Irony Overload: Kasich’s Favorite Rock Star Endorses Bernie Sanders
John Kasich credits legendary musician Roger Waters with performing “the single greatest concert” the Presidential Candidate has ever seen, but Waters himself said he’d “cast his lot” with Bernie Sanders if the British citizen were eligible to vote in the United States. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said Bernie “seems to tell the truth” and voiced approval for the Vermont Senator’s economic proposals:
He seems prepared to stand up against big money and the banks and stand up for the predicaments of minorities, the middle class and the working class in this country.
While stating that Hillary Clinton would be a “far better alternative than any of the Republican candidates” — a field that includes his fanboy Kasich — Waters expressed apprehension about her trustworthiness and motives:
“I have an awful worry that she might become the first woman president to drop a fucking nuclear bomb on somebody. There is something scarily hawkish about her, and she has that politician look down of, ‘You are never going to get a word of truth out of me.'”
Bernie Keeps Rocking The Vote
While Bernie Sanders may trail Hillary Clinton when it comes to endorsements from political officeholders, musicians and other artists have been steadily voicing their support for his candidacy, with Waters being among the most recent. Among the more high-profile endorsements Bernie has received are:
- Killer Mike – the hip-hop star and activist was one of the first prominent supporters of Sanders in the African-American community.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers recently played a Los Angeles benefit concert to support Bernie’s campaign.
- Jeremy Piven – The Entourage star has been vocal in his support for Sanders over social media.
- Phish – Members of the jam band have used social media and a recent Sanders Commit To Vote Concert to show support for the man who was mayor of Burlington, VT while they were forming there in 1993.
- Mark Ruffalo – The Academy Award nominee has introduced the Senator at campaign rallies and town halls this primary season.
- Lucinda Williams – On the surface, country music fans may not be a targeted demographic of the campaign, but the singer and songwriter has urged her concert-goers to “Vote for Bernie Sanders”.
- Will Ferrell – The comedic legend may have made a name for himself satirizing George W Bush but he’s possibly the most famous celebrity Feeling The Bern in 2016.
Mother Should I Run For President?
Of the over 125 (and counting) celebrity endorsements Bernie has received, few should be as surprising as Waters’. Having lost his father in the Second World War while he was only five months old, the musician’s life work has been devoted to peace and equality with a strong distrust for the military industrial complex. The apex of his artistic career, Pink Floyd’s 1979 concept album The Wall is ripe with these themes — which makes it all the more odd that a Republican candidate who worked in the Bush Administration would claim it’s live performance as the best he’s ever witnessed.
Much like Chris Christie’s adoration for Bruce Springsteen, Kasich’s obsession with Roger Waters and Pink Floyd makes you question whether Republicans are capable of truly hearing the messages these artists are conveying. Music is more than a collection of vocals, rhythms, and beats. The substance is the message, and if you don’t like (or worse, don’t GET) the message, how can you consider it “great”? When Waters wrote “Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash” in Pink Floyd’s 1973 hit single “Money”, he was sarcastically criticizing capitalism, he wasn’t advocating a platform for a generation of Republicans to run on.
An overwhelming amount of popular music is mass-produced, focus group tested noise created with an objective no deeper than downloads, streams or residuals. But there’s a reason these legendary artists, albums and songs are deemed “Classics”. They resonate. They inspire. They’re timeless.
When Chris Christie professes how “Born to Run” — and it’s Eff You to how corporate selling out ruined the American Dream — changed his life, or Kasich claims an anti-war and anti-capitalism is the best album he’s ever heard, or possibly the most confusing interest — Marco Rubio boasts about his love for NWA (Straight Outta Gainesville, a crazy corporate robot named Marco!) — you have to not only question their integrity, but their intelligence as well.
There’s a reason that people of an artistic nature, or people many consider to be genius are adamant about their support for Bernie Sanders: He gets it. He gets that our prosperity is directly correlated to the wellbeing of the most disadvantaged. He gets that our foreign policy must have foresight and must start with the primary objective of peace. He gets that the primary objective of leadership begins with the many and not the few.
And he gets that Fear Builds Walls.
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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed’s work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below…but not Snapchat — that’s where he’s decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)