Music Monday: Lazarus

On September 19, 2014, I wrote the following on IPR:

New York City — my old stomping grounds — a modern day $odom and Gomorrah — the sewers are cleaner than the streets — the Republican Party owns a suite in Trump Tower where they put on Burlesque shows every Thursday night. It’s nothing to worry about. Libertarians are fine.

“Come on up for the rising”

Years later, David Bowie released this song, with the title of my name (Lazarus) and a passage mirroring what I wrote above:

By the time I got to New York (my old stomping grounds)

I was living like a king (a suite in Trump Tower)

Then I used up all my money (a modern day $odom and Gomorrah)

I was looking for your ass (Burlesque shows)

This way or no way (It’s nothing to worry about)

You know, I’ll be free (Libertarians are fine)

Just like that bluebird (Come on up for the rising)

Now ain’t that just like me (Lazarus)

Did I inspire Bowie to write this song?  Maybe.  The thematic similarities between the song and my blurb on IPR cannot be denied.  Plus, the blurb was written before Bowie wrote the song.  Perhaps most telling, I used the name “Lazarus the Great” as the author of the blurb, while the title of the song is “Lazarus” even though this name is not mentioned in the song (it is an allusion to the story in the Gospel of John of Jesus rising Lazarus of Bethany from the dead).  There is a strong possibility Bowie read my post and then wrote the song (or at least the passage above) in response.

Kareem Caliente calls my 2014 blurb “prescient” not only because of its foreshadowing of “Lazarus” but because I made the connection between the Republican Party and Donald Trump before anyone had any idea he would run for President, much less become the Republican Party presidential nominee and President itself.  Perhaps with the sarcastic tone of the final two sentences I foresaw the death of Libertarianism (as Nathan Norman declared last week), and then with reference to the Springsteen song “The Rising,” I saw the rise of the Alt-Right from the corpse of Libertarianism, just like Lazarus.

Maybe I’m a prophet.  Or maybe I’m just lucky.

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Monday Entertainment: Word on a Wing #MondayMotivation #MusicMonday

In a followup to “Station to Station” and “Golden Years“, the third track from David Bowie‘s prophetic album “Station to Station” is a straightforward discussion of faith and destiny in “Word on a Wing“.  The protagonist, the Thin White Duke, in many ways a foreshadowing of Donald Trump, discusses his struggles with faith and the Lord’s Will while maintaining continued belief.  He is then ordained with the grace of God.

Likewise, Trump has admittedly struggled with his faith in getting divorced twice and losing his brother Fred Jr. to alcoholism.  However, today, Trump is widely recognized as a true believer.  He cites the Bible as his favorite book and won the largest share of evangelicals of any previous presidential candidate.  As President Elect, with his “word on a wing” accepted, Trump is “ready to shape the scheme of things” in bringing about the Lord’s Will.

Lord, I kneel and offer you
my word on a wing
And I’m trying hard to fit
among your scheme of things

It’s safer than a strange land
But I still care for myself
And I don’t stand in my own light
Lord, lord, my prayer flies
like a word on a wing

My prayer flies
like a word on a wing
Does my prayer fit in
with your scheme of things?

In this age of grand illusion
You walked into my life
out of my dreams
Sweet name, you’re born once again for me
Just as long as I can see, I’ll never stop this vision flowing
I look twice and you’re still flowing
Just as long as I can walk
I’ll walk beside you, I’m alive in you
Sweet name, you’re born once again for me
And I’m ready to shape the scheme of things

Gutsense explains why Homosexual intercourse is unhealthy and why the Libertarian Party should not support homosexual marriage

The Bible prohibits activities that are harmful to one’s health.  For example, it banned eating shellfish back when this was a dangerous activity.  It also bans homosexual intercourse also known as Sodomy because this is an unhealthy activity as explained in the video below from Gutsense:

The Libertarian Party should not support this unhealthy practice by endorsing homosexual marriage.  It should get out of the marriage business completely.  That is the true libertarian position.