Preface: I just want to put it out there that this is a personal opinion and my opinion alone. I am in no way advocating for a particular position and political party. / I am no expert on American Politics nor do I pretend to have all the answers. Things irritate me, positions annoy me, politics is a game. I am just so sick of it all. It’s sad when all sides of the spectrum play us as pawns in this carefully constructed game of chess, creating this madness and big budget Hollywood style extravaganza we call modern media. Remember the old days where you could carefully pen out a letter to someone, thinking and rethinking the words till you got it right then put it in an envelope with a stamp and wait a few days to be received. Sometimes I wish we could relive that simplicity when you view a social media post and/or video with the latest celebrity flashing skin and that perfect “butt shot”, making your stomach churn with sadness. This fake plastic world that has been created for us to partake in and the narcissism permeating throughout our screens is another example of pure madness. In the light of recent events, 3 more shootings by 3 morons with no heart and a lack of empathy is further example of this Godless, self centered society everyone is so completely in love with. It is sad that not too many people find the removal of God and our Faith from mainstream society a serious issue. Where does our morality come from? Are you just born from the womb with a natural sense of right and wrong? What if God is a lie to you and your conscience is all dreamed up by society in a game to win your soul? What then? I know these are deeper issues and is more or less my own stream of consciousness but we do have to ask ourselves, who is to blame? I think Five Iron Frenzy said it best in “Zen and the Art of Xenophobia” “The United States of Amnesia. make us numb, make it dumb, anesthesia. Cut the cord, close the door, we don’t know ya, it’s the zen and the art of xenophobia”. We have become NUMB as a nation and insensitive to one another in our pursuits of self satisfaction and importance. I am no expert on gun violence or the 2nd amendment but I do know that more dialogue is needed among people. All this yelling, screaming, HATE, and ignorance from all sides is driving me insane. Sure I have had loyalties to a particular party for most of my adult life but it ends when I disagree with a person, candidate, figure, or actor. Democrats are yelling at Republicans, Republicans are yelling at Democrats, Socialists are rising up and yelling at both, Independents are in the middle, Libertarians are struggling to have their voice heard, Green party is smoking weed, and whoever is left doesn’t have much of a voice to begin with. I don’t get it. I don’t understand all this pain and hurt. What drives a young kid to strap on a Gun and shoot up other men, women, and children? Some blame the guns but guess what, guns have been around for hundreds of years and mass murder in a non-war scenario is fairly new in the past 100 years or so. With that much hate inside, there is no way of stopping a person from wounding others even if you take away the gun. There are still knives, axes, hammers, mallets, shovels, swords, and their own hands that can cause harm. I am not trying to make light of this debate, I’m just trying to say that this goes much deeper than a weapon. Hate is strong with those that are ill informed and victims of bad parenting. Mental illness thrives in this country and beyond our borders. No freakin’ politician is doing anything to better our mental health institutions or offer care for those struggling. I have dealt with this myself and have family members battling mental illness, IT IS NOT FUN. The government doesn’t make our situation better nor do they offer a way out for those struggling. Do I want them to? Probably not but I do want there to be more discussion in the media and among families about mental disorders and what happens with failed treatment. This is in no way a justification for the hate that these people put forth in the form of a weapon but I just hope in the future more people would turn their hearts to Jesus and find hope in the word of God through that thing we call the Bible. If you just read the word, close your eyes and pray for hope, peace, and understanding without all the noise and distraction, maybe then you’ll find your answers.
This has been a stream of consciousness post by Brandon Jones and is in no way and endorsement of a particular political issue or stance. I want you to know that I am like all of you searching for answers and looking to God for healing in this time of pain. I am sorry Reese Roper and company for knocking your last album a little because I may have disagreed with some of it. Reese, you’re a talented fellow with a lot of insight and I have found your words inspiring on many an occasion. I can honestly say that I like nearly every Five Iron Frenzy song made since 1996 and I can’t wait to (hopefully) hear more in the future. Don’t stop the rock.