Peace Sells… Socialists Are Buying?!


While scanning news in the metal world this morning, I came across an article regarding an interview with Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine conducted last August where the singer talks about America’s political path. Mustaine believes that the country is quickly headed towards socialism. He claims he has been staying away from saying about politics because he is “so freaked out” and doesn’t “understand where the American people are right now.” His confusion apparently stems from the fact that the U.S. wanted to impeach Clinton “for getting a blowjob” but Obama is “destroying our country” and we’re “letting him run rampant.” This statement itself is confusing because he is defending one Democratic president just to attack another. And what is his evidence of Obama’s destruction anyway? “This president promised 500,000 new jobs, we have 500,000 less jobs, so he missed that by one million. And I just think, ‘God, how can you be so out of touch?'” Perhaps Mustaine never read the well-written Rolling Stone article by Tim Dickinson that describes just how much Obama HAS accomplished despite public perception.

It’s no secret that Mustaine and his band Megadeth have always had a little something to say about politics in America. Well-known songs such as “Peace Sells”, “Symphony of Destruction” (the music video originally depicted a political assassination), “Kill the King”, “Foreclosure of a Dream” and “Hangar 18” all have messages attacking the way this country is run. Sure some of these tunes can be interpreted in other ways, but you can tell that Mustaine’s main point is to criticize political functions. His most notable involvement in the political process was his coverage of the 1992 Democratic National Convention for MTV. This is a strange choice considering he claimed in his autobiography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir”  (a highly recommended read) that he does not align himself with either end of the political spectrum. He has also drawn political controversy by attacking other musicians, such as the Dixie Chicks, for their political statements in songs.

The problem here may be that Mustaine is only choosing to look at certain parts of the current administration. Perhaps if he looks at it as a whole and reads the aforementioned Rolling Stone article, he would realize that a lot has changed since the Bush Era. Although the Republican party has built up quite a following based on the fear of Socialism, it’s simply not true. If we are to move in the right direction as a country we cannot succumb to these fear tactics. So my question to you, my readers, is do you think Mustaine has just become part of this trending fear or is he speaking the truth?

Melissa

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~ by metalosophy on February 4, 2011.

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