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Posted on Jan 10, 2014 12:31 pm
Henry Rollins recently touched on several serious issues, elaborating his stance on the US government, economy and education system. And as the singer put it, "America is investing in crime and war."
Henry was initially asked by Alternative Nation to comment on the state of American economy and whether the US government has a chance to "pull through with their debt."
"America is full of money," Rollins kicked off. "There are a few people that are really rich and they don't do anything with their money. Billions of dollars sit still. Everyone else is told to suck it up and work harder and harder. Hey, have at it; keep voting for those who want to abolish the minimum wage. We'll see how that treats you. People often vote for the politicians whose policies disadvantage them. Again, if that's what you want, then go for it.
"There are some people who will have a hard time and there are others who will never be affected," the vocalist continued. "The American government is the people; it's not some alien body like the tea party wants you to think. It's not the enemy, it's us. If it 'sucks' then you suck, so improve it or be happy that you suck. Many Americans need to grow up and put their shoulder into it."
Switching to the topic of education, Henry commented: "I think America is investing in crime and war. Teach to the test, don't allow young people to learn to use their minds and you will quickly have millions of people who will fight for sh-tty jobs, be eager to go to war and haul their a-ses into new mega prisons.
"You want a country that is impervious to invasion and destruction from outside, you make it strong on the inside. Read Lincoln's speech from January 1838, the 'Speech to the Young Men’ s Lyceum.' Tells you all you need to know," Henry added, along with the following link. "How do you do that, you educate your people. If they are stupid, they will do stupid things. You might want to think about what kind of country you want to live in. It starts with you."
Asked about Obamacare and US healthcare in general, Rollins replied: "ACA will be fine. That's why the Republicans are so twisted up about it. If it was going to fail, they would let it. But it's not and so they are in a tizzy. If more of the states would do their share of the work, there would not be such a strain on the Federal website. This too will be overcome. Republicans fear equality. It will disturb their cash flow and great advantage. It's coming to an end and they are not happy. Oh well."
Finally, the singer discussed his hard-hitting personality and skills he had learned throughout his career, adding, "I don't have any skill really. I have tenacity and a lot of anger. I am an angry person. I don't want to hit anyone or anything. I want to do things. I want to go. I want to know. I want to do something all the way, finish it and then run at something else and do it and go from there. It's not about money or fame, it's about kicking a-s and getting onto the next thing. That's it."