by Charlie Crooijmans
Recently actor and director Clint Eastwood said that he endorses the Republican presidential candidate, because “the country needs a boost“. But looking at his recent tour to Europe and Israel, Mitt Romney probably needs a boost himself. The song called The Mutt Romney Blues won’t make it any easier on him. It comes from the album Election Special of musician and protest singer Ry Cooder, which will be released end of this month.
According to Ry Cooder, Romney is a dangerous and cruel man. In an interview with the Guardian he said,
Romney is as bad as anyone can be. He’s a dangerous man. He’s a cruel man. He’s a perfect creation for what the Republican party is all about. And that is to say, a rapacious capitalist. Anyone who ran Bain Capital is not your friend. All they’re going to do is rape and pillage the land. That’s what he did at Bain Capital and that’s what he’s going to continue to do. Plus he can go around and in this guise of being a good buisnessman, which he’s not …. and this face – with the big grin and everything – is jovial, but hollow. And it’s outrageous if you analyse what he’s saying, because he’ll say one thing and do the opposite. And the media gives him a lot of attention. You know the story of the Olympics at Salt Lake City? Then he goes over to Great Britain and bad mouths the Olympics over there … But he’s carrying an entourage of donors and he’s putting on a dog and pony show for them. It takes a bit of study. People are so desperate over here now. They don’t have the time to research and go back over the history of this guy. And everybody knows that. So what I’m trying to do with these little songs I write is say: let’s look at this a different way. I don’t write books and give speeches but with a four-minute song you can use allegory and other means to suggest a different point of view. (The Guardian)
The protest song The Mutt Romney Blues is about an incident that took place in 1983 but the story is still alive and parodied (The Washington Post) as you can see in the videos below.