The Sundance Film Festival is where one-percenters gather to hurl stones at haughty, out of touch (Republican) politicians whom they claim are hurting the ninety-nine percenters. This year a curious thing happened: Gene Simmons rolled in and cleaned house.
The bassist for KISS, who can always be trusted to speak his mind and who, unlike many other entertainers, actually has something to say, gave us his take on Robert Redford, President Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney.
He means well, he’s a great guy. But it’s a bit hypocritical, since he’s part of the one percent, to address the 99 percent.
Simmons then went to speak to that fact that he doesn’t like all the class warfare, all the dividing of people into different camps.
Either we are all Americans, or you’re going to fall victim. This is the reason why the old Roman Empire died, it fell from within. Division from within is one of the stupidest things you can do.
Regarding Obama, Simmons basically called him a rookie, and stated anew his regret for supporting him in 2008.
I voted for [Obama], last minute. I wasn’t going to vote for him because he didn’t have a good resume. He only had two years of local political experience, he’s never run a company, he’d never been overseas, and he didn’t know any of the political leaders. I voted my conscience, based on some sort of – well, it’s the right time in history.
In other words, Simmons was driven to vote for Obama out of the same white-guilt that drove so many other Americans to vote for Obama in 2008. But no more. Simmons made it clear he is on board with the GOP in the coming election and that his favorite is Mitt Romney:
But I want Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to face off on the economic and political issues of our time. I want a real dialogue, and I, as a private citizen, want to be able to vote my conscience. More often than not, I want business men and business women in politics, not college professors.
“Shout it Out Loud,” Mr. Simmons. Such common sense is sorely lacking in today’s conversation.