Tuesday, October 26, 2004

"That's to much power for one man to have"

I'm joining the chorus here in recommending the new eminem video "Mosh".

It is an angry video and most of that anger is focused on Bush, which is good. But no one should make the mistake of thinking the video is pro-Kerry. Kerry will benefit from the anti-Bush sentiment, of course, but it includes an epilogue that makes clear that it is also a warning to him that he will be held just as responsible if he doesn't correct Bush's mistakes:

And as we proceed, to mosh through this desert storm, in these closing statements, if they should argue, let us beg to differ, as we set aside our differences, and assemble our own army, to disarm this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president, for the present, and mosh for the future of our next generation, to speak and be heard, Mr. President, Mr. Senator

This is a Get-Out-The-Vote/You-Have-The-Power video that is meant to inspire. I can imagine some will miss out on this message because they can't get beyond the powerful image of thousands of eminem clones marching on city hall to demand their right to vote. It reminds me of the scene in "Malcolm X" where Malcom, played by Denzel Washington, impresses a group of policeman by his ability to organize a cadre of black men in suits to "march" on the local police station and just stand there in a calm "don't fuck with us" manner until they get what they want (the release of one of their comrades).

George Bush and John Kerry would both be foolish to underestimate the power of that kind of message.


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