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Friday, July 12, 2013

It isn't nice, it isn't nice....

In Texas the governor complains about "mob rule."  In North Carolina, the governor complains about how the uncivil language of the protestors at Moral Mondays there.  The Texas Lt. Gov. went so far as to complain of "outside agitators," a term I wouldn't have thought he was old enough to remember.  And ironic, too, since Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum have come to the state capitol to support the Lite Guv's position on abortion and the law.  But if it all sounds familiar, it's because it is.

It isn't nice to block the doorway,
It isn't nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it,
But the nice ways always fail.

It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

It isn't nice to carry banners
Or to sit in on the floor,
Or to shout our cry of Freedom
At the hotel and the store.

It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

We have tried negotiations
And the three-man picket line,
Mr. Charlie didn't see us
And he might as well be blind.
Now our new ways aren't nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

How about those years of lynchings
And the shot in Evers' back?
Did you say it wasn't proper,
Did you stand upon the track?
You were quiet just like mice,
Now you say we aren't nice,
And if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

It isn't nice to block the doorway,
It isn't nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways always fail.
It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
But thanks for your advice,
Cause if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

 May be time for another folk music revival.....

The photo is from Burnt Orange Report; those are the protestors of the abortion bill.  Supporters of the bill, mostly from outside Texas, turned out in smaller numbers.  But they weren't a "mob," so it's okay.

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