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Joan Baez and Barack Obama

If you arrived here by way of the front page, you might have noticed a little thing called a theme song - it’s new (was new). It is 18 seconds, one verse, from the song Welcome Me by Joan Baez from the album “Ring Them Bells”. I wanted to use a clip from that song because a coyote is mentioned in the lyrics. I was concerned about copyright, but I think 18 seconds is allowed. You could probably look it up and stream it; I understand CDs are still being made and purchasing digital music has not been phased out yet. I am going to claim a fair use education purpose for including the clip.

The verse goes like this:

I’ll be the first the praise the sun,
the first to praise the moon,
the first to hold a lone coyote,
the last to set him free.

It goes on later to Welcome me to your city of Angels.

I started thinking more about Joan Baez, the person. She is the same age as Bernie Sanders, maybe near a year older even – and still producing music. I’ve always liked Joan Baez’ music. She goes way back to the days of Dylan and Woodstock. I wasn’t around in time for all that, though I do have some of those recordings too. I did see her in concert once. I think I was the youngest person in the audience.

Joan Baez was always involved in civil rights protests, anti-war protests, an activist in environmental issues - all or most of the same things Bernie is about. So I wondered if she has endorsed Bernie for President 2020. This is what I found:

In 2008 Joan Baez endorsed Barack Obama.

Through all those years, I chose not to engage in party politics. … At this time, however, changing that posture feels like the responsible thing to do. If anyone can navigate the contaminated waters of Washington, lift up the poor, and appeal to the rich to share their wealth, it is Sen. Barack Obama.

In 2013, however, Joan Baez said she would likely never endorse a candidate again:

In some ways I’m disappointed, but in some ways it was silly to expect more. If he had taken his brilliance, his eloquence, his toughness and not run for office he could have led a movement. Once he got in the Oval Office he couldn’t do anything.
- Joan Baez on Barack Obama

Maybe, just maybe, that is - as things are now - a subtle endorsement of Bernie Sanders. Still it would be nice if Joan said a few kind words for Bernie. This is different. Bernie is different from all the rest. Thank you in advance, Joan Baez.


Barbara Jordan

What people want is simple. They want an America as good as its promise. - Barbara Jordan, Commencement Address, Harvard University, June 1977

Frequently quoted by Senator Nina Turner, National Campaign Co-Chair of Bernie Sanders' Presidential Campaign.

Maybe you remember hearing the phrase: “Maybe, just maybe.” It wasn’t so long ago. You heard it in Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. Barbara Jordan said those words in 1977. They are in the last line of her 1977 Harvard University Commencement Address.

Barbara Jordan was talking about the environment and “thinly disguised racism1 and elitism which is some kind of trickle down economics” in 1992 and before.

We will change in order to satisfy the present, in order to satisfy the future -- but we will not die. We will change, but we will not die. From what to what? Why not change from a Party with a reputation of tax and spend to one with a reputation of investment and growth? Change. Change. A growth economy is a must. We can grow the economy and sustain an improved environment at the same time. When the economy is growing and we are taking care of our air and soil and water, we all prosper. And we can do all of that. When I say something like that, I certainly do not mean the thinly disguised racism and elitism which is some kind of trickle-down economics. I will tell you the kind of economy I'm talking about. I'm talking about an economy where a young black woman or a young black man, born in the 5th Ward of Houston -- my town -- or South Central Los Angeles. I mean an economy where a young black woman or man from the Fifth Ward in Houston or South Central Los Angeles, or a young person in the colonias of the lower Rio Grande valley -- I'm talking about an economy where those persons can go to a public school, learn the skills that will enable her or him to prosper. - Barbara Jordan, 1992 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

Barbara Jordan was talking about the environment and “thinly disguised racism1 and elitism which is some kind of trickle down economics” in 1992 and before.

We will change in order to satisfy the present, in order to satisfy the future – but we will not die. We will change, but we will not die. From what to what? Why not change from a Party with a reputation of tax and spend to one with a reputation of investment and growth? Change. Change. A growth economy is a must. We can grow the economy and sustain an improved environment at the same time. When the economy is growing and we are taking care of our air and soil and water, we all prosper. And we can do all of that.
When I say something like that, I certainly do not mean the thinly disguised racism and elitism which is some kind of trickle-down economics. I will tell you the kind of economy I’m talking about. I’m talking about an economy where a young black woman or a young black man, born in the 5th Ward of Houston – my town – or South Central Los Angeles. I mean an economy where a young black woman or man from the Fifth Ward in Houston or South Central Los Angeles, or a young person in the colonias of the lower Rio Grande valley – I’m talking about an economy where those persons can go to a public school, learn the skills that will enable her or him to prosper.
- Barbara Jordan, 1992 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

Listen to Barbara Jordan’s speech in Congress on the impeachment of Richard Nixon. Most of us weren’t around, or weren’t old enough to have heard this speech, but now hear how similar the 2019 impeachment process is with the Nixon impeachment in this speech. The crimes are not the same, but the process is:


Barbara Jordan speaking in Congress at the impeachment of Richard Nixon

Bernie Sanders - New Year's Day 2020


Bernie Sanders speaks for US on New Year’s Day 2020

Original video and photos: Bernie 2020 campaign; added music: Volunteers, Jefferson Airplane; added graphics and editing: CoyoteNews.org

Bernie Sanders New Year's Eve party, Des Moine IA; photo: Gary Grumbach, @GaryGrumbach
Bernie Sanders New Year's Eve party, Des Moine IA; photo: Gary Grumbach, @GaryGrumbach