By Burton Gretzinger
What the fuck does that even mean, anymore, and who the fuck is “thee”?
When you read down through the rest of the lyrics of the song (also known as “America”, but mostly called by its first line, “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”), the persona of “thee” seems to be America, itself. But those are just the original four stanzas of the song. More were added later (also, apparently, alluding to “thee” as America itself). Prior to 1843, three stanzas were added to the song which just pretty much continued the gist of the original four stanzas– but gave a nod to George Washington, and to a much larger country by then.
In 1843, A.G. Duncan added the “Abolitionist Verses” to this song. The first two lines of his additional six verses is:
My country, ’tis of thee,
Stronghold of slavery, of thee I sing…[i]
It seems to be that “thee” is no longer America– as a whole– with this set of stanzas. “Thee” seems to point to some powers of oppression. (Read the entire A.G. Duncan verses, sometime… fascinating. Sorry, revisionists: slavery WAS the cause of the Civil War).
So… what does “thee” (from the song) mean, today?
“Thee” seems to mean “the people in power”. You and I (commoners), account for nothing more than sheep to vote for them. “Thee” talks us into signing on to their agendas. “Thee” tells us “them” is evil, because “they” don’t believe what you’ve been convinced to believe.
“Thee” can get away with rape, because it’s “Fake news”. And the main “thee” has an army of sycophants in his immediate circle (and in Fox, Breitbart, The Federalist, The Drudge Report, Newsmax, InfoWars, etc…), to explain to any questioning soul how we’re all to just sign on to whatever “thee” says.
Run where the Border Collie directs you, sheep– and sing about “Thee” like it’s going to be “Great Again”.
—An obscure writer from Alabama, Burt has been an electro-mechanical technician, tinkerer and home-project builder for most of 61 years.