Wednesday, March 12, 2008

An Idea Older than Bluegrass

After all there is an element in the readjustment of our financial system more important than currency, more important than gold, and that is the confidence of the people. Confidence and courage are the essentials of success in carrying out our plan. You people must have faith; you must not be stampeded by rumors or guesses. Let us unite in banishing fear. We have provided the machinery to restore our financial system; it is up to you to support and make it work.
It is your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.


FDR spoke those words in his fireside chat 75 years ago tonight. It fascinated me to think that at one time, the Presidency was actually an office that was credible, and that people trusted the President. Can you imagine what might happen if a POTUS today said, "Look folks, this is just as much your problem as it is mine, and we all have to work together to fix it."

Seventy-five years ago, there was no such thing as bluegrass. There were musicians and music dancing around the edge of bluegrass. Old-time music was morphing into early country, but many acts were thrust into permanent obscurity with the onset of the depression. Bluegrass didn't really come along until the mid to late 1940s, when things were good again.

And things will be good again. In about 313 days.

But til then, this road will be a little rocky, like in this here Bill Monroe tune.

2 Comments:

At March 15, 2008 12:22 PM, Blogger Blueberry said...

...then here's comes the secret government organizations and corporatocracy sending it back to hell.

FDR's words remind me of Obama's general message. I wonder if any POTUS can overcome the real ruling powers. I hope he gets a crack at it.

But at least we still have the music. I've got some postings up about the big week, and more coming soon.

 
At March 15, 2008 4:36 PM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Well that's really true, Blueberry. I just don't understand how Americans have allowed the Corporatocracy to take over. Then again, I think this country is so close to shutting down and people are getting so frayed that it might just be enough to send things a little over the edge. Chrysler is shutting down for two weeks in July while the "pigs at the trough" feed on and on. Eventually it's gonna sneak up on them while they're gobbling.

Ham, anyone?

And you know, I had that very same thought earlier this week, about the music. It can all go to hell, but they can't take that away from us. Better yet, the kind of music we like might even be our juju to keep them the hell away from us! Can't wait for the SXSW reports!!

 

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