Q And Not U's Christopher Richards Speaks Politics
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to college--Does that make me part of the problem?). Gentrification is a really sticky issue here, and it's always sweeping across some sector of the city, for better or worse. Things would be infinitely better if D.C. won statehood, but I don't think the G.O.P. is too psyched about a predominantly black population being able to elect anyone to Congress.
What are your thoughts on this war in Iraq and the so-called "War on Terror?"
I feel that the war on terror is a complete farce and very little has been achieved. Bush has been alarmingly unsuccessful at disrupting al Qaeda, and has transparently used our nation's vulnerability to manipulate foreign policy for his own political and financial interests. I know that I'm not saying anything new, but I'm still stupefied by the lack of outrage from the American public on this stuff. History will not be kind to George W. Bush.
What are your thoughts on the Iraqi prisoner abuses? Who should be punished? Who is at fault? Should Rumsfeld resign?
I thought the images coming out Abu Ghraib were absolutely devastating, but sadly, I wasn't surprised. When it comes to warfare, this stuff is par for the course, right? It's naive to think that the army isn't a cross-section of human values. Sure, you're going to have motivated, caring, patriotic individuals on-board, but you're going to have just as many blood-thirsty, uneducated, rapists. Rummy's failure to step down should be a giant red flag waving in the eyes of America. It's another painfully clear sign of the administration's arrogance.
What are your thoughts on the up-coming election? Do you endorse a candidate? Why or why not?
Have you seen these bumper stickers that read "Dated Dean, Married Kerry?" Not only is this a sad comment on American family-culture, it's a sad comment on contemporary politics. We're always settling for something less than extraordinary. I just don't get it. I would agonize over it if this election wasn't so unique, but removing Bush from office needs to be everyone's number one priority.
Where do you see the United States going as a nation?
Just for my own spiritual wellness, I prefer to look at our nation's potential rather than our nation's direction. George Bush always says that "We live in historic times." And he's right. We're living under the worst president possibly in US history. The Roman Empire certainly comes to mind. But if I didn't think we could turn this mess around, I would have moved to Montreal by now.
Back to the band, what is the future of Q and Not U? Where do you think you are headed, musically, lyrically, personally?
The Roman Empire certainly comes to mind. No, just kidding. We can't predict what will happen to our band because we're totally free. I think there's a degree of unspoken commitment to one another, but life is crazy--who knows what will happen? I can only hope that we'll continue to enjoy our chemistry together and keep creating music that engages people.
And I would like to tour Brazil.
Wednesday, 09 June 2004
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