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Playlist for the Apocalypse: 15 Murder Most Foul

On January 31, 2020 Representative John Delaney of Maryland officially dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Who?

In June of 2019, Joe Biden skipped the Democratic Convention in California to publically display his disdain for the progressive direction of the Democratic party and exhibit his firm belief that the identity politics of 2008 are the future of the party.

Someone had to represent the interest of the party status quo, the insurance companies, and big pharma. Delaney did just that, contrasting his hopeless campaign strategy with views of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others on the party’s left. By July 2019, Delaney along with a dozen and a half the other presidential hopefuls participated in the Democratic Primary debates in Detroit, MI. Again, it seemed Delaney’s main agenda was poking any holes possible into any healthcare proposals that resembled Medicare for All. Delaney found his chief adversaries in Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. But, sometimes you just can’t stop the shining.

In what was once the widest, most diverse, Democratic primary race ever, the old white guy from Maryland had served his purpose. By November 2019, after some very contentious primary debates and public criticism, Sen. Warren had finally laid out a bizarre healthcare plan, that leaned away from Medicare for All.

During the early months of 2020, while the Trump administration was tragically mishandling information about coronavirus, the Democratic party was manhandling a primary to make sure the status quo is preserved: Between November and March, Mike Bloomberg came and went. Joe Biden had a surprise win in the South Carolina Democratic primary on February 29. On March 1, Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race. March 2, Amy Klobuchar dropped out as well. Klobuchar and Buttigieg both endorsed Biden. With party leaders rallied around Biden, he won Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia on Super Tuesday. On April 7, despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the Wisconsin primaries were held, putting thousands of lives in danger. On April 8, Sanders suspended his campaign making Biden the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee.

Back in March, while a Nazi flag was being waved at the rally of a Jewish presidential candidate, mainstream media chose to ignore that story in favor of hard-hitting exposés about Bernie Bros, the dirtbag left, and snake emojis. March was a rough month. And as some US states pivot toward reopening, the worst is likely yet to come. But somewhere in between the waving of swastikas at a Sanders’ rally and Bernie suspending his campaign in early April, Bob Dylan released a 17 minute long, new song on March 27, titled “Murder Most Foul.”

Murder was the first original Dylan song the world heard since the release of his 2012 album The Tempest. Shadows in the Night (2015), Fallen Angels (2016), and Triplicate (2017) were all covers and reworkings of traditional songs. What could bring the 2016 recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature out of retirement?

The day that they killed him, someone said to me, “Son
The age of the Antichrist has just only begun”
Air Force One coming in through the gate
Johnson sworn in at 2:38
Let me know when you decide to thrown in the towel
It is what it is, and it’s murder most foul

Now the ” age of the Antichrist ” is in full swing. In 2020, Oligarchs don’t need a patsy. You don’t need Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby when you have John Delaney and Joe Biden. In the world of social media, purposeful disinformation campaigns, and corporate-owned Cable News Networks in bed with either the GOP (FOX) or DNC (MSNBC & CNN), character assassination is all political pundits need to aim, fire and destroy those dirty, filthy, socialists, Russian loving, snake emoji tweeting, liberals! They must hate women!

Actually, people are universally pretty shitty toward women. That is not unique to any social, religious, or political affiliation or leanings. But this is not about Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or even a rising star like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who has been drafted for the Biden train).

This murder was about power. It was about who gets to cast the narrative.  The U.S. Representative for California’s 53rd congressional district sold shares in Alaska Air and Royal Caribbean cruise lines on Feb11!!! This time mainstream media compared the supporters of a Jewish candidate to the stormtroopers of the Nazi Party. Then the media cast Sanders himself as a Russian asset insurgent over and over again. Trump derangement syndrome has a whole party fighting, scratching, and clawing over each other to prove who is the truest, pro-big-bank, pro-corporate, anti-Medicare candidate… for all. This was a character assassination not merely of Sanders, Warren, or other progressive officials. This was a character assassination of progressives in the United States. Anyone left of the center would not be standing when all was through. It happened so quickly – so quick by surprise right there in front of everyone’s eyes. Or, maybe its been happening over and over for the last 50 years.