The idea behind this song is that you can silence the person but you can't silence the idea. The song and album came out in 2003 when the United States was just heading off to war with Iraq. It was a time when the America was deeply divided along political lines, with Republicans supporting the war and Democrats opposing it, but doing little to stop it. Anti-Flag draws from the punk bands of the late '70s and early '80s in that they believe in constantly questioning the government. The group's drummer, Pat Thetic
, told us in 2012, "As we get older, people have much more diverse influences than we did when we were young. We all were sort of in the same boat listening to a similar style of music all the time. But now as we've grown up we're all listening to different things and being exposed to different ideas individually, as well. So that has definitely impacted our songwriting to a great deal."
Shawn - Cleveland, OH