Glenn Beck spelled out the secret meaning of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" on his Fox News show yesterday: "This song is about a progressive utopia where there are no owners of anything. We all just share it. It's made for you -- it's your land, it's my land. We all have it together. Some people have property now, and some people don't. We can all think of this song as an American song. Yes, it is -- an American progressive song." Check out his incisive analysis of Guthrie's progressive folk masterpiece below.
Beck has been sounding out on classic rock a lot this year, according to Media Matters. In January he played the Beatles' "Revolution" to illustrate how progressives prefer a slow evolution into socialism rather than a violent revolution. "Their [progressives'] idea was you don't need a bloody revolution. You just evolve things slowly, and you'll change the world....This is all – it's peaceful. But it's progressive."
And it looks as though a Republican has finally figured out the less-nationalist significance of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." After Pat Gray, his radio co-host, declared the song "anti-American"
today, Beck added, "See, here's the thing that I don't think people understand yet – I think you do – that it is time for us to wake up out of our dream state, wake up out of the propaganda."
As one commenter noted, expect Beck to get around to Green Day's American Idiot in another 20 years or so.