Protesting the Big W

April 22nd, 2007 at 1:27 pm by Zacque
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Now I know what you’re thinking, “Oh God, he’s going to talk about Dub-yah.”  You couldn’t be any further from the truth.  Why would anyone in their right mind protest the leaders of their country?  I mean isn’t that why we elect our leaders to keep our BEST interests at heart when they make our decisions for us?  If you disagreed with your leaders, would it not be better to stay on the same level and right them?  Numbers don’t lie.  If you had enough backing then you prove you’re right.  Magically, things might change.

But no, I simply want to make a simple observation, war protesting just sucks now.  What happened?  Have we as a culture forgotten how to be creative in the face of adversity and disagreement?  More specifically, to borrow a line from an old song “Where have all the flowers gone?  Long time passing…”  I couldn’t sum it up better; the protest song has become all but a lost art.  Who can we look for to fill the void, the Dixie Chicks?  Heh, I’ll admit they are cute, but cuteness does NOT mean talented by any means.  The last time we needed protest songs we could look for the Beatles, Donovan, Edwin Starr, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Steel Pulse and the Grateful Dead just to name a few.

That’s a crappy ratio if you ask me.  But it does prove the point that there really is no reason to protest the current involvements of our great nation.  Rather, I suggest we protest the lack of support.  I truly believe that nothing can be achieved since our collective heart just isn’t into protesting now.  So I have this bit of advice to offer to protesters out there, get more creative or ship out.  (Preferably to New Zealand where they always need more liberally protesting types of people.)  Bon Voyage!

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4 Responses to “Protesting the Big W”

  1. A. Says:

    Edwin Starr, and his song entitled “War”.
    Songs of Social Awareness, as a history teacher coined years ago.

    It seems as though many of Americans have lost any sense of creativity.
    (Outside a SELECT few.)
    Wonderful point, indeed.

  2. Monty Says:

    Yeah, there were the Baby Boomers, and then my generation got branded “Generation X” and I suppose that means, we just were undefined and that’s cool. But, now, in a real statement of unoriginality, the new generation is known as “Generation Y.” Might as well just say “Generation Can’t Think of Anything.” You know, the ones who are wearing fashions that are based on original designs from the 70s and 80s. The 80s! The only new designs are those of skaters with their baggy pants and they don’t dress that way any more, and hip hop style, which hasn’t much changed since the 90s.

    We are becoming as creative as the Chinese. Group think is our bland society.

    We also are living in a world where there is a lot more information available to everyone more easily, but nowhere are we seeing the sorts of galvanizing images that I saw on the TV news throughout the Vietnam War. Somehow, we have less of that sort of graphic imagery of what the conflicts mean to our soldiers and the Iraqi people.

  3. Monty Says:

    Oh, I forgot the tags. Please insert
    [old fogey]… [/old fogey]

  4. Mark Says:

    You don’t get them if you’re in Generation X.