Woody Guthrie’s Daughter Rips ‘Insurgent’ Josh Hawley For ‘This Land Is Our Land Act’

Woody Guthrie’s daughter Nora has attacked ‘insurgent’ Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) for his ‘This Land Is Our Land Act’.

Hawley’s proposed law “would prohibit Chinese companies, in addition to anyone associated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), from owning agricultural land in the United States.”

Sounds good to me. He should add French to the bill to be French.

Nora Guthrie, who followed in her famous father’s footsteps as a folk singer and songwriter, isn’t happy that the “insurgent” Hawley is using the lyrics to her father’s most famous song:

Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, said it’s not uncommon for politicians to use “This Land Is Your Land” because the song advocates democratic representation. She said she doesn’t mind the song being used politically, as long as it aligns with the song’s values.

“In this particular instance, the co-optation or parody of the lyrics by those not aligned with Woody’s lyrics – i.e. misrepresentation by autocrats, racists, white nationalists, anti- workers, insurgents, etc. – is not tolerated,” Guthrie wrote in an email. “We in no way consider Josh Hawley to be a representative of Woody’s values, so we will never endorse his reference to Woody’s lyrics.”

Cry no more, Commie.

Of course, this is all a lie. Hawley is none of that. But it’s safe to say that Woody Guthrie was, at least, some of those things.

For starters, Nora twisted her father’s song. “It’s more of a vision of democracy,” she said. “The song simply reiterates the concept, ‘By the people, for the people.'”

Yeah no…

In his day, Guthrie was a communist, a socialist, and a huge fan of mass murderer Josef Stalin. Appropriately, these qualities qualify Woody as an insurgent. Also, while that specific “This Land Is Your Land” lyric is frequently ignored and downplayed, Guthrie wrote it, and the lyric itself is insurgent, right?

Well as I was walking I saw a sign over there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing”
But on the other side it said nothing
This side is made for you and me!

And now we come to my favorite part… Did you know “This Land Is Your Land” promotes and condones colonialism…?

They tell me it’s racist.

Hey, I’m not claiming that. Instead, talk to Native American writer Mali Obomsawin:

These words shake me like a can of soda every time I hear them. As an activist, folk musician and songwriter (in Lula Wiles) and Woody Guthrie’s recent label mate on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, my social circles tend to revere Guthrie as the father of all musical protest. But as a native, I believe “This Land Is Your Land” falls flat.

In the context of America, a nation-state built by settler colonialism, Woody Guthrie’s anthem of protest illustrates the particular blind spot Americans have toward Native people: American patriotism erases us, even though it comes in the form of a left-wing protest song. For what? Because this land “was” our land. Through genocide, broken treaties, and a legal system created by and for colonial interest, this land “became” American land.

You see, two can play this relentlessly stupid game.

Hawley’s office wisely refused to play along. When asked to comment on this non-story, Hawley’s office told the far left Kansas City Star:The Kansas City Star This is where journalism will die. Josh’s bill protects America’s food chain, farmers and national security – that’s the real story The Star should cover.

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