Sonoma County Songwriter Predicts Trump Will Kill Republican Party

Ralph Paterno's New Song "The Day Their Party Died" a Biting Parody of "American Pie"

Ralph Paterno, a Sonoma County songwriter with a crisp voice and an ear for biting parody, just launched this stinging ballad explaining the right wing roots of Donald Trump’s rise to power…



Sung to the tune of Don Maclean’s “American Pie” classic, “The Day Their Party Dies” chronicles the dark side of American history. In explaining Donald Trump’s rise to power, it continues with what Paterno calls “the last 50 years of increasingly divisive right wing rhetoric which has fooled tens of millions of people into voting against their own economic interests.”

But the end, Paterno believes, is in sight. The chorus goes:

“Bye, bye, to those Republican lies. Donald blew your cover, there’s nowhere to hide. You right wing boys been whistling Dixie or die. And this will be the day we ask why. And maybe it will be the day your lies die.”

Paterno says that he started writing political songs as a reponse to his feelings of shock and powerlessness following the election of George Bush. His day job is as an attorney representing injured workers in Santa Rosa and Oakland.

“The Day Their Party Died,” he observes, “has a very hopeful twist. But things could easily go in the opposite direction. Time will tell. For now, I believe we need to do anything and everything we can to stop Trump.”


Jonathan Greenberg

The founder and Editor of the Sonoma County Independent, Greenberg is an investigative financial journalist with 35 years of experience with national publications. Greenberg also serves as founder and Executive Director of Informing to Empower, the parent non-profit of both the Sonoma Independent and the Maui Independent. Greenberg has won first prizes from the Greater Bay Journalism Awards for the past three years, starting with his coverage of the closing of County library cutbacks, and then Palm Drive Hospital. Jonathan’s professional career began as a fact checker at Forbes Magazine, where he advanced to the role of the lead reporter in creating the first Forbes 400 listing of wealthy Americans (as recounted in this recent article for Forbes’ 100th anniversary issue and more extensively in this biography of Malcolm Forbes.  Jonathan has been an investigative financial and political  journalist for such national publications  as The New York Times,  The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Mother Jones, Forbes, Money, Playboy, GQ, The New Republic, and Alternet.  From 2011 through 2017, Jonathan was a blogger for the Huffington Post, where his narrative-transforming reporting and analysis about subjects like Bernie Sanders, Monsanto and Native Hawaiian water protectors achieved some of the widest readership of any HuffPost writer on these subjects. Jonathan’s nearly 40 years of professional media and reporting experience has been enhanced by a Yale Law School Masters Degree fellowship program, from which he graduated with honors in First Amendment Law from internationally renowned attorney Floyd Abrams and then Yale University President Benno Schmidt. Jonathan is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Staking A Claim: Jake Simmons and the Making of an African-American Oil Dynasty, which a Washington Post Book World front page review called, “a rare biography that challenges the readers senses in the same the way science fiction does.”  In 1992, he edited Buying America Back: Economic Choices for the 1990′s, an anthology of 45 progressive solution-oriented essays called by Publisher’s Weekly,  “An immensely important resource for policymakers, community activists, and everyone concerned with building a more humane future.” As a new media innovator who has developed a half dozen interactive web platforms and dozens of content-focused web sites, Greenberg is committed to enhancing responsive government and expanding media democracy. Greenberg is founder of Progressive Source Communications, a Sebastopol-based public interest communications company. In the past, he founded and managed two other online companies,, and Greenberg’s political work included serving as Policy Director for the New York City Council’s Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment in the years following 9-11. His work resulted in more than $250 million of federal funds being re-directed to needy businesses and constituents in the impacted area. Greenberg has been Vice President of Fenton Communication’s New York office. His work on behalf of non-profit organizations has included communications consulting for Save Darfur, Stonyfield Farm, the ACLU, and the Lakota People’s Law Project. Greenberg holds a B.A. in writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Masters Degree in Law from Yale Law School, where he graduated with honors in First Amendment Law.
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