This is LA.
Not only the land of TV and Movies, this is also the land of the Musician.
I'm please to know a band, Many of Odd Nature (Sign them to a record label! They rock!). So, when Federal Agents shut down Gibson Guitar factories in two states, it makes this Political Strategist/Blogger stand up and focus.
Let me quote from the Gibson Guitar Press Release:
"The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India.
"On August 24, 2011, around 8:45 a.m. CDT, agents for the federal government executed four search warrants on Gibson’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. Gibson had to cease its manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day, while armed agents executed the search warrants. Gibson has fully cooperated with the execution of the search warrants, "
Let us note that the law that Obama's DOJ is following comes from India.
In this era of the Age of Contraction, I thought it was the American Government's job to protect, oh, I don't know, American business' from sea to shining sea.
And guess what musicians in LA and beyond? The Obama DOJ hit Gibson back in November 2009. Read:
"Agents armed with warrants searched the Nashville factory of Gibson Guitars as part of a crackdown on the illegal use of endangered woods, authorities said.
"U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service agents served the warrants on the company Tuesday at its manufacturing plant for electric and acoustic guitars, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported.
"Exotic hardwoods used in high-end guitars, such as Brazilian rosewood, have become a focus of strict controls because of rainforest depletion. Trading in such woods is a federal offense, the paper said.
"The company said in a statement it has done nothing wrong and is "fully cooperating with agents … as it pertains to an issue with harvested wood."
"Environmentalists were surprised by the search, saying Gibson is an industry leader in using only sustainable woods."
And what does Gibson's CEO has to say?
The most important thing he said: "Every guitar we build is a Criminal violation,"
November 2009 and August 2011, this what Environmentalists do to jobs. And they're killing the music, man!
As we venture towards 2012, I want my musician friends to know that some of my candidates (on the Right side of the aisle) will keep the music playing.
Remember, the Democrats is the party of Tipper Gore's Parents Resource Music center. Vice president Gore attacked musicians to raise his profile.
We on the Right just want you to play. And play it LOUD!
So, to all my up and coming musician friends, will you stand up to the Environmentalists to let the music play? or will you wait for the Democratic senator ready to use your industry as an Emmanuel Goldstein?
My question: Will you musicians join us at RPLAC and the CAGOP to stand up against these raids?
And now, some good LOUD music!
AC/DC, Highway to Hell