Daily Archives: 11/03/2004

The Cycle of Democracy

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.

–Alexander Tyler, 1778

eMOTIVe

Well, one good thing did happen yesterday– A Perfect Circle’s new album (covers & a couple originals) came out. It is *really* good. Revolutionary anthems seem very appropriate given the election results and dismal mood of the day… for me at least. It’s a really interesting mix of songs and sounds, and I highly recommend it. However, Maynard could put out an album of Show Tunes or Kiddie songs, and I’d buy it. So I’m biased. But man, it’s good 🙂 Maynard is all over the map in how he’s flexing his vocal and creative muscles. The political and revolutionary messages behind these songs make them all the more appropriate, too.

Anyhow, one of the originals is called Passive, and it’s AWESOME. Apparently, it’s a rework of a Tapeworm song… Tapeworm was Maynard + Trent Reznor + Danny Lohner… a side project that kinda died. I was sad when Tapeworm never materialized an album… because I love Maynard and I love Trent. Well, this song somewhat makes up for the missing product. The theme and lyrics really hit home for me… check ’em out:

Dead as dead can be

The doctor tells me

But I just can’t believe him

Ever the optimistic one

I’m sure of your ability

To become my perfect enemy

Wake up and face me

Don’t play dead ’cause maybe

Someday i’ll walk away and say

You disappoint me

Maybe you’re better off this way

Leaning over you here

Cold and catatonic

I catch a brief reflection

Of what you could and might have been

It’s your right and your ability

To become my perfect enemy

Wake up and face me

Don’t play dead ’cause maybe

Someday i’ll walk away and say

You disappoint me

Maybe you’re better off this way

Maybe your better off this way (x3)

You’re better off this (x2)

Maybe you’re better off…

Wake up and face me

Don’t play dead ’cause maybe

Someday i’ll walk away and say

You fucking disappoint me

Maybe you’re better off this way

Go ahead and play dead

I know that you can hear this

Go ahead and play dead

Why can’t you turn and face me (x4)

You fucking disappoint me

Passive-aggressive bullshit…

Welcome to Four More Years of Syphilis

Well, the race has not yet been called, but it seems inevitable that Dubya’s gonna be in the helm for the next four years. I quoted Hunter S. Thompson in a previous post, and I think he put it best, “Four more years of George Bush will be like four more years of syphilis…Only a fool or a sucker would vote for a dangerous loser like Bush.”

Sadly, the majority of Americans are fools and suckers.