Quite a bit. Who knew, right? Apparently anyone committed to a close reading of the Psychopathic Records catalog. In the spirit of democracy/Web 2.0 page view whoring, Barry O’s socially networked Web site is giving blogs away to anyone who asks–and that includes Juggalos, one of whom has penned a lengthy essay explaining exactly where Obama’s positions on various issues link up with the seemingly illiberal policies of the ICP. “The Republicans and right wingers claim to care about the morals of America,” politicized Jughead Robert Tidwell writes, “but it is people like Barack Obama and the Insane Clown Posse, who’ve made it their life’s work in changing the world around them.”
Robert Bruce, Violent J’s brother, also known as Jump Steady, appears on one of the earliest political songs from the band. This song was recorded during Operation Desert Storm but speaks mountains of the situation we are currently in. Jumpsteady’s verse is more about over coming “Ghetto Insanity”, a common theme on the album Carnival Of Carnage, but he throws in a simple lyric which is increasingly applicable: “Damn they’re stupid / Their minds must be failin’ / Think I’d rather pay a little extra on a gallon / And save a human life or two.”
The Clowns themselves have not articulated much on the war, however, in their comic book series, The Pendulum, we are treated to an open discussion between former Gulf War Veterans who very simply state that while in the middle east they raped and killed innocent women and children.
Barack Obama is different in this respect. He respects the soldiers and what they do and supports the use of military involvement. He does not, how ever, believe we should be fighting in an illegal war, using illegal tactics, fighting an invisible enemy. In 2002, at an Anti-War Rally in Chicago, Obama said, “I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”
Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope themselves have yet to come out in support of Obama like fellow Midwestern guyliner enthusiast Pete Wentz, and Obama himself hasn’t started spraying his rallies with Faygo as an overture towards the clowns yet. But clearly the Juggalo vote should not be discounted, as it has all too often in the past. Sure, you’re laughing now, but you won’t be when the Dark Carnival issues the edict that they should all vote for Ron Paul instead. As one Stranger writer at great personal risk, they are already primed for Paultardery and waiting for the go sign from Gozer or whatever Juggalos worship.