|Nobody owns the rainbow. God shares it with everybody, even Philmont.|
(It's good it shows up here though, even if a little under the radar)
Several days later, heading on the long drive home, a song came up on random play. It was "America the Beautiful"performed by Keb' Mo' in a very Mississippi blues style, and as it came from Obama's victory album of 2008, Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement (how many presidential elections include cool victory albums?), it also included some inspiring words of the man who became our President:
We made our share of mistakes. And there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. But I also know how much I love America. I know that for more than two centuries, we have strived at great cost and great sacrifice to form a more perfect union.Now, I at least, find those words very inspiring, and honest, and part of the reason why I voted for our President and probably will again. But as I heard them along with the also very inspiring lyrics of that tune performed in a style that was outside of my usual zone of reference, I recognized that there may be some who would be extremely offended by that, maybe more so than I even am by Lee Greenwood.
Going a little farther, I have one other friend, interestingly a military veteran, who has expressed similar concerns about the Greenwood song. I don't know if there were any others at the Philmont program who were in any way concerned about Greenwood. Yet, if the PTC staff had marched in with the flags to that recording of Keb' Mo' along with the words of Obama, even if he is current President of the United States of America, and honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America, how many do you think might have been offended? I bet a lot more than one. I figure at least 40%.
They might have an opinion about how Obama is such a disgrace, not a "real American" like Sarah, etc., and supports the "gay agenda," or how he snubbed the Scouts by not showing at the Jamboree (by the by, I didn't exactly see Nixon show at the one I was at in '73, but then maybe he was otherwise engaged in un-indicted co-conspiratorial activities).
So, what am I getting at besides stirring uncomfortable controversy? (Or even a little pity party about how I find myself straddling cultures so often with my personal experiences?) I'm wondering if the whole Lee Greenwood theme just doesn't reflect some kind of cultural/political litmus test. Greenwood sings at Palin rallies, Keb' Mo' sings on Obama records. So, maybe I should just leave it to you. Watch and enjoy, vote for whom you want, or walk out if you have to:
Actually, I think my point is we are all real Americans. The Scouts are doing a pretty good job with this in recruiting more types of diversity in their youth programs, inner-city youth, special needs, various religious, ethnic and racial groups. There are even a few gay Scouts under the radar as long as there is no overt sexual behavior. But then there shouldn't be any overt sexual behavior of any type in Scouting.
But these videos do just make me wonder if some of us are just more "real American" than others? Can we ever get beyond these cultural conflicts? And how do we do it?