Four more days! Four more days! That’s how long we’ll have to wait before this godforsaken election is over. Until then, Dave Eggers’ 30 Days, 30 Songs project has a few more anti-Trump anthems to sling. The latest comes from studio-slick emo veterans Jimmy Eat World, who complement their recent album Integrity Blues with an anxious new rocker called “My Enemy.” They’ve shared a statement to accompany the song:
There are dangerous and very real consequences for using fear of “The Other” to motivate a potential electorate. While that’s nothing new in politics, what is newly alarming in context of the current presidential campaign is how seemingly effective that strategy has been for a certain candidate. That candidate used the low-hanging fruit of fearmongering to gain his initial momentum…and continues to employ variations of it to sustain his place. The only way to steel yourself against that kind of manipulation is to do the real self-work in discovering and letting go of your own fears. While that pursuit is difficult because it means fighting against your own ego, it remains worth the effort – not just for what it can do for us as individuals but even more for what it can do for our collective society. Are you willing to accept that maybe, just possibly what you feel as a threat, isn’t?
Listen below, and remember to vote.