Sunday, June 12, 2005

I must not think bad thoughts

Bush campaigns to extend Patriot Act .

Patriot Act II passed by Senate Intelligence Committee.

More power given to FBI under Patriot Act provisions.

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear -- fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.--H. L. Mencken

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."--Theodore Roosevelt (1918) [What would Teddy say now?]


Richard S. said...

Nice title. I remember that from an X album that came out in...1984, I think. More Fun in the New World. The first song had a line that went, "It was better before, before they voted for what's his name." The lyrics could have been written about G.W. Bush. But, of course, they were written about Reagan. They probably could have been written about a lot of presidents. Which goes to show, I think... People shouldn't exaggerate the uniqueness of George W. Bush. He's awful, but, really... It's the whole system that's getting worse and worse.

Jim said...

Perceptive you are. Yes, I culled that from X, one of the many great punk bands from that era, spawned I guess, by Reaganomics. I think the song captures that whole idea that one must never speak ill of our leaders--bad thoughts or bad words.

I agree--Bush is awful, but he's not the first and he won't be the last of his type.

Richard S. said...

Not sure if you're saying that X was spawned by Reaganomics(?)... Actually, I think X started a few years before Reaganomics, and even before Thatcherism (or, at least, before Reagan and Thatcher were elected).

I was an X fan from early on, since they came out with their first album, in 1979. (I was 17 or 18 at the time. Punk rock was my life. :) Although I had gotten more eclectic (again) by the time of the album we're quoting - X's fourth or fifth, I think...but I liked X right up until their breakup.

So, it was no great feat for me to recognize that - X is a big memory.

Jim said...

X was a big influence on a 22-year-old ex-fundamentalist back in 1982-83. They released this movie called "The Unheard Music" that I went to see in an old rundown theatre in Chicago; needless to say, I was blown away. Exene and John were this inseperable creative cauldron of ideas; Their music and critique of America were definitely their own. I actually liked one of their last discs that got panned, "Country at War".

Yes, your chronology was right and I was wrong. They were really part of the whole west coast punk explosion of the late 1970's. I have an old book chronicling the dates and bands somewhere.

I throw on X from time to time and remember a different time, both culturally and musically.

Thanks for setting me straight. I'll try not to blog (at least comment) while sleep-deprived.