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Video: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)

Jim Dixon 16 Jun 04 - 06:41 PM
Joe Offer 16 Jun 04 - 08:07 PM
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Subject: Review: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 06:41 PM

Click here to see a video, from CNN, of John Ashcroft singing a song he wrote: LET THE EAGLE SOAR.


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Subject: ADDCRAP: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 08:07 PM

LET THE EAGLE SOAR
(John Ashcroft, U.S. Attorney General)

Let the eagle soar,
Like she's never soared before.
From rocky coast to golden shore,
Let the mighty eagle soar.
Soar with healing in her wings,
As the land beneath her sings:
'Only God, no other kings.'
This country's far too young to die.
We've still got a lot of climbing to do,
And we can make it if we try.
Built by toils and struggles
God has led us through.

Source: http://www.beliefnet.com/story/61/story_6188.html

I don't know if these lyrics are complete, but they're certainly enough for you to get the idea...
-Joe Offer-
There's an extended version of the lyrics here (click).
    So as not to take anything out of context, let us look at the full lyrics: "Let the eagle soar / like she's never soared before / from rocky coast / to golden shore / let the mighty eagle soar. / So with healing in her wings / as the land beneath her sings: / 'Only God, no other kings,' / let the mighty eagle soar. / This country's far too young to die / Though she's cried a bit for what we've put her through / she's soared above the lifted lamp / that guards sweet freedom's door / in the dews, the damps, the watchfires / of a nation torn by war / oh she's far too young to die / you can see it in her eye / she's not yet begun to fly / it's time to let the mighty eagle soar [refrain]."

    Ashcroft wrote the text and music in 1997 when meditating on the nation's resilience against President Clinton's marital woes. The revised version above adds new war-oriented material and omits a stanza (and a dangling participle) of moral struggle: "We've still got a lot of climbing to do, / And we can make it if we try. / Built by toils and struggles / God has led us through."


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Subject: RE: Video: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)
From: RangerSteve
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 08:15 PM

His voice isn't all that bad, except that he sounds exactly like every televangelist who sings, which isn't good.

Hey, John, don't give up your day job.

No, wait a minute, go ahead, give up your day job, and don't sing anymore either.


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Subject: RE: Video: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)
From: Amos
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 08:22 PM

He sure doesn't cut it as a lyricist.

Yes, John, go back to the practice of law -- say, product liability defenses or perhaps working for the ACLU.

A


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Subject: RE: Video: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)
From: michaelr
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 09:05 PM

CHOKE, GAG, BARF!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Video: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)
From: GUEST,He's nuts
Date: 18 Jun 04 - 03:58 AM

What a fricking moron! Man, this is really scarey shit, reminds me of some ultra conservative who would have no qualms about shooting someone for exercising his First Amendment rights, all the while singing this song!!!!


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Subject: RE: Video: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jun 04 - 11:42 AM

From The Guardian:

Staff cry poetic injustice as singing Ashcroft introduces patriot games
Julian Borger in Washington
Monday March 4, 2002

Since John Ashcroft became US attorney general last year, workers at the department of justice have become accustomed to his daily prayer meetings, but some are now drawing the line at having to sing patriotic songs penned by their idiosyncratic boss.

Mr Ashcroft, a devout Christian and a grittily determined singer, went public with one of his works last month, when he surprised an audience at a North Carolina seminary with a rendition of Let the Eagle Soar, a tribute to America's virtues, which continues: "Like she's never soared before, from rocky coast to golden shore, let the mighty eagle soar," and so on for four minutes.

The performance (which can be seen and heard at cnn.com/video/us/2002/02/25/ashcroft.sings.wbtv.med.html) was accompanied only by taped music, but Mr Ashcroft's staff are complaining that printed versions of the song are being distributed at meetings so that they will be able to join in.

When asked why she opposed the workplace singalong, one of the department's lawyers said: "Have you heard the song? It really sucks."

A group of Hispanic justice department employees were recently summoned to see the attorney general, and went along hoping that their boss might be making a special effort to promote diversity in the department's higher ranks.

Instead, they were asked to provide a hasty Spanish lesson to give the secretary a few phrases to use on a foreign delegation the next day. The Hispanic staff were then handed printed copies of Let the Eagle Soar and asked for volunteers to translate it.

This is not the first time Mr Ashcroft's subordinates have realised that this attorney general is unlike ordinary politicians. Each time he has been sworn in to political office, he is anointed with cooking oil (in the manner of King David, as he points out in his memoirs Lessons from a Father to His Son).

When Mr Ashcroft was in the Senate, the duty was performed by his father, a senior minister in a church specialising in speaking in tongues, the Pentecostal Assemblies of God. When he became attorney general, Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court justice, did the honours.

In January, a pair of 12ft statues in the atrium of a justice department building were covered by a blue curtain, on orders from Mr Ashcroft's office because the female figure Spirit of Justice was bare-breasted, and the body of her male partner, Majesty of Law, was not sufficiently covered by his toga.

The cover-up has provoked an anti-Ashcroft campaign by the singer and film star Cher, who has toured the media circuit denouncing his puritanism. She asked the Washington Post: "What are we going to do next? Put shorts on the statue of David, put an 1880s bathing suit on Venus Rising and a shirt on the Venus de Milo?"

Perhaps the most bizarre wrinkle in the Ashcroft enigma emerged in November when Andrew Tobias, the Democratic Party treasurer and a financial writer, published an article on his website accusing the attorney general of harbouring superstitions about tabby cats.

According to the Tobias article, advance teams for an Ashcroft visit to the US embassy in the Hague asked anxiously if there were tabby cats (or calico cats as they are known in the US) on the premises.

"Their boss, they explained, believes calico cats are signs of the devil," Mr Tobias reported.

When asked about the veracity of the report, the justice department said that it had made Mr Ashcroft laugh. There has been no further comment on the matter.


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Subject: RE: Video: Let the Eagle Soar (John Ashcroft)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jun 04 - 12:38 PM

Here's a parody verse from http://www.toadalamode.com/ashcroft.html:
    Let the eagle soar,
    Soar with freedom in her breast
    So long as she's appropriately dressed
    And not exposing her chest.
    As the lands beneath her say
    "Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away."
    But we shall overcome.
    We won't let the First Amendment stand in our way.
    O, let the eagle soar,
    But the Bill of Rights ignore
    'Cause we're in a state of war
    Yes, let the mighty eagle soar.
Humor from Dave Letterman (http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/top_ten/archive/ls_topten_archive2002/ls_topten_archive_20020410):
    Top Ten Reasons John Ashcroft Would Not Sing On Our Show

    10. Pre-show partying with Mayor Bloomberg left him in no condition to perform

    9. He insisted on singing shirtless

    8. Depressed there were only a dozen screaming teenage girls at the stage door

    7. Refused to do "Let The Eagle Soar" unless we paid for hair and makeup for the eagle

    6. Needs to rest voice for upcoming Ashcroftpalooza tour

    5. Too busy tapping my phones

    4. Been depressed ever since his eagle stopped soaring, if you know what I mean

    3. For some reason he thought we'd make fun of him

    2. The vibe wasn't right, man

    1. Blah, blah upholding the dignity of the office, blah, blah
Here's part of a blog from an audience member on Letterman's on the night Ashcroft didn't sing (from http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/watw/02-04/ashcroft.shtml):
    Before the show began, all people who would be sitting near the front (which, on this day, included myself) were briefed in the auditorium's lobby on how to behave during the taping. In short: "Force the laughter." But about halfway through this synopsis, I heard a voice, clear and strong, echoing through the halls of the theater, almost like the voice of God itself. And it sang:

    "Let the eagle soar!
    Like she's never soared before!
    From rocky coast to golden shore!
    Let the mighty eagle soar!"

    So the rumors were true! Ashcroft was going to sing! I released a deep sigh, truly grateful to be alive. This was not going to be a moment to be missed.

    Sure enough, the time I'd spent waiting to be permitted entrance into the theater, soaking in the rain and being shouted at by a homeless man holding a "NEED MONEY FOR DRUG BEER HOOKER BUT AT LEAST I'M NOT BULLSHITTING YOU" sign, paid off-- I was seated front and center on the balcony directly overhanging the stage. After a characteristically painful monologue, Letterman brought out the guest of honor. Immediately, the band launched into the opening bars of "Let the Eagle Soar," and the house came down with applause.

    But something was not right.

    Apparently, during rehearsal, Ashcroft had thought that he sounded a little flat. He was having trouble keeping together with the band. So, as we would expect from a high-ranking policymaker like Ashcroft, a last-minute decision was made: the fucker didn't sing.

    Over and over again, Letterman prompted Ashcroft to be so generous as to share his blessed baritone with the good people in TV land. And over and over again, Ashcroft responded only by laughing, snorting nervously, and changing the topic. Somehow, he eventually ended up on a mildly terrifying tirade about how wonderful it is that he can now monitor and arrest lawyers and translators. At the last minute, he asked permission to go "rock out" on the keyboards. Permission was granted. And suddenly, there was an instant of hope! Ahhh, but the bastard just wouldn't give. Instead, he played through a barbaric interpretation of "Can't Buy Me Love," instantly falling out of step with the band and playing with all the style and soul of a Chuck E. Cheese automaton with a broom up its ass.

    In fact, the only really entertaining portions of the show were the ones that didn't make it onto television: a production assistant begging and pleading with Ashcroft to sing, and best of all, the incredibly uncomfortable look on Ashcroft's face while a perfectly straight male techie adjusted his lapel mic.

    Recently, many have criticized John Ashcroft for what they perceive as unnecessarily harsh policy. Now, I'm neither an immigrant, nor of Arab descent, so these policies really don't mean shit to me on a personal level. What does mean shit to me is that I waited in line in the rain to hear "Let the Eagle Soar"-- and the eagle didn't fucking soar. Sure, the man can legislate, however questionably, from the comfort of his office. But when push came to shove, he simply didn't have the balls to give the people what they'd always wanted: the opportunity to witness Attorney General John Ashcroft crashing and burning to the sound of his own voice on national television. Pussy.

    -Matt LeMay


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