Yesterday social media was ablaze as Detroit rocker Robert James Ritchie known better as Kid Rock announced he is, in fact, running for the United States Senate in the state of Michigan. This all came about after he verified KidRockForSenate.com is real and he is running. That may all be up for debate since his site links to a Warner’s Brother’s merch store which I am sure would not like to get involved in a political race. Yet regardless of if he is running or not if for argument’s sake we said he was then we can look at Mr.Ritchie’s policies and see, that if he runs and wins that Senator Robert Ritchie would be one of the most libertarian Senators in the US Senate.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017
Kid Rock has long been known as a strong Republican backing Mitt Romney in 2012 and Ben Carson then Donald Trump in 2016. In 2012 “Born Free” was even used by Mitt Romney as one of his official campaign songs and was suggested by Ron Paul as the song he would want to use as his campaign song. The chorus to the song being simply “I was Born Free”.
In 2016 Kid Rock’s support was first with Ben Carson then shifted to Donald Trump. Rock told The Rolling Stone early on “I’m digging Donald Trump”. The article shows part of Kid Rock’s support comes from the fact he is absolutely tired of the establishment. He said “I feel like a lot of people, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there’s going to be the same sh-t.” and then finishing the thought by saying “I haven’t really seen this big, like, f–king change. “. Kid Rock, however, thought Trump would be different. Rock cemented his support in saying “Let the business guy in there. It’s not really working too well running it not like a business. I mean, what business f–king survives when they’re f–king broke?”. Good point there.
Since President Trump has gotten elected we can only assume Kid Rock really has thought Trump is different. This last April Rock visited the White House with Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent where they discussed many things over a meeting and dinner. According to Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, some of the topics included basic quality of life issues, political correctness and returning the federal government to its constitutional beginnings. In particular, Nugent was quoted saying “We discussed specifically the counterproductive follies of the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the US Fish & Wildlife Service, BLM and other out of control bureaucracies,”.
When it comes to politics Mr.Kid Rock, Robert Ritchie admitted “I’m not an expert at political science or anything. I do try to follow things, obviously. I’m a pretty good, tax-paying citizen of this country.”. This can pretty clearly be seen in a 2013 interview with The Rolling Stone where he complained: “Athletes and musicians make astronomical amounts of money,”. The Rolling Stone took this opportunity to say Ritchie has “some surprisingly liberal views about how wealth should be divided between the classes”. That is really a mischaracterization of Kid Rock’s views since he never advocates forcefully redistributing wealth in the interview but only pointed out a desire for change like many not totally understanding economics do on this point. In this way, Robert Ritchie is much like Donald Trump.
Neither Donald Trump nor Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie have solid set in stone political beliefs but are currently developing them like many Americans who don’t work for think tanks or geek out over politics all day. Both men have political positions they are absolute in but there are many positions they have yet to make up their mind on or are still thinking over and may be influenced. Many may count this as a negative for a candidate and often I would too but for Donald Trump and Kid Rock I don’t hold it against either of them.
Both Kid Rock and Donald Trump are fiercely anti-establishment and are pro-common sense. Kid Rock complained about establishment Republicans or as he called them “Dumbass Republicans” in his state who outlawed paperless ticketing in 2013. Trump in turn often was and is still angered by Republicans who would support regulations who made deals harder to make. Each man has been made conservative regarding business dealings by just having to deal with the stupidities of government. A lot of the reason they have not set in stone their Conservatarian political beliefs is most likely because they have been too busy working to completely think them out. Those beliefs are there they just need to be nourished for them to truely come out.
Politically we can determine that Kid Rock would be pro-second amendment from his love of guns. Pro-free speech because of his hate of political correctness and Pro-legalization because of his past comments on the matter. Regarding his fiscal conservatism, it is very likely his business acumen would push him farther right as well as his friendships with Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent. His only weak areas may be his support of abortion where in 2013 it was reported he is Pro-Choice and Foreign Policy where in 2003 he supported the Iraq War and attacking North Korea. However, both these weak points may not be an issue since like pointed above he has not had time to develop his political beliefs. After reexamining them like President Trump did early in his campaign we may find out Robert Ritchie has had a change of heart of Pro-life issues and has developed a more “America First” idea for Foreign Policy.
What is most promising that Senator Robert Ritchie would be one of the most libertarian in the Senate is his comments in 2013 where he said the following…
“I’m like the f–king lone wolf. Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don’t like the hardcore views on either side and I’m not in bed with anybody. I’d probably be more Libertarian, but I’m a firm believer you have to pick a side. I can’t be playing the middle. If you think differently, that’s fine. I’d love to grab a beer and hear why you think that way.” – Robert (Kid Rock) Ritchie
The simple fact Kid Rock even knows what the word Libertarian means and uses it in a positive notion means we can expect him to be open to the ideas of the free market, individualism, and non-aggression. All of this combined with the fact that Kid Rock would most likely be hanging out with fellow anti-establishment members like Donald Trump’s new best bud in the Senate Rand Paul, Mike Lee and others just provides, even more, hope that Senator Kid Rock would be one of the most Libertarian in the chamber.