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As it turns out, not everyone is super stoked about Donald Trump running for US President
Myself included. Talk about money buying power. But my personal opinions aside, there is one other person who landed himself on the map today by speaking out about his political views.
Neil Young doesn't quite warm to the Republican candidate either. His 1989 hit Rockin' in the Free World became the rallying cry in post-Reagen America and the fall of communism – many hail the song as one of the major political anthems of our time.
So when Trump was doing the rounds on his Presidential campaign, he happened upon Young's song, and used the track when announcing his candidacy.
Trump was allegedly not authorized to use the track for his own self-promotion, and Neil Young was less than pleased, especially given their differing political views.
"I am a Canadian and I don't vote in the United States, but more importantly I don't like the current political system in the USA and some other countries. Increasingly Democracy has been hijacked by corporate interests. The money needed to run for office, the money spent lobbying by special interests, the ever increasing economic disparity and the well funded legislative decisions all favour corporate interests over the people's." – Neil Young
Trump also conveniently began circulating an old image of him and the musician as if to imply aligning goals, however Neil claims that the photo was taken when he was trying to raise funds for Pono, a high resolution music service. Nice try Donald.
The reason we see Neil's comments as important is because of how closely they relate to our own political system here in Australia – Tony Abbott is quite happy to make decisions based on economic wealth and the betterment of corporate advancement than consider the needs and wants of the people he serves. Abbot Point is a prime example of this issue.
If the silly hair, fake tan and opulent and gluttonous wealth wasn't enough to put you off the idea of this man running one of the most powerful countries in the Western world, surely his climate change views will. Just watch him stumble his way through explaining his views here.
“My uncle was a Professor at MIT, very smart guy… I have an ability for… this stuff, you know… if you believe in… that kind of thing.”- Donald Trump
He literally says he doesn't believe in man-made climate change, but he believes in clean air. Then closes his answer by changing the subject to nuclear weaponry and monetary gain, which he believes to be more important. He couldn't be more of a cliché.
Sometimes I wish I had the right to vote in America just so I could vote against clowns like this one. God help us if this guy somehow gets elected. A man with that much monetary wealth doesn't have much insight into the plights of lower-class citizens, and certainly doesn't care about the state of our climate.
*UPDATE* Donald Trump literally paid actors to cheer for him during his speech. What was that I said about money buying power? How embarrassing.
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I couldn't resist...