Corey Taylor is running his mouth again. And it’s not in the typical form that’s earned him a meme online by way of his opinions making the headlines of numerous rock publications. This time it’s in the form of a book about politics.
The self-proclaimed “Great Big Mouth” lead singer of both Slipknot and Stone Sour has written another book. First, he wrote about the Seven Deadly No-Nos. Second, a collection of thoughts on the afterlife and his experiences with the paranormal. Next, a tome about the lack of common sense that’s becoming an epidemic among humans. As of August 8th, Taylor has a fourth book titled America 51: A Probe into the Realities that are Hiding Inside “The Greatest Country in the World.”
Taylor explains that he sides more with the liberals but as of late, is not sure who to side with declaring himself a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. “When in our history did the concepts of the welfare of the people and fiscal responsibility become mutually exclusive?”
Taylor asks. It starts with the 2016 election and the “terrible choice” of choosing between the two candidates and how like most people, the vocalist was in disbelief about Trump winning. Taylor says that the GOP victory caused him to delete the book and start over. In his opinion, Clinton would have been a better candidate. However, he feels that she lost due to a pompous, holier-than-though attitude. According to him, her conduct made Trump seem more relatable despite the latter being a “loud, crude, egotistical, childish, bullying, yet easily butt-hurt jackass.” Therefore, the reader finds that very seldom is Trump referred to without spewing expletives and comments on the president’s tan, saying that he’s the same color as an Orange Julius. The frontman’s criticism of Trump ranges from the Muslim travel bans, to cancellation of programs that help struggling families, and the Head of State’s dealings with the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In these pages, Trump is a tyrant with the goal of becoming a totalitarian dictator.
But Taylor also denounces the Democrats for what he calls an elitist mentality and lack of follow-through. “If everything’s offensive, nothing is offensive,” his words on oversensitivity. As well, Taylor reprimands the left for their own name-calling and actions that he believes ruined Bernie Sanders chances for office. Sanders is described as an Independent who only joined the blue party in order to be considered a valid candidate and who the singer calls “my dude.”
Despite a disdain for Trump, Taylor views his presidency in a positive light.
“The next few years are going to be a bit tense. This is true. But they are also going to make us better. We will all have a better understanding of each other’s lives and what it takes to be us when it all comes down to it. In the end, we’ll know where we all stand on a lot of different things.”
Another chapter covers past leaders such as Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and regales on Reagan’s charm, ability to compromise and the knack he had for filling citizens with pride and patriotism. Taylor depicts this as the feeling that Republicans have been chasing after ever since with their subsequent candidates but it hasn’t been replicated. The comments are similar in regard to Bill Clinton, portrayed as a charismatic candidate who led the country toward economic boom during his administration. From the author’s perspective, there’s no need for either party because “we don’t vote for the party but the person.” He expounds on this by stating that Bush Jr. and Bill Clinton were elected for the same reason: Personality. And he compares Trump to Arnold Schwarzenegger suggesting that they both won due to celebrity. The dual-band singer advocates a new platform for selecting a leader that involves voting through text messages.
Although there’s a noticeable left slant to this book, there’s fairness to be found in reading it as the views reflect a supporter of gender, racial, and marriage equality coupled with support of the second amendment and capital punishment. Taylor is a pro-choice believer and a believer in religious freedom. Although, the rocker asserts that he has no desire to change anyone’s mind. He asserts a goal of bringing people to the center at the same time.
This book lacks the comical vibe that made his other books enjoyable. It’s mostly just anger. Therefore, it’s not as fun as Seven Deadly Sins or You’re Making Me Hate You. It tends to veer off into tangents, contains vocabulary that flies over the heads of readers, and becomes confusing much like his previous books. Nevertheless, it’s a good read.
This is definitely not for anyone offended by the idea of white privilege, anyone offended by obscenities or anyone easily offended in general.
So, what makes Corey Taylor qualified to write about politics? He doesn’t have a political science degree or even a high school diploma. He’s just an entertainer. But, as he points out, so is the current president as a reality-show star. Taylor does have the experience of being poor. He didn’t come from a family of old money. He came from a vagabond childhood that involved sleeping in bathtubs and closets. His upbringing involved free school lunches and government-funded music programs that aided the discovery of his musical talent, of which he states “kept me alive.” His travels have given him a perspective that few people have.
“I’ve been all over the world and back many times over. I’ve seen beautiful cathedrals in Spain and I’ve spun myself dizzy with my kids watching the strobes on the Eifel Tower in France. I’ve walked the floors of historic buildings in London and stridden through Red Square in Moscow. I’ve glutted myself in Tokyo and Sao Paulo, Sydney and Singapore. I’ve been all over the world and yet my favorite country is still my own, largely for the places but also for the people.”