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Dave Mustaine jumps the gun on secession

By | Published on Thursday 22 November 2012

Dave Mustaine

Hey, you remember when Megadeath man Dave Mustaine said he’d “learned a valuable lesson” from the press coverage of his various on stage comments regarding Barack Obama and his government? Well he’s already back for more.

Performing in Atlantic City, New Jersey last week he told the audience: “When you go home tonight, I want you to do me a favour, I want you to look up online the word ‘secede’, because right now there are 47 states in the United States of America that wanna secede from the United States of America. And what ‘secede’ actually means is that they don’t wanna have any part of this bullshit any more. Whether you are a Democract or a Republican or a Libertarian or an Independent, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we’re Americans and we are not being treated right”.

Now, while it’s true that there are plenty of petitions underway in America’s States (actually, in all 50 of them) proposing secession from the union, that doesn’t mean there is any serious movement anywhere to actually break up the USA.

Mustaine is mainly referring to the secession petitions posted on the White House’s We The People website, on which any petition reaching 25,000 signatures will receive an official response, but there’s nothing to suggest any of those petitions represent major interest groups in any individual states. And many of those signing up are likely Republicans still angry at losing the recent Presidential elections who will soon calm down once they’ve got a good Thanksgiving dinner inside them, and start planning for the next big election instead.

Meanwhile, a recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll showed that the majority of Americans rejected the idea of their states seceding from the union, and in Austin, Texas people have started a petition asking for the city to be allowed to remain part of the union if Texas were to secede (which it won’t).

Anyway, Mustaine continued: “Did you hear that the people that make Twinkies today are going out of business after 82 years. Hostess. No more Twinkies. Although that kind of sounds a little funny, it’s really sad. It’s an institution, 82 year old institution – they are going out of business because of this bullshit that is going on right now in the government. And that means 18,000 more people are going on unemployment and it’s gonna be your responsibility to pay for them. It’s just not fair, it’s just not fair. One thing that would happen if I was president is I would treat you like you were my own”.

There’s a chance, of course, that the company that makes Twinkies is going out of business because Twinkies are fucking disgusting. Though it’s more likely related to the global recession, you know, the one that began before Obama came into power, and which no Western government, left or right wing, has really found a foolproof way to counter. Though that’s presumably because none of them appointed Mustaine as Commander In Chief.

Oh well, have a look at Dave talking here: