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