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Old 11-13-2001, 11:39 AM   #1
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How can Republicans (or political conservatives) be U2 fans

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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Ask Congressmen Spencer Bachus and John Kasich, or Senator Orrin Hatch.
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Uh oh, here comes 80sU2isbest...
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Old 11-13-2001, 11:49 AM   #4
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I used to ask myself the same question. I think that most hard line republican concervatives who enjoy U2, like them for different reasons than some Us. I love them because of their stance on human rights and anti war themes. Maybe concervatives just enjoy the the melody in their songs or maybe they only enjoy the spiritual love theme of their songs. But you are right, it does seem a bit paradoxical. I think a right wing republican would asnwer this question best though.
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Ask Congressmen Spencer Bachus and John Kasich, or Senator Orrin Hatch.
And Jesse Helms too-LMAO at him saying the show was 'the loudest thing he's ever heard' and how he was 'amazed that Bono could run around like that at his age'

Note to Jesse-get out more often.
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Old 11-13-2001, 11:51 AM   #6
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Most people on this board are politically conservative. Anyone can enjoy U2's music.

I also think that some of it relates to the fact the U2 were perceived as or were in fact "Christian" or religious in the early 80's and some people connected with that and have stayed with the band because they've always loved the music.

Myself? My favorite years are the 90's when U2 were serving the devil.
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Here's a pic from Jesse's website-and I thought db9 was Bono's biggest male fan

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Although I'm registered Independent, I would probably consider myself a Republican. I'm kind of in the middle on alot of issues, but I seem to agree with the Republican view on most things.... I don't think you have to be right wing to be a Republican... I certainly don't think you can't be a U2 fan if you are a Republican....
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...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.
Typical Newbie.

Anyway, you're right. In order to recieve enjoyment from music/movies/media I must fully agree with and believe in their message and methods. I'm sorry that I'm not as enlightened as you or Bono.

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..its about transcending boundries..
Bono way back in 1887

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Bono way back in 1887
Wow-Bono is much older than I thought he was-he's almost as 'well-preserved' as Larry is
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I am not so sure that arturod is a "newbie." Seeing the November 2000 registration date reminds me that a med student from Texas came around here and asked this same question once before.

arturod: do you think there should be some type of "screening process," maybe with background checks and issues-litmus tests, before someone can claim to be a U2 fan? Because God knows, we are supposed to look to our favorite musicians, actors, televisions cooks and boxing ring champions for our political views, aren't we?

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Rock music is all about rythym. However just cause you've got rythym, it doesn't mean you've got soul.

Just cause you like the music, doesn't mean you have to listen to the lyrics or bonos speeches.

But if you don't, you're sure as hell missing something
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:47 PM   #14
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It seems pretty judgemental to say that you can't be a Republican and a U2 fan. It is possible to be Republican and open minded, and sensitive many of the situations Bono and the boys feel so passionately about. I am a card carrying Republican, and after the LA1 show last night, I will also be a U2 fan for life.
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Republicans aren't anit-human rights. Republicans aren't anti-Christian. And there are many cases where Republicans in power have done very U2-like things. The whole Drop the Debt campaign comes to mind. And I remember living in Illinois about two years ago when the Republican governor placed a moratorium on the death penalty [very big human rights/Amnesty International issue].

In the end, its all about humanity which transcends political boundaries. And coincidentally, its all about the music which transcends any boundaries you try to confine it to.

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