Tonight Shinyribs will be playing at John T. Floore’s Country Store outside of San Antonio. You can get tickets at the above link. We will be there much earlier than showtime, so if you are in the area come out and shoot the shit. I am happy to discuss anything and everything I write about here, even if you disagree.
In reading about the 1800’s I am realizing how much public debate was part of the landscape then. People would debate for hours on various political topics. People in general were much more involved in the political process as a whole, as least the people that were allowed to be. (AKA white males) Well we don’t want to return to those times by any stretch of the imagination, it would be great if there was more real debate in this country and not just people sloganeering and spinning from both sides.
I played a show last month where I made a bunch of political comments. Afterwards a gentleman came up to me and said that while he was on the opposite side from me, he was happy to see someone actually saying something. We then had a good talk about some of the issues. I think that kind of thing is healthy. Politics is compromise. It is winning inch by inch. Sweeping change is rare. Although I would love to see sweeping change right now, I know that a slow grind is the only way the mountaintop of progress can be reached.
Many of those in power don’t want ideas being shared, they don’t want critical thinking, and they definitely don’t want real and open debate. Rebel and talk to each other. Express your opinions. There are always going to be some people that you just can’t reach, but you never know.