Jordan Page is a singer-songwriter who made a big splash in the liberty movement during the Ron Paul campaign. (Here’s an article on Page and his connection to the Ron Paul movement in the Baltimore Sun.)
I first saw Jordan perform at Porcfest (I think in 2011). Jason Osborne, the guy who walked me over to the pavilion where Jordan was going to play, told me, “He is the Bob Dylan of our times” (or words to that effect). I remember thinking that would be a tall order to fill, but Jordan won me over that night. During that particular performance, I was blown away by Jordan’s remake of a Pink Floyd classic into a song about our current political events.
This Thanksgiving, Jordan is releasing a new single, “Arm Yourselves,” with the accompanying instrumental “Act III” as the B-side (as it were). Apparently the Oathkeepers have adopted it as their national theme song, and I can see why.
With all of Jordan’s original material, “Arm Yourselves” sounds great–for those who don’t know, Jordan is able to show up at a house party and play for 2 hours holding everyone in rapt attention with his one-man concert. But it also has poignant lyrics, including these chilling opening lines:
Friends we gather round together
Holding tight our faith & guns
But in this room I feel something greater than ourselves
Now listen everyone
Arms yourselves for the hammer’s crashing down
Arm yourselves all ye citizens
Arm yourselves with the ghost of a risen son
And lay your armor on
There’s no time left, the day has come
Of course, I’m a pacifist, so I don’t necessarily go along with the most obvious interpretation of the song. But Jordan is a solid Christian, and you’ll note the reference to faith and a “risen son.” The spiritual element is clearly seen in the song’s concluding words:
Arm yourselves for the veil has fallen down
Arm yourselves all ye sovereigns
Arm yourselves with the truth and believe
The stage is set, and I foresee a sold out show
Begin Act Three…
To the extent that we are all “arming ourselves” with the truth and an understanding of the economic and military calamities that our ruling elites have set in motion, Jordan’s message is critical.
I have often said that what the liberty movement urgently needs (on the margin) is not more theorists, but more entertainers, film makers, and other artists. Our ideas are clearly superior to those who pine for a stronger State to solve our social ills, but we need to do a better job of broadcasting these ideas to a wider audience. Jordan Page is an excellent example of what we need.