Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance is a closet conservative. There is no way someone without a conservative streak in them (even a latent one), could have made the video Na Na Na. While I’ve read that he supports the Democratic Party, it should be noted that voting patterns and principles are different things. Example: Gerard ruffles liberal feathers from the get go:
“Look alive, sunshine. 109 in the sky, but the pigs won’t quit. You’re here with me, Dr. Death Defy. I’ll be your surgeon, your proctor, you’re helicopter. Bumping out the slaughtamatic sounds to keep you live… Anti-matter for the master plan. Louder than God’s revolver and twice as shiny!...The future is bulletproof. The aftermath is secondary. It’s time to do it now and do it loud! Killjoys, make some noise!”
Doesn’t Gerard know that mentioning God is a no-no (or was that ‘na na’?), and that coupling Him with a revolver might cause the kids to link a Creator—from which all our rights are derived—with self defense? Even worse, the message comes from guerilla radio (i.e., talk radio) that circumvents the “official” message disseminated by established authority figures. But, as Dr. Death Defy says, that’s secondary.
Take a look at the themes that run through Na Na Na.
- American flags proudly displayed.
- Guns as legitimate tools of self defense.
- American muscle cars and the freedom that comes from the open road (It would be hard for Killjoys to save the world if they were waiting all day for public transportation).
- Vampiric authority figures tied to the federal government or a company closely associated with it.
- Resistance movements, individualism, and self-reliance.
- Orwellian double-speak. Better Living Industries (i.e., BL.ind)
- Dystopian future (batteries provided by Better Living Industries have played a role).
- State controlled media.
Ask yourself this question: Would Billie Joe “Sunshine Patriot” Armstrong have made this video? The poster boy for hypocritical liberal rockers who lecture you on public policy while admitting their brain has been clogged and confused by years of illegal drug use? I think not. And I’m not just saying that because Gerard’s individual artistic talents dwarf Billie’s. We can point to other videos Billie would never have made ( e.g., The Ghost of You).
Regardless of his politics, it’s clear that Gerard has a love and reverence for his country that modern day liberalism rejects. My gut tells me that perhaps Gerard is a JFK Democrat, but someone needs to tell him that the JFK Democrat is dead to today’s liberals. JFK accurately and unapologetically called out enemies of freedom and democracy. JFK understood basic economics. Today’s liberals do not.
But back to the video. Some lyrics:
Everybody wants to change the world
Everybody wants to change the world
But no one,
No one wants to die
Wanna try, wanna try, wanna try
Wanna try, wanna try, now
I’ll be your detonator
Selfless service and sacrifice are things that are generally foreign to the modern day liberal. They want freedom and opportunity, but US fighting men and women are not allowed to die guaranteeing it for future generations. They want never ending entitlement programs (e.g., “free” health care) by having someone else pay for it—like rich rock stars. They want global peace, but think it can be accomplished through “dialogue” with the world’s worst dictators, despots, and thug regimes.
Gerard would be in good company with conservatives, even if he doesn’t know it yet:
Make no apology
It’s Death or Victory
On my authority
Crash and burn
Young and loaded
Drop like a bulletshell
Dress like a sleeper cell
I’d rather go to hell
Then be in purgatory
Being an individual, standing up for what’s right and wrong, and making tough choices by accepting positions of authority very often results in death or victory. Good point, Gerard. But once again you’ve drawn a line in the sand and acknowledged that good and evil exist, that there are objective truths to be had, and that dying for what’s right is a just and honorable cause. Don’t run for office or start getting political at your concerts because your liberal base will desert you.
Regardless, thanks for the video.