Debunking the "50 greatest conservative songs", part 10

Ain't no stoppin' us now, we're on the move...

44. “Two Sisters,” by The Kinks.
NRO take: Why the “drudgery of being wed” is more rewarding than bohemian life.

DL take: It looks like Percilla has some serious self-esteem issues. The first two thirds of the song she's so jealous of her single sister, but suddenly at the end she's the moral superior. One word: therapy!

There's a few messages you could take from everything here. One, I would interpret the meaning of the song is to appreciate the blessings that you do have, rather than envy what you could have had, or don't have. Two, if conservatives feel that this song represents their views on marriage, then the question must be asked: is just being married good enough for you, or does it have to be a situation where the wife stays at home? Read the last verse and you tell me:

She threw away her dirty dishes just to be free again
Her women's weekly magazines just to be free again
And put the children in the nursery just to be free again
Percilla saw her little children
And then decided she was better off
Than the wayward lass that her sister had been
No longer jealous of her sister
So she ran 'round the house with her curlers on
No longer jealous of her sister

And finally, if marriage is such a conservative virtue, why aren't high-powered conservatives such as Lindsey Graham, David Dreier, and Ken Mehlman married? Or is that touching too deep of a nerve there? I'll move on to...

48. “Why Don’t You Get a Job,” by The Offspring.

NRO take: The lyrics aren’t exactly Shakespearean, but they’re refreshingly blunt and they capture a motive force behind welfare reform.

DL take: Yes, it's a conservative value to call your girlfriend a go ahead, embrace it, you blunt lyrical lover you! This isn't about welfare in any shape or form, it's about a free loading girlfriend looking for a sugar daddy, someone to lavish her with expensive gifts and cash to allow her to lead a lifestyle well beyond her know, like the ladies that Duke Cunningham and Brent Wilkes and the like entertained.

Furthermore, there seems to be one simple solution to the subject's problem: dump the girlfriend!!! I would think that's what any 'good conservative' would tell them, that they're responsible for their own destiny, etc. blah blah blah. So it's again quite a stretch to call this a conservative song, certainly not for the reasons given.

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