Peace Sells, Who’s Buying?

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Peace SellsSort of another nostalgia trip.  This post is inspired by the lyrics in a song I used to once rock out too.  It has been stuck in my head since yesterday and I started thinking about the things said in the song.  While it’s the hard music I used to listen to as a teenager, I never really paid much attention to the message.  I was too young, wild and free to care.  Times certainly have changed for me.  I now listen to more upbeat rock like Boys Like Girls, Paramore and such.  Back in my younger years it was Poison, Megadeth, Judas Priest and Mötley Crüe.

The world itself has changed too, but when it comes to politics, not a lot has really changed.  Every president is the worst ever according to the masses.  The same general conflicts of there is always someone threatening us or one of our friends and we always seem to be on a mission of peace.  Even if that means killing others to keeps said peace.  And lets not forget the billions of dollars we spend on helping other countries in one form or another when we can’t even take care of our own problems.  There are too many problems to list, but health care, starvation and lunatic control are among them.  Notice I said lunatic control and not gun control.  Just so we’re clear where I stand on that.

Lets look at some of the lyrics of Megadeth’s – Peace Sells.

And, what do you mean, “I don’t pay my bills”?
Why do you think I’m broke? Huh?

There are far too many Americans who can’t find a job or support their families on the meager wages they make.  I for one, hate on the days I pick and choose who gets what and how much.  I’m sick to death of living out of a box as it is, and I still sometimes find it hard to keep paying medical and medicine bills.

What do you mean, “I ain’t kind”?
I’m just not your kind.

While I find most of this new found obsession with Bullying to be utter nonsense, and that there is an abundance of jerks and pansies for children these days.  My generation also had bullies.  We dealt with it either by using our brains or finding a way to knock the shit out of the offending pricks rather than crying about it or hurting ourselves over it.  However, kids today have no fear of reprisal.  So when someone is different, they are quick to point it out.  Whether in a polite or impolite manner.  Generally the latter.  Many kids today have no manners at all.   I was introduced to someone’s child a few days ago.  I said, “Very nice to meet you.”.  The child’s reply was, “Meh.” as they turned their head away in disgust.  The parent did nothing about it, nor said anything to the child about how rude that was.  Kind of makes me want to beat a parent.  It also makes me so proud that all my kids have excellent manners.

What do you mean, “I couldn’t be the president of the United States of America”?
Tell me something, it’s still “We the people”, right?

The song goes on to say anyone could be the President, but I honestly think that might not be true.  Though the chorus I believe in fully.  I think things need to change.  But for some reason, if you really look at history, not a whole lot has changed as far as politics go.  Sure technology has, but the same old arguments of money, health care, food, immigration, conflicts, terrorism are all still there and likely will continue to be.

If there’s a new way
I’ll be the first in line,
But, it better work this time.

If you can get past the nauseating camera work and quick scene changes, the words have a hell of a message.

Now if we could just get scientists to stop improving nature and food, perhaps we’d all be healthier.  Between food additives and crossbreeding or subduing animals…  Yeesh…