Make the Groceries Free: A Political Program for Our Benighted Times

Looking for something else tonight, I ran across this piece from six years ago. Thought it was worth a reprise. As I put it then:

Here are some lines first set down in the typescript of a 14-page songbook, "Alonzo Zilch's Own Collection of Original Songs and Ballads," written by a 23-year-old high school dropout named Woodrow Wilson Guthrie in 1935. With only the slightest revision in the presidential moniker, it could stand as a viable and vibrant political program for our day.

If I was President Roosevelt
I'd make the groceries free --
I'd give away new Stetson hats
And let the whisky be.
I'd pass out suits of clothing
At least three times a week --
And shoot the first big oil man
That killed the fishing creek.