Bob Dylan and the US Election


Ah, like a breath of fresh air a little sanity crept into the news last week with word from Oslo that Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. In a world gone mad, a man who did, and does, what he can to at least slow the process of encroaching insanity was recognised for his efforts. Bravo!

When Dylan wrote that the times were changing I wonder if he ever thought they would change as they have. Religious terrorism, global warming, environmental concerns and democracy in the US being given a sharp kick to the nether regions to list but a few recent changes. He told us we’d better start swimmin or we’d sink like a stone; I imagine there are those who, having taken Bob’s advice now wish they’d sunk!

Although I think Bob may have had Donald Trump and his treatment of employees in mind when he penned Maggie’s Farm:

I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more
Well, he puts his cigar
Out in your face just for kicks

As for Hillary Clinton, with the Wikileaks documents shining a light (a light he never knowed) on her less than presidential dealings, perhaps Bob would have said:

I ain’t a-saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

With 21 days to the US election, the campaign revolves around one candidate’s lewd comments, unacceptable behaviour toward women, and bombastic claims that the process is rigged, Trump may well be ” …a man who was wounded with hatred”. The other main party candidate, Clinton, who is often referred to as snobbish and above the dirt of politics may soon have to admit “ … that she’s like all the rest” must deal with documents that were stolen and leaked online. Yep, stolen, hacked, not for public consumption.

There is not a thing about this election that is above board, nothing. That is a shame.


DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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