Skip to comments.Conservatism Is The New Punk Rock
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. Its 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 70s, it was alienated young people leading the way, yet todays 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 Daltreys 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 its 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 isnt a free-spirited manic pixie dream girl but a grim, bitter nightmare crone enraged because having gender-specific bathrooms in her dorm is historys greatest hate crime.
Liberalism never tries anything new. Its 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. Thats 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 rebels 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. Youre no rebel. Youre a minion, and when your liberal masters demand that the cretins hop, you ask, "How high?"
I still remember Johnny wearing that “Kill a Commie for Mommy” t-shirt!
Oh man, this is great. Songs kept popping up in my head as I read. And the irony just drips off the screen.
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 possibleclad in his trademark T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and leather jackethe said “God bless President Bush, and God bless America”. 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”.
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.”
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 Boingos 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:
Id 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 wouldnt let them play the type of music that they do. There isnt any socialist government that wouldnt consider it hooligan music
Well said, and its hard to find a lyric that gets to the point better than the refrain:
Youre just a middle-class socialist brat
from a suburban family
and youve 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.
Yeah, man! Right on!
Is this what conservatism’s future will be???
Absolutely nailed it.
Looks like “kicks just keep getting harder to find”..
Yes, the State Fair circuit. The Townhall article does make interesting analogies.
Oops...I didn’t know how small the image of Cheech Marin would turn out...
Nevermind, my bad...
I’ve been saying this for a couple years now. Thanks for posting!
Cheech was never punk. Stoner culture, sure, but not punk.
BTO, Foghat, and Styx — favorites?
I liked BTO and Styx in the day.
I like this angle. OTOH, imagine how cool it would be if constitutional conservatism were the establishment position.