Enter Shikari: 'Mitt Romney Is The Most Dangerous Person In The World'

Singer Rou Reynolds is also anti-Obama after he broke his promise to shut down Guantanamo Bay. Is politics doomed, or is real change possible with the right government? Join the debate here.

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British band Enter Shikari have stepped into the US election debate, branding Mitt Romney as "dangerous" and President Obama as a "liar."

They raised the topic when NME asked them who the most dangerous man in the world is. Vocalist Rou Reynolds singled out Mitt Romney, and added: "With the US elections, I can't believe Mitt Romney is a possibility to run a country that size. Or any size."

Reynolds says he was originally swept up in Obama-fever after his election, but has since retracted his support and is disillusioned with politics as a whole:

"I'm starting to realize that politics just repeats itself. People get elected. They lie. They say they're gonna do this, that they won't do that.

"One of the big Obama things for me is he was gonna close Guantanamo Bay but he hasn't done anything. And he's increased the foreign wars the US are leading, and introduced drone warfare, which is a new beast terrifying Pakistan. So many civilians killed."

Is Rou right about politics? Will the US have to vote for the lesser of two evils, or is real change possible with the right government? Share your opinions and hopes in the comments.

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    chrisvasco23
    i cant wait for the election be over
    soundsabbath
    Me to but you gotta admit mitt has said some incredibly retarded things so far! We live in fear of george bush III
    hennessey14
    Obama is george bush 3. Romney will be bush 4 if he gets elected.
    kmcharger21
    I'm sorry but what the hell does that mean? They are all completely different people with completely different views. How can they all be like bush? You obviously know very little about politics and your posts show that.
    baneofmorgoth
    I can see your point, kind of. Neither Bush nor Obama have held to the promises that they made. Look at Obama's signing of NDAA.
    Deathlock257
    If you do ANY research you would see that Obama actually did A LOT of what he said he was going to do. He has also helped the country quite a lot in a first term which is REALLY impressive since it's nearly impossible to make a difference in the first term. Romney is a ****ing retard who doesn't know what he is doing. I wouldn't vote for him just based on his personality and personal vendettas he has against homosexuals.
    Vinson
    And if you do ant research OTHER than MSN, or just look around yourself, you'll see Obama KILLING the middle AND upperclass, and keeping the poor on life support so they will vote for him! Reagan turned it around in 1 term. If Obama was competent, he could have as well. The fact that he makes up stories to appease our enemies, when they KILL our people should be enough for ANYONE to see Obama isn't fit to be Commander in Chief of a row boat!
    thf24
    Unemployment is still higher than when he took office. The deficit, which he promised to cut in half, has almost doubled. Our national credit rating has been downgraded twice. Gitmo is still open. He did get some version of his healthcare system rammed through, but without a real plan to pay for it. What exactly has he done to "help" that counteracts all of that? And as for Romney being a "retard", anyone who thinks that is one themselves. An individual of dubious integrity and character, sure, but he didn't get where he is by being stupid.
    whywefight
    Where does he call mitt romney the most dangerous person in the world? I didn't see it in either article.
    oppcorn
    ok
    gkex
    Oh, your band is liberal. Tell me again how unique and well developed your political views are.
    My Last Words
    In all seriousness tho, I rather have people voting for a tool like romney than to say "I'm not voting, politics are bullshit" . And sadly, there are plenty of people who think that way..
    Aries Phoenix
    The fact this has a negative 10 rating is disgraceful. Liberty is a gift, and its your job as a citizen to educate yourself on the different positions either candidate has in regards to running the country, and then vote according to your beliefs. Obviously because there are only two possible choices now for president that you won't agree with everything they say but you should still vote for the person you would rather represent you. No one would be aloud to bitch about politics on this form without the foundation of voting and freedom, and that people would just dismiss that is an embarrassment.
    RealUnrealRob
    I can honestly say that I would rather have people not vote if they have no idea what's going on.
    My Last Words
    Yeah but if they choose not to vote then they shouldn't be the ones bitching about how ''the system'' ruins their lives either, agree ?
    SMB13
    Liberty is a gift, but voting is right. Just like how I have the right to not vote. Yeah, I can educate myself on who to vote for, but I don't think it's my job. The only "job" that I feel I have to commit to is my job to life; and that's to enjoy it, no matter who takes office.
    My Last Words
    What I am trying to say, you lovely folks: People in America, are talking bad about [insert politician here] you know what? Shut the f**k up! You don't know a thing about running a country! If there would have been a better man to run the States right now, we would have picked him, it's a democratic process. There are a couple of guys who run for office, everybody picks him, he goes to the next level. Shut up, he's the f**king president! There's gonna be an election, if you don't like him go for the other guy. Don't sit back there and just piss and moan."
    thebigredjj10
    So you have the right to choose from a preselected list of candidates. And before you say anyone can run, that is not true for the two major parties. There is a process in which they screen the candidates and choose them. And before you mention third party candidates, name the last time someone has even come close to getting any large amount of votes. What a lot of people feel is futility. It doesn't matter which of the two candidates get in, nothing is going to change. The US is going to continue bullying countries through violence and force, (a role the rest of the world shakes their head at. NO ONE WANTS YOU TO DO THAT.), the drone strikes which kill approximately 50 civilians per hit will continue, the large corporations will continue to steamroll over other peoples rights while lobbying to be aloud to act as such, the war on drugs will continue to be a massive waste of money and lives (not to mention putting many innocent people in jail for as little as selling marijuana), and a multitude of other terrible things. So tell me why I should vote? The whole thing is a farce. But I don't have a right to complain unless I vote? Even though the results would be exactly the same either way. Either candidate A or B gets elected. What is the solution? I know apathy won't change anything, but I'm just biding my time something better comes. It's hard to summarize my political views in such a short thing so I won't even bother here, but I will say that the course needs to change. I will end by saying I do vote, but typically either make my throwaway ballot or vote for some small independent with 0 chance of making it.
    VJPaczek74
    The politicians that do finally make it as far as running for president have normally worked their way up the ladder by first being voted into positions like governor or senator. I strongly disagree with our two party system but we still have a very large say on who becomes a presidential candidate. The lack of attention voters put on positions other than president should be addressed more.
    Santaslaya
    lol thats why when world war 3 we have no allies, that means were ****ed with your beloved politics you poor brainswashed man, if you really cared about your politics you wouldnt want to vote either, there is alot of shit about your beloved country you don't know about.
    iammclovin
    Al Gore needs your support folks. Manbearpig must be stopped. I'm super cereal.
    dr718
    Obviously, more empty opinions from high school drop outs. For all the other points on here, power divided is power checked. The US federal government was designed to defend from invasion, foster commerce and protect individual rights. 100 years of progressivism is culminating in insurmountable debt created by politicians selling whatever program they need to get elected. Power needs to be in the hands of the state and local governments. Want to solve poverty and other socio-economic issues? Do it in your own neighborhood with your own money. People are a lot less conscious of taxes solving the nation's problems when always spending someone else's money. When everyone has some skin in the game, waste will drop and lives will improve. Take away everything from the rich, you still don't make it better for the poor.
    Silence&Requiem
    Does agreeing with this mean I'm actually a Republican? I'm only voting in my local/state/congressional elections where party affiliation isn't concerned as much as the candidates' proposals and track record. I'm glad I'm not the only one that realizes that the results of the presidential election aren't going to have any significant effects on anyone's life. The damn media makes it seem as though this decision will seal the fate of the universe. The people are distracted and argue amongst themselves over the president, a position that is attributed more power than it actually holds, and meanwhile the legislative branch which is actually in charge of making laws and domestic policy is full of crooks who sit on their hands and get paid a small fortune in taxpayer money.
    Le Fantome
    After the endless idiocy and mindless following of a party-line, that is all I ever see on the internet, you two have restored my faith in humanity. Props for thinking for yourself.
    splitopenandjam
    If we had left everything to states than we would still have segregation in all Southern institutions. And I don't think progressivism is responsible for all that debt, ever heard of George W. Bush and his Republican Congress' two unpaid-for wars?
    dr718
    I propose bringing more power back to the states, not advocate for it in the past. Republicans are just as guilty of overspending as Democrats, just for different reasons. So I reiterate my point: people are always quick to spend money that doesn't belong to them, especially when they pay no income tax at all. A bloated, ineffecient, on-the-take Federal government is taking us quickly to ruin. The pain is coming, get ready.
    Vypor
    Third party libertarian presidential candidate gets 5% of the vote, it ends the two party system. Gary Johnson 2012.
    HolyDiver1118
    I will probably vote in Jill Stein, but I like Gary Johnson as well. More importantly, I'm very supportive of 3rd party candidates
    Macabre_Turtle
    As stupid as I generally think this band's politics are, they are completely right about every word of this. All they really said is that Romney lies and so does Obama. How can any of you disagree with that? And by the way, not being American doesn't make their opinions any less valid. They've demonstrated more knowledge of our political system than most American voters have.
    Benjumanji
    "'I'm starting to realize that politics just repeats itself. People get elected. They lie. They say they're gonna do this, that they won't do that.'" If this guy is just starting to realize politics is a sham, tell me why anyone should take his political views seriously.
    Gibson0516
    I would have said the Iran president is the most dangerous person in the world.
    tele-disaster
    a country with a failing economy, no leverage, at mercy to strikes from israel and the USA. But because its an islamic fanatical regime its dangerous. Iran is no more a danger than north korea, they are pantomime villains. In the wrong hands america is the most dangerous country to the rest of the world as it has the leverage and military to be dangerous.
    Spychosis
    First off, the president of Iran has far less power than you would think. There is also a position called "Supreme Leader of Iran" who has the real power. Second, N. Korea is dangerous as hell because they have nukes and China(who has lots more nukes) has their back. Furthermore N. Korea sells weapons and planes to Iran, so Iran gets their danger from them. And soon if Iran gets nukes they could be in bunkers too deep to be penetrated by bunker-busters.
    Scourge441
    China isn't as supportive of North Korea as you think. They support them in principal because they're both communist governments, but if North Korea tried to start a war in the region, China would step in the stop them because A) the destabilization it would cause would negatively impact them, and B) their economy is heavily reliant on the US, and they realize that America is a far more valuable ally than North Korea.
    tele-disaster
    recent north korean long range 'space program' tests absolutely flopped. north korea is stuck in the 30's technologically, it cant even support itself. its modelled that in the event of war north korea would last less than a month before it ran out of oil and food to keep the country and let alone army going.
    Spychosis
    Ah good points. I realized right after I said they have nukes that they have no means of using them on anyone except S. Korea or Japan as of yet. And a war so close would be bad for China's economy. Still, they have parts of the equation and sell to unsavory folks the same as Iran.
    thf24
    I agree about Iran. I firmly believe that the instant they become a real nuclear threat, which is unlikely to ever happen, Israel will wipe them off the face of the Earth. I won't get into the issue on whether that's a good or a bad thing, but it does mean no one has to worry about a large scale nuclear strike from them.
    rebreh
    Iran has ZERO Nuclear weapons. ZERO.... Lets do some math here Israel=300 Nuclear weapons vs. Iran=0
    splitopenandjam
    I think they are pretty dead-on about Mitt Romney: the man has no core principles and he has made it clear that he would sell out the American people so the rich can some extra Ivory back-scratchers. I'm not necessarily an Occupy kind of guy (though they are certainly closer to the truth than the Tea Party), but Americans has to ask itself some serious questions if they are considering voting for Romney. Obama on the other hand has certainly not lived up to many of his promises, but is taking the country in the right direction and building a foundation for continued growth. All Romney promises is a get-rich-quick scheme that will surely backfire like it did in 2008, as most of his plans are the same (de-regulation, lower taxes for the rich, etc). I don't know what these guys are talking about when they say that Barry Obams increased the foreign wars the US are leading. Iraq War? Over (at least officially). Afghanistan? Over by 2014. Libya? No troops on the ground. These guys don't know what they are talking about, just saying what they want to think is true to sound like it.
    DukeFame
    No boots on the ground only bombs for a year straight and radicals way worse than gaddafi in charge now, he also sent troops to other african countries like somalia and even to uganda to look for kony lol, got the cia in Syria as well.
    thf24
    Reality (the intellectually honest one) does not support most of your comment.
    RichieJovie
    Dear Americans, please understand that Enter Shakira are not intelligent British people. They do not speak for us. They only just speak for themselves. You vote in who you like. It's not like the president actual runs the place.
    Silence&Requiem
    These guys are right, but for the wrong reasons. Romney is dangerous, but not because of his conservative affiliation as they imply. He's dangerous because he lacks the resolve to stand up to the extremists that have overtaken the Republican party and instead panders to them. I've also become disillusioned with politics, but I realize that it's not the government's fault, it's the people's as they regard politics as a sporting event, which cheapens it. Obama lies, but so does every other politician. They lie because we want them to. We elect people who tell us what we want to hear rather than electing the people who know how to govern. And drone warfare scares the crap outta me. War is a human affliction accompanied by extreme emotions that people need to experience and feel the weight of to keep their humanity intact. To replace soldiers with machines is to remove emotion from war. Doing so casts aside our humanity and turns us into monsters. Also what if the robot soldiers gain sentience and decide to rebel? Also, wtf is with UG's blatent sensationalism all of a sudden? Sure has changed around here since the days when I was a young pitmonkey.
    Scourge441
    A drone is remote-controlled, not programmed. There's still a human being on one end, so there's no threat of it attaining sentience.
    hidd4n
    " Also what if the robot soldiers gain sentience and decide to rebel?" Can't believe I just read that haha, reminds me of some terrible movie I saw ages ago about some auto piloting planes doing something of that sort.
    Scourge441
    Obama was on The Daily Show recently and said he still wants to close Guantanamo. So I'll at least give him credit for acknowledging that he didn't do something he promised. Whether he actually gets it done if reelected is another story, but there's no chance in hell Romney does it.
    Sam Rulez D00d
    I love Enter Shikari but seriously Rou, keep your nose out of the US's business. He obviously just hates capitalism.
    dudebud
    Wouldn't it be something if the US could keep their nose out of the world's business?
    dr718
    At current spending, we'll have no money to prosecute another war-whether Romney would want one or not. We're the Roman Empire here, people. Armies spread far and wide draining the country while people back here clamor for more and more "free" this and "government paid" that. There's no more money for this shit and hardly anyone knows it or has the fortitude to accept there won't be Medicare, Social Security, etc. Time's Up.
    dudebud
    They raise valid points. America has to choose between a flip-flopper and a liar. What a selection! Americans are pathetically drunk on propaganda and are so poorly misinformed/dis-informed it's sad. A once great nation now on a path straight to totalitarianism. I will continue to hope the best for them but it's painful to watch the mass ignorance.
    thf24
    This. The only thing more dangerous than the tendency of many, if not most, Americans to believe whatever they hear without question is the increasing intellectual dishonesty of our media (on both sides) and other information sources. Politics has never been a squeaky clean business, but this election will be decided based on more exaggerated, out of context, or false information than truth, and it's only going to get worse.
    Kueller917
    Well, 1. I don't see anywhere where they said Romney is the most dangerous person "in the world" 2. What they did say was really basic. Politics is full of liars. Nothing new there. Seems to have about as much political depth as one of their songs. I've heard people say Rou can get pretty in depth politically so I won't base it all off this article.
    jimmy-moto
    "I'm starting to realize that politics just repeats itself. People get elected. They lie. They say they're gonna do this, that they won't do that." HA! Starting to realize? Either you're 14 years old or this is the first time you've actually paid any attention to politics.
    Benjumanji
    Shoot, didn't realize you just posted the same thing I did. Great minds think alike, I guess!
    HavokStrife
    Uhm, you think Obama is increasing foreign war, oh boy, wait til you lads see Romney, who's also the pathological liar of the two. Usually when you wanna hate on Obama in US, you speak some noise of healthcare and where he was born. Not shit that actually matters like the fact that he's a complete figurehead, or that he signed the N.D.A.A. Wait. What's the N.D.A.A.?
    SIEGE312
    I would hardly take political advice from these guys, pretty great musicians, very innovative, but a little too far out there for me in terms of their views.
    purplexing
    I'm the opposite. I don't like their music, but their views seem dead on.
    SIEGE312
    It definitely takes a lot of getting used to, but they've managed to do some things that have certainly shaken up modern rock/punk's use of electronic elements without it necessarily being a full on gimmick.
    Downfall93
    I immediately hit dislike as soon as I see someone who hasn't got anything to do with music in the title.
    DevilsRedRider
    im trying to find in this article where the band actually says "Mitt romney is the most dangerous person in the world"
    PoopietheClown
    Like I give a sh*t about what some talentless dbags with horrible teeth and no possible vote in the election think. UG...go steal a story from metalinsider..you can do better than this...
    korinaflyingv
    you shouldn't make assumptions about peoples' teeth. i hear rou's teeth are actually quite nice.
    Chase.A
    Mustain says Obama represents everything evil. This band says Mitt is the most dangerous man in the world. If you're going to complain about the conservative 'nut jobs' don't praise your own.
    rebreh
    The band said they think Romney's policies are dangerous Mustain said that Obama was behind the shootings in Colorado. One is a hyperbolic liberal the other is a nutjob.
    AcdcTXfan
    "he has made it clear that he would sell out the American people so the rich can some extra Ivory back-scratchers" Even though he made it clear in the fist debate that he doesn't support tax cuts for the rich?
    splitopenandjam
    Are you kidding? Romney lied about every aspect of his tax plan in the first debate. How many videos are there of him saying "I support 20% tax cuts ACROSS THE BOARD" during the primary campaign. That means the rich too. He just decided that it was time to pivot to the center, as he correctly figured that most Americans (apparently you too) were tuning in for the first time or just forgot about what he said. As I said, the man believes nothing except that the presidency is his birthright and he will say/do/promote anything that gets him there.
    rebreh
    Its called a flip flop. Romney supported gay marriage as govenor, saying he would do more to help their cause then Ted Kennedy...During the primary denied this and said he would have a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage Romney used to be pro-choice. Then in the primary he became pro-life. Now is somewhere in between Romney said we should invade Iran and Syria. During debate said we should not. Romney said he would cut taxes for the rich in the primary. Now says he won't. Romney opposed Fema in the primary. Now supports it. Romney created healthcare...now opposes it Romney used to believe in global warming. Now says its false. Seriously, this guy has more flip flops than a house of pancakes
    PuddleJumper11
    Seems to me he said almost exactly what Republicans wanted to hear during the primary so he could win that, then changed his stance to try to attract liberals during the general election.
    Sammy Mantis
    Actually it's only called a "flip-flop" when a conservative does it. When a liberal does it, it's called "evolving".
    rebreh
    Obama endorsing gay marriage was not really a flip flop in my opinion for the following reason. He said it should be left to the states to decide. This kind of opinion is literally eating your cake and having it at the same time. Basically he supports the current system in which states like Vermont (pro marriage) and Texas (anti marriage) each get a say.
    BigMikeBDD
    Dude, that's the most ignorant and uneducated post of the day. Look at factcheck.org and look at Obama's BS lines as well. Obama also said he was against gay marriage, 8 months before he said he was for it. Get educated before making ignorant comments.
    Spychosis
    I don't see him making ANY statement about Obama whatsoever. You're just getting defensive.
    rebreh
    Which part of my post was ignorant? Gov. Romney has flipped positions on a lot of issues. That is a fact. I also never once mentioned Obama. I never compared the two. I was only talking about one candidate.
    rokr258
    that's completely different. Obama was for civil unions, but grew more to support gay marriage as met more people and learned more about their experiences and decided that is what he believes. romney's positions are literally determinant solely on what office he's running for.
    DukeFame
    he just wanted to get more cash when he went hollywood for a fundraiser right after he "changed his mind."
    Spychosis
    A few months before the election he said he would lower taxes for the rich (and everyone else). Extending Bush tax cuts was unpopular with undecided voters though, so he changed his views as he so often does. But who cares about this? These guys are British, not American. They don't know American politics and have no say in the voting process anyway.
    ashowe
    Caring what a British guy thinks about US politics is like letting a buddy give you bad advice about dealing with your long-term girlfriend.
    roguesanchez1
    Some British people actually do keep up and pay careful attention to the US elections, because the outcome will effect ALL OF US!
    tele-disaster
    nah, its like your mate telling you not to date a girl because shes a total controlling biatch
    BassKid101
    I love Enter Shikari, but no Brit likes America or it's politics. Hell, no one else in the world does.
    Camron62\m/
    enough of the goddamn politics, ug. and it's not like Obama is any better. one big ass mistake america.
    kmcharger21
    Why do brits insists on getting into our politics? Even in the comments. Nobody cares what you say because you have no clue.
    idk_idk
    It's funny when you claim Brits have no clue, when nearly half of the US wants to vote in someone who could rival George Bush for intellect. Despite what you think, the decisions your country makes effects us, and the rest of the world for that matter. I'm not saying other countries should vote in your election, but you must at least understand why it interests us... Although I must admit, talking politics no matter where you're from is quite futile.
    VikingMiguel
    Exactly what I'm thinking. We should stick to talking shit about our own politicians, not the ones in the US
    Psycho Pigeon
    Can't believe people even consider voting for the 2 main parties any more, so much history of corrupting, drug running, rape, wars, huge loss of life... why continue it??? Drones.
    third(-)eye
    Wait... where in all that did he say "Mitt Romney is the most dangerous person in the world"?.. First off, that's a retarded, baseless accusation that left-wing diehards LOVE to throw around, especially celebs. Second, nothing in the article quotes him as saying ANYTHING like that. Third, I can't wait for Election Day when all this bullshit will (hopefully) be over.
    Nameless742
    He's right though. It's not Obama. The system is flawed. I am not a bandwagoner conspiracist nutjob but it's obvious things need to change in a lot of countries.
    thf24
    Liberal alarmists saying Romney is dangerous remind me a lot of conservative alarmists who said Obama would be dangerous in 2008. Not to say Obama hasn't done some damage, but he hasn't destroyed the country like so many said he would, and Romney won't either if elected.
    thf24
    Oh, and typical UG to make it seem like this is just another anti-republican article from the title, when in fact the source material is targeting both sides.
    Second Rate
    "One of the big Obama things for me is he was gonna close Guantanamo Bay but he hasn't done anything. And he's increased the foreign wars the US are leading, and introduced drone warfare, which is a new beast terrifying Pakistan. So many civilians killed." Someone get that kid a metal, one of them FINALLY realizes it.
    Rule Britannia
    They're right about Mitt. They're right about Obama it's not as though Obama has done anything painfully stupid....like start a war...
    kmcharger21
    What does a high school educated, stay at home canadian son know about US politics? Not much clearly...
    t_godin
    Do you really think one man (the president) is gonna single handedly turn around the economy and do everything he promises. It's more than one guy running the country and even if Obama wants to do a certain thing he'll have people right next to him telling him not to. American government is all a bunch of BS