I never confused Dee Snider, or even Jesse Malin, for Joe Strummer, but, geez, Louise. Wal-Mart has killed-off and undermined all of our unions, drove all the Main Street Mom and Pops out of business, censored our albums, sent all the manufacturing jobs overseas to Chinese sweat-shops, all so six obscenely rich Walton heirs can sit on half the nation’s wealth, and Twisted Sister lets ’em use the old eighties juvenile delinquent anthem about “fighting the powers that be” for a commercial?? That’s just flat-out wrong.
America’s ex-rockstar media-class have collectively lost the plot. Dylan and McCartney and Grohl all suck up to war hawk, NDAA fascist Obama. I know loads of good folks who want to flee this neo-feudal oligarchy, backed by a militarist police state, but they just can not afford to leave, due to extreme poverty, or family obligations. Passports are like one hundred fifty bucks! The spy agencies all work for the oligarchs-they’re basically the same people, and it seems we keep foolishly electing sock-puppets of the banks and spy community. All these floods of Manchurian candidates are aggressively stripping us of our liberties, moral traditions, and Constitutionally guaranteeed rights, already under suspension, with the venal Patriot Act. The Koch brothers’ puppet governors and unelected “budget crisis managers” are outlawing collective bargaining, while nefarious billionaires, like Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch call for an end to public education, preferring to usher-in private charter schools for profit, they relentlessly refer to state financed schools as “a monopoly”. Coming from these two! I started noticing the rapid slide in to full-fledged feudal serfdom in about 1996–when middle-class, twenty something, college drop-outs, in the midwest were becoming violently territorial about all the low-wage, food and beverage positions. All the restaurants and bars were owned and operated by the tight-knit local yokals, who only hired attractive women, they could prey on sexually. As an outcast schoolboy, I had very typically rejected the sliding-scale morality of suburban sports culture, spurning the “haves”, I became more attracted to the free beings-the punks, the beats, the goths, and urban drifters, I was somewhat comfortable in poverty and beatitude, skimming off the suburbanite surplus, pooling resources with the other have-nots, forming bands, sharing, collaborating, living communally, having fun.
Don’t get stuck in the fly-over states. The drunk-ass villagers are big, white truck driving, football “woof-woofing”, immigrant blaming, Glenn Beck watchers, transparently disguised, in Bob Marley t-shirts. The tramp-stamped, over-perfumed chicks there dance to songs like “Baby Got Back”, and “Who Let The Dogs Out”.
The whole culture there is all about sucking-up to perrenial, small-time, establishment figures-the drug dealers, the rich kid club promoter, the off-duty cops and bouncers who shake down the outdated raver kids, for their drugs, in stinky nightclub parking lots, the jock shit-heads whose folks bought ’em coffee shops and record stores and bars, who big-balls around like rockstars. Back then, it seemed like I was the only one uninsulated from these intollerant pockets of high school cafeteria bullies. It took most of my more solvent pals a lot longer to realize the table was so tilted, and the fix was permanently in. Now, I see legions of people in their forties and fifties, living in their cars, holding cardboard signs, like teenage crusty-punks, begging for change. The degrading, fast food cashier, and big-box retail positions are held by people with college degrees. The only businesses hiring are Wal-Mart and McDonalds-if you possess the commitment, desperation, car, and computer-access, required, to complete their time consuming, privacy violating, battery of urine tests, background checks, psychological profiles, and intensive, multiple, interviews with state college weasels, in their button down shirts and khaki pants. Orientation at Wal-Mart involves watching hours and hours of anti-union propaganda. Getting a job at Target–the trendy, greenwashed Wal-Mart, is as complicated as filling out college-loan paper-work. You can not be promoted to management at Target, without a four year college diploma. Neither Gore Vidal or George Carlin could therefore assume management positions at Target. The Congress and President are right-wing tools. The police and spy agencies are becoming increasingly militarized, here in the fascistic homeland:
I WANNA ROCK…
The corporate-government vigorously defends it’s war criminals, predator lenders, vaccine-makers, cancer-machine security profiteers, foreign double-agents, hedge-fund billionaires, lobbyists, and torturers, even while it persecutes whistle blowers and human rights activists, and arrests peaceful protesters, violently. The wealthiest 10 percent households now account for 60 percent of all consumption in the U.S., according to some estimates…The Murdoch media juggernaut, Rush Limbaugh, Fear-Channel’s hate-radio talk shows, and Pat Robertson’s ferociously rightwing, Zionist, evangelical-Christian, broadcasting network all cospire to brainwash gullible hicks into believing that wars of occupation are moral, just, even heroic, forever demonizing Muslim folks, and simply never reporting any facts from the perspective of the oppressed, or the anti-war movement, or even the pained, haunted, shamed, and inflicted soldiers returning home from bloody, contaminated battle-fields full of depleted uranium, and the notoriously toxic, Halliburton burn-pits. Big-media ignores “Free Bradley Manning” protests. They simply refuse to report tens of thousands of anti-war and anti-austerity, pro-union activists marching in the streets. Neo-Con, Obama, has cut all the programs for the elderly, and the poor, while adamantly still refusing to tax the super-rich: his Wall Street bosses, who created the economic collapse, lied us into war, and purchased/or manufactured all the politicians. Middle-classers are still too “doped on religion and sex and TV” to organize, and we, the flat broke, vast majority, are too busy treading water, just getting by, struggling to merely survive.
All those bullshit TV shows about the generosity of undercover C.E.O.’s and same-name celebrities are bogus class-war propaganda. Everywhere I go, I meet parents going broke, trying to provide care to Autistic children, while the sinister Supreme Court says they can’t sue vaccine-makers. The NAACP has demanded an end to the bullshit, “war on drugs” that incarcerates the poor, in for-profit prisons, extracts slave labor from in-mates, films them for voyeuristic cable TV shows, and regularly rotates that stock, election year, “tough-on-crime”, racist jive about how prisoners are getting mani-pedis, and free Ivy League educations, and lounging in day-spas, which is, of course all pure bullshit. The crooked rich people and pro-murder lobby don’t go to jail. Only the poor. Big-media’s constant mantra is “don’t invoke class warfare.” The class war is already OVER. We lost. Now we need to discuss how to stop post-class-warfare class genocide. I keep seeing these “volunteer” commercials…that means, “work for nothing”. In my twenties, I “interned” for two record labels, but that just meant I worked hard and made no money, zilch, nada, zip, and the profits I helped to generate went into some already rich guy’s pockets. The American Way, huh? Capitalism is all about brainwashing suckers and rebranding slavery. The bottom ninety percent of American society is only ever visually represented by cable TV, on those depraved, prison in-mate shows, on the intel-umbrella’s propaganda arm, the Discovery channel.
Oil baron, billionaire Al Gore, has some new channel, Current TV (?), starring that righteously indignant and always eloquent, big-headed, MSNBC-exile, Keith Olbermann, but who would believe anything promoted by “P.M.R.C.” Al Gore? That guy held Congressional hearings(!!!) fretting about WASP, the Mentors, Prince, and Twisted Sister lyrics, and worse yet—selected Evil Joe Lieberman(Yikes!) as his running mate, back when he won that Presidential election. Lieberman is bad news. He’s like, Nixon evil. Kissinger evil. Maybe even, like, Dick Cheney evil. Are any of you kids old enough to recall phony-baloney, Al Gore piously goading Dee Snider, about the “Sick Motherfuckin’ Friends Of Twisted Sister”, or whatever they called the fan-club, back in the Metal Years? Sadly, Twisted licensed their most famous song out as a jingle for swet-shop, slave-trade, anti-union, Main Street killers, Wal-Mart. As “The Onion” slyly remarked, it does indeed appear, as if the Sisters have finally decided to “take it”, after all. I know they got their lifestyles to support, Long Island McMansion mortgages ain’t cheap, but Wal-Mart is the devil. As evil as Joe Lieberman. Talk about some sick M.F.’s. Wal-Mart and America’s political class make VANITY 6 and El Duce’s toilet-humor seem so, well….adorable, in comparison. We’re talking about willing and enthusiastic military industrial complex assets, who torture innocents, and smiled while they sent all the living wage jobs to communist countries, with NAFTA. Unintelligible, only semi-coherant, metal-head, Chris Holmes, reclining drunkenly in a raft in his swimming pool, or even a potty mouthed G.G. Allin, were hardly threats to anyone, especially if compared to the slick D.C. sociopaths, like Bush and Obama, Lieberman, McCain, and the Clintons, who all helped undermine the Geneva Conventions and the Bill Of Rights. What would John Denver and Frank Zappa have had to say about TSA fondlers, backscatter x-ray vans, Gitmo, tasers, warrantless wire-taps, and the so-called “Super Congress”? Doesn’t Dee Snider realize his song can no longer be an anthem of protest and rebellion, after it’s been pawned-off to Satan sandwich selling Wal-Mart?
We can all still vividly remember Obama’s kindly campaign speeches, how he promised he would use diplomacy to halt future, futile, pre-emptive wars, close the torture camps at Guatanamo Bay, and withdrawl the occupation in Iraq. I’m sure you can recall when he told us, “You can take that to the bank!” If you want to better understand all these Obama “concessions” to the generals, and heartless super rich, top one percent, read Naomi Klein’s book, “Shock Doctrine” which succinctly illustrates how disaster capitalists rule by crisis and deception, and also, Amy Goodman and David Goodman’s well-researched book, “Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and The People Who Fight Back”. I’ve been lied to my whole life, so I still don’t claim to have a secure grasp on the big picture, but at least, I can now better comprehend the long history of fictions, that have been planted by psy-op’s in the universities and corporate-media, at the pleasure of our secret rulers of the oil baron/intelligence/Pentagon community. Colin Powell and President Obama were not the first, or last puppets to lie us into war, or try to fool all the people, all the time. It’s shocking to learn how we’ve been so deceived and totally manipulated for all these decades. Someone killed the Kennedys, but it most certainly was not you, or me. I’m not mad at Dee Snider and Jay Jay French for loaning their metal classic to Conformity Inc., really-those guys have been fighting the good ole underdog fight since ’73. That’s most of my sad life. I’m probably more bummed out about “London Calling” being used to hype the Olympics, or by the Pretenders and Pogues music being “repurposed” as corporate jingles. It’s probably way more of an outrage when crunchy-granola Pearl Jam, or billionaire Bowie, became cheap ho’s for Target, but I gotta say…there’s something just plain wrong about Wal-Mart using “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, similar to the way Republicans always co-opt Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen songs, or when Limbaugh exploited Chrissie Hynde’s classic “My City Was Gone.” I just prefer to remember Dee Snider as the guy who defended rock’n’roll from the trite and condescending Washington Wives, to the friendly D-lister sucking-up to Donald Trump on bullshit unreality shows. Bring back the rebellious rocknroll motherfuckers. “This is our life! This is our song!” Free Pussy Riot! Free Bradley Manning! Repeal the NDAA And Patriot Act! END THE WARS. …We now return you to your regular sold-out corporate unreality programming.