There is nothing quite so sublime as your first fresh kill. You look down at the lifeless beast and chills of exaltation course through your body.
Oh to be an innocent little girl again, frolicking among nature’s bounty!
“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
(Samuel Johnson, Essayist and Poet)
It’s nice to know that in a contemporary art world filled with posers, pretense and brazen commodification, one can still come across works of genuine beauty and power.
After 71 years in this place, social critic and chronicler George Carlin has moved on to the next thing. One small example of his fury and vision can be seen is his take on American education and opportunity in this excerpt from his Who Really Controls America.
Protect the Kids When Driving to the Mall.
We salute the beautifully generic values found in the ads of all the wonderfully generic companies. They really are improving the world.
Originally expressed as poetry by Kendra Eash in McSweeney’s.
“A new world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
(Arundhati Roy, Indian writer and activist)
Meanwhile remain absolutely passive.
Let’s conduct an experiment. You and a million other young men are playing Halo 3, a popular first-person shooter video game. Only you have chosen to use “xxxGayBoyxxx” as your gamer tag. What could possibly be the response?
Another admirable investigation into primate behavior in America.
The American Air Force offers some bitching ideas on how you can make your mark in the world!
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
(Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953)
So often artists don’t care about the world. But once in a great while, someone special arises that transfixes us with their art, their heart and their soaring vision.
That someone is Kid Rock. Brilliant writer, singer, patriot, poet, his latest masterwork is for the American National Guard. It may quite possible be the most powerful work of art in all history.
Just watch the video. When he sings, “If you ain’t gonna fight, get out of the way. Cause freedom ain’t so free, when you breathe red, white and blue,” it’s impossible not to get chills.