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It's Election Day in America

It's election day in America. This is a big election, people. I mean, we're talking about presidential politics here.

Presidential election day is like my Super Bowl. I live for this sort of thing. I love politics as much as I love Glam. Moreover, I'm drawn to politics because of the chance for change. After all, there's nothing better than democracy in action.

Over the past month, my email account was flooded with press releases from musicians endorsing either Barack Obama or John McCain. You'll note I posted none of them. Quite frankly, I think it's a little ridiculous when Metal musicians make a big deal about political endorsements. I mean, Aerosmith is my favorite band. Joe Perry endorsed John McCain. Did this sway my political opinion? No. By the same token, Slash endorsed Barack Obama. Did that make me feel any more sound in my choice for president? Nope. I think musicians have a really big role to play in politics. That role is exciting people - especially the young - to vote. You know, there's a reason Rock the Vote has been around for so long. Holding drives to get kids registered is only half the battle. Musicians need to go along the campaign trail all political season to keep people interested. So, I could care less who Steven Tyler, Nikki Sixx or Axl Rose likes for President. I care more if these musicians are using their celebrity for good. Are the musicians using their influence to motivate? Can they get people interested in donating time and money to charities? Are they giving back themselves?

If you're an American - and you're registered to vote - make sure you get to the polls and cast a ballot. I don't care who you vote for, although if you'd like to write me in, I'd be sure to have at least one Glam band at the inaugural ball. Seriously, if you don't vote, you don't get to complain. This election doesn't just affect Americans. The world is small. We're all in this together. Go vote. Now.

Reader Comments (11)

in the words of Spike Lee - Do the right thing !!
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred6ixx
and in the words of me- Please vote for Barack Obama. America needs change, and John Mccain is a twerp.
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucifer
there is no real chance for change in our current system. we just choose the lesser of 2 evils that are offered to us. no matter what they promise they won't follow through. after being elected it's all about staying in office as long as possible. we allow ourselves to be deluded for some strange reason. we need to take back control of our electoral process and elect someone who will actaully try to make REAL change. yes i will be voting but not for these two. remember, this is my opinion and my choice, do what you like, vote for who you like.
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdon
The world has gone to worst since Bush and all his Oil business and militar gun industry mafias have been ruling the White House, America and the World need a change, Obama is the hope for a real change and for a new Era !!!!
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXavier
"John Mccain is a twerp." I like
Anyway, good post! you're 100% right about the role of musicians.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterr0ck0n
Go vote! Do it now! Don't put it off til later because someday there will be no later.

You know, I'm old enough to remember what it's like to hope and still young enough to believe in it.

Regardless of who you're behind and for whatever reason, go fucking vote. It's something worth doing.
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
John McCain isn't a twerp. He's a good man. I don't agree with him on anything, but he has spent his life serving America and that is honorable.

I'm a Dem, but I want everyone to fell welcome here. Plus, Valentine is right - we need to vote to protect that right.

- Allyson
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
... in Australia you're required by law to vote once you've reached the legal age... you will be fined heavily if you don't vote... my wife - who's an aussie - can not fathom that there are actually people here in the US that don't vote when they can...

Go Vote!
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
After the last 8 years of a certain asshat running the country into the ground, selling us all out to large corporations, and basically wiping his fucking ass with the Constitution, here's hoping we do get some change today....
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Be careful what you wish may get it! Elect with your BRAIN, not your HEART or your GUT. Spike Lee WAS right do the right thing, be it vote for the black or the white, the left or the right. Just vote!
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe INSIDER
I couldn't decide between the clowns. So I voted for Bozo/Cookie even though the Ringling Bros. ticket put on a good show... ;)
November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie >^..^<

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