2005/09/02

MONSTER

The following is a song,
for me and some others , an anthem,
written by a band called Steppenwolf in the mid sixties.
At the time it was very pertinent, not only to the 'conflict' in Viet Nam, but to the social agenda of our Country.
The words were powerful, accusatory and frightening to the Establishment. The song never got much air play, the same controlling powers that are in play today would never let such communist crap gain much credence in the media so it was mostly an 'underground ' song. This day , as I sit and watch the news, witness how those powers have finally pushed the envelope of acceptability to capacity, at the cost of lives ,respect for our government ,these words flood over me and wash all of my hope away. I've never been surprised at how far the government and corporate America would go to obtain power and money but I am completely and utterly distressed at the state of our country today. This is a shame that crosses all political boundaries, Republican, democrat, liberal, whatever ! Because of politics we have fallen from a world power to a third world nation . I am appalled and disgusted that the people of this country allowed these 'punks' in politics go this far ! How could anyone say they couldn't see this comming !
This situation was allowed by politics and power and now the politicians have hung there heads and the powerful are throwing money at it. It's too late !!!
I've never felt the pertinence of this song as I do now !!

'MONSTER'
Once the religious, the hunted and weary ,Chasing the promise of freedom and hope,
Came to this country to build a new vision ,Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope,
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches ,Later some got slaves to gather riches,
But still from near and far to seek America ,They came by thousands to court the wild,
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child ,To be their spirit and guiding light,
And once the ties with the crown had been broken ,Westward in saddle and wagon it went,
And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean ,Many the lives which had come to an end,
While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland ,We began the slaughter of the red man ,
But still from near and far to seek America ,They came by thousands to court the wild,
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child ,To be their spirit and guiding light ,
The blue and grey they stomped it ,They kicked it just like a dog ,
And when the war over They stuffed it just like a hog ,
And though the past has it's share of injustice ,Kind was the spirit in many a way ,
But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping ,Now it's a monster and will not obey ,
The spirit was freedom and justice ,And it's keepers seem generous and kind ,
It's leaders were supposed to serve the country ,But now they won't pay it no mind ,
'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy ,And now their vote is a meaningless joke ,
They babble about law and order ,But it's all just an echo of what they've been told ,
Yea , there's a monster on the loose ,It's got our heads into a noose ,
And it just sits there watchin'
Our cities have turned into jungles ,And corruption is stranglin' the land ,
The police force is watching the people ,And the people just can't understand ,
We don't know how to mind our own business , Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us ,
Now we are fighting a war over there ,No matter who's the winner We can't pay the cost ,
'Cause there's a monster on the loose It's got our heads into a noose ,
And it just sits there watching
America where are you now? Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now ,We can't fight alone against the monster !!

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