Sunday, March 1, 2009

Kid Rock: Jesus, Warrior, Nascar fan..........

Kid Rock is finding the recession quite profitable. The self-declared "white trash" kid from Michigan has successfully "made it" in the music industry. His new album, Rock 'n Roll Jesus debuted at the #1 spot. He headlined at the Grammys. What says "patriot" more than an American flag poncho?

Kid Rock, a.k.a. Robert Ritchie, has been a fervent supporter of America's Iraq War, where, according to the singer's website, he has performed "countless" times for American troops. His music is a mixture of hard rock, southern rock, hip hop, and heavy metal. His specialty, however, is sampling other artists' tracks, as he did to Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves of London", and then matching the hook of the melody with generic lyrics about summer time partying and slacking. After his unique first album, the quality and originality of his subsequent work has suffered greatly.

His newest creation, "Warrior", is a heavy-metal, screaming piece with the intent to honor citizens who serve the National Guard, and, apparently, enjoy Nascar. And if you don't agree, "Watch Out!"

Few are doing as much for America as the crooner. Soon, a new beer is coming out on the market. Even though Budweiser and thousands of jobs were forced out of the country, Kid Rock
is starting his own beer company. The American Bad Ass Beer Company will brew beer that is, "easy to drink."  

Kid has been to the White House several times. Here he is making the "diablo" hand sign in front of then-president Bill Clinton. Music is a powerful stimuli with which to steer public opinion. Using the music to recruit kids to be soldiers is questionable ethically. The Army's website is especially compelling enough- right now recruits can earn up to $60,000 in enlistment bonuses. This frankness about money is very convincing to some young people who feel it is their job to be grown and have a job. Job security is found in the Army. Also encouraging for the growth of the Army is the fact that the U.S. is on the verge of nationalizing the banks and Obama isn't ending warfare operations abroad or reducing personnel within the armed forces.

Ron Paul speculated this weekend at the CPAC Conference that over a million Iraqi have perished as a result of the Iraqi War.

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