“Beating Plowshares Into Swords”

… FOR THIS “HOPE AND CHANGE” THAT WE ELECTED KING || By FITSNEWS ||  It’s a departure from our typical fare (classical/ alt-rock/ punk/ hip-hop) but Don Henley‘s “End of the Innocence” has always been one of our favorite songs.  Released in 1989, the single was a collaborative effort with…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  It’s a departure from our typical fare (classical/ alt-rock/ punk/ hip-hop) but Don Henley‘s “End of the Innocence” has always been one of our favorite songs.  Released in 1989, the single was a collaborative effort with Bruce Hornsby (of the “Range” fame) that went to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It’s a political commentary … one expressly critical of the military interventionism championed by former U.S. president Ronald Reagan.  In fact the video for the song – directed by David Fincher (of Fight Club fame) – is overtly political, with Reagan campaign posters filling the black-and-white screen as Henley sings his iconic lyric “beating plowshares into swords for this tired old man that we elected king.”

The phrase – which refers to a nation shifting its focus from peaceful production to militant aggression – comes from the book of Joel.

“Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong!” the verse goes.

So … why do we bring up this song?  And this verse?

Because we’ve come full circle with the current occupant of the White House – Barack Obama, a.k.a. “this ‘hope and change’ that we elected king.”

Six years ago, Obama was awarded an “aspirational” Nobel Peace prize … ostensibly because he campaigned on getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, which he referred to as the “wrong war” and a “dumb war.”

He was correct, too … although there’s now a steady escalation of American military involvement in Iraq (again) as part of the impending “thirty-year war” with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  In fact Obama has sent a message to Congress asking for authorization to pursue what he refers to as a “limited” escalation of the existing campaign against ISIS.

Wait … limited?


Tell that to the tapped out U.S. taxpayer, who is shelling out tens of billions of dollars in new defense spending on this “limited” campaign (hence our reference to the “plowshares into swords” verse).

Of course that reference isn’t entirely accurate …

“You got it half-right, half-wrong,” one federal elected official told FITS.  “Who needs plowshares when we’ve got food stamps?”

Exactly …

Anyway … by now it’s clear Obama’s aspirational peace prize was won not by him, but by his Teleprompter – which everyone intuitively knew six years ago.

“President Obama should thank the Nobel committee and ask them to hold on to the Peace Prize for a couple more years,” the left-leaning New Yorker. wrote at the time.  “The prize should be awarded for achievement, not aspiration.”

Yeah …

Since winning the award, Obama has attacked seven predominantly Muslim nations – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.  In most of these cases he acted without congressional authorization.  Not only that, Obama’s administration has also participated in the unconstitutional overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected government.

Peace?  Yeah right …

“The organizing principle of any society … is for war,” the mysterious “X” character famously said in the 1991 conspiracy theory epic, JFK.  “The authority of the state over its people resides in its war powers.”

Indeed … and that muscle is being flexed again, with hypocritical “Republicans” chomping at the bit for even more intervention.

“The United States has an obligation to protect its borders – and the lives and property of those citizens therein – via a well-trained, well-equipped fighting force,” we wrote last fall.  “It also has an obligation to eradicate clear and present threats to the national security – and to do so via overwhelming force.  It does not, however, have an obligation to provide security to wealthy European nations.  Or security for Israel.  Or to make any region of the world (other than its own homeland) ‘safe for democracy.'”

In fact the more we chase these distortions … the more blood and treasure we needlessly exhaust.  And the less prosperous, safe and free our country becomes.


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GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 10:22 am

It’s always AMAZED me how gifted some artists are…(Henley, Springsteen)…yet they are so politically IGNORANT and @$$-Backward…

All of the evils, repression and fears voiced in some good music are STRONG characteristics of the liberal religion and the Democrat Party…

The devil is indeed deceitful in disguising himself in the beautiful things of this earth…Obama has been such a DISASTER, surely some of those duped by this rotten excuse for a president are not still fooled…You can always hope…

LD February 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

So if you were gifted you would be just like them, instead of just being ignorant and ass-backward.

grandtangosuglydog February 13, 2015 at 10:40 am

Whats the difference between you and Springsteen or Henley? (well besides the fact they have some talent..) they are published. You ..not so much. And by not so much i mean not at all..nothing, zippo, nada..the big donuts. Your single purpose in life seems to be trying to be the biggest troll loser on this site..probably the only thing you have ever come close to succeeding at..
But please dont let me stop you from making up about 80% of the posts on this site either as grandasshatliarwithnopublishedarticles or the many fake names you use.
You truly offer nothing on this planet, but snarky fact free troll comments. Your mom must be proud. Go upstairs and ask her, i bet she says …maybe.

GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 10:49 am

“They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast”….

But you sho’ wear yourself out trying…LMAO…Don’t you???…Hahahaha..

Rocky February 13, 2015 at 10:56 am

Walkin’ on sunshine, oh yeah, and don’t it feel good…..

send in the clowns! February 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

Really? Just in the last week your lying ass has apologized for saying Lindsay Graham lives with his parents when they actually died years ago and he had to raise his 13 year-old sister and for alleging the dad in the ‘upstate’ was a child molester. Appears you have never had a ray of sunshine hit your life.

You are entertaining however…what airport are you hanging out near today waiting on the ‘bat phone’ to ring to so your boss can give you your next international assignment?

Oh my!

Buz Martin February 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

pogo/Flip/Sandi/etc., I have to admit you pulled one over on me lately. I’m referring to your version of the disposition of the DWI, hit & run and vandalism charges against T.G. Davis in Horry County. I should have followed up and checked it out, instead of taking your word for it. Turns out, that was another or your lies. You said the charges were dismissed. They were not. The case was “disposed”, not “dismissed.” Guilty plea, time served, and a fine. It’s on his “permanent record”, sport.

I’ll admit, that guy — who is the co-holder with former VA mayor Doug Wilder of the patent on core tech used in virtually every voting machine in the USA, and who bragged in Sun News comments that he could program any voting machine from his home or office computer — didn’t get as stiff a sentence as his drunk-driving, miserably ass deserved. But he didn’t get off scot-free, either, as you so dishonestly said he did.

grandtangosuglydog February 13, 2015 at 10:59 am

so you swore the other day you had been published and the rest of are just idiots. i asked you to prove you had been published or be proven YET AGAIN that you are both a proven liar and a still waiting on those many publications you bragged about…and waiting…and waiting…just a single solitary published article will work..just one..or just admit you lied..again? what is it loser troll?

GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

LMAO…you’re a F*#king small-minded idiot…I’m guessing even those who agree w/ every ignorant word you spew see it…

I just wonder if you do? And you dig yourself deeper into a hole of STUPID w/ each word…Hahaha…and the more you desperately try…

grandtangosuglydog February 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm

So the bottom line: you havent published anything and got caught telling lies..AGAIN. Wow i guess you have no honor or integrity at all!! At your core you are just a troll, nothing else, just a troll.

GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm

I’m a very effective communicator evidently…You certainly hate me for defining you expertly….And you feel like you have to respond – and destroy me- because you fear others will be persuaded by my accuracy about you…

grandtangosuglydog February 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm

“Persuaded by my accuracy…” LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL you mean with your presidential picks????? hows President Perry, Gingrich, Palin, Santorium flush etc doing? but i digress..blah blah blah, so still no proof of you ever being published? Thought not..just another internet troll liar..Thanks for doing such a good job of exposing yourself, all i have to do is point it do the heavy lifting.

GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm

You seem to be EXTREMELY paranoid of me…. (:

grandtangosuglydog February 13, 2015 at 5:05 pm

You seem to desperately want to change the subject from you telling lies about what a successful published author you swear you are to ..well anything else..the usual M.O. for proven cowardice and being a proven liar. Good luck

GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 5:12 pm

I just don’t really give a F*#k, though you seem heavily invested in it…

Squishy123 February 14, 2015 at 9:37 am

In the 50 Shades of Gray article GT mentions Penthouse Forum… maybe he got published there.

lipstick traces February 13, 2015 at 10:59 am

You know who that clown is , don’t you? Have you notice he has not mentioned ‘Flip’ since he was….

GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 11:51 am


Buz Martin February 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The fool is suggesting grandtangosuglydog is me. I wish. He or she makes better points, more cogently and relevantly than I do, on a regular basis.

GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Wow…that’s impossible…LMAO…

Rocky February 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

DOW is currently at 18,021 – yeah – Obama sucks.

WOD February 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Fuck a dow. A dow is fabricated bullshit that proves NOTHING whatsoever.

Buz Martin February 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Temporary. This rally has no legs.

grandtangosuglydog February 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm

well if this rally hadnt been going on for upwards of three years, but since it has..i guess the GOP can hope it gets worse, although that seems un-American to me but what do i know..

The Buttfuck Bro's February 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

LMAO!!!! Replying to yourself.

grandtangosuglydog February 13, 2015 at 12:38 pm

first off, me and buzz arent the same, second, you call yourself a buttfuck bro!!!!, that says more than i ever could: good for you for coming out of the closet.
Second, we know its really grandasshatliarwhohasnoblogcauseheliesandhasnopointever due to the butt fuck (his fav subject along with sucking cock) comment and the all caps LMAO. Sad really but the usual for a troll.

Buz Martin February 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

It’s either GT or Flap. They’re not the same dude. Just afflicted in the same manner.

buzz 1 and 2 February 14, 2015 at 7:48 am

yes u r

Buz Martin February 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

I’m not your typical Republican, though I do have that party affiliation. Every party needs its dissidents. Especially its cognitive dissidence. ;)

Obama has long since thrown in with the crony corporatists. Bail-outs, subsidies, tax breaks for “greens”, etc. Social engineer of the leftist kind, but with the same effect as the rightist kind — picking winners and losers in the marketplace.

So he offends my libertarian leanings in many ways, even though I agree with him on most social issues. However, the POV that the rally has no legs over the long haul is based on some sound reasoning from a commentator/author who is pretty far to the left of me — Thom Hartman. Says we are headed for another great depression.

Squishy123 February 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

Wall Street vs. Main Street.

When Main Street recovers, then I’ll be convinced.

Inmate GrandTango February 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Did you contact the FBI field office in Cola about your charges yet?

Buz Martin February 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

It is interesting that the “talking head” types in the MSM are starting to criticize Obama now over his hawkishness. And those not tied to the mega-corporations in any way like (as are the ones who Imus would call “about half a commie” at MSNBC) are going even further. Amy Goodman, BFF of Angela Davis, as well as uber-lefties David Packman and Thom Hartman are bringing on guest after guest who appear to despise O with every fibre of their being. Some are even suggesting that a non-hawk libertarian would be preferable for POTUS. Looks like he’s worn out his welcome, all across the political spectrum, doesn’t it? So why are his poll numbers up? Somewhat of an up economy for now. That’s it. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

It's a Great Day in SC February 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm

And what does the Republican Party offer?

Well,Jeb Bush,Scott Walker,Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio etc etc.Their beef?

Obama is a damn LIBRUL and scared to “fight.”

Then theres poor old Rand Paul(who has NO chance of being the Republican nominee).

So what’s one to do?

Take a load off and relax ,after all

It’s a Great Day in SC!

Timmy Tebow February 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm

“The Boys of Summer” is his best work post Eagles

9" February 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm

You’re right,and The Atari’s version was nice.Last I saw Dylan,he did a great version of,End Of The Innocence

major major February 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Most people aren’t aware of that verse from Joel but have heard of its more popular counterpart in Isaiah 2:4 My guess is Henley’s lyrics were meant as an ironic twist on Isaiah, rather than a direct quote from Joel.

Barry February 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Wait, are you saying that drone strikes and war escalation aren’t compatible with my Peace Prize?

Dude, knock it off, I’m half black you know. Cut me some slack.


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