Michael Franti and Spearhead

Plinky.com asked me what's the most wasteful thing I do each day.

Simple, brief answer to this one, however I won't write it – I'll quote Michael Franti, he said it so much better:

one nation

under God

has turned into

one nation under the influence

of one drug

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Television, the drug of the Nation

Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

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T.V., it

satellite links

our United States of Unconsciousness

Apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive

The methadone metronome pumping out

150 channels 24 hours a day

you can flip through all of them

and still there's nothing worth watching

T.V. is the reason why less than 10 per cent of our

Nation reads books daily

Why most people think Central Amerika

means Kansas

Socialism means unamerican

and Apartheid is a new headache remedy

absorbed in it's world it's so hard to find us

It shapes our mind the most

maybe the mother of our Nation

should remind us

that we're sitting too close to…

[Chorus:]

Television, the drug of the Nation

Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

(2x)

T.V. is

the stomping ground for political candidates

Where bears in the woods

are chased by Grecian Formula'd

bald eagles

T.V. is mechanized politic's

remote control over the masses

co-sponsored by environmentally safe gases

watch for the PBS special

It's the perpetuation of the two party system

where image takes precedence over wisdom

Where sound bite politics are served to

the fastfood culture

Where straight teeth in your mouth

are more important than the words

that come out of it

Race baiting is the way to get selected

Willie Horton or

Will he not get elected on…

[Chorus:]

Television, the drug of the Nation

Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

(2x)

T.V., is it the reflector or the director?

Does it imitate us

or do we imitate it

because a child watches 1500 murders before he's

twelve years old and we wonder why we've created

a Jason generation that learns to laugh

rather than to abhor the horror

T.V. is the place where

armchair generals and quarterbacks can

experience first hand

the excitement of warfare

as the theme song is sung in the background

Sugar sweet sitcoms

that leave us with a bad actor taste while

pop stars metamorphosize into soda pop stars

You saw the video

You heard the soundtrack

Well now go buy the soft drink

Well, the onla cola that I support

would be a union C.O.L.A.(Cost Of Living Allowance)

On television

[Chorus:]

Television, the drug of the Nation

Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

(2x)

Back again, "New and improved"

We return to our irregularly programmed schedule

hidden cleverly between heavy breasted

beer and car commercials

CNNESPNABCTNT but mostly B.S.

Where oxymoronic language like

"virtually spotless", "fresh frozen"

"light yet filling" and "military intelligence"

have become standard

T.V. is the place where phrases are redefined

like "recession" to "necessary downturn"

"Crude oil" on a beach to "mousse"

"Civilian death" to "collateral damages"

and being killed by your own Army

is now called "friendly fire"

T.V. is the place where the pursuit

of happiness has become the pursuit of

trivia

Where toothpaste and cars have become

sex objects

Where imagination is sucked out of children

by a cathode ray nipple

T.V. is the only wet nurse

that would create a cripple

[Chorus:]

Television, the drug of the Nation

Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

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