I’m a huge fan of the band the National. I have gone entire days where the only thing I’ve listened to is Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers or High Violet. I’ve never had the good fortune to see them live, but it’s on my concert wish list. I happened to land on their site today, purely accidentally. I followed a link from a link. I don’t know. I didn’t purposely go there. But I was there so I clicked on the shop link out of curiosity and boredom and saw this. (Edit – Feb. 2018: This was originally a link to a tee featuring a photo of Obama that appears to no longer be available.) And then I just got annoyed. And a little disappointed. And then I said a bunch of shit in my head. And then I thought, “This seems to happen a lot.”
And by “this” I mean being suddenly severely disappointed by someone I had previously very much enjoyed.
The chorus of the song used on the shirt goes like so:
I won’t fuck us over, I’m Mr. November.
I’m Mr. November, I won’t fuck us over.
I’m sorry, but isn’t that precisely what that bastard did? Didn’t he completely fuck all of us over? Go ahead, call me a racist. I’ve gotten used to it. But take a really good look at where this country is today as opposed to where it was before “Mr. November” took office. Gas costs twice as much. We’re trillions more in debt with absolutely NOTHING to show for it, except oh, look! GM is still in business. So we got that going for us or something. We have Obama Care. Oh yay. My insurance premiums have already gone up 40 dollars every two weeks since that passed, and I expect them to go up more. We’re in yet another war. We have the National Defense Authorization Act, which effectively strips each and every single one of us of our Constitutional rights on the whim of any asshole with some power.
This is Mr. November? You can keep him.
But this all got me to thinking this, and this is really the real point of this post – I kind of hate knowing what my favorite musicians’ or celebrities’ political ideologies are. On the one hand, I love knowing that Adam Baldwin, whom I adore, is a great big wing nut, but even he’s a little too right for me. Sure, it’s comforting to know that there are some people out there who are well known Hollywood types who aren’t all progressive, nanny state, government is good loonies. But it’s so disappointing when you find out for sure that some of your favorites are.
I’ll still listen to the National. No question. But now every time I hear Mr. November, I’m going to picture POTUS’s stupid face, and be disappointed all over again.