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Holiday (Video) - Green Day

4 min 39 sec - Oct 1, 2005

This was straight from Google's video cache. Another experiment in blogging by the perpetual newb of the blogosphere has run its course. This Google video, which worked here for awhile, went away, and even replacement Google videos couldn't be made to work. So the experiment has gone to the next level and our source this time is: Holiday video code & video by Green Day | VideoCodeZone.com. (They don't give you the code, by the way - you've gotta dig for it.) (Or it's from AOL - depending on what I can get to work here on any given day.)

The pertinent lyrics:

Hear the drum pounding out of time
Another protestor has crossed the line
To find the money's on the other side

Can I get another amen?
There's a flag wrapped around a score of men
A gag, a plastic bag on a monument

Sums up the power the duopoly's grip has on us. Neither ideology or political party offers answers we can actually use. Each participates in its way in promoting and exporting our values. It's about the imperialism implicit in our nation's Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

It's right there. "All men." Not "all inhabitants of the New World colonies." Everybody. As mandated "by their Creator." This is an exportable ideology. It will lead to crusades and empire. First in the guise of Manifest Destiny: Go West, young man. Later as Defender of the West:

~O-ver there, o-ver there, send the word, send the word, o-ver there,
That the Yanks are com-ing, the Yanks are com-ing,
The drums rum-tum-ming ev'-ry where
So pre-pare, say a prayer, send the word, send the word to be-ware
We'll be o-ver, we're com-ing o-ver,
And we won't come back 'til it's o-ver O-ver There

Now here we are invading countries which haven't attacked us, occupying them and immediately setting to torturing people and building permanent bases even as we claim to be "liberators." America's empire is the natural successor to its British predecessor.

Our issues, the things important to the health of the people and their nation - these are not located overseas. They're right here. Green Day is right on the money on this one. Most of that album is not about the desert to be found in Iraq, but the desert we have created right here at home.

Deal with it, America.

Seriously, deal with it.
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