This Tuesday, I had the privilege of being part of an NBC News/Parenting Magazine panel on how the 2012 election will affect parents. My fellow panelists were drawn from all walks of life: there were Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, moderates, professionals, stay-at-home moms, teachers, doctors, social workers, and Dee Snider’s second cousin (a finance exec and a great guy who didn’t really look like Dee, but—as he put it—who would claim to be Dee Snider’s second cousin if one were not?). I point this out because it’s one of those things that makes you feel that perhaps you were a bit too hard on the Lost writers and all of their contrivances. One day I’m talking politics with Dee Snider’s cousin, the next I’m writing about Dee Snider’s involvement in the current presidential campaign.
In the grand tradition of Republicans using rock songs as campaign anthems without really bothering to listen to the lyrics (Ronald Reagan used Springsteen’s “Born In The USA”, which of course is about the struggles of a Vietnam vet, living in a country that’s turned its back on him, and the less said about Bob Dole’s use of Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”* the better), Paul Ryan started using Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as his walk-on music. One wonders what “It” means to Ryan’s uber-conservative, rape-denying fanbase—closing tax law loopholes that allow them to take ridiculous deductions on their dancing horses? In any case, Snider wasn’t very happy about Ryan co-opting his song. In a formal statement, Snider states the following: ”I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ as recorded by my band Twisted Sister…There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.” Oh, SNAP.
Perhaps GOP candidates should mine the music of their most vocal rock star fans. Considering how the Romney-Ryan tax plan will raise taxes on the lower and middle classes while potentially giving Mitt and Paul a 1% tax rate, Ted Nugent‘s “Stranglehold” might be a good choice. Or better yet, wingnut Dave Mustaine could contribute a song to the campaign! On second thought, maybe that’s not such a hot idea.
*This may not be true.