#164076  by TI4-1009
 Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:11 pm
"Seated in the second row during the swearing in is Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead." :-)
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 #164083  by waldo041
 Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:50 pm
What are your feelings about those social and political values? Why haven’t they held up?
I don’t think they ever represented any kind of majority thrust on any level. America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That’s the nature of America, I think. The big America. It was never apparent to me in the Sixties that there had been any kind of huge, important victory. There has been some change. It’s tremendously diluted, but if you go looking for it, it’s there.

A lot of kids who grew up under Reagan are Republicans. Do you perceive that any of the kids who come to your shows now are young Republicans?
I don’t think there’s … I mean, frankly, do you think there are any Democrats worth voting for?

But the Republican party stands as the party of privilege.
I think there are a lot of people who don’t vote.

Do you vote?
No.

Why?
I don’t feel there’s anything to vote for yet. Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

So do you feel it’s possible for someone to like the Grateful Dead and the Republican party?
Yeah. We’re American, too. What we do is as American as lynch mobs. America has always been a complex place.

Jerry Garcia - Rolling Stone Magazine - NOVEMBER 30, 1989
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 #164088  by tcsned
 Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:09 pm
I think it’s generally been a good thing that the Dead pretty much stayed out of politics. Music should be inclusive not exclusive. While I have played at political events and have strong views I will not tolerate political stuff on stage at public gigs. Everyone who pays to be at a show deserves to made welcome as long as they don’t act like asshats. My $0.02.
 #164091  by Jon S.
 Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:28 pm
^^^^
Amen.
 #164092  by hippieguy1954
 Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:46 am
tcsned wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:09 pm
I think it’s generally been a good thing that the Dead pretty much stayed out of politics. Music should be inclusive not exclusive. While I have played at political events and have strong views I will not tolerate political stuff on stage at public gigs. Everyone who pays to be at a show deserves to made welcome as long as they don’t act like asshats. My $0.02.
+1
 #164100  by strumminsix
 Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:13 am
hippieguy1954 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:46 am
tcsned wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:09 pm
I think it’s generally been a good thing that the Dead pretty much stayed out of politics. Music should be inclusive not exclusive. While I have played at political events and have strong views I will not tolerate political stuff on stage at public gigs. Everyone who pays to be at a show deserves to made welcome as long as they don’t act like asshats. My $0.02.
+1
+2
 #164106  by Jon S.
 Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:28 am
Perhaps not cutting and pasting others' explicitly political comments into RUKIND posts would help create the environment we seek where politics has no place here, even innuendo.
 #164107  by Jon S.
 Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:30 am
TI4-1009 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:11 pm
"Seated in the second row during the swearing in is Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead." :-)
This, in contrast, exemplifies to me a simply factual post of no concern.
 #164109  by TI4-1009
 Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:44 am
Jon S. wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:30 am
TI4-1009 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:11 pm
"Seated in the second row during the swearing in is Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead." :-)
This, in contrast, exemplifies to me a simply factual post of no concern.
That was my intent. I was going to post it on the "in the strangest of places" thread, but it didn't involve music.

Chill guys, sometimes a Dead sighting is just a Dead sighting. :roll:
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 #164112  by strumminsix
 Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:51 am
TI4-1009 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:44 am
Chill guys, sometimes a Dead sighting is just a Dead sighting. :roll:
I was making sure that others didn't make it political. I totally knew your intent, dude!