Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Thoughts on Hearing John Lennon Being Played as the Soundtrack to the Health Care Reform Rally I Attended This Morning

Power to the People
The lyrics are painfully naive regarding revolutionary change but I'm just happy to be here protesting alongside my liberal brothers and sisters. Whoo hooo! Health care reform now!!

Imagine
Well, I'd rather chew off my own ear than ever have to hear this fucking song ever again, and although its themes can only tangentially be linked to the health care issue, what the hell: c'mon everybody, hold your signs high and let everyone feel your passion on this issue!!

Mother
Um, doesn't this song chronicle Lennon's anguish over the loss of his mother after she died in a car crash during his youth? I'm not really sure what that has to do with health care...

Cold Turkey
Look, I guess you could link a song about heroin addiction to the need for a more inclusive health care system but maybe we could find a more appropriate CD to be playing and...

Woman Is the Nigger of the World
OK, now you're playing a song containing the "N word" at a rally somewhat connected to our current president, who happens to be Black. HOLY SHIT, CAN THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS RALLY GET A CLUE AND TURN THIS GODDAMNED CD OFF???

1 comment:

lordgrey said...

I think you missed the point of "Woman is the Nigger of the World." The song has nothing to do with African Americans, it has everything to do with the word nigger itself. It is a demarcation that demotes someone to the status of a good; a commodity. In the health care debate women have been shoved aside and told they don't matter. Have you read the anti-abortion rhetoric that got the bill passed? Woman are constantly being lowered and not allowed their basic human rights or the proper respect.
I write that as a man; remember that words carry a deep meaning, especially something like nigger.