I wish he would stay out of politics. He really is not qualified to speak on matters of national security. I hate this shit. He used to be great when he wrote songs about summer and girls.
Gotta say, I disagree completely.
Right off the bat, the notion that one must be qualified to express oneself is ridiculous. As long as you don't comport to be a trusted source of information or ideological guidance, I don't mind you writing about world events as you experience them.
Songs like "Private First Class" don't make ideological prescriptions.
If it was you,
You might wish you'd been born a liar
9 months in a hole
3 years in a cage
For having a soul
The American way
This is a feeling shared by TONS of people. I'm personally very conflicted about where I stand on the Manning case because she was so legally wrong and (imo) mostly morally right, but the idea that Manning is a hero isn't exactly a fringe belief.
Writing what you feel isn't the same as sticking your nose into politics, and Kevin's never come close to making ideological prescriptions in his lyrics. If he has strong feelings about Chelsea Manning, about the US drone program, or about Congress then he's got every right to sing about them.