Skinhead Hate Rock Prays on Weak Minds While Lowering the Standards of the Word “Music”

Music can create powerful emotions.  Cheap AM radio bubblegum songs can evoke memories of your first high school love.  Mahler’s 5th can bring even a novice music lover to weep aloud.  Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ can sooth the fears of the dying.  ‘Amazing Grace’ is capable of making atheists, agnostics and true-believers alike turn to hide a tear, even when played on an un-listenable instrument like the bagpipes.  Music is undeniably a powerful force, mostly for the greater good.

Last year a neocon political candidate in the Midwestern United States used punk rock music to spread his word endorsing hate and prejudice in an effort to reach gullible younger voters easily swayed with or without music.  I forget the neocon politician’s name, but I do recall that he lost in the primaries.  Just as well not to use his name, as his message was hate, and people who spread hate should all have their names forgotten forever.

The appalling mass murder sprees that have overtaken this country now have a connection to music.  That connection seems illogical unless you happen to be goosestepping along humming “Tomorrow Belongs to Me.”  The latest murder rampage cruelly spent the lives of six Sikhs in a Milwaukee-area temple – killed by a forty year old melon-brained skinhead with links to white supremest groups.  Groups that spread their “message” (such as it is) by way of “rock music.”  These groups also use hate-rock as a recruiting tool:  Tools recruiting ‘tools’ if you will.  Impressionable minds devoid of proper guidance may at first be attracted to merely the loud “sound and the beat” but it’s the lyrics that are deadly.  I don’t care if it’s white supremest rock or black gangsta rap, as there’s little difference between the genres insofar as both are counter productive and for the most part sophomoric – except to those who don’t know any better.

A comment was made to me that “perhaps the shooter mistook the Sikhs for Muslims, you know, because they both wear turbans.”  As if that was some kind of justifiable error.  For Christ’s sake Grace Kelly wore turbans.

The Sikhs are a peaceful faith who’s doctrine is based on lending a helping hand to their fellow man.  It doesn’t matter to knuckleheads (like the now dead shooter) that the people he killed would have offered him food and shelter as that is the tenet of their faith.  The shooter proved nothing aside from one more glaring example of why the NRA needs to be bitch-slapped into submission and fast.  When the founding fathers wrote the 2nd Amendment granting us the right to bear arms, automatic weapons were not yet dreamed-of – there were only front loading muskets, and that’s a big distinction.  No private citizen needs the kind of firepower used in our nation’s recent history of shameful killing sprees:  Especially when the murderer is a mentally unbalanced skinhead with a dishonorable military discharge.  But we were talking about music.  I’ve quoted the song “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” on this blog before and I’ll probably quote it again….  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, melody by Richard Rodgers from the musical, “South Pacific” and the subject and irony of that song is prejudice through brainwashing.  It’s a short little song, direct and to the point, written nearly a half century ago but it still rings true today:

You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!

4 thoughts on “Skinhead Hate Rock Prays on Weak Minds While Lowering the Standards of the Word “Music”

  1. HEY!!! Bagpipes are NOT “un-listenable”! I have played them for decades and find a wide ranging audience appreciating the glorious music! >:-{ I used to make a decent amount of money playing, like 1/2 hours work piping the Dartmouth College Alumni Parade each year earned me lunch and $100.00. Have to educate you heathens around here!
    As for the rest, well, we already know that we disagree on the 2nd Amendment, and that I would fight tooth and nail to defend your right to believe my right to own arms should be curtailed. You have a right to your beliefs. My belief is that it doesn’t matter if it’s muskets or rocket launchers, dead is dead, and the reason the Founding Fathers felt we should have arms is to defend ourselves, NOT from robbers, but from the Government, and doing it with muskets when they have rocket launchers, F-16’s and M1-A2 Abrams tanks, well, not practical. The answer isn’t to make all forms of weapons illegal, but make certain people banned from owning any form of weapon. If the psych analysis that had shown Jared Lee Loughner was insane BEFORE he’d even tried to buy his guns had been accessible, then he’d never have been allowed to buy them. But his “privacy” about his level as a public menace trumped public safety. We ALL have a publicly accessible ID. It should have not only felonies or major misdemeanors listed, but any medical information that would show we are a threat to others.Schizophrenia, psychosis, etc, or outbursts that threaten peoples safety should be where authorities can check when a background check for firearms is requested. Granted, that would not have helped the Sikhs. Unfortunately, being a Skinhead idiot is neither illegal, nor considered insanity. Maybe there needs to be an expansion of “insanity” to include harmful bigotry. (Hey, wouldn’t that rule out Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum from politics???) We have a system that is in dire need of repair. Shutting the system down is as bad a solution as the NRA’s answer to make the path to gun ownership the Autobahn with no “speed” limits. The trite truism that “if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns” is still accurate. And there are NEVER enough police to protect everyone. It is a fact that there are more cases in this country of responsible gun owners protecting their shops and homes from assault and robbery than there are of the mass shootings like Aurora and the Sikh temple. As for the more common single murders, they would happen anyway, but without firearms other weapons would be used. Not counting, of course, that many of the murders are with guns that are owned illegally anyway. Someday, I think a few sane, wise, people with true integrity, and a lack of ties to NRA or the gun industry should sit and hammer out a rational, reasonable legislation to enact at a federal level that can make gun ownership less problematic in this nation. Maybe someone can also find a way to do something about the culture of violence in this nation that glorifies fighting, explosions, death etc, to the point that so-called sports like wrestling, boxing, cage-fighting, dog-fighting, cock fights, football and hockey (all just brutality with a minor amount of rules and a uniform) are so popular. Switzerland would be a perfect model. Calm, peaceful, little violence, and ALL adult males are required to own military grade weaponry and be trained in its use. Don’t invade Switzerland, you’ll really be fucked by the populace! and not in the good way. But visit? You’ll be really safe, and treated courteously.

  2. We aren’t as far apart on this subject as you think. I don’t want a gun, and I’d be uncomfortable knowing my neighbors had one, but it wouldn’t push me toward purchasing one myself. I figure when my time is up, my time is up. I don’t want to reverse laws that allow licensed and background-checked people from owning guns. That said, everything from an ancient gatling gun to n AK-47 are best kept OUT of the hands of the general public. This is what is leading to so much chaos and death.

    • If someone is mentally healthy and not a violent criminal, there is no reason for them not to own anything they want, because the general public is not going to be at risk. I could own anything up to a small tactical nuke, but there would be no reason for anyone to feel unsafe about it. CONGRESS on the other hand,,,,,,,,,

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