As the Tea Party Express bus tour rolls across the nation, firing up those opposed to President Barack Obama, its soundtrack is being provided by Lloyd Marcus, a pony-tailed, earring-sporting conservative who's also quite the ham.
Marcus wrote the "American Tea Party Anthem" which sounds like it was inspired in part on the theme song from the 1970s TV series "The Jeffersons."
The anthem has lyrics like:
Your stimulus is sure to bust.
It's just a socialistic scheme,
The only thing it will do
Is kill the American Dream.
As NPR's Jeff Brady reports on All Things Considered:
Marcus is crisscrossing the country as part of the Tea Party Express bus tour, performing his song several times a day at rallies. He begins every gig with the same phrase.
"I am not an African-American. I'm Lloyd Marcus — American!" Marcus recently told a cheering crowd of several hundred in Elko, Nev.
Marcus says he has known he is a conservative since he was 10 years old, after his family moved into a new apartment in the Baltimore projects. He watched as the buildings became havens for crime and drug use.
Marcus says he took away a lesson: "Self-esteem does not come from people giving you stuff," he said during a break in performances in Ely, Nev. "Self-esteem comes from getting an education, getting a job and going your own way."
He's definitely going his own way.