The National Receive Hate Mail For Supporting Obama

The National have been targeted with hate mail for supporting Barack Obama - but say supporting the President was worth it.

The National Receive Hate Mail For Supporting Obama
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The National have been targeted with hate mail for backing Barack Obama - but say supporting the President was worth it. They started getting aggressive messages on their Facebook page after playing a Democratic rally in Des Moines last month, but the band stand by their decision to play and say the election is "more important than any rock band". "I know we've gotten responses from people [who] don't like the fact that we've taken a position on it," singer Matt Berninger told The Lantern. "I don't actually think artists or musicians necessarily have a responsibility to do that. But in our case, the five of us... talked about it and we were like, 'Yeah, it's worth it, for sure'." Berninger said the stakes are higher than ever, but that leaves the band feeling more pumped than ever to make a stand. He continued: "A lot of the people I grew up with who are very conservative feel a little bit alienated by the current sort of version of the Republican party. "I think many of them don't feel represented by the Republican party anymore.. so there's more at stake this time, just with the way the whole political landscape has shifted." Despite their political leanings, Berninger insists The National don't write political music. "I don't really want my rock music to be political. I listen to rock music to sort of escape that kind of stuff," he said. What do you think of musicians taking a political stance? Would their support ever sway your opinion? Let us know in the comments.

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    RosenCurse
    Free Speech man.....Sometimes it's a B**** and a half
    goingnowhere21
    Damn right. Just because someone famous takes a political stance, someone has to shit bricks about it. They're people too, they're allowed to have an opinion.
    Obama FTW
    The thing that is really annoying is that everyone feels the need to criticize your opinion.
    Abacus11
    I love seeing The National getting mentioned on UG but I wish it was for their music (which is great) and not over politics.
    HigherThanAMile
    America...where you have the right to vote, the freedom to choose, and some ass still feels THEY need to tell you you're wrong.
    xevious1
    becasue they have the right to tell you your wrong. thats freedom of speech man. If you exercise that freedom others will exercise it as well, likely against what you said.
    Van Guff
    Why should a band be any different from anyone else? A band is just a group of people. A group of people have a right to vote, why hound them for who they choose to vote for?
    JimDawson
    Why don't they have more political parties in the US? I'm no expert on politics, but seeing as how many people seem to think that they aren't being properly represented by the current two party system it could be a great idea.
    damage_inc07
    there are more than two, but the media doesn't pay attention to the others. Like when they refuse to let Gary Johnson be part of any debate. Owell.
    Syn166
    The government knows with a libertarian president that they will lose a lot of power and control over the people so they try and shut the libertarians down.
    damage_inc07
    yeah. Its a shame, there really is little difference between dems and repubs in washington. Its all the same.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    they know that the libertarian party if it became popular enough would destroy the GOP and Dems, since it has the social platform of the Dems and the Economic of the GOP.
    rebreh
    Election laws were written that essentially gave the two parties a monopoly on the vote. For example, unless you have a lot of money and an established ground game, its nearly impossible to get on all 50 state ballots (the republicans have tried to block Gary Johnson from being on some). Then to get on the debate stage you have to have 15% of the supposed popular vote which is averaged from ten different polls. In theory, one poll could show you at 25 and another at 9 and you would not qualify. The media doesn't cover these candidates except when they want to know who they will vote for (in 2008, every third party candidate was asked "McCain or Obama?") And then finally most people feel that third party candidates are a waste of the vote. Most actually like Ralph Nader but many changed their vote at the last second because they thought it wouldn't matter.
    Benjumanji
    Facebook posts that disagree with one's political views are considered hate mail? Only on UG.
    modculture1960
    In other news, the National are a real classy band. Looking forward to High Violet's successor.
    Psycho Pigeon
    Why announce who you're supporting if you're going to moan about criticism of your choice? Anyway, Obama has proven to everyone he's sold out to the elite why vote for a proven puppet.
    crazysam23_Atax
    And Romney has done the same. What's your point?
    BigMikeBDD
    Romney hasn't done it in the oval office, failed America and then repeatedly slammed their faces in it. That's the point.
    guitar7masta
    Go ahead big mike, pretend Congress has nothing to do with it, keep on pretending that one man (from whatever party) can actually do anything without the cooperation from their constituents.
    BigMikeBDD
    You know the first two years of Obama's Presidential career was held with a complete Democratic Congress right?
    TheNumber6
    you know that congress is the problem right? the president makes decisions yes, but the congress votes on everything else and the president became the scapegoat for America to bash, i personally have never heard in a argument "congress has failed america" its always "the president has failed."
    guitar7masta
    @bigmike - You realize all the Republicans did was fillibuster so nothing could get done, right?
    cdsnzeevnaja
    Thank you! The best comment I've seen on here about these elections yet. Does no one get that Obama has been opposed every step of the way by a congress that has a republican majority? "A system of checks and balances"? Hello? The president has only a limited amount of power. People act like he should have come into the office, snapped his fingers, and VOILA! Whisked us all to neverland. Every time he tried passing something the benefited america, republican congressmen have opposed it, out of sheer vindictiveness. You have a problem with what's happening in America? Talk to your local CONGRESSMEN, those ACTUALLY responsible for all this.
    guitar7masta
    @cdsnzeevnaja - What's even worse is how once there was a Republican majority, John Boehner said their priority would be JOBS. JOBS JOBS JOBS they said over and over again. How many jobs bills did we see from the Republicans?
    guitar7masta
    gotta love how you say "Romney hasn't done it in the oval office". What does this mean? 'Done it' like screwed his wife? or done it as in referring to the comment about selling out to the elite? I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you meant the latter point which isn't any less ridiculous IMO. I hope you aren't suggesting that even though Mitt sold out to the "elite", he wouldn't do it in the oval office? Lastly, if it was about sex, then whether or not they were caught I'd put all my money down that every president ever has had sex in the oval office. Who wouldn't?
    guitar7masta
    They aren't "moaning" about it, they are just stating that regardless of the hate mail they will continue to follow through on their decision to support Obama.
    sideslick
    While I will not be voting for Obama, I will commend these guys for their passion. They believe in what they are doing, and I can only give them praise. If more people could be like these guys, the world would be a much better place.
    cdsnzeevnaja
    While I will be voting for Obama, I will commend your level headed comment, which draws great respect from me. Sir, if more people could be like YOU , the world would be a better, more tolerant place.
    sideslick
    I thank you for the great compliment. That's something that will probably raise my day up by a bit. Thanks!
    Crofty89
    And yet Ted Nugent and Dave Mustaine don't get hate mail?
    crazysam23_Atax
    They do, but not for supporting Obama. They get it for not supporting Obama. I'm not sure how exactly this current story is news though. /shrug
    Crofty89
    Yeah, I meant "yet Nugent and Mustaine don't get hate mail for not supporting Obama." Given Obama is more popular than Romney you'd think it more likely that Nugent and Mustaine got the hate mail, not these guys.
    latinromans
    yeah, it's just that since democratic voter aren't convinced romney's the antichrist out to destroy america (although that titles starting to look about on par with ceo of bane) they tend to not take this stuff quite as seriously, there's just not the same fanatic vocal minority the right has, it's their, it's just not as prominent for some reason.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    the media makes it appear that obama is much more popular than romney, but if you actually talk to people in real life, (not the 15 year olds on the internet) then it's much more close.
    Crofty89
    The opinion polls (actual statistics, not media interpretation) all say that Obama is more popular than Romney, with the exception of polls about who won the first debate (however I've not seen that affect other opinion polls so far). And actually a fair bit of the media is trying to make it look like Romney is more popular, most notably Fox news.
    RATMfan420
    Obama signed into law the NDAA Act of 2012, a provision of it stating that the military can indefinately detain US citizens without a trial or charges. So in short, the military can arrest whoever they want for no reason. Mitt R(Money) also stated he would have signed the law. .....tell me how anybody could vote for these psychopaths?