Punk Blogging

I’ve been think about how my boomer generation sold out to a large degree. Too many of the peace & love hippies & yippies became Wall Street type yuppies.  Even yippie, Jerry Rubin turned into a business man yuppie. Jerry went from believing in a peace and love revolution to stating that,”wealth creation was the real American revolution.” Jerry got involved in multi-level marketing of nutritional supplements. On November 14, 1994, he was hit by a car while jaywalking near his $5,000 per month LA penthouse apartment. Too many working-class people I knew sold out and became “Reagan Democrats.” Now some members of my generation have become Koch Brother controlled astroturf teabaggers. I was at the tail end of the hippies and related much more to the punk movement. Punk rock was about creating your own songs dealing with the issues in society. It was about not relying on big record labels but about creating your own label. It was about being a do it yourself culture. Think about it and you’ll see that is what the internet and blogging is all about! I encourage you to become punk bloggers and add your two cents about the issues in this crazy world. If the Luddite Elecpencil can do this I know you can.

Thinking about those folks in my past that I feel sold out I wrote this poem:

                                                                      No Pockets in a Shroud

I knew her back in the day.

The time when she was

a rebel with unlimited causes.

Her heart burned

like a spotlight,

with a beam dedicated

to love, beauty and justice.

She was an inspiration to all.

That quickly changed

after graduating college

as she became a top executive

who now spent 24/7

working on her success.

She drove a BMW

that in her college years

she would have stated

stood for, big money wasted.

She had a huge mansion

and traveled the world.

At her funeral service

statements were made about

her compassion, generosity,

dignity and sense of justice

that touched so many lives.

I noted how these comments

were all made by college friends

that knew her from the old days

before she became a do anything

to get ahead business woman.

The comments baffled all of her

business associates who couldn’t

speak well of her because she became

someone just a ruthless as them.

It’s funny no one made comments

about the things she has accumulated

or about all the money she had

or how very thin she was.

Her coffee and cigarette diet

led to the anorexia

that had killed her.

She just wanted to be perfect.

How sad that to all of us

that knew her decades ago

she already was.

 

R.I.P. Bill Morrissey (November 25, 1951 – July 23, 2011) a singer of the harsh realities of life.

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23rd Street

As far as remembering 9/11 I agree with this Ted Rall article.

I’ll never forgive the idiots that made these 9/11 quotes:

“When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.” ~ Glenn Beck

I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.'”–Jerry Falwell, late televangelist (died in 2007)

“Thank God for 9/11. Thank God that, five years ago, the wrath of God was poured out upon this evil nation. America, land of the sodomite damned… The deadly events of 9/11 were direct outpourings of divine retribution, the immediate visitation of God’s wrath and vengeance and punishment for America’s horrendous sodomite sins.”–Fred Phelps, controversial pastor and head of Westboro Baptist Church

                                                  

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2 responses to “Punk Blogging

  1. Jim Jordan

    Yes, Jim, unfortunately many people sell out to greed.Live humbly. We need to do for others, cherish a simple life and just share and care.

  2. elecpencil

    Couldn’t agree more JJ. Sadly, you don’t realize you don’t need the trappings of life until you’re older and wiser like us. I couldn’t be happier to find someone with the same name that agrees on so many things! Life is funny but very cool.

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