“RULERS should be careful about what songs are allowed to be sung.”—Pete Seeger
We here at TRS wholeheartedly agree Pete. Particularly songs as dangerous to the ruling class as yours. Songs so edgy, so boundary-pushing, so Earth-shattering and potentially devastating to the status quo that upon his death their composer is memorialized in establishment newspapers, magazines, public radio stations and government websites.
Rulers indeed must be careful what songs are allowed to be sung Pete. No doubt this has something to do with why the media is currently saturated with breathless hagiographies of you despite your complete lack of fame or even name recognition among the younger generation. Your message must have been really threatening to the powers that be.
(Thanks to commenter abcdavid01 for the catch!)
With the country largely focused on defending/attacking Nelson Mandela’s empty suit legacy, I wonder how many had the time to notice that Saturday the 7th was supposed to be a significant day of remembrance. Before there was 9/11 there was Pearl Harbor. A lot of young men died that day.
Of course, who has time to remember either of those things, when an opportunity arises to self-flagellate over oppression? When a President is taking goofy selfies during a somber international ceremony?
War is Hell: why are you trying to make it convenient?
Last night, President Obama made a formal appeal for the American people to send their children overseas, so they can butcher weird-talking people for a specific period of time. For global stability and Democracy. Maybe.
I thought this President was about draw-downs and approval from the international community? As far as I can tell, a prospective “limited engagement” with Syria has neither of these things. Besides, the Syrian civil war has been on-going since 2011, why the sudden interest in this conflict?
Because Assad definitely-maybe had people killed in a specific manner.
“On that terrible night, the world saw in gruesome detail the terrible nature of chemical weapons and why the overwhelming majority of humanity has declared them off-limits, a crime against humanity and a violation of the laws of war.” –First Citizen Barack Obama, Sept 10 2013
“The world?” Maybe if you had pasted pictures of those poor gassed Syrian children on Facebook or Twitter.
“There are a lot of smart people out there (that justify their success thus:) ‘It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.’ Let me tell you something: There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.” –President Barack Obama, July 13th 2012
Observation: In our day and age, it isn’t necessary to weave a coherent narrative or construct a logical system of belief. In fact, all one needs to do is simply spew specific words/phrases and create appealing sound bites; let the vulgar rabble fill in the blanks and vote.
Western politics in one picture. (Credit: Arman J.)
News Flash: Shortly after the President mentions he may work towards getting some milquetoast restrictions passed someday, a photo taken last year at Camp David emerges. It appears that between vacations and appearances on David Letterman, our First Citizen picked up a shotgun and fired for the camera.
(As an aside: It must suck having all spontaneity systematically removed from your life.)
Anyway, the responses to this picture were to be expected: criticisms of the President’s political stances, silly critiques of his firing stance, comparisons with Bush, accusations of hypocrisy, accusations of him being the best thing since sliced bread, random bleatings from Murray’s Wasted Life…
Here at the Right Stuff, we’re big on forthrightness. We have a no-bullshit approach — unless it’s to rub your face in it — and we don’t like equivocation. I must therefore commend pravda-teller John Dickerson at Slate for his candor in calling for the destruction of the Outer Party. It’s a step towards Formalism — actually acknowledging who has power in this country, and it ain’t the GOP. Johnnyboy tells us straight up:
“The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat.”
An accurate representation of all modern political discourse. Over 14,000 shares on Facebook.
Just look at that beautiful example of modern leadership. We see that Obama actually takes a moment from his busy day to brofist some unnamed prole. That was super awesome of him, and it really underlines why I vote Democrat.
One word: EQUALITY.
This kind of behavior is totally what we should expect from our elected officials, and especially our First Citizen. One must lead in the role they have been appointed, yet still be connected with common man (the foreign help who cleans our shit and prepares our tacos).
My liberal loins moisten.
At first, it seems an impossible task: taking a social program that is in many ways the central pillar for modern liberalism, and re-appropriating it for productive use in a society both myself and reality is more in favor of (the reactionary, anti-liberal, bad boy society your mommy warned you about).
But at The Right Stuff we take manly pride in defending the undefendable and promoting the unpromotable… If for no other reason than it’s more entertaining than hearing about “free markets” or “oppression” for the millionth time.
In this article, I will show how an aristocratic society can transform THIS:
…With some purposeful social engineering, and the patience to wait one generation for results.