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Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:18
ImageBy John McGlasson
The Cyberworld has no shortage of commentary on Al Gore's Live Earth concerts right now, so I hesitated to add to it unless I thought I could offer a unique perspective and/or opinion on the controversy surrounding Gore, the artists, the events, and the purpose.

I've never understood why artists/musicians/educators, etc. tend to lean towards leftism and means of social control. Coming from a small town in Central Illinois, I sure wasn't raised that way, but I think I have a unique perspective, being born in '67 and seeing all the turmoil at the time; Vietnam, Watergate, the death of Jimi, Janice, Jim, the focus on Lennon and his politics, combined with his willingness to fuel that fire. Add to that being raised by my father, who was traveling with Gerald Ford campaigning at age 27, it all added up to a lot of confusion for my young mind.

I had a morning paper route from 6th through 8th grades, so while I sat there half asleep rolling the papers every morning, I saw the front page. Reagan was president, and though the media kinda made him out to be a trigger-happy nut, the fact is he never had to use the trigger, there was no real talk of war as far as we were concerned, and being attacked here at home seemed so unlikely it was material for comedy skits.

On the other hand, I grew up seeing many contradictions, and they've bothered me all my life. It's always been the elites telling the "rest of us" how to live, be them filmmakers, musicians, ministers of various religions, educators, columnists, authors, politicians, etc., but they always seemed to have one thing in common, the comfort that comes with money. When money is no longer the focus of an elitist's day-to-day grind, it's natural for them to make the transformation to philosopher. In fact, it's the money that gave them the status of elitist in the first place, not knowledge, skill, talent, or experience. Before the money, they're dismissed by the elites as unproven, struggling, still in the learning process, though the knowledge, skill, talent, and experience would've had to be there the day before the money came for it to come. It's the money that affirms for elites that their qualities are viable.

The first thing they seem to learn upon poverty reversal is that they were fools to focus so much on the money in the first place, and they start to preach to us for being so materialistic and greedy. We should learn to live with less. But do they?

Until Lennon was shot, I had this vision of him living in a shack somewhere, with the bare minimum required for existence. The night he was shot, I learned that he had a very upscale apartment in NY, a Rolls limo, a staff of servants, the whole bit, and I was shocked. How was he any different from his corporate neighbors working in the evil corporate, capitalist structure he so hated? (I thought)? Same house, same furniture, same limo, same everything, just a different message, for us. Not for them, for us.

I learned what hypocrisy means from rich, preachy musicians and the people who want to hang out with them, but Al Gore may be the greatest living example of hypocrisy on Earth with the Live Earth concerts. But please forget the global warming issue for now, forget his power-guzzling mansion and other glaring hypocrisies...

Does anyone remember the PMRC? That stands for Parents Music Resource Center. The PMRC is an organization set up for the sole purpose of censoring the lyrical content of American recording artists by committee, in turn assigning "warning labels" on musical material deemed "offensive" by the committee. This organization was the first of its kind to challenge the free speech artists had always enjoyed under the Constitution, and dominated the media for a time.

This effort was led by Tipper Gore, the wife of Live Earth concert organizer, Al Gore. The man who personally invited rapper Akon to perform at the show, a rapper recently dropped by his tour sponsor for a simulated sexual experience with an underage minister's daughter while performing overseas. Al Gore, the man who made Madonna the centerpiece of his event, though she's a major player in the group of envelope-pushing artists who've been the target of his wife's censorship committee on numerous occasions. The list of artists on Gore's concert lineups across the globe who'd be PMRC targets is long.

So as far as Global-Scale hypocrites go, the Gores win the Lifetime Achievement Award
 
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