“We Didn’t Start the Fire”

Written April 10, 2017

Tho I am writing this from an American perspective, I’m sure we are not the only country who has some of these same internal conflicts as we do. There are others too. Tho our internal conflicts may differ, perhaps some of you can relate to what I’m writing about today. I also refer to my disclaimer I wrote a little while back.

There was a song written by a very famous singer/songwriter that was popular in 1989. It didn’t highlight this musicians musical talents or had a melody that you hum along to, but it had interesting and odd lyrics. If you listen to the lyrics you can get a glimpse of people and events from 1949 to 1989. Tho the song only mentions the names and events, but one can research more on each of the people or events listed in the song to gain a better perspective. The song is “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and it was written in 1989 by Billy Joel

From an article on a site called AV Club regarding the song, “…its underlying feelings of uncertainty and insignificance are timeless. The song represented a man facing his mortality as he examines the last 40 years of his life, someone who feels wary about what the future might bring – especially because he realizes how short life really is, and how powerless people are to change things.”

You may be wondering why the heck I’m writing about this song. I bring it up because as I listen to or read about all the “stuff” going on in America, I can’t help but scratch my head and think to myself,  “What the hell are you people thinking?! Look what we’re doing to each other while real tragedies are taking place around the world!” I’m referring to the protesting about who won the democratically held election along with the constant bickering and worrying over macro or micro aggressions, political correctness, illegal immigration, sanctuary cities and even the political obstruction that we are currently seeing in Washington DC.

Long story short, we’ve become a culture of victims where no one is at fault but everyone else is to blame. While we are busy fighting each other over trivial “stuff”, we have real dangerous people and situations happening around us. Examples of this are…

Tensions rising from countries like North Korea, China, Russia, Iran and various other Middle Eastern countries where terrorists live. Yet it seems no one cares.

There are innocent people in one country being gassed by their own leader, another country is building islands in international waters, and another country testing bombs with the intent to wipe us, America, off the map. Yet I don’t think anyone sees this.

Names like Putin, Omar the Chechen, Bashar Al Assad and Kim Jong Un are but a couple of names that strike fear in the hearts of many leaders and people in the free world. Yet sadly, I worry that no one grasps the gravity of the powder keg we are sitting on right now as I write this.

Before you go thinking I’m some doomsday type of person, I remind anyone reading this that I’m far from it. I am not an optimist nor a pessimist, but a realistic. I hope for the best but expect the worst. I see people and situations for who and what they really are. And while various media outlets and others spew out hatred for President Trump, there are very real and very serious events going on this very minute that could affect anyone, if not all of us, at any time.

I recently saw a segment on the news where a college aged reporter visited other college campuses and interviewed some of the students. At one such campus this young man visited, he asked students, “Who do you think is more dangerous to America – President Trump or ISIS?” Not to surprisingly, many if not all of the students said President Trump is.

Now, I’ll admit, change is scary when it comes to changing political leaders. Especially after a most contentious 2016 presidential election. I will also admit that President Trump has said some things that has given us reason to pause and have some fear. However, he is not our most immediate threat.

Looking at the big picture, ISIS and other groups who are the same or similar in thought, pose a much bigger threat to Americans and others around the world. How you may wonder? It is because of their ideology that anyone who opposes them is an infidel and should die. If you think that these people who killed their own citizens – men, women and children – indiscriminately would stop within their own borders, you’re wrong. Their belief is that sharia law, or even communism, is the only law. Right now, one leader in particular would be happy if one of his missiles armed with a hydrogen or nuclear bomb would reach America. I will let you research more about their ideologies on the Wikipedia site.

I do not write this to scare anyone reading it. I write this to give you some perspective, perhaps to try to wake people up. Our petty differences are just that – petty. We live in a society of blind multi culturalism and don’t see militant islamism. Liberal professors and liberal media indoctrinate our youth to see things one way only and if anyone disagrees then that person should be shouted down, bullied, called names or protest. If none of that works then they retreat to their safe space where their is no controversy and they are challenged by no one.

Is it really that important to argue over some of this trivial political “stuff”? Does it really make that much difference how or what we call someone? How important will all this petty fighting be a year, 5yrs, or 20yrs from now?

“We Didn’t Start the Fire” 1989

Billy Joel

“We Didn’t Start The Fire”

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

Chorus
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

Chorus

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide…

Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

Chorus

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician Sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say?

Chorus

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial law
Rock and Roller Cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on and on and on and on
And on and on and on and on…

Chorus X’s 3

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

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