Henry Rollins: If I were president the first thing I would do is probably get sat down by the Pentagon and the powers that be who would say, “No, you’re probably not going to get done the things that you—we saw your one sheet and you’re not going to get it.”
I think a lot of presidents go in with a big to-do list and someone sits them down and says “That’s really not how the game is played, son. You’re going to have to learn: this is the beltway. We do things a certain way. You had high hopes and you’ll get a few of these things done, watered down, neutered and relatively meaningless by the time they crawl through the Senate, but as it is now these big burly strong changes, no.” So I would probably be told that because my first day in office I would have lost Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I would have reestablished Glass-Steagall. I would have demanded that the Bush tax cuts—they would have sun-setted, they would have gone away. There would have been some pain. The middleclass would have been hard up against it, but we would be in a much different position than we are now.
So I would have gone in reacting to eight years of George W. Bush, two useless wars that make America hemorrhage life and treasure. I would immediately start repairing the perception of America in the world, like our president did by speaking out in Cairo to basically Islam. So I would do things like that, realizing my first four years in office would be to repair and somehow neutralize the eight years that came before me, so maybe in my next term I could go slowly up field to a noticeable degree, and that would be my legacy. The first four years, clean up the storm, clean up the wreckage, make nice with the world, demilitarize as far as American military presence in the world. I would get my military force out of the, like, 141 countries that we’re in plus all the black bases we have off the record. I would bring these people home.
Directed / Produced by
Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd