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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Let the right be wrong 

I typically finish my work day by shutting down and packing up my computer, turning off the "Living Air" purifier and desk light, pressing the "Send Calls" button on my phone and outing the lights and shutting the door at precisely 5:00 pm. It takes me approximately 7 minutes to walk to the elevator, go to the street level (unless it's raining or ridiculously cold, in which case I go to the lower level and use the tunnel) leave the building and walk the two blocks to my car.

I am usually greeted with the very tail end of the 5:00 news update on WDEL (1150 AM) which leads into Martina McBride singing the chorus of the country-western song "Independence Day" (which to the best of my knowledge is about an abused women taking the law into her own hands) as an intro to the "World Famous Final Hour Free-For-All" with conservative talk-show host Sean Hannity.

I have probably heard this song now at least 100 times, and only yesterday did I pick up the following oddity in the lyrics:
Let freedom ring
Let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that
today is the day of reckoning
Let the weak be strong
Let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away
let the guilty pay
It's Independence Day

Freedom ringing. Good.
Doves singing. Good.
Weak becoming strong. I can get on board with that.
But right becoming wrong? Why are we celebrating that?

Are we talking about the politically right, which is viewed in current society as backward and silly and wrong? Or are we speaking about the morally right, which has even at times been seen as wrong? Either way, I just don't get what she's saying. Anyone?

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Having never heard the song (that I can remember), my analysis is based strictly on the context you provided in your post: If this woman has taken the law into her own hands, she's doing something that some others may see as wrong; proceeding through the proper legal channels, therefore, may be considered "right." Perhaps what she's saying is that what some have said is the right way to handle the situation should be perceived as wrong, given her ciurcumstances. Perhaps...

- phil


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