Published January 13, 2015
Neil Young, the Canadian singer who has been living in the U.S. for the last 40 years, has released a new album taking a shot at President Bush and the war in Iraq.
It's called "Living With War."
The line that struck me was, "I never bow to the laws of the thought police."
Another song is called "Let's Impeach the President." Impeach him for lying, impeach him for misleading us into war, for spying on people inside their own homes.
Debates with musicians are always problematical. You may have reason on your side, but they've got the rhythm section and the lead guitar. Hard to beat that.
Then there's Pink. She's got a new song called "Mr. President" in which she imagines taking a walk with the president and discussing war, No Child Left Behind, and asks him how he can live with himself.
I'm all for artists speaking out. I lived through the '60s, too. In fact, I worked in the music business back then, and everybody was against war. That was because we started a war we didn't have to. Everybody knew that.
Things are different nowadays for me.
When I think of the war, I think of Flight 93. I wonder if Neil Young and Pink are going to go see that. I wonder if they would accept free tickets from me.
In fact, Zarqawi promised just a day or two ago that the worst is yet to come.
Wonder if they listen to Neil Young and Pink? Doubt it.
Think they would spare Neil Young and Pink while they killed the rest of us because, after all, Neil Young and Pink are against war and want peace?
If Zarqawi and bin Laden are against Bush, they must be against war, right?
You might think so if all you listened to was Neil Young and Pink.
The last song on Young's "Living With War" is "America the Beautiful." Unlike the Reconquista crowd, Neil Young didn't change the words. He sings the words as they have always been sung, but you get the feeling that now — on his album "Living With War" — they are an indictment, an accusation.
"America the beautiful, purple mountain majesties. Amber waves of grain from sea to shining sea."
The idea is that in Iraq we have turned our backs on America's ideals.
Young and Pink are angry and sad. 9/11 is a distant memory. They don't feel threatened by anybody but our own president.
This is what it has come to. They are forgetful. They have amnesia. They blame the wrong leaders. They are proud of their opposition. And they couldn't be more wrong.
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