Kid Rock is running for Senate and giving political rants at concerts
Andy Warhol's "15 minutes of fame" perhaps didn't go far enough. In the future, not only will everyone be famous for 15 minutes, but they will also get to be President for 15 minutes as well. As far as civilizations go, we're around the Nero-making-his-horse-a-senator phase of our history. Anybody can lead us, anybody can take the headlines. The whole ark is rudderless and in motion - why not invite a madman to lead a mad world?
Enter Kid Rock, the Michigan musician who has been vocally conservative for decades now, and whose 1998 album Devil Without a Cause sold 14 million copies. At a show in Grand Rapids Michigan, he went on a long and tangential rant, condemning everybody from Nazis to Colin Kaepernick, along with deadbeat dads and black lives matter supporters.
He said he's not politically correct, and announced proudly that Donald Trump is our President. He's teased a Senate run for weeks now, and it seems like he might as well do it. Celebrity is major political currency these days, and name-recognition alone, as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump proved, can crowd out any alternative ideas.
What does Kid Rock know about governing? Well, presumably nothing. He's a conservative who dislikes black live matter protests, likes Trump, and would probably just sheepishly follow the tax-cutting austerity of his state's GOP.
Rock has come under fire in the past for performing alongside the confederate flag, which as of late has surfaced as a symbol of American hate, reopening old wounds about the failed Southern insurrection that pitted slavery against the Union.
Short of Eminem himself, no Michigan celebrity could come in and beat Kid Rock. At his Grand Rapids show, T-shirts with "Kid Rock for US Senate '18" printed on them were available for purchase. He has not officially filed for a 2018 Senate run, but he has opened a website, www.kidrockforsenate.com, featuring a luxurious photograph of the musician alongside a stuffed deer.
The website header, directly below this photo, says only: ARE YOU SCARED?, an ominous question. Merchandise is for sale, and it's unclear exactly what his platform is. Like Donald Trump, he's running on a brand, and likely will take policy cues from establishment politicians and donors. Here's what he says on his site:
"When my name was thrown out there for US Senate I decided to launch kidrockforsenate.com. I was beyond overwhelmed with the response I received from community leaders, D.C. pundits, and blue-collar folks that are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bullshit. As part of the excitement surrounding this possible campaign, I decided to take a hard look to see if there was real support for me as a candidate and my message or if it was just because it was a fresh new news story. The one thing I've seen over and over is that although people are unhappy with the government, too few are even registered to vote or do anything about it. We have over a year left until an actual election, so my first order of business is to get people engaged and registered to vote while continuing to put out my ideas on ways to help working class people in Michigan and America all while still calling out these jackass lawyers who call themselves politicians.
"During this time while exploring my candidacy for US Senate, I am creating a 501(c)(4) - a non-profit organization for the promotion of voter registration. Not only can I raise money for this critical cause, but I can help get people registered to vote at my shows. Since the announcement, the media has speculated this was a ploy to sell shirts or promote something. I can tell you, I have no problem selling Kid Rock shirts and yes, I absolutely will use this media circus to sell/promote whatever I damn well please (many other politicians are doing the same thing, they just feed you a bunch of bullshit about it). But either way, money raised at this time through the sale of merchandise associated with this very possible campaign will go towards our 'register to vote' efforts.
"One thing is for sure though…The democrats are 'shattin’ in their pantaloons' right now…and rightfully so!
"We will be scheduling a press conference in the next 6 weeks or so to address this issue amongst others, and if I decide to throw my hat in the ring for US Senate, believe me… it’s game on mthrfkers."
Donald Trump, like all trailblazers, has put a massive hole in the false veneer of respectability surrounding American politics. It seems many more will be destined to slide through the cracks, and widen the gaping wound he has created.