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Todays Tuneage: Ghost Of Tom Joad




For those of you not hip to Steinbeck, Tom Joad is the protagonist from The Grapes of Wrath – the 1939 Dust Bowl novel chronicling the plight of Oklahoma tenant farmers beaten down by, well, everything.

Especially “the man.”

Joad, the leader of a family of tenant farmers, has become an icon in the social justice movement – and was the subject of far left songwriter Bruce Springsteen’s 1995 album The Ghost of Tom Joad. The title track of that album has been redone for Springsteen’s latest release High Hopes – which features former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, another champion of the far left.

So … what on earth is a rabidly “right wing” website doing promoting an uber-anthem from the far left? Easy: We feel a kinship with these lyrics …

“Mom, wherever there’s a cop beatin’ a guy 
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries 
Where there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air 
Look for me mom I’ll be there 
Wherever there’s somebody fightin’ for a place to stand 
Or a decent job or a helpin’ hand 
Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free 
Look in their eyes Mom you’ll see me.”

Exactly ….

We hate to break it to the bleeding hearts, but we libertarian-leaning fiscal conservatives are every bit as committed to social justice as they are: We simply believe it is better achieved by confining government to its core functions – not expanding its crony capitalist, welfare statist, global interventionist reach.

That was true in Tom Joad’s day … and it’s true in ours.

Maybe one day Springsteen and Morello will figure that out …