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Political Humor: “Healthcare Reform Will Not Be Televised”

As a general rule, we don’t talk politics here at On Deaf Ears. First, because it’s not that kind of site, and second, because our writers’ views are all over the place, from solidly conservative to very liberal with some stops in between.

But music and politics do intersect sometimes, and we’ve occasionally had coverage from the perspective of both our liberal writers and our conservative, uh, writer (who happens to be me).

This one I had to share.

Older readers, counterculture types, and music geeks are likely familiar with Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Scott-Heron’s compelling proto-hip-hop blend of beat poetry and jazz has been a leftist anthem for decades now, even lending its name to the title of a documentary generally viewed as pro-Hugo Chavez.

Gil Scott-Heron – “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”


Enter conservative musician, comedian, and guerrilla filmmaker, AlfonZo Rachel.

Zo (as he is affectionately known) serves up a brilliant parody, mocking President Obama’s repeated and transparently false claims that the congressional debates on the planned government takeover of health care, which is one-sixth of the economy and affects the lives of every American, would be aired on C-SPAN. Instead, we got shady backroom deals that handed out privileges to labor unions that the rest of us won’t enjoy and bought the votes of Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) and Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana). It finally reached the point where even a liberal like Jack Cafferty was calling the president a liar on national television and even a deep-blue state like Massachusetts was willing to elect a Republican to the Senate in an effort to stop the bill.

Healthcare reform was not televised. If it was, maybe the bill wouldn’t be hanging by a rapidly-fraying thread.

AlfonZo Rachel – “Healthcare Reform Will Not Be Televised”

The parody is so perfectly executed, I have to think that even that ol’ lefty Gil Scott-Heron got a kick out of it.

(Wikipedia has a good guide to the references made by Scott-Heron in “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”)

18 Dec 2009