Sucks to be a Libertarian that doesn’t want to respect property rights
Senate candidate Rand Paul has run into problems with Rush. Not Rush Limbaugh, Rush the band from Canada.
Rand Paul, the Republican Senate candidate from Kentucky, is a big fan. Not only will he quote lyrics from the band on the campaign trail, he also likes to rock out to its music to get his rallies rolling.
No, he isn’t playing the air guitar to “Limelight” like the guys from the movie “I Love You, Man” or anything.
He just has his staff fire up some of the Canadian trio’s music to get the crowd going before the event starts.
And, predictably, just like every other Republican who plays any artist besides Ted Nugent or Charlie Daniels, he got in trouble.
Lawyers from the band contacted the campaign and told ’em to knock it off….
Usually campaigns acquiesce and move on to the next artist (who will then promptly sue the campaign).
But Paul’s campaign manager — at least in an e-mail to the Louisville Courier-Journal — is talking tough.
“The background music Dr. Paul has played at events is a non-issue,” wrote Jesse Benton. “The issues that matter in this campaign are cutting out-of-control deficits, repealing ObamaCare and opposing cap and trade.”
Might be a non-issue to Benton. Rush’s attorney Robert Farmer sees it differently.
“The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes: any public venue which allows such use is in breach of its public performance license and also liable for copyright infringement,” Farmer wrote.
Damn funny foreigners.
Ann Althouse looks at the lyrics (always a mistake) and suggests that it’s a silly song not worth fighting about.
Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you
No his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren’t permanent
But change is
Hmmph. Silly song. God rents? God owns.
On the other hand, I find it hard to believe Paul couldn’t find some band in Kentucky to endorse him and open for him at rallies. There has to be some local country-rock act looking to build a following.
Failing that, why doesn’t Rand Paul get the other R. Paul to be his opening act?