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Why is this a Levis commercial and not a GOP / Conservative commercial?

October 13, 2009

America by Walt Whitman

Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,
All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old,
Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,
Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love,
A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,
Chair’d in the adamant of Time.

Pioneers o Pioneers – another commercial in the series – might not work as well although I like it.

COME my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the fore-
most
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond
the seas?
We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We detachments steady throwing,
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as we go the unknown ways,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines
within,
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Colorado men are we,
From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high
plateaus,
From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

From Nebraska, from Arkansas,
Central inland race are we, from Missouri, with the continental
blood intervein’d,
All the hands of comrades clasping, all the Southern, all the
Northern,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O resistless restless race!
O beloved race in all! O my breast aches with tender love for all!
O I mourn and yet exult, I am rapt with love for all,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Raise the mighty mother mistress,
Waving high the delicate mistress, over all the starry mistress,
(bend your heads all,)
Raise the fang’d and warlike mistress, stern, impassive, weapon’d
mistress,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

See my children, resolute children,
By those swarms upon our rear we must never yield or falter,
Ages back in ghostly millions frowning there behind us urging,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

On and on the compact ranks,
With accessions ever waiting, with the places of the dead quickly
fill’d,
Through the battle, through defeat, moving yet and never stopping,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O to die advancing on!
Are there some of us to droop and die? has the hour come?
Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill’d,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the pulses of the world,
Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat,
Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Life’s involv’d and varied pageants,
All the forms and shows, all the workmen at their work,
All the seamen and the landsmen, all the masters with their slaves,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

I too with my soul and body,
We, a curious trio, picking, wandering on our way,
Through these shores amid the shadows, with the apparitions
pressing,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Lo, the darting bowling orb!
Lo, the brother orbs around, all the clustering suns and planets,
All the dazzling days, all the mystic nights with dreams,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

These are of us, they are with us,
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo
wait behind,
We to-day’s procession heading, we the route for travel clearing,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you daughters of the West!
O you young and elder daughters! O you mothers and you wives!
Never must you be divided, in our ranks you move united,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Minstrels latent on the prairies!
(Shrouded bards of other lands, you may rest, you have done
your work,)
Soon I hear you coming warbling, soon you rise and tramp amid us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Not for delectations sweet,
Not the cushion and the slipper, not the peaceful and the studious,
Not the riches safe and palling, not for us the tame enjoyment,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Do the feasters gluttonous feast?
Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock’d and bolted doors?
Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Has the night descended?
Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged nodding
on our way?
Yet a passing hour I yield you in your tracks to pause oblivious,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Till with sound of trumpet,
Far, far off the daybreak call—hark! how loud and clear I hear
it wind,
Swift! to the head of the army!—swift! spring to your places,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Charles Johnson would take it as a call to armed rebellion and denounce us on Little Green Footballs while environmentalists would go into anal spasming convulsions.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Portlandic permalink
    October 13, 2009 11:37 pm

    Why? Because William F. Buckley, Jr., left no heir to lead the thoughtful, literate Republicans; his son has too much fun as a ull-time satirist. *You* could wear that crown; just keep on doin’ what you’re doin’ because the Know-Nothing wing of the party is tres wearying.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      October 14, 2009 5:11 am

      I was actually thinking it was because they have no imagination but lack of intellect works too.

  2. roger permalink
    October 31, 2009 9:01 pm

    because Republicans have no heart, no soul, and certainly no poetry. Republicans would have made fun of Walt Whitman as an effete poet, a New Yorker, no less. And now you think you should be able to use his words in aid of your agenda to tear apart our society and serve the needs only of the wealthy? I don’t think so.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      October 31, 2009 10:17 pm

      I just read his biography on Wikipedia, he certianly doesn’t sound or look effete. He was also a Whig, a Free Soiler, and I believe an Republican, at least he worked in a Republican administration.

  3. Portlandic permalink
    October 31, 2009 10:16 pm

    Oh, Roger, you ignorant (non-)slut.
    There you go again.

    TR wasn’t a poet?
    AL had no soul?
    Barry the G had no heart?
    The most humane person in the ’08 race was Rev. Mike Huckabee (thoroughly unacceptable to the Country Club Rs and Wall Street, just like Henry Wallace).

    Roger, what have you done to help folks besides name-callin’ this week? (Halloween candy does not count).

    Thie Republican put in a full day’s shift at a large national/international relief organization the day before major surgery (Connected five folks to clothing banks, hooked up more with housing resources, and passed a buncha messages to GI Joes and Janes) because some folks *do* deserve help; just not the ‘help’ that makes them helpless.

    And, as a Free-Soiler, sometime prohibitionist and abolitionist, Walt Whitman was almost certainly a Log Cabin Republican.

  4. Portlandic permalink
    October 31, 2009 10:17 pm

    Oh, Roger, you ignorant (non-)slut.
    There you go again.

    TR wasn’t a poet?
    AL had no soul?
    Barry the G had no heart?
    The most humane person in the ’08 race was Rev. Mike Huckabee (thoroughly unacceptable to the Country Club Rs and Wall Street, just like Henry Wallace).

    Roger, what have you done to help folks besides name-callin’ this week? (Halloween candy does not count).

    This here Republican put in a full day’s shift at a large national/international relief organization the day before major surgery (Connected five folks to clothing banks, hooked up more with housing resources, and passed a buncha messages to GI Joes and Janes) because some folks *do* deserve help; just not the ‘help’ that makes them helpless.

    And, as a Free-Soiler, sometime prohibitionist and abolitionist, Walt Whitman was almost certainly a Log Cabin Republican.

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