Perfect Songs day 5 and a statement

I didn’t forget, I was just late. I went through a few choices, and then I came up with this as a result of the continued barrage of news of the world.

I’m not the only one with distress and disgust over life around me. I saw at least two other LJ posts saying so, not to mention my friends in real life who are so afflicted. Police exercise extreme powers and are unchecked and unaccountable. Most of the victims are African Americans, which reinforces the centuries-old racism of America, though not all victims are. Beloved figures go years assaulting women and only belatedly, if at all, pay the cost, and that’s just a few of the men who victimize women; too many get away with it completely. My country, of which I am supposed to be uncommonly proud, just admitted it tortured people, illegally and pointlessly, yet some of its leaders and I’m sure their followers dispute the reports while saying they would do it again. Congress gives the store away to banks, oil companies, and other American oligarchs. Meanwhile, we continue to be involved in a Middle Eastern conflict we do not understand, with almost no possible chance of a positive outcome for anyone. But none of this matters, because soon millions of the planet’s citizens will be killed or displaced due to climate changes that our leaders, corporate and political, refuse to make any commitments to mitigating.

Yeah. I am the backseat driver from America. I am not at the wheel of control. I am guilty, I am war, and I am the root of all evil. And I can’t drive on the left side of the road.

Twenty-five years since Nanci Griffith wrote that song, and our kids still have no place to go.

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About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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5 Responses to Perfect Songs day 5 and a statement

  1. changeling72 says:

    What has driving on the left side of the road got to do with anything..?

    • songdogmi says:

      Well, Nanci is American, and we’d have difficulty (at least at first) driving on the left instead of the right. But I think it’s more a metaphor: We just can’t do “left” meaning social improvement, because of all the right-wingers saying it’s anti-American socialist evil blah blah blah.

      (My brain is not finding words today, so that may not be the deftest wording.)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’d not been acquainted with that song until now. Thanks for sharing it.

    We had this great progressive movement in the works, and then Reagan and Co. monkey wrenched it off the rails by reviving McCarthy-ist rhetoric about anything liberal or progressive being un-American.

    My hope is that somehow in 2016 we can get it going again.

    Fran

    • songdogmi says:

      I thought we were on the right track too. How could we not be? I wasn’t even that concerned about Reagan and Bush no. 1. But during the Clinton administration, it finally became apparent to me that we weren’t, that when all the people were either at or wishing they could be at Woodstock, an equal or maybe greater number were all studying Joseph McCarthy or Billy Graham or George Wallace or some other mid-century throwback. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were born one month apart; same generation, radically different results. And Clinton wasn’t progressive at all, if you ask me.

      I have to admit to being not very hopeful. I’d be happy if we didn’t end up with some near-theocratic dictatorship in the next decade, restoring Jim Crow, destroying gay rights, and chaining women to their kitchen stoves. (Maybe I need my meds adjusted or just a little sunshine, gods what could be wrong with that…..)

  3. Trying to catch up on LJ.

    Thanks for the song share. I like this one.

    Been an odd couple of days. I’ve been pouring through the Tom Waits. Has me in a rather rare mood.

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