That song was done by the Boomtown Rats and was made in response to the school shooting carried out by Brenda Ann Spencer on January 29th, 1979 in San Diego, California. I admit that I had mentally lost track of it, but it always has been floating around in my head, re-emerging from time to time. I was 14 years old and living in San Diego at the time. The shooter was 16. When asked why she had done it, she answered, “I don’t like Mondays”.
Two people were killed, and 9 injured, including 8 children. It was a horrifically shocking event which, I’m sure, everyone at the time said they’d never forget. Ok, so how many of you who were 14 or older in 1979 remember? How many of you have heard that Boomtown Rats song and never knew what it was about?
We forget and we forget and we forget – and then comes the next massacre and we wring our hands and swear we won’t forget. But, we do – and then repeat the process. If we want it to stop, then we have to remember….and keep remembering and start thinking about how it happened. How is it that prior to 1979 we never had someone pick up a gun and randomly shoot at a school for no identifiable reason? To be sure, you can find long lists of people who were murdered at schools over the ages – but in each case there was an identifiable cause; some grievance against the school, or the school authorities, or some of the students. Something you could logically connect to the crime…not because a bored person decided they didn’t like Mondays.
We’ve lost our morals, my friends – that is it. Only a people increasingly lacking in basic, human decency can breed people who will just kill for no reason. Until we get back to basic, human decency we won’t get anywhere. Just more massacres and more memorial services and more (empty) pledges to never forget.
UPDATE: Rush gets it:
I said, “Twenty-five years ago we were warning about what was going to happen if X kept happening and Y kept happening and if we didn’t stop Z.” Well, now, we’re there. We’re no longer talking about what will happen unless we do something about it. We’re living it. We’re living the collapse. We’re living the implosion of our culture and our society. Politically, morally, religiously, you name it, and it all stems from the fact that no one is allowed to have values. Values are judgmental. You have no right to impose values on people.
The death of our civilization is proceeding precisely as predicted in decades past – stodgy, boring, old conservatives (and a few wise liberals) pointed it out and pointed it out and explained with charts and diagrams that all this would happen if we didn’t change course. We didn’t change course. We just doubled down on doing it wrong – and now people pretend to be all shocked about it? Astounding.
Get ready to start imposing the old morality (and, of course, all of us must start by imposing it on ourselves) or get ready for death. Pick one. There are no other choices.