I was listening to some incredibly old playlist i have on an ancient iPod the other day when the cult-classic “American Idiot” came on.
For my younger audience, this was the quintessential song of anti-America, pro-leftism back in the day.
The lyrics are actually somewhat hysterical when revisited in modern times. Especially considering this was from a “leftist” group ranting about conservative leaning (mostly Bush-era) individuals.
As I’m sure you can imagine, it didn’t hold up well to the test of time.
Let’s go through these lyrics.
Starting at the top:
Don’t wanna be an American idiot
Don’t want a nation under the new mania
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
Three C words:
- Climate Change
You could also include TDS and cancel culture in this category as well, for an added spice.
The subliminal mind fuck America
What does this verse relate too, exactly? Their own words:
Billie Joe Armstrong uses this line to suggest that the hysteria caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks was used to manipulate the American population into giving up their freedoms, as seen in much of the legislation that was later passed for the sake of “national security,” such as the Patriot Act. In this sense, the government is “mind-fuck[ing]” or psychologically taking advantage of its citizens by appealing to their base emotions like paranoia and fear, in order to push a right-wing agenda.
Everything about this is exactly the same but replace right-wing agenda with left-wing agenda and replace 9/11 terrorist with the Jan 6 protest, the plandemic, George Floyd, or any other iteration of the same mind plague.
The government is absolutely mind-fucking everyone. But not so much with 9/11 anymore.
Welcome to a new kind of tension
Uhhh, yup. Tensions do seem high.
All across the alien nation
Which takes on the exact same or a completely new role from the original meaning of “alienation”, depending on how you look at it.
In one way, we could reference it as alienation from everything because of the lockdowns, social isolation, and absolute political division.
Or we could reference it as alien nation because of the unlimited illegal aliens pouring into the nation, making it a literal alien nation.
It’s fun either way you look at it.
Where everything isn’t meant to be okay
Television dreams of tomorrow
We’re not the ones who’re meant to follow
For that’s enough to argue
Degeneracy is rampant everywhere. TV is practically a cesspool of leftist degradation. Everyone does hope to be on TV, or a celebrity, or some similar bullshit. Even though they’d have to sell their soul to get there.
So, he’s not wrong. We’re not meant to follow it.
Nor is this meant to be “okay”.
Well maybe I’m the faggot America
We’re all faggots now, champ. They’re flying the gay flag across all our embassies now, after all.
I’m not a part of a redneck agenda
Now everybody do the propaganda
And sing along to the age of paranoia
I’ve done at least two dozen articles on mainstream media propaganda on this website. No need to rehash it here.
But we have both: an age of paranoia and unlimited leftist propaganda.
Don’t want to be an American idiot
One nation controlled by the media
Information age of hysteria
It’s calling out to idiot America
Need we say anything more?
This song, unironically, speaks to me about our modern day situation.
Little did the author know how right he would be… but for the wrong reasons.
The centralizers of his age were the capitalists. The centralizers of our age are the socialists. They are the same people with the same goal. The circus is merely for our distraction.
So cheers to you, the one nation controlled by the media.