The most profound statement in recent memory came courtesy of the late, great Andrew Breitbart.
“Politics is downstream of culture.”
It’s why people are rushing out to duplicate fashions from the “Barbie” movie and TikTok videos spark nationwide trends. Hollywood knows this better than anyone, which is why so much modern content is poorly disguised propaganda.
It also explains why an unknown song by an unknown singer perfectly captures America in 2023.
Meet Anthony Oliver, whose song “Rich Men North of Richmond” perfectly captures the rage coursing through much of the American heartland.
Consider these lyrics:
It’s a damn shame
What the world’s gotten to
For people like me and people like you
Wish I could just wake up and it not be true
But it is, oh, it is
Living in the new world
With an old soul
These rich men north of Richmond
Lord knows they all just want to have total control
Wanna know what you think
Wanna know what you do
And they don’t think you know, but I know that you do
Cause your dollar ain’t s***, and it’s taxed to no end
‘Cause of rich men north of Richmond
I wish politicians would look out for miners
And not just minors on an island somewhere
Lord, we got folks in the street, ain’t got nothing to eat
And the obese milking welfare
Well God, if you’re 5 foot 3 and you’re 300 pounds
Taxes ought not to pay for your bags of fudge rounds
Young men are putting themselves six feet in the ground
‘Cause all this damn country does is keep on kicking them down
I’ve been selling my soul
Working all day
For bulls*** pay
The YouTube version quickly generated north of 1 million views in a day. And it’s about to get even bigger.
Spotify superstar Joe Rogan, who boasts an 11.5 million strong Twitter following, just shared the video on Elon Musk’s platform.
Jason Howerton, an entrepreneur and daddy blogger, says he spoke to Oliver to get the story behind the song. It’s as remarkable as the track itself.
This song is called “Rich Men North of Richmond.” It has been viewed MILLIONS of times.
The artist’s name is Oliver Anthony. I just got off the phone with him.
With his permission, I’d like to share the story he told me that moved the deepest parts of my soul…
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— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) August 11, 2023
As Oliver told me this story, the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Goosebumps covered my body. Here is a man who broke down & surrendered everything to God & within 30 days, he became an overnight sensation with an offer from @johnrich to produce his record.
Anthony just joined X (formerly Twitter) and quickly amassed north of 64K followers.
Chances are the mainstream media will ignore both the song and Anthony. Millions of Americans, fed up with the status quo, will do no such thing.