What’s Happening?

For several reasons, this blog has been dormant for some time. Posting this entry does not guarantee that I will be blogging regularly again, but there are several issues going on in my country (USA) and around the globe, that I have addressed in past posts and on other blogs. The one below has been on my mind for a while. It’s somewhat dated with regard to the current events mentioned, but I have not edited it. You can mentally update it by thinking: North Korea, Putin and Russia, Wars all over the middle east and Africa, School shootings (and stabbings), general political unrest. Of course, many of the issues mentioned in the post remain today. Read any newspaper and the headlines will emphasize the thoughts below.

This post was published in 2010 on the (now defunct) blog “Coffee with Curt.” Comments are welcome.

 

Something is, Indeed, Happening Here

In an online forum in which I participate, the question was asked, recently, “What is the music in you head right now?” Strangely enough it was an easy question for me, since one song has been running through my head for some time. It’s “For What It’s Worth,” by Buffalo-Springfield

The group itself was only together for two or three years, although all its members went on to great musical careers. This song, which came out in 1967, was their big hit. Not only that, but it became the rock anthem of the 60s and 70s.  

The year 1967 was a tumultuous year in this country. Protest against the war in Vietnam was at its height. Demonstrations; rallies; even violence over the unpopular war was widespread. Priest Daniel Berrigan, with several others, went into a draft office and splattered red liquid – made up partly of their own blood – over draft records. Martin Luther King, Jr. declared that the US gov’t is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.  Part of the lyrics for the song read like this:

What a field-day for the heat A thousand people in the streetSinging songs and they carrying signsMostly say, hooray for our side. It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.

(Of course, I can hear the music in my head).

Paranoia and fear were all around. 

I propose this song as the Rock Anthem of today,  for an indefinite period.

We’re out of Bush’s unpopular war (for the most part) and we’re entrenched in Obama’s unpopular war. The economy is in bad shape (don’t ever accuse me of understatement!). Election campaigns are dirtier than ever. Race relations are in the toilet. Winter’s coming and we’re still dependent on foreign oil. Immigration politics and policies are dividing the nation. Fear of socialism – in our own country  – is rampant.

Anybody who is a member of any patriotic organization is labeled a domestic terrorist suspect. Our names are on several lists gathered and disseminated by our own government. Mistrust of the government is probably at its highest since the 60s (if not higher).

Paranoia and fear are all around.

There’s somethin’ happenin’ here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there A-tellin’ me I’ve got to beware.

I think it’s time we stop. Children, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s goin’ down.
There’s battle lines bein’ drawn. Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong. Young people speakin’ their minds A-gettin’ so much resistance from behind.

The song is only 2 minutes and 39 seconds long. Its worth a listen. And maybe we should “stop. Children, what’s that sound?”

Everybody look what’s goin’ down.

 

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