#libertarianmusic for post-election reflection

Bad Religion is one of my favorite punk bands. While they’re definitely liberal, I like their punkish anti-authority and “think for yourself” message. A lot of libertarians can relate. This song reminds me of President Obama, and what it’s like to step back from the hype and break with the majority of my fellow young voters:

There’s the image of a man 
Who commands a high opinion
But he hides his hatred with a sheepish grin

And beside him flanking closely 
Are the boisterous hollow masses 
Who lap up whatever trickles in

This intercourse of nature, 
This vulgar social pastime
Reflects the lowest mark of our progress 

And the few who ride peripheral
Maintain subtle advantage
Fighting hard to abstain and redress

Do you know your place 
In the big charade? 
Are you more than they? 

Leaders and followers
Leaders and followers

Recognition by proximity
And a brand new face
Just a smidgen of success pie
And a pinch of social grace
You can play with the big boys
Or you can tell them what to do
But sooner or later there’s another one like you

The voyeuristic public 
Of which we’re all a part 
Maintains perspective on the human play

And while many have desires 
Of joining in the show
Many turn and go the other way

Tell me do you know your place 
In the big parade? 
Are you fear and shame?

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