“They no longer keep mass culture in check with thought-provoking art that challenges the establishment”…

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But rock cannot be both establishment and anti-establishment. It can’t be a rebellious underdog while endorsing and distributing the status quo. And yes, President Obama is the status quo of unlimited spending and government expansion he supposedly opposed during the election … then again, he also said he would fight to reduce abortion but couldn’t wait three days in office before throwing the pro-life useful idiots who voted for him under the bus. No change there. If this is what he meant by “reducing abortions” I can’t we to see what he meant by “reducing taxes.”

This is the mainstreaming of the bad boy, complete with rat-pack suit and cigarette in hand. A snappy skin spread over the boring, failed, liberal Democrats of the sixties. Hope and Change was nothing more than a repackaging of policies that have no right to be associated with hope or change.

Lefty politics are no longer the fringe and no matter if the voters knew it or not they carved lefty politics into stone.  Bill Ayers became the system he once fought against. Sure, they still wear the earring and say “fuck” a lot to maintain street-cred among the academics, but now rock has taken sides — it is for the establishment. Same with journalism, the university and pop-culture. The left has become a cliché. They’re not “Arrested Development” they’re “Golden Girls” with a soul patch. Snore.

Now that the art nerds and punks just became the football jocks and prom queens, a new rebel is emerging from the wilderness. They are the new anti-establishment. One minority force bands together against every other branch of government swallowed by the Democrat octopus. The last evidence of a check or balance against the popular people are now the Conservative Republicans.

The arts have failed. They no longer keep mass culture in check with thought-provoking art that challenges the establishment. Now they’re in charge of spreading the mainstream mandate of the Liberal Vatican. There isn’t an original thought among them, just a thousand-mile stare, a blue logo and the drone-like vocabulary of emotive, vaguely inspiring chants.

We’re the new rebellion against the majority juggernaut that doesn’t take kindly to dissent. Make a fist and show them what happens when they tell you what to think, feel and believe.

If you want me to unite to your cause, then end abortion, give the people back the money they earned, fight terror, keep your hands off free speech on the radio and enable job creators to make more jobs. Until then, screw your hope and screw your change.



3 Comments on ““They no longer keep mass culture in check with thought-provoking art that challenges the establishment”…”

  1. doctorbrown says:

    *Cough* Conservatives are always crying about how the “establishment” is against them, at least since Barry Goldwater. This is the conceit of being “conservative” — the idea that one is a champion of traditional ideas. Conservative thought is at its heart romantic drivel, and each conservative sees himself as “The Last Angry (white) Man”, fighting to return to an imaginary status quo. They were even pumpin’ that proverbial gas when they had control of all three branches of government for 6 1/2 years. It was always Liberal and Progressive forces that were stopping them from leading a Great Leap Backward into the dark ages. But, as history shows us, once a paradigm has shifted, one can’t go back. This is the fundamental flaw of Conservatism, its proponents’ inability to recognize its tenants as outmoded. When they do change, they grab onto the next, most recently discredited concept, and their slow-to-adapt approach may have damaged America’s economic, social, and global standing beyond repair.
    So, yeah, keep fighting against the establishment, you maverick renegades.

  2. Tito says:

    This article reminds of the National Review’s hilariously ignorant “Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs” from a couple years back. Pretending to be the oppressed voice is the one of the right’s favorite pastimes.

  3. I agree with both of you

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