I was just thinking about how nothing has really changed in the national dialogue in 40 years.
I mean, you still have this Flag cult, which the southern-fried masses confuse with patriotism.
You still have the same impotent peace movement.
You still see John Prine and Merle Haggard, two of the greats among the American troubadours, in the great American way, taking their First Amendment seriously and making their respective points with their guitars and voices.
I was more of a Merle Haggard than a John Prine fan. Okee from Muskogee was one of my favorites.
I'm probably more on Prine's side of things now, though.
My dad had a flag decal. These days I see yellow ribbons, red, white and blue ribbons, and flags on the housetops all over the neighborhood.
I hear Merle's more of a liberal these days.