The Basics: Grammar & Syntax
Politically-speaking, the most odious and jarring example that immediately springs to my mind is the 1984 Reagan campaign's attempted hijacking of Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" for right-wing rah-rah purposes. The Boss had to threaten to sue the sons-of-bitches before they would stop.
It's clear these tools (a) never truly heard the lyrics, (b) counted on the jingoistic stupidity of the average low-information voter to be as tone-deaf, thematically-speaking, as they were, and (c) never expected Bruce Springsteen to call them out on it.
Have a listen--first two verses:
The first kick I took was when I hit the groundYou end up like a dog that's been beat too muchTill you spend half your life just covering upGot in a little hometown jamSo they put a rifle in my handSent me off to a foreign landTo go and kill the yellow man
"You say you want a revolution / well you know / we all want to change the world."
--edited by Carl E. Reed on 10/24/2013, 9:48 PM--