Street Fight

Enemies, loyalty and anarchism

Posted on November 15, 2014

A few shows back I mentioned that my mother called and asked me what we should do about ISIS.  I didn’t have a good answer because I don’t pretend to know anything about shit.  What I know about ISIS is that they sound like a new Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda ended up being a grade A flop as a terrorist organization.  They had a couple of big things and in 2001 before I knew that the government was a kayfabe organization I said “We gotta go to Afghanistan and kill the Al Qaedas.” Fast Forward to the 2002 Super Bowl when the Partnership for a Drug Free America tried to say that people who buy drugs support terrorism.

 

 
I saw this, and I immediately thought “This whole Al Qaeda thing is horseshit.” If there is one thing I knew it was drugs and I would think I would have heard of Al Qaeda, a rapper would have brought them up or there would be a Scarface type movie about it, I don’t know, but I knew that Al Qaeda wasn’t involved in my drug transactions and that the cops were the ones bringing all of the violence to the drug party.

 

One year later the country was heatedly discussing the Iraq War when they said “well these aren’t exactly Al Qaedas but they are just like them” and that seemed scary and dangerous.  These dudes were cutting people’s heads off.  One thing lead to another and I supported the Iraq War.  I don’t feel good about this, I also don’t know that my quiet support for a bad war contributed to George W. Bush’s decision to kill a couple hundred thousand people to maybe kill some new bad guys.  I wasn’t active at the time, I was a painkiller addicted cable installer that listened to prog rock.  I completely stopped caring about politics for about a year.

 

Then 2004 happened

 

My wife told me that she was pregnant with a post it note in the bathroom.  In, what could only be described as a bungle, I said “wow that’s cool” then took off to buy some painkillers.  After I went on a bender I came to terms with our situation and became excited to have a kid.  I was about 26 and I said “You know what? I need to change this fucked up world so that my daughter won’t have to worry about 9/11s anymore.” This was my liberal time.  I wanted John Kerry to win that election, I spoke about the need to have a person with military experience in the oval office.  I was a fucking Democrat, a hardcore blue collar Democrat like the Democrats want you to believe exist.  Now George W Bush was the bad guy, we needed to get rid of him or the whole world would blow up.  He was a cowboy and he wanted to nuke the world to get revenge on Saddam Hussein for threatening to kill his Daddy.  In short, I was an idiot.  I was listening to Air America when Bush won and I felt like the world was over

 

 

So from 2001 to 2008 I felt like I was at constant war either with the enemies from abroad who wanted to kill me for eating bacon or the enemies at home who were just your average kill-crazy politicians.  These fucking people were fighting and I was choosing sides.  I liked Obama because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton, they told me that he was an insurgent, a radical and I wanted to be a part of something punk rock.  This was when I thought I radicalized.  John McCain was fucking scary, he was making up parody songs about bombing people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I needed to vote, I know I said that I was out of the voting game, I don’t want to do this but it is responsible.  I’m gonna do it, we are going to have our first black president AND he was an anti-war communist.  My love for Obama lasted exactly 4 months.  As a matter of fact, this was when I first met Brett and we rarely had one on one conversations.  He told me that it had only been four months but I had seen enough.  Obama was a fucking loser and I knew it.  Within a month Brett and I were on the same page and we probably radicalized at the same time through conversations with each other.

 

The enemies changed almost immediately.  Brett and I started getting more and more angry about every fucking thing.  We hated banks, corporations, and most importantly we lost all faith in the government.  Democrats and Republicans are shitty, hell, pretty much every person at the top of every hierarchy was our enemy.  This was when we started to feel like we might be anarchists.  Our enemies were people with power. That was the only requirement for us to hate you.  After reading and tweeting with a bunch of very nice and cool anarchists (the Blizzard Boyz, Land Fill Poet and @Roastyagain on twitter) and some personal revelations I realized that I was only American because I was born here.  This is what led to this week’s show.  Street Fight announced to ISIS that if they are truly taking over America that we would join ISIS.

 

This is not to say that we are pro-ISIS.  I can’t think of anything I would like to do less than cut someone’s head off.  Well, I can think of one thing, getting my head cut off seems crummy.  This is why I am just willing to go with the flow.  Every time a conservative tells me “If China decides to collect on it’s debt we are in trouble” I say “Nope, you are in trouble, I’ll just be Chinese” I already hate the laws, I also hate any future laws.  I also hate the politicians, the constitution and Wall Street.  Loyalty to a state that claimed you the day you were born is crazy.  So, in closing, yes of course we are still American.  We are not traitors until it is beneficial.  The only people we are loyal to is the Street Fight people that we love.  Hopefully I get to ramble like this more in the future, unless this sucks then I will just keep my stupid typing mouth shut.

 

Love you

Bryan

 

What ISIS Crisis?

Posted on October 1, 2014

I was in High School when 9/11 happened and very terrified when I overheard a teacher come in the room and tell another teacher “we just got bombed”. As a survivor of Y2K the prior year I was very much okay with accepting that the world was probably going to end today. Being brought up in a very conservative family I also had no problem with killing all the Al Qaedas who did this to us to prevent that. I never went as far as saying we should turn the desert into glass but I would hear out anyone who was of that opinion.

Fast forward a couple years and I’m a college dropout who’s working 3rd shift folding clothes in the middle of the night staying as high as I could. I remember the night when we started bombing Iraq just looking around and saying “does anybody else feel like we shouldn’t fucking be here? does anyone even give a shit that people are being eviscerated?”. I knew people in the middle of these wars at this point and after enough window pane acid and mushrooms to erase my traditional conservative values I knew this Iraq invasion was pure horse apples. Everyone else gave me the ‘it sucks’ look but kept working because someone has to pay for all those daisy cutters. At the end of 2003 I read my first Noam Chomsky book (Hegemony Or Survival) and from that point forward became very skeptical at what the hell the point of war is in the first place and trying to be aware of who exactly it benefits.

In 2004 John Kerry was definitely my savior, this was the guy who could do something. I was convinced. I even got mad at Eminem for releasing his video for the anti-Bush song ‘Mosh’ after voting day. It was the perfect shit storm for me when he lost because I could go back to watching Family Guy and listening to angry music all the while knowing that Bush lied and cheated to win and I was on the right team. I voted, I tried.

I unfortunately also found out Bush and Kerry were distant cousins and that they were both members of the jacking off in a coffin with a noose around your neck club, the skull and bones. That’s right, with all this extra time on my hands not having the president I want I found myself in the middle of Alex Jones territory watching hits like Terrorstorm, Police State 9/11, Loose Change, and anything else I could get my hands on. Now aside from my lingering questions about building 7 I left all of that once I heard about reptilians and Mk Ultra. I started to see that unfortunately these people in power aren’t a member of any ancient cults they’re just the worst possible people on the planet. At the end of this run through crazy town I had a better understanding of who the bad guys were and was able to identify the surveillance state creeping in as I started investigating history and found out it was for other reasons besides “they burn owl effigies in the forest and they’ll reduce the population to 25% of it’s current state and replace us with robots.”

Come around to 2008 and I’m on the tail end of a 5 year career at a warehouse job making $9.00 an hour and stealing everything under the sun from it just to keep a roof over my head and I hear there is a real deal socialist running for president named Barack Obama. Now at this point I was putting myself in the prag prog school of thought here, willing to listen to anybody (I’d already given inter-dimensional aliens a roll around in the brain) and loving the idea of free healthcare and school like they do in Europe. Plus after years of hating republicans more than anything under the sun I wanted to get who I thought were the only people capable of saving us in there.

God damn it Barack I wanted it to work. Bryan briefly mentioned it in his post but I gave him so much shit for jumping ship 4 months in just because Obama had to do some ‘pragmatic’ things to start off his term. I was confused because I had hardened my views when Bush was in office and I had come to understand what I felt was truly unacceptable. I was consuming political non fiction like crazy for the last few years and talking with Bryan we were both becoming fed up with the current state of the democratic party. Once we were in the thick of the drone strikes, wall street bail outs, Guantanamo scandals, going after medical marijuana dispensaries and more I was fed up with the entire idea of The United States. I had accepted that the jig wasn’t up, it just changed clothes every 4 or 8 years and business as usual was back in effect (or maybe jacking off in a coffin gives you a perspective I can’t comprehend).

Libya happened, Afghanistan got terrible, Iraq was a quagmire, luckily it seemed like the people wised up and we pumped the breaks on a Syria intervention… well until it was rebranded as ISIS. So here we are again, another shadow group that’s going to steal away our teens and take all of our pork products. While I was desperately trying to learn more about the world around me the same old people are selling the same old wars year after year.

Who knows if anyone cares about this brief history of my political leanings but if anyone is reading this I want you to know that one thing I learned in the middle of a K hole years ago is never let go of the idea that you should challenge your own beliefs every day. If you’re not currently doing it then you’re probably sounding as stupid as I was when I thought joining the right team and defeating the enemy was the key to our success.