Sure, they provide roads, waste removal, national security, and parks and recreational opportunities, plus education, and assistance in many facets of research and development, but that is just a front, a method to cover the real purpose. The manipulation and control of the lives of it's citizenry. Who better to explain this than John Kay of Steppenwolf, (he is from Canada, the largest, and most successful, state in the US, I think it is somewhere around Montana)?. And what better vehicle than the lyrics from "The Ostrich"?
"You're free to speak your mind, my friend,
As long as you agree with me,
Don't criticize the Fatherland,
Or those who shape your destiny,
'Cause if you do, you'll lose your mind, your job and all the friends you knew,
We'll send out all our boys in blue,
And they'll find a way to silence you."
Oh, the nostalgia, the memories, troubadours of defiance, artists against the "establishment." Leaping quickly to action, I had a cup of coffee and thought about some cool songs. By Wednesday evening, I had assembled a play list of anger, and disillusionment selectively going between Amazon and iTunes to fill in the gaps in my collection, judiciously using whichever was less expensive. Thursday morning it was ready, the turning of the page, the dawning of a new age.
Here is the list (you know, sometimes lists are useful and can be very cool);
All loaded and ready to roll, it was a great drive to work. I got out in the parking lot, and thought, "I'm through toilin' for the MAN. It is time to take a stand against tyranny, injustice, it is time to stand up and be the voice of those that can not be heard." Fuming, angry, intolerant, life was going to start playing by my rules, answering to me.
Then, daylight came and slapped me in the face, "you have a mortgage, a car payment, an HMO and a retirement plan, plus your son is headed for college. And, don't forget, the Klondike Bars in the freezer at home." Revolution will have to wait," Reality said. Curse you reality, curse your love affair with cold, hard, remorseless facts, and curse your flawless refrigerator inventory technique.
Oh well, change is difficult, and I probably don't have the stomach for insurgency, anyway. Remember, though, good music should speak to you in powerful, wonderful ways, art should always make you dream. Everybody should be allowed to feel like a revolutionary once in a while, but, the dishwasher still needs emptied and somebody has to make the first pot of coffee, so off I go, smiling, happy about the beautiful weather, and delighted there is only one more day until the weekend.
Tomorrow on the way to work, "Ghost Riders in the Sky" by Johnny Cash, "Cheyenne" by the Del Lords and "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" by Willie Nelson, I hope I can find some boots, a hat and a lariat, because I will be ready to ride the range.