Remember when it was cool to be “anti-establishment?” In the 1960s, antiestablishmentarianism found its footing in the United States as a reaction to the Vietnam War, manifesting itself demonstrably with “Make Love, Not War” hippies, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” LSD advocacy, Black Panthers, 2nd-wave feminism, the gay liberation movement, and . . . all things rock-n-roll.
Rock-n-roll had a head start, back in the 50s, with Little Richard’s and Elvis’ sexually suggestive lyrics and stage performances. The 60s British Invasion rattled American parents and politicians with the long hair, distorted guitars, and anti-war messages. Rockers on both sides of the Atlantic didn’t care about which political party was in charge. They aimed their anti-establishment lyrics at both LBJ and Nixon, here, and at the Labor Party and Maggie Thatcher, over there. They even protested and rioted at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Despite the distractions of bubble-gum pop, yacht rock, and disco, the late 70s punk of The Sex Pistols, Ramones, and The Clash revived the anti-establishment genome of rock-n-roll with a vengeance. The 80s glam and hair metal bands were the hedonistic essence of “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll” until they yielded the stage to Seattle grunge’s nihilistic “don’t give a shit” attitude. Spandex and glitter gave way to flannel and Dr. Martens, as the teased and sprayed-high hair became unwashed and oily. Despite the marketing success of the “grunge” appellation, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice and Chains, and Pearl Jam all hated the term — preferring to just be known as simply “rock-n-roll” bands. (Anti-anti-establishment?)
Punk managed to remain anti-establishment through the 80s and until Green Day’s 10-million selling Dookie earned them the label of “sell-outs.” Was it their fault more than a small handful of rebellious loyalists liked their music? Either way, to be that BIG was grounds for turning in your anti-establishment membership card. (I was at England’s famed Reading Festival in 1995, where Green Day headlined the main stage. The Foo Fighters were just about to release their first album, and I saw them in a small, tented side stage. I looked at our drummer and said, “That’s . . . that’s . . . that’s the dude from Nirvana!” Having no idea who they were.)
Where are they today? It seems all those antiestablishmentarianists grew up and fully embraced the BIG. Especially BIG government. More specifically, the BIGGEST of all establishment philosophies: Marxism.
Just this week, both Bruce Springsteen and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee have declared they will leave America if Trump is reelected, preferring the candidate who has told us he will mandate COVID-19 vaccines, masks, lockdowns, as well as implement the Green New Deal — a stated and de facto nationalization of the entire US energy sector. The candidate whose puppet masters are all neo-Marxists, fascist oligarchs, and a myriad of self-professed communist identity groups across the entire far left political spectrum.
Remember when these guys were staunchly anti-war? George W. Bush unleashed our war machine on 11 countries. Obama added another nine more to that list. Biden voted for, as a Senator, or supported all of those incursions, as Obama’s VP. How many has Trump added to that list? ZERO.
Who are they listening to for their news and information? BIG media. NYTimes/WaPo/CBS/ABC/NBC/CNN/NPR et al. It seems far too many rockers are now siding with the establishment voices. By contrast, Trump calls those voices the “enemy of the American people” and “fake news.” (He’s right, you know.)
For all Trump’s faults and shortcomings — and they are too many to mention — his most redeeming quality has been his penchant for upsetting the establishment apple cart. Meanwhile, hundreds of establishment Republican leaders are now also backing Biden: John Kasich, Christine Todd Whitman, Colin Powell — to name a few — including more than 70 former national security officials who worked for GOP administrations. (Hmmm. I wonder why?) 225 officials and at least 152 other alumni of the George W. Bush administration have formed a super PAC supporting Biden. The list goes on and on.
Still, there are more than a few of us who were solidly #NeverTrump in 2016 who have been able to look past his nonsensical Tweet storms, exaggerated self-aggrandizements, drunken sailor spending, and, frankly . . . do ALL the math. Firstly, and most importantly, Trump is now the only viable line in the sand we have against the communist insurgency of today’s Democratic Party. Add to that his Mideast peace deals, deescalation of militarism, 1st and 2nd Amendment support, business deregulation, energy independence, criminal justice reform, largest minority employment in history, and his ability to stare down an unprecedented major media and POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT assault of lies and hypocrisy against his Presidency.
I will not be voting early or by mail-in ballot. I enjoy the traditionalism of casting my ballot on Election Day. But, I will not be “holding my nose” to vote for Trump on November 3rd. My vote will be an attempt to “hold the line” against the #DemocraticDeathCult who has as its design to destroy all remaining vestiges of the American Experiment, The Bill of Rights, and liberty itself. While Trump may be only half of the liberty-minded president we need, that half is still 100% greater than what the Democratic establishment has in mind for us.
At least I’m not alone. Just this week, The Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten was seen in New Orleans wearing a red Make America Great Again t-shirt. Even though, as a US citizen since 2013, he’d previously voted for both Obama and for Hillary, he pithily explained his reason for voting for Trump:
“I’d be daft as a brush not to.”
Rotten also supported #Brexit in his home country. Still anti-establishment to his punk-god core.