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|Monday, October 23rd, 2006|
I'm going to go on an extended bout of exposition here, but I think things like this might bring a bit of life back to this old place, so here goes.
Music has always been a means of political expression, From the days of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas about the caste and spoils systems in Great Britain to Toby Keith belting out the ballads of the American soldier, music has had poltical motivations. From the mid-60's on, politically motivated music appears to have been clearly dominated by liberal concerns. Songs protesting the war in Vietnam, draft practices, drug laws, and even urban development (Joni Mitchell's "Paved Paradise") blanketed the air waves and the 8-tracks of people everywhere. That is by no means meant to criticize these songs. They stand as wonderful expressions of music, and most of them are catchy as well. I can't listen to "Fortuante Son" by CCR without smiling. It is only meant to point out the historical predominance of songs with what we would call a liberal bent.
AS we look around today, we find that the evolution of music has given us one source of music that leans towards a more conservative mindset; country. Country music has evolved, mostly within the last 20 years, into a genre with a voice. Historically, this likely evolves out of country's tendency to hearken to our past, to look back fondly on the exploits of days gone by. This respect and admiration of our past is not present in most other genres. A respect of the past and of the ideals held before is also a hallmark of conservatism. It can be said that to some extent, part of a conservative mindset is to believe that there are parts of our past that our worth believing in and trying to hold onto. Country music gives this belief a musical voice.
Another aspect of country music, one less often talked about, is it's existence as one of the last bastions of the story song. Oftentimes, popular music, rather then telling a story, serves to repeatedly assail us with slogans or taglines. Country music, however, often creates a story, with characters, a plot, and a resolution. This also to some extent exists within a conservative mindset. Things have a beginning, middle, and end. There are no endless projects, no unsolvable problems, no acceptance of the status quo. Look at conservative foreign politics. There is always a stated goal, rather than continuing appeasement.
Therefore, the only purpose of this discussion was simply to point out my opinion as to why country music currently stands as one of the few, if not only, musical expression of conservative mindsets in that field. If you have any comment, feel free. If you're bored, feel free to tell me I'm wasting your time.
|Tuesday, October 10th, 2006|
Yeah...this community seems pretty dead. With school and the rest of life, I know I personally have trouble being a good moderator for it. Thanks for the interest at least...maybe I'll try to make my way back around in a week or so.
|Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005|
Well, hello all. I hope everyone who watches this place is having a wonderful, productive summer. I'm working at a local pizza place and doing some writing. Hopefully, if one of my projects pans out, I'll be plastering things about it everywhere and y'all will here about it too.
One the conservative side of things, the latest news that has me going is that Hillary Clinton wants to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Bless her heart. She will polarize her party even worse than it is currently. I fully believe that she will drive the moderates of the democratic party straight into the proud, welcoming arms of the Republican Party, especially if we field a strong moderate candidate, someone with a record akin to John McCain. Perhaps something to be thinking about is e-mailing our moderate senators and congressman encouraging them to make a play for the Republican nomination.
Anyways, that's my current update. One last thing for anyone who watches this site: Anyone interested in some sort of online meeting? A group chat through MSN Messenger, or something akin to that? Let me know if this interests anyone
Your Fearless Moderator.
|Wednesday, May 11th, 2005|
I haven't visited the community I created in a good long time, and I must say I'm slightly amazed. I didn't expect anyone to ever actually join. So first of all, thanks to all y'all that post. Secondly, I guess if people are listening, I better start talking lol. My name's Andy, I'm a college student in Seattle, From the Deep Blue state of Washington. Needless to say, fear is a part of my daily life lol. Unfortunately, that's all I really have time for now, I'm working on an essay currently. However, since there seems to be a modicome of interest in this community, I think planning will become something interesting to do soon...anyways, I'll return again soon.
|Tuesday, April 5th, 2005|
Gonzales to Defend Patriot Act Renewal
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is one among many Bush supporters and aides to his Regime that condoned the torture and unethical treatment of Iraqi POW's by our United States Military!
Critics of the USA Patriot Act want the kind of real debate they were denied when the sweeping anti-terrorism law was passed 45 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he's willing to accommodate them, but he wants all the law's expiring provisions to be renewed. Gonzales was headed to Capitol Hill on Tuesday no less determined than his predecessor to defend the Patriot Act against arguments that it intrudes into people's lives. But Gonzales is employing a softer tone than John Ashcroft while making the point that the law has helped prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. "The attorney general has said before that if there are suggestions that can add to the government's ability to root out terrorists and aid us in the war on terror, he will certainly work with Congress to do that," Gonzales spokesman Kevin Madden said. "He looks forward to a healthy discussion about those provisions." Gonzales was invited to testify Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. FBI Director Robert Mueller, who also wants full reauthorization of the Patriot Act, was to join Gonzales for his Senate appearance. The Patriot Act is the post-Sept. 11 law that expanded the government's surveillance and prosecutorial powers against suspected terrorists, their associates and financiers. Most of the law is permanent, but 15 provisions will expire in December unless renewed by Congress. On the same day Gonzales was to speak to the Senate committee, Sens. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., planned to reintroduce legislation designed to curb major parts of the Patriot Act that they say went too far.
"Cooler heads can now see that the Patriot Act went too far, too fast and that it must be brought back in line with the Constitution," said Gregory Nojeim, associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington legislative office. The ACLU is part of an unusual coalition of liberal and conservative groups, including the American Conservative Union, that have come together in a joint effort to lobby Congress to repeal key provisions of the Patriot Act. Among the controverisal provisions is a section permitting secret warrants for "books, records, papers, documents and other items" from businesses, hospitals and other organizations. That section is known as the "library provision" by its critics. While it does not specifically mention bookstores or libraries, critics say the government could use it to subpoena library and bookstore records and snoop into the reading habits of innocent Americans. The Bush administration has acknowledged using it only once. But the criticism has led five states and 375 communities in 43 states to pass anti-Patriot Act resolutions, the ACLU says.
Even some Republicans are concerned. Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has suggested it should be tougher for federal officials to use that provision. Gonzales already has agreed to two minor changes to the provision, and was expected to address those Tuesday, a Justice Department official said on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt Gonzales' testimony. He will support giving someone who receives a secret warrant under the provision the right to consult a lawyer and challenge the warrant in court, and will back slightly tightening the standard for issuing subpoenas, the official said. Neither change addresses the central concern of opponents, which is that it allows the government to seize records of people who are not suspected terrorists or spies.
Critics say the law allows the government to target certain groups, but the Justice Department counters that no Patriot Act-related civil rights abuses have been proven. Just in case, Craig and Durbin want Congress to curb both expiring and nonexpiring parts of the Patriot Act, including the expiring "library" provision and "sneak and peek" or delayed notification warrants. Those warrants — which will not expire in December — allow federal officials to search suspects' homes without telling them until later. The Justice Department said federal prosecutors have asked for 155 such warrants since 2001. Gonzales also notes that the law has been used in non-terrorism cases. For example, federal officials used it to track over the Internet a woman who ultimately confessed to strangling an 8-months-pregnant woman and cutting the fetus from her womb. Current Mood: annoyed
|Friday, December 10th, 2004|
just checking in, nobody has said much lately in here... but i'll ask something...? Has anyone seen "FarenHYPE 9/11"? or "Celsuis 18"? I heard that those were good docs... so if you have share your opinion...
heather Current Mood: accomplished
|Monday, November 29th, 2004|
|Friday, October 22nd, 2004|
Get the Vote Out!!!!
I am just encouraging all eligible voters to get out and vote and make a difference....
Heather Current Mood: mad
|Sunday, October 3rd, 2004|
the new kid
hey i am a new member i justed joined... i thought this community seemed interesting... so yeah anyways... I thought Kerry did a good job at the debate but in the after-math when debate analyst talked about the debate showing how kerry was not totally clear about his position on Iraq, seeming a little wish-washy anyways... I like Kerry but i think everyone just needs to get their facts straight...
heather Current Mood: thinking
|Friday, October 1st, 2004|
Kerry wins Round 1
John Kerry officially handed the ass of George W. Bush to the GOP during last night's debate. Current Mood: accomplished
|Thursday, September 2nd, 2004|
|Sunday, July 4th, 2004|
Happy 4th of July.. Celebrate our great Country. Remember all of our troops who are in great danger. Let all of us pray before we eat our grilled food. Current Mood: accomplished
|Friday, July 2nd, 2004|
Why I am the way I am.
I am a 29 year old half Native American / half Caucasian Man. I have a four-year degree in Business Management Communications from Ohio University. From the time that I was brought into this world. I was raised as a Republican. I was force-fed their ideology, their methodology, their logic, their side of what was really going on, and oh yes; I was poisoned by the lies. I walked around for 24 years of my life with the pre-conceived notion that everything that I knew to be true was all that there could possibly be. I was the first in line to bash Clinton; I was present during local Republican conventions, I defended Dan Quayle's illiteracy without really reading about it for myself. I believed that abortion in any form was murder
(now I can accept life or death situations, but I do not accept it as a method of birth control). Don't get me wrong, I'm still very conservative in many of my views and opinions; however I have unplugged myself from the Neo-Fascist Ultra-Conservative spinning wheel that's known as the Bush Regime. In the 2000 election I voted for the first time as a Democrat; I have to admit, I had that sinking feeling the entire time that I was doing something wrong. The reason I changed my political way of thinking is a direct result of life experiences
(try being a college Graduate who's first real job collapses due to a dead economy only to be left without a job for five and half months; then having to take another job that pays much less); becoming informed by sources other than FOX News, and researching everything for myself. While I was in college I took the liberty of drafting an essay on the Appalachian Consumer and the level of poverty that consumes the rural area that I call home. Upon my research my tune quickly changed as I became aware of how Nixon's policies, Reagan's policies and George Bush Sr's policies severely damaged the economic strength and stability of middle and rural America. These men who were our elected officials and claimed to be servants of the people and by the people were standing on the very backs of those who helped to shape this fine land. Now George W. Bush has been handed the same torch to burn us with. I know for a fact that the founding fathers of this country are rolling in their graves as I'm writing this due to their disgust with Bush and his policies; and I know that Bush and his Regime will continue to wrap themselves within a shield of fake morality and Christianity in order to impose our Western Democracy on every country that resists or is deemed as an evil threat. I know that in 2000 the election was bought and paid for my the Corporate American Whore that Bush is sleeping with; my only hope is that his whore will grow weary of their partnership and allow us to have our Democracy back. I will not be voting Bush in 2004! Current Mood: crushed
It was brought to my attention yesterday that the link for my community within my last post was not working. This time it will.
There's still time to join my new community; Open Mind Society. Within this community you are free to post info on the War in Iraq, the Bush / Bin Laden Conspiracy, what our Government is really up to. Current events, the latest News, and you are also more than welcome to vent, gripe, bitch, complain, and oh yes "piss and moan" about Society, Politics, World Leaders, Big Business Whores, and the upcoming Presidential Election. I urge everyone to join. Our voices must be heard. Current Mood: chipper
|Thursday, July 1st, 2004|
Open Mind Society
There's still time to join my new community; Open Mind Society. Within this community you are free to post info on the War in Iraq, the Bush / Bin Laden Conspiracy, what our Government is really up to. Current events, the latest News, and you are also more than welcome to vent, gripe, bitch, complain, and oh yes "piss and moan" about Society, Politics, World Leaders, Big Business Whores, and the upcoming Presidential Election. I urge everyone to join. Our voices must be heard. Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, June 8th, 2004|
We're open for business
Well, good morning everyone! I and my friend, Bubbles, manage and moderate this communtity (which really means me, Kelso, manages while he sleeps). Anyways, we hope that as those conservatives out there who fear to speak out about their views, or anyone with something to say, will stumble onto this community and let their voice be heard. At the very least, it should be fun.