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July 12, 2008

Dude where’s my music?

I haven’t heard a remotely decent record in so long. Well scratch that, I picked up Lupe Fiasco’s latest offering, “The Cool”, about two months ago and that was hot. I also got Lil Wayne’s “Carter III” and I honestly wasn’t that impressed. Maybe it was because it had already been over hyped on the airwaves. Either way, I am yet to sit through the whole album.

The problem with music these days is that it has lost track of its most powerful pull; the ability to relate and be related to. You see, when 2pac was talking about the “Rose that grew out of the concrete” we all knew what he was talking about. On the other hand, I have never made it “rain on any hoes” a la Fat Joe and I can’t dream of owning a Maybach (shout out to Rick Ross). Hip hop may not be dying but it is definitely on life support. This goes past hip hop though. Lets take a look at some award winning lyrics from a recent R & B hit by Ray-J “Sexy Can I”.

Sexy can I, just pardon my manners. Girl how you shake it, got a playa like (ohhhh) It’s a kodak moment, let me go and get my camera All I wanna no is, sexy can I. Sexy can I, hit it from the front, then I hit it from the back. know you like it like that. then we take it to the bed, then we take it to the floor then we chill for a second, then were back at it for more.

Ladies, you swooning yet? Someone should tell my man Ray that R & B stands for Rhythm and Blues. I am just tired of waiting for someone to make something that is well thought out and shows more than minimal effort. I miss the days when rap, hip hop, and rock tried to change the world. Those days when musicians held a mirror up to society and raged “against the machine”. Maybe I am just getting old but that was music. These days music like that is only found deep, deep, underground and I am not in the mood to dig. Well, maybe I’ll make a record.

June 23, 2008

Bush is our problem

George Bush’s failures as a President have been well documented. You can find a discussion of his incompetence in thousands of blogs, nearly every barber shop in the country, thousands of books, newscasts and political demonstrations. I am not here to try to discuss his merits as a leader of men; I am here to remind us of our role in creating him.

If Bush is so bad–and most people insist that he is–how come we elected him? Last time I checked, this is supposed to be a democracy. A system supposedly built on the ideals that the people should decide who their head man will be. And we did decide, we decided that he was a better option than both Vice President Al Gore and Senator John Kerry. So why then do people act like Bush was always acting alone? I have heard a lot of rhetoric about how unqualified he is. Did Bush then become unqualified overnight?

Of course not. Bush has always been himself. Had we done our homework, we would have realized that. His track record both as Governor of Texas and his stint in charge of various companies is public record. His time at Yale and the decisions he made as a younger man are also notoriously easy to find. My point is, there isn’t and wasn’t an elaborate web of deceit. Has Bush lied a lot? Of course he has. But one would be naive to think that he was or is the only President to have lied. Go back in history and you will find that quite a few Presidents have lied.

The reason we focus on his deception so much is to mask the fact that we were enablers. We want to believe that we signed off on the war in Iraq because we were deceived that there were “weapons of mass destruction”. This is simply not true. I never was okay with the war in Iraq and I got the same information that many other people did. There are also other people who didn’t support the Iraqi invasion including Colin Powell who was a key player in those days. No, the support for the war was because a majority of people in this country thought it would be easy. Go in, pop off a few bombs, win the war, find the weapons of mass destruction and then come home to a hero’s welcome. Had we just stopped to think, we would have realized just how difficult it would be to acheive that. We’d realize that Iraq had a history of Civil War and that it was going to become our problem. We’d find out that Iraq is mostly desert and that it would be difficult to wage and win a war in such conditions. We would have known that Bush’s father, George Bush Sr. who conducted Desert Storm, was against this invasion. Most importantly we would have let the United Nations do their jobs. But we didn’t because we never did our part.

Does this excuse those who didn’t vote at all? No because their vote or lack of a vote helped ensure that things ended up the way they are right now. If they didn’t like the two main candidates from the two main parties, there were other options. They could have made their voices heard in other ways too. They never did though and the rest as they say, is history.

It is the job of the people to police the government. We failed woefully the past eight years and for things to be any better, we need to realize that. We should stop waiting for the government or a savior to ride in and save us. It is past time for us to look in the mirror and realize that no matter who is in office, we ought to keep them accountable. Bush might be a monster, but we created that monster. Doesn’t that just make you proud?