If you had five minutes to explain to a non-American friend how American political culture works, you’d do pretty well just to play them “Rockin the Paradise.”  (Starts at about 1:44 of the linked video.)

Just in case you’re in a sonic environment where you can’t play Styx, here are the lyrics:

Whatcha doin’ tonight?
Have you heard that the world’s gone crazy?
Young Americans listen when I say
There’s people puttin’ us down
I know they’re sayin’ that we’ve gone lazy
To tell you the truth we’ve all seen better days.

Don’t need no fast buck, lame duck, profits for fun
Quick trick plans, take the money and run
We need long term, slow burn, getting it done
And some straight talking, hard working son of a gun

So Whatcha doin’ tonight?
I got faith in our generation
Let’s stick together and futurize our attitudes
I ain’t lookin’ to fight
But I know with determination
We can challenge the schemers who cheat all the rules

Come on and take pride, be wise, spottin’ the fools
Big shots, crackpots bending the rules
A fair shot here for me and for you
Knowing that we can’t lose

Were Styx Republicans or Democrats?  That’s what’s great about “Rockin’ the Paradise” — you can’t tell!

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