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By Paul Meekin
“You knew that I was coming ’cause you heard my name
But you don’t know my game and never felt my pain
Can’t read my brain but you read my lips
And got scared when you heard that I was coming with hits.” – Kid Rock
Kid Rock for Senate?! Excuse me while I change my pants. In the interest of full disclosure if I were any more in the bag for Kid Rock he could sell me on the streets of Detroit for five dollars a hit. I’ve listened to every album, memorized my favorite songs, and routinely serenade (annoy) potential suitors with his “Wastin’ Time”.
But an awesome and talented rap-rock-country-pop musician, does not a good politician make. While Kid’s been increasingly involved in politics in recent years (getting on stage with Mitt Romney and meeting President Trump recently), the question of his politics will surely be a topic of conversation if this teased senate run turns out to be true.
Thus, it’s fair to gleam insight from an interview Kid Rock gave a few years ago that was labeled homophobic. In reality it was…honest.
In a 2012 interview with Billboard, he laid out a few of his political positions:
“I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues,” Rock stated.
Kid Rock has also famously assisted with various food supply drops during the invasion of Afghanistan on MTV. But his social issues are where things get interesting:
“I am no fan of abortion, but it’s not up to a man to tell a woman what to do.”
This statement is actually a sentiment echoed in his autobiographical ballad “Black Chick White Guy”.
His take on gay marriage is a unique one. Namely it makes him uncomfortable, but if it’s the law, it’s the law:
“As an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it.”
And it is here Kid Rock, self described pimp of the nation, a man ‘Born 2 b a hick’ stumbles across just about the most enlightened point of view I’ve seen in awhile.
In politics and society, if you’re in the social justice movement to change people’s minds, you’re going to fail. If someone is uncomfortable with trans-people, gay people or abortion, shouting at them through a loud speaker that they’re a bad person probably isn’t going to change minds, but you can convince them it’s okay to be uncomfortable AND okay with the law.
Kid Rock openly admits he’s uncomfortable with gay marriage, but understands if it’s his job, its his job – if more conservatives got on board with this sort of mentality, they might start winning elections in left-wing strongholds. (I.E my personal thoughts on the subject don’t matter, it’s the will of the people.)
Beyond that, he’s a staunch free-speech advocate. Addressing his use of the word ‘gay’ and ‘fag’ in the 1990 and 2000s during his rap-rock phrase, he said the following:
“(Rap-rock)…turned into a lot of bullshit and it turned out to be pretty gay… If someone says you can’t say ‘gay’ like that you tell them to go fuck themselves. You’re not going to get anything politically correct out of me.”
Milo would be proud.
A curious note: When I saw Kid Rock live, ‘bitch’ was missing. As was ‘ho’ and many other derogatory terms for women. When those lyrics would come up, he’d point the mic to the crowd and let us fill in the blank. This was either a coincidence, or perhaps an ‘evolved’ way to tackle some of the more misogynistic elements of his music.
Regardless, based on the interview and what I’ve seen of the guy…I think…Kid Rock is a Libertarian.
As to whether or not Kid Rock is going to run for senate? I doubt it. Kid Rock for Senate is very likely the name of his next album.