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We Beg Your Pardon (Pardon Our Analysis)‎

Gil Scott-Heron
Language: English


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‎[1974]‎
inclusa in "The First Minute of a New Day", album del 1975 con Brian Jackson.
Anche nell’album “The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron” del 1978‎

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Altra spoken-song che è il naturale completamento di H2OGaTe Blues‎.‎
Non passò nemmeno un mese dall’impeachment e dalle sue dimissioni che Nixon - il mandante del ‎più grosso scandalo politico nella storia degli USA nonché uno dei maggiori artefici di una guerra ‎disastrosa ed il responsabile della morte di decine di migliaia di giovani americani in Vietnam – ‎ottenne il perdono, un “full, free and absolute pardon”, dal suo successore Gerald Ford, che ‎nemmeno era un presidente eletto ma semplicemente colui che si era trovato a subentrare alla Casa ‎Bianca dopo l’allontamento di Nixon, del suo vice Spiro Agnew e dell’intero staff presidenziale… ‎
Al solito “Cane non mangia cane” e “Una mano lava l’altra”…‎




‎ “Imploriamo il tuo perdono, America! Qualcuno ha detto: ‘Fratello, hai rotto una finestra, hai ‎rubato un cerchione, ti sei fatto una canna, fratello, devi andare in prigione’, ma l’uomo che ha ‎cercato di derubare l’America intera non è in prigione… Imploriamo il tuo perdono, America, per ‎coloro che hanno perdonato colui che ha cercato di derubarti e che è di nuovo libero…”‎

Il testo dello scandaloso perdono a Richard Nixon, accordatogli per impedire che ‎fosse giudicato dopo l’impeachment e “per non turbare la tranquillità riacquistata dalla nazione” ‎dopo le convulse settimane del Watergate:‎

GRANTING PARDON TO RICHARD NIXON ‎
‎------‎
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Richard Nixon became the thirty-seventh President of the United States on January 20, 1969 and ‎was reelected in 1972 for a second term by the electors of forty-nine of the fifty states. His term in ‎office continued until his resignation on August 9, 1974.‎
Pursuant to resolutions of the House of Representatives, its Committee on the Judiciary conducted ‎an inquiry and investigation on the impeachment of the President extending over more than eight ‎months. The hearings of the Committee and its deliberations, which received wide national ‎publicity over television, radio, and in printed media, resulted in votes adverse to Richard Nixon on ‎recommended Articles of Impeachment.‎
As a result of certain acts or omissions occurring before his resignation from the Office of ‎President, Richard Nixon has become liable to possible indictment and trial for offenses against the ‎United States. Whether or not he shall be so prosecuted depends on findings of the appropriate ‎grand jury and on the discretion of the authorized prosecutor. Should an indictment ensue, the ‎accused shall then be entitled to a fair trial by an impartial jury, as guaranteed to every individual by ‎the Constitution.‎
It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year ‎or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the ‎events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former ‎President of the United States. The prospects of such trial will cause prolonged and divisive debate ‎over the propriety of exposing to further punishment and degradation a man who has already paid ‎the unprecedented penalty of relinquishing the highest elective office of the United States.‎

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GERALD R. FORD, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, pursuant ‎to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted ‎and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses ‎against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken ‎part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.‎

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of September, in the year of ‎our Lord nineteen hundred and seventy-four, and of the Independence of the United States of ‎America the one hundred and ninety-ninth.
We'd like to do an idea for you that was related to the H2OGaTe, Watergate blues
In March of 1973, we wrote the Watergate blues, and some 17 months later, then-President Nixon ‎resigned
But the story didn't end there, so we didn't stop there
We have prepared a sequel, and it's called, and it's called "We Beg Your Pardon America"
We beg your pardon because the pardon you gave this time, was not yours to give

They call it due process and some people are overdue
We beg your pardon America
Somebody said "brother-man gonna break a window, gonna steal a hubcap, gonna smoke a joint, ‎brother man gonna go to jail"
The man who tried to steal America is not in jail
‎"Get caught with a nickel bag brother-man, get caught with a nickel bag", says the lady on your way ‎to get your hair fixed
‎"You'll do Big Ben, and Big Ben is time"
But the man who tried to fix America will not do time

Said they're going to slap his wrists, gonna retire him with 850 thousand dollars
And America was "shocked"
America leads the world in shocks
Unfortunately, America does not lead the world in deciphering the cause of shock
‎850 thousand dollars they said and the people protested and so they saw it like "we'll give him 200 ‎thousand dollars"
Everybody said "OK, that's better"

I'd like to retire with 200 thousand dollars some day
San Quentin not San Clemente
Do not pass go, go directly to jail, do not collect 200 thousand dollars

We beg your pardon America
We beg your pardon because somehow the pardon did not sit correctly
What were - what were the causes for this pardon?
Well now they had "flea bite us"
Rats bite us, no pardon in the ghetto
They had national security, but do you feel secure with the man who tried to steal America back on ‎the streets again?
What are the results of this pardon though? Because remember, when there's causes, there's results ‎and the results is always deeper still
We now have Oatmeal Man

Anytime you find someone in the middle,
Anytime you find someone who is tepid,
Anytime you find someone who is lukewarm,
Anytime you find someone who has been in Congress for 25 years and no one ever heard of him,
You've got Oatmeal Man
Oatmeal Man, straddling uncomfortably, yards and feet of barbed wire
It's hard to live in the middle all the time

Oatmeal Man, the man who said you could fit all of his black friends in the trunk of his car and still ‎have room for the Republican elephant
Oatmeal Man
But there was no crime committed
Oatmeal Man says that "America, in 1975 your president will be a 1913 Ford"
Regressive
Circle up the wagons to defend yourself from nuclear attack
Oatmeal Man, reminiscent of 1964's AuH2O, Gold Water
Thank god he didn't win, but Oatmeal man didn't win
Did you vote for him? I didn't vote for him

But that's the first results, and the second would be the Dred Rockefeller
Doubtlessly being promoted for the job he did at Attica, 43 dead and millions of Americans once ‎again in shock
Doubtlessly being promoted for the job he did on the streets of New York city where the pushers ‎sell the drugs that the government allows in the country, and then they do time
They do life, and death or life, and death behind bars, while William Saxby(?) says he is going to ‎dismiss the Lord & Furlow(?) program
And brother Richard X of Buffalo New York faces 13 hundred and 65 years - did he say one ‎thousand three hundred and sixty five years? - behind bars for participating in Attica
And Rockefeller faces being the Vice President of this country
And all is calm and quiet along the white sands at San Clemente

We beg your pardon America, we beg your pardon once again
Because we found out that seven out of every ten black men behind jail, and most of the men ‎behind jail are black
Seven out of every ten black men never went to the ninth grade
Didn't have 50 dollars and hadn't had 100 for a month when they went to jail
So the poor and the ignorant go to jail while the rich go to San Clemente

We beg your pardon America because we understand now much more deeply than we understood ‎before
But we don't want to take the pardon back, we want to issue some more
Pardon brother Frank Willis, the Watergate security guard, he was only doing his job
Pardon H. Rap Brown, it was only burglary
Pardon Robert Vesco, it was only embezzlement
Pardon Charles Manson, it was only mass murder
And pardon us while we get sick
Because they pardoned William Calley, 22 dead, and America in shock

And we understand all the more deeply, and we beg your pardon
As unemployment spirals toward 7 percent, and it seems like 70 percent in my neighborhood
As unemployment spirals and as we watch cattlemen on TV shoot cows in the head and kick 'em in ‎the graves while millions are starving in the Sahel(?) and Honduras and maybe even next door
We understand all the more deeply as Boston becomes Birmingham becomes Little Rock becomes ‎Selma becomes Philadelphia, Mississippi, becomes yesterday all over again
We understand and we beg your pardon

We beg your pardon America because we have an understanding of karma
What goes around, comes around
And we beg your pardon for all of the lies and all of the people who've been ruined and who look ‎forward to next year because they can't stand to look at this one
We beg your pardon America because the pardon you gave this time was not yours to give

Thank you very much. Thank you very much

Contributed by Bartleby - 2011/12/22 - 11:08



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