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The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I'm a Bit of a Neocon'
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Posted on 12/04/2012 8:49:01 AM PST by Sub-Driver

The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I'm a Bit of a Neocon' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/04/2012 - 9:33am

Most rock musicians are typically quite liberal.

Apparently not legendary Who guitarist Pete Townshend who dropped a political bombshell Tuesday saying, "I'm a bit of a neocon" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

During a six-minute interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl for the joint online program "Spinners and Winners" launched in January by ABC and Yahoo! News, Townshend said he thought Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was going to win the election earlier this month.

"I thought he was throwing the money in such buckets," Townshend said. "And I thought Obama looked tired--because the hurricane must have come like a sock in the chops. I mean, the actual detail of having to deal with all of that stuff in the middle of a campaign."

"I try to stay away from American politics, I'm a bit of a neocon,' he surprisingly continued. "I like the idea of America as the world’s police force, and then we don’t have to do it."

"When we first started in 1967," Townshend elaborated, "a lot of our buddies were acid-heads who were trying to escape the draft. I felt denied the right in a sense to have a role in the future of the world as a soldier, as a mover, a shaker. When I found music, and I found a new way to speak and to express myself particularly to those young teenagers that we entertained when we started out, that became my politics."

As for the Who's anthem "Won’t Get Fooled Again,” Townshend said it's "an anti-politics song."

(HT The Weekly Standard)


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1 posted on 12/04/2012 8:49:08 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

From 2004:

Michael Moore is a bully, says Who guitarist

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2004/jul/14/news2


2 posted on 12/04/2012 8:52:22 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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To: Sub-Driver
"I like the idea of America as the world’s police force, and then we don’t have to do it."

I think most neocons want their own country to become more aggressively involved in the world. Wanting other countries to do the job sounds more isolationist to me.

3 posted on 12/04/2012 8:53:53 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He won’t be fooled again.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 8:54:06 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

BTW, I posted this last night but since we are talking classic rock and politics:

First time in years I have seen Letterman. He started off by saying “Republicans tried to block my award.”
Then he said he met Obama, from what I recall: “Radiant, tall, never better looking, strong, well-rested, what you want from a President. My knees buckled meeting him.”

Chris Matthews has company.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 8:54:24 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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To: Sub-Driver

I liked that snippet of film from Woodstock where Townshend shoves Abbie Hoffman off the stage...


6 posted on 12/04/2012 8:54:40 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Without even knowing his politics I always liked Pete the best. Now he’s assumed an even greater status. Funny how I cannot find a clue to his rightward leanings in his songwriting, which has always been very personal in nature. But Tommy can be viewed as a libertarian treatise.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 9:03:47 AM PST by BlueStateRightist (Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Oh I know/
That the hope-no-tized/
Never lie (Do ya!)

8 posted on 12/04/2012 9:05:51 AM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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To: Sub-Driver
""I like the idea of America as the world’s police force, and then we don’t have to do it." "

The only thing The World would hate more than The USA being in charge would be The USA NOT being in charge.

9 posted on 12/04/2012 9:09:30 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m pretty sure Pete Townshend would be quick to add “don’t count on me for political insight”. As opposed to pompous pretend political savants like Bruce Springsteen.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 9:15:31 AM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: Sub-Driver
Why is the whole world going socialist? I Can't explain.
11 posted on 12/04/2012 9:34:32 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I love it when accused pedophiles claim to be conservative.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 9:43:12 AM PST by Cyman
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To: Sub-Driver

Not fooled again!


13 posted on 12/04/2012 9:46:22 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Cyman

Yep, that disgusting little episode went straight down the memory hole.


14 posted on 12/04/2012 9:49:34 AM PST by SargeK
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To: Tau Food
I think most neocons want their own country to become more aggressively involved in the world. Wanting other countries to do the job sounds more isolationist to me.

Wanting one's own country to be more aggressively involved in the world sounds more like imperialism.

I guess neocons want the world to be policed, and if somebody else is willing to do that for them, so much the better.

We aren't hostile to Britain or its interests, and they usually participate in what we do, giving them a role in the world at little cost to themselves.

15 posted on 12/04/2012 10:13:56 AM PST by x
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To: Sub-Driver
The original mod culture that was the incubator for The Who was decidedly anti-hippy but pro-US and pro-market.

There are plenty of contemporary and subsequent descriptions of the mods that lament their obsession with making money, with looking good and with American and Italian culture.

There was a major article from early on (about 1962/1963) that is often cited where a number of mods were interviewed.

The interviewees were teens living in London from blue collar families who often worked multiple jobs and went dancing every night in clubs that played American soul and jazz records. They dressed to the nines and preferred caffs to pubs. The journalist seemed amazed by statementa from many of them that they preferred the Conservatives to Labour.

16 posted on 12/04/2012 10:14:09 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Sub-Driver
For all the Townsend fans who "forgot" or didn't know:Source
17 posted on 12/04/2012 10:14:59 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SargeK

What was his excuse again?

That’s right.

He was “downloading child porn” to “get it off the internet.”

That’s right...he claims he believed that every picture he downloaded “removed” it from the internet.

And then after he had “removed” enough child porn by saving it to his hard drive, he was going to call the cops.

And people just lap it up. The guy is still touring. And now he’s a neocon...just lol.


18 posted on 12/04/2012 10:16:08 AM PST by Freeeedooomm
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To: Sub-Driver

See what Pete and Roger are up to besides touring as The Who:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/309386-1


19 posted on 12/04/2012 10:21:44 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: crosshairs

Who is Peter Townsend?


20 posted on 12/04/2012 10:27:49 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Some won’t let go of their obsession with other people’s personal lives.


21 posted on 12/04/2012 10:31:39 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

22 posted on 12/04/2012 10:32:07 AM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver
Very interesting.
23 posted on 12/04/2012 10:39:12 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Then he said he met Obama, from what I recall: “Radiant, tall, never better looking, strong, well-rested, what you want from a President. My knees buckled meeting him.”

Dave can't be held responsible for this comment.While he was making it he was following,out of the corner of his eye,that cute little 22 year old Late Show staffer that was recently hired.

24 posted on 12/04/2012 10:42:53 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Freeeedooomm

You are wrong. He had no child porn on his computer, never downloaded a single image, and Scotland Yard apologized for the false impression their arrest of him created.


25 posted on 12/04/2012 10:47:40 AM PST by babble-on
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To: SargeK

Not mine


26 posted on 12/04/2012 11:00:34 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: babble-on

Imagine that...a famous celebrity being apologized to by the establishment after being caught red handed.

I bet you think Michael Jackson just liked being around children, right?

“The rock star Pete Townshend was yesterday cautioned by police and placed on the sex offenders register for five years following his admission that he accessed child pornography on the internet.

He was arrested in January as part of Operation Ore, the largest investigation into child pornography in the UK. He admitted using his credit card to access images but claimed they were for “research” for a book.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/may/08/arts.ukcrime

Did Scotland Yard apologize for making the celebrity confess to the crime?

It is amazing to me that we’re having this conversation. What hold does pop culture have on your minds?


27 posted on 12/04/2012 11:01:13 AM PST by Freeeedooomm
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To: Freeeedooomm

He was indeed working with an anti child porn group at the time. He was trying to prove that the British Banking Association was willing to process payments to child porn sites. He said in advance that he was going to put his card in the site, to prove it. He did so, but did not access a single picture, nor were any found on his computer. He was expecting to be let off completely, but when the day of the hearing came he was given a choice to either accept the “caution” or go to an open trial. The article you cite is wrong in saying that he accessed images.


28 posted on 12/04/2012 12:22:09 PM PST by babble-on
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To: babble-on

I thought he was researching child abuse for his bio. He says he was abused as a kid.


29 posted on 12/04/2012 12:52:11 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: ConservativeStatement

““Radiant, tall, never better looking, strong, well-rested, what you want from a President. ...””

Why in hell would we want a President who looked “well rested”?


30 posted on 12/04/2012 1:36:52 PM PST by rhoda_penmark
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To: rhoda_penmark

“Why in hell would we want a President who looked “well rested”?”

Why in hell would should anyone listen to and/or take seriously the political rantings of a comedian?


31 posted on 12/05/2012 3:39:10 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Good point. Although calling Letterman a “comedian” is highly charitable. He’s just a sad old un-funny sack of crap these days.


32 posted on 12/05/2012 9:24:31 AM PST by rhoda_penmark
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