Florida Rep. Trey Radel Thinks Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" Is a Conservative Anthem

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Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" may have been one of those politically radical songs to crack the American mainstream, but apparently Rep. Trey Radel (R-Naples) thinks that, "really, if you really get down to it, in many ways reflects the conservative message."

Yes, Radel has decided to join Marco Rubio as the latest hip-hop fan in the Republican party, and gave an interview to Now This News about his love of old school hip-hop.

Radel does seem to have pretty good taste in old-school hip hop. Who's gonna argue the importance of Eric B. & Rakim? But it's Radel's appropriation of hip-hop for his conservative agenda that's mind-numbing. He somehow turns "Fight the Power" into an attack on Attorney General Eric Holder because he believes he represents heavy handed law enforcement.

To think that "Fight the Power" in anyway reflects the modern "conservative message" is mind boggling. For one thing, the song came out in 1989 (as the first line in the song reminds you) after eight years of Ronald Reagan and months into George H.W. Bush's term. Of course, to even reduce the song down to party lines would be a mistake. It's pretty clear "the power" is America's lingering institutional racism and the sustainment of white privilege. Those aren't exactly things the conservative movement is willing to fight against (or even acknowledge the existence of).

We barely even have to wonder what Public Enemy's Chuck D. thinks of this. The man was a fierce critic of George W. Bush and the Iraq war, expressed his opinion on the immigration debate in a song called "Tear Down this Wall," is anti-materialsim, pro-gay marriage, anti-corporation and formerly hosted a radio show on liberal network Air America.

Radel admits that he has some "political differences" with Chuck D., but when he decides to appropriate D's trademark song as some sort of conservative anthem, we're pretty sure he barely understood the actual meaning of the song in the first place.

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Trey Radel is a total moron. I think he used to be a local access channel TV show host or something. 

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Symbols are given power by people. People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

I  really believe the GOP are nutjobs.

the republican party is not party it's a mental condition.it time Ban campaigning while earning a public paycheck.Government service should be temporary; not a career.

George Carlin - Maybe it's not the politicians who suck?


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The Declaration of Independence states, "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to it's own ends, it is the right of the People to abolish it." 

GOPers just can't get enough of the fright wing wackos and will alienate themselves further and further from middle America.


We could solve a LOT of problems in this country if we just required that politicians live by the same rules as the rest of us.

Put THEM in 401-K's and Social Security for their retirement; put THEM in Medicare; have THEM follow the same "truth in advertising" laws businesses have to follow, let THEM pay for their own vacations instead of the taxpayers sending them on junkets; have THEM obey the law on discriminatory employment practices,Make Politicians Take a Pay Cut Before Cutting Money from Education and Social Services!

Hey they should   cut their own benefits and services. no more lifetime benefits for 4 years of service!
They should NOT be getting lifetime health coverage when they have the money to pay on their own!

Their pay should be whatever the median wage is in America for the previous year. If median wage goes down they take a pay cut, if median wage goes up, they get a raise. That way we know they will be working for us.

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