

**For good coverage of the previous stolen elections, see, for example, Stealing America Vote by Vote, Recount Democracy, and Hacking Democracy.

***On the coup, see Naomi Wolf’s Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries. A video can be found here. See also her previous work warning of the US turn to fascism, The End of America. I have also posted on the US as fascist here.

[i] See here for an interesting analysis of candidate’s blinking: http://www.dailynewstribune.com/multimedia/x1263015509/Eye-spy-Wellesley-resident-studies-candidates-blinking. See also http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/the-blinkers.html

[ii] I discuss Palin’s penchant for winking here.

[iii] A copy of the original nursery rhyme (which can also be found here.)

Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod, one night, sailed off in a wooden shoe; Sailed off on a river of crystal light into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going and what do you wish?” the old moon asked the three.
“We’ve come to fish for the herring fish that live in this beautiful sea.
Nets of silver and gold have we,” said Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.
The old moon laughed and sang a song as they rocked in the wooden shoe.
And the wind that sped them all night long ruffled the waves of dew.
Now the little stars are the herring fish that live in that beautiful sea; “Cast your nets wherever you wish – never afraid are we!”
So cried the stars to the fishermen three – Winkin’, and Blinkin’, and Nod.
So all night long their nets they threw to the stars in the twinkling foam.
‘Til down from the skies came the wooden shoe bringing the fisherman home.
‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed as if it could not be.
Some folks say ’twas a dream they dreamed of sailing that misty sea.
But I shall name you the fisherman three – Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.
Now Winkin’ and Blinkin’ are two little eyes and Nod is a little head.
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies is a wee one’s trundle bed.
So close your eyes while mother sings of the wonderful sights that be.
And you shall see those beautiful things as you sail on the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three – Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.

3 thoughts on “What if we are a nation rocked to sleep? (A McCain/Palin inspired nursery rhyme redux)”

  1. By George, I think it works! Good poesy, great message. It counters the “massage” very well.

    But this confused me–“a planed coup”? Were the uncounted ballots swooped away by the Red Baron? 😉

    Let us hope that the widening gap in favor of Obama in the polls will be so wide by election day that this one can’t be spirited away from us.

  2. Thanks Macon D.

    The reference to the coup is a specific ‘nod’ to Naomi Wolf’s analysis of what she terms the October 1, 2008 coup. She discusses it in the video clip linked in the post. Thus, this coup isn’t related to ballots…

    I hope the widening gap is enough too but worry about massive voter fraud. See bradblog.com on this — some very worrying stuff!

    And I love your play on the words message/massage!

  3. I love your song and here is mine to the tune of I’ve Been Working on the Railroad:

    I’m a person of White privilege
    all my life long day
    I don’t think that this privilege
    will ever go away

    people can you hear the pocs complaining
    as they moan and sway
    but they’s rather listen to hip-hop
    then work the day away

    it’s more fun to be complaining
    makes one feel proud and tall
    but that little pay check ain’t gonna
    help at all

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