Is Lupe Fiasco Right?

In an age where politicians want to be celebrities and celebrities want to be politicians, it is rewarding to witness a rare moment when someone from the entertainment industry actually displays some sort of  consistent political principle in what they say or do.

Chicago based rapper Lupe Fiasco did just that in his recent interview in which he spoke out against the foreign policy of the Obama Administration.  In a moment which falls somewhere between courageous and offensive, Fiasco said “In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama and the United States Of America.”  He went on to explain, “I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism.  You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff that the U.S Government allows to happen, and the foreign policies that we have in different countries which inspire people to become terrorists.  And it’s easy for us because it’s just some oil.”

Fiasco’s comments, although rather inflammatory, actually sound pretty in line with the views expressed in Chalmer Johnson’s book, Blowback, often cited by Ron Paul.

Certainly, Lupe Fiasco’s musical career might cause some liberty activists to wonder.  His latest music video, “Words I Never Said,” features Fiasco struggling to express himself against a fictional oppressive government.  In addition to that, his latest album, entitled “Lasers,” features a red “A” anarchy symbol.

Perhaps the most liberty-minded release of his career was a 2009 mixtape, “Enemy Of The State.”  An interlude in the release states, “We will not compromise who we are to be accepted by the crowd.  We want substance in the place of popularity.  We want to think our own thoughts.  We want love, not lies.  We want knowledge, understanding, and peace.  We will not lose, because we are not losers, we are lasers.”

Lupe Fiasco should be applauded for his independent mind, and for his courage to voice his opinion, even when it might be perceived as an unpopular one.

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