It has been suggested by some that artists and poets serve as the conscience of a nation. Will songs like these be enough to prick some consciences in DC? Or will they carry on like nothing has happened?
With the media, and other Democrats, eager to put the cluster**** of Afghanistan in the rearview mirror, musicians aren’t nearly so quick to let it go.
We have two artists making the same point in two very different ways.
The first, by Five Times August, pulls no punches and lays the blood of those 13 servicemen and women who came back in flag-draped boxes squarely at his feet.
The lyrics, which talk about Biden’s failures generally, and not just those demonstrated in Afghanistan, are matched with some absolutely withering video clips.
Watch and stick with this. It’s good. Now share it. pic.twitter.com/ircpWOFzGH
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) September 10, 2021
That was brutal, sure, but it’s got stiff competition from ‘Blood on my Hands’, written by John Ondrasik, best known for his music in Five for Fighting.
Twenty years ago, he wrote an iconic song that was a perfect snapshot of the national sentiment — and that of the West more generally — immediately following the attack of 9/11/2001. That song was ‘Superman’ (It’s not easy).
Almost exactly twenty years later, Ondrasik watched with horror as the disengagement from Afghanistan collapsed into chaos, including all of those killed in the suicide bombing attack. On the day of that bombing, John sat down to write this song.
— Wes Walker (@Republicanuck) September 13, 2021
An excerpt from his website:
America was built on the foundational freedom to criticize one’s leaders and hold them accountable. It is what separates us from our communist and dictatorship adversaries. How else can we as a nation learn from our mistakes and make better decisions moving forward without honest reflection on our actions? To date, I have not seen that accountability.
There is a great tradition of artists speaking their minds and calling out their leaders for answers. Many of those have been inspirations to me. I understand that this song might be perceived by some as a political attack, but those who follow me know I am an American with a history of calling out both sides. If Donald Trump were President and he put us in the same situation, the song would remain the same, only the names would change.
After hearing “Blood on My Hands,” a friend said he found the song to be politically neutral, but morally-forward. My hope is that this song helps demand accountability, so the American promise is never again forsaken.
It pulled NO punches, and unlike the first song, focussed narrowly on the failures in Afghanistan — and calls out his advisors by name.
He is offering it as a free download on his website.
They are both pretty savage, but which one lands the harder hit?
Check out Doug’s latest book, The Art of Joe: The Political Brilliance of President Biden. If you have left-leaning family members, workmates, or classmates, to buy several copies and place them in common areas. Make sure you have your video camera ready for when they pick it up and thumb through it because they will be triggered which will make for a great viral video to share across social media. Also, buy a couple for the GOP NeverTrumpers that you know. Finally, both the book’s cover and the epilogue, Notable Quotable Joe are worth the price of admission. We’ve included before and after Biden on Afghanistan. Jen Psaki will no likey this book, but you will. BTW, the book is 95% bereft of any content. Just like Biden’s head.