I’ve been a fan of the Capitol Steps for decades now, but only recently have I fully appreciated the prescience of their musical insights. I hope Econbrowser readers will too, by singing along to this twenty year old song, “Favored Right Wing” [sample], sung to the tune of “My favorite things”. (This song is so old, that no complete online version exists, and I had to laboriously transcribe the words by hand(!), so apologies if there are a couple errors.)
[Introductory remarks: Ladies and Gentlemen, the League of Men Voters in conjunction with the Senate Committee of White Guys in Gray Suits is pleased to present a campaign address by Mr. Pat Buchanan.]
Dumping on low-lifers, pimpos and floozies,
Stumping for pro-lifers right to own uzis,
Helping George Bush get his tush in a sling,
These are some things favored by the right wing.
Trade blocking schemes aimed at Germans and Asians,
Basketball teams should employ more Caucasians,
Send Chinese immigrants back to Nanking,
We on the right always do the white thing!
Close our Nation to the Haitians,
Let the Wall begin!
If I could rewrite what history has wrought
Columbus would not get in!
Welfare gets frozen, the poor will get thinner,
Each spotted owl is at my state dinner.
We think Jane Fonda is a big ding-a-ling.
If you’re playing goalie beware the right wing!
No one departs from that Jesse Helms credo,
Ban public art that excites the libido.
When Pat’s on the road, a Mercedes he brings –
Mercedes are cars favored by the right wing.
Vote Buchanan! That’s our man in.
Not some bureaucrat!
We must send a message, we must send a rant
America can’t stand pat!
(I said that?)
Aside from the anachronistic references to Jane Fonda and George (HW) Bush, I think the song has stood the test of time well.
By the way, the song is right after the fantastic “The Sounds of Tsongas” (sung to the tune of “The Sounds of Silence”), on the album “Fools on the Hill”.