In a story recounted on Blabbermouth.net, Megadeth founder and mainstay Dave Mustaine has felt the need to share his thoughts on the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests currently occupying the thoughts of many Americans, global financial instabililty and to explain just why President Barack Obama is so bad for America (pro-tip, Dave – absurd, unthinking patriotism is the last refuge of the easily-led).
Apparently, peacefully protest the banking institutions and financial sector big-wigs who have so completely capsized the economies of the world is a bad thing. Nobody should be doing it – it’s just not American (well, I’m not American, so my continual dismay at the parlous financial state of the planet, austerity measures and public service cuts across the globe is okay, then? Cool. Hurray for being a lily-livered European!).
The protesters shouldn’t be occupying Wall Street, the City of London, or anywhere else that banking ne’er-do-wells hang-out because heck – it costs the police money to train and deploy their officers to pepper-spray innocent people demonstrating against innately corrupt and autonomous systems. Don’t these people exercising their right to free assembly and protest realise what they’re doing? They’re costing the taxpayers money! The outrage!
I mean, it’s not as though anybody who pays their taxes to a government ever got so ticked off at a government’s misdeeds that they decided to do something positive about their anger and went out to loudly disparage a politician or two! That would NEVER happen. Of course the only people who ever protest against inequity are jobless, homeless, tent-dwelling, weed-smoking hipsters who can be summarily dismissed because they don’t speak for the rest of us – hey, as they’re worse than useless anyway, why not just let the police break out the hardware and tear gas the bloody hippies into submission, so that they can’t make a lot of fuss and noise and upset those sensitive financial sector types as they go to work, unsung heroes that they are.
And the President certainly shouldn’t be encouraging people to protest against arrogant swine who don’t care that they brought the economies of the world to their metaphorical knees just so long as they can have a nice Mercedes in the drive and someone else to drive it.
Never mind that he hasn’t actually done any of that. Some rabble-rousing Tea Party shock jock said that he did, so it must have happened. It couldn’t be some ratings-starved half-wit drumming up controversy just to stir the flames of irrational hatred which arise at the mere idea of Barack Obama being the president of the USA.
Given that Obama, his administration, the Democratic party and nobody at all haven’t been directly encouraging teens to skip school and head to NYC to protest against the financial sector at all, and that this belief is so asinine as to be barely worth discussing seriously in an on-line forum, Dave Mustaine’s argument falls apart with another fallacy – that the banks, traders and brokers of the world are perfectly capable of sorting out the mess that they’ve caused if people would only give them some space and an opportunity to get things straight.
The moment that they thought people were looking the other way, distracted perhaps by wars or natural disasters, the financial sector went back to awarding themselves appallingly indulgent, unearned bonuses and being the vile, overly self-regarding delusionists that we always knew they were. Given the opportunity to do nothing, guess what? Wall Street will do nothing. They are human after all, and if we give them the opportunity to evade responsibility and behave like idiots then they will. Somewhat like Rock Musicians in that regard, eh, Dave?
Have the banks made lasting efforts to put their houses in order? No. Do they show any sign at all of wanting to do that? No. Would they engage in absurd misdirection if they thought it would take the heat off them for a second or two? (Look! Over there, everybody! Kim Kardashian’s doing something!)
Words fail me. If Mustaine had something to say about internet music piracy, something that he knows about, has a stake in, has something to impart to me on, then I’d probably listen. When it comes to his thoughts on anything other than whether Judas Priest are better than Iron Maiden forgive me for wanting some substance with his ill-advised public utterances.
I’m not the guy who says that celebrities have no business in voicing their opinions and that I don’t want to listen to them trying – a celebrity is, after all, only a version of me with nicer hair and far more opinions about wine than I will ever have. Of course they should be allowed to speak publicly about what grieves them. That’s why we have blogs, Dave – so that swell folks can witter and the world can continue on apace…