Dealing With It!
1985 | Punk
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"You think you look good in your new uniform. -- Starched and pressed into the perfect norm. -- Until uncle Sam puts a gun in your hand. -- Points you in the wrong direction and says "kill that man!""
- Dealing With It! is D.R.I.'s second full length release.
- In the least punk rock move ever, one of the bands previous labels is involved with a lawsuit over copyright infringement for illegally downloaded musc via a torrent site.
- The band formed in 1982 in houston texas with its original lineup of whom Spike Cassidy & Kurt Brecht are the only remaining members.
THE HOT TAKES
Now that's some aggressive punk! The introduction sets the subject matter up nicely with some dry military snare work. Then, the song turns to pure havok as the lyrics take us to the question of life and death. This is, perhaps, the perfect anti-draft theme. "You can't make me kill, man" is repeated many times, and it's true. Given enough resolve, we cannot be forced to fight in the various unjust wars across the globe. I suspect many would rather not fight, but it takes some pure conviction to stand against the warfare state in the way that heroes like Muhammad Ali did. To quote Mr. Ali: "I ain't draft dodging. I ain't burning no flag. I ain't running to Canada. I'm staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I've been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain't going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I'll die right here, right now, fightin' you."
This very punk song has a great message and delivers it with all the sensitivity that punk can muster. The fact that soldiers, even if duped, are responsible for the acts of murder and mayhem they commit, even in war time, is something most people don’t want to hear. Many people talk a lot about personal responsibility, but when it comes to “hero soldiers,” they make every excuse they can muster for them. The honest truth though, is that without people willing to carry out the violence of The State, it would not be able to commit the atrocities it does. I have a lot of sympathy and respect for former soldiers who come to the realization that they were the violent arm of The State and regret it. That is not an easy burden to bear, and many of them do a lot of great work convincing other young people not to join up. The bottom line though, is that no one can give their moral agency away. As libertarians, I think we should try to convince people at every level of the military of what has happened to them and how they bear the responsibility of what they do to others as a result, but especially, to convince young people not to take the bait by signing up to the the bidding of the war machine that will chew them up and spit them out. You veterans have such a powerful impact when you speak out against war and the Military Industrial Complex, and those of you who do, have a very special place in my heart. You can save generations from making that mistake, and that is a real service to humanity that is worthy of thanking you for.
The best part of punk. One minute songs. Even if you hate it, it's over pretty quick. I don't hate punk. I think it's a marriage made in heaven the idea of libertarianism and punk rock. All that anti-authority rhetoric sure makes me swell in the sub cockle region. My favorite section of this song is the opening spoken word bit where he really lays his derision into the image of the soldier. I can almost hear the neaner-neaner voice as he does it. That last line where he lays out how each one of these boys was duped into a bullshit war killing people we have no business interacting with. The rest of the song screams in all it's middlefinger glory at the state "fuck you, I'm not gonna kill for you." We need more songs that just stand on their own as big middle fingers to the state.