"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Songs and Artists That Inspired Idiocy

David Letterman the other night had as his musical guests the band Pearl Jam. They were promoting a new CD titled Songs and Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11. They performed Bob Dylan's "Masters of War", a vitriolic song from 1963 about the military-industrial complex.

As I was listening to the song, I thought, Isn't it interesting that Eddie Vedder neglected to protest Bill Clinton's conducting "five air campaigns against Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo, and Sudan — often without congressional or United Nations sanction" (to quote Victor Davis Hanson)? Two of those countries didn't even constitute a threat to U.S. security.

After 9/11/01, we counterattacked the state that harbored our enemies and was complicit in the murder of thousands, and then attacked a second rogue state, putting an end, finally, to the Gulf War of 1991 and the seemingly endless patrolling of no-fly zones and the feckless weapons inspection process and the corrupt U.N. Oil-For-Food program. But it is only those two wars that Vedder and his ilk see fit to protest. It seems the only wars worth protesting are those made necessary by attacks and dire threats from our enemies, provided of course that the administration conducting the wars is a Republican one.

If you go to CDNow.com, you can read Michael Moore's comments on the songs and artists that "inspired" his propaganda. Here are my favorite Mooreisms (my comments are in italics):

  • "I once drove a thousand miles, from Flint, Mich. to Quebec City, to see Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in concert."

According to Mapquest.com, it is 734 miles from Flint to Quebec City. Perhaps Moore got lost.

  • "That we would have a president now using God in this manner to defeat those whom he sees as godless makes this song ["With God on Our Side"] all the more relevant..."

Bush is using God to defeat our enemies? I mean, I knew he and God were tight, but...wow. Go God! Seriously, though, this is an all-too-common example of a lefty feeling free to just make up stuff and put words in Bush's mouth. But as far as I'm concerned, people who incinerate office workers, behead contractors, and shoot children in the back can fairly be described as "godless", so if Bush ever did say such a thing, I wouldn't have a problem with it.

  • "This version [by Pearl Jam] of the Dylan classic ["Masters of War"] is so brutal, so piercing, you find yourself glancing around to see if anyone is going to arrest you just for listening to it."

Ahhh, gimme a break! Only a lefty with a feverish imagination could come up with such an overwrought statement.

  • "...the abuse and censorship that [the Dixie Chicks] had to sustain and overcome -- did much to get me through this past year."

Well, well, Mr. Schadenfreude, taking pleasure in other's misfortune, are we?

  • "I would love to play ["Fortunate Son"] at full blast outside the White House some night. And don't think I won't!"

Ooohh. Bush is really scared. Now, this might actually get Moore arrested.

  • "If I were a rock star, I would be Steve Earle!"

Moore is already an obese lefty, so the only remaining things he has to do to become just like Steve Earle are: learn to play the guitar, become addicted to heroin, and go to prison. I sincerely hope he attains his dream.