OK, a lot of people have no clue as what the above headline means because it involves pop culture and hard rock/heavy metal music.
But why the aforementioned even get this post involves, what else, politics.
Dave Mustaine is the front man for the metal band Megadeth, a heavy metal band very popular in the 1980s and 90s.
The Foo Fighters are currently a very popular hard rock band in the present.
So why are they in the news for any reason involving politics.
Well, lets start with the Foos.
It is no secret that the lead singer/guitarist, Dave Grohl, is left-of-center. In this post from this past November, I highlighted Mr. Grohl and his support for the Dear Leader, President Obama. The Money Quote:
If he asks, will you support him in his 2012 re-election bid?
Absolutely. He’s got the toughest job on earth. I would hate to hand the administration over to another party that is just focused on corporation, greed and money. You know, I’m a fun, peace-loving guy, but sometimes the right wing gets a little too selfish.
The above was from an interview Mr. Grohl conducted with The Red Bulletin.
To me, it is typical, emotional pap with no substance. Kind of like a a Toyota Prius with a load of lefty oriented bumper stickers.
And Mr. Grohl probably is, dare I write this, an eeeeevvvvviiiiilllll one percenter. Only he acts as if he should be ashamed of it.
So, Team Obama asked Mr. Grohl and the Foos and they headlined a lavish fundraiser here in the Los Angeles area.
So it is not a shock that they were asked and they delivered.
Now comes along a veteran of the rock scene in Mr. Mustaine.
An aside is that Mr. Mustaine cut his teeth as a guitarist in one of the great metal bands of all time, Metallica.
Well, Mr. Mustaine did what I suppose is the unthinkable.
Mr. Mustaine is endorsing a. . .Republican for president. And not just any Republican. But the most vocal conservative and current front runner, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
WHOA! Can I get a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!
A rocker endorsing this eeeeevvvvviiiiilllll theocrat, Santorum?
Well, if you can beleive that he has turned to Christianity and has educated himself on the issues, then it does NOT seem all that unusal. And it should be noted that he did "report" from the Democrat National Convention for MTV in 1992. I think MTV still played music videos back then. And yeah, he voted for former president Clinton.
But he changed over the years and moved to the right. And although I do think that his touting crazy crank Alex Jones is not great, Mr. Mustaine had a human insight as to one of the reasons he is backing Mr. Santorum.
From the New York Daily News story,
“Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable,” Mustaine told the music site (MusicRadar.com).
Again, it is an emotional response, but it is a contrast as to why Mr. Mustaine showed a genuine human reaction to another person who did the right thing. Whereas Mr. Grohl seems to have bumper-sticker reason to back the Dear Leader, President Obama.
And to me, it shows that Mr. Grohl is more into being cool and popular with the youts. You know, the biggest supporters of the Dear Leader, President Obama.
Of course Mr. Mustaine is now some fuddy-duddy and supporting some old, White Republican guy for president. Never mind that Mr. Santorum is Italian-American and not all that old at 53, two years older than Mr. Mustaine and six years older than your humble blogger.
Mr. Mustaine has more guts than Mr. Grohl, pure and simple.
It is not easy to admit in the world of entertainment and the arts that you are a Republican and-DA HORROR!-a conservative.
But Mr. Mustaine lays it all out there.
By taking a road less travelled by those in his profession, it is very possible that others who have heretofore have kept their opinions to themselves to, dare I write this, come out of the closet, on their politics.
And it will be welcomed by many including myself.
As I noted, many people are very surprised at the music that I like. For as conservative as I am, I have liked hard rock/heavy metal for most of my adult life. And there is no contradiction in the least.
In my mind, Dave Mustaine now has an extra cool about him. He is not taking any crap. He is going to go out and support the most conservative running for the Republican presidential nomination. Rick Santorum.
Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are part of the pack mentality that liberalism fosters. Thus he and his band are but another cog in the liberal wheel. They are, well not cool. They are conformists.
As I have on this blog's sidebar, conservatives are indeed the real rebels in today's world.
And Dave Mustaine is carriying on that rebel strain and Dave Grohl is an establishment toady.