US Presidential hopeful Rick 'The Dick' Sanitarium has made an astonishing attack on Heavy Metal music during his campaign. This is characteristic of the out of touch and clearly misguided politician who stated in April 2003 that he believed mutually consenting adults do not have a constitutional right to privacy with respect to sexual acts. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Sanitarium showed his ignorance this week with the following statement regarding Metal: "If you listen to the radio today, many of these brand new, so-called Heavy Metal music bands like Black Sabbath, Venom, The WASP and Iron Maiden use satanic imagery to corrupt the minds of young people."
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Tony Iommi (64 years old next week), the founder of brand new band Black Sabbath (founded 1969) was unavailable for comment as he was busy writing new songs for his brand new band's forthcoming 19th studio album, as was Blackie Lawless, leader of 'The' WASP (founded 1982). Well known Christian Blackie was probably in a Bible meeting with Iron Maiden (founded 1975) drummer Nicko McBrain, who also publicly declared his Christianity in recent years.
In February 2006 Time Magazine described a synthetic-fuel tax-credit amendment that Sanitarium added to a larger bill as "a multi billion-dollar scam" that benefited "a small group of the politically well connected." Well there's a surprise...
Sanitarium made his comments regarding Heavy Metal at a $10,000 a plate sock-hop in Valdosta, Georgia on Thursday.
Sanitarium's popularity in the polls has grown substantially since he began speaking out against Metal and its detrimental effect on traditional values. He has spent much of the past week in the Midwest encouraging young people to stay away from Metal artists and listen to performers like Michael W Smith and Pat Boone.
That's the same Michael W Smith who suffered a 'breakdown' in 1979 and stated: "I really started losing touch when I moved to Nashville, around April of '78. I was smokin' marijuana, drinking, doing some other drugs; just being crazy, you know. My mom and dad knew what I was doing. But they never hassled me, they just prayed for me. And I felt convicted by God. Every time I'd wake up I knew: This isn't me. But I couldn't change myself."
Pat Boone became the first target in the Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on false claim product endorsements by celebrities in 1978. He had appeared with his daughter Debby in a commercial to claim that all four of his daughters had found a preparation named Acne-Statin a "real help" in keeping their skin clear.
The FTC filed a complaint against the manufacturer, contending that the product did not really keep skin free of blemishes. Boone was forced to eventually sign a consent order in which he promised not only to stop appearing in the ads but to pay about 2.5% of any money that the FTC or the courts might eventually order the manufacturer to refund to consumers.
Boone and his wife live in Los Angeles and his one-time neighbour was Ozzy Osbourne and his family. A sound-alike of Boone's cover of Ozzy's 'Crazy Train' became the theme song for The Osbournes and the original Boone version appears on The Osbournes soundtrack.
In an interview with the Associated Press (AP) taped on April 7th 2003 and published on April 20th 2003, Sanitarium stated that he believed mutually consenting adults do not have a constitutional right to privacy with respect to sexual acts. Sanitarium described the ability to regulate consensual homosexual acts as comparable to the States' ability to regulate other consensual and non-consensual sexual behavior, such as adultery, polygamy, child molestation, incest, sodomy, and bestiality, whose decriminalisation he believed would threaten society and the family, as they are not monogamous and heterosexual.
In the past, Sanitarium has accused Heavy Metal of being the cause of some of the worst crimes in American history including the attempt on the life of Ronald Reagan in 1981, 9/11 and the passage of Obama's Health Care Bill. He stepped up his rhetoric in a speech on Wednesday when he implied that Heavy Metal is the cause of many forms of mental illness as well as lactose intolerance.
In response to Sanitarium's attack on Metal, Mitt Romney officially denounced his earlier position of "tolerance towards all fans of extreme music". Incidentally, GWAR played at Romney's inauguration as Governor of Massachusetts in 2003.
Clearly, the biggest danger to the youth of today is not Heavy Metal music but politicians such as Sanitarium who believe that "...the right to privacy doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution."