I BELIEVE THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH SAID A BOUT MR. PETE SEEGER, HE WAS AN ICON. HIS EARLIER BELIEFS ARE SMALL COMPAIRED TO THE WORK HES DONE FOR HUMANITY.I LIVED CLOSE TO HIM HIS CHILDREN RODE THE SAME SCHOOL BUS AS I DID,I NEVER KNEW HE WAS FAMOUS UNTIL I WAS AN ADULT. I LOOK FORWARD TO READING ANYTHING PERTAINING TO HIM.
The leftist main stream media has been pimping Seeger since the days that he was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party. Let's not forget that during WWII, Seeger initially sided with Hitler (a socialist/fascist) and Stalin (a Marxist) and urged FDR to stay out of the war as Germany and the Soviet Union invaded country after country across Europe, where they killed and imprisoned millions of people. Although Seeger eventually changed his position and urged FDR to join the Allies in fighting the Nazis, he did so only after Hitler broke his alliance with Stalin (the "Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact") and invaded the Soviet Union. After WWII, Seeger continued his public support for Stalin and his progeny as they murdered millions of people living in the Soviet Block and imprisoned millions of more people in Soviet gulags for such "crimes" as being Jewish or gay or simply speaking out against Stalin and his iron fist. Indeed, over the last 60 years, Seeger has stood side-by-side symbolically, if not literally, with the some of the greatest mass murderers and human rights abusers in history, including Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Min, Castro, Chavez, and Arafat. I will not be celebrating the life of a person who famously quipped in 1995, "I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it." And that's my opinion.
Pete Seeger was an icon for a generation, for the arts, for the environment. Instead of criticizing Hudson River pollution and those that polluted, he dedicated a lifetime making people love the river and, in loving it, hopefully they will stand up for it's well-being. He was a a great teacher and personality. We never tire of hearing about the great ones.
I understand that Pete Seeger was a Hudson Valley icon, and had a huge impact on our region as well as being a music legend. But honestly, I grow tired of seeing articles about him in the Journal. I think the online Journal has about 2 articles per week. Today there are 2 including this "speak up" forum. Mr Seeger's contribution to music and restoring the Hudson River to cleanliness have been greatly lauded (and rightly so). But he has been gone for almost 6 months now.