Young has turned his talent into a tirade against the Bush administration and what the musician perceives as an erosion of civil liberties. With titles like, Shock and Awe, Flags of Freedom and Looking for a Leader , he draws the party line. But maybe the most blatant of the political songs is, Let's Impeach the President.
Let's impeach the President for lyin'
And misleading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
Who's the man who hired all the criminals?
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
They bend the facts to fit with their new story
Of why we had to send our men to war
Let's impeach the President for spyin'
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
Tapping our computers and telephones
What if Al-Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our goverment's protection
Or was someone just not home that day?
Let's impeach the President for hijacking
Our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected
Thank God he's cracking down on steroids
Since he sold his baseball team
There's lots of people looking at big trouble
But of course our President is clean
Man, what's with the sour note? Somewhere along the way I think he replaced his heart of gold with a left hook. So adamant is the Godfather of Grunge, that he's even rejoined Crosby, Stills and Nash (a rare event, indeed!) for the Freedom of Speech Tour.
Hey, I don't care if musicians or artists use their platform for political purposes. No one's forcing me to buy their stuff. But with the world in its current state, I'm baffled at the one-sided critique. It is beyond me how someone could be so vocal about freedom and human rights, and so silent when Americans are beheaded, buses, trains and nightclubs are bombed, suicide bombers kill and mutilate innocent civilians, women are oppressed, abused and mutilated, and jihad is waged against the West -- all in the name of one of the great world religions, a professed religion of peace.
And all Neil can say is "Let's impeach the president." Hello? Is anyone home? Why is it that so many celebrities -- these self-appointed ambassadors of peace -- spend so little time and money condemning the atrocities executed by radical Islam? Please, I'm all ears.
I'm not particularly fond of President Bush, but to suggest that he's the big problem here is asinine. America is currently facing much bigger issues than who's in the White House... issues that have been brewing long before Mr. Bush or Young were even around. Our country's in the crosshairs of international terrorism while CSN & Y is creaking around stage spouting about freedom of speech. What's wrong with this picture?
And now another plot against America has been discovered.
Perhaps Neil Young should reflect on the words to his own song, Let's Roll, written shortly after September 11:
No one has the answer,
But one thing is true,
You've got to turn on evil,
When it's coming after you,
You've gota face it down,
And when it tries to hide,
You've gota go in after it,
And never be denied,
Time is runnin' out,
"Turn on evil... face it down... go in after it..." That's it, Neil. Now you're in the right key.