In the song, David sings some truly depressing and disturbing lyrics interspersed with a female Japanese voice singing the same lyrics in Japanese. She spits out the words in a strident, angry tone. He sounds as if he is having the words literally ripped out of his body. The affect is to make the song haunting in a way that drives it into the psyche.
I've made no secret in my blog that the tone of the political discourse of late has been disturbing. I think that the reason that this song hits home is that some of the lines are scary-prescient in what they seem to imply. In one stanza, the speaker talks about being barred from the event and talks of how this leads to confusion.
In recent years, the practice of "public appearances" by politicians and candidates being stage-managed to allow only a small crowd of people who agree with the candidate has truly stifled free and open discourse.
Can anyone forget the person arrested here in Colorado for attempting to enter a rally attended by the vice-president (for which he had a valid ticket) because he refused to leave when he was told to because he was wearing a tee-shirt for the opposing political party? Can anyone ignore the fact that an ABC News reporter was arrested for taking photographs on a public street of people during the Democratic National Convention (people who, being on a public street, in public, had no illusions of an expectation of privacy) just because they were big political donors? Can we really allow Republican candidates to public office to have reporters "arrested" by private security staff in a public building, at a public event, just because they fail to sufficiently kowtow to the candidate as was the case in Alaska during the last election cycle?
It has long been understood that extreme views lead to extreme actions. Incendiary rhetoric from the pulpit has caused zealots to carry out assassinations and bombings at Family Planning clinics. The Darling of the Tea Party movement (the half-term ex-governor of Alaska) puts Arizona in the "Cross-hairs" on her website and the Giffords for Congress offices get vandalized. And now we have the shooting this weekend.
Can't we PLEASE lift the tone of the political rhetoric out of the morass it has fallen into? Can't we object without being objectionable? Isn't it time we can agree to disagree agreeably? It is time to remember that words have consequences!
I am the last person to suggest we practice censorship of any kind. The First Amendment must be important or the Founding Fathers wouldn't have thought of it first! But there is a limit. You cannot allow people to create a clear and present danger without facing the consequences of their actions. Just as you cannot get away with walking crowded movie theater and yelling "Fire" because of the panic and potential injury that may follow, we must hold people accountable for their provocative speech.
Just as broadcasters in this country (who are free to say whatever they want - preventing them from doing so would be "Prior Restraint") can be held accountable for what they broadcast, hate-mongers should be held accountable for the things they say and write.
Wherever you are today, I hope you will consider the consequences of the things you say and do.
Don Bergquist - January 10, 2011 - Lakewood, Colorado, USA
It's No Game (Part 1)
One Two Two
Shiruetto ya kage ga kakumei o miteiru
Mo tengoku no giyu no kaidan wa nai
Silhouettes and shadows watch the revolution
No more free steps to heaven
It's no game
Ore genjitsu kara shime dasare
Nani ga okkote irunoka wakara nai
Doko ni kyokun wa arunoka
Hitobito wa yubi o orareteiru
Konna dokusaisha ni iyashime rareru nowa kanashii
I am barred from the event
I really don't understand the situation
And it's no game
Documentaries on refugees
Couples 'gainst the target
You throw a rock against the road
And it breaks into pieces
Draw the blinds on yesterday, and it's all so much scarier
Put a bullet in my brain, and it makes all the papers
Shimbun wa kaki tateru sa!
Nammin no kiroku eiga
Hyoteki o se ni shita koibito tachi
Michi ni ishi o nage reba
Kona gona ni kudake
Kino ni huta o sureba
Kyohu wa masu
Ore no atama ni tama o buchi kome ba
Shinbun wa kaki tateru
So where's the moral when people have their fingers broken
To be insulted by these fascists - it's so degrading
And it's no game