Lately, a fair number of people I know have been expressing considerable lament about a number of U.S. policies. They speak in favor of the C.I.A.’s recently revealed enhanced interrogation tactics (which many believe are nothing more than torture), or strongly oppose lifting the decades long travel ban and embargo of Cuba, or support increasing the national debt and government spending through the “Crommibus”, or laud the expansion of a police state; although mostly self-identified Republicans, they seem to advocate policies that expand the power and authority of the federal government. For them, the Cold War never ended but merely changed form and so they take an “any methods necessary” approach to continually wage war against foes despite the fact that these people do not have anything approaching the capability the Soviets had to pose even a remotely legitimate threat to the United States. This fight over foreign policy, civil liberties, and shrinking the size of government continues to divide the Republican Party.
What I find most troubling about the whole affair is that so many of these big-government people seem to wear their Christian religion on their sleeves but then advocate policies that belie their own faith and the underpinnings of our constitutionally limited republic. As such, as I read comment after comment on Facebook, I’m reminded of the song “Sweet Neo-Con”.
For those who haven’t heard of this particular piece, it was written and performed by The Rolling Stones in 2005, during the zenith of the Bush presidency. Although primarily serving to oppose the conflict in Iraq and neo-conservative foreign policy, many of the words and thoughts expressed within are still relevant today.
I encourage you to listen to the words of Sweet Neo-Con, especially if you’ve never heard it before though please be advised that it contains some mildly profane lyrics.