"But why are you against the warning labels on albums?"
This is a question I am often asked at the Rock Out Censorship booth at the shows we do. Usually I will reply by informing the questioner that record stores are IDing kids and refusing to sell labeled albums to people under 18 or that some retail chains are refusing to even stock albums with labels and thus, denying access to the free market system simply because of album content. When supplied with this knowledge, the questioner will almost always eagerly sign our anti-labeling petition, smile, and slip off into the crowd to enjoy the show. However, the more this question is asked of me, the more I think about it and realize that this issue goes MUCH deeper than any quick explanation I could give to someone in a moment at a concert.
Let us begin by looking at why labels are there in the first place. When Tipper Gore and her friends at the PMRC first introduced the labeling idea, it was to be a notice to parents to let them know that there are things on the album that might be objectionable to them. This way, if Billy or Sally brought home an album with a label on it, Mommy and Daddy could toss that evil, wicked, nasty devil music in garbage straight away without taking the time to listen to the music and deciding on its appropriateness for themselves, the music community found the idea completely laughable, but caved in to the demands of the self-righteous and agreed to voluntary labeling of all potentially offensive music.
It is now several years later, and nobody is laughing any more. Musicians are being arrested and dropped from their record deals because of these "offensive" lyrics. In many cases, Billy and Sally cannot purchase these albums any more because of pressure on a music industry sorely in need of a backbone. And through it all, the Corporate New World Conformity elite are sitting in their mansions laughing as everyone continues to play happy sheep herded into their daily toil with no ability or desire to question any of the things that are going on around them.
You see, folks, it's not about protecting children from potential bad influences that the censorship crowd is interested in. It's about keeping tomorrow's adults from anything that might influence them to rebel against the things that are going on. It's about maintaining the status quo, so that the people and companies that are in power will remain in power. It's about filtering out anything that deviates from their prescribed norm. By keeping these labels on our music, we are endorsing the idea that owners of record stores and music chains have the right and responsibility to be involved in the parenting process for each child in the United States. And we are also accepting the idea that certain pressure groups have the right to decide what is best for ALL children through their intimidation of these record stores and music chains.
This leads us to the core of ALL problems in today's world. So many people are arguing that the solution to all of society's ills is more restrictions and controls...that since so many parents must BOTH work to pay the bills, somebody has to keep kids from getting into bad influences. The people that want you to buy into this mode of thinking scream about how rock 'n roll music and rap music are corrupting youth of the country and creating the entire breakdown of family values, which, in turn, leads to more crime, drugs, despair, and all the other bad things in the world. So we must figure out a way to keep young people from hearing this terrible music that turns them into such monsters and enemies of the greater good, they indignantly cry. They are pushing for laws that will restore family values, yet you never hear anyone mention the REAL cause for this breakdown (other than right here in the pages of THE ROC). It will never be reported in mainstream media or admitted by the controlling elite that the Corporate New World Conformity is responsible for this breakdown. Instead of blaming rock and roll, these people calling for greater restrictions should be questioning WHY IS IT THAT NOBODY IS THERE TO BE PARENTS??? The answer can be heard from their own mouths...because both parents are too busy working to pay bills.
Twenty years ago, one man could work a full-time job and support a family of four. Now, one man must work a full-time job and beg and grovel to his boss for overtime simply support himself. Many-feminists will argue that a large percentage women want to work, but the problem with our society is that the choice is no longer their's to make. Now both parents, in most cases, MUST work just to make ends meet. Suddenly Billy and Sally have no Mommy and Daddy to look to for guidance, because Mommy and Daddy both work 50-70 hours a week. The reason the censorship crowd will never point this out is because they often are a part of the Corporate New World Conformity elite and to state such a truth as this would jeopardize all that they are striving for--COMPLETE control of each and every "non-elite" person on Earth. Instead of seeking to reform to curtail the corporate greed that keeps both parents hard at work and away from their children, they seek to become the children's parents themselves so they can more easily keep the sheep in the pasture.
The United States was founded on the principal of freedom. Our founding fathers all would have much sooner been seen at an Ice-T concert than at a PMRC meeting. The entire being of the United States of America is rooted in rebellion against oppression. So when you hear someone speak of "good old American family values," remind them that we had a bloody Revolutionary War to free ourselves from persecution by the British government and a system that imposed its values on everyone. I don't think that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and our other founding fathers risked everything to start a new system of freedom just to have the same oppression rise here again.
The REAL issue here is not rock music. It is a corporate elite owning everyone, forcing them to work much harder for less rewards, keeping parents away from home, and seeking more control for themselves, ensuring that more and more cash will steadily end up in their wallets. These labels are simply a means by which the censorship crowd can brand anyone who dares question the system, utters a dirty word, offends the church, or does anything that does not fall in line with the Corporate New World Conformity we are all living in. Beware of those who seek to trash your Constitutional rights under the guise of protecting you and your children, because very soon there will be nobody to protect us from them. JUST A THOUGHT.