Lift Me Up To Fly Away: Five Finger Death Punch hits the target for liberty

When I was young I used to wear a KISS (the rock band) shirt that said on the back, “If it’s too loud, you’re too old.”  Back then, even though I didn’t do drugs, curse, or promote decadence as a “leader of the pack,” the same kind of parents who support school levies today were doing the same back then, and they hated me.  And I mean……………HATED me.  They’d declare on many occasions……………..”some day Rich Hoffman………….you’ll grow up.  Someday the music will be too loud for you and you’ll be like the rest of us.”  Well, let me update their sentiments.  I’m now a grandfather and have raised two daughters and been married for over a quarter century.  And “they” are still waiting, their fat jello packed asses destroying several sets of furniture over the last couple of decades are still praying upon the gods of statism for “maturity” to shatter forward progress.  I still play music loudly, and that isn’t going to stop.  Most of the music I listen to are orchestral scores, but occasionally there is a rock song that comes on the radio that I crank up all the way and roll the windows down, even in the hard of winter.  One such song is “Lift Me Up” (featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest) by Five Finger Death Punch which for me is a throwback to the kind of music that was so popular during the pro-capitalist American period of the 1980s.  I LOVE this song, not only for the tempo, but for the lyrics.

Five Finger Death Punch (also initialized as FFDP or 5FDP) is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2005, the group’s name is derived from classic martial arts cinema. The band originally consisted of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer.[6] Bingham was replaced by guitarist Darrell Roberts in 2006, who was then replaced by Jason Hook in 2009. Bassist Matt Snell departed from the band in 2010 and was replaced by Chris Kael in 2011.

Their debut album The Way of the Fist was released in 2007. Following its release, the band began achieving success rapidly. The 2009 follow-up album War Is the Answer further increased their popularity, leading to both of the albums being certified gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 copies each in the United States. The band’s third album, entitled American Capitalist was released on October 11, 2011 and achieved Gold status within the year. The band has played international music festivals including Mayhem Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2013, and Download Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Five Finger Death Punch are the recipients of the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards for “Indie Artist of the Year” in both 2011 and 2012. They were also honored with the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Album (American Capitalist) and Song of the Year (“Coming Down”) in 2012.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Finger_Death_Punch

What I like about Five Finger Death Punch is that they represent a growing independent movement that is emerging in Los Angeles culture—which is typically dominated by left leaning statists.  The same anger and energy that is driving the creation of songs like the above “Lift Me Up” are the same as those driving sales for Grand Theft Auto 5.  The emergence of this heavy metal rock band represents the growing freedom movement that certainly isn’t “Republican” but leans “libertarian.”  There is a growing sector of the world population that feels the pressure reflected in the lyrics to “Lift Me Up,” and they are looking for anything or anyone to follow to lead them to that destination.  On such destinations, statism is not the answer, or even a viable option.  For people who find the song “Lift Me Up” inspiring, blind compliance to authority is not an option.

In my own life I have a tendency to completely disregard rules I don’t agree with, and I don’t feel any kind of social obligation to obey majority rule.  To me, if the majority of society is a group of fools, I’m not going along with their collective sentiments as an individual.  To provide context to that statement, my children were nearly arrested for climbing on The White House fence during the Clinton years by the secret service, but weren’t because they were encouraged by me.  The other day there were jokes about my age and the knowledge people had that I have still been to court more times than the years of my life.  I have stood in front of court judges more times than anybody I know except for lawyers, and every one of those instances was attempts by majority rule through law creation to bend my will to the collective due to my open disregard for society’s rules.  So I have a lot of experience in that kind of thing and after many, many years, I am no closer to compliance now than I was at any point in my life.

So to those who told me nearly 30 years ago that someday I’d grow up and that the music would become too loud what they were really saying was that someday the statist system would beat me into compliance and I would learn to live with the results………..and that they couldn’t wait to see it happen.  When I pulled into their drive ways to haul off their children for some gallant adventure they declared to themselves as my car disappeared into the surrounding streets with the music levels declining as distance mandated they’d say to each other…………someday the music will become too loud for Rich Hoffman.

Well, it’s not, and I doubt the music ever will, because I love lyrics to songs like “Lift Me Up.”  The words in such songs reflect accurately how I have always felt, and continue to strive for every day of my life.

It ain’t no mystery
I’m all I have left
I’m pushing back running you over

I’ve been thrown down,
Run around
Beaten ’til I hit the ground
I’m telling you right now that it’s over

There’s no room for mistakes
All the parts are in place
Say what you will but say it to my face

Better back the fuck up
Better shut the fuck up
I’ll do what I want
And I’ll never give up

I won’t be broken
I won’t be tortured
I won’t be beaten down

I have the answer
I can take the pressure
I will turn it all around

Lift me up above this
The flames and the ashes
Lift me up and help me to fly away

Lift me up above this
The broken, the empty
Lift me up and help me to fly away

I’m gonna change history
Enlighten the world
Teach ’em how to see through my eyes
I’m gonna lash back check that fate as a heart attack
Stomp out all the ugliest lies

You can’t convince me to change
We ain’t on the same page
I’ve had my fill
There’s nothing but rage

Best get out of my way ’cause there’s nothing to say
Is that all you got because I ain’t got all day

I won’t be broken
I won’t be tortured
I won’t be beaten down

I have the answer
I can take the pressure
I will turn it all around

Lift me up above this
The flames and the ashes
Lift me up and help me to fly away

Lift me up above this
The broken, the empty
Lift me up and help me to fly away

I won’t be broken
I won’t be tortured
I won’t be beaten down

I have the answer
I can take the pressure
I will turn it all around

Lift me up above this
The flames and the ashes
Lift me up and help me to fly away

Lift me up above this
The broken, the empty
Lift me up and help me to fly away

Lift me up to fly away
Lift me up to fly away
Lift me up

That song is a rebellion against statism, and it makes no attempt to hide it.  That song gives me hope that the entertainment culture has a movement rising within it that reflects the attitude of Five Finger Death Punch as a rock band.  Such people will not blindly accept the statism of public education, of Obamacare, of a one world order through the United Nations.  There is a growing subculture of open rebellion that is very similar to the one that came on the heels of the Jimmy Carter presidency, and with it the sentiments of Five Finger Death Punch who hit hard lyrically, controversially, and fearlessly proclaiming what everyone else is already feeling.  The reason we love that music loud is to hear it over the noise of the statist world, the social rhetoric of the current progressives, the school levy sluts, the eco-terrorists and every anti-capitalist in existence.  I do love such music loud………….as much so now as I always did.

Compliance is not an option………blind devotion to being ruled by some political, or academic elite is simply not going to happen………..not by me, or many people who I know.  They will not willingly give up their guns, they will not simply go to jail without a major fight, and they will not keep saying yes to higher taxes, more imposing legislation, more cops, TSA agents, NSA spies, FBI peeping Toms, and endless parades of IRS agents working for a huge government union that wants to control individual lives and behavior.  Peaceful transition from a free society into a statist one, now that the game is well-known, will not happen.    Young people do not have the money to subsidize baby boomers with Obamacare and still pay off their student loans for jobs that don’t pay for one of those things, let alone both.  An entire generation of young people let down, broke, and pissed off are coming to age and large statist governments think incorrectly that they will just roll over and………comply.  They will not!  Instead, they are looking for anything……….ANYTHING that will do as the song above states………….They want someone—-anyone to lift them up, and let them fly away from the nightmare created by years, and years, and years of massive statist governments that want control on every free mind that exits, and the byproduct of that action is rage driven by realized betrayal.  So turn up the music and let it out………..because many people feel it.  You are not alone.  When you hear that song on the open streets of West Chester, don’t be surprised to look at the car where the song emerges and see me driving.  It reflects my sentiments about the politics of our day…………….perfectly.

Rich Hoffman

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