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Old 11-13-2001, 01:06 PM   #16
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Uh oh, here comes 80sU2isbest...
Yeep, here I come.

I like U2 for two reasons:

1)They are Christians who really appear to love the Lord.

2)They make great music

Just because I don't agree with many of their political stances doesn't mean it's odd that I like their lyrics or music.

Truly, this was a sorta lame question to ask.

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Old 11-13-2001, 01:28 PM   #17
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I agree with 80s U2 is Best and Shygirl.

As a matter of fact, I only recently found out they were flaming leftists and it came as quite a shock and disappointment. I always took them to be 'good Christian boys' and I never would have guessed! To be quite honest, it took a little while to 'forgive' them.

Bono was quoted recently as saying he had stopped tarring everyone (of certain beliefs) with the same brush, surely we can all do the same! We can all enjoy the music! So far I haven't heard any U2 lyrics that go 'if you don't believe exactly as we do don't buy our record!'

Arturod, if you really think that you are just as 'closed minded' and 'intolerant' as I'm sure you, as all leftists, accuse most Republicans of being!

Here's more Bono and Jesse for ya!

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Old 11-13-2001, 01:53 PM   #18
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I'm pretty left wing, but I know some people how are very politically conservative and are U2 fans. I just find this hypocritical and paradoxical. It seems you shouldn't be able to be Republican and be a U2 fan, given the band's and Bono's stances on many of the issues. How can you people live with these contradictions? Just wondering.
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U2 sound good. if freakin' spooky reuben sounded this good i would spend a ton of money on him. but only U2 has U2's sound.
U2 are a rock band and they are good at it, they also happen to be fairly well versed in certain issues of global concern and often choose to incorporate that into their music. but, imo, their political views are secondary to the music.

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I'm pretty left wing, but I know some people how are very politically conservative and are U2 fans. I just find this hypocritical and paradoxical. It seems you shouldn't be able to be Republican and be a U2 fan, given the band's and Bono's stances on many of the issues. How can you people live with these contradictions? Just wondering.

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I agree with 80s. They make great music with such intense power. I'm conservative but I respect Bono tremendously for his convictions....even if I don't agree 100% all the time.


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As a matter of fact, I only recently found out they were flaming leftists and it came as quite a shock and disappointment.
I wouldn't say that they are "flaming leftists"...liberals, yes...

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Old 11-13-2001, 02:20 PM   #22
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Truly, this was a sorta lame question to ask.

It's not a lame question to ask, it's one of the best questions asked on this forum EVER.
I've been trying to find out the same thing several times in other peoples threads but no one would care to answer...
IMO U2 is not just the melody, it's melody, lyrics and attitude. The whole thing. and if I were a conservative, I would find it impossible to listen to just the melody 'cause all the other things are so present. I would go nuts.
And about U2 being christians, well, you can say that my dilemma with U2 lies here. I'm not religous. but, I can stand the preeching in, let's say Gloria, 'cause religion has not half the importance of politics to me. This is not to say I don't find religion interesting, 'cause I do, I just don't find preaching and lyrics about how good God is interesting.. but it's something I can overlook.There are other very interesting pieces of writing.
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How many of U2's songs actually deal with politics that a republican would disagree with? All I can think of is Bullet the Blue Sky...?

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I think what we forget is that Bono and the rest of the band aren't writing these songs "for" us, they are just expressing their OWN feelings and views through music.. To be upset b/c they don't go along with our own personal political or religious views is just insane.

I think you should be able to take away some personal meaning from a song, but don't forget it probably means something totally different to the people that wrote it.
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Yes, of course I agree entirely with the religious, political, etc. etc. views of every band, author, movie, etc. that I enjoy. Despite the fact that they're all different in their political views, religious views, personal lives, and so on.

What a ridiculous idea. Why don't people get over this?? I'm sorry but the prevalence of this view is really starting to bug me.

It so happens that I'm a Jehovah's Witness and I'm politically neutral. I know other JWs who like U2--a couple came to the concert in Vancouver with me. Because U2 sometimes expresses political views, I guess I'll throw out all my records. If Bono says something at a concert that is a sentiment I don't feel I can echo, I don't scream and cheer it. Is that so hard to understand?

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As a matter of fact, I only recently found out they were flaming leftists and it came as quite a shock and disappointment.
Why?

Explain what you disagree with, please.

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How many of U2's songs actually deal with politics that a republican would disagree with? All I can think of is Bullet the Blue Sky...?
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Yes, Bono is "playin" the Bush Administration on debt relief. It's called "politics" and as I said in an earlier post my righteous friend on the right, Bono is a master at it. This logically explains the B-man's public praise of the Administration. Again, my righteous friend, this is an issue that Bono can rally Republican's behind because he can show how it can actually BENEFIT them politically. It actually is the perfect issue for a Republican. They can "look" compassionate without getting their hands dirty.

Orrin Hatch is simply NOT a compassionate, caring man, politically speaking. If you call fighting for tax cuts for the wealthy, backing the Health Insurance lobby over Universal Health Care, and opposing extended unemployment benefits to those who lost their job as a result of 9/11 (to name only a few!) compassionate, then you and I have vastly different interpretations of "compassionate". Hatch is an angry, mean spirited man...yes, Bono thanked him righteously at SLC over "Drop the Debt" ...but what does one expect? Hatch's track record is abysmal when it comes to political issues of "compassion" and will continue to be so in the future. At least he didn't "drop the ball" on "drop the debt" so I can give him some props for that!
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Mr Someone-I suggest you have Bono edit the current Elevation Tour brochere where he says nice things about the Bush Administration, but that's right according to YOU he's just 'playin' these ppl right?

Absolutely!!!! Bono is smart enough to know that by insulting the current administration then he is not going to get what he wants out of them. Bono is in a position where he needs money, something that people are loath to give. He can't be like the Ani DiFrancos of the world and go about slinging arrows at the people who's support he needs.
But think about it Bush and Bono are diametrically opposed.
-Bush put so many people to death during his run as govenor of Texas that it's not even funny. No one can deny this. U2 and Amnesty International certainly would not apporve.
-Bush makes his money off of oil concerns, U2 are ardent Green Peace supporters.
-Bush has stated that he is opposed to making Gay marriages legal. U2 "belive[s] in love."
The list goes on and on. Now I am not saying that conservatives can't like U2, I'm sure that the religous link is a big draw for many conservatives, I'm just going to contend that I'm not sure those who are politically conservative nessisarily understand alot of what U2 is trying to say. And you know, I frankly think it's great that some U2 fans are conservative, I hope the music will influence them to gain perhaps a more liberal outlook.
Also is the "songs that Republicans wouldn't like category" think of Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car. Now think of the fact that Bush ran his oil company in Texas into the ground THREE TIMES before becoming president. Each time his father, or his father's friends bailed him out.
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Most people on this board are politically conservative.
I would have to disagree on this point. I think that the conservatives here simply make their voices more known. They tend to get more into the ideological arguments, especially those in Free Your Mind. Nothing wrong with that--if I had more time I might get in a little more than I already do to help defend the liberal viewpoint. But I think given the average age of the people in here (around 22), I would have a very hard time believing that we are actually outnumbered. The conservatives in here make up for that with the number of posts they make, and their general conviction. I'm just too busy to take much part in these arguments anymore.

As for the original question, I don't think you have to agree with everything U2 says in order to be a fan. Their spirituality goes a long way, and that really helped them in the early days, even before they were political. As they became more and more politcal, they just tended to be anti-Reagan when they saw the effects. I don't think they emphasized that too much though, aside from BTBS. Most of their politics have been anti-IRA and pro-human rights, which most fans can agree on. I think the most important aspects of their music are the themes expressed in each song/album. Those universal themes are why just about anyone can like them.

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A typically arrogant, uncompassionate response by a conservative.
Eh? How does me saying that "Truly this was a lame thread" having anything to do with (1)Lack of compassion/arrogance or (2)Conservatism?

By the way, your insults to me were much worse than me calling a thread "lame", so practice what you preach, ok?

If the poster was truly offended by me calling his/her post "lame", I would have to wonder why he/she is touchy...
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