Serj Tankian Blasts Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan

Serj Tankian

I usually don’t get political on this blog. It’s a side effect from my day job, and really can be just so divisive. And besides, no one’s coming here to read about the presidential race.

But System of a Down’s Serj Tankian can be as political as he needs to be.

In a new interview, he discussed Mitt Romney — who doesn’t know why we can’t roll down the windows in an airplane — and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

“Here’s the thing: if you want more choices, you have to create more choices. We need more parties, and that’s been the case for many, many years. Even the communist party of the Soviet Union had two sides of the same coin; they had kind of a liberal side and a conservative side, they were kind of like two parties, kind of like the Democrats and Republicans, in different ways, obviously. But I point that out just to say that with two parties, it’s not much of a democracy. But what makes it less of a democracy is money in politics, the K Street lobbying firms and groups like Citizens United, who make corporations into people.”

He continued: The real problem isn’t just the choice of candidates, it’s what’s happening around it. The money in there. The electoral system. We really need a healthy left-wing party in this country like the Green Party or — I’m down to start a socialist party because President Obama is not socialist. The Republicans are calling him socialist and I’m like, ‘Come on.’ The guy made legislation where you have to buy insurance from private entities. That’s not socialism, there’s no public option. Most of his policies are centrist, just to the right of center, sometimes left of center. That’s not socialism, but apparently, America has no idea what socialism is.”

When asked about the religious beliefs of candidates, Serj said he was “not as concerned about the candidate religious beliefs as I am their policies. Mitt Romney’s policies are… Well, first of all, he’s gone back and forth between so many different policies. First he supported health care in Massachusetts, and then he turned a 360 [Edit: Huh?] and said, ‘I don’t like it anymore. I was wrong. Everything I thought, was wrong, I repudiate.’

“He’s just trying to get the right-wingers on his side, but ultimately they are failed policies of the past. It hasn’t worked for America. It’s left us in debt, it’s left us in wars. And the fact that he actually even said that he doesn’t care about 47 percent of America. I would fucking toss him off the ticket now. That’s offensive. His answer was that it wasn’t a classy way of explaining it, [but] he didn’t even refute it. He admitted saying those things.”

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