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Conservatism Is The New Punk Rock
Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter

Posted on 07/27/2014 5:06:27 AM PDT by Kaslin

Conservatism is the Ramones at CBGB – loud, fast and alive. In contrast, liberalism is the headliner at a state fair concert. It’s Foghat, serenading its anesthetized fans as America slow rides into decline.

Back in the 70s, the Ramones put a steel-toed boot into the behind of a fat, flabby rock 'n roll world that has lost its way. That's what conservatives are doing today to American politics and culture. And the dinosaur rockers of the status quo hate it.

But some things have changed. Back in the 70’s, it was alienated young people leading the way, yet today’s Millennials support the very liberal status quo that keeps them down. What's pathetic is that they are so eagerly complicit in their own serfdom.

Dead-end jobs, innovations like Uber sacrificed to protect established Democrat corporatist allies, and tons of student debt for their degrees in Feminist Interpretive Dance – you Millennials have been, and will be, fooled again. And again and again.

I want to make clear for the record that The Who rocks, though many liberals are likely offended by Roger Daltrey’s shamelessly heteronormative persona.

Look at ancient Hillary Clinton, that improbable Millennial heroine. She's the Bachman Turner Overdrive of American politics, out there literally taking care of business – especially the businesses who take care of her by paying her hundreds of thousands a pop to come talk to them.

There's no energy left in liberalism, no excitement, just more rules, more controls, everything the punks hated. You can't say this, you can't think that, everybody read the memo – today we're scheduled to be angry at people don't want to subsidize our birth control! Oh, and make sure you obtain a videotaped, notarized consent form before you kiss your cisgender hook-up.

What's hilarious is that it’s us hidebound, repressed, sex-hating conservatives who are the ones trying to liberate liberalism's victims from its fascisty clutches, but its greatest victims are the ones doing the most resisting.

Everything about liberalism is stodgy, everything is old, everything is about control. My new book, Conservative Insurgency, a speculative future history of the struggle to retake our culture, shows how the conservatives have the all of the energy and creativity. We want the freedom the punks demanded. The liberals want the opposite. The quintessential liberal isn’t a free-spirited manic pixie dream girl but a grim, bitter nightmare crone enraged because having gender-specific bathrooms in her dorm is history’s greatest hate crime.

Liberalism never tries anything new. It’s a greatest hits album from a crappy band. It's like the latest incarnation of Styx when whoever the lead singer is announces, "Hey, here's something off our new album" to the widespread groans of the fans. They just want to hear the classics – more regulations, more taxes, more dough for public employee unions, more stifling of innovation.

And the fans have eagerly embraced America's decline around the world. Yeah, Obama's been through the desert on a horse with no name, and when he left the desert he called it a victory even though ISIS took over. He ought to name that horse “Chamberlain.”

Conservatives, on the other hand, know what to do. Take Putin. While Obama calls for yet another investigation to confirm what everybody knows, thereby kicking the can down the road so he doesn't have to make a gutsy call, us conservatives want to beat on the brat with a baseball bat. That’s how we won the Cold War, no thanks to liberals.

We've heard it all before a hundred times, the same old lack of imagination, the same old sorry set list. The music of liberalism doesn't move us, it doesn't change us, it doesn't excite us. It's just there, aural wallpaper designed to keep us quiet, to get the liberals through one more election cycle, to help them hold power just a little longer.

Today, Sheena is no longer a punk rocker. Instead, she is a disaffected Oppression Studies grad student trying to pay off her $200K student loan debt working part-time at the local Starbucks. She chooses cuddly conformity and cozy control over the excitement of actual independence. Sure, she has a nose piercing the show that she's a rebel, but this rebel’s cause is to replace her helicopter parents with a helicopter government.

We conservatives want to tear it all down. We conservatives want to smash it up. Liberalism, I want to destroy you. We're where the action is, where the excitement is, where you can hear new music from bands you mainstream liberals have probably never heard of.

Liberals want to see themselves as punks. They aren't. They are sad conformists who frankly deserve the consequences of their inaction.

So you Hillary-supporting hipster doofus, take off that vintage Ramones t-shirt. You’re no rebel. You’re a minion, and when your liberal masters demand that the cretins hop, you ask, "How high?"


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: conservatives; millenials

1 posted on 07/27/2014 5:06:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I LOVE it! :-)
2 posted on 07/27/2014 5:12:52 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Kaslin

I still remember Johnny wearing that “Kill a Commie for Mommy” t-shirt!


3 posted on 07/27/2014 5:14:57 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: left that other site

:-)


4 posted on 07/27/2014 5:15:25 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
I never liked the Ramones, and the bands the author uses to make his point about liberals are some of my favorites. But I'll still bet that he's probably right.
5 posted on 07/27/2014 5:16:46 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh man, this is great. Songs kept popping up in my head as I read. And the irony just drips off the screen.


6 posted on 07/27/2014 5:27:32 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: The_Victor

Except he is right. And correct, moreover. :D

Also, Johnny Ramone was one of the staunchest conservatives in the media world throughout his career. Using the Wikipedia entry to save myself some typing:

Johnny was known within the punk rock community as one of its notable conservatives, and was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party. Johnny made his political affiliation known to the world in 2002, when the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After thanking all who made the honor possible—clad in his trademark T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and leather jacket—he said “God bless President Bush, and God bless America”.[9] He said in an interview, when questioned on his conservatism, “I think Ronald Reagan was the best President of my lifetime.” This was evident in 1985 when the band released the UK single “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg”; Johnny pressed for a name change, finding the title insulting to Reagan, and the song was retitled on American releases as “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)” after a line from the song’s chorus. In this same interview he claimed that “Punk is right wing”.[10]

Johnny is quoted by The Observer as saying: “People drift towards liberalism at a young age, and I always hope they change when they see how the world really is.”[11]

Further, the Punk movement produced Danny Elfman, who may be a libtard now that he’s utterly dependent on Hollywood movie largesse for a living, but in the 80s he and his band Oingo Boingo were some of the most vocal libertarian types, who wrote some scathing lyrics that still hold true today. From: http://www.redstate.com/diary/caiwyn/2010/11/02/music-to-vote-by/

***

2. Oingo Boingo – Capitalism

How many full-throated defenses of the free market are put to music? This cut from Oingo Boingo’s 1981 debut album is often mischaracterized as satire. The truth, according to a 1982 interview with frontman Danny Elfman, is that it was written in response to many punk bands’ embrace of socialism:

“I’d been hearing a lot of music from England. Gangs of Four. The Clash. It was all ‘Socialism forever’ and ‘bring down the government.’ I thought it was ironic that any group would praise a socialist form of government that wouldn’t let them play the type of music that they do. There isn’t any socialist government that wouldn’t consider it hooligan music”

Well said, and it’s hard to find a lyric that gets to the point better than the refrain:

You’re just a middle-class socialist brat
from a suburban family
and you’ve never really had to work

***

Further, Elfman and Boingo wrote New Generation whose bridge is oh so appropriate for Obama’s presidency.

***

Do you feel the power
Do you feel the power
Baptized in electronic water
Prodigal sons and beautiful daughters
With smiles and bows and rosy cheeks
And the righteous bath
Death to the freaks
Do you feel the power
Do you feel the power
From the man whose voice sounds reassuring
Completely firm and so alluring, Like’s he’s lived a thousand times before
And seen the world from shore to shore
With the calmness and tranquility that oozes credibility
With the wisdom and the confidence that seem to scream out common sense
And it makes you feel just like a babe
Daddy holding you tight and safe
Hush babe everything’s all right, Daddy’s gonna stay with you tonight
Now he’s got you by the balls, he can sell you anything at all
From morality to diamond rings to genocide to magazines
From religion to cosmology to the end of a democracy
***

Conservatism (and real libertarianism) *is* punk, especially the do-it-yourself ethos that was part and parcel of the movement.


7 posted on 07/27/2014 5:32:57 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, man! Right on!


8 posted on 07/27/2014 5:40:00 AM PDT by expat1000 ("If you're explaining, you're losing." Ronald Reagan)
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9 posted on 07/27/2014 5:42:35 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Spktyr

Is this what conservatism’s future will be???

https://sp3.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608045340731704639&pid=15.1&H=129&W=160&P=0


10 posted on 07/27/2014 5:47:29 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I will settle for a "perfectly good, gently used" kidney...Apply within...)
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To: stevie_d_64
Since you linked a postage stamp sized image, I have no idea what you are trying to convey. But since you ask:


11 posted on 07/27/2014 5:53:32 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Kaslin
"Sure, she has a nose piercing the show that she's a rebel, but this rebel’s cause is to replace her helicopter parents with a helicopter government."

Absolutely nailed it.

12 posted on 07/27/2014 5:58:24 AM PDT by Sam's Army
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To: Kaslin

Looks like “kicks just keep getting harder to find”..

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2010/05/07/poll_america_supports_arizona_plus_a_mark_lindsay_flashback

Yes, the State Fair circuit. The Townhall article does make interesting analogies.


13 posted on 07/27/2014 6:07:10 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Spktyr

Oops...I didn’t know how small the image of Cheech Marin would turn out...

Nevermind, my bad...


14 posted on 07/27/2014 6:27:27 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I will settle for a "perfectly good, gently used" kidney...Apply within...)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve been saying this for a couple years now. Thanks for posting!


15 posted on 07/27/2014 6:31:24 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Kaslin
Thanks Kaslin. To those, in the 60s, that witnessed the rebellion against ‘everything’ it is refreshing to see it come around 180. The left’s desires always come out, in the end, to death and destruction...
16 posted on 07/27/2014 6:39:46 AM PDT by virgil283 (John Wayne said, “Life is hard; .....it’s harder if you’re stupid.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Cheech was never punk. Stoner culture, sure, but not punk.


17 posted on 07/27/2014 6:41:37 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: The_Victor

BTO, Foghat, and Styx — favorites?


18 posted on 07/27/2014 6:45:45 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric
BTO, Foghat, and Styx — favorites?

I liked BTO and Styx in the day.

19 posted on 07/27/2014 7:03:33 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Kaslin

I like this angle. OTOH, imagine how cool it would be if constitutional conservatism were the establishment position.


20 posted on 07/27/2014 7:52:23 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Kaslin

The article is a fun analogy, not sure if it is a good analogy, I enjoy Foghat’s “Slow Ride”, “I just want to make love to you”<—— Their cover does rock. Though some of the others like “Fool for the city” aren’t something I will actively seek out, it’s okay on the radio.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Best-Foghat/dp/B0000032AT

Foghat’s best.


21 posted on 07/27/2014 8:22:11 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Kaslin

Hey! Oh! Let’s Go!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuOnePNlOgY


22 posted on 07/27/2014 8:42:26 AM PDT by bleach (If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.)
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To: Kaslin
The author is only half right. Liberalism is nothing but a 70's greatest hits album, but Conservatism - even the Tea Party brand - is a Burl Ives Christmas Special from 1975.

Young people don't like Democrats much, but Democrats still look better to them than the alternative we are presenting...because our leaders don't believe in individual freedom any more than liberal leaders do.

23 posted on 07/27/2014 8:47:12 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: Mr. Jeeves
.....because our leaders don't believe in individual freedom any more than liberal leaders do.

I think you're confusing conservatism with those who purport to represent it (GOP-e).

24 posted on 07/27/2014 10:40:28 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
The author is only half right. Liberalism is nothing but a 70's greatest hits album, but Conservatism - even the Tea Party brand - is a Burl Ives Christmas Special from 1975.

Young people don't like Democrats much, but Democrats still look better to them than the alternative we are presenting...because our leaders don't believe in individual freedom any more than liberal leaders do.

I like your analogies better

But hey, Burl Ives did get flagged back in the day though I don't think there was a lot to it.


25 posted on 07/27/2014 12:45:56 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Kaslin

I want some of what this guy is smoking.


26 posted on 07/27/2014 2:34:10 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Kaslin

Punk was originally a rebellion against the Hippies, who after Woodstock became the mainstream.


27 posted on 07/27/2014 2:37:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Spktyr

Well, he actually did play “punk” (with the band at that Rock Fight) in the first movie, with that ending sequence...

I wuz just being funny...Guess it didn’t work huh???


28 posted on 07/27/2014 5:21:09 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I will settle for a "perfectly good, gently used" kidney...Apply within...)
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To: stevie_d_64

Not really, no.


29 posted on 07/27/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: dfwgator

Ding! We have a winner! Yes, it was.


30 posted on 07/27/2014 6:16:50 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Correction: Young people like Democrats better because of better marketing on the Dems’ part and terrible marketing on the part of the Republicans and others.


31 posted on 07/27/2014 6:17:51 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Kaslin; Slings and Arrows

32 posted on 08/05/2014 12:28:17 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (CNN suppressed news to maintain their Baghdad bureau under Saddam; they just did the same for Hamas.)
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To: a fool in paradise

33 posted on 08/05/2014 1:14:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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