Another reader, David Berzonsky, keeps a great thread going:
For ironically misunderstood patriotism, I offer you the entire John Cougar Mellencamp catalog, specifically “Pink Houses,” used in every truck commercial since the ‘80s, but really a Midwestern version of Malvina Reynolds’s “Little Boxes.” I really feel bad for this great musician and poet, with his subtle and sad critiques of small-town life, being co-opted by right-wing American nationalism.
“Pink Houses” was used by both the 2008 McCain campaign and the National Organization for Marriage, but Mellencamp, an outspoken political liberal, got them both to cease. (David Graham has a great piece about the perennial battle between musicians and the politicians who co-opt their songs.) Another bit of trivia on “Pink Houses”: