Lead singer and guitarist of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, told a raucous concert crowd in New Jersey last week “we have the power” to push back against what he and many Americans see as rising “tyranny” around the country.
“Is there anybody here besides me who’s having a great f**king time?” Mustaine asked at one point, as the crowd roared in response.
“But I just wanna tell you how great it is — look around you guys, look to your right, look to your left, and look how wonderful this is,” Mustaine added. “We’re all here together, we’re not in f**king bags, you know? We’re not freaking out, and we’re not yelling at people, ‘Where’s your f**king mask?’”
“Where’s your mask, you loud cow?” he asked sarcastically, with the crowd breaking into chants including, “USA! USA! USA!” and “F**k Joe Biden!”
The rocker, who was also an original member of the band Metallica, said “it starts with this kind of sensation that we feel right now, where we feel together, we feel like there’s strength in numbers.
“We feel we are invincible. People will not be able to stop us,” he continued to cheers.
“See, the thing right now that’s going on, is tyranny. This is called tyranny. Look it up when you get home,” Mustaine added. “And tyranny isn’t only in government. Tyranny right now is in the schools, and tyranny is in the medical business.”
“We have the power, especially us, heavy metal fans, we have the power to change things,” Mustaine said.
“If you look at what happened in the Middle East right now — I said it a long time ago with this next song,” he added, before going on to play Megadeth’s “Holy Wars,” which appears to be a commentary on the military-industrial complex.
Pushback against mandating masks and other COVID restrictions began last year in states like Florida, whose governors and legislatures dropped requirements and prohibited local jurisdictions from imposing them. In some instances, those actions have led to court battles, but the message is clear: The mandates are increasingly less popular, especially given the many hypocrisies Americans have seen among the governing and societal elite.
Also, there is growing pushback against federal vaccine mandates announced earlier this month by President Joe Biden, whose government is attempting to force companies with 100 or more employees to require their workers to get the jab or face fines.
In fact, the first federal lawsuit against vaccine mandates imposed by the administration has been filed and will be heard in a federal court in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, The Federalist reported.
Specifically, the suit questions the constitutionality of the Puerto Rican government’s vaccine mandate, but it is still a case to watch, as The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland writes.
“Puerto Ricans are American citizens and for purposes of the question at issue — the constitutionality of the vaccine mandate — they hold the same rights under the United States Constitution as do citizens of the fifty states,” she said.
Other states have vowed to challenge the vaccine mandate for private companies as well; Arizona was the first to file suit, but the case has not yet been heard by a federal court.
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