Times are A Changing, Always

Posted: 23/05/2009 in Uncategorized
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Every now and again a songwriter will come up with a timeless tune, a song that fits in the day it was written, and every day that follows as well. Bob Dylan wrote this song during the turbulence of the early 60s era when the hippie movement was taking off in a direction that still remains questionable today. Free love, abundant narcotics and resistance to the man were the trademarks of the day. Remember all of the news from that decade as the Viet Nam war escalated to an eventual failure due to bumbling politicians?

Come gather round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth saving
Then you’d better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times, they are a changing

The times, yes indeed, they are a changing, then and now. They always have been, and they always will be changing, until that final day we so long for. I wonder if Dylan knew way back then how many years it would take for this nation to sink into the changes we are facing today? Then, as now, we write of the changes we see and guess as to which way the wind will blow tomorrow. Some of us have prophesied the death of the United States, while others the transformation into a new society.

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens
And keep your eyes open, the chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon, the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no telling who that it’s naming
Oh the loser will be later to win
For the times, they are a changing

Yes indeed, the wheel’s still in spin! And like the magical roulette wheel, where it will stop, nobody knows. The liberal left continues to gain power and control as they drive this nation out of our control, and into the control of others. Politicians trade and borrow, beg and steal, whisper and shout their way through the meandering process of turning ideals into legislation. Concepts into law. Dreams into reality.

Come senators, congressmen, please head the call
Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be her that has stalled
The battle outside ragging will soon shake your windows
And rattle your hall
For the times, they are a changing

The battle is indeed raging! And we find that the youngsters of the turbulent 60s have now become the warriors of today. Driven by idealistic dreams of a better world we find that their ideology has become ingrained into the educational and political morays the youngsters of today, only to further the degradation of the ideals this nation were founded upon. A battle between the old and the new. Warfare between the Right and the Left. A struggle between good and evil.

Come mothers and fathers all over this land
And don’t criticize what you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughter are beyond your command
Your old role is rapidly aging
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand
For the times they are a changing

Yes indeed, our old role is rapidly aging! We find that as a nation we are no longer the bearer of protection to the masses. The hope of the world. We no longer hold the dreams of millions of foreigners and the opportunities we hold. We no longer command the tiller of the future, left to steer her own way into the mist of the horizon.

The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast
The slow one will later be fast
And the present now will soon be the past
The order is rapidly fading
The first one now will later be last
For the times, they are a changing

Indeed, the order is changing! A new world order has come upon us. An order that dictates who we are, and who we shall be. An order beyond our control. The old order is rapidly fading away. The new world order has come upon us, like a thief in the night. Our virtues stolen away as we slept in complacency. Where once we were first, we now are last.

I wonder if Dylan envisioned the prophetic words this song proclaimed to the ages? I wonder if he knew that he was singing of the death of freedom? The vanishing hope of the world? The ideals and dreams of those who sought to overturn the tables of capitalism in favor of the ideals of socialism have finally begun to pass into reality. The advancement of the New World Order into her seat of power is taking place in front of our very eyes today. The harlot of the ages has come to be seated upon her throne.

But the times, they are a changing, and all things must come to pass. And the reign of the Harlot shall come to pass as well. A world choked by the demands of the ideals of socialism cannot survive. Taxation, regulation, legislation. That is what we shall come to realize of our governments. We will tire of the walls that are being built around us by this generation of warriors. We must be free. We shall be free.

We stand upon the threshold of a new future. And as a man stands within the doorway of his home, he sees the horizon and dreams of what lies beyond. The man grows weary of the burdens placed upon his shoulders by the kings of man. The man dreams of the future. Of freedom. Of opportunity.

And the times, they are a changing. Just as they have in the times of Franklin, Jefferson and Washington. The time of Hamilton and all of the others who dreamed of being free from the burdens placed upon them by the crown of England. They too became free. They too fought the battle to gain control over their own future. And we too shall continue to fight the very battle as our ancestors fought, in order that we may see our dreams fulfilled as well.

Indeed, the times are a changing!


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