I just watched the most amazing program on public television - American Masters: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. The prgram described Pete Seeger as a great patriot and American -- a man who loved and devoted himself to this country. This was amazing to me because that is the way I always have thought of him, but it most certainly was not the way the powers that be, including broadcast television talked about him throughout most of my (and his) life. He was completely banned from broadcast television throughout my childhood and it was clear that the power structure thought of him as a dangerous subversive -- the opposite of a patriot.
But somehow people who think like me about Pete Seeger have gotten enough power and influence that suddenly he is being praised and hailed as a great American and patriot on national television.
I am sure this amazes me much more than it does Pete. He has always had faith the country would eventually come around to his way of thinking. He is indeed an embodiment of the best of America and now enough Americans have come around to his way of thinking that he is being praised on national televlision. Amazing!
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