Woody Guthrie gave life to protest songs he wrote, sang

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“If the scales are tipped toward progressives or Democrats, then that’s the way it is,” she says. “I didn’t ask everybody to sign a letter.”

One notable exception however is Woody’s son, Arlo, a registered — albeit somewhat erratic — Republican of libertarian bent who endorsed Ron Paul for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

“We had enough good Democrats,” Mr. Guthrie explained to the New York Times in 2009. “We needed a few more good Republicans. We needed a loyal opposition.”

“In our clan, we have members of all parties,” Ms. Guthrie said. “And we like to party. Arlo might have joined the Republican clan recently. He might change it again. We kind of move around a lot because we try and focus on the issues.”

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