In 2004, Green Day released one of my favourite albums, American Idiot and in 2009 the album was turned into a successful Broadway musical. And, full disclosure, I prefer the Broadway musical soundtrack to the original, the harmonies, the song mashups, everything was just good.
This is a long-winded way of saying that yesterday, I was listening to the musical soundtrack mashup of “Last of the American Girls” [this song is actually from the album 21st Century Breakdown] and “She’s a Rebel”.
And it made me start to wonder who they are singing about.
Green Day was always very loudly liberal and American Idiot was very much reactionary to the perceived redneck-ing of American.
Well maybe I’m the f**g*t America.
I’m not a part of a redneck agenda.
Now everybody do the propaganda.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It’s calling out to idiot America.
They want us to fight back. They want a fight against this conservatism. They want their country to be a country of free love, no shame, and anything goes. In their song, She’s a Rebel they created an anthem for the nameless (“the one they call ol’ Whatsername”), the ones who are fighting for their liberation and breaking away from masses and fighting for a cause.
But here’s a thing. The rebel they want no longer exists. The rebel that they invoke is now everything that they are fighting against.
Green Day’s politics have become mainstream, they are no longer the voice of the disenfranchised masses or the voice of change. Their hope and change has come and gone.
In Canada we have a Liberal leader who is moving to have all of his cabinet ministers to group think on certain matters, going so far as to say that if a liberal leader doesn’t agree to vote pro-choice (regardless of personal conscience) they are not welcome in his party. He has also extended that same ultimatum with regards to same-sex “rights” (SSM marriage is essentially a non-issue, but surrogacy and things like that still are).
The media, particularly the CBC write with a defendant bias. A taxpayer funded news system that represents a fraction of the population and yet is vehemently anti-life and anti-Catholic.
Green Day may think that propaganda and media control are “redneck” (read: conservative) tools but they would be wrong. Very wrong.
Dissenting from liberal groupthink forces people into unemployment (Damian Goddard, for example) or into “sensitivity training” (too many people to list). People rally against Harper, but no one has ever been required to violate their conscience with him. I don’t even particularly like him, but he is better than Trudeau. At least Tories still respect freedom of conscience.
So when we speaks of the faceless masses to stand up and start fighting, we are now fighting for righteous revolution and no the self-righteous rebellion Green Day and the liberals agitate for.
Interestingly, Green Day referred to their rebel as “salt of the Earth” and a “saint”. Jesus similarly, calls us to be salt of the Earth and to be saintly in our actions.
But Green Day’s definition vary from Jesus’. Jesus wants us to fight for what is right and what is truth. He wants everyone to be one in him. To follow him.
He wants us to love one another. But also, Jesus asks that we judge one another’s actions.
Jesus calls for peace, but he also flips tables to get his point across.
Jesus calls for us to be one, but he also says that he has come to cause division.
Judging another’s actions must come from a place of love. Loving someone is not wanting them to be happy, it is wanting what is best for them. If your friend is a drug addict, you love them and encourage them to get help.
If someone is pregnant and alone, you offer love and support. Not judgement, condemnation or abortion (murder).
Jesus’ flips tables because he refuses to back down. We can never back down in our fight for Him. We need to continue the fight, through peaceful and loving means but we must continue to fight without ceasing.
There is a reason that courage is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew we would need it.
Jesus calls for us to be one, but this can cause division. Families that are not religious or are of a different denomination can sometime judge or reject someone for becoming Catholic. But following Jesus and his Church is to realize that Catholic is the only option, because it is the one true Church.
Looking for love and peace while following the progressives is to follow a train on a collision course. Progressives don’t know how to stop. Their wishy-washy rights and redefinitions are now being used to define seedier and seedier things. “But we love each other” has become their rallying cry. But the peace and happiness they are looking for are becoming harder to find. Because they are looking in the wrong spot.
So be the rebel that Green Day wants, but fight the fight of Jesus and his Church. Only then will you know true peace and true happiness.