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?
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