Kanye West was back in the news over the holidays and, while the headlines read “Kanye Laudes Bush,” the real story should have been: Kanye’s Latent Conservatism. It may have taken the patience of a World War II Indian code breaker to glean the meaningful moments from his inane, narcissistic drivel, but it’s there:
I always felt like I could do anything, but now I feel so fearless like to do an album right, after the year I had…and to come back…to come back and do 100,000 first day digital alone…to be slated to do 600,000 in the first week…and I don’t talk about the numbers, but what that number says is that people want me to keep making music and not give up.
Whether we like his product or not, it’s undeniable that Kanye West has embraced his entrepreneurial spirit. He’s cornered the market for shameless self-promotional musicians who write catchy tunes for the “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” generation. He’s made a mint doing it in the process, and God bless the free market for that. Kanye can tell us all day he doesn’t talk about the numbers (before doing just that), but everyone knows that he’s constantly looking for barometers to measure his success. And that’s a good thing.
As conservatives, someone should be reaching out to Kanye to let him know why it’s much better if he reaps the benefits of successful endeavors, and not the politicians who use “Bridge to Nowhere” logic for pet projects and entitlement programs. The federal government shackles creative men and women through complex regulations, excessive taxation, and public policy that create incentives for sloth and apathy. If the right person explains that to the musician it could take him from the brink of an epiphany to actually having one. Or perhaps being cannibalized by his liberal media allies in the wake of the Taylor Swift debacle has already served as the catalyst:
Cause look at this: everybody wants to use people and [vilify] people. Even if you take the concept of George Bush. There is no leader in history that has been [vilified] in that way and didn’t get killed at war or commit suicide. So any man that lives through it deserves one moment of redemption. Any man. Because at the end of the day we are all—none are without flaw…
It’s not about popular opinion. It’s about when you look in your heart and know what’s right and what’s wrong. When you look in your heart look at what the media did—look at how they exploited him. They said that he said [the Kanye West incident] was his lowest moment and as a mass as America we took that as a fact. If you look at the interview he said it’s one of his moments and he said it about ten different things! But because of the popularity of me they exploited that to make you watch the interview and make you feel [Bush] was stupider than ever to think that a rapper’s comment could be his lowest moment. That’s not what he f***ing said! That’s not what he said. He said it’s one of his lowest moments. It shows you the way they try to [vilify]. The way they try to do that.
Kanye is in dangerous territory, telling liberals that it’s possible to look into your heart and know the difference from right and wrong. Didn’t someone tell him that liberal moral relativists believe universal truths are antiquated, dangerous things that conservative ignoramuses use to exploit the poor and minorities? Pretty soon he’s going to go completely off the reservation and say something crazy like:
- Demonizing the people who create jobs is not conducive to economic growth.
- You can not tax your way to prosperity.
- 14 trillion dollar economies can not be “planned” by 535 elected officials in Washington, DC.
- We should not emulate the policies that led to Greece’s economic meltdown.
Kanye needs to be careful, writing songs titled Runaway. If he keeps talking up enterprise and calling out media’s treatment of George Bush, they’ll think he’s fled the liberal orthodoxy. And then the collective will converge like zombies on one who resisted their bite.