Staind’s Aaron Lewis recently went on another nonsensical rant during a July 23 solo show in Roanoke, VA. The spiel found the frontman rambling about “tyrannical people” in the U.S. government and more.
Lewis said the following:
“We have all lost our connection with the Constitution. Because if we knew the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights, we would know that it clearly states that it’s our responsibility as we the people to take back a country governed by tyrannical people. They have proven that they have business whatsoever as the representatives of us. All those people that sit in Washington, D.C., in the grand scheme of things not all that fucking far from here. I can almost smell them in the air. It smells like fucking treason, is what it smells like. It smells like they’re blaming us for an insurrection that they committed.
We the people. It’s a very strong statement right there. No other country’s documents that create that country starts with ‘we the people’. It doesn’t.
Here’s another thing: is it just me or have you noticed that we’re the only country in the world that has a fentanyl problem? No, it’s like for real. Have you noticed that? There isn’t another country on the face of the earth that is losing thousands of people a week to fentanyl. It seems like a war is going on without us even knowing it, doesn’t it? Go look. Go look.
There isn’t another country on the face of the earth with a fentanyl problem. Do you know where fentanyl comes from? The only place on the face of the earth that it comes from? China. That’s where they make it. It’s the only place on the face of the earth that they can make it. So all the fentanyl that’s coming into this country, and only this country — it might be oozing over into Canada, but I can promise you Mexico, where it’s all coming from, doesn’t have a fentanyl problem.
Start paying very close attention to what the fuck is going on .’Cause, unfortunately, the reason why I get myself in trouble every time I step out on this stage if because I know what the fuck is going on. And I’m not gonna shut the fuck up until everybody else knows what the fuck is going on too. Because here’s the difference: I sit up here right now and I run my mouth for everybody.
Even the fucking idiots that choose to spout all their anti-America, anti-family, anti-everything bullshit. Because you know what? As much as I don’t wanna hear it, they’re free to say it. But I’ll tell you what right now — freedom goes in all directions. Which means that you’re free to be an asshole. You’re free to be completely deranged and off in your own fucking universe.
You’re free to be a man and slice your fucking penis in half and fucking scrape all the seeds out like a cucumber and fold it all back up inside you. You know what? You’re still a man that’s just fucking self-mutilated himself. You can do all that, and I will stand up for you, because I believe in your freedom to be able to do that even though I don’t agree with you at all.
That’s the difference. They wanna shut us up and shut us down. And I wanna fight for the same fucking freedoms that they love. The ability to be able to say shit like that and not have the government show up at your door the next fucking day.
This is our country — not the government’s. We have every right to remove them.”