What Shall the Righteous Do?

Black 47 – Fanatic Heart

At the tail end of the song, Fanatic Heart, by American Celtic rock band Black 47, a voice is heard, crying, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (That comes from Psalm 11: 3.) The song Fanatic Heart owes a debt to a poem by William Butler Yeats, “Remorse For Intemperate Speech”:

Out of Ireland have we come.
Great hatred, little room,
Maimed us at the start.
I carry from my mother’s womb
A fanatic heart. [1]

Free and fair elections are at the foundation of our government in the United States. IF the 2020 election was fraudulent, the foundations are destroyed and then, what shall the righteous do? Millions of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen. Ashli Babbitt was one of this group. She believed the righteous thing was to travel to Washington, DC and raise hell. On January 6, 2021, she was shot dead in our nation’s capital. A video of her slaying has not yet been scrubbed clean from YouTube as of this writing. It comes courtesy of El País, the second most circulated daily newspaper in Spain as of December 2017. [2] El País warns, at the start of the video, “Estas imágenes pueden herir su sensibilidad” (These images might wound your sensibility).

El momento en el que Ashli Babbitt es disparada en el cuello

Also tragically dead on January 6th was police officer Brian D. Sicknick, though in his case the cause of death is not as clear as in Ashli Babbitt’s case.

The song, Fanatic Heart, begins amidst the tense background of a Twelfth of July parade in Northern Ireland and tells the story of an Irish nationalist who lost someone he loved that day, and then was arrested, interrogated, and tortured by British security forces. [3]

I remember your eyes from the 12th of July
When the sirens were screamin’ and the flames lit the sky
And you held me so tight, thought you’d never let go
‘Til the bullets exploded on the pavement below
Then I laid you down next to a burnt out car
Screamed out for help but you were gone too far
Still got that picture of you locked away from the start
Developing inside my fanatic heart.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Remorse For Intemperate Speech”, by William Butler Yeats. (1931) https://allpoetry.com/Remorse-For-Intemperate-Speech
[2] “El País”, Wikipedia. Accessed January 9, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Pa%C3%ADs
[3] Customer review at Amazon of Black 47’s 1993 album “Fire of Freedom”. Review by Paul Haspel.

 

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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