Music To Vote By
Today we head to the polling booths to make history, and to show the Democrats in power that they cannot ignore the will of the American electorate without suffering the consequences. I’ve been waiting for this day ever since March, when ObamaCare was passed, and I’m looking forward to finally meting out some punishment.
If you haven’t already voted early, then today’s the day — time to psych yourself up, and there are few better ways to do that than with music. Here are some songs I’ll be blasting on the car stereo on my way to the polls:
1. Muse – Uprising
This has been a favorite of a few of my fellow tea partiers, and with good reason: not only is it chock full of revolutionary rhetoric; it was written, at least in part, in response to the 2008 financial bailouts. I wouldn’t be so naïve as to characterize frontman Matthew Bellamy as a conservative (he supposedly dabbled in trutherism, although he later denied it, claiming he simply had an interest in conspiracy theories), but he isn’t necessarily a liberal either: he describes himself as a libertarian who would like to see a constitution introduced to his native Britain in order to limit government power.
Whatever Bellamy’s political loyalties, it’s hard to find lyrics that resonate with the tea party movement as well as these. If you’re sick of liberal condescension and sneering ridicule, this is the song for you.
2. Oingo Boingo – Capitalism
How many full-throated defenses of the free market are put to music? This cut from Oingo Boingo’s 1981 debut album is often mischaracterized as satire. The truth, according to a 1982 interview with frontman Danny Elfman, is that it was written in response to many punk bands’ embrace of socialism:
“I’d been hearing a lot of music from England. Gangs of Four. The Clash. It was all ‘Socialism forever’ and ‘bring down the government.’ I thought it was ironic that any group would praise a socialist form of government that wouldn’t let them play the type of music that they do. There isn’t any socialist government that wouldn’t consider it hooligan music”
Well said, and it’s hard to find a lyric that gets to the point better than the refrain:
You’re just a middle-class socialist brat
from a suburban family
and you’ve never really had to work
3. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Taxman
Austin, Texas, is often thought of as a liberal stronghold, so it may seem surprising to hear the Texas capitol’s greatest blues guitar hero delivering a cranked version of this Beatles classic about being crushed under the weight of excessive taxation. But Stevie was no fool. This one goes out to supporters of Dr. Donna Campbell, the physician running to unseat liberal taxman Lloyd Doggett (who you may remember getting run out of his own town hall meeting) in TX-25.
4. Rush – 2112
Rush’s epic masterpiece denouncing collectivism is a must. Though the band’s devotion to Ayn Rand is often overstated, she was a crucial influence on their early work, and 2112, based loosely on Rand’s short story, “Anthem,” was the breakthrough record that brought them to prominence, as well as bought their independence from record label meddling — appropriate, considering the song’s message of individualism.
The 20-minute song has five movements; this is the intro, but you’ll want to skip to the Grand Finale when election results start coming in. “Attention all planets of the Solar Federation: We have assumed control. We have assumed control. We have assumed control.”
As a bonus, Rush’s vehemently anti-union song, The Trees, is also worth a listen.
Let’s do this, everybody. Get out there and vote.