Michael Jackson – Conservative?

Let me start this out by letting everyone know that I enjoy Michael Jackson’s music. He is, without a doubt, the greatest entertainer of this, and many, many generations. Even though his music and performance style is contradictory to the style of music I generally prefer, I still am able to enjoy his music. I am not a Michael Jackson apologist though. I do not think that he was right to do most of the stuff he did and found him to be a generally weird individual that would have benefited from psychiatric evaluation. I also think that he was, in fact, a liberal, but only because of preconceived notions and he never really thought about it. I will show some examples of conservative themes in Michael’s songs.

In the song “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” from the iconic “Thriller” album had the line, “if you can’t feed a baby, don’t have a baby”. This is an undeniable conservative principle of self-responsibility. It is a simple common-sense solution that escapes liberals. They would tell you that it is alright to have a baby when you can’t afford to feed it because the government would help you take care of it. Creating a sense of entitlement and have them completely dependent on the government. Whenever conservatives in Washington try to stop this eternal loop of dependency, liberals cry foul charging Conservatives with not caring about children. Nothing could be further from the truth, but liberals never let the facts get in the way of a good campaign slogan. Conservatives believe that you should wait until you are financially and emotionally ready to have a child. It is better for the child and the parents. Apparently, so does Michael Jackson.

I don’t think anyone can deny the overarching conservative ideals set forth in Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror“. “Change starts with the man in the mirror” is about as conservative as it gets. Not relying on other people, or waiting for the endless bureaucracy of the federal government. If you want something to happen, do it yourself. The ultimate in personal responsibility. We saw this come to fruition with the Tax Day Tea Parties and the 9/12 march on Washington. These were citizens disgruntled with the way things were going on in Washington so they took it upon themselves to do something about it because “change starts with the man in the mirror”, it does not start with the failed ideals of the liberal movement.

Lastly, Michael Jackson shows his utter contempt with government in his song “They Don’t Care About Us“. In the song he describes how the government has failed to stop racism and brutality of African-Americans. Equality does not exist. The only way to stop the terrible chain is to change the hearts and minds of those who still harbor feelings of fear and resentment towards African-Americans. This must be done through human nature. Liberals tried to force the issue with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but you cannot change people’s hearts through legislation no matter how good-natured the legislation is. 45 years later, there still exists attitudes of racism and fear for people which, Jackson correctly asserts, that the government has failed to stop, simply because Government, no matter how well-intentioned it is, cannot change people’s minds or opinions, only people can.

Jackson understood that the government was there to provide necessary services, but could not be relied on to solve all the ills of the world. If the ils of the world were to be solved, the human race, working without the government, would be the key to change. Michael Jackson believed, as conservatives do, the empowering individuals is more powerful than laws and regulation that have only proved to beat down individuals under the guise of  “the greater good”. It’s been over 40 years since President  Lyndon B. Johnson declared “War on Poverty”. We’re still fighting and we will fight that war in perpetuity because liberals love it when people are dependent on the Government. They should take a lesson from Michael Jackson and explore personal responsibility.


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  5. Randy Says:

    I generally agree with conservative principles, such as that of personal responsibility instead of dependence on government. I also agree the best solution is to change people’s hearts, rather than try to force a way of life by legislation. According to the Bible however, there won’t be either a complete political victory or change of people’s hearts, until Christ returns (Revelation 4 – 20). This is why I don’t necessarily agree with everything “conservative”, or disagree with everything “liberal”.

    For example, while the Bible apparently equates even a 10 percent tax rate with slavery (Genesis 47), God also set limits on how much people should go out and get for themselves (Exodus 16), and frequently warns against greed (Luke 12:15; 1 Cor. 5:11, etc.). When God rained mannah (Exodus 16), He prescribed that each person go out and get enough for one day’s eating, except on Friday when he was to get two day’s worth, so there would be enough to take Saturday off. Anything that was left over for the next day would become filled with worms and stink. Thus, hoarding was discouraged, and God’s provision of resources was measured such that everyone who went out to gather could get the amount he needed to live on.

    I believe there are a limited amount of resources available for everyone to consume. There isn’t some kind of magic that will make it so that as long as everyone goes out and works hard, everyone will become rich, or even be able to live his *dream* lifestyle. There are only so many peaces of pie. When greedy people sell their souls to the devil and devote themselves to hoarding resources for themselves, it means someone else’s peace of pie, or some fraction thereof, will not be readily available, even if he does work hard for it. If people go without because they are lazy, that’s their fault. But often, I believe people are going without because there just isn’t an unlimited amount of readily available resources for everyone to live his *dream* life.

    In the past, I have earned a median income. While not enabling a *dream* lifestyle, it did allow my family and I to get by, even though my wife accepts the responsibility of staying home to raise our children. My understanding is that the average household has two median income earners, which means most people are getting twice the amount of resources for their family as mine. I can’t imagine, knowing that we can survive on one income, what it would be like to have double the amount we actually need to get by, as *middle class* America apparently does. Imagine how many *millions* of jobs would immediately become available, if, instead of pursuing the *American Dream*, these families were content with what they needed, with one person working and another raising the children!

    Thus, I believe that there are a lot of unemployed people right now, because even middle class families are being too greedy. They are effectively stealing other people’s piece of pie, and making hit harder
    for everyone. For this reason, I believe there do need to be some kind of restraints in place, to discourage people from hoarding more than they need, so that everyone who puts in a hard day’s work will be able to meet his needs. No, I don’t feel sorry for these people if they have to pay higher taxes!

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