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- Posted on Aug 21st 2012 12:35PM by Jason MacNeil
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In the post entitled "Rather Than Just Go On And On About U.S. Politics I Thought I'd Write a Relatively Brief Essay," Moby spoke about why he's a Democrat and "why the Republican party fills me with fear and worry for the future of the United States."
Moby explained as a Democrat he believes in free, "low-cost education for all Americans, well-funded police and firefighters" and a healthy, protected natural environment. He also stated his belief in issues including clean drinking water, workplace safety, affordable heath care, "fair and progressive taxation," funding arts programs, "a woman's right to choose, progressive immigration policies" and "sensible gun control legislation."
"All of these things are important to me, and for the last 20 years I've, unfortunately, only seen them represented in the legislative agenda of the Democatic party," he said.
The musician then expressed fear should Republicans win the November elections. Having traveled extensively over the years Moby said "up close, I've seen the benefits of government spending" with countries "who liberally spend money" on its citizens having good roads, schools, clean air and water, good arts programs and healthy citizens. He cited Canada, Australia, New Zealand, several European countries and Japan as all having "fairly low defense budgets and fairly high budgets" for infrastructure, education and health care.
After citing low mortality, murder, crime, infant mortality and literacy rates in these countries, Moby said the Republican party want to slash spending on "roads, public transportation, education, health care, environmental protection, police forces, fire departments, museums, clean energy research, women's health, and almost every social program that benefits the majority of the people who live in the united states."
"Not to indulge in hyperbole, but empirically speaking: a Romney/Ryan/Republican United States would contain: less educated people," Moby continued. "Sicker people. people who live shorter lives. Water that is unsafe to drink. Higher crime rates. Air that is unsafe to breathe. Closed national parks. Closed museums. Closed public schools. More people dying of treatable illness."
Citing previous Republican presidents such as Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush, Moby said those presidencies have "left the United States behind almost every other country in the western world" in education, health care, the environment and public transportation among other issues.
"The Tepublicans want to take money from the government and give it to the very wealthy, defense contractors, oil companies, and industries who donate to Republican politicians," Moby said. "And I do not think that the United States as a whole benefits by giving huge tax breaks to millionaires. Nor do I think that the United States benefits by giving hundreds of billions of dollars of indirect and direct subsidies to oil companies and defense companies."
Finally, Moby said "red states" traditionally voting Republican are often the "people who are most hurt by Republican policies."
"People in red states don't have health care, their jobs are sent overseas, their kids are sent to pointless foreign wars, they can't trust the safety of their drinking water, they can't pay for college, but yet they keep voting Republican..." he said. "The Republicans have done a good job deceitfully convincing people that the Republicans are concerned for average Americans.
"But the truth, as evidenced by decades of Republican rule and policy initiatives, is that Republicans are ONLY concerned with: subsidizing oil companies and defense companies, increasing the wealth of the top 1% of republican donors, and letting pernicious corporations get away with anything."
In far lighter, but related news Moby -- who released his last album Destroyed in 2011 -- posted a brief YouTube clip of him standing in front of a singing robotic deer's head mounted to a wall.
"I'm at a cabin somewhere up north in Canada," Moby wrote Aug. 18. "And there's a robot deer head mounted to the wall. I know it's a robot deer because: a) it's fur is plastic. b) it sings Lynyrd Skynyrd songs."
The clip shows the deer's head singing "Sweet Home Alabama" with Moby bobbing along to the tune.