Mother, do you think they’ll drop the bomb?
Mother, do you think they’ll like this song?
Mother, do you think they’ll try to break my balls?
Ooh, aah, mother, should I build the wall?
Mother, should I run for president?
Mother, should I trust the government?
Mother, will they put me in the firing line?
Ooh, aah, is it just a waste of time?
Hush now, baby, baby, don’t you cry
Mama’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true
Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you
Mama’s gonna keep you right here under her wing
She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing
Mama’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm.
I used to have one of those Life is Good t-shirts. Not sure what happened to it. Washed out, worn out, became too small as I became too large. All possibilities. I’m glad it’s gone. I’d be ashamed to wear it these days. Not because MY life isn’t good, but the current state of affairs in this country leads me to believe that life isn’t good for far too many people.
We seem to be in dangerous times again. We have a “leader” who wants to govern via Twitter and is content as long as no one questions his patriotic right to make tons of money off his presidency. Our public educational system, environmental and workplace safeties, and hard fought civil rights are all under attack, and nuclear threats are bandied about on social media under the guise of normalcy. We have people with proven past ties to White Nationalist organizations serving as White House “advisors”, southern states again saber rattling about secession, responsible news agencies being labeled as “Fake News”, and outright lies are now called “Alternative Facts”.
Hard to argue that the actions of our current administration haven’t empowered, or at least failed to dissuade the deplorable actions we are witnessing these days. One such incident began yesterday and is currently playing out in Charlottesville, Virginia. A group calling themselves “Alt-Right Activists” are holding a demonstration near and on the University of Virginia campus. The “activists” carried tiki-torches, wore KKK outfits, waved Confederate flags, flashed Nazi salutes and shouted anti semite and racial slurs. (No word yet on where or when the cross burning will take place.) And yes, this display was planned, approved and perfectly within their 1st Amendment rights. But that doesn’t diminish the fact that their views are repugnant.
NOTE: As I’m writing this, reports are coming in that the “event” has turned violent with clashes between the Nazis (call them how they choose to appear) and counter protestors. Injuries are reported and arrests being made. Just another day of “Making America Great Again.”
Yes, my life is good. But that doesn’t stop me from worrying about the lives of my children and grandchildren. One can only hope they’ll survive these times and do their best to right the many wrongs currently infesting this country and indeed the world.
Roger Waters wrote the lyrics to Mother 38 years ago. They were relevant at the time. They shouldn’t be relevant now.