Like clockwork, pop star Ke$ha is out with a new single, and (surprise!), it’s another anthem celebrating youth orgies and debauchery and the desires of the flesh. Sure, feminists once fought for a whole laundry list of basic civil rights, but today they can sit back and relax because Ke$ha is on the case, making sure your little girl’s highest aspiration is to strip naked for random dudes in a drunken stupor.
‘Die Young’ has already been viewed millions of times on YouTube, and like most of the star’s songs, it is slick. The lyrics aren’t William Blake, but we’ll get to that later:
Young hunks, taking shots
Stripping down to dirty socks
Music up, gettin’ hot
Kiss me, give me all you’ve got
It’s pretty obvious that you’ve got a crush (you know)
That magic in your pants, it’s making me blush (for sure)
Looking for some trouble tonight
Take my hand I’ll show you the wild side
Like it’s the last night of our lives
We’ll keep dancing till we die
I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums
Oh what a shame that you came here with someone
So while you’re here in my arms,
Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young
Personally, the story worth telling about Ke$has isn’t about the artist at all; there have always been people who make big bucks peddling sex. The real story is that we have an entire culture that idolizes people like her, and then they wind up like “Jenelle” from MTV’s “Teen Moms.”
If you don’t know Janelle, she’s the winner who got knocked up as a teenager, can’t stop smoking pot and ultimately has to decide whether or not to go to jail or extend her probation as a consequence of her reckless behavior. Janelle wants to go to jail and put her past behind her, but one thing prevents her from doing so: a Ke$ha concert that would take place during her sentence.
Teen Mom Jenelle: No, no, you don’t understand. This is my idol. She’s like my idol, and I’m never going to be able to see her if … Can’t you call [the judge]? Isn’t there some way …
Lawyer: I am not mentioning the concert.
Teen Mom Jenelle: I really can’t miss that concert. I really can’t.That’s why I got all these feathers in my hair — because of the concert. I bought clothes for the concert. I set up hotel rooms for the concert. … Like, like, no one understands how important this concert is to me. It’s not just a concert. It’s Kesha, like. It’s the person. … It’s Kesha, like, my idol — the girl that I watch videos on YouTube 30 times a day. I’m obsessed with this girl.
Political junkies familiar with Sandra Fluke take note: Our culture is creating millions of Janelles every year. They are selfish. They are ignorant. They live in the moment and when the repercussions of their actions boomerang back on them they act like it’s society’s job to make things right. If the Janelles of the world don’t even respect their own bodies and personal property, it’s a good bet that when they go to the voting booth they’re going to vote for the worldview that pats them on the head (or the baby belly when the father isn’t around) and says, “It’s not your fault. It’s that rich guy’s fault. It’s that old white guy’s fault. It’s that businessman’s fault.”
Every time I hear a conservative say that social issues don’t matter, I cringe. They do. Immensely. That doesn’t mean that they need to be talked about in the language of an Evangelical preacher, but a society without a moral compass is a society that will embrace socialism in a heartbeat.
But I digress. The point is, the cultural war in the United States (and Western Civilization at large) has been battled for ages . Take William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell, for instance:
As I was walking among the fires
of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments
of Genius, which to Angels look like
torment and insanity, I collected some
of their proverbs, thinking that as the
sayings used in a nation mark its
character, so the proverbs of Hell show
the nature of infernal wisdom better
than any description of buildings or
The road of excess leads to the
palace of wisdom.
Prudence is a rich ugly old maid
courted by Incapacity.
He who desires, but acts not, breeds
Now read from The Spiritual Heritage of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, by Francois Ducaud-Bourget:
The sensual person finally finds himself completely a slave of his appetites: laziness, gluttony, or voluptuousness, a trilogy often fusing in the same individual to annihilate his real personality and suppress his spiritual, fecund, and creative virility.
Against all the forms of egotism summarized in those three capital sins, against that unrestrained love of self (or rather, against that blind hatred of self) which makes of the individual the center of the universe and sacrifices the whole world to his appetites and desires, against that monstrous caricature of real love which forgets itself in order to procure happiness for others, against the blasphemy of the self-centered flesh which sets itself up as the god and universal rule of creation, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem supposes the virtue of chastity which, strangling the interest which each person has in himself and the appeals of a nature which promises pleasure, but brings only disillusionment, affords us the real and noble joy of being our own masters and of making our own that Law we have received and heartily accepted, and finally, of accomplishing the noble and exalting sacrifices required to fulfill the Christian ideal.
One needs only to compare the intellectual plane that Blake and Ducaud-Bourget are operating on with that of Ke$ha and her fans to see just how far Western Civilization has fallen. If you had to choose, would you say the education system, our popular culture and our media fall on the side of the poet Blake or The Knights of Malta? The answer is quite obvious, and if we reap what we sow, it will be interesting to see the weeds in the garden a few generations from now.
Enjoy your millions, Ke$ha. I wish you the best, although I can’t help but ask (and apologies to the Apostle Mark for butchering 8:36): For what shall it profit a skank if she shall gain the whole world but lose her soul?
PS: Nice upside-down crosses in the video. I noticed nothing in ‘Die Young’ aims to upset Muslims. Telling.