The audience at the annual gathering of Wisconsin progressives -- the Fighting Bob Fest -- leaped to their feet to photograph the die-in that accompanied the Raging Grannies' rendition of "Drones in the Sky" on Saturday, September 15, at the Alliant Energy Center arena.
The No Drones Wisconsin drone replica had pride of place in the arena, right next to the stage and the photographs of Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette. On a day on which many speakers wrestled with the difficulty many voters face in supporting Barack Obama, and when Green Party candidate Jill Stein's strong speech gave them a reason to consider alternatives, the issue of the current administration's drone killings was never far from people's minds. Phil Donahue, one of the featured speakers, began his remarks by saying, "I see we have the drone here today ... " and proceeded to decry the extrajudicial execution carried out by Obama and company.
"DRONES IN THE SKY"
Below are words to "Drones in the Sky," lyrics by Jan Harwood, Albuquerque Grannies, and Connie Graves, Tucson Grannies, to be sugn to the tune of "Home on the Range."
Where no Predators roam
Where no pilot-less lethal planes fly.
Where poor folks are safe! In their own living space!
And drones rain no death from the sky.
Drones, drones in the sky
Who knows o'er which country they'll fly?
And if their bombs hit! Off target a bit!
Innocent people will die.
Oh we want a place
Where there's no space arms race
Where robotics and drones are all banned
Where no video war
Sends drones off to soar
Uncder yours or my country's command
Eyes, eyes in the sky
Their targets can all go awry
And those in their sight! Have no chance of flight!
It's a program that we must defy.