By Irene Starkehaus -
The bad news: If Memorial Day in Baltimore is any indication of what's in store for American cities this summer, you can bet that we're in for one heck of a bumpy ride. When Michelle Obama stands before graduates of Oberlin College and encourages a contentious schism to begin because those who are opposed to it are now a fringe minority, you better know that the Left thinks it's in a position to take the lead in this battle for the soul of America.
And why wouldn't they? Things are truly going their way with no end in sight. There's no need to manipulate through skullduggery anymore. The Left has chosen 2015 to come out of the closet and light the streets on fire.
So the good news? Small victory though it may be, for the first time in her adult life, Michelle Obama is actually right about something. Excerpting from her Oberlin speech:
"I want to be very clear: Every city ordinance, every ballot measure, every law on the books in this country –- that is your concern. What happens at every school board meeting, every legislative session –- that is your concern. Every elected official who represents you, from dog catcher all the way to President of the United States –- they are your concern."
Michelle O went to Oberlin College thinking to ignite an insurgency among the students as she who was seeking asses found her kingdom (no offense intended to the graduates of 2015 mind you. Just paraphrasing Milton….which I assume was recognized since they are the graduates of 2015. Or maybe it's time to double down on a post graduate degree.) She meant to command the masses but inadvertently spoke truth to power.
Those students may believe their graduation robes adequately cloak their moisture wicking, polyester Guy Fawkes tee shirts which will be all that 50% of them will have to show for their academic efforts. Because they certainly can't look forward to getting a job. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt and no employment on the horizon. Boy, that really is enough to make you want to break things.
What too many of these student failed to ponder while obtaining their BA in "I Hate America" is whether meaningful revolution comes about through the theft of 50" flat screens. Are we starting to confuse revolution with gluttony? It matters not. In the meantime, it's gonna be a summer of smash and run as our Millennials role play their vision of Jacobin rebellion against what is essentially themselves and their own materialistic cravings. I guess the learning doesn't end when you receive your diploma.
Why this year? Why have liberals chosen 2015 to begin "burning this bitch down" so to speak? In the minds of liberals, the symmetry of Selma's fifty year anniversary is essential. To them we have come full circle and the anniversary represents a tipping point in the contrived struggle against inequity. Alas, you remember the old song…
"Out on the road today, I saw a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac. A little voice inside my head said don't look back. You can never look back..."
Truer words never uttered. When Michelle's insurrectionists storm the castle, it won't be the detestable ideals of rugged individualism that are in for a heaping dose of Millennial disdain because rugged individuals are an endangered species. That makes Michelle's march against the Man an exercise in extended irony. Overthrowing Walmart does not qualify as a revolution and when the government incites the masses to overthrow Walmart that really, really doesn't qualify as a revolution. The irony is that Michelle Obama is the Man, so the protesters' demands can expect to go something like this:
"I demand more money for student loans. I demand free health care. I demand you stick it to the rich. I demand…" "Yes. See? That's what we've been doing for the last seventy years." "Huh. Okay. Well. Carry on then." Not exactly a Norma Rae moment, now is it?
With that world-shattering anticlimax in mind, let's look at some examples of what the media has been doing to awaken the insurgency in your children this summer. Starting with NBCs new series called Aquarius which is really more about providing a primer for razing and clearcutting than it is about entertaining:
Too bad that no one over the age of 6 and under the age of 30 actually watches TV anymore, but we can't have everything. Where would we put it? (Stephen Wright) Meanwhile the music industry is littered with talent all vying to produce the anthem for revolution. Please indulge my Casey Kasem moment here as I present to you three videos featuring Billboard Top 100 songs that are climbing the charts for the week of May 25 and one video that is playing but hasn't charted yet.
WARNING FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS. Some of these videos are filled with extraordinarily disturbing imagery or lyrics. Do not watch them if you are susceptible or squeamish.
Side note - I'm presenting this not in a salacious effort to scandalize but to allow you to sample the buffet of devolution that is being served to your children and your grandchildren on a daily basis via the mainstream media. And yes, I do think this is relevant to our political discourse. Every war must have its soundtrack, and this music provides the backdrop for the War on Reason. Again, this is from the Billboard 100 for the week 0f May 25.
Number 36 – Lean On by Major Laser and DJ Snake
Number 41 – Nasty by Bandit Gang Macro feat. Dro
Number 51 – All Day by Kanye West feat. Theophilus London and Paul McCartney
Fire by Gavin DeGraw
You can plainly see that the debate over inappropriate content is over. The FCC doesn't allow offensive language over the airwaves, so the industry produces both radio and explicit versions of popular songs. Even if you think you've sampled the music your child is plugging into his brain, this may not be the case.
The antidote to this insanity is a defense of sanity. Revolution may certainly be what the artistic thought leaders are calling for through popular culture, but revolution in its truest form is about challenging spheres of so-called inevitability.
By definition, revolution must be waged against the clique and that's the dichotomy at play here. Big government exists to form cliques. Big governments are not mechanisms for expanding diversity. They exist for the promotion of narrowness and the way to undercut that narrowness is to strengthen and protect traditional families.
How long have conservatives repeated the battle cry, "It's time to take back our country" without really considering the enormity of the task or how it begins. Don't take back the country. Take back your family. Start by deconstructing this paradigm. The generation gap…it is not a real thing. It never existed prior to the 1900s. The generation gap is nothing more than a construct of the twentieth century developed by progressives with the specific goal of breaking the bonds between parents and their children.
The key is in reestablishing your children as contributing and essential members of the family rather than citizens of the world. If you ask me, that is a revolutionary concept because that kind of declaration could be likened to the Monroe Doctrine, which might then say something like:
"We owe it, therefore, to candor and to the amicable relations existing between the Left and America's remaining free citizens to declare that we should consider any attempt on the part of Progressives to extend their system to any portion of this sphere of influence as dangerous to our peace and safety. With the existing dependencies of any Progressive institutions we have not interfered and shall not interfere. But with the families who have declared their independence and maintained it, and whose independence we have, on great consideration and on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any Progressive institution in any other light than as the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward freedom."
With that in mind, if you bought the smartphone and you pay for the data plan, the contents belong to you. It's within your rights under this Parental Doctrine to see your son's and daughter's playlist, to peruse his or her SnapChat account or Instagram account (that's right, folks. They're not on Facebook in any meaningful way. There are too many old people on Facebook. And by next month they won't be on Snapchat or Instagram either because children instinctively don't want to be noticed by their elders when they are misbehaving...) falls well under the parameters instituted by this Parental Doctrine.
If you really want to push the boundaries of freedom and take back your country, try this. Sit down with your child, his playlist and your computer. Go to YouTube and type into the search bar the name of the first song and artist on said playlist. Find the video and hit play and watch it together. When it is done, move on to the next one until the list is complete. Make your child see and hear the videos through your eyes and ears and note whether they sound as good to them after that.
It may be painful. It may be humiliating for the both of you, but that is the fastest and most effective way to educate your child about the pettiness of the progressive revolution. More importantly, it will demonstrate how important your child is to you and how little the progressive revolution actually cares about anything.