Right-Wing Musicians Must Be Clever, Well-Read to Promote Their Message Without Being Blacklisted by Music Industry
By: Peter Egan
It’s no secret an overwhelming percentage of the biggest names in all of showbusiness are not only left-of-center politically, and that “outing” oneself (or being “outed”) as holding views that aren’t 100% in lock-step with the Democrat party, which has become the most extreme, left-wing, anti-American and either mentally ill of comprised entirely of sociopaths, can spell the end of one’s career, or for the very best in their industry, it will cost them money. This is true whether it be movies, television, print media, music, any other kind of acting as well as online media (written, and video).
However not everyone sold their soul to get to the top of their respective industries. 311 has been a very popular band with global following that could sell out a 50,000 seat venue (mostly with people who’ve seen them in concert before and/or traveled from elsewhere in the country or world to attend the concert). They have revealed in their lyrics that while they’re not (as a group anyway) hyperpolitical, they do consistently write right-of-center lyrics for songs related to politics, typically from the view of a libertarian-leaning conservative. There are so many examples I could list here, but I’ll stick to a few obvious ones at first, then add more to the article as time permits.
From Chaos, Don’t Tread on Me, Evolver, Grassroots and Music all have songs for which I could make the argument.
Listen to DTOM, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Solar Flare and Still Dreaming. That’s four songs on one album that support my argument. DTOM, is widely known as beginning with the Gadsden flag. 311 was just ahead of the curve as it wasn’t until two full years after the album was released that the slogan was revived (among political activists) in resistance to Obama’s attempt at a Presidency.
From From Chaos, listen to “Wake Your Mind Up” and “Reconsider Everything.” There would be no need to reconsider everything you’ve ever learned if the left hadn’t turned the education system and the media into brainwashing ideological tools. That’s another thing, 311 has made more than one negative reference to the media. Why do that if you agree with them?
While stopping short of admitting their views in unmistakable terms, they’ve made so many references, songs and verses in songs that support my claim (that 311 as a group leans right-of-center politically on most issues mentioned in their work), that if I were to list them all it would be nearly impossible to argue the assertion with a straight face.
I will give it to Lil Wayne for having read Ayn Rand and writing a song about Atlas Shrugged where he got Marshall Mathers to rap the lyrics of a character in the novel who represents views he personally strongly disagrees with. “Drop the World” is the song I’m referencing, and having read the book I can’t see any way every line wasn’t intentional, much less his Atlas pose in the video (0:55 second mark).
Lil Wayne Featuring Eminem: DroFrom p the World (Explicit Language)
Compare the two images below:
Plus, the lyrics (to me at least) are obviously Wayne rapping the character of Francisco D’Anconia with elements of Hank Rearden; with Mathers depicting John Galt (as in “Who is John Galt?” … Yeah, that John Galt). This is ironic because Galt is arguably the most right-wing character in the most right-wing book of all fictional literature throughout all of history, Mathers an unapologetic leftist. Wayne basically punked him in getting him to contribute to the most popular right-wing political hit song I’ve heard since 311’s “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars.” FWIW, Atlas Shrugged was written 70 years ago about present-day America and the world.
*Spoiler Alert* John Galt was the man who “stopped the motor of the world” / “stopped the world” (both were used IIRC) in the novel. Wayne does the post right before the first time he says “Drop the World.” The novel got it’s name because of dialog between characters in which one asked another what would happen if Atlas (the producers – taxpayers) were merely to shrug. Atlas in Greek mythology was tricked into having to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders for all eternity. Wayne’s been imprisoned on victimless crimes, and had untold tens of millions of dollars stolen from him by the government. .Make no mistake, Wayne is as right-wing as they come. In “Drop the World,” he did a masterful job of communicating that message to an audience who agrees and has read the novel, using language that someone who hadn’t read all 1,200 pages could interpret differently. Leftists can’t read more than 50 or so pages before shutting the book in horror and reburying their heads in sand. They’d rather be wrong and keep their present views than even so much as contemplate allowing a new way of thinking which inevitably require consuming factual information that totally destroys their entire world as they understand it and forces them to think. They’d rather be told what to think and blindly trust those thinking for them than face the fear of thinking for themselves.
Other bands who have written songs that would imply that at least one member of the band (whoever is writing the lyrics) is likely right-of-center in my estimation would also include Metallica (their version of DTOM was more unmistakable than 311’s), Iron Maiden, Ben Folds Five, Jurassic 5, Incubus, Slaghterhose (and each artist individually in the group) and almost all country music. Even Pearl Jam songs could be interpreted as right-of-center (Greivance is the first to come to Mind, Glorified-G as well), however they have publicly advocated left-wing positions even when lyrics suggest otherwise, so who knows with them?
Truth is most probably would say the leftist position as representative of their music if asked knowing that doing so can lead to free publicity and inclusion in festivals and events at which they’d otherwise not be invited to perform. Once a person exposed to the music becomes a fan, they can listen to the words themselves and where inconsistencies exist can determine what to believe to be true.
If an artist is going to use his or her platform and publicity to advocate for a political cause or criticize another, they’d better agree with me or I won’t listen to them or support them in any way. If they keep their mouths shut and say nothing at all except with their music, I can appreciate that and enjoy that. This is especially true when you have to be smart, educated, have a plus vocabulary, have above-average processing capability and be able to use the information available to extract context and eventually meaning through a heavily encoded message with all the work to encode so only the desired audience gets it is extremely impressive and beyond any of my capabilities. I lack the creativity to encode the way these artists do such that millions of people who listen to a given song won’t think twice about it’s meaning, while the same song communicates important information to those the artist(s) is deliberately trying to reach without tipping off even one from the other side.
Maness Snatches Defeat from the Jaws of Victory in Election for LA’s Disctrict 77 State Legislative Seat
Rob Maness looked to be cruising on his way to victory after the primary election for Louisiana’s 77th District seat for the State Legislature. He garnered 12% more votes than the closest of his three competitors, eventual runoff opponent Mark Wright. All he had to do was not self-destruct and the election was his. Unfortunately for Maness, that proved to be too much to ask.
It must have been a solemn night at the Maness headquarters on election night as election day voting followed the trend of early voting, as Wright turned a 12-point deficit after the primary election into an 18-point landslide defeat in just one month. Essentially, everyone who didn’t vote for either candidate in the primary voted for Wright in the runoff save for 18 people, at least in terms of net results.
That kind of massive turnaround in such a short period of time is rare in politics and usually requires some kind of unusual event to occur swaying undecided voters and perhaps even some of the primary winner’s voters as well. That happened, as did a few other key events.
For anyone interested in the science of political campaigning, the following can be used as a lesson in what to do and what not to do when campaigning for public office.
Before breaking down how we arrived at the final results, let’s review them. Shall we?
So how exactly did such a momentous shift occur in just a month?
First, Wright focused more on promoting himself as a good candidate, whereas Maness’ primary message was that he was the ‘one true conservative’, and that powerful “political insiders” were holding him back from winning an election. Thus, once the field was whittled following the primary, Wright made quick work to secure the endorsements of the other two candidates who lost in the primary but did not make the runoff.
This was a very prudent and politically intelligent move on Wright’s behalf. Maness had been adversarial with the other candidates during the primary, levying accusations and loads of innuendo. In other words, he didn’t do anything to make any friends or even give himself a chance at winning the endorsements of either of the two candidates who were eliminated following the primary, whereas Wright was poised to court their support the moment the primary results were in.
With early voting showing a trend toward wright (albeit not enough of one to change the outcome without winning big on election day too), Maness began to self destruct.
The author of this blog, a friend and supporter of Wright, and more importantly experienced campaign operative, decided to become involved with about two weeks remaining, starting with a social media campaign that went viral, locally speaking (within the district). The posts got a lot of exposure, were eloquent and completely disarmed Maness’ unfounded claims that “political insiders” were conspiring against him by claiming to be among the people Maness was referencing as “insiders” conspiring and colluding to keep him down.
The problem this posed for Maness was that this author is more popular within the district, and more highly thought of. Therefore when people saw that I’m who he’s referring to, the claim became extremely suspect – perhaps even to the extent it backfired. For the record, there were no insiders conspiring to keep Maness out of office… Except for myself, if you define me as a “political insider.” Also, in order for there to be a conspiracy you need more than one person. I guess I conspired and colluded with myself, because I acted totally independently of anyone including Wright’s campaign, save for dropping by one time to pick up door hangers, flyers and signs (typical campaign literature).
One of the Facebook posts that was extremely effective in getting inside Maness’ head was this one:
If you click “read more” and read the entire post, you an see how that might have bothered Rob just a little.
Maness actually messaged me to ask why I had posted what I had. The reason is because what I posted was accurate.
Just a few days after that post, with polling showing Wright starting to catch up to Maness’ lead, disaster happened for the Maness campaign. To make a long story short, he had a complete meltdown on live radio, in which he make comments that appeared to be insane about nuclear weapons and him being the most qualified person in history to hold the keys to America’s nuclear arsenal (not sure how that’s relevant for a Louisiana state legislator, but it gives us a glimpse into the mindset Maness was in at the time). Then he shouted obscenities at a caller (again, on live radio) five times — FIVE — before the call screener hung up on the caller. However by that time the damage was done. Nothing he said was censored and voters of the district got to see a side of one one of the men running for state legislature that he’d rather not have shown.
The Facebook posts may or may not have played a role in his radio meltdown, but my suspicion is they did. To what extent I won’t even attempt to guess.
Following the radio debacle, Maness continued digging when rather than issue a statement apologizing and saying the pressure of the campaign had gotten the better of him and that the behavior he exhibited was not indicative of who he is. However, that wasn’t what Rob had in mind. He issued this letter to the editor of a local newspaper, which had inklings of remorse, but the overwhelming theme was to attack the columnist who had written what everyone was already thinking. That certainly didn’t do anything to help undo the damage his radio tirade had done to his plummeting numbers.
In the final days of the campaign Wright received some grassroots assistance from yours truly, which is actually probably a bigger deal than it may sound on the surface. I’ve worked (as a paid campaign staff member) congressional campaigns, statewide races for U.S. Senate, and have been sought out by Congressmen seeking advice on whether or not to run for Senate. I served on Newt Gingrich’s Presidential Exploratory Committee. In southeast Louisiana, I’m as formidable a campaign asset as you’ll find, particularly with regard to grassroots.
In addition to the campaign’s own canvassing efforts, I distributed what must have been 40-50 pounds worth of door hangers and flyers, put up about 20 yard signs including in key locations along major thoroughfares. I also got a few up in some rather unconventional locations, like the wooden beams surrounding the cement structures holding up the Interstate-12 bride over the Tchefuncte River. Every boat passing under the interstate would have seen the signs. I would estimate that number of boaters at at least 1,000 between the time they were posted and the actual election.
Between the campaign astutely courting voters who cast ballots for candidates who did not make the runoff, the campaign’s effective advertising (particularly following the radio incident), grassroots efforts by the campaign and social media posts and grassroots canvassing areas that hadn’t been targeted by renegade volunteer Peter Egan, by election day the outcome was a mere formality. Mark Wright had won in an 18 point landslide, a result no one could have foreseen following the October primaries.
Why Did I Get Involved?
The reason I got involved was because I was unsure of the outcome of the election and wanted to erase that uncertainty – at least to the extent I could.
A PAC that had supported Fleming in the 2016 Senate race was behind a series of negative ads against Maness, a little retribution for him mucking up the Senate race a year prior.
I am friends with former Congressman Dr. John Fleming, MD. Rep. Fleming was not only Louisiana’s most conservative member of the delegation, he had a much better chance of beating Kennedy in a runoff (Kennedy was a lifelong democrat until a few years ago). Maness angrily refused, allowing Charles Boustany to sneak into the runoff. Boustany is a “moderate” Republican well to the left of Fleming, as is Kennedy. So Maness in essence cost the only conservative candidate in the race with a shot at winning a chance at the runoff.
My motivation was to ensure Mark Wright won first and foremost. Secondly, I wanted to do all I could to run up the score so that Rob would never be able to impact a major election (like a Senate race) and use his presence to hand the election to a wishy-washy moderate over a conservative. Whether I had any impact and if so how much, we’ll never know. What is known is that my objectives were met regardless of whether I played a substantial role in that or not.
I do not foresee Maness running for office again in Southeast Louisiana after he handed this race away by failing to maintain his composure when the pressure was on.
To be clear, I’m not taking credit for the outcome of this election. I’m not taking credit for any part of it. I did help out though and Mark and his campaign achieved the result I was hoping to see. Whether I personally played any role in the outcome and if so how much is anybody’s guess. I personally believe Mark would have won comfortably without my support and involvement.
After all, as a HayRide article about Maness’ future eloquently observed:
That seat was winnable (for Maness). But the problem was that Wright, who had been a conservative activist in St. Tammany and had served the movement’s cause for years before taking the plunge and running for the city council in Covington (in other words starting small and moving up, rather than the opposite approach Maness took), had already entered the race. Wright had already learned the retail political skills required to win a state legislative race and he was already building a coalition capable of winning.
Meanwhile, Maness’ approach was to immediately cast himself as the One True Conservative and bash Wright as a Washington lobbyist (which was a stretch; he’s vice president of American Waterway Operators, a trade organization for tugboat and barge companies) when Maness himself is a registered lobbyist, and to trash him as having made crooked deals with the state’s party establishment. That was never going to work, because Wright was a known commodity. People on the Northshore know him better than they know Rob, they know Mark is a conservative with a record of governing like one on that city council, and they like Wright better. And it especially didn’t resonate that Mark was a “career politician;” you don’t get to run for office three times in four years and call anybody else a professional politician. When you start running for office you become a politician, period. Accusing others of that when they run less often than you do simply pisses voters off.
Robert Mann: Disgusting Human Being, Liar and Coward
UPDATE: I’m sure no one who reads this post will be surprised to learn this but it has been confirmed that Mann is a Political Science professor at LSU. Intellectual dishonesty the likes of which Mann has displayed in his defamation of two people who’d never even heard of him is unbecoming of anyone paid by the state to teach. This guy must be terminated from the LSU faculty. He is the reason colleges and universities are cesspools of Marxism where race, gender identity and a desire to disarm law-abiding citizens trump learning.
I came upon a post by a pathetic individual by the name of Robert Mann while conducting research. The post consisted of intellectually dishonest, misrepresentations of both myself and my father. These misrepresentations were deliberate, and in my own personal case even the most cognitively-challenged individual could have figured out that the Facebook post Mann cited in an effort to attack my character was a lighthearted joke.
It’s pretty creepy to know that some weirdo that I’ve never heard of is Facebook stalking me. I’m not going to link to his site, because I don’t want to give him any publicity, but I will post my response to it below in the form of an open letter.
The following is an open letter to Robert Mann:
You are quite possibly the least intellectually honest person whose work I’ve ever read.
Your misrepresentation of what my father said coupled with you dragging me into it by trying to misrepresent what was obviously a lighthearted joke as a “racist comment” is as intellectually dishonest an act as I’ve ever witnessed.
For one thing, my father was absolutely right in his description of political prostitute Jay Dardenne. You totally and deliberately misrepresented what he said, and you did it with malicious intent.
You dragging me into it with yet another deliberate misrepresentation of a JOKE crossed the line.
If you can’t construct logical arguments as a means to persuade others of your political views you have no business writing or even speaking about politics.
You’re an angry old man and your willingness to lie and deceive is disgusting. What’s more disgusting is that low-character individuals such as yourself actually influence others. It is a sad reflection on society when someone like you is taken seriously by others.
You’re not man enough to make those same comments about myself and my father to either of our faces. If you care to prove me wrong, I would be delighted. We both know that won’t happen however… Because you’re a coward, and cowards don’t confront people with malicious, unprovoked attacks in person.
You are a lying, intellectually dishonest coward. I’d be miserable too if I had no conscience, and used lies and misrepresentations to impugn the character of people who have never even heard of you, much less wronged you in any way.
I am flattered to know that you’re Facebook stalking me however. It is creepy, no doubt. But I’m more than capable of defending myself from sinister creeps such as yourself, and would welcome the opportunity to do so in person.
But seriously though, using my dead dog and best friend of 17 years as a means of attacking my character is one of the lowest, most pathetic acts I’ve ever witnessed. You really are a despicable human being.
In conclusion, you’re a loser. In the future, if you wish to attack my character with lies and misrepresentations, I kindly ask that you do so directly to me face. I have a feeling your cowardice will never allow that to happen.
Peter Egan Jr.
* Update *
Unlike Mann, who wrote his libelous attacks in hopes that the subjects of his defamation would never learn of his deed, this letter was sent directly to Robert Mann via Twitter. He was notified of its existence within ten minutes of it being published.
Rather than attempt to defend his deliberate mischaracterizations and character assassination, he did what I expected him to do. He blocked me on Twitter and issued no response or defense of his sinister blog. I guess the old cliche is true that you can’t defend the indefensible.
Provided with an opportunity to explain why he felt it necessary to launch vicious personal attacks on two different people he doesn’t even know and whom he has never met, Mann took the coward’s way out. His response is fitting, and consistent with the rest of his cowardly behavior.
Robert Mann is a coward whose cowardice is his defining characteristic.