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Okie (310/485)

Okie From Muskogee

We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee
We don’t take our trips on LSD
We don’t burn our draft cards down on Main Street
We like livin’ right, and bein’ free
We don’t make a party out of lovin’
We like holdin’ hands and pitchin’ woo
We don’t let our hair grow long and shaggy
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do
I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all
Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear
Beads and Roman sandals won’t be seen
Football’s still the roughest thing on campus
And the kids here still respect the college dean
WAnd I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.

The American War in Vietnam (485)

Vietnam: A Television History was first broadcast over 30 years ago during the Reagan Era and the response to it across the rather narrow political spectrum of the US was generally positive. The exception, however, was the series’ fifth episode, which narrated the war from the perspective of those who won it. See Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the architect of the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu, discuss strategy and philosophy. Hear an officer in the NVA explain that “in order to fight the Americans you must cling to their belts.” I recommend this 50-odd minute program over more recent documentaries because it eschews the elegaic mode that has come to characterize US Americans’ re-telling of events. If you’re interested in delving even further you might consult two additional documentaries from the period, Winter Soldier and Hearts and Minds.