The Greatest Luxury

20 03 2017

It is difficult to look at oneself, and the decisions we all make on a daily basis which affect ourselves, our families and friends, and eventually our society, and future generations. Michael Franti has always been one of the artists which I have had a strong affinity for due to the directness of his lyrics, and a similarity in background. ‘Please let me confess before all the rest that I’m afflicted by this addicted like most in the U.S. It’s tough to make a living when you’re an artist, it’s even tougher when you’re socially conscious.’

If any of you are unfamiliar with his work, I suggest that you listen, any of his albums are excellent, his current band Spearhead continues his socially aware lyrics and with songs such as ‘Satanic Reverses‘, furthers the critique of the political climate in the U.S. with such clarity, it is almost prophetic.

This song, and this blog are about how hypocrisy has become standardized in today’s language practiced by the current administration under the phrase ‘alternative facts.’ If there is any doubt about how either of the front runners for the major two political parties continue to raise the double standard, just take a look at the news.

The DAPL has been okay’d again, in spite of the continued protests of the Standing Rock tribe’s wishes, the deportation rules have acted to allow far more expulsions than most other administrations. While executing the order was initially blocked by the courts, it is expected that another version written to specifically be legal in the views of the previous court objections. ‘Careerism, opportunism, can turn the politics into cartoonism.’

Since it is said that whenever you point a finger, there are three pointing back at you, it is only proper that I quote these lines from Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury as well, ‘the bass, the treble don’t make a rebel having your life together does.’ ┬áKeep the music alive!