New Tea Party theme song?

posted at 4:27 pm on August 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This song actually has two story lines. First, the song is well done, especially if you like honky-tonk country music. Given the lack of flexibility in Obamanomics, it’s starting to look like Barack Obama only has one tool in the economic toolbox. It would not surprise me a bit to hear this played in Tea Party events all over the country:

On the other hand, the songwriter needs a better distribution strategy. Bryan Glover, a 26-year-old middle-school football coach, decided to share his creation with parents of his students. Bad idea (via Doug Powers at the Boss Emeritus’ blog):

A Tennessee middle school football coach is looking to the future after his termination for alleged political incorrectness.

Twenty-six-year-old Bryan Glover is a Christian who co-wrote a song called “When You’re Holding a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail,” which takes a dig at the current administration and what he believes to be the wrong moves for the U.S. He sent a link to his song to everyone in his personal e-mail inbox, which included parents from Grassland Middle School, where he coached football.

“An hour-and-a-half after sending out the e-mail, I got the phone call from the head coach saying that he had had complaints from parents; he was told to fire me,” the former coach accounts.

He notes that he was surprised by the allegations against him.

“When the coach first called me, he said his phone was blown up with parents saying that I was being politically incorrect — quote, unquote — if you will, and that some of them were even reading into racial overtones in the song,” Glover explains.

But he points out that the lyrics make no direct or indirect reference to race.

No, it doesn’t mention anything at all about race, ethnicity, or religion. The song focuses on the economy and health care, and Obama’s penchant for blaming his predecessor for, well, everything:

When the stuff hits the fan, they say, “Don’t look at me,

If you got trouble, blame 43!”

Glover should have known better than to get parents’ e-mail addresses for political commentary.  It doesn’t make any difference who the employer is; unless it’s an explicitly political organization, companies don’t want their employees spending their time debating politics.  They especially don’t want employees using their resources to make political statements to customers, and for a school, parents (and students) are the customers.  They no more appreciate political missives from conservatives than they do from liberals.  It makes little difference whether he sent it from his personal e-mail or not, as the addresses of the parents almost certainly came from the school’s system.

Hopefully, he finds work soon, and in the meantime, visit his website to express any appreciation you may have for the song.  I’d guess that he has a career in Nashville after this clever debut, even if the rollout was not as adept as Glover would have hoped.

Update (AP): Here’s an interview with Glover.


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Bleh..

This should be The Tea Party theme song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut9hUUbQ7s0

LurkerDood on August 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM

ahhh nooo honky tonk!

blatantblue on August 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM

That song… totally not worth getting fired over.

myrenovations on August 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Love it!

sandee on August 24, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Of course, if he had promoted a liberal song, he would have gotten a raise from the school board!

CityFish on August 24, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Would he have been fired if he had made a video of something like the …mmmmmmm..mmmm….mmmm song ?

macncheez on August 24, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Hang in there Mr. Glover, I got a feeling you are on to much bigger and better things.

fourdeucer on August 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Don’t Tread on Me- Metallica

Holger on August 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM

One has to love the irony. Hundreds of schools having their students sing “Yes We Can!” with absolutely no use of the Firing Hammer, and here a guy on his own time, at home, does something stupid (but with far less, if any, use of school resources), and the Firing Hammer comes out.

There are three things one must not talk about — religion, politics, and people’s children in a bad light. Teachers are often forced to violate the latter, but the two former conditions ought to be respected on both sides.

I just hate the double standard, however.

unclesmrgol on August 24, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Not really a fan of new country (I prefer old school) but damn if that isn’t a catchy little tune.

The Ugly American on August 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

When the stuff hits the fan, they say, “Don’t look at me,
If you got trouble, blame 43!”

Obviously RAAAAAAAAAAACIST.

crazy_legs on August 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I love it! He definitely has a future career….writing CW music!!

sicoit on August 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Holger on August 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I’m with you.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2010 at 4:42 PM

He’s got a great voice for country tunes. Maybe he’ll get a contract.

di butler on August 24, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Si Vis Libertas, Para Bellum.

Holger on August 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Don’t Tread on Me- Metallica

Holger on August 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Good one!

Bee on August 24, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Listen to this one, friends…

GIVE IT A CHANCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdlzATLsQmA

just listen to the first verse, its hysterical

blatantblue on August 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I’m starting to like country music more every day.

ClanDerson on August 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

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motionview on August 24, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Ugh…no.

My choices:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtZV5XdfqrI

or old school sound with greatest music video ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT1LXhgXPWs

Bishop on August 24, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Blue hammer should have turned Red in the last verse..

d1carter on August 24, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Won’t Get Fooled Again

faraway on August 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM

He totally abused the email list. Not appropriate. I just wondered if they could have disciplined him some how…instead of firing him.

terryannonline on August 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM

2012 theme song – The Thrill is Gone

faraway on August 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

blatantblue on August 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I was down until “capitalist dogma.”
Alas!

Bee on August 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

As to the subject of the thread, I don’t like it when Lefties spread their opinions through the school system, I don’t want the Right to do it either.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM

As to the subject of the thread, I don’t like it when Lefties spread their opinions through the school system, I don’t want the Right to do it either.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Agreed.

terryannonline on August 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Well it’s only fair. You have to fire him if you fired the teachers who made their young students sing “Barack Hussein Obama, mmm mmm mmm.”

Oh wait…

BitterClinger on August 24, 2010 at 4:59 PM

VIRAL … this dude will be famous!

HondaV65 on August 24, 2010 at 5:05 PM

As to the subject of the thread, I don’t like it when Lefties spread their opinions through the school system, I don’t want the Right to do it either.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Agreed.

terryannonline on August 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I agree with you, but I don’t know if he should have been fired…Maybe some kind of reprimand for being so stupid.

d1carter on August 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Metallica hates that Don’t Tread On Me has been adopted by patriots as a patriotic song. All the more reason to use it.

SirGawain on August 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM

He should have been fired, as much as I think the song is right…names, emails, and addresses of families in school are for school purposes only.

right2bright on August 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Metallica hates that Don’t Tread On Me has been adopted by patriots as a patriotic song. All the more reason to use it.

SirGawain on August 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM

They shouldn’t have wrote it.

Holger on August 24, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I agree with you, but I don’t know if he should have been fired…Maybe some kind of reprimand for being so stupid.

d1carter on August 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I’m actually thinking the same thing. I think firing him was a bit too far. Although, in the interview he didn’t seem to think he did anything wrong.

terryannonline on August 24, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I love the song and agree with it 100%. I hope the voters are hammers in November and the Democrats sure look like nails to me!
Unfortunately….even though I agree, he should not have used school records to get email addresses to send email to the parents of his students.
The real question is….Are the people that complained Obama fan’s? If so…how sad.

SgtRed on August 24, 2010 at 5:14 PM

I like it. Lets hope things work out in November. My fingers are crossed.

saiga on August 24, 2010 at 5:15 PM

So teachers – having school kids, on school property, during school time, using school resources – write and sing songs in praise of Dear Leader is fine and dandy?

AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF IS GOING ON!

*continues screaming while pounding head into desk*

catmman on August 24, 2010 at 5:17 PM

If a hammer can’t fix it, you need a bigger hammer.

Corsair on August 24, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Suicide is Painless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gO7uemm6Yo

portlandon on August 24, 2010 at 5:27 PM

My personal current fave government/Tea Party song:

Miranda Lambert, Time to Get a Gun

lizzie beth on August 24, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Shameless plug:

“See You In November”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJRIdeoceh4

misterdregs on August 24, 2010 at 5:29 PM

This is the new world. You put something on the internet, and you get fired. Booger.

Paul-Cincy on August 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Not as catchy as “If I had a Hammer” but unlike Pete Seeger, he is so not a Communist.

Buy Danish on August 24, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Well, I like it.

Stupid to email the mailer list like that…but he’ll get heard.

tickleddragon on August 24, 2010 at 5:46 PM

It makes little difference whether he sent it from his personal e-mail or not, as the addresses of the parents almost certainly came from the school’s system.

It seems like this would depend on whether or not he had any sort of outside relationship with the parents. It would be interesting to know if there had been other non-team related emails sent from him to them or them to him without anyone complaining.

Also, it seems a bit odd to fire someone for a first offense on something as innocuous as this. It seems like you reprimand them and tell them not to send non-school items to school-related people. Firing seems extreme.

JadeNYU on August 24, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Better yet I Am America-Krista Branch

SgtSVJones on August 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM

You guys have horrible taste…

Anthem? This:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ClMBq4yjN4

Overkill-Elimination

Oh, and they are one of the few artists that loathe Obama

ClassicCon on August 24, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I can’t believe nobody’s said this yet:
This song hits the nail on the head.

itsnotaboutme on August 24, 2010 at 6:09 PM

How about “Government is The Problem”

TheRiddler on August 24, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Metallica hates that Don’t Tread On Me has been adopted by patriots as a patriotic song. All the more reason to use it.

SirGawain on August 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Unfortunately that’s from one of Metallica’s worst albums, but then, I hate everything they recorded after …And Justice For All.

My choice for both a truly morale-boosting Tea Party theme song and a message to the Washington establishment:

Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell

We’re taking over this town.

Cylor on August 24, 2010 at 6:16 PM

ClassicCon on August 24, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Nice.

Cylor on August 24, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Well these here who do not like or dance to c/w music, this will be a hit and should be on every c/w station all over America! The message is great and the get your hind end up and dance is good in every ‘dare I say Bible, gun totten, we love America’ states. See ya in Nov. We vote and we are mad.
L

letget on August 24, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Say, anybody remember anyoune being fired for THESE?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdPSqL9_mfM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SErowaB4nUY

Liberals don’t go out of their way to let EVERYBODY especially students know their political views?

Really? Who knew?

manofaiki on August 24, 2010 at 7:22 PM

More and more music is being written about these times. People who never wrote before are being inspired to do so, as are song writers who aren’t afraid to speak out.

Here’s “Freedom” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZvr9yv0wOY

And “The Lady”. Amazing lyrics about Lady Liberty that gives me chills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUyippDJQiw&feature=related

nabruski on August 24, 2010 at 7:23 PM

d1carter on August 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Firing does seem tough but I notice that he is a coach and not a teacher. It probably gives the school system a lot more wiggle room than a contracted teacher.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Oh here’s another one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDEAYgm0Dv8

If you don’t remember hearing about any firings over public school teacher’s using their position to declare political views to their students or even browbeating students who gave the ‘wrong’ political answer, don’t worry.

You didn’t hear about any such firings because there weren’t any.

manofaiki on August 24, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Anthem for the whole country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymLJz3N8ayI

Kalapana on August 24, 2010 at 7:39 PM

manofaiki on August 24, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Yep. Entire academic disciplines are dedicated to deconstructing American. And, their poison filters down to the primary schools via the abomination know as education departments. Conservatives need to wake up and clean up government schools at the state level.

Kalapana on August 24, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Good song. It deserves to be heard. Generally, country music is a pretty patriotic genre. Hope it stays that way. The libs can have hip hop and other forms of anti-musical vomit.

Extrafishy on August 24, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Not as catchy as “If I had a Hammer” but unlike Pete Seeger, he is so not a Communist.

Buy Danish on August 24, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Come to think of it, you could say that BHO is holding a hammer…and a sickle.

Bigfoot on August 24, 2010 at 8:02 PM

That’s too bad. But Levin, the chump behind Crash the Tea Party, just resigned his job, so there’s that…

Christien on August 24, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Better yet I Am America-Krista Branch

SgtSVJones on August 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM

I agree. Plus her other one, Remember Who We Are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHtVxDz43KY

I’ve had both songs stuck in my head for days. Wound up buying them off of iTunes because they’re so good. Nice combination of rock and country.

theotherone on August 24, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Plus, for those of you who care, Krista Branch ain’t too bad lookin’. That can make a difference when you’re watching the video of the song.

theotherone on August 24, 2010 at 8:11 PM

great song..

unseen on August 24, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Corollary: The best screwdriver in the world makes a lousy hammer.

MJBrutus on August 24, 2010 at 8:22 PM

As a newspaper copy editor (well, a former one) he gets major credit for getting “you’re” correct! A+!

lizzieillinois on August 24, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Metallica hates that Don’t Tread On Me has been adopted by patriots as a patriotic song. All the more reason to use it.
SirGawain on August 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Did Metallica come up with the phrase “Don’t Tread On Me
If no, then Metallica can “Go Pound Sand!”

LOL

Noli nothis permittere te terere.

DSchoen on August 24, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Christien on August 24, 2010 at 8:08 PM

As I recall he wanted to get the SS numbers of Tea Party people with the intent of committing ID theft.
That is a couple of felonies.

I don’t think writing and singing a song is a felony (not counting for taste).

DSchoen on August 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Anthem for the whole country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymLJz3N8ayI

Kalapana on August 24, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Indeed.

justltl on August 24, 2010 at 11:12 PM

I wonder if this wasn’t the song writer’s means of telling the school board and others what they could do with his job.

AZfederalist on August 24, 2010 at 11:34 PM

I hate country music. Maybe someone can do something a little less shit-kickish?

manfriend on August 24, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Stuck Mojo is much better and you can dance to it as you crush the skulls of the enemy.

manfriend on August 25, 2010 at 12:01 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised if the whining parents are transplants to Tennessee. Seems like more and more moonbats are moving in. They crap up their own nests in places like California and Michigan… and then do their best to ruin economies and stifle individual freedoms wherever they go. Like they can’t figure out what went wrong where they came from. Morons. And liars too. There was NOTHING racial in that song.

Murf76 on August 25, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Haha. I love Southern accents. “Hell” rhymes with “nail.”

bitsy on August 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM