guitarist Joe Perry
recently told AOL
that he's a "definite old-school Republican" who believes that politics has become more about branding than ideas. As he explained, "I was taught that you get what you put into it. You can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it, and you can earn your place. That's the old way. Now, it's all meshed together and you can barely figure out one side from the other."
He continued, "My favorite president was actually John Kennedy
. Oh, and Eisenhower
. I don't think we've had anyone like those guys since Reagan
, but you need somebody you can believe in.
"Look, I didn't believe in everything Kennedy
said or did, but you believed in your heart that he was really there and he was going to stand up for what he believed in. That's what is most important. Today they say one thing one day, and another thing another day. You can't figure these guys out.
"The bottom line is I'm a definite old school Republican and you can put that in there. I was one of the few people that came out for McCain
and got a lot of shit for it.
"There's an awful lot of people out there in L.A. that were jumping up and down for Obama
that aren't right now. It's just what it is. So much of this stuff is politicizing, what the media does is so much about selling a product. It makes me kind of nuts.
"This band has always has had a policy we're all pretty much on the same page when new start talking politics. We all came up in that era when you were taught that can do anything you set your minds to and by God we walked on the moon, just like JFK
said we would."
Below: Joe Perry
tweet from February 2012