Russian hacking of Democratic and Republican campaign emails have led to upheaval this election year, analysts say, not the least of which is the presidential victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. But in the latest bizarre twist, the hacked email of Republican elector Christopher Suprun of Texas indicates this “faithless” elector is a big fan of Neil Peart of the aging Canadian prog-rock group Rush.
In an email made public by WikiLeaks, Suprun, who made news weeks ago by saying he could not in good conscious cast his vote as an elector for Donald Trump, was quoting Neil Peart’s lyrics from the Rush song “Faithless” as he mulled what to do.
In the email, which he sent to a friend (who’s name is blacked out by WikiLeaks)
Suprun says he was struggling with the decision but he found inspiration in the lyrics of Peart, who has legions of fans around the world for his drumming as well as his lyric writing.
“Neil’s lyrics really speak to me,” Suprun says. “Listen to what he says in this song called “Faithless.”
I’ve got my own moral compass to steer by
A guiding star beats a spirit in the sky
And all the preaching voices—
Empty vessels of dreams so loud
“That’s me! That’s me!” he says. “I have my own moral compass to steer by!!”
Suprun goes on to say that he believes the song was “WRITTEN FOR ME,” as these lyrics make clear:
All the shouting voices
Try to throw me off my course
Some by sermon, some by force
Fools and thieves are dangerous
“He was writing this song for ME!” Suprun says.
Peart, 63, is Canadian but in 2016 he became an American citizen. As the lyricist for Rush, which was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, he has become something of a hero to Libertarians thanks to early Rush songs that celebrated individualism. At one point, Peart even paid tribute to Objectivist guru Ayn Rand, although Peart has since disavowed this period as a youthful dalliance. The song “Faithless” appears on the band’s popular 2007 album, Snakes & Arrows.
In Congress, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are Ayn Rand fans (and Rand Paul is a Rush fan as well). Ohio Gov. John Kasich is also a Rush fan, having lobbied the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to induct the band.
Suprun ends his email by saying he almost decided not to be a faithless elector, but after reading the inspiring words of Neil Peart, he resolved to be “faithless” and cast his vote for fellow Rush fan John Kasich for the presidency. “I hope other electors take the words of the great Neil Peart to heart and resolve to be faithless as well,” he says. “Neil wrote these lyrics FOR YOU!! You must QUIETLY RESIST, you must BE FAITHLESS.”
The song “Faithless” can be purchased for $1.29 on Amazon. Ten percent of proceeds go to the legal defense fund of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, a fugitive from justice living in the Ecuador embassy in London.
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