Making rock & roll great again

guitar-1015750__340 The giant has awakened.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the new American President for single-handedly reviving rock & roll as a political and cultural force—as reported on this site, early and often).

The list of rock bands and rock singer/songwriters who have denounced the Prez in song, tweet, or interview is a who’s who of top musical talent, including U2, The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Green Day, Neil Young, David Crosby, REM, Def Leppard, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Queens of the Stone Age, Tom Morello, Kelly Clarkson, Henry Rollins, Death Cab for Cutie, Morrissey, My Morning Jacket, and Aimee Mann.

If we expand the generic rock category to include pop, rap, and EDM we can add Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Eminem, Shakira, Wyclef Jean, Miley Cyrus, Moby, John Legend, Usher, Josh Groban, Adele, and dozens more.

U2's Bono, who seems to have kind things to say about every other world leader, has remarked, “The republic is under siege by a moron…It’s a tragedy for our democracy.” Springsteen has used almost identical words. But speaking for the rock community, he also says, “We are the new American resistance.”

This is all a very welcome sign. I only hope our musicians can mobilize their fans fast enough—and keep them mobilized—because there are questions about how long the POTUS can remain in office given his emotional instability. As economist Paul Romer once pointed out, "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste."

(A side note for those not following American politics: health professionals are finally speaking out about the President's slim grasp on reality, and his removal from office under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—or by impeachment by Congress—is actually being discussed by mainstream political commentators, less than two months into his term.)

This President can clearly do long-term damage to international commerce (among MANY other things) which is why business leaders need to wake up to the danger he presents. Several of his proposals—a $54 billion dollar hike in military spending, a $25 billion dollar wall on the Mexican border, combined with major tax cuts—could imperil the US economy.

But for the rock & roll community Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.

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  1. Trump-like candidates are popping up all over. Its not just the States dealing with this. But everyone assumed you Americans were too educated to allow this. Even rock 'n roll may not save you.

    1. Ah, yes, Trump-like entities are thumping their chests worldwide in a "patriotic awakening." America is not exempt from this folly. "Education"—including an understanding of history—would help us all, but the deeper problem is a lack of emotional intelligence or psychological maturity, a topic for another occasion. In the meantime, all eyes on the Netherlands.

  2. most u.s. politicians are a little crazy to begin with. trump doesn't stand out that much to me. the uproar over him will pass. republicans control the government. they won't impeach one of their own.

    1. Crazy is in the eyes of the beholder, of course. But there's no Prez in US history who's been so COMPULSIVELY deceptive. Dozens of news sites have carefully documented hundreds of his "falsehoods"—many of which are jaw-dropping. The Toronto Star has listed 494 untruths. Other publications have added up more. Here's one list of the "First 100 Lies" of his Presidency, in his first 36 days.

      The compulsive, reflexive nature of his mendacity—which both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have called "pathological"—is the key here. The man just isn't well. There's even a national letter-writing campaign to ask him to seek psychiatric treatment.

      And of course the routinization of this kind of deranged duplicity by the Commander-in-Chief—making it the "new normal"—damages the office, the government, and the U.S. brand in general.

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