With all the talk of Al Gore and Climate-Gate (check You Tube for We Are Change Chicago confronting Al Gore at a recent book signing), I was reminded of when Dee Snyder (Twisted Sister) spoke at the Senate and got Al Gore all hot under the collar.
It made me think as well of Punk rock. I loved the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and anything like them back in the late 70s and early 80s. A lot of their music was heavily lined with anti-authoritarian themes. Anarchy in the UK? London Calling/London Burning. In fact, London Calling has a line about the ice age coming, the sun moving in.... this was before the major media onslaught of Global Warming. 30-50 years ago people were moving against govt interference in their lives, they staged sit-ins and Hippies did not just cry out for Make Love Not War, they also protested govts. Where are these people now?? I have seen clips of Green Day calling GW Bush a fascist - what are they saying now? Where are these cries against the govt from well-known bands now? Do they not see the heavy chains about to be wrapped tightly around our necks? Doesn't it anger them now? I don't understand it at all.
And then there is a verse from a Housemartins song that has been stuck in my brain since I first heard it in the 80s:
The people who grinned themselves to death
Smiled so much they failed to take a breath.
And even when their kids were starvin',
they all thought the Queen was charmin'.
(from The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death - 1987)
Who's names could you put in the last line to replace the Queen?