Den globale økonomiske krise sidder fast, og mange musikere er begyndt at forholde sig til det politiske i ord og musik. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – samme og hver for sig – Jackson Browne, Joan Baez og flere til. Og nu er også Ry Cooder trådt i karakter med et album med titlen Election Special, hvor han forholder sig til det politiske. I The Guardian følger han op med tankevækkende overvejelser omkring de situation, Amerika befinder sig i op til det næste præsidentvalg. Pligtlæsning for enhver, der kan læse.
"First of all, you can’t believe the media. You know that. I know it and you know it. So the propaganda against that concept … I would take it on the same level as I would take the gun lobby on any notion that following some slaughter like out in Colorado that anybody who says assault rifles should be banned is going to be roundly criticised and called a bad American. So naturally, in this particular year, we can look and see that the leading edge of Republican interference with our way of life is what they call Obamacare. And this is their flag that they hoist. So anyone that comes along with another idea, let alone anything as explicit as this piece in the opening ceremony, the first thing they have to do in the US media, which is pretty much controlled by the corporations, is to discredit it as fast and as hard as they possibly can. And any time you see anybody saying: "Oh, the American people didn’t like this, they resented it, etc" … they’re lying."
"Romney is as bad as anyone can be. He’s a dangerous man. He’s a cruel man. He’s a perfect creation for what the Republican party is all about. And that is to say, a rapacious capitalist. Anyone who ran Bain Capital is not your friend. All they’re going to do is rape and pillage the land. That’s what he did at Bain Capital and that’s what he’s going to continue to do. Plus he can go around and in this guise of being a good buisnessman, which he’s not …. and this face – with the big grin and everything – is jovial, but hollow. And it’s outrageous if you analyse what he’s saying, because he’ll say one thing and do the opposite. And the media gives him a lot of attention"