MEGADETH‘s Dave Mustaine has spoken out against “tyranny in schools” and “in the medical business.”
The 60-year-old musician, who over the years has attracted a lot of media attention for his political thoughts, addressed what he believes is an unreasonable use of force during last night (Wednesday, September 15) MEGADETH concert in Camden, New Jersey.
Speaking to the crowd before the last song of the night, “Holy wars … Punishment is due”, Mustaine said, “I just want to tell you how amazing it is. Look around you guys. Look to the right, look to the left, and see how wonderful it is. We’re all here. We’re not crazy. And we do not shout. on people: ‘Wear your fucking mask.’
“Listen, it starts with this kind of feeling that we’re building right now,” he continued. “We feel together, we feel like it [there’s] strength in numbers. We feel we are invincible. People will not be able to stop us.
“Right now, tyranny is going on. It’s called tyranny. Look up when you get home. And tyranny is not just in government. Tyranny is currently in schools, and tyranny is in medical business.
“We have the power, especially us … heavy metal fans, we have the power to change things,” Dave added.
“If you look at what’s happening in the Middle East right now … I said it a long time ago with this next song, ‘Holy wars’. “
A little over two years ago, Dave said he and other public figures have fallen victim to so-called negative partisanship, in which people identify themselves as opponents of the political party and express their beliefs through anger or disgust.
“I have a reputation for being a right-winger,” Mustaine told Ron Keel of “Streets Of Rock ‘N’ Roll” radio program. “Well, check my vote count to see that I have voted Democrat and Republican. And it’s just a shame that people are trying to ruin people’s careers because of a poll. “
Mustaine has consistently denied that he is a Republican, he says Artisan News in a 2012 interview: “I’m independent, not Republican-I’ve never been Republican. I’ve always said that. I do not belong to any party-I’m non-biased. And for me, the sad thing is that instead to vote for the best man must vote for the lesser of two evils. “
Back in 2016, Mustaine refused to say whether he would vote Donald Trump in this year’s US presidential election, but called the billionaire real estate mogul “a very successful businessman.” He also said he would not vote Hillary Clinton.
Four years earlier, Mustaine made headlines when he expressed his support for the ultra-conservative Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. He explained at the time that the Pennsylvania politician looked “like he could be a really cool president … a bit like a JFK a kind of guy. “That same year, he aroused anger on social media when he suggested on stage at a concert in Singapore that President Obama stood behind the mass shootings in Aurora and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Mustaine later accused the media of taking his statements out of context and explaining that he never said he officially “approved” Santorum. As for the Singapore concert, he claimed to have repeated the theories about Larry Pratt, a pro-gun activist who runs the organization Gun Owners in America.
Also in 2012, Mustaine revealed his “birther” opinions on a talk show and said he doubted President Obama was born in the United States. He told the radio host Alex Jones: “With all the evidence that his birth certificate is false … And you see the signs in Kenya that say ‘the birthplace of Barack Obama. ‘ Hi?! Come on, guys. How stupid are we right now? “
In October 2011, as Occupy Wall Street protests raged across the country, Mustaine railed against what he saw as the president’s inappropriate support for populist movement, and called Obama the most divisive president we’ve ever had. “I have never in my 50 years of listening to an American president tried to turn one class of people against another class of people,” he said. “I have never – never -heard a president say, ‘Go down and join the protesters down on Wall Street,’ knowing that there are Nazis down there, knowing that there are people down there, there are trust funds that are super, super wealthy and they ‘go down there and pretend that they really do not care; they just want to be part of the ‘movement’. ”