I’ve had this inescapable feeling of deja vu over the last two years. Suddenly, it feels like it’s the Reagan era all over again. Now this is probably not that surprising, as many of the members of Bush’s administration were in Reagan’s too and their agendas haven’t changed all that much. Reagan and his cronies made it real easy to raise your fist in protest, and Bush’s administration is the exact same way. Worse, in some ways. Reagan’s trumped up war (Grenada) was small potatoes compared to Iraq.
What I find funny is how many 20 year old punk rock songs have become entirely relevant again. Take, for instance, Paid Vacation by the Circle Jerks.
I hope you’re having fun
where’s your uniform? where’s your gun?
better rub on that suntan lotion
’cause you’ll be fighting in the desert
it’s another oil company scam
better salute that flag for Uncle Sam
get your money out, place your bets
fix bayonets, check grenades
got enough bullets
got enough rounds to wipe out this place?
Were the infantry and the cavalry
parachutes fill the sky and bodies burn and people die
Or how about Buy This War by one of my favorite all time band, Articles of Faith?
So you say I got a choice
It looks the same to me
Exchange your culture exchange your tactics
Exchange your weaponry
Exchange your borders for spheres of hatred
And national security
Exchange your life consume this war
Sell it all to me
Stockpiles sit and wait for victims
No advertising cost
Vacations for free in jungle fatigues
The newest price is sacrifice
But practice what you preach
The end it looks the same to me
When no one leaves alive
National security is what we need to feel free
Someone’s gonna bleed
Buy this war
Buy my life
Buy this war
Pay to die
Frontman Vic Bondi obviously agrees. He’s just released an EP with two new solo songs, backed up with AOF classics Buy This War and American Dreams. I’m going to have to track that down.