Dave Mustaine: Obama Is 'The Most Divisive President We've Ever Had'

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine was interviewed by Andrew Haug for this week's edition of Triple J's "The Racket" radio show, which airs in Australia.

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According to Blabbermouth.net, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine was interviewed by Andrew Haug for this week's edition of Triple J's "The Racket" radio show, which airs in Australia.

When asked about the ongoing "Occupy Wall Street" protests assailing income inequality, joblessness and big banks, Mustaine said, "I think it's really dreadful what's happening. The buck stops with the president of the United States. He's the most powerful person in the world. He's also the most divisive president we've ever had. I've never, in my 50 years of being alive, listened to an American president try and turn one class of people against another class of people. I've never - never - heard a president say, 'Go down and join the protesters down at Wall Street', knowing that there are Nazis down there, knowing that there are people down there who are trust-fund babies, that are super, super wealthy and they're going down there and pretending that they really care; they just wanna be part of the 'movement.' And the fact that that whole protest that's going on down there, it's costing the police $125,000 a day. And they're not raising any money for that. Who's paying for that? The taxpayers. What I would like to do is really help these guys get organized, but I don't think there's anybody there that you would be able to talk to about getting organized. If anything, if those guys wanna protest, protest on the steps of the White House, not on Wall Street."

According to the Associated Press, the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters say they're fighting for the "99 percent", or the vast majority of Americans who do not fall into the wealthiest 1 percent of the population; their causes range from bringing down Wall Street to fighting global warming. The movement gained traction through social media, and protests have taken place in several other cities nationwide.

Megadeth's new album, "Th1rt3en", is scheduled for release on November 1 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at mainman Dave Mustaine's Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California with producer Johnny K (full name: John Karkazis), who has previously worked with Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head and Staind, among others. The artwork was once again created by artist John Lorenzi, who worked on the last two Megadeth studio albums, 2007's "United Abominations" and 2009's "Endgame", as well as the band's 2007 box set, "Warchest".

"Th1rt3en" marks the recorded return of bassist David Ellefson who was part of the band's classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that delighted the band's legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing live with Megadeth in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage ever since. This is the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002's "Rude Awakening".

Megadeth filmed the "Public Enemy No. 1" video on September 17 in Santa Clarita, California. The clip was shot on a movie set where old Westerns are filmed.

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    Mr Winters
    And this is how you start a politics/economics argument on a music website.
    nigeltheginger
    The Raven wrote: bigbadb wrote: Speaks the truth. Worked his ass off to get where he is (he's in the 1%, people, it's not all investment bankers) and now he's watching these pathetic hippies contribute nothing to society across the country, while the idiot President who's never worked or created a job in his life splits us all. Dave's far from the 1% man. We're talking filthy ****ing rich, Bill Gates, Queen of England, Ted Turner, etc. Dave's well off but I'd say he's upper middle-class/upper class, not in the top 1% wealthiest.
    1) In America, the top 1% is over 3 million people 2) The Queen of England definitely is not one of America's richest people
    Slaytan666
    *Megadeth plays with Metallica at Big 4 concerts* *Dave notices that James Hetfield is a table* *Dave can't believe he's been mad at furniture for 30 years* *Turns his attention to politics*
    getts182
    knowing that there are Nazis down there
    Credibility went out the window right there.
    BassFishin
    I wish every little thing that every artist said didn't show up as news here...I'm definitely not taking a side here. Only history will tell which Presidents were truly great or truly terrible. \/ Read below for a political debate.
    metallica-#1
    Orion999 wrote: This is a bit of a silly debate. Whether or not this is a divisive time in America, which it is, the role of any leader is to unite (or at least attempt to unite) a people. Push them to see their common interests rather than their differences, etc. And it is absolutely true that the buck stops with the president. He is the single leader. Even if one belives that Congress is more powerful than the president (which often not at all true), it is only more powerful in the aggregate. The president is far more powerful than any single member of Congress. He is also more than just his enumerated powers, he is a figure-head. He has a platform and visibility, and with that comes the ability to shape perception and inspire. Obama does not do that at all. Those of you who argue that point are blind. You may agree or disagree that he should be doing it, or that he is right in his points, but there is no question he is being divisive. He is attempting to place blame for an incredibly conplex and diverse set of problems on one portion of the population. He is using this to fire up people who are frustrated and angry, and to divert their anger away from him and towards them. It is a tactic as old as time. Republicans often do it with foreign enemies. But it is NOT good leadership, it is a parlour trick. This man is not a good leader. And for those of you who mentioned Ronald Reagan as a divisive president- you are so utterly ignorant, it's unfathomable.
    Fuckkkkk that.. I'm not reading this comment.
    Orion999
    This is a bit of a silly debate. Whether or not this is a divisive time in America, which it is, the role of any leader is to unite (or at least attempt to unite) a people. Push them to see their common interests rather than their differences, etc. And it is absolutely true that the buck stops with the president. He is the single leader. Even if one belives that Congress is more powerful than the president (which often not at all true), it is only more powerful in the aggregate. The president is far more powerful than any single member of Congress. He is also more than just his enumerated powers, he is a figure-head. He has a platform and visibility, and with that comes the ability to shape perception and inspire. Obama does not do that at all. Those of you who argue that point are blind. You may agree or disagree that he should be doing it, or that he is right in his points, but there is no question he is being divisive. He is attempting to place blame for an incredibly conplex and diverse set of problems on one portion of the population. He is using this to fire up people who are frustrated and angry, and to divert their anger away from him and towards them. It is a tactic as old as time. Republicans often do it with foreign enemies. But it is NOT good leadership, it is a parlour trick. This man is not a good leader. And for those of you who mentioned Ronald Reagan as a divisive president- you are so utterly ignorant, it's unfathomable.
    shredflare666
    I'm Sorry Dave, as much as I love you, you're Born-again-Republican bias has gone too far. You're dead right in the fact that tax payers are going to pay for the fall out of legal/police expences, but where you are wrong is that the "divide" is/has been expanded by the 1%, and the reckless and idiotic buisness men who crippled the economy. Obama isn't trying to widen the gap. he's Trying to close it. Obama Has three problems 1- The Democrats have NO Balls. 2- The Republicans block his efforts and then have the gall to complain he's done nothing. 3- He Was handed a piece of shit situation from day 1. 4.....this is UG not a goddamn political forum !!! :S
    BenjaminFields
    "The buck stops with the president of the United States. He's the most powerful person in the world." And if this is really what Mustaine believes then he's a lot more naive than a 14-year old girl.
    gunsnroses#1
    well that's the beauty of america, you can have your own opinion even if no one else agrees with it. why you hatin?
    whatadrag
    I always forget how many political and theological experts are here on this website.
    Mohican
    strat0blaster wrote: ...The buck stops with the president of the United States. He's the most powerful person in the world. Does Dave Mustaine not know that we're in a Democracy, not a Monarchy? The Democratic system is set up to ensure that no one person/party achieves or can use/misuse all the power. This is why it gets my vinegar up when people blame the problems of a country on its president. Really? You're showing how little you know about how your own government works.
    We're actually a Republican form of government. Many of our founding fathers cringed at the thought of Democracy, as it literally is "mob rule". 51% of people like things 'this' way, so the other 49% are up a river. How do we fix this? By electing representatives who best fit our own agendas. The only thing wrong with this is that most people are out for their own agenda, as opposed to what's actually best for the nation as a whole.
    PerpetualBurn
    You really think that Obama is the one committing class warfare? You don't even know what class warfare is. The class warfare you're thinking of is a Fox News talking point. Class warfare is what the conservative majority has done over the past thirty years by giving big business immunity to the same laws that regular citizens have to abide by. This isn't the poor vs the rich, this is the rich vs the diminishing class. I'm no Occupy member, they can do their thing and complain about it. I'm just going to see whats going on and how my family and I can profit most from it.
    Shoegaze
    ...And in tomorrow's news; "Dave Mustaine has opinion: Makes headlines"
    marc137
    true_bacon22 wrote: Holy **** he sounds like Michelle Bachman.
    Careful now, Mustaine might pull out his black magic and cast a spell on you.
    bigbadb
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    The Raven wrote: Dave's far from the 1% man. We're talking filthy ****ing rich, Bill Gates, Queen of England, Ted Turner, etc. Dave's well off but I'd say he's upper middle-class/upper class, not in the top 1% wealthiest.
    Common misconception. The top 1% is roughly anyone earning above $350,000 annually. With massive arena/amphitheater tours AND a new memoir out AND guitar/gear endorsements...you really think he's not pulling that much in?
    Rockinguitar
    OH MAN DAVE MUSTAINE SAID IT!! ON THE INTERNET!! IT MUST BE TRUE!! Feh...You just keep playing guitar and leave the politicians to work on being retarded.
    )v(egaFan90
    Mobby32 wrote Does he know who andrew jackson is? or richard nixon? or even Ronald Reagan? come on mustaine get it together
    He did say in his lifetime, so forget Andrew Jackson. Anyway, he can say what he wants. This is how he feels about the subject and I'm sure he's not the only one.
    overkill127
    bigbadb wrote: Speaks the truth. Worked his ass off to get where he is (he's in the 1%, people, it's not all investment bankers) and now he's watching these pathetic hippies contribute nothing to society across the country, while the idiot President who's never worked or created a job in his life splits us all.
    ^.^ lolfanboy ^.^
    HavokStrife
    GEORGE BUSH. We are only one election away from the worst president the country has ever had, and every stupid Alzheimer's **** has no recollection whatsoever of what he did to, and LEFT the country as. Blame it all on Obama though, he is black after all, Americans do that well.
    mark3777
    I couldn't help but think that the civil war seems like the most divisive era in our history as a country.
    fede01_8
    getts182 wrote: knowing that there are Nazis down there Credibility went out the window right there.
    does he have any? political-wise? i rather listen to a monkey speaking about politics... PS: Nothing against Megadeth
    ProgJazzMath
    You guys do know that his Nazi statement is true right? Nazi's are supporting this movement and have been protesting there as well as a large group of communists. It was on the news a week or so ago.
    Minivirus2
    1. I'm not American, so I have no opinion on the matter 2. Dave Mustaine really shouldn't talk so openly about politics 3. News outlets shouldn't plaster every little comment made by a famous musician 4. There's lots of people here baslting Mustaine, saying he knows nothing, calling him a redneck and such, yet they provide little to no insight themselves For those falling under the point made in number 4, Dave can run his mouth because he's aclear example of someone who can back up what he says. It's easy to yell cuss words and fling **** over the fence, but what will you do when the fence comes down and you have to do it face to face. in essence, if you're gonna talk ****, at least back it up.
    BigMikeBDD
    Dave Mustaine is a very intelligent man and I could not have said this better myself. Good for him!
    rocknroll \m/
    strat0blaster wrote: Does Dave Mustaine not know that we're in a Democracy, not a Monarchy?
    It's a republic.... Just FYI.
    zomgguitarz1234
    Dave reminds me of rednecks who pretend talk about politics despite they have no clue what they're ****ing talking about.
    i_am_metalhead
    Anymore, the president is more or less just a figurehead. Congress controls this country and the president is just their little messenger boy. However, I do have to agree with Dave that the "occupy" protest is pointless. While there are some people that are truly fighting to prevent social class segregation, most of the people are just their to look "cook" and "rebellious" and don't really know what the whole thing is about.
    The Raven
    bigbadb wrote: Speaks the truth. Worked his ass off to get where he is (he's in the 1%, people, it's not all investment bankers) and now he's watching these pathetic hippies contribute nothing to society across the country, while the idiot President who's never worked or created a job in his life splits us all.
    Dave's far from the 1% man. We're talking filthy ****ing rich, Bill Gates, Queen of England, Ted Turner, etc. Dave's well off but I'd say he's upper middle-class/upper class, not in the top 1% wealthiest.
    AllYourBass
    BenjaminFields wrote: Dave, keep your mouth shut. "Most divisive president..."? Well, this is a pretty divisive time in American history; multiple wars, economic fallout, civil liberties, failing job markets. The president isn't divisive for the sake of being divisive. And Occupy? Well, I agree there needs to be a unifying voice but things are coming together.
    Agree. There's a continually expanding rift in our class system, and the problems facing our country are viewed through totally different lenses by each side of the rift. If we can get a president who manages to bridge the gap while ignoring the interests of financial-powerhouse lobbying, great. But I don't think it really matters who we put in that seat. Whoever's next will be the next "most divisive president ever."
    bigbadb
    Speaks the truth. Worked his ass off to get where he is (he's in the 1%, people, it's not all investment bankers) and now he's watching these pathetic hippies contribute nothing to society across the country, while the idiot President who's never worked or created a job in his life splits us all.
    Powerpro
    That is a 100% fact. When the U.S. needed a uniter...we got a divider who incites class warfare daily.
    strat0blaster
    ...The buck stops with the president of the United States. He's the most powerful person in the world.
    Does Dave Mustaine not know that we're in a Democracy, not a Monarchy? The Democratic system is set up to ensure that no one person/party achieves or can use/misuse all the power. This is why it gets my vinegar up when people blame the problems of a country on its president. Really? You're showing how little you know about how your own government works. And as far as him thinking what's happening on Wall St. is 'terrible,' it sounds like Dave forgot he used to be poor, and doesn't remember that he used to have to struggle. He sounds like a world class *****, IMO. I don't believe you HAVE to agree with these people, but when you're so far out of touch with common problems that you can't understand why they're doing what they are, you're lacking empathy and the realization that it could be you in the blink of an eye. For such a good Christian,Mustaine should be aware of the idiom "There but for the grace of God go I."
    BenjaminFields
    Dave, keep your mouth shut. "Most divisive president..."? Well, this is a pretty divisive time in American history; multiple wars, economic fallout, civil liberties, failing job markets. The president isn't divisive for the sake of being divisive. And Occupy? Well, I agree there needs to be a unifying voice but things are coming together.
    PeenieMcGee303
    Eisenhower taxed the rich at 94% for 2 years after WW2. He said "The poor fought this war so you could own these businesses. Now you're gonna pay the bill."If you made $200,000 a year you kept $12,000. Sounds made up but its true. After that the rich paid 77% percent tax. Nixon lowered it to 70%. Reagan lowered it to 50%. Bush Sr. lowered it to 25%. Clinton raised it to 39.5%. Bush Jr lowered it to 35%. If we just raise taxes on the highest tax bracket by 4.5% one quarter of our debt will be erased by 2015. Not all the debt but you gotta start somewhere. Do you really care if a millionaire makes $45,000 less?
    metalhed0294
    What I hate about Republicans and Democrats, is that most people in either party don't know how to argue, so both parties go around talking about how immature and ignorant the other party is. Both sides make it seem like the people of the other side's political veiws are completely invalid.
    chronic_stp
    Krackula wrote: Dave Mustaine has obviously never heard of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who bemoaned the "Economic Royalists" (much stronger language than "the top 1%" I might add) of his day, and was vilified in much the way Obama is today. He is a political ignoramus and should stick to making thrash metal records for pissed off teenagers (and the mental teenagers presently in their 40s). The only reason Obama is "divisive" is because so many American caucasians have a problem with black people. They're called books, Dave. Read one.
    Stop bringing up the race thing please. It has nothing to do with race and nobody hates Obama because he's black. I think its especially funny that white people bring up the race thing these days...