Fifty-four years after illegally crossing the U.S. border in a Pontiac hearse, Neil Young has become an American citizen and finally can can shoot broadsides against Trump.
“I’m happy to report I’m in!” the Canadian-born musician wrote on his website after months of struggle to obtain his dual citizenship. Young explained to fans that the process had been delayed because of the “good moral character” provision on the immigrant application — meaning he admitted to smoking weed.
Neil Young has previously called Donald Trump a “dickhead,” criticized his “misogyny and racism” and taken offense over political usage of “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Now the musician, who was recently granted American citizenship, has taken his criticisms to another level, calling the president “a disgrace to my country.” (ultimateclassicrock)
“I want to be a dual citizen and vote,” Young, who’s a Canadian citizen, explained in a Nov. 8 post titled “I Have Been Very Successful in My Life.” “When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed.”
In a lengthy open letter on his Neil Young Archives site, the Canadian-born songwriter broke down all of Trump’s perceived presidential failings. “Your mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment and our relationships with friends around the world is unforgivable,” he wrote. “Your policies, decisions and short-term thinking continue to exacerbate the climate crisis.
“The United States of America, my country, is not a green on one of your branded golf courses that you can ride around on and damage so that other players cannot shoot straight. … U.S. justice is ours — not yours.”
Young also directly references their clash over “Rockin’ in the Free World.”
“[It] is not a song you can you can trot out at one of your rallies,” he said. “Perhaps you could have been a bass player and played in a rock ‘n’ roll band. That way you could have been onstage at a rally every night in front of your fans, if you were any good, and you might be. … Every time ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ or one of my my songs is played at your rallies, I hope you hear my voice. Remember it is the voice of a tax-paying U.S. citizen who does not support you. Me.”
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Young and his wife, actress Daryl Hannah, obtained his naturalization documents at the Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. He celebrated in a video on his Instagram, singing “I’m proud to be a Canarican” in the tune of “God Bless the U.S.A.” while waving around miniature American and Canadian flags.
Young continued: “The problem is defined in an April 19, 2019 addition under Attorney General Sessions. USCIS issued a Policy Alert which includes: ‘An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state of foreign laws.'”
Neil Young: I won’t close the door on CSN&Y reunion. I won’t close the door on CSN&Y reunionstatus of David Crosby, who appears o06 have upset Young and his other bandmates in recent years, remains the sticking point, with Young admitting he still has problems with his former colleague. (Ultimateclassicrock)