At some point in the last few days, I spent way too much time trying to write something about National Review’s 50 Greatest Conservative Rock Songs, finally giving up when the only thing I could think to say was, “This is the stupidest thing ever written, and will be so until the writer writes something else.” And even that line I stole from The Poor Man.
I admitted defeat, and it sounds as though Charles Pierce was tempted, too: Oh, Lord, sometimes, you make the fish so big and the barrel so small. Thankfully, though, he forged ahead:
The original list notes several “anti-government” songs by British punk bands, without noting that the government to which they were anti- was run by the beloved Maggie Thatcher. The freaking Sex Pistols as an anti-abortion band? The Clash as spokesfolk for adventurism in the Middle East? If anything can bring Joe Strummer back from the dead, this is it.
It goes on, and gets better.