Our country, our truck: A modest proposal

In complete seriousness and in the spirit of a new beginning as embodied by the advent of our new Congress, I hereby propose that the ubiquitous John Mellencamp song in the Chevy Silverado advertisments be made our new national anthem. The tune has attracted hostility in some quarters because it's been overplayed, or perhaps because Mellencamp supposedly sold out to the Man in making this commercial ditty, or maybe because Mellencamp is a dirty hippie who opposed the war on Iraq, or just possibly because some NY Times crybaby whined because the imagery in the original ad acknowledged that American history hasn't been a trip down an unalloyed yellow brick road (gasp!).

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