If you happen to meet one of America’s “wise people of conscience” anytime soon, tell them not to vote for Donald Trump, because Bono said so.
Renowned for his big mouth and even bigger bank balance, U2 frontman Bono has often tried to save the world from the myriad evils of modern life, but can he save it from Trump?
For years, the simple lad from Dublin has tirelessly and for the most part thanklessly helped to make the world a brighter and better place by giving away free albums that no-one really wanted and taking advantage of a worldwide stage to lecture people who have paid extortionate prices for a U2 ticket on how they were not doing enough to eradicate global poverty.
Celebrities, hey! They’ve got hearts of gold and banks full of it.
The world, as everyone knows, can often be a cruel, uncaring, and terrible place, and when you’re a multi-millionaire with a lot of time on your hands to sail yachts, lounge around in villas, and charter private planes, it gives you time to reflect on the bigger things in life, such as Donald Trump.
Studying Trump, much like Yoda would a young Anakin Skywalker, Bono in his high wisdom has deemed the Trumpster as the “potentially worst idea that ever happened to America.”
Trump may have his failings, and admittedly, at times they’re enough to make Lucifer wince, but to describe the orange haired billionaire as having the potential to be the worst idea that ever happened to America, is a big claim.
Trump after all is a human being and has feelings, you know, Bono? What if someone was to describe U2 as potentially the worst idea that has ever happened to popular music?
Besides which, let’s get things in to perspective for one red hot minute here. The trail of tears in 1838, the Dred Scott decision of 1857, McCarthyism, and Vietnam were all pretty bad ideas that have left America reeling. It’s doubtful if Trump, even during a bad day at the office, could outdo any of the aforementioned.
Yet every self-righteous crusader on a white horse needs a hideously ugly enemy with a heart as hard and cold as the blackest of nights to do battle with, and in Trump, Bono has found his.
It’s easy to mock and deride Trump, ok it’s kind of fun too, but calling someone who’s an easy target names doesn’t make you a good person.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Bono warned Americans that giving Donald Trump the keys to the White House just might signify the beginning of the end, as all the principles that the nation holds dear, such as giving someone a chance to prove themselves, could be eroded quicker than a fattened pig in a pool full of piranhas.
“Look, America is like the best idea the world ever came up with. But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America, potentially.
“I think of Emma Lazarus, those lines, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ This is America. This is not from Donald Trump’s playbook.”
“Poor huddled masses yearning to breathe free” are obviously a subject close to Bono’s heart. Presumably just as long as he doesn’t have to pay any taxes to support them himself?
For the benefit of the tape let’s recap.
When Bono’s home country of Ireland was on the brink of bankruptcy in 2010 and being forced to accept an international bailout, the crusading rock star was accused by many of hoarding taxes in the band’s piggy bank which could have been used to help keep open Ireland’s hospitals, schools and libraries.
U2 are seasoned show-biz veterans and one of the Emerald Isle’s most successful exports but Bono and the boys came under heavy fire in 2006 from transferring their corporate base from Ireland to the Netherlands.
The Netherlands offers virtually complete tax exemption on all of the royalties which keep the band in the lifestyle they have become accustomed to.
During Ireland’s boom years, all four U2 members invested in the then lucrative Dublin property market. Yet after every feast comes a famine, and following the property collapse of 2008, Bono and the boys have taken their loot elsewhere.
Worse was still to come.
In 2014, Bono passionately defended Ireland’s 12.5 percent corporation tax rate by claiming it had brought Ireland “the only prosperity we’ve ever known.”
Mike Taft, a researcher and economist for the Unite union, which represents 100,000 Irish workers, slammed Bono’s statement as nonsense.
“The one in four who suffer deprivation as well as the tens of thousands of others having to put up with six years of austerity will regard Bono’s remarks with total derision.”
Such accusations of hypocritical behavior on behalf of Paul Hewson, otherwise known as Bono, led Irish scholar Harry Browne to write a damming book called The Frontman: Bono (in the Name of Power), where he accuses the U2 frontman of “amplifying elite discourses, advocating ineffective solutions, patronizing the poor and kissing the behinds of the rich and powerful.”
In particular, Bono’s approach to Africa is targeted with acidic disdain.
“It’s a slick mix of traditional missionary and commercial colonialism, in which the poor world exists as a task for the rich world to complete.”
And now with a “perfect monster” like Trump to fight, as a righteous and applauding public looks on, Bono can forget about such accusations of hypocrisy, pick up his trusty lance again and ride forth into the fray, against a man beast in a shiny suit he has accused of trying to hijack America.
“I don’t think he’s a Republican.I think he’s hijacked the party, and I think he’s trying to hijack the idea of America. And I think it’s bigger than all of us. I think this is really dangerous.”
What’s perhaps even more dangerous is that Bono has presumably forgotten about the undisclosed sum he donated to the Hilary Clinton foundation when he said, “I would not diminish Trump supporters or underestimate their angst. I’m Irish. I don’t have a vote. And I can’t be telling people how to vote and don’t want to.”
Disturbingly, when Bono donated the cash he expressed his wish to have some kind of arrangement where future U2 concerts would be broadcast to the International Space Station. Oh the intergalactic horror!
Of course, Bono has past form of warning countries about the hell and horror of apocalyptic proportions which could ravage their inhabitants if they don’t heed his advice.
In April of this year, The Inquisitr reported how Bono waded into the EU debate and warned U.S. politicians that if Britain votes to cut ties with the EU on June 23, the results would be “unthinkable.”
Bono claimed that such a threat has not faced Europe since the dark days of Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and America “should be very nervous about it.”
Britain has since left the EU and guess what? The world keeps turning with barely a rumble.
So when Bono earnestly warns people of the dangers of Trump and implores the “Wise people of conscience” to not let this man turn your country into a casino.” Anyone with an ounce of wisdom would do well to take it with a pinch of salt.
Because no matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.
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