The Killers' Brandon Flowers On Mitt Romney

Flowers says the band will stay neutral in the forthcoming election, despite meeting with his fellow Mormon Mitt Romney last year.

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The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says his band won't take sides with anyone in the forthcoming US presidential election, despite meeting with fellow Mormon and Republican candidate Mitt Romney last year. "We've always been neutral, so we just kinda stay out of it," Flowers told the Independent. "None of us is planning any rallies for anybody." Did Romney contact him because of their shared Mormon faith? "Yeah, I'm sure," said Flowers. "I'm sure he's met with a few different people. But I think that's something that definitely made it a little bit easier to reach out to me." He reveals little about their meeting, and says his vote won't be biased on their shared belief: "I don't think you shouldn't vote for him because of his religion. If you're gonna vote for somebody, you should learn about what their views are on things, and pick the guy that you identify with and believe in the most." What does he think the next government could improve on? "My biggest issue is, I wish we took better care of our [war] veterans. I don't understand why we don't." Meanwhile, Flowers recently had surgery on his left shoulder. "It's pinched a nerve, and so they go in and they saw it straight the doctor went in three different places, with a little camera and everything... It's worse now than it was before."

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    NoMoreNoMore66
    Hey, Flowers, this is UG. Make a completely ignorant political remark or get out.
    I.shower.naked
    "I don't think you shouldn't vote for him because of his religion. If you're gonna vote for somebody, you should learn about what their views are on things, and pick the guy that you identify with and believe in the most." That's a quote to live by. I wish other people would vote that way.
    jamie_hough
    I'd agree 100% accept with religion, and paarticularly in America, its so decisive it does play a part. Ok the US is supposedly secular but remember Bush declaring that God told him to go to war with Iraq? There are other examples of politicians fusing their religion and politics with abortion for instance and the two usually compliment each other i.e. religious person is pro-life, atheist leaves it to mother to decide - thats not a blanket theory but for the most part Id say it applies. So although yes, you shouldnt vote for someone based on their spiritual beliefs alone, it will be hard not to find an overlap between their beliefs and the policies that politician wants to implement.
    a0kalittlema0n
    So find someone that has a religion, believes it, and makes decisions to let the people decide, not their personal beliefs. Romney did that exact thing as governor of MA, let the people decide.
    larrytheguitar
    I agree with your main point, but I don't think US is supposedly secular at all, at least in politics. "In God We Trust" is still on our bills, after all.
    Koekoeksklok
    They're still legal if you cross those words out, which Penn Jillette did for a while :d
    guitar7masta
    I never like to make it a main issue but it is still important to know where a person gets their morals. Let's say there's a fanatical Christian running for office and because of his good book he believes homosexuals don't deserve equal treatment, I definitely think it's worth the time to discuss it a bit. Or maybe a fanatical Muslim that believes we should instate Sharia Law, once again I'd find that a worthy topic of discussion.
    AndyZ
    Religion can tell quite a lot about someone, depending on how religious the person exactly is. Mormonism is widely considered pretty ridiculous religion, and knowing that this guy has done wierd crap like baptizing his deceased father-in-law (who was known to despise organized religions), you can tell that this guy is just one of those people whose religion is going to affect his policies in one way or another. That can never be a good thing (as jamie pointed out the fact about Bush).
    a0kalittlema0n
    Ignorance is bliss my friend. You're hating something you don't understand, which makes you a fool.
    Filipus
    Why the downvotes? This guy only said the truth.
    AndyZ
    Filipus, did you mean me or a0kalittlema0n? I honestly don't think I was being ignorant or hateful in any way. I was just basically saying that yes, you should be aware of how religious the candidates are, and how it might affect their policies.
    Filipus
    i mean aoka. I agree with your first paragraph but the second one you are clearly being ignorant and hateful.
    AndyZ
    With ignorance you probably mean this sentence: "Mormonism is widely considered pretty ridiculous religion" I'm not representing my opinion on mormonism or religion in general with that sentence. There's no arguing and it's not a secret, that mormonism is widely made fun of, even by many christians and some notable public figures. I wasn't judging mormonism in any way, I just stated a fact.
    Filipus
    Actually, i was refering to the whole sentence: "Mormonism is widely considered pretty ridiculous religion, and knowing that this guy has done wierd crap like baptizing his deceased father-in-law (who was known to despise organized religions), you can tell that this guy is just one of those people whose religion is going to affect his policies in one way or another."
    AndyZ
    Yeah, I consider that weird, to me it sounds like a very disrespectful practice to baptize someone who doesn't want to be a part of religion. If you are so "extreme" with your religion that you absolutely have to do such silly rituals, then we can definitely expect that the religion will affect the person's policies. I have absolutely no clue why would anyone think what I said was ignorant or hateful.
    Filipus
    Well, you aren't really baptizing, that is the point. When you do that you are giving the person a chance to accept it or not, like opening a door that was once closed. Get it? You can always choose to cross the door or not, but it is open. I dont find that disrespectful in anyway if you belive in it. He did that because he loved is father and belives in that. It should't make a difference to anyone except him and his family.
    spiff-corgi
    I'm not sure. If religion is as important to a person's life as religious people claim it is, then surely it fundamentally affects their world views. Mormonism is one of the most transparent, shoddy "religions" on the planet. It's only a couple of steps away from Scientology, and if someone believes the stuff in the Mormon book, or subscribes to Scientology, you can't help but become disillusioned in their intelligence. Also, his religion seems to drive a lot of his ideas, so it is important.
    I.shower.naked
    There's some friends of mine who describe mormonism as a cult. I don't know if it's true or not.
    Filipus
    Depends of your definition of cult. I say mormonist is a cult, but that isn't a bad thing at all, people just give it another meaning in our days...
    spiff-corgi
    You understand what a cult is, right? You have to give up your entire life, your family and all your money to a fraudulent cause. That's not something that should be shrugged off as "it gives people purpose".
    guitar7masta
    It really does depend on what definition you choose. One definition is: a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object . By that definition Christianity is a cult, but normally when someone says [X] religion is a cult they are talking about violent sacrifices, strange rituals, utter devotion etc. So by those standards I'd say no Mormonism isn't a cult, though I do find it to be a very messed up and nonsensical religion, more so than any other religion barring Scientology.
    Filipus
    Exactly. And i acn't find much nonsense on mormonism, in fact its really a matter of beliving in it or not. If you belive it all makes sense, a lot. If you dont, its just a bunch of crap that makes you weird.
    spiff-corgi
    Well, Filipus, I'd advise watching the South Park episode on mormonism Anyone who sees that and what they believe in and doesn't think "that's a bit mental" is either brainwashed or unhinged.
    thebigredjj10
    A cult typically is known as a "non mainstream" religion. There are literally hundreds of thousands of peaceful cults in the world. The word unfortunately has been confused with destructive cults, which is what most people think of when the word cult it uttered. Destructive cults are, as the name implies, damaging to a persons psyche, and often demands that the followers have complete devotion, and often follow harsh rules. In my opinion, Mormonism is not a cult, as is it is too large to be considered as such. I also don't think that their beliefs are that much stranger than Christianity, Islam or the multitude of other religions out there. Sure they are irrational, but look at any religions beliefs without bias, and they all seem rather strange and at odds with reason. And I do think a persons religious beliefs are relevant, as they demonstrate the persons view on the world, and often fundamentally influence a persons decisions. If a person is a quiet follower, whose religion is more of a background belief system, and they allow logic and free will determine their decisions, than religion plays a smaller part. But, if it plays a large role, and determines their decisions, than definitely it should be a central concern. We don't need politicians being influenced by their religion, when the peoples best interest is being ignored for "God's" best interest. For example (bare with this slightly extreme example, I realize that this is most often not the case. I am using a hyperbole), if Politician A's religion says that anyone who is of a different skin color is lesser than their own, then definitely their religious beliefs are a problem, especially when that affects their other beliefs. So to summarize my long response, religion often does matter, as it can be a primary influence on a persons decisions.
    Deflection
    Disagree. Imagine you agree with someone when it comes to their view on politics, but that person firmly believes that the world will be swallowed by a purple hippo in the year 2015. He also believes that all cats are aliens from a distant galaxy. Etc, etc, etc. Sure, you might agree with him 100% when it comes to his political views, but I doubt you'd still vote for that guy, because his world view is off.
    hansome21
    meh, he uses a double negative and sounds like an idiot IMO, but the second part is correct. Also, I plan on not voting for Romney because of his religion, his tax plans, and his medicare plans. If you knew more about the mormon religion, you wouldn't vote for him either (fun fact: if your a black mormon and you die, you either go to hell, or to heaven, and the highest you can be is a slave. A slave in heaven. Sound heavenly? Or just racist?)
    MegaDTSX
    I find it humbling to know there are people out there who actually think with their head about politics rather than biasing themselves with religious views.
    MegaDTSX
    Not sure why I got a -1 for that since this is supposed to be a secular government. There is a time and place for religious views (at home or in a church). I was in no way knocking religion itself.
    gkex
    Oh my god, it's like he actually thinks for himself or something. No way!
    SSaxdude
    This is a refreshing change of pace from the usual musician who thinks they know everything about politics and says outlandish statements about the other side.
    iommi600
    "won't take sides with anyone in the forthcoming US presidential election" It's refreshing to read this... Between picking the lesser of two evils and not picking any evil, I choose the second.
    Neon_Buffalo
    Maybe if Mitt would actually tell you what he plans to do if he wins, rather than this whole 'ill make America better by making jobs, saving money, lowering taxes and bringing families together' thing hes been feeding you. If you want to run a country, you need to give at least some specifics. Seems pretty simple to me.
    BigMikeBDD
    Because what Obama has been feeding you is intelligent worthwhile promises?
    guitar7masta
    Ok, so if that's your stance why not avoid voting for either of them? I'll never understand why some people think it's smart to take a shot in the dark just because they don't like the "opposition".
    Abacus11
    It seriously frightens me that any human being with a functioning brain would vote for Mitt Romney... and I'm NOT a democrat or Obama fan. To me he's the epitome of an evil, fake and soulless politician. Most of them are but Romney is just over the top. That's my political rant... now I'm gonna listen to some Black Sabbath and not give a sh*t about politics. I'm happier that way.
    BigMikeBDD
    ^ This is exactly what I've been talking about. Pure 100% political ignorance. I'd bet that this guy knows nothing about politics to make a statement like this.
    Abacus11
    "Political ignorance"? Do have any idea how vague this statement is before I even get into how wrong it is? When someone doesn't agree with you it's not called ignorance... it's called disagreeing with you. We call get to have our own thoughts and opinions. You should probably get used to it.
    Apollo X
    He's just following the Romney platform. "That guy's wrong, we'll fix it. We won't tell you how but just trust us." Now all he has to do is steal some of your own ideas to support his own point. It's GENIUS.
    spiff-corgi
    The thing that worries me is that's exactly how the Conservatives got in two years ago in Britain and they've ****ed everything up. If Romney gets in it's going to be even worse for everyone.
    squirttilithurt
    vote for Romney.. you are a moron. vote for Obama... you are a moron. END GAME
    thebigredjj10
    Words from Romney... Bullshit, don't vote for this guy Words from Obama... Bullshit, don't vote for this guy Words from Ron Paul... well he legitimately believes the stuff he says, it's just a little too crazy, so don't vote for this guy (not that he would win anyways) Words from any of the other independents... no one cares Ignore everything and don't vote....then you are a lazy ***** and the country is going to hell because of you. Either way the system is designed so that you are screwed whatever you do.
    dbudday
    It's great to see a musician realize that they shouldn't use their fame as a platform to push political views... I get so sick of bands thinking they know all about politics and bashing candidates. If your good with music, stick to that...I mean I don's ask my mechanic for advice on buying a house...