Sometimes you cannot express in simple words the way you feel about a person. In this case, it is the five hundred thirty five members of congress who need to get their heads out of their special-interest groups. When words are not enough, a mixtape is the way to go.
You Can't Always Get What you Want - The Rolling Stones
Let's start our mixtape with a statement that every mother has told every tantrum-throwing child in every grocery since the beginning of time. The majority of people learn early in life what The Rolling Stones have reiterated since 1969, but our elected officials cannot quite see the world outside of their absolute-partisan reality. If they could, our leaders might understand that no one lives in a political bubble and everyone compromises in order to achieve progress in life.
Congress cannot seem to realize that they cannot always get what they want. If they tried sometimes, they just might find that they would get what America needs.
You May Be Right - Billy Joel
Every good idea kills at least a thousand men. While our fearless leaders sit on their laurels, a thousand men and women continue to have their houses foreclosed on, their jobs cut, and their lives turned upside down.
Pug speaks to the imperfection of ideas with honest resonance in this caustic song. An idea make look great on paper, but once implemented, we see the casualties of great thinkers and lofty dreamers. Congress is infamous for their "great ideas" on how to save the economy, American jobs, and the country's standing as a world superpower.
How many citizens will be trampled underfoot in order to implement the next Congressional "great idea"?
This song is not available on YouTube. You can listen to it by going to www.joepugmusic.com and downloading his EP "In the Meantime" for free. It's worth the effort
Meet in the Middle - Diamond Rio
I doubt this country act was referring to politics when they belted this jukebox favorite out over twenty years ago, but the words fit perfectly with our current stalemate on Capitol Hill.
The Great Compromise - John Prine
This song is a different look at compromise. In this tune John Prine tells the tale of what can happen when you bend over backwards for a person, expecting them to adore you for your submissive acts of puppy-love.
I can't help but draw a correlation between the emotional beating that Prine gets from his opportunistic girlfriend and the abuse that America takes from our politicians. We elect them on empty promises of progress and equitable representation. Upon taking up the post as conduit of their representative, most Congressmen dive straight into the pockets of special interests and lobbyists. The group with the most cash and the loudest whine wins out over the needs and concerns of the common citizen every time.
The everyday man is left holding the popcorn, while Congress zooms off in some lobbyists sports car.
Come Together - The Beatles
Sometimes it seems that our elected representatives say things that sound good in their heads, but they forget to filter them through the screen of sanity that the majority of us use everyday to refrain from sounding like jackasses. the result is not flattering.
Perhaps this song is actually talking about our politicians. "Holy Rollers", "Jokers", and "Spinal Crackers" may be references to the unreal characters of the U.S. government. I still don't know who the "Walrus Gumboot" might be. But if they could take The Beatles' psychedelic advice and come together, it'd be much appreciated.
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
Instead, we are the friends in low places that get swept under the rug until a "Joe the Plumber" type is needed to prove a point or offer up a soundbite for a campaign ad.
Although this song may be the most popular country tune of the last fifty years, the Garth Brooks version is not available on YouTube. Rather than make you experience the Nickleback cover of this classic, I've opted to leave you to your imagination. If you haven't heard this one, go out and buy it on iTunes for a dollar. It's worth it.
We're Not Gonna Take it - Twisted Sister
So where does that leave us?
Congress, pop this cassette into the tape deck of your '74 Buick and take it around the block. On behalf of America, I give this mixtape with love and deep concern. Take it to heart, and get us back on track.