The Lesser of Two Lyrics

Recently I heard that a former comrade of mine left an ostensibly Trotskyist group. His departure was over whether supporting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election against Donald Trump was acceptable (he thought it was). He has also recently taken to Tumblr to post a rather incoherent stream of cherry-picked quotes to justify his capitulation to one of the twin parties of imperialism. My guess is that he was driven to this sorry political state by virtue of his prior allegiance to the mythical “revolution for democracy in Syria,” a staunch supporter of which was none other than the Secretary of State Hillary “no-fly zone” Clinton. Although I have formulated a principled and serious political response in my head, I have concluded that his attempts at argument do not merit a serious response.

Instead, since I was in a frivolous mood today, I decided to provide a musical response. Inspired by a song from Jem that I recently heard (don’t ask), I opted to rewrite its lyrics to describe this former comrade’s current politics. Included below is the video for the original song, followed by my version of the lyrics. My recommendation is to listen to the song, then replay it while following along with my revisions. Enjoy!

(Mood, mood. Mood I’m in. Mood, mood. Mood I’m in.)
I’ll vote for whomever I want to. Anyone at all!
I can march where I want to march, or set up a propaganda stall.
It all depends on the group I’m tailing. It all depends on “the Syrians.”
I can be Trotskyist. Or truly reformist. It all depends on the mood I’m in.
(Mood, mood. Mood I’m in. Mood, mood. Mood I’m in.)
I tell friends to vote for Ms. Clinton, even though she’ll lose.
She’s a fraud, but she hates Assad. It’s what Karl Marx would clearly choose.
It all depends on the group I’m tailing. It all depends on “the Syrians.”
I can be Trotskyist. Or truly reformist. It all depends on the mood I’m in.
(Mood, mood. Mood I’m in.) It all depends on the mood I’m in!

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